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Understanding Your Hearing Aid Machine

Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:22:50 PM Asia/Calcutta

You are having difficulties in hearing and therefore, you thought that now you should buy hearing aids and made it a habit of wearing them regularly. Bravo, you have been doing great till now! But do you often think that you can get back your natural hearing? Yes, hearing aids have the ability to enable you to hear better.

No doubt hearing aids are the most widely used and are quite effective as a hearing loss treatment solution. But hearing aids do no more than simply amplifying the sounds as they receive. If you think that by wearing a hearing aid machine your hearing will be restored, then you would be wrong. An ear hearing device uses your residual hearing, that is your remaining hearing ability to amplify the sounds and to enable you to hear.

 

Why is it So?

Let’s get into the basics of the human ear structure. Well, you know that the human ear is divided into three parts, namely the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. 

If we take a closer look into the inner ear, we find the spiral-shaped cochlea situated in the rigid bony labyrinth situated in the outer wall of the inner ear. Inside the cochlea, we have thousands of tiny hair-like structures called hair cells - 3,500 inner hair cells and 12,000 outer hair cells. These tiny hair cells are very sensitive and once damaged, they could never be recovered.

 

How Do We Hear?

Let’s quickly summarise the whole complex procedure of hearing and the functioning of the human ear into some basic steps. The sound waves are received by the outer ear which after travelling down the long passage of the ear canal strike against the eardrum or the tympanic membrane and cause it to vibrate. These vibrations are then transferred to the ear ossicles or the small ear bones which further passes them over to the inner ear. The hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear convert these sound stimuli into electrical impulses which are then sent to the brain via the auditory nerve. The brain understands and recognises these signals as sounds, and only then can we actually ‘hear’. Although this whole process occurs within a fraction of seconds, yet it is quite a complex one and involves many other by-processes and chemical reactions.

 

How Do Hearing Aids Work?

A hearing aid machine typically has three parts - a microphone which picks up the sounds, an amplifier which makes the sound louder and a receiver which sends the amplified sounds to the ear canal of the user. Yes, the modern digital hearing aids are advanced and takes the listening experience to a whole new level by transmitting the sound signals to a computer chip which adjusts the pitch and volume by working with discrete sections of the sound frequency according to the hearing requirements of the hearing aid machine user. But no matter how smart and intelligent your digital hearing aids are, your natural hearing ability won’t be recovered. It is because the hair cells once damaged won’t be regenerated again!

 

Analog or Digital?

Of course, digital hearing aids! While the old hearing aid machine users who are comfortable in using the analog devices of the previous few decades and would say that these devices are really well, we would suggest one and all to try out digital hearing aids. They are designed to enhance your hearing ability. And what’s more? The updated digital devices are packed with so many features that would cater to your individual needs and lifestyle preferences, thus making your life much easier. Also, they are much more user-friendly with easy programmable options and buttons. And not to forget the sleek designs and extremely small sizes which are absolutely lovable.

The maximum that can be done is that your Audiologist can fine-tune your hearing aid machine or filter out the wind or other background noises, and make some certain program upgradation. The digital hearing aids can thus match with your specific hearing loss pattern and customise your listening experience. You can also directly stream audio, take calls and even adjust your program settings using smartphone apps.

Here is a post on the different features one would get in the modern-day digital hearing aids: ‘Latest Technologies Used in Modern Day Digital Hearing Aids’. You can also go through another blog of ours on ‘7 Must-have Features in Your Digital Hearing Aids

 

Factors that Affect the Success of a Hearing Aid Machine

Whether or not your hearing aid would work for you depends upon a variety of factors. These include -

  • The type and severity of hearing loss

  • Your lifestyle choices

  • Whether you have ear infections

  • Your dexterity and ease of use

  • Whether you have been ignoring your hearing problems for a long time

  • Whether you have lost your hearing before learning a language or after it

  • Whether you are going to use it on a regular basis as and when suggested by your Audiologist

You can check out our blog on ‘Does Hearing Aid Machine Work for Everyone?’ for more information on this topic.

 

Which Would be the Right Hearing Aids Types for Me?

The main types of hearing aids include -

  • BTE or Behind-the-Ear

  • Power BTE

  • RIC or Receiver-in-the-Canal

  • ITE or In-the-Ear

  • ITC or In-the-Canal

  • CIC or Completely-in-the-Canal

  • IIC or Invisible-in-the-Canal

Each has its pros and cons. Do check out the advantages and disadvantages of each of the hearing aids types in our previously written blog: ‘Advantages and Disadvantages of Hearing Aids Types

 

Now that you are aware of what each hearing aid device has in store for you, you can shortlist them by analysing which one would match your needs. Of course, consider discussing with your Audiologist throughout this important decision-making process at a recognised hearing aid clinic near you.

