There are specific medications that can affect your body and disturb your hearing capabilities, which could cause brief or enduring hearing loss.
In addition to having an active and healthy lifestyle to maintain your healthy hearing abilities, you should be informed about medications and treatments that could cause loss of hearing in some patients. These types of medications are categorized as ototoxic, which means it is harmful to your ears. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, there are over 200 of these medications that are being sold to the public.
If you, or a loved one, are using a medication and experienced signs of hearing loss, tinnitus, or vertigo, talk to your health care professional to avoid additional damage and consider different options.
Here is a list of popular medications that are known to cause hearing loss:
Keep Your Hearing Health in Mind When Taking New Medication
There are so many dangers that result in hearing loss, so it is vital to document any changes in your hearing health when you start to take a new medication. You can have a hearing test done before and after you begin your medication treatment, to determine any hearing loss that has occurred.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss, or tinnitus, as a result of taking any of the medications listed above, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists to determine the best option for you.
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Adjusting to Your Hearing Aids
New hearing aid wearers have compared wearing their first pair of hearing aids to breaking in a new pair of shoes. When you initially try them on they may feel fine, but your ears will probably feel sore by the end of the day.
You will be aware of the hearing aids in your ears. You may experience itching, sweating, or simply feel different with the hearing devices in your ear. When your first day of wearing the devices comes to an end, you’ll probably breathe a sigh of relief. This is normal.
Styles of Hearing Aids
There are two common hearing aid styles: standard and custom.
Standard hearing aids feature a microphone and amplifier inside a hard case, that rests behind the ear. This microphone is attached to the dome, which is placed in your ear canal. Domes are available in various sizes. If the dome feels uncomfortable, your hearing instrument specialist can replace the size of the dome for a more cozy fit. If none of the standard sizes fit, you may have a customized mold of your hearing aid that perfectly, and securely, fits in your ear.
Give the Hearing Aids Time
It takes time to adapt to hearing aids. Being aware of the feeling of hearing aids in your ears can bother you, so it’s best to adjust to them by wearing them very often. It is recommended that you wear them six to eight hours each day.
If you feel discomfort when you initially put the hearing aids on, be sure that they have been inserted correctly. Remove the devices and place them in your ear canal again. You may coat the opening of your ear with a small amount of baby oil to easily slide the aids in. You should only use a small amount of oil and keep oil off of any openings in the hearing device.
Be Patient with Your Expectations
Give your hearing aids some time to break in. It should take about a month or two, before you stop noticing them. If you have any issues, tell your hearing instrument specialist. They will be able to make adjustments, give advice, and try other options with you.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists for a free hearing test and consultation.
Loss of Hearing in Newborns Due To ANSD
Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in newborn babies. This problem is due to Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD), which is a complication caused by the transportation of sound from the inner ear to the brain.
It is not known what the causes of ANSD are, but prematurely born infants or those who have a family history of this disorder have a higher risk of contracting it. Symptoms can begin at any age, but generally children who have ANSD are born with it and have it diagnosed within the first few months after they are born.
As more research has developed ANSD has been detected more often. There have been more frequent cases that were diagnosed, which make up 10% to 15% of hearing loss cases.
Luckily, children who have ANSD can develop solid communication and language skills with the help of assistive listening devices, therapy, and visual communication techniques. It is important to have the right diagnosis, along with early intervention.
How Does Hearing Work?
To better understand ANSD, it’s helpful to know how your ears hear noise. Hearing starts out with sound waves that journey through the air come in contact with the outer ear (the pinna), or the part of the ear that is visible. These sound waves are carried through the ear canal and into the middle section of the ear - this includes the eardrum (a fine layer of tissue) along with three small bones known as the ossicles. The eardrum reverberates when it comes in contact with sound. These vibrations become amplified by the ossicles and transport them to the inner ear.
