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Protect Your Unborn Baby Against Hearing Loss

Friday, August 16, 2019 5:09:15 PM Asia/Calcutta

Yes, your baby might have a risk of developing hearing loss even before birth! While some causes aren’t quite preventable, some others can really be prevented and are completely in your hands. Many a time the cause of hearing loss in the baby in your womb is due to a lack of carefulness and caution. You as a mother must make it a point to take care of your baby in every possible way. Always remember, a healthy you mean a healthy baby!

However, simply talking about the mother’s health would be wrong. The health of the father matters equally and therefore, both the parents must follow healthy habits to avoid any complications of the baby - including hearing. Because leading a healthy lifestyle is key to protect your child’s hearing health, which is much better than hearing loss treatment. Always keep this in mind that if a baby is born with permanent hearing impairment, no treatment of hearing loss can ever replace it with the natural hearing of an individual.

Let Not Your Unborn Baby Suffer

Factors Affecting Hearing Health in the Fetus

Certain health conditions of the mother do affect the hearing health of the child during pregnancy. For instance, suppose if a mother has some infections, then certain viruses or infections can get transferred down to the fetus. However, apart from health conditions, there are certain unhealthy habits that might damage the hearing of your baby, such as smoking, alcohol intake, not maintaining a proper and balanced diet, and other such detrimental lifestyle habits. Let’s have a look at how these habits or health conditions hamper the hearing development of the fetus.

 

Unhealthy Habits

  • Smoking and Intake of alcoholic beverages - Toxins from cigarettes and alcoholic drinks are very harmful to hearing as well as the overall health of the child. These substances reduce the cell formation of the fetus which affects the hearing organs, which remain underdeveloped for life. The child in such a case is born with fewer auditory sensory cells than its peers with normal hearing development, thus increasing the risks of hearing loss caused due to noise exposure or aging.

  • Not following a balanced and healthy diet - Malnutrition leads to the underdevelopment of the fetus - including hearing. If a woman doesn’t maintain a good and healthy diet as advised by the doctor, the hearing organs and cells won’t develop properly, thereby increasing the risks of hearing loss both during the fetus stage and after birth.

  • Exposure to loud noises - Even in the mother’s uterus, the baby is highly vulnerable to noise. The hearing mechanism of the fetus is fully developed after 20 weeks of conception and is quite unprotected. If a woman is exposed to high decibels of noise for most of the day or for a significant amount of time, it is highly possible that her baby will be born with noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Studies show that exposure to loud noises during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery. Also, increased noise levels can cause stress which can cause changes in a pregnant woman's body. This can affect her developing baby in her womb. It is because sound can travel through your body and reach your unborn baby. Although this sound will be muffled in the womb, very loud noises might still be able to damage your baby's hearing even in the pre-natal stage.

 

Health Conditions

  • Rubella (German Measles) - It is an infection that affects the skin and lymph nodes and is caused by a virus. If a pregnant woman is affected by the infection, then it can have serious effects on the child, thus affecting the hearing health of the baby.

  • Measles - This can spread easily, causing rash, fever, cough and hearing loss.

  • Herpes - Studies show that four out of five children born of mothers infected with the herpes virus during early pregnancy might develop hearing loss.

  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) - This is a common virus that can pass over to the fetus from an infected pregnant woman. This is known as congenital CMV which is a leading cause of non-genetic hearing loss, thus affecting speech and language developmental skills.

  • Toxoplasmosis - This infection, often caused by undercooked meat or touching cat poop, causes problems like headaches, body aches, fever, fatigue and hearing loss.

Sadly, some congenital hearing loss (which is present at birth) cannot be prevented. However, following a proper and well-planned hearing loss treatment schedule can help you manage your child’s hearing loss better - especially in the generation of a technological boom. Today’s advanced hearing loss treatment methods like the updated digital hearing aid machine and cochlear implants can help your child develop speech and language skills on time at par with the developmental milestones.

To learn more about factors causing hearing loss during pregnancy, visit this link: https://www.hear-it.org/Protect-your-unborn-baby-against-hearing-loss

 

How to Prevent Your Baby from Developing Hearing Loss?

Now that you are aware of the possible factors affecting the hearing health of your baby in your womb, let’s talk about some preventive measures that can help you protect your child’s hearing health.

  • Quit smoking immediately. Not only you as a pregnant woman should quit smoking (if you have the habit), but you must also ask your family members in your home or other people you are living with to do so - because second-hand smoking is much more dangerous. Motivate them to quit smoking and make them realise that it is harmful to your baby. Every individual must keep this in mind and be responsible.

  • No alcohol intake. Similar is the case with alcoholic drinks. Quit them during pregnancy. It is harmful to both your baby and yourself.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

  • Maintain a proper and balanced diet. Talk to your paediatrician or a mother and child healthcare specialist about the good foods and the bad ones. Also discuss your health conditions (if any), so that he or she might set a proper diet chart for you.

  • Avoid being exposed to loud noises. If you have the habit of listening to loud music for hours together, then it’s high time that you must drop it at once! Yes, of course, you will listen to music - it is good for your health as it brings mental peace and calm. But if you do so for hours without a break or without controlling the volume, even that soothing music might turn dangerous for your baby! Make it a habit to reduce the timing and volume of the music.

  • Treat any health condition or infectious diseases at once. Being an expecting mother, never delay or ignore any health issue. Get proper treatment right away. Certain diseases or infections can be carried down to the fetus and might affect its hearing.

  • Avoid taking ototoxic medications.  Certain medications are toxic for the fetus. Consult your doctor and child specialist before taking any medicine.

Prevention is better than any hearing loss treatment. A little care makes a huge difference!

Are you aware of any other causes or preventive measures to protect your baby’s hearing during pregnancy? Tell us in the comment box below.

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How to Save More and Hear Better with Hearing Aids?

Thursday, August 8, 2019 12:18:27 PM Asia/Calcutta

With very few insurance plans covering hearing aids, customers often complain that they have no other option left than to let go of a lump sum amount from their pockets at once! Therefore, it is not surprising why people come up with the most commonly asked question, ‘Why hearing aids cost so much?’ So read on to find out whether a hearing aid machine is really worth the price you are paying for.

Considering the price of hearing aids, especially if you are going for the advanced and updated digital hearing aids of this day, the price you are having to pay is a huge barrier to many. But if you buy hearing aids by carefully considering certain things, then we assure you that you would get the most out of your hearing aid machine and at the same time you will be able to save your pocket! Finding the right hearing aid price list and what aspects you must look for in your device is what we are here to help you with.

 

What is the Price of Hearing Aids?

In India, the price of hearing aids can be quite difficult to quote, because they come in a large variety of styles and features. To put it roughly, the price of a basic hearing aid machine can be around 10,000 - 35,000, while premium or advanced digital hearing aids can go up to 1 - 2.5 lakhs.

To learn more about how to find the right hearing aid price list and the things to consider before you buy hearing aids, click here.

 

Why Such a Huge Price Range?

The price of hearing aids depends upon the features that they come in. The higher the number of features, the higher would the price go. But, most hearing aids are really worth the price. Primarily because, you can hear really well with them, especially if you were missing out the joy of hearing, and secondly because your lifestyle becomes so much easier and better. Some advanced digital hearing aids can let you be a part of the hearing world via the wireless media and the internet, thus helping you live a better quality of life.

If you ask why do the hearing aids come in such a huge price range, we would say that they are worth it and you won’t regret buying them. Starting from good sound quality, performance, advanced features, customized designs and fits, and of course, the happiness that comes along with it, to leading a healthy life, you would want to pay a little amount for all these wonderful things. After all, nobody wants to live a life without sounds. No words can explain how frustrating and distressing it is to live with a hearing loss.

You may often get tempted to go for attractive offers and discounts. But before you actually buy any device, do consider certain points (which we are about to discuss in the next section), and also remember to go through the terms and conditions and the policies of the hearing aid dealer carefully. Don’t get distracted by misleading offers. Also, do consider comparing several dealers and go for the one who would provide you with the best service. Most importantly, consulting with a certified and professional Audiologist is a MUST in any case! He or she will help you make the right decision - for which you won’t be regretting in the long run.

 

What to Consider Before You Buy Hearing Aids?

Although we have covered this section in our previous blogs: ‘Choosing the Right Type of Hearing Aid Device’ and ‘What to Consider When Comparing Hearing Aid Brands’, but briefing up again would be helpful -

  • The sound clarity

  • The performance of the hearing aid machine

  • Whether you are getting good warranty periods and what things are covered in them

  • Whether you are getting the right fit

  • Whether your hearing aid machine is meeting your personal needs

  • Check for the hearing aid price list and go for the best price

  • Whether the hearing aid dealer is reliable

  • Check for the longevity and the durability of the device. Look for a good battery life

  • There are digital hearing aids that come with wireless connectivity technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc at affordable prices. You can check out on those

  • Definitely go for the aesthetics, but never make that the first priority. For instance, you might want to go for the smallest and invisible hearing aid machine to hide your weakness. But that shouldn’t hamper with the quality of your hearing experience. Better hearing should always be your first priority and you must focus on it above anything else. Other things will be sorted out by themselves.

You might also want to consider checking out our blog on ‘5 Tips to Get the Best Out of Your Digital Hearing Aids’.

Always remember, better hearing is a key to living a better quality of life.

Hearing Aid Price

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:23:44 PM Asia/Calcutta

Hearing Aid prices in India may range from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 2.5 lacs. Several parameters determine the hearing aid prices. In a study done by Silva et. al. (2012) two important determinants of hearing aid prices are:

  1. Style or Design of Hearing Aid
  2. Signal Processing Technology

There are some other parameters which directly contribute to hearing aid prices and those are directional microphone, hearing aid shells and noise cancellation circuitry.

Now the question comes how a person will determine what value of hearing aid to purchase.

Definitely the type and degree of hearing loss is one of the key factors to determine the hearing aid which is usually determined by an Audiologist. Another key factor that an Audiologist keeps in mind while selecting a hearing aid is the lifestyle of the said person. In this parameter the said person with hearing impairment can contribute in the selection process and on the hearing aid price.

Based on the lifestyle that the person wants to enjoy he can select the appropriate type of hearing aid.

For example two person with the same degree and type of hearing loss and both are aging 65 years. Person A enjoys a sedentary life basically and mostly stays at home and person B is very active socially so person A should select hearing aid that supports simple living and hence his cost of hearing aid will be cheaper compared to person B who should select hearing aids supporting outdoor living or vibrant living and hence his hearing aid will be costlier.

Comments | Posted in Hearing Aid Price 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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