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What is a Hearing Aid & Who As An Audiologist?

What is a Hearing Aid & Who As An Audiologist?

Hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear.It makes sound louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate and participant more fully in daily activities.

A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situation.

A Hearing aid has three basic parts: a microphone, amplifier, and receiver. The hearing aid receives sound through a microphone, which converts the sound waves into electrical signals and sends them to an amplifier. The amplifier increases the power of signals and then sends to the ear through receiver.

How does it help?

Hearing aids are primarily useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss or impairment.

How can I find out if I need a hearing aid?

If you think you might have hearing loss or your family says that you can’t hear once said then you need to Visit Audiologist to investigate whether you have hearing loss or not

Signs of hearing loss:

  1. Asking people for repetition
  2. Difficulties on telephone
  3. Difficulties while watching TV , Turning the TV or radio volume
  4. Speaking loudly
  5. Problem in noisy surrounding.
  6. Withdrawal from conversation.
  7. Avoidance of social meetings.
  8. Difficulty in understanding words  
  9. Frustration and anger if not able to hear other people.

If you find any of these you need to consult Audiologist.

Who is an Audiologist?

  • Audiologist is a hearing health care professional who investigate or identifies and measures hearing capacity by administering various audiological tests.
  • Audiologist has Degree in Audiology and he is a registered member of Rehabilitation council of india.
  • Audiologist will help you to find out whether you have hearing loss or not.
  • Audiologist will tell you type and degree of hearing loss.
  • Audiologists will advice you further management according to your reports.
  • If you have condition which can be corrected by medicine or surgery then he will refer to ENT specialist.
  • If you have hearing loss then Audiologist will help you to select type of hearing aid suitable for you.
  • He will also tell you which hearing aid works best for you
  • Audiologist will program your hearing aid according to your audiogram.
  • Audiologist will also look after you hearing aid- repair, programming, change of parts, servicing, minor repair, batteries, re-evaluation and programming in future.

He will also guide you before and after ear surgery.

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Advantages Of Hearing Aid!

Advantages Of Hearing Aid!

Hearing aid not only helps to hear but it makes your life easier.

Advantages Of A Hearing Aid!

Advantages Of A Hearing Aid!

Using a hearing aid presents a number of advantages to a hearing impaired person. First and foremost, you will hear a lot better. Hearing aids do not restore your hearing to normal but they improve it significantly. It becomes easier to hear what other people say. Sounds you have not heard for a long time such as birds singing, door bell ringing, the howling of the wind and water running may become audible to you.

Hearing aid usually improves the user’s social, psychological and physical sense of well being.

Study as well as experience shows that hearing aid generally improve the quality of life and will help you:

  • Get a better relationship with your family
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Get better mental health
  • Improve your physical well being
  • To concentrate better
  • Feel more independent and secure
  • Feel less tired or exhausted
  • Be more able to participate in social gathering
  • Be able to increase your social contact
  • Be able to do better in your job  
  • Hearing aid will help you to reduce tinnitus
  • Hearing aid will help you to avoid dementia by helping you to hear and improve cognitive functioning
  • As you start hearing through hearing aid, you will start socializing yourself and indirectly improve your quality of life.

Why you need to wear two hearing Aids?

  1. Better understanding of speech
  2. Better understanding in group and even in noisy situation
  3. Better ability to tell the direction of the sound (Localization)
  4. Better sound quality
  5. Greater listening comfort
  6. Hearing is less tiring and more pleasant
  7. Keeping both ears active preserves speech understanding in both ears
  8. Effective tinnitus masking
  9. Better understanding of listening to radio and television
  10. Speech will be clear
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Cochlear Implants - The Many Benefits Of It!

Cochlear Implants - The Many Benefits Of It!

You should consider undertaking a cochlear implant in case you are experiencing hearing loss or are turning deaf. This is a small device that gets planted in your ear through a surgical procedure. It sends impulses to your auditory nerves directly, as a result of which sound signals get carried to your brain. Cochlear implants may not make you hear normally again, but help you with different sounds, and in the recognition of the different sounds around you like alarms, telephones, and door bells.

How it works?

  1. A cochlear implant is fit for children and adults who suffer from the sensorineural hearing loss. This condition damages the tiny hair cells in your inner ear, which is called the cochlea. Hearing becomes impaired when these get damaged.
  2. The device consists of two specific parts. The first part or the receiver-stimulator is placed under your skin via a surgical procedure. The other part of the device is the speech processor. It has to be worn around your neck in the form of a hearing aid.
  3. The external device is, however, larger in size than a usual hearing aid. The receiver gets placed under your skin, behind the ear via a small incision. It is connected to electrodes.
  4. This is inserted into the cochlea of your inner ear. The surgery requires a few hours to be undertaken successfully.
  5. The speech processor has to be placed two weeks after the surgery is undertaken. The processor can be connected to the microphone, and this can be worn around the ear.
  6. You can wear it on any other part of your body, based on your lifestyle and age.

