1 What is hearing loss?
Hearing loss may be a result of many different conditions, and the cause may lie in any part of the hearing system. At any age, hearing can be damaged gradually or suddenly. A hearing loss is often gradual and painless, in many cases developing so slowly it is barely noticeable. People themselves do not realise that they have hearing loss even though family members, office colleagues and friends may be quite aware of it. For some all sounds will be heard, but its volume is low. For others, speech and music sound will be slightly distorted. Many actually find it difficult to clearly hear specific sounds such as conversation both in typical environments and from a distance.
2When do I need a Hearing Aid?
Difficulty in hearing in public gatherings, concert halls, theatres, houses of worship – where sound sources are far from the listener. Difficulty in understanding conversation within a group of people or when someone speaks to you in a whisper. Adults avoiding group meetings, social occasions, or family gatherings where listening may be difficult or where one may feel embarrassed about misunderstanding what is being said. Asking others to repeat themselves or listening to sounds or speakers with a cocked head. Frustrating or embarrassing situation faced when speaking to friends, relatives or any stranger due to hearing loss. You have difficulty hearing the television, radio or telephone at a normal level. Your hearing causes you to have arguments with family members and causes difficulties hinder your social life. You feel that you are impaired by your hearing problem. To Brief it up: Missing words during conversation. Frequently asking people to repeat themselves. Difficult to follow conversation /speech in a group. Turning up the volume of your TV or Radio. Difficulty in carrying on a Telephonic Conversation. Someone close to you mentioning that you might have hearing problem. People seeming to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to.
3What are the negative effects of hearing loss?
Hearing loss will manifest itself in several ways. A hearing impaired person will have difficulty in hearing consonants spoken in normal conversations because consonants are normally spoken at higher frequencies and softer volumes, and vowels at lower frequencies and louder volumes. Hearing loss can dramatically change the affected person’s lifestyle. Adults having hearing loss may start isolating themselves from family and friends and show reluctance in participating in public events. Children with hearing loss may get negatively affected in their ability to learn, develop communication skills and to interact with others.
4What are the different types of hearing losses?
Hearing loss can occur anywhere in the auditory system. Hearing loss in the outer or middle ear is termed as “conductive loss” whereas loss in the inner ear is called “cochlear” which is also called “sensorineural” A person with both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss combined, it said to have “mixed loss .”Another type of hearing loss is associated with the central auditory nervous system, which includes the auditory nerve, the brainstem and the brain.
5Who are the most common victims of hearing loss?
The most common occurrence of hearing loss is significantly found in individuals over the age of 55. Hearing impairment affects between 20% and 30% of this age group. Hearing impairment is the second-most prevalent chronic condition, behind only deformities or orthopaedic impairments such as spinal curvatures and flat feet, among people under the age of 65.
6Aren’t there operations or medications I can take for hearing loss?
Only 5% of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss (95%) are treated with hearing aids.
7What is the difference between an analogue and digital hearing aid?
Old analogue types of hearing aid tend to suffer from whistling feedback and distorted noise. Some people who wear this type of aid find that they cannot hear conversations when there is any background noise. With a digital hearing aid, these problems are minimised and in some situations, solved together. Unlike an analogue aid a digital hearing aid contains a tiny computer which processes sound very precisely. This type of aid can continuously modify sound to match the user’s hearing profile, helping improve the ability to understand speech, even in background noise.
8Are hearing aids battery operated?
Yes. All hearing aids in the world are battery operated. Every hearing aid takes a specific size battery. Companies now have a new-colour coded system to help customers better remember and match their battery with their aid. Look through your hearing aid manual to determine the size. For future reference just remember your colour to purchase the correct size. Yellow – Size 10 ; Orange – Size 13 ; Brown – Size 312 ; Blue – Size 675
9What sort of changes will I have to make in my life once I have a hearing aid?
First, understand that a hearing aid will not completely restore your hearing. What it will do is enhance sound so you can hear better. Since hearing loss is gradual, over the years you may have become unaccustomed to normal environmental sounds such as traffic noise, the hum of a refrigerator or background conversation. When you begin wearing a hearing aid, you will need to re-educate your brain to practice selective listening, the ability to choose only those sounds which you wish to hear. Wear your hearing aids as much as possible so you will become skilled at recognizing sound direction, learning what hearing aid settings work best in different situations.
10What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound reported by a patient but is unrelated to an external source of stimulation.. It may be intermittent, constant or fluctuant, mild or severe, and may vary from a low roaring sensation to a high pitched type of sound. It may or may not be associated with a hearing loss. It is also classified further into subjective tinnitus (a noise perceived by the patient alone) or objective (a noise perceived by the patient as well as by another listener). Subjective tinnitus is common; however, objective tinnitus is relatively uncommon. The location of tinnitus may be in the ear(s) and/or in the head
11What can I expect from my hearing aids?
You can expect that after you have adapted and learned to use them properly (usually 4 to 8 weeks), many “speech sound” benefits from hearing aids will become available to you. You can expect your ability to perceive speech correctly will be enhanced. You can expect most conversations will be much easier with the hearing aids. You can expect more relaxed hearing, more confidence and more satisfaction from your conversations. Additionally, you can expect to hear warning sounds more readily with the hearing aids, than without
12What Cares Should be Taken After The Fitting of a Hearing Aid?
- AUDITIORY TRAINING
- DETAILS PRODUCT TRAINING
- REGULAR MONITORING OF EAR MOULDS
- AUDITORY TRAINING
- SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY
- PARENTAL TRAINING
- CARE OF ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS