Jul

31

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 31, 2014

There is some concern amongst people with hearing aids that they may end up with even more damage to their inner ear. However, this is actually nothing to worry about. Thanks to a hearing aid, you can actually enjoy a fantastic quality of life. However, you should always first research your options and make sure that the hearing aid you pick is right for you. Always look into the pros and cons of any brand that you are considering and find out whether there are any risks associated with it as well. If you have any concerns and worry that the benefits do not outweigh the risks, you should speak to your audiologist before taking things further.

The biggest risk associated with all hearing aids is that they don’t work. It is important to address this, because you will invest time, effort and money when you purchase a hearing aid. Nobody wants to spend all these resources and then find that the sound amplification is wrong. The only time when you will notice increased inner ear damage is if the device was fitted incorrectly. This is possible due to too high levels of amplification. Luckily, by following a number of simple steps, you will avoid this from happening. You must always work with an experienced audiologist or hearing aid specialist. They will work with you in terms of identifying the best brand of device and they will set it so that the amplification is perfect. Furthermore, they will work with you to make sure your hearing aid fits comfortably. Then, they will tell you how to use it, clean it and maintain it properly. Next, they will explain to you that you will go through an adjustment period and how to recognize whether the issue is a real issue, or whether it is simply related to that period. This proactive approach is all about making sure you take real ownership of your device and that you truly increase your overall quality of life.

Some other risks are associated with hearing aids, although these are very rare. There is a possibility, for instance, that the sound setting isn’t correct, which can lead to too much amplification of background noises, or finding that normal sounds are too loud. Some have noticed that they start to produce more ear wax. However, you should have been told how to clean your hearing aid, which should make the problem less bad. Lastly, some people struggle to use a cellular phone properly. Your audiologist should be able to resolve these or any other issues.

Jul

31

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 31, 2014

Any type of musical instrument has the potential to cause hearing loss because they are loud. People need to be particularly aware of high frequency noises. Two instruments to be particularly aware of are the viola and violin, because they are played by placing them close to the ear. In order for a musician to be able to play properly, they must be able to hear properly too. Hence, whether someone plays in a rock band or plays in an orchestra, practicing should be done with mutes as much as possible. Generally speaking, people who play in a rock band tend to have worse hearing than those who play in orchestras. People who regularly visit rock concerts or orchestras are affected in the same way.

People must be able to protect themselves from noise injuries. Unfortunately, ear plugs are not suitable because they actually distort sound. Hence, ear plugs are not the best solution for those who play at a musical gathering, or for those who want to listen and enjoy them. Vented ear plugs, on the other hand, can be highly beneficial. The best option, however, is to choose a model that is designed specifically for a certain instrument. However, if you are a spectator, these are not the best option at all. You can also protect your hearing with plexiglass baffles. Using ear monitors is also great for those who play in orchestras. These monitors should be worn by anybody who only needs to hear their own instrument.

The biggest problem for spectators is found in the loudspeakers. This is due to the fact that speakers emit low frequencies in all directions, and high frequencies in a straight line. It is because of this sound projection that attending a rock concert is more potentially damaging than attending the performance of an orchestra. When attending an orchestra, they tend to use the natural movement of sound rather than requiring loudspeakers. This is why it is very important to use ear protection when attending a rock concert. However, orchestra performances can be damaging first. Because the individual sounds are so important in these performances, spectators are often very reluctant to muffle their hearing in any way. Your hearing is a precious thing that many of us take for granted. You must remember that you can enjoy or play live music and still protect your hearing too. Hearing protection devices are becoming more advanced as knowledge on the effects of sound on hearing increases too.

Jul

30

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 30, 2014

For many, the belief is that hearing aids are designed solely so people don’t have to go through life not being able to enjoy sound. Yes, hearing aids help people to enjoy sounds, as they should be able to, but other factors are of importance as well. In reality, they help to increase people’s personal safety. Both physical and mental safety is increased, which is a huge benefit. Let’s see how this works.

It has been demonstrated that those with untreated hearing problems are at an increased risk of mental health issues. It is very common for people to sink into depression, at times going as far as having suicidal thoughts. Additionally, they often suffer from paranoia, which means that they may put themselves at risk because of a perceived but imaginary threat. As these issues can all be resolved by wearing a hearing aid, it quickly becomes clear how important they actually are for personal safety. This is made even more apparent when we look at physical personal safety. Our children are told again and again to never cross a road until they have stopped, looked and listened. Clearly, if someone doesn’t wear a hearing aid but they do have hearing problems, then this cannot be done properly. The reality is also that you place yourself in danger if you cannot hear your surroundings properly. For instance, something may be falling. If your hearing is perfect, then it is likely that you will actually hear the object falling. Even if the item is light or small or otherwise doesn’t make a sound, then other people will generally shout out that something is coming your way. A good example of this is lumberjacks shouting “timber”. Hence, those with poor hearing who don’t wear hearing aids are in danger of getting hurt. Again, therefore, hearing aids are vital to increase someone’s personal safety.

When someone wears a hearing aid, they become happier and safer overall. This really demonstrates the importance of these devices. It is a shame, therefore, that there is still a lack of awareness when it comes to hearing problems. For instance, when someone goes to their physician with symptoms of depression, it is very rare for that doctor to then test their hearing. Furthermore, people often don’t realize they are losing their hearing because it is such a gradual process. As such, they need to take some ownership as well, which can only be done by raising awareness of hearing problems and how beneficial hearing aids can be.

Jul

26

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 26, 2014

The biggest reason why people buy hearing aids for the first time is because they know and understand that their hearing loss have escalated to the point that they cannot hear without these devices. The second reason is because family members that are negatively affected by the hearing loss insist they wear hearing aids. As you very well know, hearing loss does not happen overnight; it is a gradual process so by the time you get to wear hearing aids, this means that your ability to hear and your quality of life have been unnecessarily deteriorated. Research has discovered that apart from the usual discomforts, hearing loss also causes anxiety, anger, embarrassment and a tendency to avoid social interactions. If you are still working, loss of your hearing can negatively affect your effectiveness in your job, opportunities at getting promoted and the ability to earn more.

To help people advance in their careers and maintain a good relationship with friends and family members, being able to communicate effectively is an absolute must. Obviously effective communication is not possible if you cannot hear clearly. You would find a lot of research about people that have successfully regained their hearing through surgery, medication or using hearing aids whose professional and personal lives have improved significantly. These people are able to perform better at work and able to get promotions or look for better paying jobs. You need to keep in mind however, that in order for this to be possible, you need to make sure that you are going to undergo successful hearing loss treatments.

You have to keep a few tips in mind before you choose a treatment or a solution for your hearing loss. At the first signs of hearing loss, you need to consult with a physician so he or she can give you a complete physical. You need to provide the doctor with all the information regarding your medical records so the doctor can properly diagnose and recommend treatments that you can choose from. And to be sure that you are going to end up with reliable medical services, you need to check if the doctor you would consult with is recommended by their previous and current clients. Study your options carefully before setting an appointment with an audiologist or doctor and gather information on treatment or options that can help you regain your hearing and help you improve the quality of your life and hearing and start getting opportunities to earn more.

Jul

21

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 21, 2014

Earwax, while not exactly the most appealing topics of conversation (you surely won’t be successful asking someone out on a date when you start talking about it), actually can be interesting to those that for some reason would want to know more about it. So we start with answering the question: what is earwax made of? Earwax or if you prefer its scientific name cerumen is formed when sebum, dead skin cells and secretions from glands in the outer ear canal are combined. There are actually two types of ear wax. There is wet and dry earwax and the type that you have is dependent on genetics. Though mostly unappealing, ear wax is actually one of our body’s protective device. Ear wax works pretty much like eyelashes; it protects and shields the inner components of the ear from impurities: dust, bacteria and organisms that can infect our body through the ear.

earwax lubricates the ears, in pretty much the same way that tears lubricate our eyes. Without ear wax, both our ears would feel itchy and dry all the time. Also, ear wax actually make our ears self-cleaning. This happens when we move our jaws to chew or talk; the ear wax is churned upward to the opening of the ear where it would dry up and flake off. And because our ears are already perfectly capable of cleaning themselves, you should never, ever stick anything that is bigger than your thumb inside your ears and this would include even those soft cotton swabs. You do no more than risk pushing the ear wax further into the ear, causing blockage and serious problems. If you have problems with ear wax blockage, make sure that you do not self medicate and consult with your doctor.

If you prefer to clean your ears and get rid of ear blockage yourself, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind before you go about cleaning your ears. To start with, you have to soften the wax by putting a drop of baby oil in your ear at least twice a day until the ear wax get soft enough to be washed away easily. If these home treatments do not work, it is best to consult with your doctor so he or she can remove the ear wax blockage and prescribe some other type of medication. And to help you prevent any other problems, you could choose to set ear cleaning appointments with your doctor. Study information you have gathered carefully before you decide to come in for appointments.

