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Are You Fed Up of Your Hearing Aid Whistling Sounds?

Thursday, March 29, 2018 5:29:07 PM Asia/Calcutta

Hearing aids are very delicate devices that need proper care and maintenance, otherwise it might backfire on you. If you have been experiencing feedback sounds, such as whistling, quite often from your hearing aid devices, do not tolerate these noises. It’s high time that you need to change them. It is quite annoying and in fact, harmful for the hearing aid user. In such a case, instead of treating your hearing loss, hearing aid devices with annoying whistling sounds might even damage your overall hearing health. Are you paying for making your hearing health grow more adverse?

Health Issues Caused due to Untreated or Improperly Treated Hearing Loss

Now you may ask the most obvious question, “How is my hearing health going to be affected due to feedback sounds arising out of hearing aid devices?” Untreated or badly treated hearing loss can have a negative effect on the brain. This is to say, that if the sound processing (auditory) centre of the brain is not properly stimulated with all kinds of sounds, then a time may come, when the brain will forget the sounds it did not hear properly for a long time. As a result, it would not recognise those sounds, and the person might eventually suffer from Auditory Deprivation. Studies show that a person suffering from Auditory Deprivation for a long time would gradually develop the risks of Dementia - a condition in which the affected person suffers from mental disorders like anxiety and forgetfulness. All these issues will lead to social isolation and loneliness. So it is extremely important for you to not only treat your hearing problems on time, but you should also wear your hearing aid devices properly.

 

Causes of Feedback Sounds

There can be many causes of feedback sounds arising out of your hearing aids, the most obvious being -

  • Improperly fitted ear mold or shell.

  • Excessive accumulation of earwax in your ear canal, for which the hearing aid devices are not in their proper place.

  • Another astonishing reason of feedback sounds is when the ear mold of the listening device is pointed in the wrong direction, that is, instead of being pointed towards the eardrum, the mold is pointed towards the walls of the ear canal. This causes the sound waves to strike hard against these ear canal walls, thus creating feedback sounds.

  • Some internal damages in the parts of the hearing aid devices might also result in acoustic leakages and the production of feedback sounds. This may include hole in the ear mold due to rough cleaning.

 

How to Fix It?

Too much accumulation of earwax might block the ear canal, and this has become the major cause of feedback generation from your hearing aids. While sound waves leave the ear mold, they get reflected back from the solid walls of the earwax and if the mold is fitted improperly the sound leaks out and thus they create disturbing whistling sounds. It is very similar to a hose pipe spraying the water all over the garden, in all directions. Hence, it is very important for you to consult an ENT Specialist to get your ears cleaned of any excessive earwax and dirt.

Another common reason of feedback sounds is loosely fitted hearing aid devices. In case of children who are at their growing stage, due to the growth of their ear canals, their hearing aids become loose. So it is very important to change the ear mold of your hearing aid devices from time to time so as to make them properly fitted in your ears, and not experience any annoying sounds. Also, these annoying feedback sounds affect the user’s listening experience tremendously, as a result of which the person might altogether lose the interest to wear hearing aids. Not wearing hearing aids might in turn have adverse effects on the hearing impaired person.

A complete solution to all the above problems is to opt for digital hearing aid devices, which not only take care of these issues but also have a feedback cancellation technology. These are custom made and easily adjustable user-friendly devices, wearing which you will feel comfortable.

In a nutshell, always wear custom-made hearing aid devices, that fits properly in your ear. Never compromise on listening devices, as a wrong decision might make situations adverse. However, always keep in mind to consult a trained Audiologist before arriving at a final conclusion.

Comments | Posted in Hearing Aid Devices By Phalguni Bannerjee

How to Improve Sound Quality of Your Hearing Aids?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:10:18 PM Asia/Calcutta

Hearing aids are delicate instruments that need proper care regularly so as to increase the machine’s longevity. Your Audiologist will give you proper guidance for keeping your hearing aid in good condition for as long as possible. This will not only improve the performance of the device, but will also provide a better sound quality. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to take care of your precious device, and your hearing health as well.