 

Some Buying Tips

With so many features in today’s digital hearing aids, one would get really confused as to which device to go for. Don’t worry! We are here to help you out. Here is a guide for the hearing aid buyer: ‘10 Tips for Buying Hearing Aids

 

Care and Maintenance Tips

Things wouldn’t just end once you buy hearing aids. Your devices need to be taken care of. The more you take care of them, the more they would take care of your hearing. We have a separate blog on ‘Are You Taking Care of Your Hearing Aids?’. Do check it out, it might be helpful.

 

What If You Meet Hearing Aid Disasters?

While you might try your best to take care of your new hearing aids, accidents are sure to happen. In such cases, we don’t want you to panic. Instead, we have for you a guide to how to cope up and deal with these situations: ‘5 Common Hearing Aid Disasters: How to Deal With Them?

 

For more help, check out the blog post from Consumer Reports. It has got some wonderful information and would be a complete guide for the hearing aid buyer: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/hearing-aids/buying-guide/index.htm

 

To sum up, you are definitely going to hear and do so quite well, but you won’t get back your normal hearing ability, that is, you can’t hear with using a hearing aid machine.

Does Hearing Aid Machine Work for Everyone?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:01:55 PM Asia/Calcutta

Yes, there are so many success rates with hearing aids all over the world, but do you know that not everybody is benefitted from them? This is because each and every individual’s hearing needs are different and therefore, would naturally require a different kind of treatment for his or her hearing problems. While people with mild to moderate degree of hearing loss can well be benefitted with hearing aids, those with a severe to a profound degree of loss won’t find a hearing aid machine quite beneficial. However, there are other options for hearing loss treatment such as cochlear implants or middle ear implants.

Hearing aids are no doubt the most widely used hearing devices and have really been a great hearing loss treatment with effective solutions. But they don’t always prove to be fruitful for many users. This is because the basic role of any hearing aid machine is to simply amplify the sounds as they receive, by making use of the residual hearing. However, in case of severe damage caused to the hearing ability of an individual, not even the advanced digital hearing aids could properly amplify the sounds. On the contrary, the sounds might even appear distorted and ambiguous in such a case.

There are many factors for which a hearing aid machine can fail to give you any benefits. Some of the common causes are -

  • If you have severe to profound degree of sensorineural hearing loss. Most hearing aids are suitable and most effective for people with mild to moderate degree of hearing loss.

  • If you haven’t used any hearing aid machine even after living with untreated hearing loss for many years. Hearing aids are not like glasses; your hearing won’t be restored the moment you put them on. Your brain needs time to adjust to this ‘new’ world of sounds.

  • If you buy cheap hearing aids. Cheap hearing aids won’t be of any good. You may save some money for the time being, but in the long run, you will actually end up spending more!

  • If you use a wrong hearing aid. Not every hearing aid machine would help you hear better. Just because your friend is satisfied with a particular device, there is no surety at all that that machine would suit you. Because your hearing needs are different!

  • If you have ear infections or malformations or defects in the outer or middle ear. Your hearing aids would work only when the outer and the middle ear are properly functioning.

So before you buy hearing aids do consider consulting with your Audiologist. He or she will suggest you the best hearing loss treatment option - be it the modern and advanced digital hearing aids or cochlear implants or others, depending upon the severity of the loss.

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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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Age Related Hearing Loss Facts & Treatment

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:55:15 PM Asia/Calcutta

As we grow old we suffer from Age Related Hearing Loss. This type of hearing loss which occurs on account of growing age is called Presbycusis. In this blog we will try to make you aware about  hearing loss related to age and its treatment.

Causes of Age Related Hearing Loss

There are many cause for Hearing Loss related to age. It is difficult to pin point the exact reason for the same. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) may be one cause. This occurs when we are exposed to sounds that are too loud or last too long. Over the long term such may cause hearing Loss. The prolonged exposure damage the hearing cells in our inner ear and causes hearing Loss . Owing to certain prolonged medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure may damage the hearing cells and the inner ear. The ear drum too may get damaged owing to these medical conditions. Certain medications that are toxic in nature too may damage the sensory cells in our ears and cause hearing loss. The combination of these factors brings about the hearing loss in old age.

Symptoms of Age Related Hearing Loss:

Often hearing loss stays undetected and untreated as the process is gradual. It therefore gets overlooked. Here are some of the symptoms which you should take note of:

  • If we find it difficult to follow conversations as it may seem to be too soft it may be a symptom of Hearing Loss due to ageing.
  • With age we tend to hear ringing, roaring, hissing, or other sounds in our ears. This problem is called Tinnitus. The actual external sound may not actually exist and thus the sound we hear may only be perceived.
  • Another symptom is loss of ability to hear higher pitched sound may get reduced. A man’s lower-pitched voice may be easier to understand. But a woman’s higher-pitched voice may be difficult to hear and follow.

As a family member you too can help in detecting the hearing loss problem. If you see that the aged person is requiring to raise the volume of the television to a level which sounds much louder to others in the room, it may be a preliminary indication of hearing loss which needs to be treated.

Treatments and devices which may help

The treatment of age related hearing loss depends on it's severity. the problem. It is generally irreversible . This is because this type of hearing loss is permanent in nature. So early detection always help in treatment of hearing loss of this type. A common way to treat the problem is use of the right Hearing Aid Device. A Hearing Device is a device which a microphone, an amplifier and speaker. The sound picked up by the microphone is amplified. Thus with a louder sound the patient is able to hear. Other treatments may be Cochlear Implants and bone anchored hearing systems. However other types of treatments have both their advantages and disadvantages.

Hearing Plus is a leading Hearing aids Clinic in India. We have all the latest and most advanced hearing aid devices. So in case you are suffering from Age Related Hearing Loss, Hearing Plus has the best hearing aid devices for you. For further information about treatment of hearing loss related to ageing or to consult our Audiologists please visit https://hearingplus.in.

How to Buy Right Hearing Aid Machine Online

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:34:48 PM Asia/Calcutta

Whether you use hearing aid or not, you must have known that it is pretty expensive. The constant technological advancement is leading to the rapid replacement of traditional hearing aids with the contemporary ones. Besides, many insurance companies are there that do not provide coverage for the device. All these factors accumulate together to compel the people to opt for the hearing aids being sold online.

However, buying the hearing devices means you’re getting the product in hand only when you have paid for it. So, you have to be extra cautious. Extensive research and proper understanding of the features of hearing aid is crucial to have a good buy. Dos that will help you get the right product are highlighted below. Check it out.

Trial Period Matters:

Generally the online sites dealing with hearing devices have either one month or two months trial period. During this period, you should wear your hearing aid machine to find out whether you’re feeling comfortable in it or not. Prior to availing their trail period offer, know about their refund policy. Ask the retailer whether they will return the money in case it is ill-fitted. Buy only when you know everything about their policy of trial period.

Warranty of the Device:

For how long the warranty of your hearing aid is going to last? Is the repairing service is included in its warranty period? These are some of the questions you should seek answers for before placing your order online. Knowing the repairing cost and the type of repairing services included in the warranty will help you in taking decision. Today, various branded companies are offering hearing aids. Your selected brand should have authorization to sell the device, otherwise the warranty card will be of no use.

Consider the Features:

More features means more money. Your hearing aid machine online may have lots of features, some of which may not be useful for you. So, why you’re going to pay for those useless features? Choose the one that has the features you require. However that demands you to determine your needs. Once you know the services that will help you in the long run, will enable you to get the product at a cost-effective way.

Fitting Cost of Your Auditory Device:

If you’re worried about the fitting of your newly bought hearing device, ask the online retailer frankly about it. If they are unable to help you in this respect, its better to avoid such online retailer. Hearing aid fitting is a complicated procedure and only an Audiologist is trained for the same. Without a proper hearing aid fitting your hearing aid will be of no use. Consider this single most important factor while purchasing a hearing aid machine online.

Compare the Prices:

Price comparison is the key to shop without spending unnecessarily. Many eCommerce stores offer discounts to increase their sales. Just by seeing the discounted price, don’t think that the product will be of low quality. Generally, these online stores sell the hearing aids at a discounted price to clear away their old stocks. It is, indeed, a cost-saving option for those who are not much worried about getting traditional models of hearing device but also take care of the fact regarding hearing aid fitting and the after sale service.

Buy From a Reputed Store:

We all trust more on reputed stores. And, chances are that you’re not an exception to it. Just by looking at the design of the website, you can’t tell how reliable it is. For that, you need to go through customers feedback. The more the positive is the customers’ feedback, the more recognized the online seller is. Buying the hearing device from a reputed store means that you will get a quality product. In case, if you face any problem regarding the purchase, their customer support executives will always be there to assist you.

Know the Payment Method:

Your online seller may ask you to pay them the money directly by transferring the amount to their bank account. Mind it, when you do so, the chances of hacking your account is increased. It’s because these kinds of payments do not guarantee encryption. Consequently, your bank details will get exposed which can be used later on to draw money from your account. Hence, it’s better to opt for the COD mode of payment.

The tips shared above will aid you in getting your desired and fitted hearing tool without spending a fortune on it. Follow these steps carefully and also choose your product wisely so as to stay away from the hassles of returning the device.

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