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Why is Cochlear Implant Suitable for Children?

Monday, January 14, 2019 1:49:25 PM Asia/Calcutta

You have so many dreams with your newborn child! You want to see him or her reach the heights, or even go beyond the limits and emerge victorious! But amongst these dreams, did you ever take some valuable time to ponder over and think about the present? Are you even sure that your child is having the basic requirements - such as that of a well and proper hearing health?

Yes you might think that your child is hearing properly, but there is no harm in making it 100% sure, is there? Do read our blog to find out why you need to get your child's hearing test done, and why you need to start a hearing loss treatment early, in case your child is diagnosed with a hearing loss. Don't let your dreams shatter and let your child dream as well!

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How the Winter Weather Can Affect Your Hearing?

Friday, January 4, 2019 1:54:34 PM Asia/Calcutta

We know that you were waiting for this cold season all the year. Now that it is here, you slip into those comfy garments and blankets at night. You love going for a picnic with your friends and family members during the wintertime. But amongst all these good things, do you know that the cold temperatures are not at all good for your ears?

Yes you heard it right! Read on to know more about what exactly is the relation between the winter weather and hearing problems.

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Teleaudiology: Its Benefits and Strategies

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 3:37:07 PM Asia/Calcutta

Just imagine a situation in which you suddenly face hearing problems, and you are unable to find any Audiologist or a hearing loss treatment clinic near you, and you are in need of an urgent help and support! What will you do? Whom will you reach out to?

Or maybe the device right in your hand can help you out! Yes! Your mobile phone can save you! That’s called Teleaudiology!

So why not embrace the benefits of teleaudiology when it’s going to solve your hearing problems right away?!

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Things To Do If You Have Severe Hearing Loss

Thursday, November 22, 2018 4:52:43 PM Asia/Calcutta

You might wonder what you should do or whom should you approach when you are having a hard time struggling and fighting with severe hearing loss! To you, living a life with such serious hearing problems isn't a very easy thing! You might feel yourself lonely and being socially isolated. But the good news is - you do not have to live a life like that! You too can lead a normal life with so many hearing loss treatment methods out there! Because you deserve to live a better quality of life!

Read on to know how!

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Can Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus?

Friday, November 2, 2018 6:44:59 PM Asia/Calcutta

Are you worried about Tinnitus, and tired of living with it for a long time now? Are you wondering whether you will ever get cured of it? The good news is, some Tinnitus problems can be managed with the help of hearing aids. However, it cannot be fully cured with the help of these devices - no matter how technologically advanced digital hearing aids you are using. Also, you must realise that you should consult a certified Audiologist at the earliest - because delaying or avoiding Tinnitus won’t be a solution!

 

Incidence and Prevalence

According to the CDC estimates, in the US, the prevalence of Tinnitus is about 15% of the total population (that is, about 45 million Americans) - and a majority of them are senior citizens belonging to the age group of 65-85. Apart from ringing in the ears, Tinnitus is also associated with other sounds, such as buzzing, humming, hissing, or even roaring, and in some cases cricket-like - even when there is no presence of external sounds! Tinnitus can occur either in one ear or both the ears, or even in the head - and the ringing sounds can be either constant or intermittent. It has become a common problem nowadays, and about 2 million Americans are suffering from quiet an alarming or chronic stages of Tinnitus. The result being - effect on daily functioning, a decline in the productivity at workplace, difficulties concentrating in academics, misunderstandings in relationships and among family members, sleep disturbances, and worse still - it might affect emotional or psychological conditions.

 

How Can Hearing Aids Provide Tinnitus Relief?

There are many varieties of advanced and smart digital hearing aids which help manage and reduce tinnitus problems. However, apart from hearing devices, there are many other tinnitus instruments which can be clubbed together with the use of these digital hearing aids to improve outcomes and enhance tinnitus relief. Also, there are various maskers and home masking devices which are used to cover up or conceal the tinnitus sounds.

There is a specialised therapy known as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) - which uses cognitive behavioral therapy along with a masking device which makes the person suffering from Tinnitus learn to ignore the background noises of Tinnitus.

All of these methods have the sole aim of comforting or lessening the problem, thus making tinnitus less audible - because tinnitus cannot be cured completely; it can only be treated and in the true sense, be ‘masked’.

 

Now What is Meant by Masking of Tinnitus?

Just like hearing loss, tinnitus is a problem which cannot be cured, it can only be treated. In other words, if your tinnitus problem is caused due to hearing loss, then hearing aids can help manage and comfort your ringing sounds. It is because when you were living with an untreated hearing loss, your brain was not able to receive all the sounds due to lack of stimulation in the specific sound frequencies in which you are having the loss. For example, you may not be able to hear the sound of birds chirping if you have a high frequency hearing loss.

After you have opted for advanced digital hearing aids, you will again be able to hear those sounds in these frequencies. Studies have shown that after this amplification with the help of hearing machine, people who have hearing loss along with tinnitus, have reported a significant decline in the severity of tinnitus problems as well.

The reason behind this is after the adaptation of digital hearing aids, one is once more able to listen to natural sounds of the surrounding environment, such as the rustling of the leaves, the rainfall, the splash in the pool, the singing of the cuckoo, and so much more - which they were missing for all these days! This ability to hear these natural sounds acts as a ‘masking’ effect for tinnitus - due to which a person who is suffering from both hearing loss and tinnitus will at least be relieved from the annoying ringing sounds which were hampering his/her life activities for so long!

Also, in addition to improving the hearing and communication abilities of the concerned person, hearing aids also amplify the background sounds. This helps reduce the loudness or the prominence of Tinnitus, and help the person concentrate more on the sounds of nature. Simply taking one’s concentration off the disturbing Tinnitus sounds serves as a relief for many people. Besides, on using digital hearing aids, a person is no more required to strain while trying hard to hear something properly. This itself reduces stress, as hearing devices are meant to improve communication, and thus, the concerned person is relieved from Tinnitus problems.

However, you will be surprised to know that there are many advanced digital hearing aids today that are aimed at directly managing Tinnitus problems. So why should you delay in opting one? Just go ahead and stay away from the icy pangs of tinnitus!

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