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9 Tips to Protect Our Hearing Health

Friday, September 13, 2019 8:11:45 PM Asia/Calcutta

While you have been worrying about how to choose the right hearing aid devices or which would be a reliable hearing aid clinic, did you know that you could have prevented this from happening? It would have been better if you turned the volume down while watching the favourite show of yours or listening to that favourite music. Yes, there are a host of reasons that might cause hearing loss, but most of the time it is due to exposure to loud noises. And surprisingly, most hearing loss problems are preventable. Prevention is always better than cure!

Why Should I Protect My Hearing?

It’s simple! You need to prevent yourself from acquiring hearing loss! Because a healthy hearing health means a healthy and happy life.

We often take our hearing for granted and never even realise that we need to take care of it! We listen to music, watch TV shows or listen to our favourite radio programme, for hours together, without almost giving a break in between. We don’t care to protect our ears while stuck in a noisy road full of honking of vehicles. We love attending rock concerts and dance to the rhythm of the playlist played by some cool DJ at a disco. The list is endless!

Among all these activities, your ears are crying for help! You might fail to realise that such habits and activities might damage thew very hearing that is enabling us to hear! So while you enjoy listening, take care that you do it responsibly and within certain limits!

Hearing loss, in most cases, it is progressive in nature and is irreversible if it is a permanent one. So let’s face the harsh truth. Once you lose your hearing, it’s gone forever! Yes, it’s true that as you start ageing, you are going to face certain loss of hearing. But the more careful and protective you are about your hearing health, the more would be the years you are going to enjoy with a healthy hearing.

 

What Causes Hearing Loss?

Most of us are sure to experience hearing loss at some point in our lifetime because it is almost inevident as we start ageing. But delaying the age of onset is in our hands, and we can prevent it till as long as possible. While some causes are not in our hands, but the major cause is preventable - that being exposed to very loud noises.

 

What occurs in your ears that leads to hearing loss?

Now, coming to the main scenario that causes you to suffer from a hearing impairment, let’s understand a bit of hearing mechanism first. The inner ear has a spiral-shaped cochlea which receives sound waves from the middle ear, after getting amplified by the ear ossicles. Our cochlea consists of thousands of tiny hair-like sensitive structure called hair cells. After receiving these sound waves, the hair cells in the cochlea convert them into electrical impulses and send them to our brain via the auditory nerve. It is at this point when sound is perceived by us.

This is why it is necessary to go for an early hearing diagnosis than regretting later! So before it’s too late, here are nine easy tips for you to protect that vital organ of yours!

 

9 Ways You Can Protect Your Precious Ears!

  • Use earplugs or earmuffs while you are around some loud noises. Always make it a point to carry a pair in your bags wherever you travel. According to studies, noise-induced hearing loss or NIHL is the most popular cause of permanent hearing loss across the world.

  • Turn the volume down. While listening to music, make sure that you don’t put the volume too high. Also, lessen the duration of listening at a stretch. Many audiologists suggest following the 60-60 rule while listening to your favourite music - which states that the ideal and safe volume should not be more than 60%, having a duration of not more than 60 minutes.

  • Take listening breaks. It is always recommended that one should not listen to anything for hours together. You must always take listening breaks in between. This will give time for your ears to recover, especially if you are at a loud listening situation like rock concerts or a disco. If possible, step outside for 5-10 minutes after every half an hour or so and give your ears the required time to rest.

  • Take medications only as directed. There are certain ototoxic medications which are harmful to your hearing health. So always refer a doctor before taking any.

  • Stop using cotton swabs or sharp tools to clean your ears. Firstly because your earwax has a lot of beneficial qualities like keeping away dirt and infection germs, and secondly because these might hurt or injure the internal delicate parts of your ears.

  • Keep your ears dry. Make sure you wipe your ears dry with a soft cloth or better still you can block water from entering the ear canal with the help of custom-fit swimmers’ earplugs after bathing or swimming. Excess moisture can be harmful to your ears as it attracts bacteria which might attack your ear canal and cause infections.

  • Exercise properly. Do you know exercise is good for your ears as well? Activities like walking, cycling, running or jogging improve blood circulation in your ears, thus keeping them healthy and properly functional. However, while you are cycling or riding a motorbike, make sure to wear a helmet, so that if you fall you can protect your head, along with your ears.