Researchers are continuously working on making hearing aid devices better, so as to improve the listening experience of the hearing impaired persons. So accordingly it is their duty to take extreme care of their devices, so as to keep them functional for as long as possible. Here are some tips that Audiologists give to the users of hearing aid devices worldwide, so as to keep their quality and performance intact.

  • Clean your device regularly - You must clean your device daily with a soft, dry cloth to remove dirt and impurities so as to avoid any blockages or disturbances in the hearing aid devices. Remove the earmolds to clean them up in mild soap solution. Dry them properly using forced air blower or hearing aid dryers (not with hair dryers, microwave or oven), and make sure that they are completely dry before replacing them in the hearing aid devices. Consult your product literature for getting a proper guidance on cleaning your device.

  • Replace batteries regularly - Consult your Audiologist and/or your product literature for instructions on how frequently you are required to change and/or recharge the batteries of your hearing aid devices. Generally batteries last for about 1-2 weeks; however, it may vary from product to product. You should always keep spare batteries handy, so as to avoid any issues during emergency situations. Also, test your batteries with a battery tester regularly, to check whether they are in full strength. Always store your batteries in a cool and dry place. Another tip to increase the longevity of the batteries of hearing aid devices is to remove the batteries from your device whenever you are not using it, for example, while you are sleeping or taking a shower. Also, keep in mind to dispose off weak and old batteries properly, as they contain toxic substances.

  • Perform listening checks daily - Your Audiologist will show you how to perform a listening check of your device, generally by using a listening tube. You should do this regularly to test whether your hearing aid devices are producing good quality and distortion-free sound. If you find the sound to be cracked or raspy even after changing the batteries, immediately consult your Audiologist.

  • Check whether the volume keys and program keys are properly controlled - If you hear weak and feeble sounds even with fresh batteries, then check whether your volume keys are turned up. Even after turning them well up if you hear weak and feeble sounds, then consult your Audiologist for reprogramming your hearing aid devices and properly regulating the program keys.

  • Avoid feedback sounds - Wear your hearing aid devices properly so as to avoid any feedback from within the device, like annoying whistling sounds. Feedback occurs when sound comes out of the earmold and re-enters the microphone. It arises mainly when they are fitted improperly. These noises affect the sound quality, and the overall performance of the machine. Hearing feedback might suggest that the earmold is too small, and it needs to be changed. So clean your device and your ear canal regularly, or get your earmolds changed, by consulting with your Audiologist. You can also try turning down the volume, as it not only reduces feedback, but also allows you to hear only the important sounds. However, modern digital hearing aid devices come in a feedback cancellation feature.

  • Prevent moisture from entering the hearing aid devices - Avoid your device from getting wet or catching moisture. So it is very important to dry clean your hearing aid from time to time, and to take it off before going to the shower. Always remove hearing aid devices in a safe and dry place, such as your bedroom where you can sit down and remove them properly, and not in your bathroom. Also, remove them by laying a soft cloth, to cushion the blow and to avoid bouncing of their parts over a hard surface. Always store your hearing aid devices properly in the product box, and in a cool and dry place. If by any chance your device falls in water, then immediately remove its batteries and keep the battery doors open, and dry them completely with hearing aid dryers. Rest them for about an hour or two, or if possible, overnight. If they do not work in the morning, even with fresh batteries, then consult your Audiologist immediately. Preventing moisture from entering into your hearing aid devices will not only improve their sound quality, but will increase their longevity as well.

In the end, you should always consult your Audiologist regularly to give you the right type of hearing aid devices according to your specific needs and to make minor adjustments in them. Never take any decision yourself, as all hearing aids would not suit you. It is your duty and responsibility to take proper care of your ear, which is an extremely important organ of your body, and your ear health determines your overall quality of life.

