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5 Tips to Hear Better in a Noisy Environment

Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:10:30 PM Asia/Calcutta

It is often advised by Audiologists to avoid communicating in a noisy environment, especially if you are suffering from hearing loss and is a new user of digital hearing aids. This trick really works in adjusting to the new world of hearing. But what if you have no choice but to attend or go through some noisy situation? Or if you are the one who have been indoors for quite a while now, and are planning to face this world with your new digital hearing aids on? In either of the case, the very foremost thing that you need to do is to stay calm and not to panic. We are here to help you out!

 

What are the Tips to Help Me Communicate Easily in a Chaotic Environment?

Although the modern day digital hearing aids are designed to make you feel comfortable even in some cacophonous situation, yet you need to know some tricks and tips about how to tackle these unwanted situations, especially if you are a new hearing aid user. If, however, you are feeling comfortable in using analog hearing aids and are reluctant to switch over to digital hearing aids, our advice is either to opt for the later (after consulting an experienced Audiologist) which are much more advanced, thus having the capability to handle noisy situations, or else it is a must for you to follow these important tips for communicating in such situations. So let’s go through 5 most important ones which you MUST follow!

1. Use two hearing aids rather than one. There are a number of advantages of using two hearing aids which include -

     a) The better ability to hear sounds from all directions coming from either side.

     b) Increased loudness and clarity, as the amplified sounds are equally distributed to both the ears.

     c) You will be able to understand and locate from which direction the sound source is originating.

     d) Using binaural devices, especially digital hearing aids, will increase your ability to hear speech sounds better and will enhance speech understanding even in noisy backgrounds.

     e) Using binaural digital hearing aids will prevent accidents from happening. If you are on the streets with only one hearing aid put on, you might have a wrong notion of the direction of a vehicle approaching from behind. For example, you are on a major crossing and a car is speeding from behind from the right side (suppose). In such a case you might assume that it is coming from the left side, because you are wearing your device in the left ear (suppose). It is a dangerous situation as your brain will prompt you to move to the right side from which the car is actually proceeding. It might lead to serious accidents.

Although you might do better with one hearing aid in normal situations, but in noisy situations you will realize that your devices are performing better.


2. Use digital hearing aids as they have digital signal processing (DSP). This technology allows the device to differentiate between speech and noise. In other words, the digital hearing aids - due to their DSP technology - enable you to listen to speech sounds clearly as the device reduces or cancels out background noise. Also, you must use the directional microphone setting of your digital devices so that you can switch the device from an omnidirectional setting to a directional setting. In case you do not know the difference between the two - if your digital hearing aids is in the omnidirectional mode, then you will hear sounds coming from all directions - namely front, back, right and left, top and bottom. But if you switch over to the directional setting, your hearing aid will pick up only the primary sounds which are coming from the front of the hearing aid user. So if you sit face-to-face with the speaker, you will clearly be able to listen to his/her speech - and not only listen, but also understand what the person is saying. In this case, you are able to focus only on a particular and an important sound source - which is speech. To attain the best result, make sure that the directional microphone is properly positioned.

3. Use the FM technology of your digital hearing aids. FM technology is the best solution for you if you have difficulty hearing in noise. It comprises two components -

     a) An FM transmitter which will pick up the speaker’s speech sounds and send it to the FM receiver.

     b) An FM receiver which will receive the speech sounds picked up by the transmitter and deliver them directly to the person’s ears (such as via loudspeakers).

FM technology is an advanced feature in the modern day digital hearing aids, as it helps the user clearly listen to the speech sounds which are which are closer to him/her. This technology amplifies the speech and makes it louder than the other background noises as much as 20 dB higher.

4. Take part in regular auditory training sessions. Recent researches have proved auditory training programs for adults with hearing impairment to be quite effective in improving their speech understanding capability in noise, while using advanced digital hearing aids.

5. Be at a comfortable position while conversing and face the speaker properly. Choose a place which is not dark, but well-lit. Make sure that the speaker’s face is visible clearly enough. This will enable you to read the person’s lips while trying to listen and understand his/her speech.

 

To conclude, the above tips will be quite effective in enabling you to listen much clearly even in noisy areas, especially if you are a new hearing aid user, and will also enhance your speech understanding capability. If you are still facing problems in understanding speech even while using good quality digital hearing aids, you must immediately consult an expert and certified Audiologist without delay.

