There are three categories of hearing aid devices: pre-programmed hearing aids that are customized based on the user’s hearing test results, programmable hearing aids that can be adjusted by the user, and there are amplifiers.
Amplifiers and Hearing Aids
You might not be able to immediately distinguish the differences between an amplifier and a hearing aid when you first see them. Each of them are small and can rest around or inside your ears. The volume controls can be tuned to improve the hearing of the user. The technology is similar, but they are individual devices that have different functions.
The main difference between the two is that amplifiers are not approved by the FDA. In 2009, the FDA released a statement to notify consumers that amplifiers, which are also referred to as Personal Sound Amplifying Products (PSAPs), are not to be used by individuals who have any form of hearing loss. Amplifiers are to be used by those who want to increase the volume in particular environments.
If you have hearing loss and want to use a PSAP rather than hearing aids, this may actually result in more hearing loss. The volume levels of a PSAP are unlimited, therefore they can become too loud, which can cause more damage to your hearing.
In other cases, an amplifier might not be powerful enough for your degree of hearing loss. The sounds may become louder, but not to the level that you need in order to hear.
Hearing aids have much more advanced technology than amplifiers, and require programming for your individual needs. For example, if you need to increase the volume in a TV show, the amplifier can turn up the overall volume, but a hearing aid has the ability to concentrate on the dialogue in a movie. Amplifiers are typically a first step towards wearing hearing aids, due to the low-cost and the fact that people can make a direct purchase for themselves. Many companies, like Pure Sound Hearing Aids, offer hearing aids at discount prices. We have a wide variety of options that can work for you.
Programming Your Hearing Aid Devices
When you go to your hearing instrument specialist, you will have your hearing tested. Your results will show up on an audiogram, which is just like a prescription for eyeglasses. The condition of your hearing loss will be revealed, and the audiogram is used to customize your hearing aids.
You may buy generic hearing aids and program them yourself, but it’s best to let a professional hearing instrument specialist program them. They will be able to adjust the hearing aid device accordingly to suit your needs.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of getting hearing aid devices programmed, please schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Widex’s Dream hearing aids are available in CIC (Completely-in-the-Canal), ITE (In-The-Ear), RIC (Receiver-in-Canal), BTE (Behind-the-ear), and RITE (Receiver-in-the-Ear) styles.
Dream CIC Micro
Many hearing aid wearers want a very discreet hearing device. The CIC Micro is one of the smallest CICs available.
Another discreet option for hearing aid users is the Dream CIC. It’s among one of the smallest devices available.
Dream XP ITE
This hearing device is powerful and has effortless performance.
Dream Passion RIC
This device is one of the smallest BTE hearing aids. It’s practically invisible!
Dream Micro BTE m
This hearing device is very discreet and has style. It is another one of the smallest BTE hearing aids available.
Dream Fusion RIC/RITE
The Fusion model gives wearers a lot of flexibility. It is available with three different receivers, along with a variety of ear-tip and customized options for earmolds. The Fusion is beneficial to a wide range of hearing loss.
Dream Fashion BTE
The Fashion is powerful, yet small and discreet. It uses the latest technology available.
Dream 9 BTE
The Dream 9 model is very useful for FM and telecoil (T-coil) systems. Users can effortlessly change the volume and programs on the hearing device.
Dream Fashion Power BTE
If you have severe hearing loss, the Fashion Power hearing aid is helpful. It also features excellent sound quality.
Hearing Aid Accessories
The Widex Dream hearing aids have many accessory options available to make your life easier. Phone calls, computers, music, and televisions can be directly streamed into the hearing device.
There’s high sound quality for your Bluetooth devices by using COM-DEX. COM-DEX allows you to hear others speaking clearly, even while you’re in a noisy area or at a distance.
It also allows you to control your hearing aid and microphone in a discreet manner by using a free Widex app.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in the Widex Dream hearing aid, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation and trial.
When you listen to music--whether it is at home, playing an instrument, or at a concert--you want to fully focus on it and enjoy it. Hearing aid users are no different. For hearing aid wearers, the experience can seem daunting. The depth and richness of the music might be reduced. It’s good that the clarity and amplification of speech will sound great, but it is unpleasant to realize that the natural music listening experience may be a challenge.