The inner ear is composed of the cochlea (a snail-shaped chamber), which is filled with fluid and interlined with four rows of microscopic hair cells. The outer hair cells contract back and forth to amplify sound when vibrations move through the fluid. When the vibrations reach the right size, the inner hair cells convert them into electrical nerve impulses in the auditory nerve, which links the ear and the brain to each other. When the nerve impulses come in contact with the brain, they are understood as sound.
What is the effect of ANSD on Hearing?
Sound penetrates the ear in a normal manner for someone with ANSD, but due to damage in the inner row of hair cells or the synapses located halfway through the inner hair cells and the auditory nerve, or auditory nerve damage, sound will not accurately be carried from the inner ear to the brain.
The outcome of this causes sound waves that travel to the brain to become disorganized in a way that the brain is unable to comprehend. When it is disorganized, in some situations it never reaches the brain. In some instances, ANSD is caused by a complication with the auditory nerve.
There has only been a better understanding and diagnosis about ANSD in recent years. There is still more information that needs to be studied about it. Not every hearing screening for newborns can recognize ANSD, and as a result, there are many children and adults who have it but went undiagnosed.
There are mild to severe symptoms of ANSD. Some children who suffer from ANSD have the ability to hear sounds, but have difficulty figuring out what the sounds are. Other people hear noises that all sound the same, similar to static or white noise. For example, someone’s voice may sound just like running water, a barking dog may sound just like a car horn, or a chirping bird may sound like a clanging pans.
For some, ANSD gets better after some time. For others, it might stay the same or worsen.
Causes of ANSD
The causes of ANSD are unknown. There are some risks that may influence whether a child is susceptible to the disease, which include:
Even if a child passes a newborn hearing screening, the symptoms of hearing problems might now be noticed for years.
Have you noticed any of the following symptoms:
There is no cure for ANSD, but an assistive listening device (ALD) can be helpful for children who have ANSD make sense of the sounds around them and develop skills for language. Getting treatment for ANSD depends on the severity of the disease and how old a child is when they are diagnosed.
To make any of these devices effective, continuous therapy with a speech-language pathologist, who specializes in aiding children with hearing loss and develop speaking and hearing abilities.
If your child is in need of hearing aids or an ALD, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Batteries that are Disposable
Up until recently, all hearing aid batteries were only available in a disposable form. There are currently several hearing aids that can be recharged.
Disposable (zinc-air) batteries come in four sizes and are color-coded. The batteries are activated when they come in contact with air, after the colored tab is detached. This will then permit oxygen to enter the battery. You should wait to remove and toss out the tab until you are going to place the battery in your hearing aid to use. For a longer battery life, take the tab off and let the battery sit for a minute before inserting it into your hearing aid.
When a battery loses its power, you have to replace it. You should always keep extra batteries with you.
The average disposable hearing aid battery lasts 5-7 days, depending on the battery size, how often the hearing aid wearer uses the device, how complicated the listening environments are, how long they stream music or television into their hearing aids, etc.
Disposable hearing aid batteries do not need a charger, making them easy to travel with. You only need your hearing aids and your batteries.
Batteries that are Rechargeable
Rechargeable batteries are available for nearly all styles of hearing aids - BTEs (Behind-The-Ear) and RICs (Receiver-In-Canal).
Batteries do not Need to be Changed
Rechargeable hearing aids are convenient. It eliminates the need to change out batteries, which can be tiresome and challenging for anyone with dexterity issues.
Wearers do not need to regularly buy hearing aid batteries, following the initial cost of the hearing device.
Hearing aids can be charged once a day, and be used for almost the entire day.
Charging is Easy
Simply place the hearing aids into your charger while you’re sleeping. It is recommended to charge them overnight.
For over three years, two hearing aids can use at least 300 disposable batteries. Only two rechargeable hearing aid batteries would be used for each device, and they would provide the same exact power.
If you are interested in rechargeable hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids, and make an appointment to discuss which systems are available for your hearing needs. We also offer disposable batteries at each of our offices.
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If you feel distressed about any deterioration in your hearing abilities, or may be noticing some hearing loss, here are five exercises to help improve the health of your hearing.
