One thing that many people with hearing loss miss out on is enjoying the music that they grew up listening to, or enjoying their time hearing live music at venues. It’s possible to appreciate music again.
Here are some recommendations:
1. Understand your current hearing capabilities and hearing aids. This will guide you in using the hearing
devices to their fullest potential.
2. Discuss solutions for listening to music with your
hearing instrument specialist.
3. Practice listening
8 Tips for Listening to Music with Hearing Aids
5 Tips for Musicians
Tips for Hearing Aid Usage
For People who use Hearing Aids
listening via earbuds, headphones, loudspeakers, and at live performances.
3. Discuss the impact of rehabilitation resources on the act of
listening over an extended period of time.
4. Oversee and keep a log on the use and effectiveness of ALDs
in various music settings.
For Musicians who use Hearing Aids
For Hearing Instrument Specialists
If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss and tinnitus, or any other hearing issues, please contact us at Pure Sound for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.
Experts in the field of hearing health, are providing hearing aid
specialists, parents, and teachers advice on the best practices to integrate for children who have unilateral hearing loss (UHL), also known as single-sided deafness (SSD), and hearing aids or assistive listening devices.
There are about 3 in 100 children who have UHL when they reach school age. Studies have shown:
During the second half of this past decade, there have been huge breakthroughs in learning about the challenges and needs of children with UHL. This information has been compiled in the 2019 Consensus practice parameter: audiological assessment and management of unilateral hearing loss in children.
3 Recommendations to assess and treat a student with UHL
1. Effectively communicate with families
As with all care for children, working closely with parents is crucial for practical care. Cooperation with parents can lead to the best combination of:
Parents need a team of advocates to learn about what accommodations they need to make for their children. Here’s a guide to accomplish that. These practices will help families with children who experience UHL throughout their hearing journey and encourage better communication with you and other professionals. This resource may be shared with your child’s caregivers and teachers.
3. Be open to an array of hearing technologies
Studies have indicated that children who have UHL, demonstrate a substantial decrease in speech comprehension in both quiet areas (with a distance of 3 meters or more), and noisy areas (with a distance of 1.5 meters or more) when there is no use of interventional technology. Students with UHL can achieve academically by using technologies like hearing aids or assistive listening devices.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation we offer a variety of hearing aids and assistive listening devices.
Hearing loss is prevalent among 1 in 5 children, who are under 18 years old. Without treatment, hearing loss can have serious negative impacts on the brain, speech, language acquisition, education, socializing, and overall development.
Onsets of Hearing Loss and Treatment Options
Hearing loss can be present at birth, caused by genetic factors, or noise-induced. A hearing evaluation should be conducted if there is any suspected hearing loss that is based on a possible diagnosis, type of hearing loss, whether it’s unilateral or bilateral, the range of hearing loss, age of onset, and any other possible causes like cranial radiation - this can induce sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Rehabilitating a child’s hearing loss may include wearing hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone-anchored devices, or using assistive listening devices.
Since hearing loss has become very common in children, there has been a lot of progress in identifying and treating them. Discovering the loss in the early stages can significantly help with treatment, and guide family members so that they can adequately help the patient and give the patient the best possible outcome.
Here’s a list of articles on the negative impacts of not getting treatment for a child with hearing loss:
Hearing Loss: Struggling Students
Hearing Loss and Your Child’s Academic Performance
Children and Adolescents with Hearing Loss can Experience Friendship and Loneliness
If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a hearing test and consultation.
Sound Recognition is a feature on iPhones that lets users who have hearing loss receive visual alerts for sounds such as smoke alarms, sirens, door bells/knocks, and dog barks. Internet connection is not necessary in order to use this feature. It uses onboard intelligence (the use of artificial intelligence, or AI, that is found in the device).
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use it.
On the screen, there will be a list of different sounds. Yours may feature:
After making those changes to your Sound Recognition settings, tap “Back” once, then exit Settings.
You can test out the app’s Sound Recognition feature by searching for “Dog” or “Baby crying” videos on YouTube. When it’s triggered, the Sound Recognition will give you an alert notification at the top of your screen.
If you need help with setting up this feature, our hearing instrument specialists will be happy to help. If you need new hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation.
