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Hearing Loss and Our MP3 Generation

Saturday, August 25, 2018 3:43:06 PM Asia/Calcutta

We know that you just love that moment when you can sit down and relax, with your headphones on, and a loud music put on! Or even that moment when you can throw some random dance steps on the floor, while putting on a banging rock song in the background! We know that without mp3 songs, you cannot imagine your life! But do you know that with each day of listening to loud music, you are losing your good hearing health - with the deterioration of your good hearing ability?!

Hearing Loss and Our MP3 Generation

How is Listening to Music Affecting Hearing Health?

Listening to loud music has always been a favourite pastime for teens, and sadly, this is the beginning of every hearing problems as seen in teenagers and youngsters! Do you know that according to statistics, the exposure to loud noise for prolonged periods of time is the greatest cause of hearing loss among teenagers and young children - and it is ever on the rise?! And the worst part is that this is completely preventable! But technology has been so evolved and the audio players have been improved listening experience so much, that it has become almost indispensable for children and teenagers to keep them aside! These days, kids and teens are losing their hearing at an alarmingly faster pace, and the impacts are really life-changing!

Live concerts as well as personal audio devices are extremely hazardous for your ears, because their volume often exceeds the 85-decibel (dB) level limit which is considered as safe for listening up to 8 hours at a stretch, reaching, in many cases, over 100 dB (which is considered safe only for 15 minutes). Repeated exposure to that hazardous level will gradually damage the tiny hair cells in your inner ear, which are the vital elements for one’s hearing - and this eventually leads to permanent hearing loss.

However, recent research studies indicate that young people disregard all these warnings and willingly endanger their hearing!

 

Incidence and Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Teens

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, about 12.5% of kids of the age group of 6 - 19 have hearing loss - with listening to loud music being the cause, particularly through earbuds at excessively loud and unsafe volumes! More recent studies, however, estimate that about 16% of teenagers, or approximately 6 million children, suffer from permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). This means that hearing loss in such a case is irreversible, and one cannot regain his/her natural hearing health!

 

What is the Solution?

Here are certain tips that might protect your hearing and might help you to prevent hearing loss -

  • Teach your child to respect their hearing - and keep them away from gadgets and audio systems as much as possible. Spend enough time with them - because spending time with family is priceless! Make them realise the value of family and the joy of it!

  • Keep the volume low! Avoid listening to music, especially while using headphones, at a noisy environment - because that would make you make the volume higher to combat the external noises! This is very harmful for your ears! Also make a safe headphone choice and use a good quality one, which will cancel out background noises, and make the music soothing - thus promoting a wonderful listening experience.

  • Set time limits! Make sure that you are not listening to high decibels for overly long hours. Also take occasional listening breaks in between! This will keep noise-induced hearing loss problems at bay!

  • Follow the 80-90 rule. That is, practice keeping your device volume below 80% and limit your listening time to 90 minutes or less.

  • Use the Arm’s Length Rule to test your child’s hearing health. If your child is unable to listen to what you are saying, then he or she is probably listening to music at very high volumes. Check this now!

  • Make your child wear earplugs or earmuffs to protect his or her hearing at a noisy area - this will at least prevent hearing loss!

 

So what are you waiting for? Never let technology ruin your health, and engulf your life and the better half of you!

Comments | Posted in Hearing Loss Problem By Phalguni Bannerjee

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.

Comments | Posted in Hearing Plus Tympanometry Test By Phalguni Bannerjee

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

Digital Hearing Aids Add Purpose to Life

Monday, October 30, 2017 8:46:46 PM Asia/Calcutta

People with a disability often lose purpose of their life. They feel despondent and worried about their existence, raising some fundamental questions in their minds. This line of thinking is not just depressing for the person, but also bad for the mental health. It is important for people around to pull them out of this stupor. For example, people with hearing loss often feel lost and rather miserable. They are not sure how their problem with affect their social and professional relationship. This fear of the unknown sinks them into further depression and ill-feeling.

The easiest way out of this state of mind is to use digital hearing aids. When there is a quick solution to deal with the problem of hearing loss, why take any other route? Eradicating this problem seems to be the best and quickest fix. Our team at Hearing Plus often receives calls from people who are simply unhappy because they have this problem. They are unable to socialize and feel ostracized in their own family or workplace. This has a lot to do with how the person concerned handles the hearing loss. You should always look to address and deal with it, rather than run away from it.

With the use of hearing aids, people are able to bring back their life on track. They are able to communicate freely with their family members and colleagues. They are able to take part in discussions and spend time with their loved ones. There is no more the problem of cocking the ear to pick up every word or asking them to repeat sentences continuously! With the use of hearing device, you will be able to hear everything clearly, every tinkle of the bells or the cackle of sparrows. With your hearing disability sorted, you will feel like a completely new person!

Digital Hearing Aids Available in Market


What works in your favor is the variety and affordability of these Digital Hearing Aid devices. You are no more in a time when you have to shell out a mini-fortune to buy a pair! You can get your hearing devices at an affordable, convenient price tag. Hearing Plus has a wide range of products which are not high-end but well suited for your purpose. In fact, for beginners, it is better to use an inexpensive variety now and then shift to something more sophisticated. The best case scenario is when you leave this decision to the professional audiologists at our end. Let them guide you and tell you about your choice and necessity.

Comments | Posted in Digital Hearing Aids By Phalguni Bannerjee

7 tips for the hearing aid beginners

Monday, October 30, 2017 8:21:00 PM Asia/Calcutta

There are thousands of myths related to the use of hearing aids. When wearing a hearing aid for the first time, these can utterly confuse the user. The fact is that without damaging the ears, hearing aids can actually save one’s ears by preserving much of the hearing ability. Secondly, as wearing a hearing aid for the first time is also an ongoing psychological process, it may take a little time for the ears (and the brain) to accept the new sound pattern trough the device. Wearing the hearing aid on a regular basis will gradually reduce the discomfort.

Here are 7 most useful tips for all the hearing aid beginners. Read on to know how hearing aids can prove be the best and ultimate companion for life, when worn with proper consultation.

1) Sitting in a quiet room, listen to your own voice by reading aloud to yourself. At the beginning, it is important to rectify the volume of your own voice.

2) Ask others to speak and start communicating with your friends and family. Through the participation in group conversations, you’ll be able to distinguish the different sound patterns.

3) Start getting adjusted to the volume of low sounds (e.g., the rustling of clothes, dripping of water, chirping of birds). These sounds may appear a bid loud at the beginning, the reason is that you haven’t been hearing these low sounds properly for a certain period of time.

4) Switch on the television or music device at home wearing your hearing aid. Turning the volume comfortable, try to comprehend the speech or language properly.

5) Wear the hearing aids for as many hours as you can in a day. If this appears uncomfortable at the beginning, try to increase the number of hours each day, gradually.

6) Try getting accustomed to different listening environments. Wear the device at workplace, classroom, conference or a party. This will take a little time to get accustomed to, but you need to keep on motivating yourself.

7) Try noting down all the unpleasant sounds (sounds that appear as noise) that you hear. This will help your hearing aid expert to adjust or tune the device properly, according to your preference.

Today’s hearing aids are stylish, advanced and are perfect for your fit-active lifestyle. So, without a second thought, make the best use of your hearing aid!

Comments | Posted in Hearing Aids By Phalguni Bannerjee
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