1. Solve puzzles to preserve hearing - Your brain has a huge role in processing sound and information our ears receive. Studies have indicated that there is a correlation between hearing loss and anxiety or depression. This may be due to atrophy in the brain. This is when brain cells and connections are reduced or impaired.
Just like muscles in your body, your brain needs to engage in exercises to remain strong and active.
It’s a good idea to solve an array of puzzles such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or word searches each day or week. You could also socialize with friends by playing bingo or cards games to give your brain a workout.
2. Yoga can improve your hearing health - Yoga exercises can help with your hearing by circulating blood flow to your ears and brain. Having more circulation helps to increase nerve function and expels toxins and waste.
Yoga poses that can help with blood circulation are cobra, lotus, tree, and triangle pose. Yoga can also help with tinnitus.
3. Engage in exercises every day to help with your hearing - A healthy body is vital to
keep your ears and brain healthy. Maintain a strong blood circulation by walking, jogging,
doing yoga, gardening, or housework.
Do not exercise while wearing headphones, earbuds, or near any loud music. Frequent exposure to loud noises may damage ear hairs, which cannot be restored. If you choose to exercise while listening to music, keep the volume at a low level that’s comfortable to listen to.
If anyone around you can hear the music from your headphones or earbuds, your music is too loud.
4. Enhance your hearing abilities through meditation - As an exercise, meditate outside
in a park, or other public space where you will be surrounded by various noises. While
Meditating, deeply inhale and exhale to circulate your blood. This will build up oxygen
levels throughout your body. Focus in and away from each sound nearby and try to determine the location of each sound.
This exercise is meant to help you hone in on interpreting sounds in loud environments
and finding out where the sound is emerging from.
5. Train yourself to focus on and locate sounds in order to sharpen your hearing - By
engaging in hearing exercises, you can pinpoint where sounds are emerging from and
who or what is making the noises.
You can put a speaker or radio in one section of the room, and play music at a volume level that is comfortable. Place another source of sound in a different section of the room and increase the volume until both sounds produce a noisy atmosphere.
Have somebody move around the room while reading sentences or reciting phrases.
Shut your eyes, repeat what that person said to you, and try to locate the area where they are reading or reciting from.
Even though these tips are meant to promote health for your hearing, anyone who suffers from hearing loss should get a hearing test as soon as possible. Hearing loss that goes untreated may result in more serious hearing loss that is irreversible, and affect your cognitive, health, and mental well-being.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule a free hearing test and consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists!
Modern hearing aids are like scaled-down computers that rest in your ears. There is so much technology condensed into a tiny device. Here are the elements that make up a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids.
Amplifier and Microphone
Each hearing aid device features a microphone which collects sound and transmits it to the amplifier. In a BTE hearing aid, both of these features are found in the sleek housing case that rests behind your ears.
It is crucial that you keep this part of your hearing aid dry and clean. The majority of manufacturers advise users to wipe off your hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth when you remove them and store them away overnight. This helps to keep the microphone screen clean, and functioning properly.
The Ear Hook
Similar to the frames on a pair of eyeglasses, BTE hearing aids hook over the outer part of your ears. This hook, sometimes referred to as an Elbow, also attaches the microphone and amplifier case to the tubing and ear mold that rests inside your ear canal. The ear hook normally wears out and gets replaced when body sweat and oil erodes the plastic. To extend its life, it is best to use a soft cloth or tissue to thoroughly wipe the ear hook.
It is essential that the hook fits comfortably on your ear, and securely attaches to the casing and tubing. Your hearing instrument specialist will be able to determine the best fit for you.
The plastic tubing located on the end of the ear hook transfers the sound from the microphone to the ear mold. The length of this tubing depends on what make and model your hearing aid is, and it can be customized for the best fit. Just like the ear hook, the tubing is made from plastic and will need to be replaced.
You should check these tubes each day to be sure that they are securely attached to the ear hook and ear mold, and to look out for any possible damage.