Human speech vs. instrumental sounds
Compared to speech, there is a much wider variety of musical sounds. What makes it hard for manufacturers of hearing aids is that there are significant differences between verbal and musical output and perception.
The vocal tract is made up of a set of cavities and tubes, creating human speech. Regardless of the language, the way we form speech sounds is similar because the speech spectrum is generally limited and consistent. The task is an easy one for engineers tapping into the human speech spectrum. All they have to do is identify which sounds need to be amplified and/or clarified.
With music, however, the spectrum for sound is much larger, posing difficulties. Bassoons and violins, for example, are able to create diverse sounds at different volumes and frequencies. While the goal of hearing aids is to make speech sounds audible and clear enough for normal perception, hearing music, which is subjective, creates a more complex task for engineers. The quality of musical sound is a matter of personal perception, so the challenge is to match what seems right for music, whether it is rock, classical, or some other style. What sounds good to you and what sounds good to someone else will differ, so engineers have a harder time in tuning hearing aids to proper settings.
Signia’s solution for musical sound quality
Signia’s hearing aids allow users to connect their smartphone to their hearing aids using
Bluetooth® technology. No matter what your musical preference, detail-rich HD output can now be mastered. Signia has the solution and is moving forward with steady progress. You can now enjoy a classical recital, rock concert, or any other live concert, from a particular programming sequence. There’s a different programming sequence for recorded music. For musicians and singers with hearing problems, there is now a full dynamic range of sound. Stop missing out on better sound quality and set up an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for more information to improve your listening experience.
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Protect Your Hearing Month
National Protect Your Hearing Month is recognized every October. This is a good way to remind you, and your loved ones, that hearing care is very important.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) as the third most prevalent chronic health problem that one out of four American adults suffer from.
NIHL may occur after a single exposure to a short and powerful sound (an “impulse” sound), and from being continuously exposed to blaring noises for an extended amount of time.
The volume of a certain sound can be determined through its decibel level (dB). Any dB that reaches 85 and more may cause NIHL. When exposed to a louder sound, it will take a shorter amount of time to develop NIHL.
Any setting that you frequent each day can be responsible for NIHL. Be mindful of the decibel levels that you are in on a regular basis. You may not realize that these places are exposing you to potential hearing loss.
Here are some ordinary environments where NIHL may occur:
The CDC has stated that occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the U.S. Approximately one out of five American workers have experienced hazardous noise on the job. Those who work in the construction or public transportation industries are vulnerable to loud noises. Musicians who play classical music for a long period of time can be in danger of exposure to high decibel levels.
The best ways to protect your hearing health is with industrial grade ear plugs or ear muffs. It’s also important to reduce the amount of loud noise you encounter when you are not at work.
Consumer Reports and Zagat have studied surveys and found that excessive noise is one of the primary criticisms from patrons. Noise levels ranged between 80 dB to 90 dB.
There is a great way to determine whether a restaurant, or any place, is too loud: If you need to yell in order for the person right in front of you to hear, it’s a good indication that there is too much noise exposure.
If you want to find a good venue for a date night, but are worried about being able to hear your partner in the restaurant, you can use SoundPrint. This app allows you to choose quieter places in your area from lists that are available in the app. The lists are created by others who also want to protect their hearing health. If you do not see a quiet place that you frequent, you can add it to the list!
Cities can expose you to sounds ranging between 60 dB to 110 dB. The main source of these city noises come from ambulance and police sirens. A five-year study started in New York City, the largest city in the U.S., to oversee sounds in Manhattan. This study is going to help pinpoint unhealthy noise levels.
When researchers discover more information about noise-induced hearing loss, they will be able to work with the city’s employees and planners to construct a safer hearing environment for city-dwellers and workers. There are cutting edge creations currently being used, such as “longitudinal cuts” into paved roads. This new type of concrete is helping to reduce road noise for drivers and homeowners in the surrounding area.
Your Own Backyard
Lawn maintenance and home improvement projects use various types of loud machinery. Leaf blowers are known to produce 100 dB of noise. NIHL can be easily prevented.
It’s important to wear protection for your ears, and reducing your amount of noise exposure when taking care of your home.
If you, or a loved one, have experienced hearing loss due to NIHL, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
If you notice that your hearing aids have suddenly stopped working, there might be a quick and easy way to fix it. Eventually the devices might need to be taken to your hearing instrument specialist, but you also may be able to fix it yourself.