Comments | Posted in Digital Hearing Aids By Phalguni Bannerjee

Usefulness of Apps for Hearing Impaired People

Friday, June 8, 2018 6:18:22 PM Asia/Calcutta

In this generation of digitisation and smartphones, no one can even imagine a life without technology. Mobile apps are an indispensable part of our day-to-day lives. We know that life isn’t very easy for you with having to live with hearing impairment. To make life more easy-going and flexible for you, researchers and technicians have studies the importance of apps for hearing loss, that would make hearing impaired people feel a lot more relaxed and optimistic.

The benefits of hearing aids today is not just restricted in simply amplifying sounds. Nowadays with such advanced technological innovations, hearing aids can now be regulated with a hearing aid app. There are apps that can manage your tinnitus, feedback suppression, noise reduction. In short, with the help of a hearing aid app, you can customize and fine-tune your hearing device. Life with hearing aids is no longer a burden for you. They are here to make your life so much easier and enjoyable.

Hearing Plus - Hearing Aid App

Today, a hearing aid app can facilitate people with hearing loss and can make his/her hearing experience better and enjoyable. Hearing Plus have come with a hearing aid app that allow you to take full advantage of our various services provided by our expert professionals. The facilities that you can get in our app are as follows -

  • Appointment - here you can book an appointment with us, and we will provide you a time and venue that is suitable for you. You also have the option of both home and clinic visit.

  • Only for You - here you can find special offers on hearing aids and other services that are exclusively for you, and also useful tips about your hearing loss and other hearing related updates.

  • Recent Activities - Here you can view your recent services and appointments which you have made recently in our hearing aid app. This is to keep track of your previous appointments with us and also to ensure that you have a smooth user-experience.

  • Refer Friends - If you like our service, then we would request you to refer Hearing Plus via our hearing aid app to your friends, family members and other acquaintances, who are suffering from hearing loss and are seeking professional help.

  • About Us - Before booking an appointment, you have the right to know everything about us and our various services. Here you will also get answers to your many questions about hearing loss and hearing aids that constantly puzzle you.

  • Request Service - Here you can request appointments for a great range of services provided by us, which include Audiometry/PTA, hearing aid trial, Tympanometry, Cochlear Implant, hearing aid battery, BERA (ABR), ASSR, OAE, Speech therapy and many more.

  • After Sale Request - If you have any issues after buying hearing aids from us, feel free to request for an after-sale service in a hassle-free way in our ‘After-Sale Request’ section of our hearing aid app.

  • Feedback - If your like our products and services, please do rate us and send us a feedback in the ‘Feedback’ section of our app.

  • Contact - You can feel free to contact us anytime at our contact details provided under this section of our Hearing Plus - Hearing Aid app.

Hearing Plus - Hearing Aid App

Now we are just a click away! Calling us is made more easy for you - tap the call button anytime, anywhere in the app, and tell us your queries and issues - leave all the rest upon us.

Feel free to use our user-friendly hearing aid app. All you need to do is to register yourself in a simple procedure, and tell us what you need. Then just wait and watch how we do the rest to serve you better, and to help you to lead a better quality of life.

To download the Hearing Plus Hearing Aid App, Click Here : http://bit.ly/HearingPlus_App

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Comments | Posted in Hearing Plus By Phalguni Bannerjee

What Would Happen If You Delay a Treatment of Hearing Loss?

Thursday, June 7, 2018 3:23:55 PM Asia/Calcutta

Before I proceed with answering this, first try to answer this question, “What would happen if you do not wear spectacles for a long time, in spite of suffering from some visual impairment?” Yes you are right! Your difficulty in vision would increase over time, which would invite many other undesirable problems like frequent headaches, social isolation, familial problems, and worse still, an untreated visual impairment might even lead to dangerous accidents, especially while on the roads.

Similar is the case with hearing impairment. If you delay in getting a proper treatment of hearing loss, then you might soon face many complications which would have easily been prevented if intervened in an early treatment method. The first and foremost task if you face any sort of hearing problems is to consult a professional and certified Audiologist, who would perform detailed diagnostic tests to detect the type of hearing problems you are facing.

 

What if my hearing loss gets cured by itself?

You might be asking one of this very commonly asked question. You will be surprised to know that once you are affected with hearing loss, you will never regain back your original hearing health, and worse still, instead of getting cured by itself, your hearing loss will start becoming adverse, which might make you end up in more complicated situations and health hazards. So ACT NOW and get your appropriate treatment of hearing loss soon!

 

I am Not Getting the Proper Motivation for Getting a Treatment of Hearing Loss

If you are not getting the appropriate motivation for going for a hearing loss treatment, then you will do so probably after knowing this interesting fact - we ‘hear’ with our brain, not with our ears! Surprised? Don’t be! The auditory centre of your brain is the only one which is responsible for perceiving, comprehending, processing and recognising the sound signals sent to it by the ear via the auditory nerve, and only then can you actually hear. The ear is only responsible for transmitting the sound signals (after converting them into electrical signals) to the brain - which does the actual part.