Jul

21

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 21, 2014

Let’s take a look at some of the basic informmation on hearing loss first. Hearing loss happens when a person experiences a reduced level in their hearing capability. Hearing loss at varying degress of severity affects most of the population although it is more prevalent among the aged. If you are suffering from hearing loss, taking the time to understand the type of hearing loss you have as well as the causes of hearing loss is important so you can look for the best solutions to the problem. The causes of hearing loss are actually divided into the three different regions in the ear namely, outer, middle and inner ear. Outer ear hearing loss is typically caused by excessive build up of ear wax and infection on the auditory canal. Although the treatments for this type of hearing loss is easily available and simple, getting the condition attended to right away is important to prevent worsening the condition.

Middle ear hearing loss on the other hand are caused by stiffening of the bones found in the middle ear; fluid behind the eardrums due to water activities or at certain cases, moist environments and inflammation; all of these causes cause an interference on how the middle ear functions. Middle ear hearing loss are typically treated by medication and surgery but in cases where both solutions are not possible, the use of hearing aids are recommended. The most common hearing problems occur in the middle ear and the most common cause is aging although hearing loss can also be cause by medications; overexposure to extremely loud noise and skull fracture. These causes damage the hair cells in the inner ear which negatively affects the auditory signals to the nerves inside the ear. Although most hearing loss in the inner ear cannot be medically addressed, the use of hearing aids or implants are recommended.

So what do you have to do if you find yourself with hearing loss? Depending on the severity, type and the onset of the hearing loss, there are a number of treatment and rehabilitation options that you can look into. To start with, you need to undergo extensive assessment of your hearing so the doctors can determine what type of hearing loss you have and be able to discuss with you your treatment options. While there are certain types of haring loss that can be corrected with the use of surgery and medications, many audiologists recommend the use of hearing aids or implants instead. Choose an audiologist wisely; choose to consult with doctors that not only has been in practice for a long time but are recommended by their previous and current patients.

Jul

19

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 19, 2014

It is quite common for people to have hearing loss. With some, it is partial where others have complete hearing loss. Sometimes, hearing loss is congenital, whereas other times it is as a result of environmental factors. Although gradual loss of hearing can be prevented, it can often not be totally cured. Many times, hearing loss is caused by infections and these should be able to have been cured before they caused permanent damage. Unfortunately, if it is left to damage the ear itself, then the problems can become permanent. A lot of the illnesses that can cause permanent hearing problems are childhood illnesses. Some of the most common diseases that we know can cause permanent hearing damage include scarlet fever, mumps, head colds, measles, tonsillitis, meningitis and scarlet fever. There are various other factors that are known to potentially cause hearing loss too. One particularly significant problem is long term exposure to loud noises. Hearing loss can, however, be reduced by using yoga.

It is a little known fact that yoga actually provides holistic healing. At the heart of yoga lies the idea that if we look after our body, it will look after us in return. The ear is obviously part of our body and hence needs looking after. There are various techniques to help you repair damage that has been done to your ear within yoga. Choosing the right move is often dependent on what actually caused the damage. One particular yoga technique, however, is beneficial for all ears, regardless of what has damaged them.

This technique is the ear wash. Start by trimming and cleaning your nails before doing the move. All you need to do is insert your index finger into your ear when you take your daily bath. You should do 20 rotations of the finger, first clockwise and then anticlockwise. In order for it to work properly, you should do it twice a day. This move is beneficial firstly because it helps to clean out the ear’s passages. The second benefit is that it will stimulate the nerves inside your ear, thereby improving hearing. There is one other, even easier, technique, being the Shunya Mudra. Start by bending your middle finger until it touches your thumb. Keep your other fingers extended. You then press with your thumb against your middle finger before releasing. You should do this for 15 minutes three times a day. Also remember that yoga is all about breathing. Your inhalation is through the nose and you then breathe out slowly through the mouth.

Jul

19

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 19, 2014

Vertigo and dizziness are two of the most common reasons that make people want to see a doctor. Falling down and losing one’s balance is the direct consequence of vertigo and dizziness and is most prevalent in the elderly that suffer from other neurological issues and chronic medical problems. And for you to get a better idea how serious the situation is, the incidence rate of vertigo goes from 5% to 10% and can go as high as 40% among patients aged 40 above. And among people that are aged 65 and higher, the incidence of falling down can go as high as 25%. At the same time, there are people that suffer from vertigo that are found to be suffering from mild hearing loss, too. Dizziness, imbalance, and tinnitus are actually associated with inner ear diseases and not often with diseases in the central nervous system.