Are You Hearing Static or Broken Noises?
If your hearing aids stopped functioning, the most common reason is low battery power. Be sure that the battery is completely charged or it is brand new - batteries normally last for a week if your hearing aids are used routinely. You can lengthen the battery life by switching off your hearing aids when they are not being used, or taking the batteries out of your hearing aids. It’s best to store the batteries and the hearing aid itself away from moist, hot, and cold temperatures. In other words, do not store your hearing aids or batteries in the refrigerator, keep them away from steamy bathrooms and shield them from the rain.
Static noises may be caused by receivers that become clogged or dirty, covered in lint or other debris, and possibly flawed programming. You could also change the channels or volume if the static persists.
Do You Hear Whistling in You Hearing Aids?
One of the most common explanations for a whistling sound are hearing aid devices that do not fit comfortably. When you buy your hearing aids, the device should be customized to the size of your ears and your personal hearing needs.
If you hear whistling noises when you wear your hearing aids for the first time, remove them from your ears and adjust them. If you are still hearing a whistle even when they fit comfortably in your ears, there may be cerumen (earwax) built up which causes a blockage, or the volume might be too loud.
Are You Unable to Hear Anything at All?
If you sense that the sound on your hearing aids are not functioning properly, make sure they are switched on and the volume is loud enough for you to hear. There’s a chance that you may have unintentionally tapped or switched something while placing them into your ears. Double check your batteries, you might need to replace them.
If you still can’t hear anything, look at the hearing aid tubes and receiver. They may be dirty or plugged with earwax. It’s best to clean after you remove the batteries and clean every surface with a dry cloth. Use a proper cleaning brush and wax pick provided by your hearing instrument specialist.
When is it Time to Get a Professional to Help?
If you need a more thorough cleaning, it is recommended that you go to your hearing instrument specialist. You can also get batteries, tubes, wax guards from them.
Most hearing aids include a protection plan or warranties. These are useful when you are unable to resolve the problem yourself and need a professional to help. If your hearing aid continues to have these problems, even with the help from a professional, it may be time to replace part of the hearing aid or get a new device altogether.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids if your hearing aids have stopped working. Our hearing instrument specialists will be able to determine the best solution for you!
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Unitron’s Insera hearing aids are available as In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aid styles. Insera has excellent directional performance in their customized hearing solutions, which makes speech easier to comprehend and surrounding environments sound natural.
Unitron uses EarMatch™, a modeling process that analyzes the anatomical makeup of your ear shape using a 3D model. This modeling process enhances the hearing aid device’s directional microphone performance to fit the unique shape of your ear, making it easier to hear an entire conversation.
There is a recognition algorithm that identifies ears to analyze their individual details, and then searches through a database to choose an appropriate match.
The modeling process customizes the beamformer’s calibration to create a directional response that is optimized for every individual ear.
Remote Plus app
Hearing aid users who wear Moxi All hearing aid devices can use the Remote Plus app. This shares in-the-moment responses of their hearing aid performance. The app also allows them to switch programs, control volume and modify the balance of their hearing aids from their smartphones.
Change any Moxi All, Moxi Fit or Stride M into a rechargeable hearing solution.
With the rechargeable kit, users may also use zinc-air batteries to continuous listening.
If you are interested in learning more about Unitron’s Insera, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
If there’s someone in your life who has hearing loss, or you encounter someone new who has hearing loss, here are some tips to better communicate with that person.
Things to do
Things not to do
If you, or a loved one, have hearing loss and are in need of a hearing test, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Modern Hearing Aids Feature Enhanced Technology
The combination of medical accessories and electronics are generating a new era of hearing aids.
The more recent models - utilizing tiny digital elements, smartphone apps, rechargeable batteries, and Bluetooth® technology - can allow the wearer to hear people’s voices louder, decrease background noises, stream music, have a phone call, keep track of one’s physical activity and social interactions, and can even turn on your coffeepot - as long as it also has a Bluetooth® connection.
There is a significant impact on your hearing health: Hearing loss that goes untreated is linked to a higher risk of depression, dementia and falls.
Bluetooth® technology is the most widely used form of wireless connectivity. It allows you to do more than just hear better with your hearing aids.