Basic hearing aid maintenance can be done by you, in your own home. If you are having more advanced problems with them, our staff at Pure Sound can help or we can send your hearing aids to the manufacturer if other technical problems need to be addressed.
Some simple steps for maintenance care can be made to extend the life of your devices.
The care that you give for your hearing aids is just as important as the care that your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound provides. To make sure they have optimal performance, we recommend a professional cleaning every six months. If something is wrong with your hearing aid, check in with our providers. They will identify and take care of visibly damaged devices or any other issues that might not be easy to notice.
Here are 6 Tips for Proper Hearing Aid Maintenance
Contact Pure Sound Hearing if you need to schedule a professional cleaning, or need help with maintenance. If you need new hearing aids, schedule a free hearing test and consultation with us.
Healthy hearing is important for a more fulfilling life. When you have a hard time hearing sounds and discussions that are going on around you, socializing with others can lead to fatigue and feeling overwhelmed.
Many people who wear hearing aids have expressed that while their hearing isn’t perfect, it’s still significantly better than not wearing them at all. They keep your brain functioning and delay the onset of Alzheimer's or dementia.
It takes time to get used to hearing with a hearing aid, especially if you delayed your treatment and didn’t start to use hearing aids until much later in life.
Here are three tips to help you adapt to your hearing aids.
1. Wear your hearing aids for most of your day. You basically need to retrain your brain to hear sounds again, if you waited too long to get hearing aids. Everything from the humming of your refrigerator, or rushing water from a faucet will help you adapt to hearing noises again. Simply go about your life as you usually would, and you will adjust as best as you can. Be aware that it will take some time and patience.
Your ears may also initially feel a little sore when you first wear the devices. It’s similar to breaking in a new pair of shoes. It’s best to wear them from the moment you wake up, to the moment when you are getting ready to wind down from the day. Of course, if you are taking a shower, or will be going into any body of water, remove your hearing aids and store them in a safe place.
2. Enjoy having a conversation with people. Talking to others (in-person and over the phone) can feel rewarding for hearing aid users. Again, it won’t be perfect, but it will be much better and easier than it was without any hearing aid. Other people’s speech sounds clearer and more focused than before. Hearing aids have the ability to drown out background noise and use directional microphones to hone in on conversations with a person or people who are near you.
Just about every modern digital hearing aid features Bluetooth®, so you can experience an easier time with streaming phone calls directly through your hearing aids.
3. Keep a journal about your new experience with hearing aids. Keeping a hearing journal when you first notice hearing problems can be helpful in letting your hearing aid provider understand your listening needs. The same concept goes with using a new pair of hearing aids.
You can write down your thoughts and concerns. Make a note of sounds that are either new, or that you are hearing again for the first time in a while.
This is also a great tool to use when trialing a pair of hearing aids and you need to discuss the concerns you have, or what is working for you, with your hearing instrument
Hearing Aid Usage Reminders
If wearing hearing aids feels overwhelming at some points, it’s okay to take them off and take a break for a little while. Your brain will eventually adjust to your hearing aids and the overwhelming feelings will subside.
After purchasing your hearing aids, follow-up appointments will be scheduled through your hearing aid provider. During these appointments, you may have adjustments made to your hearing aids, which might include reprogramming, re-fittings, or a change in dome sizes.
If you or a loved one are experiencing problems with hearing, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation.
There’s an array of hearing aid styles and brands that are fit for people of all ages and ranges of hearing loss.
Maybe you thought about getting hearing aids, or have been told by a loved one or trusted hearing healthcare professional that you need hearing aids. Maybe you have concerns about options that are available to you, how they look, or whether you can afford them.
First, it’s important to understand that hearing aids cannot restore your hearing to normal. What they can do is help you hear clearer in different environments, keep the hearing abilities that you still have, and slow down cognitive decline. Secondly, there's no one hearing aid that's right for everyone. Hearing loss is unique for each person, so one hearing aid solution/style may work for some, but not for others. It is highly recommended that you try different hearing aids out before purchasing them.
Hearing aids can also significantly help slow down your hearing loss, which helps reduce the risks of cognitive decline and dementia. It’s important to wear your hearing aids from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. Learn more about the importance of wearing your hearing aids each day.