 

Will my Brain be Affected if I Delay in Opting for a Proper Treatment of Hearing Loss?

Your brain, which was previously accustomed to a particular auditory world, will get reorganised if it is deprived of sounds for a long time due to lack of proper stimulation to its auditory centre. This might lead to Auditory Deprivation, a condition in which the brain fails to recognise any sound if it has not received sound signals for an overly long period of time. What is even worse is that Auditory Deprivation might increase the risks of Dementia - a psychological condition in which the affected person gradually faces complications like restlessness, anxiety, hypertension, irritability, loneliness, nervousness, mood swings, depression, hallucination, paranoia, sleep disorder, mental confusion, loss of balance, inability to speak or understand language, and even forgetfulness. So do not even think of delaying in getting a proper and appropriate treatment of hearing loss. Always consult a highly trained Audiologist before taking any step.

 

Is it Possible to Rearrange the Brain to its Previous State?

Fortunately, it is possible to regain back your previous brain condition even after it had gone to a state of under-stimulation by and non-perception of sound signals. A majority of the people worldwide has been benefited by hearing aids - which is one of the best treatment of hearing loss. Once you start a proper treatment, although you might not hear clear sounds immediately, especially when you have left your hearing loss untreated for a long time, but soon your brain will again be accustomed to this ‘new’ auditory world. The more you delay, the more time will your brain take to get used to the new world of sounds, and the more dissatisfied you will be with your hearing aids.

 

What are the Health Hazards Linked with Delaying a Treatment of Hearing Loss?

Scientists and health professionals worldwide have proved that there are various complications that arise out of an untreated hearing loss. The seven main health issues caused from delaying a treatment of hearing loss include -

  • A decline in the Cognitive Functioning

  • Risk of Dementia

  • Brain Shrinkage - especially of the grey matter which is responsible for speech comprehension

  • Risk of Falling - because our ear is responsible for maintaining our body balance

  • Increased illnesses and hospitalizations

  • Increased Mortality - especially in case of the elder citizens. Studies show that older people who used hearing aids, had a lower risk of mortality, even though they suffered from severe hearing loss

  • Increased Risks of Depression

Apart from this, the affected person also suffers from social isolation, loneliness, and feels that he or she is being constantly ignored. As a result, the person might even lose the interest to enjoy the beautiful life activities and live happily.

 

What are the Benefits of an Early Treatment of Hearing Loss?

Research has shown that an early treatment has improved not only the person’s hearing abilities, but also the overall health of the person, and has also enhanced his/her quality of life to a great extent.

 

So why wait when you have so many options to choose from in this generation of technological boom and innovations! You even have a wide variety of hearing aids available, which are so advanced that they would even make you forget about your hearing problems. So get your ears checked today and indulge yourself in one of these innovative methods of treatment of hearing loss.

Comments | Posted in Treatment Of Hearing Loss By Phalguni Bannerjee

16 Celebs with Hearing Loss

Friday, June 1, 2018 4:22:46 PM Asia/Calcutta

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.”

~ Peter Drucker

 

Life isn’t quite easy for all. You must be thinking, “Why me!?” but the truth about this world is that there are so many other people who are living their lives with some or other of disabilities for years together. There are so many famous people who have been quite successful even after being deprived of the world of hearing.

16 Celebs with Hearing Loss

  1. Thomas Alva Edison -  Thomas Edison, an American inventor and businessman - the famous inventor of the electric light bulb, developed severe hearing problems at a very early age. The reason for his hearing problems is attributed to his having scarlet fever when he was young. He also suffered from a recurring and untreated middle-ear infections. Edison often referred to himself as deaf and believed that his hearing loss helped him to be a better scientist.

  1. Bill Clinton - Former president clinton has worn hearing aids in both the ears since the late 1990s, when he was diagnosed with high frequency hearing loss, the reason of which was attributed to his age and the time spent as a musician in his youth.

  1. Pete Townshend - Legendary musician Pete Townshend suffered from partial deafness and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) which is a result of noise-induced hearing loss, due to his overexposure to loud music most of the time. While performing on stage, he uses hearing aids and a special hearing monitor.

  1. William Shatner - This famous Canadian actor, author, producer and director, became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain Kirk in the Star Trek science fiction television series. Shatner suffers from tinnitus or ringing in the ears which is attributed to a pyrotechnical accident that he has met while shooting a ‘Star Trek’ episode Arena. He has found support from the American Tinnitus association (ATA) and his treatment involved wearing a small electronic device, that generated low-level, broadband sound.