This technology can be used to connect with any Bluetooth® enabled smartphones, remote microphones, computers, TVs, car stereos, tablets, and stream the sounds directly into your ears.
Those who have hearing loss are not simply trying to hear louder, but also more clearly. Having a very good signal with your wireless connection is very important.
Prior to Bluetooth® being available in hearing aids, users needed another piece of equipment known as a “streamer”. This device would translate the Bluetooth® signal from the other device to an FM signal or electromagnetic field that can be understood by the hearing aid.
Apple® introduced a version of Bluetooth® that could be used with iPhones, while Phonak introduced a Bluetooth® version in November of 2018 that could be used with Android phones and any other Bluetooth®-enabled device without using a streamer.
These new technologies makes it easier for you to understand others when you’re in a noisy space. Bluetooth®-enabled devices can stream only the voices they want to hear directly into their ears. You can ask people to speak into your smartphone in order to hear them more clearly.
Phonak’s Marvel hearing aids use Bluetooth® to answer phone calls from their smartphone with just a tap of their hearing aid. It also allows the wearer to have a hands-free conversation. Apps can be installed and used to control sound and connect to hear the audio on your other devices.
Keeping Track of Your Health
Hearing aids are typically worn during most of your day, which means they are a useful tool to track your health.
Starkey’s Livio AI can monitor your fitness information. When you wear the devices in each ear, they can sense whether you have fallen or even if one of your hearing aids fell out of your ear canal. If you fall, the Livio AI, which connects with your smartphone, will deliver a message with the map of your location to a caregiver. In the near future, Starkey will offer a device that will keep track of your blood pressure and your gait to notice any changes that could reveal the risk of falls.
Currently, those who wear the Livio AI can use an app on their smartphone to monitor your exercise and movements each day, which is then shown in a wellness score. The app essentially encourages users to keep their minds and bodies active, which might decrease the risk of falls, dementia and cardiovascular disease, which are all linked to loss of hearing.
Don't Wait Any Longer to Get Hearing Aids
As of today, Americans who have hearing loss usually wait seven years until they get help for their hearing loss. This is a problem because the longer you wait the worse your hearing health will get, and there is no way to regain any loss of hearing.
If you, or a loved one have any range of hearing loss, do not wait any longer. Please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule a free hearing test and consultation for the options we have available for you.
Databank on Children with Hearing Loss
A databank has published the Victorian Childhood Hearing Impairment Longitudinal Data bank (VicCHILD) to help researchers around the world learn why some children, who have a hearing impairment, are able to adapt and develop more easily than other children. The data that was collected demonstrates how children with hearing loss have a slower development in language and speech than children with a normal hearing abilities, even when there was progress made with earlier detection and intervention within the last 10 years.
Data that was gathered over eight years has been published in the latest edition of the International Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers will be able to use this databank to provide feedback on childhood hearing loss. VicCHILD is a databank that is available for every child who has permanent hearing loss in Victoria, Australia. The collection of data began in 2012. By 2020 it is anticipated that over 1000 children will be enrolled in this databank, and will become the largest hearing databank on earth.
Hearing Screening and Treatment
Newborns are being given hearing screenings, and hearing loss is being recognized at an earlier age than it was in the past. Typically, hearing loss can now be identified within the first few weeks of an infant’s life.
Children who have hearing loss can get early treatment by using hearing aids. As a result, these children will be given the same opportunity as their peers to learn and grow. This makes a huge impact in their quality of life from being able to comprehend language to learning. Education, as well as future employment opportunities may be affected.
There is no guarantee that an early diagnosis and intervention for children with hearing loss will make their cognitive health outcomes equally as good as someone with normal hearing abilities, but it is helpful to detect hearing loss at its early stages in order to prevent further hearing loss. This will reduce the chances of other problems that may arise as a result of their inability to hear well.
If you have a child, or grandchild, who is experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Statistics on Falls and Balance
Those aged 65 and older are more prone to falling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that, annually, one in four adults fall every year. One in five of these falls end with a serious injury, for example a head injury or broken bones. In the U.S., death rates due to falls have gone up by 30 percent between 2007 and 2016.