Benefits of cochlear implant
The major benefits of a cochlear implant are as follows:

  1. You might be able to hear speech almost normally.
  2. You will be able to understand speech better, and will not have to depend on lip reading.
  3. It will be much easier and simpler for you to listen to the television and talk over the phone.
  4. You will be able to listen to music better.
  5. You may also be able to pick up various sounds around you that include soft, medium, and loud sounds.
  6. You will be able to control your own voice better. This makes other people understand you better.

If you are suffering from severe hearing loss, a cochlear implant may be able to change your life for the better. However, the results are not the same for all, and vary among people. It is possible for some people to benefit more from such an implant than others.

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Hearing Aid As A Part Of Our Life!

Hearing Aid As A Part Of Our Life!

Many of young patients who have hearing loss are not going to use hearing aid instate of they require it because of the age concern 
As like today's generation hearing aid is going to be part of your life as like in initial time of wearing spectacles are feels odd as day by day it will be your identity as like same hearing aid are intact the hearing aid will be your lifeline
With the help of hearing aid, your life will be smooth and enjoyable. So go through the hearing aid which is suitable to your audiogram.

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Cochlear Implants - 6 Amazing Benefits You Must Know!

Cochlear Implants - 6 Amazing Benefits You Must Know!

You should consider undertaking a cochlear implant in case you are experiencing hearing loss or are turning deaf. This is a small device that gets planted in your ear through a surgical procedure. It sends impulses to your auditory nerves directly, as a result of which sound signals get carried to your brain. Cochlear implants may not make you hear normally again, but help you with different sounds, and in the recognition of the different sounds around you like alarms, telephones, and door bells.

How it works?

  1. A cochlear implant is fit for children and adults who suffer from the sensorineural hearing loss. This condition damages the tiny hair cells in your inner ear, which is called the cochlea. Hearing becomes impaired when these get damaged.
  2. The device consists of two specific parts. The first part or the receiver-stimulator is placed under your skin via a surgical procedure. The other part of the device is the speech processor. It has to be worn around your neck in the form of a hearing aid.
  3. The external device is, however, larger in size than a usual hearing aid. The receiver gets placed under your skin, behind the ear via a small incision. It is connected to electrodes.
  4. This is inserted into the cochlea of your inner ear. The surgery requires a few hours to be undertaken successfully.
  5. The speech processor has to be placed two weeks after the surgery is undertaken. The processor can be connected to the microphone, and this can be worn around the ear.
  6. You can wear it on any other part of your body, based on your lifestyle and age.

Benefits of cochlear implant
The major benefits of a cochlear implant are as follows:

  1. You might be able to hear speech almost normally.
  2. You will be able to understand speech better, and will not have to depend on lip reading.
  3. It will be much easier and simpler for you to listen to the television and talk over the phone.
  4. You will be able to listen to music better.
  5. You may also be able to pick up various sounds around you that include soft, medium, and loud sounds.
  6. You will be able to control your own voice better. This makes other people understand you better.

If you are suffering from severe hearing loss, a cochlear implant may be able to change your life for the better. However, the results are not the same for all, and vary among people. It is possible for some people to benefit more from such an implant than others.

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Tinnitus - How Can Audiologist Treat It?

Tinnitus - How Can Audiologist Treat It?

For someone suffering from Tinnitus, a perpetual sense of ringing in the ears is the main complaint. It’s annoying, to say the least. But more importantly, it is a sign of hearing loss. This is why people need to see an audiologist if he/she has a sense of tinnitus for some time. An audiologist can treat this problem in different ways.

Diagnosis

The first step in treating tinnitus like any other disease involves determining the cause. The doctor may perform different tests such as-Hearing:

  • Hearing exam

During this test, one needs to sit in a soundproof room and wear earphones. Specific sounds will be played into the ears, one at a time, through these earphones. People have to indicate when they hear different intensities of sound. The results are compared with empirical results for comparable age. This helps the audiologist identify possible or rule out specific causes.

  • Movement

One may need to clench the jaw, move the eyes or neck, or even move the arms and legs as part of the test. If tinnitus symptoms get better or worse at any of these postures, the audiologist can identify the underlying disorder.

  • Imaging Tests

The doctor may suggest an MRI or CT depending on his suspicions.