16 Celebs with Hearing Loss

  1. Ludwig Van Beethoven - You will be surprised to know that the famous German composer and pianist suffered from hearing loss. His hearing health began to deteriorate when he was 26 years old, and by the time he was 44, he was almost completely deaf. But it was not the end of his career. There is quite a large collection of his hearing aids, such as a special ear horn, which one can find even today at the Beethoven House Museum in Bonn, Germany - his birthplace. Although he gave up conducting and performing in public, but he continued to compose. And the most wonderful fact is that most of his much admired musical pieces came from his last 15 days of his life. So if he can do it, why can’t you?

  1. Helen Keller - Being a famous American author, political activist, and lecturer, she was, however, the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She has successfully proved to the world that even the people who are deprived of the world of sound can learn how to communicate and can do great in their lives. She is a role model to many hearing impaired people, especially when there are so many advanced hearing aids today to help you get connected to the world of sound.

  1. Lance Allred - Lance Allred was the first legally deaf player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. Allred is deaf, with 75-80% hearing loss. To improve his hearing, he wears hearing aids.

  1. Marlee Matlin - Marlee Beth Matlin is an American actress, author and activist. She is the only hard-of-hearing performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 1986 American film, Children of a Lesser God. She became fully deaf in her right ear and lost 80% of her hearing in her left ear when she was 18 months old, which was a result of illness and high fevers. Marlee Matlin is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf.

 

16 Celebs with Hearing Loss

  1. Heather Whitestone - Being the first deaf Miss America title-holder of 1995, she lost most of her hearing when she was 18 months old.

  1. Shelley Beattie - She was a professional bodybuilder and actress, who become Deaf at the age of three due to aspirin overdose. So always consult a doctor before taking the medicine! She was one of the few hard-of-hearing professional female bodybuilders in the world. But the most motivational part is that her hearing loss was not at all a factor while she was running.

  1. Shoshannah Stern - The “Weeds” actress Shoshannah Stern was born deaf. Her first language is American Sign Language. She is even able to read lips and can speak English without the help of an interpreter. She is amongst the fourth generation of deafness in her family.

  1. Gertrude Ederle - Swimmer Gertrude Ederle, who successfully swam the English channel in 1926, developed deafness by the 1940s. She also had poor hearing since childhood due to measles.

 

16 Celebs with Hearing Loss

  1. Phyllis Frelich - Being a deaf American actress, Phyllis Frelich won a tony award for her performance in the play ‘Children of a Lesser God’.

  1. Jim Kyte - Jim Kyte is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, who is the first ever legally deaf player in the NHL (National Hockey League).

  1. Katie Leclerc - An American actress who appeared in the television series “Veronica Mars”, found out that she has Meniere’s disease, which leads to hearing loss.

  1. Russell Wayne Harvard - Deaf actor Russell Harvard is the 2007 film actor who made his debut in ‘There will be Blood’ with Daniel Day-Lewis and had a role in the television series Fargo. Although after using hearing aids he is able to hear some sound, including speech and music, he identifies himself as deaf, and considers American Sign Language to be his first language, using which he has grown up.

In a nutshell, it can be said, that while there are so many people becoming prosperous even after struggling with their hearing problems, why can’t you? Especially when you are living in such a generation where getting the best quality and advanced digital hearing aids is just a click away! So go ahead and feel free to change your life - a life full of smiles and happiness is waiting for you at the turn of the lane! Don’t shy away from embracing it!

Comments | Posted in Hearing Aids By Phalguni Bannerjee

Causes of Hearing Loss Beyond Being Exposed to Loud Noises

Saturday, May 26, 2018 6:20:41 PM Asia/Calcutta

Do you know that you might still be exposed to the risks of having a hearing loss even if you are not exposed to loud noises? Protecting your ears from over-exposure to tremendously high decibels of sounds will definitely help prevent hearing loss. But, unfortunately that is not all! You might still need to be more cautious and take many other preventive measures so as to keep hearing problems at bay. Thus goes the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

 

What to do then?

The answer is quite simple. Take all preventive measures possible to safeguard your beautiful God-gifted hearing health for as long as possible. Always remember that once you have acquired hearing loss, you can never get a chance to recover from it, and regain back your natural hearing experience which you once enjoyed.

 

What if I wear hearing aids?

You might be thinking that all problems of hearing loss will be solved once you opt for hearing aids. But in practicality, it is not so! Although you might be getting quite a lot of benefits from hearing aids, and other treatments of hearing loss, but the truth is that even if your hearing loss problems will not be completely cured, and you will not be able to leave your hearing devices once you have opted for them. To put it shortly, hearing aids are simply devices which amplify sounds for you which you were otherwise unable to do due to your hearing impairment. But other than that, they are not devised to cure your hearing loss problems, no matter how digitally advanced hearing aids you are wearing. So the moral of the story is - you need to take preventive measures.

