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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.

Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA): How It Helps?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:40:19 PM Asia/Calcutta

Do you know about Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA)? How much and what we hear both determine the quality of our lives in many ways. Hearing is an important part of the entire communication process. Yet we often take how much we hear for granted. However hearing loss may often lead to isolation, frustration and even depression. This is why we must always pay sufficient attention to our ability to hear. Since the time wasted on account of hearing loss going unnoticed and undetected in the initial stages, may often prove to be critical in its treatment. So always be alert to this rapidly growing problem of hearing loss. You must be pay sufficient attention to any initial symptoms of hearing loss and visit a good audiologist who can detect any hearing disorders through Hearing Tests. One such very important Hearing test is Pure Tone Audiometry. We at Hearing Plus being the experts about treatment of hearing loss would try to provide you some basic information about the important Hearing Test of Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA).

What is Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA)?

Pure Tone Audiometry is a hearing test which is conducted by the Audiologist to determine the threshold levels of the hearing of an individual. The Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA) is therefore a hearing test which helps the audiologist in gain an insight into the type and the degree of the hearing loss patient. This hearing test is a subjective test where in the participation of the hearing loss patient is necessary. His or her responses are recorded against stimuli during the hearing test.

What To Expect During The Pure Tone Audiometry  (PTA) Test?

During the PTA test the hearing loss patient is placed in a soundproof room. He or she is made to wear head phones. The Audiologist, who generally sits outside the room, controls certain audiometric equipment and first exposes the patient to various types of pitches. The audiologist then tries to analyze whether the patient responds these pitches. The patient is made to respond by raising the hand or pressing a button for the indication. The latter part of the PTA test involves testing of the bone and air conduction in the ears. Both the head phones and head band with oscillators is put behind the patient’s ears to conduct this part of the test. The audiologist tests the results for both type of the conduction and then analyzes which part of the ear is damaged and needs attention.

A typical PTA test normally takes about 20- 25 minutes to be completed. The results of the tests are recorded in an Hearing Test equipment called the “Audiogram”. However as mentioned earlier, since the PTA test is a subjective hearing test, the response of the patient is very important in determining the correct findings from the test. Following the test the audiologist decides on the future course of treatment and what type of hearing device if needed would be suit to raise the hearing levels.

One important point to note about the PTA testing is that the standard of the equipment as well as the competence of the audiologist is of paramount importance for the test. We at Hearingplus being experts in Hearing loss treatment too carry out the PTA test.  For further queries please visit www.hearingplus.in

Tympanometry Test For People With Hearing Loss Problem

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 9:28:11 PM Asia/Calcutta

Do you know about Tympanometry? Tympanometry is a test done to diagnose the functionality of the middle ear. This is done when a problem in the middle ear is suspected. It has been generally observed that hearing loss goes undetected for a long time. Avoiding embarrassment from peers because of the hearing loss may be a possible reason why many avoid treating hearing loss. However if hearing loss goes untreated for long, the problem only gets worse. It means missing out on important information. It ultimately leads to social isolation and depression thereafter. So a visit to the audiologist is crucial even with the slightest symptom of hearing loss. Hearing Plus is India’s largest chain of hearing aid centers providing professional audiological services to restore hearing problems both for children and adults. In this blog we would explain the facts about Tympanometry.

What is Tympanometry?

Tympanometry is a test to analyze the functioning of the ear drum and the middle ear. The test is conducted by creating air pressure vibrations in the ear canal. It is done to evaluate the transmission levels in the middle ear. Tympanometry helps the audiologist to understand whether the hearing loss is of the sensorineural nature or of the conductive nature. The readings made during the test are recorded on a graph called the Tympanogram. Normally when the air pressures are applied in the ear canal, the ear drums should be able to move easily. But sometimes there may be ear infections inside the middle ear. The Eustachian tube, connects the back of the nose, the throat with the middle ear. This may not work well and the eardrums do not move as well as they should. This gets detected in the Tympanometry test.

The Tympanometry Procedure:

Prior to the actual test the doctor looks inside the ear canal. This is done with a special instrument for looking into the ear, called otoscope. The audiologist does this to ensure that no foreign object is obstructing the eardrum. Following this a probe type device is placed in the ear. Then different ear pressures are generated in the ear. The movement of the eardrums as a result of the application of different air pressures occurs. The measurement of the eardrums along with other readings is noted. During the process the patient may feel a bit uneasy. He or she is likely to hear loud tones as the device starts recording the measurements. The process of Tympanometry can be carried out on young children even. When the procedure is being carried out, the patient is not allowed to speak or swallow. This is to done to avoid any incorrect readings being recorded. Extra care is to be given for children on whom the test is being done. Normal results from the test may be the absence of any fluid in the middle ear, normal movements of the eardrum and conducting bones. If the results are abnormal, it may be because of the presence of fluid in the middle ear. Other abnormalities may be perforation of the eardrum, lack of contact between conduction bones of the middle ear etc.

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