Earmolds rest comfortably inside your ear canal and concha bowl (the outer ear located closest to your ear canal). It gives the hearing aid an acoustic seal for the electronic sounds that the microphone is funneling inside. The fit and shape of the earmold depends on your hearing aid model and the severity of your hearing loss. Here are four of the most common types of ear molds that are available:
Hearing aid wearers frequently believe that their hearing devices are not working properly due to this switch. For BTE models, this switch is located in the casing that rests behind the ear. If you notice that your hearing aids are not working, make sure that it is switched on. It’s a good idea to switch off your hearing aids when you are not wearing them so as not to drain the batteries.
The majority of BTE models have a battery compartment that is found near the on/off switch. It is generally recommended that you take the batteries out and keep the compartment open overnight. This will allow the hearing aid to dry out.
Hearing aid batteries last for 3 to 22 days. If your hearing aid is not functioning properly, make sure that your battery is correctly inserted in the device. If it does not work, even after you have switched it on, replace it with a new battery.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a new hearing aid, a hearing aid repair, or new batteries, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Inflammation in Brain and Tinnitus Symptoms
A new study that was published in PLOS Biology, a monthly peer reviewed scientific journal that covers every aspect of biology, discovered that inflammation in the brain’s sound-processing area mediates tinnitus symptoms of mice that have noise-induced hearing loss. Research was conducted to study the neuroinflammation in the brain’s auditory cortex after suffering noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and its function in mice who suffer from tinnitus.
Research showed that NIHL is linked to an increase in levels of molecules known as pro-inflammatory cytokines and activated non-neuronal cells - microglia - located in the primary cortex.
Mice who had NIHL showed that a cell-signaling molecule, known as a tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), mediates neuroinflammation, tinnitus, and synaptic imbalance. A decrease of microglia blocked tinnitus in mice with NIHL. Researchers of this study believe that neuroinflammation may, so far, be the best target to treat tinnitus and other forms of hearing loss.
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Although it is too early to draw conclusions of these results from mice in humans, this is a start to acknowledging that neuroinflammation may be a component in causing tinnitus.
If you, or a loved one, suffer from tinnitus contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids. We offer tinnitus relief and solutions for a wide range of hearing loss.
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Debris and moisture can destroy your hearing aids. Generally, hearing aids last for three to five years as long as there hasn’t been any deterioration in your hearing abilities.
Here is some advice on keeping your hearing aids clean, dry, and still functioning so they can last as long as possible.
Keep the Devices Clean
Earwax protects the inside parts of our ears from foreign debris, harm, and infections. It can also buildup and obstruct the mechanics of a hearing aid, by becoming clogged in the microphone or receiver.
In some instances, wearing hearing aids can cause people to produce more earwax. Earwax is meant to prevent foreign objects from coming in contact with the eardrum. By placing a hearing device in your ear, your body may view it as something that they need to attack with more ear wax.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) their guidelines when dealing with earwax state that those who wear hearing aids have a higher risk for impacted earwax, which is when an excessive amount of wax builds up in the ear.
It’s important to clean and maintain your hearing aids each day in order to keep them from being coated with too much earwax, dust, or debris.
You can use a cleaning brush, or even an old toothbrush to lightly clean off any earwax or other foreign matter from the hearing aid. You should also open the battery compartment and brush off any debris found inside. Different hearing aid devices may require certain directions and tools for cleaning. Your hearing instrument specialist can give you further recommendations on taking care of your device.
If there is a wax guard or wax trap (in-the-ear, receiver-in-ear, or in-the-canal hearing aids may have this), they should be changed on a daily basis in order to avoid earwax blockage, which can restrict the quality of sound. Your hearing instrument specialist should tell you how frequently to replace them, and demonstrate how to do so. He or she may supply replacements, or you can purchase them online.
Keep the Hearing Devices Dry
Moisture and hearing aids do not go together. The nuts and bolts of a hearing device are exposed to weather, sweat, or dirt in order to harness sounds. As a result, moisture can quickly find its way inside and ruin a hearing aid.