TreatmentRetraining

 Treatment involves identifying an underlying problem, if any. If the tinnitus symptoms are due to some health conditions, the audiologist may take the following steps:

  • Clearing the Earwax

Impacted earwax can cause a variety of problems, including tinnitus symptoms. An audiologist can remove the ear wax.

  • Treating Vascular Conditions

Underlying vascular problems that require surgery or any other treatment may treat the condition.

  • Changing Medication

Tinnitus can also be a side effect of medication. If the doctor suspects that he may recommend reducing or stopping the drug completely. He may also recommend a different medication.

Noise Suppression

If there is no underlying health condition or medication responsible for tinnitus, the doctor may take recourse to noise suppression.  The patient may need to wear an electronic noise suppression device. These devices include:

  • White Noise Devices

These machines produce simulated sounds such as those of ocean waves, falling rain etc. This is often found to be effective in treating tinnitus. He may also recommend using pillow speakers, fans, dehumidifiers, air conditioners and humidifiers to suppress internal noise at night.

  • Hearing Aids

If a hearing problem is associated with tinnitus, the audiologist may prescribe hearing aid.

  • Masking Devices

Such devices mask the internal sounds of tinnitus and are worn in the ear in a similar fashion as hearing aids.

  • Retraining

This device delivers programmed music to mask the sound of tinnitus. This technique usually helps the patient get accustomed to the sound of tinnitus.

 Depending on diagnosis and findings, audiologists may also recommend medicines. Audiologists use medicines usually for severe tinnitus only, since these may have side effects. It may also help reduce symptoms.

 

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Hearing Loss In Children - How Can You Manage It?

Hearing Loss In Children - How Can You Manage It?

You may find out that your child is suffering from hearing loss when he is born or he may be diagnosed with the condition later in life. Hearing loss in children is commonly caused by otitis media, birth problems and on the account of certain injuries or illnesses.

Signs and symptoms

The early stage symptoms of hearing loss in children are as follows:

  1. No reaction to extremely loud noises

  2. No response or reaction to your voice

  3. The child makes some sounds, which taper off

The other symptoms which follow include:

  1. He may pull and rub his ears.

  2. He may act cranky constantly without any proper reason.

  3. He might stop paying attention.

  4. Low energy levels are indicated.

  5. He may find it hard to follow directions.

  6. He may ask you to increase the volume of the radio or TV.

  7. Fever and ear pain are also likely symptoms.

Treatment

Early hearing loss can affect your child’s language learning skills. If the problem is diagnosed and treated soon, the problem with language can be avoided. The method of treatment depends on the cause of hearing loss in your child and the severity of hearing loss.

There are certain medicines for hearing---prescribed by your ENT Surgeon. Pleas take the point watchful waiting. Even if you have slightest doubt of hearing loss contact ENT immediately.

The primary treatment methods of hearing loss in children include the following:

  1. Watchful waiting: Sometimes, the condition may resolve on its own and the treatment involves simple monitoring of your child for positive changes.

  2. Medicines: There are certain medicines for hearing loss in children, which may be prescribed by your pediatrician.

  3. Ear tubes: Ear tubes may be recommended if medicines and monitoring do not work. The tubes allow fluid to drain and help in preventing infections. A minor surgery has to be undertaken on your child for getting the ear tubes placed. This will solve the hearing loss and other related issues.

  4. Hearing aids: Hearing aids may be used to allow your child hear better. It is safe for children to use ear tubes after the age of one month. For the right hearing aid for your child, you need to consult a hearing specialist.

  5. Implants: Cochlear implants are used to treat hearing loss in many children. These are electronic devices which are put in the inner ear to benefit hearing. These should be used only if hearing aids did not succeed and these are meant to be used only in case of children with serious hearing problems.

There are several other devices, which can help your child with hearing loss. For suggestions and recommendations, you must take your child to a hearing specialist.

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My question to ENT Dr. How I can choose hearing aid. I checked by audiologist. But he suggests choose best hearing aid not motion capacity.

My question to ENT Dr. How I can choose hearing aid. I checked by audiologist. But he suggests choose best hearing ai...
Dear sir, The best way to choose a hearing aid is to try it. Nowadays most of the clinics offer free hearing aid trial. Go to a qualified and experienced audiologist, he will give you the best advice. Thank you.
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HI, Does ear aid arrest further deteriorating of audibility? Why development of hearing aids is not prescribed like glasses for eyes so that one can take prescription to buy hearing aid as per to ones liking & budget?

HI, Does ear aid arrest further deteriorating of audibility? Why development of hearing aids is not prescribed like g...
No it does not arrest deteriation. It just increases the frequency of sound recived so it become audible to us.
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