Of course, any issues with walking and balance are big risk factors. It has been reported that 80 percent of Americans who are 65 and older have had some balance problems like dizziness and vertigo. For example vestibular (inner ear) dysfunction is a leading cause. Approximately 35% of American adults who are at least 40-years-old have had an experience with vestibular dysfunctions.
You Hearing System and its Link to Falls
The audiometric section of your ear may also be a contributing risk factor to falls. According to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, individuals who have at least 25 dB of hearing loss are three times more likely to report a fall. For every 10 dB increase in hearing loss, there is a 1.4 chance of falling.
According to researchers, cognitive decline has been a result of hearing loss. Some changes may include a lack of coordination, struggles with accomplishing daily routines, a higher risk of falls and other injuries.
What You can do to Help Prevent Falls
The most common forms of falling prevention include medication, surgery, therapy, or using a hearing aid.
There are so many advancements in hearing aid technology that can improve your balance, hearing loss, provide custom speech comprehension, and help with your overall hearing health. These devices can be adjusted by a hearing instrument specialist, connect to your smartphone, TV, and doorbells. It’s been reported by the F.D.A. that only one-fifth of those who need hearing aids actually look into getting them.
Starkey’s Livio AI hearing aids have a new feature that utilizes built-in 3D sensors that can recognize when a wearer falls and alert selected family or friends.
If you, or a loved one, have had falling or balance problems in the past, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to talk to a hearing instrument specialist about the Livio AI, or other hearing aid options.
The use of Hearing Aids for Age-related Diseases
According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (a journal for clinical aging research), it has been proven that using hearing aids can help to defer the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, dementia, depression and falls in elderly adults who have hearing loss.
Statistics on Being Diagnosed with Age-related Diseases for Hearing Aid Wearers
Data from adults aged 66 and older from 2008 to 2016 discovered that the likelihood of being diagnosed with any of the aforementioned health problems within three years following a hearing loss diagnosis was 18 percent, 11 percent, and 13 percent lower for individuals who wear hearing aids, than for those who do not wear hearing aids.
Research has shown that there is a link between using hearing aids and lowering the risks of cognitive and physical decline. There are still more studies needed to discover whether the association is a random occurrence.
Hearing Aid Usage Based on Sex, Race and Ethnicity
It was also noted that there were vast differences in hearing aid usage based on sex, race and ethnicity. About 11.3 percent of women use hearing aids, whereas 13.3 percent of men wear hearing aids. About 14 percent of people who are of Caucasian descent use hearing aids, 9.8 percent of people who are of African descent use hearing aids, and 6.5 percent of people who are of Hispanic descent use hearing aids.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, dementia, depression or falls, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Are You a Hearing Aid Wearer with an Active Lifestyle?
You should not have to drastically modify or slow down your daily activities due to your hearing loss. If you are an athlete, a musician, work with your community, or need to take your dog for a walk, there are hearing aid solutions to fit your lifestyle.
When you go outside, the weather may disrupt the function of most hearing aids. Moisture and wind may alter the sound quality and performance of common hearing devices. Moving quickly while jogging or engaging in other active sports may cause your hearing aid to fall out of your ear. The ability to appreciate listening to others talk, hearing a performance or engaging in a social environment could be prevented by poor quality of sound. Fortunately, most of the latest hearing aid devices are able to endure any of these concerns.
WIDEX SUPER™ Hearing Aids
At Pure Sound Hearing Aids, the hearing aid solution that we offer for an active lifestyle is the WIDEX SUPER™ model. The sound of wind blowing into your hearing aid is a common, and frustrating, experience. The WIDEX SUPER™ is a receiver-in-the-ear hearing aid that has a patented wind protection microphone cover. This protects a user when they are in a windy environment. Wearers can engage in an outdoor sport, or go outside on a windy day, without the problem of background noise.
Here are also some tips on what you can do when sweat and moisture come in contact with your hearing aids.
If you are in need of hearing aids that can fit your active lifestyle, get in touch with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free consultation and free hearing aid trial!
Rexton's Emerald S 8C RIC hearing aid is small, but has a powerful performance.
It has the ability to directly stream to your iPhone through Bluetooth®, and can also stream with Bluetooth® enabled phones through the Smart Mic (a small microphone that can be controlled remotely and can stream a speaker’s voice to the MyCore accessories).