How do hearing aids work?
Each hearing aid uses the same components to harness sounds from your surroundings into your ear to make them louder and clearer. Most modern hearing aids are digital, and all of them use a battery or are rechargeable.
A tiny, built-in microphone gathers sounds in your environment. A computer chip featuring an amplifier translates the harnessed sound into a digital code. It interprets and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs, and the range of sounds nearby. The amplified signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears through receivers (it’s like a speaker located on your hearing aid).
Styles of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids differ in size, shape, features, how they rest in your ear, and price. Hearing aids are getting smaller and smaller, making them nearly invisible. Here’s a list of common hearing aid styles that are offered at Pure Sound Hearing.
The completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids were created to rest inside the ear canal. It helps mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.
The in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid has a customized earmold that will rest perfectly in your ear canal. This hearing aid style can help adults with mild to moderate hearing loss.
An in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid is customized in two styles -- one that covers most of the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear (known as a full shell) and one that only covers the lower part (known as a half-shell). Both can help individuals with mild to severe hearing loss and feature directional microphones (two microphones for a 360-degree range of noise).
A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid has a receiver (dome/earmold) that goes inside your ear, and then the case that holds all of the wiring and technology, curves around the top of your ear, and rests behind the ear. Tubing connects the hearing aid to a customized earmold made by your hearing instrument specialist that is fitted to the unique shape of your ear canal. This hearing aid style can be worn by users of any age and nearly any range of hearing loss.
Receiver-in-canal or receiver-in-the-ear
The receiver-in-canal (RIC) and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aid styles are similar to the BTE hearing aids, where the speaker or receiver rests in the ear canal. Instead of tubing, a small wire, attach the piece behind the ear to the speaker or receiver.
Other General Hearing Aid Features
There are some other optional hearing aid features available, depending on the style or brand, that can improve your listening experience in particular environments:
Contact us at Pure Sound for a free hearing test, consultation, and trial. Work with one of our hearing instrument specialists, and find out what works best for you.
Modern hearing aids can respond to your environment - whether it’s busy and loud or quiet - by adapting to a pre-programmed setting that is already featured in your hearing aids.
The standard programs can be useful, but when moving through different environments there may still be challenges. In these cases, ask your hearing instrument specialist to customize your hearing aid settings by adding unique programs based on the places that you frequently visit.
What to know about Customized Hearing Aids
Getting Your Hearing Aids Programmed
This process starts with your hearing instrument specialist’s help. After undergoing a hearing test and choosing hearing aids, the test results are imported into the hearing aids. This information helps the hearing aid determine where additional volume is needed. Hearing aids are not simply designed to amplify every noise in an equal manner, but it carefully calculates where the volume level goes up and where the different pitches are needed.
When the hearing test results are imported into the hearing aids, the hearing aids recognize whether to add a small amount of volume if there’s only mild hearing loss, or a significant amount of volume if there is severe hearing loss.
This is when the hearing aid fitting occurs, and the hearing instrument specialist discusses programs and settings.
A number of these settings are automatically available, with the hearing aid shifting from one program to another without the need to manually switch device settings from the user. The hearing aid will transition in and out of programs while figuring out how much more volume should be added.
When soft sounds are detected, the volume gets raised on the hearing aids. In other instances, if you hear a loud sound with the volume setting at the maximum level, the hearing aid can detect that the volume is very high, and won’t add excess volume.
Hearing aids are meant to keep each range of sound in its natural state.
If you want more control rather than rely on automatic adjustments, users can manually change channels to their optimal setting.
Hearing Aid Modes, Programs, and Settings
The programs and settings that are found in your hearing aid are based on the style and brand of device that you own. There are three to five programs that come with the devices, like a program for quiet environments and another one to block out background noises during conversations.
Here are some examples of hearing aid programs:
Everyone’s listening needs are unique. Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing to discuss the difficulties that you, or a loved one, are experiencing with hearing.
Google’s Live Transcribe app has revived the topic of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR). With the many technological advances available, there’s always a new and better version that’s more helpful and convenient than the previous app.