Use a secured case when you go to the pool or a sauna. If it’s a place where you would not take your phone, it wouldn’t be a place where you would bring your hearing aids.
When you are getting ready for your day, complete your cleaning and grooming routine before placing your hearing aids in your ears. This will help prevent any possible contact with water, hairspray, or hair gel.
Never store your hearing aids in the bathroom. Steam can permeate into the devices and you may accidentally get them wet or drop them in water.
Store the devices in a dry aid kit or dry storage kit overnight. You may use desiccant and a container, or an electronic accessory that disperses air around the aid. Talk to your hearing instrument specialist about getting one.
If your hearing devices get wet, you should use a dry storage kit to dry them. Do not use a hair dryer or place your hearing aids in the microwave or oven - your hearing device will get damaged.
It is recommended that you wear your hearing aids all day, if possible. If you remove them in the middle of the day, you may forget where they are, and they might accidentally go through the washing machine. It’s also important to keep your hearing aids away from your pets. They could chew up the devices.
Advice for Troubleshooting
If your hearing aids are not working properly, thoroughly clean and dry them.
Intermittent sounds or noises full of static could indicate that moisture has reached the batteries. You may be able to resolve this problem by inserting new batteries. Feedback noises from your hearing aids are usually a sign of excessive earwax, so you may need to get your ears examined.
If none of these tips work, contact your hearing instrument specialist. Faulty parts can be replaced in the office, or sent to a manufacturer for repairs.
Detection of Protein Helps with Hearing and Balance
After 40 years, Harvard Medical School scientists have identified a protein known as TMC1. This protein transfers sound and head movements into electronic signals, which are utilized by the brain to preserve balance and hearing.
Earlier research indicated that mutations in TMC1 resulted in deafness, and was the first revelation of a link between hearing and balance. That research studied the impact of proteins that allow ions such as calcium and potassium to enter the inner ear cells. This helps the cells translate sounds and head movements to send signals to the brain. Limited information was known about which proteins helped ions enter the cells. The latest discoveries fill in the missing link.
The researchers discovered that their studies showed proof that TMC1 is an important molecular sensor that transforms motion and sound to electrical signals that can be comprehended by the brain.
An Experiment with TMC1
An experiment - using a model of protein TMC1 - was conducted by the researchers. They discovered that there were 17 amino acids that may affect the way the protein functions. The acids were put into TMC protein in mice and observed the effect of movement of charged ions through the pores when reacting to sound.
They discovered 11 that shifted the movement of ions. Five had a substantial effect, which decreased ions by 80%. There was one amino acid that obstructed all of the calcium ions. This indicates that none of the nerve signals had reached the brain.
This took many years to discover because the cochlea is not easily accessible. There are also 16,000 hair cells in the ear, so that makes it difficult to examine them.
The Link Between Hearing and Balance
A recent study conducted by Washington University School of Medicine discovered that hearing was vital to maintaining one’s balance. They tested the balance of those who were hard of hearing - once with their hearing aids on and once with their hearing aids out. The participants had poor performances without their hearing aid devices.
Another study by the National Institute of Aging discovered that those who suffered from mild hearing loss were three times more likely to fall than those without hearing loss. For every 10dB that is lost, they are 1.4 percent more likely to fall. Researchers had previously believed that the imbalances were ‘cognitively demanding’. What they did not realize was that the imbalances were caused by TMC1.
Hearing loss alone is not the cause of imbalance issues. It can be caused by a previously existing lack of balance, which is partly responsible for falls. In addition to processing sound, the ear has a vestibular system to help the body preserve its balance.
Further Studies Needed
Scientists will need to focus on TMC1 and how it affects sound-to-signal conversion process. This could indicate possible treatments for some types of hearing loss, which were formerly known to be permanent.
This would transform the lives of 460 million people across the globe. It would have a bigger impact on the 24,000 children who are born with hearing loss in America. Linguistic development is closely related to your hearing health. Helping to cure hearing loss in children at an early age can allow them to learn how to speak as they grow up.