Compatible with MyCore Accessories
The Smart Direct App is a remote control app that can be used with iPhones and Android smartphones. It controls the volume, programs, microphone pattern adjustments, etc.
The Smart Mic is a remote microphone, which utilizes Bluetooth® to stream a speaker’s voice to the MyCore devices. It also features a hands-free operation for any devices that are enabled with Bluetooth®.
The Smart Transmitter 2.4 is a device that connects to your TV and streams the sound directly into your MyCore hearing aids.
The CROS RIC 8C is a wireless hearing aid for those who suffer from unilateral hearing loss. It has a permanent wireless sound transmission, and uses energy-efficient Wireless Sync technology which lengthens your hearing aids’ battery life.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in Rexton’s MyCore Emerald S 8C RIC, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation and hearing aid trial.
High Risks of Hearing Loss for laborers in Oil and Gas Extraction, and Mining
Those who work in the oil and gas extraction (OGE), and mining have a higher risk of hearing loss than employees in other industries.
From 2006 to 2015, researchers studied the audiograms of 1.9 million workers in every industry. These included 9,389 individuals from the mining industry, and 1,076 who conduct oil and gas extractions. In this research, they estimated the prevalence of hearing loss and risks compared to couriers and messengers from every industry combined, and the mining, OGE sectors and subsectors.
Hearing loss was prevalent in mining and OGE at 24 percent and 14 percent, compared to 16 percent in all of the other industries combined. The most common cases of hearing loss were in the construction sand, gravel mining, and natural gas liquid extraction industries at 36 percent and 28 percent. More research needs to be conducted to identify the exposures these employees encounter while on the job.
Get Help for Your Hearing Loss
Remember to wear hearing protection while on the job.
If you, or a loved one, have experienced hearing loss because of a job, or any other reason, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation. We have a variety of hearing aid options for a wide range of hearing loss needs.
The Struggle of Watching TV with Hearing Loss
Watching TV with your family, or significant other, after a long day can be relaxing and nice. You can cry, laugh, be engrossed by the flutter of the show or movie on television. In some instances watching TV with others can raise disputes over the volume level. You may not be able to hear any of the dialogue, while others tell you to turn the volume down. If this is the case in your household, perhaps it’s time for you to get a hearing test.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss
By the age of 65, there is a one in three chance that a person will encounter hearing loss. By the age of 70, only 30 percent of people will actually benefit from the use of hearing aids. One of the most common signs of hearing loss is raising the volume on your television. If the volume is normally at 25 percent, but you need to increase it up to 50 percent, there’s a possibility that you need hearing aids.
Other suggestions that indicate you may need hearing aids include the need for others to repeat things during conversation, decrease in socializing, and difficulties with hearing in certain surroundings. Wearing hearing aids can show mental, physical, and social improvements. You can also turn the volume on your TV to a lower setting, so that everyone that you watch with can hear at a convenient level.
Assistive Listening Devices for Your TV
Based on how severe your hearing loss is, there are some alternative methods to watch and hear your TV. You may use:
If you, or a loved one struggles with hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists. We offer a variety of hearing aids for a wide range of hearing loss.
The only type of hearing loss that is avoidable is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL occurs when you lose your sense of hearing due to exposure to loud sounds.
You may be able to adapt to loud noises, but your ears and your brain will not be able to do so. Your hearing cannot be recovered after losing it through NIHL. This type of hearing loss slowly progresses, so it’s usually too late to prevent damage to your hearing by the time it becomes evident.
Here are ten tips to protect your hearing health:
1. Always wear protection for your hearing when you are exposed to loud sounds. Getting foam earplugs are a cost-effective solution, or you could even invest in a pair of custom earplugs as an even better way to block out noise.
2. Reduce the amount of your time spent exposed to loud noises.
3. Lower the volume on your T.V., radio, music, or any other entertainment devices.
4. Stay away from noisy or loud activities/areas, whenever possible.
5. When you listen to loud sounds (e.g. concerts, music, fitness classes, etc.) take quiet intervals between the noises.
6. Distance yourself from the loudest source that is emanating sound (e.g. fireworks, speakers, etc.)
7. Give your ears a break, so they can recuperate after being exposed to the loud noises.
8. Do not place anything that is smaller than your elbow into your ear (e.g. bobby pins, cotton swabs, keys, paperclips, or any other instruments you use to clean or scratch your ears.).
9. Keep yourself in moving! Exercising maintains proper blood flow throughout the body, including your ears. Exercising keeps the internal components of your ears healthy.
10. Get a hearing test conducted, specifically if you encounter any changes in your hearing, any ringing sensations, or feeling of fullness in your ears that lasts more than 24 hours.
Whether you notice any changes in your hearing or not, it's important to get a regular check-up to test your hearing health. Please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer a variety of devices from top hearing aid brands!
Moisture and Hearing Aids
Some hearing aid wearers have experienced malfunctions in their devices when they come in contact with sweat or other forms of moisture. Manufacturers have attempted to handle this issue by creating water resistant hearing aids, but moisture still causes some complications.
Preventing Moisture from Coming in Contact with Your Hearing Aids
One tip is to wear a sweatband when you exercise in order to absorb excess perspiration.
Like all electronics, hearing aids are fragile. It is advised that you should avoid placing them in a climate that is warm and humid. It’s best to get a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier to store your hearing aids. This will help preserve and extend the usage of your hearing aids.
It is also important to regularly keep your hearing aids well maintained by cleaning them. Remove earwax or other debris that has built up to prevent any moisture from permeating into the devices. If you live in an environment with a lot of humidity, heat or pollen, it is recommended that you make an appointment with your hearing instrument specialist who will provide a more thorough cleaning.
If you need to have your hearing aids cleaned, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment.
Our hearing instrument specialist, Christine, was in Lancaster learning about the new hearing aid programming updates with Signia's regional training staff.
It's important to us that our specialists keep up with their training in order to allow our patients get the best use of their hearing aids.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of hearing aids, get in touch with us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids!
Hearing Loss Statistics
It’s important to get tested regularly for your hearing health. Here are some signs that you should notice for yourself and a loved one.
Each day more than 48 million Americans are dealing with the effects of hearing loss. Many people are affected, including some very young people. Men are twice as likely as women to suffer from some extension of hearing loss. On average, most people will wait until 15 years after they believe they have hearing loss and seven years after being diagnosed to do anything that would help them hear better. This suggests that many people suffer from hearing loss, but few will acknowledge the fact.
4 Warning Signs
1. Have you turned up the volume on your phone or T.V.? It’s not the most obvious sign, but it’s indicating that you are having problems with hearing. Consistently raising the volume, even if it’s only a minor increase, is most likely a sign that your hearing health is getting worse. This is a reason why so many are in denial with their hearing loss. They have the ability to control this to their comfort level, so they do not rush to get the help they need. Eventually a family member or roommate will tell you to turn the volume down because it’s too loud.
2. The other undeniable symptom of hearing loss is asking people to repeat themselves. This causes a big strain in personal relationships, professional relationships at your job, and even when you are out in public interacting with strangers.
3. Hearing muffled speech is another sign. Many people who are in denial about their hearing loss, believe that most people who are speaking to them simply need to speak louder, more clearly, and stop mumbling. When it’s difficult to hear high tones, words are not as sharp and simple to comprehend as they were before. These individuals have more loss in clarity than just hearing loss. It becomes especially difficult to hear when you are in large groups. Individual voices, speech, and noisy crowds are not easily distinguishable from one another.
4. The final warning sign to notice would be any differences in your routine or behavior as a result of your hearing loss. You may not talk as much because it’s so difficult to communicate with others. Your personality may also change because of your hearing loss. You might be less inclined to put yourself in a situation where you need to interact with people, whether it’s at a restaurant, a party, or a movie theater.
This final warning sign is normally the point when most would say, “Enough!” This is the moment when you finally get your hearing tested. You’ve done everything you can, but it’s come to the point when it is now affecting their daily lives.
Ask yourself if any of these warning signs apply to you, or a loved one. Do not wait to get help for your hearing loss. Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation from one of our hearing instrument specialists.
Sensitive Skin and Itchy Ears
A common problem that people have with their hearing aids, especially for first-time wearers, are itchy ears. The skin on your ear canal is sensitive - even from a mild irritation - which can make it difficult to become accustomed to wearing hearing aids.
The plastic coating on hearing aids is the main culprit of the itching sensation. Another possible cause of itchy ears is when water becomes trapped behind the hearing aid.