When the app was first launched, it was only available on computers. Now you can use your smartphone and tablet with this app. Speech Recognition Software recognizes spoken language and translates it into a text format. Each of these software and apps functions in a different way. Some can only recognize certain words and phrases, and other more advanced versions can understand and transcribe live speech.
Here are some well-known apps:
Live Transcribe (Google)
The objective of Google’s Live Transcribe app is to make things more accessible for individuals who have difficulty with hearing. Users can remain part of conversations in real-time through the app on their smartphones. Even if words are missed, users can still understand the conversation with surrounding text and other context clues like facial expressions.
Live Transcribe Features:
Texting, WhatsApp and video conferencing apps have changed how people with severe hearing loss communicate, but a human voice is still the predominant form of communication.
Rogervoice provides captions in real-time for voice calls. The person with hearing loss must have the Rogervoice app downloaded on their smartphone.
TextHear is a speech-to-text app that translates conversational texts on your phone, tablet, or computer. This works via computer voice recognition software.
The Ava speech to text app focuses on the ability to maintain group conversations. Everyone who participates in the conversation must download the app onto their devices and choose the conversation group that they want to be a part of. The group’s conversation will appear in text form on their device underneath each participant’s name. Ava can also be used in one on one conversations by placing the phone’s microphone near the speaker.
Live transcription features are still fairly new but can work smoothly in most situations where the transcriptions and usage is automatic without too much effort from the users. The main issue that is frequently encountered is transcription accuracy. It’s difficult to accomplish this with all of the different languages and accents that need to be taken into account to make the app useful anywhere in the world.
At any rate, it’s still a great technological advancement that these apps are available. With more improvements and changes, it will get easier to use these in everyday situations at home, at work, and in everyday situations.
If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. Our hearing instrument specialists will help you select the right hearing aids for you and help you get comfortable with using speech recognition apps that are compatible with your smartphone.
Is there a way to Repair a Hearing Aid Battery that can’t keep up with You throughout the Day?
Just about every new rechargeable hearing aid is meant to function for more than 24 hours until they need a recharge.
Rechargeable hearing aids are made from lithium-ion batteries. These are the same batteries that are used for smartphones, laptops, and TV streaming remote controls. After they are used over time, they become less and less powerful. As a result, they need to be recharged more often and eventually replaced by a manufacturer. Hearing aid repairs may also be necessary, so it’s important to contact us at Pure Sound Hearing to get help from our hearing instrument specialists.
How do you get a Repair for Your Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
If you bought your hearing aid from Pure Sound Hearing, you should bring it back to us in order to get it fixed. If there is an internal problem with the device, we will ship it to the manufacturer for you and it will get refurbished. It should take 1-2 weeks for the hearing aid to be ready, but you’ll essentially go back home with a brand new hearing aid.
If you are in need of a hearing aid repair and are new to the Lancaster County area - or received your hearing aids from a different provider - you may contact us at 717-945-1477 before dropping it off at one of our office locations in Elizabethtown, Lititz, Mt. Joy, or Strasburg.
Unfortunately, there is no method of replacing a lithium-ion battery on your own if you have a Phonak, ReSound, Rexton, Signia, Starkey, or Unitron hearing aid brand. But, if you wear an Oticon Opn miniRITE, you might be able to replace the battery by yourself.
It’s advised that consumers should not change out the lithium-ion batteries. The FDA warns of exposure to toxic chemicals, so a professional should replace them.
How much does it Cost to Replace a Rechargeable Hearing Aid Battery?
If the hearing aids were purchased less than 2 years before needing a replacement, the lithium-ion battery replacement and any other repair should be free because your hearing aid would still be under warranty through the manufacturer. Contact us at Pure Sound for the cost of repair if the hearing aid is more than 2 years old.
Find out if Your Hearing Aid is Under Warranty
In order to determine this information, you’ll need to look for the serial numbers either on your hearing aid, on the paperwork that came with the hearing aids, ask your hearing instrument specialist, or an office staff member who has access to your paperwork.
Your hearing instrument specialist can contact the manufacturer to determine the date that the warranty ends. Usually, warranties for hearing aids last for 2 years from the date they were purchased. In some cases, the warranties last for up to 3 years.