  • Manage stress levels. Too much stress and anxiety are often linked to permanent or temporary tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Stress creates pressure on your nerves and blood vessels, thus affecting blood circulation in your body parts - including your ears.

  • Regular hearing check-ups are a must! Even if you might feel that you are hearing fine, you might never know. It’s always better to be sure. Get your hearing tested from time to time by consulting a professional and certified audiologist at your nearest hearing aid clinic.

A hearing loss treatment or the act of wearing hearing aid devices is not as easy as you might think. They will definitely help you out, especially if you buy the latest digital hearing aids. But they can do nothing other than making the most out of your residual hearing abilities. Once your hearing is gone, it won’t come back again! So protect it while you can! Isn’t it better to prevent it than buying hearing aid devices?

Stay healthy and be a responsible family member!

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids: The Downsides

Saturday, July 27, 2019 7:42:14 PM Asia/Calcutta

You may be facing hearing problems for quite a long time now and are willing to buy hearing aids from your local shop to do away with the day-to-day problems you are facing. You might think that it would solve your hearing problems at once, but you will be surprised to know that it won’t work that way.

After actually wearing your devices you may have already realised that you were wrong! You need to be very cautious and have to consider so many things before you buy hearing aids. You can’t just go to a shop and buy any random hearing aid machine to solve your hearing issues. You would eventually give up on your hearing aids and stop wearing them altogether, thus building a negative notion about hearing devices.

You might ignore your hearing problems thinking that it is a normal part of aging. But wearing any hearing aids won’t solve your problem. Let’s see why -

  • You don’t know which hearing aid would suit your hearing needs because you simply don’t know what is the intensity and the type of hearing loss you are suffering from. You need to consult an Audiologist and get your hearing tested to know about the type and degree of your hearing loss.

  • If you buy hearing aids without the consultation of a professional Audiologist, you won’t know which is the right device for you.

  • You may think of buying cheap hearing aids to cut down on the costs, but in the long run, you would end up spending more.

  • If you buy hearing aids from local shops you won’t get the after-sale services like reprogramming, adjusting and auditory-verbal therapy or AVT. AVT is required for understanding speech better with your new hearing aids.

  • Wearing poor quality hearing aids won’t be a proper treatment for your hearing loss problems. It would rather start deteriorating your hearing abilities.

  • Risk of cognitive decline and Dementia is higher if you wear hearing aids that won’t suit your hearing needs.

Don’t go for over-the-counter hearing aids. Buy digital hearing aids or opt for other hearing loss treatment options.

Hear better and stay healthy!

Comments | Posted in Buy hearing aids By Hearing Plus

FAQs About Hearing Aid Batteries

Monday, March 19, 2018 7:21:50 PM Asia/Calcutta

Whether you have come a long way using hearing aids, or a new hearing aid user, it is very important for you to have every information regarding hearing aid batteries. But if you are thinking of buying one, then it is absolutely necessary to know every detail about the product you are going to live with your entire life. Do not haste while making such a vital decision - a single mistake might turn into a serious blunder. Therefore, it is always better to think and act wisely.

As mentioned earlier, before you buy hearing aids, it is very important to know everything about their batteries. Batteries are very delicate objects that need proper care and maintenance. The overall performance and the sound quality delivered by a hearing aid depends entirely upon the quality and strength of its batteries. Here are some common questions asked by hearing aid users or prospective hearing aid buyers worldwide -

  • What is the battery life for a hearing aid?

Ans. - A typical hearing aid battery lasts between 5-14 days, depending on the capacity, the type of the battery and the usage of the hearing aid device.

  • When is it time to change hearing aid batteries?

Ans. - If you often experience distortions in sound or you are having to frequently turn up the volume more than usual, then it is high time that you must change your hearing aid batteries. It is advisable to carry hearing aid batteries always with you whenever you go outside your home; it is because batteries often drain out all of a sudden. Some hearing aids, however, make a small beeping sound to indicate that they are weakened.

  • Is it harmful if I do not remove batteries when they are not in use?

Ans. - It is always advised to remove your batteries always when you are not using your hearing aids, such as at night or while you are taking a bath. Putting them on when you are not using it will shorten their lifespan and weaken them soon.

  • Which is the best place to store batteries when not in use?

Ans. - Your Audiologist might have advised you to store batteries in a case provided with the product, in a cool and dry place. Also, keep it safely, away from water, and away from the reach of children. Always refer to your product literature for other product-specific instructions about the storage of hearing aid batteries. If, however, you are out for a tour, and have to carry extra hearing aid batteries, then the best place to carry them is in your bag or backpack after putting them inside a tight container. However, keep in mind not to place them near coins, pins or other metal objects, to avoid discharging them.

  • How many types of hearing aid batteries are available?

Ans. - There are various types of hearing aids sold by different brands, having different strengths. The lifespan of a battery depends on its strength. There are mainly four sizes of hearing aid batteries available, which come in different colour code indicators. These are -

  • Size 675 - Colour code: Blue, Lifespan: 9-20 days

  • Size 13 - Colour code: Orange, Lifespan: 6-14 days

  • Size 312 - Colour code: Brown, Lifespan: 3-10 days

  • Size 10 - Colour code: Yellow, Lifespan: 3-7 days

  • What factors to consider while buying hearing aid batteries?

Ans. - As obvious, you must always check the expiry date of the battery. However, one more important thing to notice while you buy hearing aids batteries is that you must check that the seal is not broken. It is because an unbroken seal might start to discharge the battery. Always go for unopened packages.

  • How to increase the longevity of my hearing aid batteries?

Ans. - First of all, prevent moisture from entering into the battery doors of our hearing aids. Moisture is a fatal killer of hearing aid batteries. Always keep open the battery doors of your hearing devices and keep them in dry kit box when they are not in use. This will help moisture to escape from within the device. Also, always wash your hands properly before changing batteries, to avoid discharging them. Also, grease and dirt might damage them. As mentioned earlier, store batteries in a cool place.

  • Is it necessary to perform battery tests?

Ans. - Perform battery checks regularly using battery testers provided with the product (you may buy from outside if not provided). Your Audiologist or your product literature will give you instructions regarding performing a battery test. It is to ensure that your battery is in good working condition.

In a nutshell, you must learn everything about the product you are planning to purchase. Just as you research before you plan to buy hearing aids, similar is the case while buying hearing aid batteries. A single decision can change your life - it is upto you whether you turn it into a positive or a negative one.

Comments | Posted in Buy hearing aids By Phalguni Bannerjee

10 Tips for Buying Hearing Aids

Saturday, February 24, 2018 3:45:07 PM Asia/Calcutta

Hearing aids are very delicate devices that have the capability of transforming a hearing-impaired person’s life completely. The right selection of hearing devices is, therefore, extremely necessary. A single decision can change your life entirely. So it is up to you which side of the coin you are really trying to achieve.

Health professionals dealing with hearing problems always suggest the patient undergo thorough check-ups before arriving at a conclusion. However, no decision should be taken without consulting a certified and skilled Audiologist. Your Audiologist is the only person who can best understand which treatment would suit you the best. A hearing-impaired person should always remember that no two person’s hearing treatments would be the same, even if they have the same hearing problems. Therefore, it is always advised to consult experts before you buy hearing aids.

You must visit a recognised clinic to get a hearing check-up, even if you do not experience any hearing problems. Following are certain secrets that you should keep in mind before you buy hearing aids for yourself or for your loved ones:

  1. Check whether you are getting good customer services - If your hearing aid store provides customer professional services, including after-sale and home services, then go for it.

  1. Never buy hearing aids that are cheap - Cheap hearing aids would not make your hearing better; it would rather do the reverse. Always consult a certified Audiologist before buying one.

  1. Always check whether the brand you are buying from is trustworthy or not - If you buy hearing aids from an unknown store, you might not get good aftercare services, which you are really going to need.

  1. Check whether your device is providing you with good battery back-ups - It is a very essential quality to check before you buy hearing aids, as it will promise you with a tension-free life. You would not have to worry about batteries draining out frequently.

  2. Check the warranty period of your listening device - If the brand you are buying from does not promise you to give good warranty periods, do not go for it at all.

  1. Always remember to check the performance and sound quality of your hearing device - If you buy hearing aids that compromise with the overall performance of the device, do not even give a second thought of buying it.

