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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.

Hearing Loss Protection Tips

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:08:12 PM Asia/Calcutta

How To Avoid Hearing Loss?

You must have yourself protected against Hearing Loss. The causes of hearing loss may be many. But one common cause of Hearing loss is Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). The primary cause of hearing defect in case of NIHL is repeated exposure to high decibel or loud sounds. With repeated exposure to loud noises like gun shots, air horns, loud music, background noise cause hearing to deteriorate gradually due to over stimulation of delicate hearing cells, leading to their permanent injury and even death. Other activities like spending long hours cutting trees on your lawn without taking ear protection, watching television with loud volume, getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist may all expose your ears to unsafe noise levels. If these are not protected, it may lead to irreversible damage to your hearing. We at hearingplus.in being a leading hearing clinic in India will try to make you aware of how to protect yourself against Noise Induced Hearing Loss through this blog.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is preventable:

Though Noise Induced Hearing Loss is very common type of hearing loss, the good news about it is that it is preventable. By gaining proper understandings of what are safe levels of noise, you can establish means that protect you from hearing louder ones and thus prevention of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).

What is the safe Sound Level?

Though there are complex for calculating the safe hearing levels, it is generally accepted that 85 db is considered the threshold level above which continuous exposure is hazardous to your hearing.

Check on your musical devices and headphones:

With the advancement of technology, headphones and other hearing devices are always in use. Unfortunately the continuous exposure to them causes damage to our hearing. It has also been observed that since the young are found of loud music, they continuously are exposed to such high sound levels and thus causes Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). Since hearing devices such as headphones bring sound into the ear canal and close to the eardrum, thereby increasing intensity of the sound and thus increases risk of permanent damage.
So beware of such devices and if required regulate the sound levels which are safe and would not cause damage. In fact as a parent it is necessary for you to make your child aware of these hazards of loud music.

Using Hearing Protection where ever necessary:

Your occupation may require you to be at sites where you may be exposed to continuous hazardous levels of noise. These may be construction sites, factory, or you may be involved in other activities like shooting, hunting, mowing the lawn, or attending musical concerts, etc. In such instances it is necessary that you use hearing protection through hearing plus. Hearing plugs may be of many types like ones which are custom fit or simple ones like foam ear plugs.

Others may include distancing yourself from loud sounds, if possible. Lowering the volume of television sets, or other audio devices may be another option where in can help you protect against Noise Induced hearing loss.

For further information regarding hearing loss and its treatment please visit https://hearingplus.in/

Comments | Posted in Hearing Aid Clinic Hearing Plus 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
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