Could the Hearing Aid Charger be the Culprit?
To determine whether the charger for your hearing aids is what’s causing the problem, place the hearing aid that’s causing the problem on the opposite side of the charger. For instance, if the left hearing aid does not last a full day, charge it on the right (red) side of your hearing aid charger.
If it turns out that this was the problem, you’ll need to buy a new charger. Hearing aid chargers are not under warranty from the manufacturer so you’ll need to purchase a replacement. You may do this through us at Pure Sound Hearing.
How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Rechargeable Hearing Aid Battery
Hearing aid batteries tend to quickly drain when they are linked to external accessories, like smartphones. Switching off the Bluetooth® feature on your phone will disconnect the hearing aid from your smartphone, which will extend the battery life.
Streaming anything from your TV to music and videos will also lead to more power drain.
Recharge your hearing aids as often as you can, preferably overnight when you aren’t using them. It might be too late to do this if you are already experiencing power-draining problems. Recharging the battery each night while you sleep will help preserve the battery life. Do not let the battery reach 0%, this will make it more difficult to get any use out of the battery.
Average Lifespan of Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries
One full charge should allow your hearing aids to last more than a full day of wearing them. Some Phonak rechargeable hearing aids can last more than 30 hours before a recharge is needed. If you add 6 hours of streaming, the battery should still work for at least 20 hours. On average, a full-time hearing aid user only dons their hearing aids for 12 hours per day. So the battery should not reach below 50% within the first year.
It’s important to note that the longer you have your hearing aids, the quicker your batteries will drain. It’s just like any other piece of technology, such as a phone or kitchen appliance.
You should send out your hearing aids to get repaired for a refurbishment during their last month in warranty. The rechargeable batteries will be replaced to guarantee the hearing aid has optimal performance.
If you or a loved one would be interested in a hearing aid trial with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries or disposable battery-powered hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing.
The Challenges with Wearing Hearing Aids and Eyeglasses. Plus 6 Tips for Hearing Aid Solutions, if You also have Vision Loss.
A common concern among new hearing aid users is whether the devices will get in the way of their eyeglasses. The need to wear an extra item on your head can be daunting. Luckily for you, hearing aids do not always interfere with your eyeglasses. Most people are able to wear them with comfort and ease.
Hearing and Vision Impairments
The inability to hear or see are some of the most common health problems. About 38 million people in the U.S. have some range of hearing loss. One out of three Americans between 65-74 years old experience hearing loss due to a number of reasons which are not simply limited to excessive exposure to noise, aging (presbycusis), and genetic factors. For example, certain medications have also been linked to causing hearing loss.
Your vision, similar to hearing, also worsens as you age. About 12 million people across the country, who are over 40 years of age, have some form of vision problem. Some of the most prevalent sources of vision loss are macular degeneration and complications with vision due to age-related cataracts, diabetes, and glaucoma. Anyone who loses their eyesight is also prone to lose their peripheral vision, experience sensitivity to light, have a reduced depth of vision, and have color blindness. All of these complications interfere with a person’s ability to accomplish daily tasks and live their life to the fullest.
How Hearing Loss and Vision Loss Impact You
Having a hearing loss can drain so much of your energy. That energy depletes even quicker when you also need to focus on seeing. During the pandemic, many people struggle to communicate due to face masks. The brain becomes strained and overworked when it does not have access to all visual cues or clear speech sounds. This energy that is used to communicate and hear is causing listening fatigue. The inability to hear can lead to poor quality of life by causing embarrassment and social isolation.
If you were unable to see clearly while driving or hear important information during an appointment, would you seek help? Most people immediately get help for their vision loss when they become fully aware that there’s a problem, but it’s rare that they seek professional help for their hearing loss. It may be due to social stigma, embarrassment, or denial. Hearing loss also happens gradually, so a person who experiences it may not realize anything is wrong until much later in life.
Many people with hearing loss describe others’ speech as “mumbling” and “soft-spoken”, or blame a bustling restaurant for their inability to hear during a conversation. These may actually be signs of the early stages of hearing loss. Many people wait years until the hearing is at its worst, or when family and friends begin to notice, to get a hearing test and seek help.