Comments | Posted in Hearing Aid Devices By Phalguni Bannerjee

What to Consider When Comparing Hearing Aid Brands

Saturday, December 23, 2017 6:12:45 PM Asia/Calcutta

In this generation of technological advancement, hearing aids are becoming more and more progressive with its new and even customized features. Hearing aids are devices that amplify sound and deliver it directly in the ears of the hearing impaired person. Surveys show that a majority of the people are completely satisfied with the outcome of hearing aids.

Today, there are so many hearing aid brands to choose from. All of them serve fascinating features and services, making people completely forget about their hearing impairment. However, different brands have different particularities in their products catering to the specific needs of the hearing impaired person. They vary in the features they offer, the technology used, the design and style of the device, the specific lifestyle of the user, and the price range they come in.

Based on the design of the device, hearing aid brands offer designs like behind-the-ear (BTE), mini-BTE, in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC), completely-in-the-canal (CIC), invisible-in-canal (IIC). As their names suggest, they come in convenient sizes that fit in the ear, and even inside the ear canal completely. Most hearing aid brands keep this flexibility in mind based on the requirements of hearing impaired people worldwide.

The technology based hearing aids are of two types, namely, the Analog and the Digital. However, digital hearing aids are more technologically advanced than the analog ones, and some hearing aid brands also offer many more features in digital hearing aids.

Based on the differences in features, most hearing devices are equipped with the directional microphone, the direct audio input, the T-coil or telephone switch, and the feedback suppression.

Hearing aid brands also keep in mind the specific lifestyle of the user which vary from the simple, the social, the outdoor and the vibrant ones. These are again divided into various other types that serve the specific requirements and choices of the patients. Also, there is another special kind of hearing aid that is built into the stethoscopes of medical practitioners who are suffering from hearing disabilities. These types of hearing aids are battery operated with either changeable ones which run for a long period depending on its quality, or rechargeable ones, with good battery backups.

Before buying a hearing aid, the user should compare different hearing aid brands and consider multiple aspects. Let’s have a glance at the parameters that you should consider while comparing various manufacturers.

  • Value for money - The user must feel that the product and its features are worth the price.

  • Sound quality - The sound quality of the product should be very clear, and should be as distortion-free as possible. Hearing aid brands that offer the best sound quality are a clear winner here.

  • Performance - The brands offering a smooth performance, without frequent failures in its functionality, should be shortlisted.

  • Reliability - Only those brands must be considered that are reliable enough and have good reviews, both from users and skilled Audiologists worldwide.

  • Ease of fit - Hearing aid brands must be offering a device that fits easily according to the shape of the user’s ear, without having him/her to adjust it in place frequently.

  • Size - Most people prefer their hearing aids to be as small as possible, so as to keep them hidden within the ear, making others go unnoticed of the user wearing one. Nowadays, different hearing aid brands offer extremely small to almost miniscule devices that completely fit inside the ear mold or even the ear canal of the hearing impaired person.

  • Ease of use - The product should provide enough flexibility to the user, so that he/she do not feel uncomfortable wearing it.

  • Customer support service - The hearing aid brands must be offering really good and satisfactory customer support services, because if the user is not guided properly, he/she may face serious health-related problems.

  • Connectivity like bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies - The product must have good connectivity technologies so that they can be operated, regulated and even programmed as per the requirements of the user.

  • Durability - The hearing aid brands must be offering products that last long, without compromising on their overall quality.

  • Battery life - If the battery is too weak, users should not go for them, as it is not always possible to change batteries too frequently. You should never consider hearing aid brands that do not provide a good battery life.

  • Rechargeability - If possible, the user must look for a device that offers battery recharging facilities, because as mentioned above, it is not always possible for users to change batteries, for example, if they are on a long trip, it might not be possible for them to get batteries everywhere. Also the hearing aid brands must be providing a good battery backup.

  • Aesthetics - The overall design and style of the hearing aid really attract the person seeking for one, due to its aesthetic value. There are many hearing aid brands that are cutting the edge with their sleek design and stunning looking devices.