As great as these developments are, if you or a loved one have been or are currently suffering from hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule a free hearing test and consultation.
Features of Signia's Insio Nx
Signia's Insio Nx hearing aids are custom-made to fit the shape of your ear and cater to your personal hearing loss, whether it ranges from mild to severe.
It's discreet design and quality of sound allows you to feel more confident as you interact with others.
The Insio Nx provides a natural hearing experience, and can be controlled remotely.
Microphones in the Insio Nx harness sounds to the inside of the ear canal. This allows you to make phone calls and listen to music. You may even wear headphones that are placed over the ear.
Accessories for Signia's Insio Nx
By using the touchControl™ App, you can transform your smartphone into a discreet remote control for your hearing aids.
Wearers may also control their Insio Nx hearing aids with the miniPocket. This is a small, discreet remote control that can be attached to a key ring.
The myHearing™ App gives wearers supportive tools that are needed to feel comfortable and confident with their hearing.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in Signia's Insio Nx, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
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The MyCore Sterling 8C by Rexton is available as an ITE and ITC device. This customized hearing aid is discreet and features the latest MyCore technology. It also features a direct streaming connection to iPhones, television, Bluetooth devices (through the Smart transmitter 2.4 and Smart Mic.).
Features of MyCore:
Compatible with MyCore Accessories
Smart Direct App
There is a remote control app that can be accessed from both the iPhone® and Android smartphones. This app manages the volume, programs, adjusts to the patterns of your microphone, and can do so much more.
This is a small remote control microphone that utilizes Bluetooth® in order to stream the speaker’s voice into the MyCore devices. It also features hands-free usage for devices that use Bluetooth®, and can conveniently be used to directly stream live conversations into the hearing aids.
This is a small, discreet, remote control with buttons that are easy to use. This can be used with MyCore, TruCore, and Essential1 products.
This device transmits audio signals from other devices, like your TV, straight into your hearing aids. You can stream sounds from shows directly into your hearing aid devices.
CROS RIC 8C
This is the wireless CROS solution that is best for unilateral hearing loss. It comes in a durable 312 housing and is compatible with all MyCore wireless devices.
It features a permanent, wireless sound transmission, and utilizes energy-efficient Wireless Sync technology, which gives the hearing aid a longer battery run-time.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in a free hearing aid trial for Rexton’s MyCore Sterling 8C, or any of the other hearing aid devices that we have available, contact us for a free hearing test and consultation.
How can you determine whether or not you suffer from mild hearing loss?
Mild hearing loss may not sound like a serious problem, but it is. Any hearing threshold between 25-40 dB is considered mild hearing loss.
Those with mild hearing loss can usually hear speech sounds when a person is talking near them, as long as they are in a quiet environment. They have difficulties when there are sounds that are competing for their attention, such as noise and speech that happen at the same time. They have the ability to hear people who speak loudly, but in some of these instances they tend to hear people mumbling. Most people who have mild hearing loss described a sensation of having an ear full of earwax, and could hear like normal as soon as it was cleared out.
Some consonant sounds are difficult to understand
Consonant sounds like f, k, s, sh, have a soft noise. As a result, individuals who have mild hearing loss will have problems with identifying those sounds. They may assume that people are not verbalizing their words clearly.
Fortunately, for those who suffer from mild hearing loss, hearing aids can help amplify those soft sounds. Hearing aids can also help with better speech comprehension, especially when there are noises competing for your attention.
In the past, most people did not bother to get treatment for their mild hearing loss because it wasn’t considered a serious matter. There is research being done to indicate that getting help for mild hearing loss can restrict additional damage to your hearing. There have been other studies that insist hearing aids can delay cognitive decline in elderly individuals.
If you, or a loved one, may be experiencing mild hearing loss or any other form of hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Research on Hearing Loss and Reading Skills for Children who had Brain Tumors
According to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, researchers have discovered why severe hearing loss causes children who are survivors of brain tumors, to have difficulty with reading.
An analysis was conducted on 260 children and adolescents who survived a brain tumor. This study included 64 individuals who had severe hearing loss. They were tested on how they performed in their reading skills, which included the speed in which they processed information, their working memory, letter-word identification, and phonological skills (including the capability to use sound units to decipher words).
In comparison to other survivors, children who suffered from severe hearing loss had significant declines while they were treated. Children who had severe hearing loss had the most difficulty with phonological skills and slowed processing speed.
It takes time to learn how to read. Reading is a skill that everyone depends on in order to learn for the rest of their lives.
The study implies that there should be more focus on developing language-based and neurocognitive skills, such as processing speed and phonemics before learning about more complicated things like reading comprehension.
Young children, many under 7 years of age, were specifically susceptible to failing in skills that are essential to become proficient in reading. These children would benefit the most early interventions.
Brain tumors and its Link to Hearing Loss
The most prevalent types of cancer in children are brain and spinal cord tumors. They make up about 1 in 4 newly diagnosed pediatric cancers each year.
According to a recent study by St. Jude’s, 32 percent of patients who have a brain tumor develop severe hearing loss within many years of treatment. Hearing loss may even occur regardless of treatment with a prescription medication, amifostine, which is used to preserve hair cells located in the inner ear that are necessary for hearing.
The study included individuals between the ages of 3 and 21 who had medulloblastoma (a cancerous tumor that begins in the region of the brain closest to the base of the skull) and other embryonal brain tumors. Each patient was part of a research trial and treatment which included surgery, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy. They all received neurocognitive and hearing tests at least twice, in the beginning and during a later point in the treatment.
The test proposed many factors which included nerve damage to a patient’s hearing - that was caused by the tumor - which disrupt reading capabilities for children who survived brain tumors and have severe hearing loss. This implies that there is a possibility to improve a patient’s quality of life by creating more effective interventions.
More research is necessary to discover how and when to get involved to improve a cancer patient’s proficiency in reading. This includes studying how hearing aids may affect reading and neurocognitive skills in young cancer survivors.
Hearing loss can go undetected for longer periods of time. This study emphasizes the need to get your hearing health checked annually, and seek treatment as soon as possible in order to intervene and possibly prevent more health concerns.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a hearing test, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Wearing both hearing aids and eyeglasses can be a concern for some people. There’s a feeling of uncertainty when it comes to comfort, or having a problem with either the hearing device or the eyewear.
There are four general categories of hearing aids:
In-the-ear (ITE) - This type of hearing aid is placed in the opening of your ear canal. There is nothing that rests behind the ear.
In-the-canal (ITC) - This hearing aid is similar to the ITE device, but it rests deeper inside the ear, making them nearly invisible.
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) - This type of hearing aid goes into the ear canal and is not visible at all.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) - This is an earlier hearing aid style, but a modern version has more advancements. The main part of the device fits right behind the ear, and has clear tubing that attaches to an earmold which rests in the opening of the ear’s canal. Open-fit models are similar, but they do not have the earmold.
If you wear eyeglasses, it’s recommended that you wear the ITE, ITC, or CIC hearing aids. If you frequently remove your glasses, BTE hearing aids could cause more problems.
3 Distinct Features
It’s best to base your choice of hearing aids on the features available in each hearing device, rather than the shape. Hearing aids are constantly changing, therefore features also change. Here are some of the typical features:
1. Directional microphone: This helps identify the sound you need to hear if you are in a noisy environment. For example, if someone is speaking to you in a crowded restaurant, you will be able to clearly hear them talking even with the noise happening around you.
2. Noise reduction: This feature sifts out the background noises by intensifying the sound of one channel to improve speech.
3. T-coil: This feature allows wearers to hear more clearly as they speak on a land-line phone. T-coils help you to hear people that are talking through a speaker or intercom.
Focus on how these features will help you in your daily life, then you can choose the best style of hearing aids.