 

What Other Causes are Responsible for Hearing Loss?

No doubt, exposure to loud noises do cause hearing loss, especially if you are living in an urbanised world. But there are many other factors that might affect your hearing health. You must be well aware of these factors and take necessary preventive measures so as to avoid situations from growing adverse. These include -

  • Early Exposures - Nowadays most of the newborn babies are being screened to identify any presence of hearing problems. Although in a majority of the cases they do not show up much issues, but there are many factors that makes the child open to risks that can cause hearing problems to turn up. These factors include various developmental problems, infections like mumps and measles. Apart from this, maternal diabetes and others complications during pregnancy might also increase the risks of hearing impairment in a child.

  • Genetic Factors - Studies show that for at least half of the children with hearing loss, genes are the main culprit. About 20% of the babies with a genetic hearing loss, suffer from syndromes like Down Syndrome or Usher Syndrome, which are huge factors for causing hearing loss problems in many children which worsen over time.

  • Ear Infections - Young children are particularly more prone to ear infections which are generally accompanied by cold, flu, as a result of which fluid builds up in the middle ear - a condition which is termed Otitis Media - which might give rise to hearing loss.

  • Perforated Ear Drum - A perforated eardrum, or some other malformation in the internal structures of the ear might, which may be caused by untreated ear infections, head injury, blow to the ear, or from poking sharp objects in the ear.

  • Otosclerosis - Otosclerosis is a medical condition which involves abnormal bone growth in the middle ear. In this condition the passage of sound waves towards the inner ear is obstructed, thus causing hearing loss. Studies show that a family history of otosclerosis increases the chances of a person acquiring it gradually. Although hearing aids can be the best treatment for mild otosclerosis, experts, however, suggest surgeries in case of more serious ones.

  • Meniere’s Disease - It is an inner ear disorder which causes episodes of vertigo or the sensation of spinning and dizziness, especially while looking down from a height. Meniere’s disease usually starts in one ear, and gradually involves both the ears. Smoking, a high-salt diet and even certain infections might worsen the condition. Some common symptoms of Meniere’s disease include fluctuating and eventually progressive hearing loss with vertigo (spinning sensation), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and pressure or pain in the ear. Although there is no cure for the disease as such, but according to experts, a timely diagnosis and treatment, such as medication to reduce vertigo and hearing aids, can help address these symptoms and helps reduce the severity of the disease.

  • Diabetes - Although the precise reasons for the link aren’t quite clear, studies show that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as in the general population. Studies proved that diabetes most probably accelerates age-related hearing loss. So a healthy lifestyle is very essential and that includes being physically active and eating a balanced diet, with lots of veggies – to keep your weight under control.

  • Autoimmune Disorders - Usually your immune system is designed to protect you from a majority of diseases. But certain autoimmune disorders can affect the ear, causing some fluctuation in hearing and can cause permanent hearing loss. Medication, like a steroid, may help, but it's not always possible to prevent hearing loss from occuring.

  • Ototoxic Medications - Certain ototoxic medications like certain aminoglycoside antibiotics, like gentamicin, and drugs might cause hearing loss. Also, if you take aspirin in very high doses, then you might develop hearing loss and severe tinnitus problems (ringing in the ears). Therefore, it is always advised to consult a good doctor as well as an expert Audiologist before taking any medicines by yourself.

  • You are getting Old - Age factor is a huge cause of hearing loss, because as you start to age, your hearing organs, just like any other organ, start deteriorating - thus, affecting the overall hearing health of a person. However, you can still prevent hearing loss by avoiding loud noises, ototoxic medications and drugs, wearing ear plugs or ear muffs. If, however, you have already acquired hearing loss, then wearing hearing aids would help you lead a normal life again.

  • Head Trauma - Did you ever have a head trauma or a brain injury after which you are feeling a deterioration in your hearing health? It is because they are directly related. It might be the case that the auditory centre of your brain gets damaged due to some severe blow to the head.

  • Smoking or Intake of Alcohol - These have a severe effect on the auditory system and might affect your overall hearing health.

 

In a nutshell, only preventing yourself from being over-exposed to loud noises might not help; you need to take other preventive measures as well so as to keep hearing loss at bay. Also, you must never shy away from wearing good quality hearing aids and leave your hearing loss untreated, because in such cases your hearing health will worsen.

Comments | Posted in Hearing Aids By Phalguni Bannerjee
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