If that is the case, then how is vertigo diagnosed? When examining for vertigo, doctors would ask for the patient’s medical history as well as symptoms. These doctors would also ask for a history of the medications that were previously taken by the patients as well as other medical issues. When you are consulting with your doctor, make sure that you are not going to leave out any detail of your medical history as well as information on your medication so the doctor can diagnose properly. The reason is that even the seemingly unrelated health problems may be causing your vertigo. This is the best way to make sure that your doctor can prescribe the best medications and treatments for you. There are a number of things that you need to keep in mind if you are suffering from symptoms of vertigo.

Never try to self medicate. It is important that you only use medications and try treatments that are recommended by your doctor and only after he or she has done a thorough examination. This way, you get to avoid worsening your condition by trying medications and treatments that you do not understand. If you do not know any doctor or do not have a family doctor, it is best that you ask for recommendations from close friends so they can recommend a physician that you can consult with. Prior to choosing a doctor to consult with, you need to take your time doing research about them to make sure you are going to end up with a doctor you can trust, considering the consequences of not taking the necessary steps to get proper medical treatment for your vertigo, dizziness and even tinnitus.

Jul

16

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 16, 2014

There are a lot of people that think it is better to live their lives with hearing loss rather than wear a hearing aid. There are a number of things that you “think” you know about hearing loss and wearing hearing aids and the sooner you understand them, the sooner you can improve the quality of your life. There are people that know other people who, after undergoing medical and surgical treatments have improved their ability to hear. While it is true that certain types of hearing loss can be treated with surgery or medication, the sad truth is the success rate in adults only go as high as 10%. In addition, there are less than 20% of family doctors that test their patients for hearing loss so don’t think this is something that they can tell you right away.

There are also people that prefer suffering hearing loss than wear a hearing aid. This is actually what people who prefer vanity over practicality think. Untreated hearing loss is going to be more noticeable than wearing hearing aids. You are going to respond incorrectly or inappropriately to conversations; miss punch lines in jokes; get run over by a car that you did not hear coming at you, all of this because you think wearing hearing aids are unfashionable. And always remember that all people with hearing loss, regardless of severity would benefit from wearing a hearing aid.

The need for hearing aids depend a lot on the lifestyle that you have. Then there are other factors that are considered such as the severity of the hearing loss and the level of amplification you need. Moreover, wearing hearing aids would not make you look old or handicapped. Wearing hearing aids do not make you look old; asking people to repeat what they are saying all the time is what makes people think you are getting old. If you are a little concerned as to choosing an audiologist to consult with, ask your family doctor for a recommendation. You can also do research on various types of hearing aids and how they work to help you decide whether or not this would work for you and help you decide which type of hearing aid to get.

Jul

15

Posted by : Audiologist | On : July 15, 2014

A number of factors can contribute to hearing impairment. Among the most common causes are age and being exposed are extremely loud noise for an extended period of time. And believe it or not, there are a number of natural ways or methods that you could look into in order to reverse the hearing loss. One of the things you can do is get sufficient of vitamin D in your diet as vitamin D is known to help reverse hearing loss naturally. This is why you would come across a lot of people that recommend getting a lot of morning sunshine to help improve hearing. Sunshine as we know helps our body to produce more vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency cause is insufficient amounts of scalp shown that that should be found in the fluid with in the inner ear.

Calcium in the inner ear is important because without it the delicate bones of the inner ear would become spongy and gets damaged easily which causes interference with the transmission of sounds. This is why apart from taking vitamin D supplements orally, it is advisable to spend up 20 minutes in a day sitting in the morning sunshine and eat foods that are rich in Vitamin D. You need to understands that hearing loss can be reversed with the proper nutrition as there are studies that have shown people with Vitamin A, E and D deficiency are more prone to suffer from hearing loss. And for you to be sure that you are going to get sufficient amounts of these vitamins into your system, you need to consider taking nutritional supplements.

Another way you can naturally refers hearing loss is to try avoiding extremely loud noises. For example, turning up the volume of your head phones or ear phones can cause serious damage on the tiny ear cells and cause hearing loss. You need to make sure however, that you would avoid any medications are treatments and that you did not consult your Physician about. This way you could avoid any adverse side effects from treatments or at drugs that you know nothing about. If you would consult with a Physician for the first time, you have to make sure that you would provide him or her would complete details of your medical history in order for the position to diagnose the condition properly and prescribe safe and effective that treatments or medications. Make sure that you are going to choose a Physician and that have been in practice for a long time and have established a good track record among his patients.