Depending on the cause of the itching, your ears may be treated with antibiotics, ear drops, or syringing.
It’s important to rule out any other causes. If you have problems with your skin, like eczema or ears that become too dry, this may also be a reason why your ears itch.
Generally, other causes of itchy ears may include:
Your ears produce oil and cerumen (earwax), which helps to maintain a clean and healthy ear. Cleaning your ears too often can lead to wax removal. This dries the ear and leads to that itchy feeling.
Some people cannot naturally produce enough earwax. As a result, their ears become dry and they might find dry, flaky skin around their ear.
An itchy feeling in your ears could be the result of an infection or a signal that an infection is forming.
Bacteria and viruses may cause ear infections while you have a cold or flu. An infection may develop if there is water trapped in your ear, or too much earwax buildup.
Blockage of earwax
When there is too much earwax buildup, your ears may itch which can affect your hearing abilities.
Earwax is naturally produced to help keep the ear clean and shield the inner ear from becoming infected. Earwax will naturally move out from the ear, and carry along with it dead skin cells and other debris. It will then dry out and eventually fall away.
Earwax buildup may occur if you insert anything, such as a cotton swab or bobby pin, into the ear canal. Irritation may occur in the canal and push earwax further into the ear, which will cause a blockage.
Earwax blocking your ear canal may trap bacteria, causing an infection.
If you have water trapped in your ear, this may cause otitis, or swimmer’s ear. It generally affects swimmers.
Bacteria can grow in the trapped water, which can cause an infection. In addition to feeling itchy ears, those who have swimmer’s ear may also have:
Treatments and Home Remedies
If it’s dry skin that is causing the itchy feeling in your ears, you can try to place a couple drops of olive oil onto your ear. A drop of oil may also help to relieve any feelings of itchiness from the hearing aids. It’s important the oil does not touch the hearing aid, so it’s advised to place the drops on before going to sleep.
If your ears feel itchy while wearing hearing aids, there may be too much pressure being placed on your ears from the hearing aid devices. That’s a sign that your hearing aids may not fit properly. A hearing instrument specialist can create a new mold so that the hearing aid fits more comfortably, and no longer causes an itching sensation.
Please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids if your hearing aids feel itchy or uncomfortable. Our hearing instrument specialists can provide a customized mold for you.
Clean Your Own Hearing Aids and Get A Professional Cleaning
The build-up of earwax and sweat in your hearing aids is unavoidable when they rest inside your ear canals. In some instances this accumulation is noticeable simply by looking at your hearing aids, and most wearers are inclined to clean the cerumen off by themselves. It is advised that wearers lightly clean their hearing aids each day, while giving the devices to a professional when it needs a more thorough sterilization. Hearing aids have lots of technology condensed in a small housing case. Because of this, the device can become easily damaged if it is not properly cleaned or cared for.
The Purpose of Hearing Aid Cleanings
Just like all forms of technology, hearing aids function the best when they undergo regular maintenance work. This is particularly true during hot summertime, weather. Sweat, earwax, and oil from your body will accumulate in the hearing aids’ receivers and microphones. In addition to getting your hearing aids dirty, there is also the possibility of transferring bacteria. The build-up of dirt, earwax, oil, and sweat may subdue the quality of sound provided by your hearing aids.
Frequency of Hearing Aid Cleanings by a Professional
The frequency of thorough hearing aid cleanings by a professional depends on the style of your hearing aids, and how fast your perspiration or cerumen accumulates. Some hearing aid wearers should have their devices cleaned every three months, whereas others can get their devices cleaned every six months.
A Hearing Aid Cleaning Conducted by a Professional
When a professional cleans your hearing aids, proper tools are used to lightly clean out wax build up, sweat, debris, or dust. They will make sure the debris is carefully removed so as not to damage the circuitry of your hearing aids.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to assure that you are scheduling maintenance, fittings, and cleaning appointments at proper intervals. The microphones, receivers, outer housing, and tubing should be cleaned. Appointments for hearing aid cleanings are brief and do not require the need to keep your hearing aids overnight in the office.
Cleanings Done at Home
You can conduct daily maintenance for your hearing aids at home, and leave the deep cleanings to a professional. Here are some tips:
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a professional hearing aid cleaning, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids!
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