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A Peep Into Your Hearing Aid Accessories

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:05:16 PM Asia/Calcutta

Hearing aids are medical devices which once you start using; you need it for the rest of your life just like spectacles. Hearing aids comes in different shapes and sizes and in different price range. Based on their price range there are some pretty awesome features in latest hearing aids.

In order to enjoy these features you will need several accessories. There are some basic accessories that you have to use if you are a hearing aid user. Basic or cool, all these accessories need to be bought separately. Most of the hearing aid manufacturers make their own hearing aid accessories both basic and advanced keeping in mind their own and future product ranges.

These hearing aid accessories too are available with your local hearing aid clinic. If you are planning to use accessories of one manufacturer with the hearing aid device of another maker, be careful and don’t forget to consult with your local hearing aid clinic in Kolkata as well as search the internet for more information.

Basic accessories include – hearing aid cleaning brush, ear hook, wax pick and wire loop, multi-tools and hearing aid case. These are basically not so smart hardware which is a necessity for your day to day use. There are some pretty smart and cool hard ware’s too. These are hearing aid dehumidifiers, Bluetooth streaming accessories for your hearing aid, devices to sync your hearing aids to classroom or stadium digi systems to hear your lesson or stadium commentary better. There are smart phone apps like Siemens’s touch control app which converts your mobile phone into a remote control of your hearing aid for easy adjustment of your hearing machine. Some companies have come up with rechargeable hearing aids which allow you to do away with your hearing aid batteries. There are easy charging dockets for your hearing aid batteries too.

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Music to the Ears: How musicians can keep their sense of hearing protected

Monday, October 30, 2017 7:36:39 PM Asia/Calcutta

The ears are precious to a healthy and normal lifestyle. But for a musician, it is the womb of his creative self. With hearing problems, a musician’s life can be thrown in the doldrums in an instant. It is the foremost responsibility of a musician, be it professional or amateur to take important steps in keeping the ear and sense of hearing protected for a longer and safe career. Here are a few ways how!

Clean your ears regularly

One common problem is ear blockage due to the production of excess earwax or cerumen. It may also happen if the ear wax is pushed further down the ear canal. While we have all grown up with our mother’s scolding us to get our ears cleaned with the good old ear-bud. Audiologists advice against it. Use of earbuds may damage the eardrum or cause infections. In some cases it does more harm than good, when the ear wax is pushed further down the ear canal instead of removal. All Hearing Plus – hearing aid clinic India have professional audiologist to guide you regarding this issue.

Play at lower decibels

It’s simple. With the advent of electric instruments and improvement in amplifier technology, more and more musicians are experimenting with music that is played at very loud decibels, sometimes over a hundred decibels, which can even cause permanent hearing damage among other hearing problems. Some musician’s hearing disorder, solely arise from loud playing and can be prevented with controlled volume levels. Some Indian hearing aid clinics like Hearing Plus, work closely with musicians to come around these problems and spread awareness about ear and hearing care among the musician community. Like our grandparents used to say, “Prevention is better than cure.” especially if your ear is at stake and you are a musician.

Be protected at jamming sessions

Recently an independent musician walked into one of our clinics in Kolkata with a severe ringing sensation in his right ear. Since music was his bread and butter, he was in absolute agony both physically and mentally. Initially, what was thought of being a case of tinnitus, turned out to be a strain in the ear-drums. This happened because of continued exposure of loud music in enclosed space, typical of the spaces musicians use as jam-pads. While you cannot ask a musician to completely avoid practice, especially since these are the only spaces they can freely jam in, hearing aid clinics in India are asking musicians to use ear-plugs or at-least block it with some cotton to dampen the strain that jamming in enclosed spaces cause. It is important be protected at jamming sessions to keep away hearing problems.

Visit an audiologist regularly

Like athletes visit the gym, musicians should make it a habit to visit an audiologist regularly. This will help keep the various hearing problems away. It is important for musicians to know and understand that most musician’s hearing disordersare easier prevented than treated. And musicians need the care and access to the best in hearing care to help them cope with the strenuous schedule and requirements and keep their hearing sense safe. This is why Hearing Plus one of the best hearing aid clinic in Indiawho take this seriously and have worked with leading experts to help musicians find the best in hearing care. So if you are a musician in India and are facing hearing problems and have no clue which Indian hearing aid clinic you should visit for help, look no further than Hearing Plus.