Apart from these, there are other specific factors that a person might look for in different hearing aid brands according to his/her specific needs based on the type and degree of hearing loss and his/her lifestyle. These may include binaural ("wireless ear-to-ear system") technology, tinnitus (ringing in the ear) management options, innovations in digital technology, compression, feedback suppression or cancellation, noise reduction, and other product services like extended warranty hassle-free exchange or repairing, and the like. Different manufacturers specialize in different parameters and have different price variations. Hearing Plus, a recognized clinic for treating hearing impaired persons, deals with different brands that serve different features according to the needs of the patient.

However, it is strictly suggested that you should always consult an Audiologist before taking any decision. It is only your Audiologist who will choose the right brand for you according to your hearing loss and your adjustability to amplification. Also, you must be willing to adjust to your device according to your motivation, hearing needs, lifestyle, and priorities. In the end, the success with hearing aids depends less on the manufacturer than on the motivation and diligence of both the patient and the Audiologist.

With the advancement of technology, hearing aid brands are gradually developing their products with improved hearing abilities, increased longevity, advancement of designs and facilities and many more. Hence, hearing loss is no more a problem, and one should not shy away from acquiring a hearing aid.

Comments | Posted in Hearing Aid Devices By Phalguni Bannerjee

Whom To Consult For Hearing Losses?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:20:37 PM Asia/Calcutta

We are often confused whom to consult for Hearing Losses? We at Hearing Plus being the leading Hearing Treatment Center In India in this blog would try to make you aware about the basic types of hearing losses and when to consult professionals suspecing you may be suffering from hearing loss.

Various Types Of Hearing Losses

Hearing Loss is the inability to hear partially or totally in one or both. Generally in terms of frequency the human ear should hear between 20 to 20000 hertz. The threshold or at least hearing ability of a person is over 25 dB (decibel). If one is not able to hear even if the decibel level of the sound is above this minimum threshold then it could be considered as Hearing Loss or Hearing Impairment. In terms of degree the hearing loss may be mild, severe or profound. The hearing loss type is generally identified by which part of the ear the hearing problem is occurring in. They may be 3 broad types of Hearing Loss based on this, which are as follows:

Conductive Hearing Loss: This type of hearing loss is on account of problem in the middle or outer ear. Such problems are normally curable with medication or by means of using proper hearing aids.

Sensoineural Hearing is on account of problems in the inner or auditory nerve related disorders. Though this permanent problem, but restoration of hearing even in these cases is possible with help of hearing aid devices or others such devices.

Mixed Hearing Loss: A combination of conductive and Sensorineural hearing loss is termed as mixed hearing loss. Hearing Aids and other hearing Aid Devices may help in rectifying such types of Hearing Loss.

Choosing Professionals Who Treat Hearing Loss: Often we may get confused in regard to whom to consult for treatment of Hearing Loss. There are Audiologists and ENT Specialists. The general physician or an ENT Specialist may prescribe to treat infections or other conditions like ear infections, dizziness, removal of ear wax, etc. However from there you could be referred to an audiologist. An ENT Specialist on the other hand generally sees a patient when it is beyond the scope of a General Physician. He or she prescribes medication but does not perform audiology or hearing evaluations. This type of Hearing Tests are conducted by the audiologists. The Audiologists conducts various types of Hearing Tests to determine the nature and degree of the hearing loss or hearing impairment. These tests may be Pure Tone Testing, Tympanometry, Pure Tone Tone Audiometry, Tests of the Middle Ear, Audiotory Brain Stem Response (ABR), Otoacoustic Emmissions (OAEs), etc. The tests may be conducted by the Audiologists and the results from these tests are used by the ENT Specialists to determine the treatment for the type and degree of Hearing Losses. He may recommend whether the hearing loss is treatable by medication or through surgery. In many cases hearing aids may be recommended for correction of the hearing Loss. It is advisable that you must consult an audiologist to select the right kind of Hearing Aid based on your type and degree of Hearing Loss.

We at hearingplus.in are experts in the treatment of hearing loss in India. For further information about hearing loss treatment please visit us.

Comments | Posted in Hearing Aid Devices Hearing Impairment By Phalguni Bannerjee

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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