  1. Your listening device must be durable enough -  If you are sure that your hearing aids would last long enough, without having to worry about frequent breakdowns, then just go for it. It is the most important factor that would drive you to buy hearing aids, of course after consulting with your Audiologist.

  1. Look for technological advancements in your hearing device - With so many changes around you in the fields of technology, you must not sit back. Change is always better for a brighter future - just go for it. Check whether the device you are buying is a digital hearing aid. There is nothing that today’s advanced digital hearing aids cannot do. So just go forward and buy hearing aids that would make you forget about your hearing problems - and this is the most important feeling you would always crave for, being a hearing impaired person.

  1. Binaural hearing aids is always better - Have you ever seen a person wearing glasses just in one eye? Similar is the case of hearing aids. If you think you can wear hearing aid only in the poorer ear, and not in the better one, then you would be making a blunder. If you do not wear your devices in both the ears, then you would not have a sense of direction. For example, while you are on the roads, and suppose you are wearing hearing aid only in the left ear, and suppose if a car comes from your right side, you will be able to hear the honking in your left ear. This would give you the impression that the car is coming from your left side. This will prompt you to move to your right side, from where the car is actually advancing. This is very dangerous, and it might even lead to dangerous accidents. Therefore, it is always advised that you should buy hearing aids for both of your ears, of course after consulting your experienced Audiologist.

  1. Last but not the least, you must also check whether the device you are going to buy would be user-friendly - Good hearing aids are built with an innate capability of adjusting itself to the environments you prefer the most. If your device is not flexible enough to use, and do not adjust to your sound surroundings automatically, then do not buy hearing aids of that manufacturer at all.

To sum up, it is not at all a good idea to buy hearing aids on your own, without consulting a professional Audiologist. Once your Audiologist chooses the best hearing treatment for you, it would be good for you to follow it without any further delay. It is the matter of your health, and without hearing life is unimaginable!

Comments | Posted in Buy hearing aids By Phalguni Bannerjee

Picking The Right Hearing Aid Is No More A Trouble

Monday, October 30, 2017 9:07:41 PM Asia/Calcutta

Are you in the thought of buying a hearing aid, but you are most worried regarding the looks of it? Then not to stress yourself anymore here are some of the guidelines which would give the best suggestions to buy hearing aids that best suits you. However, hearing aids are just the substitute for the normal hearing, but it cannot restore the same. The features that have to be taken into consideration while looking for an option to buy hearing aids are functionality and effectiveness. It should be able to enhance your level of hearing with the amplification of soft sounds, which will help you in hearing the sounds that you were having trouble before.

Make An Option As Per The Style Required

Hearing aids are available in a great deal with prices, different sizes, exceptional features, and also according to the way it fits into the ear. The following are some of the common styles of hearing aids which will give you the idea about the minute size and the cost of the least visible style in the ear.The important thing to be taken into account to buy hearing aid is that never always consider only the looks of the hearing aids as they might not have the power of improving your hearing as expected by you.

The canal hearing aids fit totally into the ear. Adults with mostly mild to moderate hearing loss are suitable candidate for this type of hearing aid. It is small and has few extra features but is less chosen.

    1. The canal hearing aid can be custom molded and partly fits into the ear. It also holds good features compared to CIC.

 

    1. In the ear hearing aids can be customized into two different styles such as full shell or half shell. Handling is also quite easy.

 

  1. Behind the ear suits for all ages and can be used by people for any hearing loss

Things To Be Taken Into Account To Buy Hearing Aids

It is very important to handpick the hearing aids that are very much convenient and are easy for you to use and are providing the compensation of the hearing loss in a better way.Probably the hearing aids will be used all the time regularly so it must be durable too. The various other features which are to be considered while buying the hearing aid are its parts and the services that are covered under the warranty, assessed schedule and the costs that are involved for its repair and maintenance, options available and the opportunities for upgrading it, and the company reputation of the hearing aid in terms of customer service and quality.

The foremost thing which you need to ask the licensed distributor is if they are providing a trial period during which you can get refunded by returning the hearing aid if you are not satisfied with it. It is mandatory to have the trial period, so that your state of hearing along with the convenience can be well known. During the trial period you will come to know whether the particularly selected hearing aid is working well for you or not.

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