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Listen Up! : 10 tips to adjust to your new hearing aids

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:45:45 PM Asia/Calcutta

The first few days of using a hearing aid is weird. It’s almost like the first few days of marriage- you feel a rush of new, like your life has changed but still can’t get past that initial discomfort. Any Hearing Aid Clinic in India always considers this period of discomfort among new users of the hearing aid and they also suggest a few exercises to help users get accustomed to the hearing aid, but it is often seen that new-users often do not consider these suggestions seriously and end up with discomfort once again. Then they’re forced to consult an audiologist to help them get accustomed to their hearing aids. Hearing Plus, as one of the leading chains in Hearing Aid Clinic India, takes notice of this problem. Here is a list of 10 tips that will help you get adjusted to your new hearing aids in an easy and organic way.

1.Start in quiet room

The first day of wearing a hearing aid is quite an experience. It is advisable to sit in a quiet room and get used to your newly rediscovered ability to fathom faint sounds. The ticking of a clock and the sounds of vehicles outside are things that you will have to get used to. At first, these sounds may seem unnaturally loud. This is because the brain isn’t used to these sounds. But do not worry. The brain is pretty adept at adjusting to anything new. Just let the brain work its magic. All you’ve got to do is let your brain figure out a way to make it comfortable for you. Sitting and consciously listening to sounds in a quiet room really helps. Some healthcare professionals often may ask you to note down words or sounds that you may find bothersome to listen to. Keep practicing listening and you will notice that your listening ability will improve a lot with every subsequent follow-up visit. If you still find certain words bothersome, consult your healthcare professional.

2.Never get discouraged or irritated if it feels funny

Have you ever seen anyone getting adjusted to spectacles on the first day itself? No. Right?! It takes a few days for your nose to get adjusted to your spectacles resting on it. Hearing aids behave in a similar way. It will take a while for you to get adjusted to the new found listening ability and the device itself. Do not be discouraged by it. Simply keep wearing it till it becomes part of your being. Most people feel irritated or embarrassed and stop wearing hearing aids within a week. If you feel irritated by your hearing aids, it is advisable to be in touch with your audiologist. Choose any Hearing aid clinic in India that ensures that they’re available to look after you needs till it gets comfortable.

3.Wear it only a few hours a day initially

It is recommended by most hearing aid clinic in India to wear your hearing aids for atleast 8 hours in a day. In the beginning wear your hearing aids only for a few hours in day that too not at a stretch and gradually increase the usage duration with time. This will help you understand the difference and help your mind and ears to get conditioned to the change.

4.Always practice to talk to people in groups

A hearing aid can make sounds chaotic especially when in a group. Many of those who have just been introduced to hearing aids find it very difficult to adapt to the change. The sound of group chatter is something that can get very difficult to get used to as people speak in different frequencies and hearing aid microphones are extremely sensitive. So the surreal experience could quickly turn out to be a chaotic one. Some people feel very uneasy using these hearing aids and hence are only motivated to stop using it. There are hearing aid clinic in India that will program your hearing aid helping you specifically to understand speech in noise. While just starting out with your hearing aids, practice to talk to people in groups. Practice is the only way out.

5.Avoid experimenting with volume

What many people do is experiment with the volume settings. They feel like increasing or decreasing the volume level may help them hear better or clearer. The brain takes it’s time to adjust to the new sensation it is going to experience as you start using hearing aids. In case you feel that the volume settings in your hearing aids need to change, it is advisable to avoid any kind of self-experimentation and consult your audiologist right away.

6.Set the television to a ‘normal’ volume

It is very common for new users to blare the volume of the TV thinking it will help them hear things clearer. That will not help your brain and ear to adapt to the hearing levels of the hearing aid. Instead set the volume of the TV to normal and continue like that even if the volume sounds a little faint. Over time, the ears adjust and you are able to hear well.

7.Use captions and subtitles to the fullest

Most modern hearing aid clinic in India now encourage new hearing-aidusers to practice watching videos with captions and subtitles with low volume. This is sort of a brain exercise to help adapt to certain words and the sounds associated with it.

8.Listening exercises with eyes closed

Similar to how the nose and tongue equally play a part in the brain’s processing of taste, the eyes also help in perception and hence hearing. Practicing hearing using hearing aids with your eyes closed helps in understanding depth and distance with your newfound hearing ability.

9.Read aloud to yourself

It is extremely important to read aloud to yourself. Self-hearing is extremely important. This helps you practice and understand the volume you should be speaking at even when on or off the hearing aid, so that you do not sound too loud for people around you.

10.While you read, listen to the audio recording of the book

Another reading exercise that really helps to condition the ear is to listen to recordings of audio books while also reading the books. This will help you with hearing a lot.

In case you are still finding it difficult to adapt to your hearing aids, consult an audiologist right away. Hearing Plus has been helping new user rehabilitate to their new found ability to hear. Get in touch with us and hear free, feel free!

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