Eyeglasses and BTE Hearing Aids
If you do not want to wear ITE, ITC, or CIC hearing aids, it is possible to comfortably wear both BTE hearing aids with your eyeglasses. It’s important to properly put on each of these accessories in order for them to fit well. Here is some advice:
If you, or a loved one, wear both eyeglasses and hearing aids and are in need of a hearing aid solution, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists!
Sean Mark, BC-HIS, and our patient care coordinator, Martha, are having a lively conversation about hearing aid wearers.
If you, or a loved one are in need of hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
If you are regularly exposed to loud noises, you should focus on how to protect your ears and hearing health. Knowing what types of ear protection are available for you to take into consideration is important in your decision process.
Ear Protection Devices
Some of the primary options for protecting your ears are:
Many job professions expose employees to loud noises for extensive periods of time, if not for the majority of their shift. In these occupations, your hearing may become impaired. Notably, carpenters, construction workers, and gardeners may observe deterioration in their hearing while on the job. Frequent banging noises in a workshop, or high decibels emanating from a sizable lawn mower can cause hearing loss.
How to Distinguish Whether Noises Are Too Loud
If you need to raise your voice to speak to someone who is only a few feet away, that’s an indication that the noise around you is too loud. This is probably a typical scene when you are at a concert. If you need to yell into someone’s ear just to talk to them, think about bringing earplugs along with you in case the setting is too loud.
If you notice any changes in your hearing abilities, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids and talk to one of our hearing instrument specialists about the best options available for you. We offer a variety of hearing aids at discount prices!
Advancements in Hearing Better with Hearing Aids and other Devices
People who have hearing loss want to hear noises better, not necessarily make sounds louder. Advancements in the signal-to-noise ratio for hearing aid devices has developed quickly within the past few years. Most of these advancements include applicable and practical combinations of hearing aid devices, internet, smartphones, GPS, a multitude of wireless protocols, and more in order to customize your hearing care.
Statistics on Hearing Loss
The leading issue that is raised among 37 million Americans who suffer from audiometric sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is their incapacity to comprehend speech-in-noise (SIN), not the need to hear sounds at a louder level.
Additionally, 26 million people who do not suffer from audiometric hearing loss also have difficulty hearing and/or difficulty with SIN. Instead of just making sounds louder, those who have SIN complications require hearing aids, which now have many new advancements that can improve a wearer’s ability to better comprehend SIN.
What You can do to Hear Better
In order to improve the ability to comprehend SIN, the best thing that can be done for someone with SNHL is to assist the progress of an improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Some elements that have been integrated into hearing aids to advance SNR include adaptive, non-adaptive, and beamforming (a process that allows you to focus your WiFi signal) directional microphones, along with a variety of noise reduction algorithms. These algorithms improve SNR of 3 or 4 decibels (dB) in acoustic environments when it is used via open-canal fittings, or if speech babble is surrounding the wearer (like in restaurants).
There are tools like digital remote microphones or FM systems that wirelessly connect the individual speaking to the individual who is listening. Loop systems and telecoils (t-coils) can be used as a way to connect a person who is speaking to many listeners. FM and telecoils help diminish background noise and improve 12-15 dB in SNR for users.
If you, or a loved one, suffer from SNHL or have difficulty comprehending speech-in-noise, get in touch with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Rexton's MyCore Mosaic M 8C BTE hearing aid, is one of the most reliable and discreet hearing aids that can fit any ear.
It provides great control and is easy to use with the Smart Direct App and Smart Key Remote.
The size 13 battery allows wearers to have a longer battery life-span. It has a flexible fit that can use a standard earhook or thin tube.
Features of MyCore:
Learn more about the MyCore Mosaic M 8C BTE here!
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in a free trial of Rexton's MyCore Mosaic M 8C BTE, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists!
Our hearing instrument specialist, Chrissy, loves to help her patients at the Elizabethtown office!
If you, or a loved one are in need of a hearing test or hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation!