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Amazing Facts About Hearing

Monday, October 30, 2017 7:46:12 PM Asia/Calcutta

The world is full of interesting facts- some are not yet explored. If you ever use a microscope to look inside the ears, you’ll be amazed to see how the ear is constructed and how it functions. Ear, the small sensory organ in our body has multiple layers inside with different functions apart from hearing. Here are some amazing facts about the ears and hearing that will surprise you for sure. Scroll on to know the 15 facts about hearing that perhaps you have never heard before.

1. The tiniest bones in the human body are located in the ear. These are the middle ear ossicles, termed as- incus, malleus, and stapes (also called anvil, hammer, and stirrup).

2. Earwax does not require cleaning unless there is a disease or an abnormal condition. Our ears automatically push out the excess wax as needed.

3. Human ears comprise of 3 sections- termed as the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Each section has different functions.

4. Some species do not hear with ears; snakes hear with jawbones, male mosquitoes hear with the antennae and fish can hear as they respond to pressure changes.

5. Ears have functioned more than just hearing; ears are responsible for keeping our body balance.

6. When asleep, our ears can hear but it is the brain that ignores the incoming sounds.

7. Approximately 360 million people in the world are suffering from significant hearing problems and require immediate hearing loss treatment.

8. The topmost cause of hearing loss is due to the excessive use of headphones and mobile phones.

9. Wearing headphones for only an hour can increase the ear bacteria by 700 times.

10. Sudden exposure to explosive noise or extremely loud sound can damage the ear permanently.

11. Tiny hair cells deep inside one’s ear are responsible for hearing. If one loses these hair cells, he or she might lose hearing.

12. The size of the ear canal (the outer ear passage) varies from individual to individual and it keeps growing throughout the lifetime.

13. Sound waves travel at the speed of 770 miles/ hour or 1,130 feet/ second.

14. Generally, the hearing ability of sound frequencies in dogs is much higher than humans.

15. Listening to music in-front-of the speakers at a rock concert can damage hearing only in 7.5 minutes.

Comments | Posted in Hearing loss treatment India By Phalguni Bannerjee

5 Famous Musicians with Hearing Loss

Monday, October 30, 2017 8:18:27 PM Asia/Calcutta

Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.

― Ludwig van Beethoven

This famous quote by Beethoven marks both the difficulty and the possibility of a genius. It is an inspiration for all the people who have lost some of the qualities but still persist in their work, resulting in creating wonder. For Beethoven, even after the loss of hearing, the music wasn’t erased from the mind and it kept on resonating in his mind.

Here’s a list of five world famous musicians who were detected with significant hearing loss at the peak of their musical career. Though hearing loss came all of a sudden- as a challenge, it couldn’t restrain these musical geniuses from composing their masterpieces and performing at world’s greatest concerts.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven: The virtuoso pianist could sense difficulty in hearing when he was in his late 20s. The degree of hearing loss started to develop and completely deafened the artist in a couple of years. For about a span of 15 years without hearing, he composed innumerous symphonies. The ‘Ninth Symphony’, considered as one of his masterpieces was also composed at this time.

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend: The English guitarist and songwriter, one of the members of the rock band ‘The Who’, was affected by tinnitus and partial deafness as a result of noise induced hearing loss. The exposure to loud music was the reason for hearing loss of Townshend and all his co-members of ‘The Who’. Despite the damage, he went on to rock the stage in all of his live concerts. Some of his unforgettable songs are ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Let My Love Open the Door’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ etc.

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson: At a very young age, Wilson lost most of the hearing in his right ear. With his remaining hearing, he composed some of the world’s greatest music, including ‘Pet Sounds’, the “most progressive pop album ever”, as declared by the British publications. Needless to say, Wilson’s popularity owes to the complex yet sweet melodies in his compositions.

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton: The legendary guitarist was born with ear problems, which was initially controlled with the use of hearing aids. In spite of the difficulties, his amazing tunes created history in the world of blues-rock.

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne: The lead vocalist of ‘Black Sabbath’ is also a sufferer of mild hearing loss, which is caused by loud stage concerts for decades. In an interview to the Sunday Times, London, Osbourne puts in: "I suffer from permanent tinnitus . . . which means I've got this constant ringing in my ears, which has also made me somewhat deaf... It's like this Whee! noise in my head all the time.

Unlike today, there were no such facilities for any effective hearing loss treatment, and people had to live a dark life back then.

Comments | Posted in Hearing loss treatment India By Phalguni Bannerjee

Effective Hearing Loss Treatment to Heal Hearing Damage

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:33:10 PM Asia/Calcutta

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has stated that hearing loss is the third most common issue affecting the adults nowadays. Unfortunately, most of the sufferers refuse to treat it because they feel going to an audiologist is embarrassing.

Medical community has come up with several effective solutions. Some of the hearing loss treatment are described in detail in this blog. Are you ready to learn more?

Sensorineural Hear LossTreatment

Permanent hearing damage is mostly caused by sensorineural hearing loss. If you’re one of them, then the time has come when you should seek for a hearing aid.

When the inner cells of your ear get damaged, it results into sensorineural hearing issue. In case, the condition is not improved with the help of a hearing aid, you may need a cochlear implant.

Conductive Hear Loss Treatment

Building up of earwax overtime leads to conductive hear loss. This type of hearing damage is curable and is temporary. A perforated eardrum also sometimes leads to issues in hearing. Experts can help you immensely by finding out the cause and thus will suggest remedy accordingly.

People suffering from this problem can be treated with a medicine or surgery. However, your specialist is the only person to decide which type of treatment should be carried out.

If the condition has not taken a serious turn, antibiotics are prescribed to deal with ear infections. Many ear drops are also available to dissolve the earwax fully.

Role of Hearing Devices

Hearing aids assist the wearer to hear the sounds surrounding him or her. The sounds when they get in the device are then processed. Once the sound is amplified, it starts to release signals into the ear. Consequently, you will get a completely customized hearing experience.

A great majority of centres of hearing loss treatment in Kolkata offer both types of hearing aids namely, analog and digital.

Analogue Hearing Aids

Presently, analogue hearing aids are not much in use. It works by changing the intake sounds into electrical signals. These signals are then amplified by the device so as to feed them properly back into the wearer’s ear.

Many analogue hearing devices are designed in a way that they can distinguish a deafening noise from a tolerable one. Due to this advancement, it has gained the ability to decide which sound needs amplification.

Digital Hearing Aids

Digital hearing aids are manufactured to ensure quality hearing. Its automatic programmers eliminate the need to push a button to adjust the programs. These devices are more effective because it can completely eliminate the feedback of the environment.

Concluding Lines

Don’t expect that your auditory device will restore your hearing ability. Instead, it will improve your communication ability gradually by amplifying the sounds it has absorbed.

The medical advancements taking place almost every day has opened new ways of treating the hear loss if diagnosed early. It’s better not to delay visiting a hearing aid clinic in your locality in case you have issues with hearing.

Treatment Of Hearing Loss In Children: Things You Need To Know

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:36:04 PM Asia/Calcutta

Hearing loss or hearing impairment is a condition when an individual loses his or her ability to hear sounds partially or totally in one or both the ears. The problem is generally considered to be a major one among adults and elderly. But, it is equally common among infants as well.

The loss of the ability to hear at the time of birth or after birth is becoming a common phenomenon to be seen and observed all around the globe. It is estimated that around a quarter or half of the profound or severe issues in hearing occurs due to genetic or hereditary causes. Before opting for the treatment of acoustic loss among children, get informed about the various types of loss of acoustic ability that occurs in the young ones and the reasons that are responsible for the same.

Types of Hearing Loss in Children:

A) Based on the age of onset of losing acoustic power, the loss of hearing can be -

  • Congenital Hearing Loss – which is present since birth
  • Acquired Hearing Loss – Acoustic issue occurs at any point of time during the developing years but is not present since birth.

B) Based on where the acoustic issues are located it can be of:

  • Conductive Hearing Loss – The loss of audiometric ability that occurs due to problems in outer and middle ear is called conductive acoustic issues.
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss –Loss of audiometric ability that occurs due to a problem in inner ear is known as Sensorineural Loss. This kind of issue is permanent in nature.
  • Mixed Hearing Loss – Acoustic loss that occurs due to a problem in both outer or middle ear as well as inner ear.

Being a critical component to speech and language development, communication, literacy, and learning, hearing becomes mandatory for children. In absence of the ability of this sensory organ, it becomes extremely difficult for the children to cope up with the society and to deal with the regular educational curriculum followed by others.

Causes of Hearing Loss in Children

Loss of audiometric ability among children can be caused due to genetic, non-genetic factors and acquired factors.

Genetic Factor:

Genetic factors also known as the hereditary factors is considered to be the root cause of more than 50% of all acoustic issue caused among individuals. This hereditary problem at times shows its symptoms at birth itself and is also known for affecting the individuals in the later part of their life.

Most of the genetic loss can be described as autosomal recessive and autosomal dominant, some of the ways through which the trait or disorder passes down through families. Other, rare types of this audiometric loss include the X-linked (related to the sex chromosomes) or the mitochondrial inheritance patterns, which affects the individual’s life.

Nongenetic Factors:

The nongenetic factors account for about 25% of the loss of auditory. Some of the nongenetic factors that cause loss of acoustic ability among individuals include:

  • Premature birth
  • Maternal infections such as rubella, herpes simplex virus or cytomegalovirus
  • Injuries during birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Lack of oxygen or anoxia
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Toxemia during pregnancy
  • Toxins, including drugs and alcohol consumed by the mother during pregnancy
  • Inner ear malformations
  • Complications associated with the Rh factor in the blood/jaundice
  • Outer/ middle ear malformations (Atresia, stenosis)

Acquired Factors:

Acquired loss of audiometric power as the name suggest is acquired by the children at any point during their lifetime after their birth. The condition might be temporary or permanent. The conditions that causes acquired acoustic issues in children include:

  • Measles
  • Ear Infections
  • Noise Exposure
  • Chicken pox
  • Mumps
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Meningitis
  • Head Injury
  • Accident
  • Exposure to sudden outburst of noise
  • Encephalitis

Treatment of Hearing Loss in Children

Losing any sensory organ as a child does mean losing childhood permanently. It is thus recommended to take the child immediately to the specialist in a professional clinic in order to help them get treated as soon as possible. The treatment procedure might vary among children depending on several factors which include their type of audiometric loss, their age and the level of impairment.

The first step towards the treatment of hearing loss is the evaluation and diagnosis of the children, gauging their level of hearing impairment. The Hearing Loss in children can be treated through different ways, depending on their type of acoustic loss, level of impairment and age. The several ways of treatment includes:

Treatment of Hearing Loss through Hearing Aids

Joint Commission on Infant Hearing (JCIH, 2007) recommends children with suspected hearing loss should have their hearing loss confirmed by 3 months of age and that amplification in terms of hearing aids or cochlear implant should be fitted by 6 month of age. It thus helps overcoming the impact of hearing loss.

Best Suitable Hearing Aid For Children:

The Behind-The-Ear or BTE is the type of aid that is mostly recommended for the infants and the young children. The reason being as follows:

  •  BTE’s can fit in with various types of ear molds.
  •  Since ear molds are easily detachable from BTE’s they can be made again and again as the child grows.
  •  Also as the ear molds are easily detachable they can be cleaned easily.
  •  Parents can easily cross check the functionality of the hearing aid and can make necessary arrangements.
  •  BTE’s can accommodate wide variety of Hearing Loss.
  •  It can be easily connected with other listening devices like DAI and telecoil.
  •  Ear molds in BTE can be made of soft materials hence it is becomes very comfortable for children.

Hearing Aid Features:

The technological features which are essential and which makes the device extremely friendly for the children are:

  • Digital Noise Reduction
  • Directional Microphones
  • Frequency Lowering Strategies
  • Signal-Processing Features

Treatments of Hearing Loss through Cochlear Implants

A Cochlear implant is a medical electronic device that is used for replacing the function of the damaged inner ear. It bypasses the damaged hair cells of the inner ear and helps to provide sound signals to the brain.

When Is Cochlear Implants Suggested For Children?

The decision of using cochlear implant as the treatment of acoustic loss among children depends on the evaluation of their medical, audiological and psychological or habilitative condition. This treatment is used for children who suffer from:

  • Auditory Neuropathy/dyssynchrony
  • Bilateral Severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • History of limited or no benefit from binaural hearing aids which are coupled with intensive auditory training
  • Absence of medical contraindications and other medical issues

Treatment of Hearing Loss through Hearing Assistive Technology: Personal FM Systems

Hearing Assistive Technology or HAT system is known for equipping the individual with the right kind of ability to overcome the negative consequences of the background noise and reverberation effect that interferes with the optimal audibility. Thus, improving the ability of the children to communicate and gain access to communication in adverse listening environments.

When Hearing Assistive Technology Is Suggested For Children?

When it comes to the use of HAT systems in children, the degree of audiometric loss is the major thing that is looked upon. Another factor that affects the selection of the children for the use of this system includes:

  • The degree of loss among the children
  • Situations such as hyperactivity, behavior, cognition and auditory issues
  • Technology issues
  • Ability to use the device and the financial resources

Treatments of Hearing Loss through Other Devices (Osseointegrated Devices, Auditory Brainstem Implants)

Osseointegrated Devices are considered for the children with the permanent bilateral, mixed and single-sided hearing loss. FDA has not approved the surgical implantations of bone-anchored aids in children within 5 years of age; however, they are permitted to wear the external processor until they are old enough for implantation.

Auditory Brainstem Implants is used and is recommended for the people who do not have a cochlea or auditory nerve. This implant helps in providing electrical stimulations of the cochlear nucleus in the brainstem.

Treatment of Hearing Loss through Pediatric Audiologic Re/Habilitation (AR)

The Pediatric Audiologic Re/habilitation (AR) therapy is provided for the children to help them improve their speech, language and communication skills and to develop a strong hold on their auditory behaviors. It enables the audiologists to use the varied form of communication methods which include the listening and spoken language, cued speech and language and sign language to help them with the right kind of modality of communication that they require.

Hearing Loss Treatment- Ideal for Confining Hearing Impairment

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:38:12 PM Asia/Calcutta

There are several instances around the world which prove that the hearing issues are explicitly common and is faced by a large number of people. As the prevalence of the issue is becoming too widespread there are certain aspects of this problem which needs to be understood by everyone, the first being the reason which causes hearing impairment among people of different ages.

Let’s take a look at some of these reasons which very often makes people isolated from their peer group and their society as well.

Reason of Hearing Loss Among Children:

  • Infection During Pregnancy
  • Injury At Birth
  • Premature Birth
  • Other Health Conditions
  • Frequent Ear Infections
  • Viral And Bacterial Infections
  • Head Injury
  • Exposure To Loud Noises

Reason of Hearing Loss Among Adults:

  • Inherited From Parents
  • Acquired From Illness
  • Intake Of Ototoxic Drugs
  • Exposure To Loud Noise
  • Tumors
  • Aging Process
  • Head Injury
  • Tinnitus
  • Otosclerosis
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Presbycusis

Symptoms of Hearing Loss:

The reason or the causes which affect the hearing ability of an individual might differ from each but there are certain symptoms which clearly indicate the problems faced by the individuals. These symptoms can be summed in the following points:

  • Muffling of speech and other sounds
  • Withdrawal from the peer conversations
  • Avoiding social gatherings and get-togethers
  • Facing trouble in understanding words
  • Losing ability to differentiate between background and foreground noise
  • Listening to Radio, Music or watching TV in a very high volume
  • Asking others to speak slowly but loudly

Being some of the common symptoms, these points clearly indicate the need and support of a professional in order to restrict the problem at its initial stage. Seeking immediate attention ensures that the hearing ability does not deteriorate to a further level. The professionals make sure to offer you the support that would definitely ensure to help you get a good hearing experience from the beginning itself.

Solution That Helps In Restoring Lost Hearing Ability

Before defining the solution that will help to rehabilitate a person with hearing impairment let us understand the different types of hearing loss:

Basically there are 3 major types of hearing loss:

  1. Conductive Hearing Loss
  2. Sensorineural Hearing Loss and
  3. Mixed Hearing Loss

Although, the factor behind hearing impairment may vary from person to person due to their age, geographic location or physical condition, the treatment for problems of every level is easily available in the modern market- thanks to the advanced technologies! At Hearing Plus we are proficient in providing treatment of hearing loss of sensorineural origin.

Opting for a hearing loss treatment is a good and ideal solution to detect, analyze and impede further deterioration.

Flowchart of the treatment of Hearing Loss of Sensorineural Origin in Hearing Plus:

hearing loss treatment

Being socially conscious about one’s image and reputation, people used to restrict themselves from visiting a specialist for their hearing issues, but as the trust develops between the patient and the professionals (audiologist), the restriction and inhibition gradually fades away.

By providing years of trustworthy services to its patients, Hearing Plus have emerged as a significant hearing clinic whose utmost concern is patient satisfaction and contentment. The specialists and professionals (audiologist) of this clinic ensure providing best quality rehabilitative services to their patients to make them feel safe and secure.

A large number of audiologists and specialists are sharing their ideas and views about the issue and are encouraging people not to ignore hearing problems as it might lead to several other ranges of issues further in their life.

The cost of these treatments is also lowering down significantly and is becoming affordable for many people which again contribute to the popularity of the treatment. The more you tend to ignore your hearing issues, the more you have to spend money on your treatment and thus it is advisable that you ought to consult a consultant as soon as you start facing minor issues in the hearing.

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