5 Tips for Living with Hearing Loss and Some Vision Loss
Recently, the choices for purchasing hearing aids have become more complicated. There are merchants that only sell online, big-box stores, and new or unlikely businesses that tout their own hearing care solutions.
It’s important to know that seeing a professional hearing instrument specialist is still the leading choice in treating your hearing loss.
You have a Distinctive Range of Hearing Loss, so You’ll need a Solution for Your Particular Needs
The complexities of hearing loss require help from a professional who understands how to treat it. Each individual who experiences difficulties with their hearing needs to communicate with their hearing instrument specialist so that they can tailor a solution for them.
Proper fittings, programming, and guidance from an experienced hearing instrument specialist are the best steps toward better hearing.
Modern Hearing Aids: Refined and Effective
If a healthcare professional recommended hearing aids to treat your hearing loss, you are in luck. Today’s hearing aids feature advanced technology that makes listening and engaging in conversations easier.
The difference between an “OK” and an “Amazing” Listening Experience
The only person with the skills and training to fit and program a hearing aid for your individual needs is a qualified hearing instrument specialist. They will ask you about environments where you spend most of your time, what it’s like when you communicate with your loved ones or other people you talk to on a daily basis, the frequencies that you struggle to hear, whether one or both ears are affected, the variations of hearing loss/lack of hearing loss in each ear.
Other topics that you might go over:
Investing in Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are a major investment, so it’s important to be able to get the most out of them. With time and patience, they can change your life for the better. Imagine the improvement in communication, less isolation, better overall health, and well-being. These things are possible - so get your money’s worth.
Receiving these devices from a professional and getting their advice, will help you achieve these goals. Also, if you need help you can always contact your hearing instrument specialist.
Local Hearing Aid Providers
There have been so many changes in hearing aid technology. The one thing that remains consistent is the support and care from local hearing aid providers who are able to deliver the best possible results.
Get in touch with us at Pure Sound Hearing, and talk with one of our local hearing instrument specialists in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They are here to listen and patiently work with you or your loved one.
Your Hearing Test Results Indicate that You Have Severe to Profound Hearing Loss (SPHL). What Should You Do?
The difficulties caused by severe to profound hearing loss are not simply that they are a little worse than mild to moderate hearing loss. There’s much more to it.
Insight on the repercussions of Severe to Profound Hearing Loss (SPHL)
Patients who have mild to moderate hearing loss experience frustration, confusion, and isolation - which can lead to depression - due to feeling less confident during social situations where listening environments are challenging. Patients with severe to profound hearing loss experience the same problems, but there are additional struggles.
When anyone who has difficulty with hearing also needs to put extra effort in trying to listen to others, they can experience fatigue. People that you communicate with may not be accommodating or sympathetic, which discourages you from trying to fit in or reach out to others.
SPHL makes itself known in every Situation
If you have severe to profound hearing loss, you probably have a lot of trouble with communicating in noisy environments AND in just about any conversation that you engage in, or attempt to engage in. This invisible boundary can hinder your ability to create and build upon relationships. Having friendships or work relationships with others is important to understand where we fit in this society.
Communication isn’t the only problem that you may have. You might feel less confident if something sounds confusing, or isolated if you miss the punchline to a joke that someone makes and everyone else laughs except for you. You could also feel as though you need to rely on others to speak clearly or translate things for you. Sometimes, those moments during a conversation lose their magic or significance when it needs to be repeated.
How Hearing Loss affects Your Mental Health
If your interpersonal relationships are negatively impacted by your hearing loss, that can also negatively affect you. It’s easy to see how isolation can snowball into other problems in relation to your mental health. Anxiety and depression have been closely associated with severe and profound hearing loss. Anxiety and depression significantly increase the chances of social isolation, which can be an issue caused by miscommunications, so the cycle continues.
There have been studies on high rates of depression among people who have normal hearing abilities who communicate with people who are hard of hearing. So it’s not necessarily hearing loss that’s at the center of the problem, but the constant interruption of how a normal conversation should be.
Hearing Aids and a Healthy Social Life
In addition to receiving a great pair of hearing aids that are properly fitted and programmed by a hearing instrument specialist, and possibly auditory training sessions, people with hearing loss MUST HAVE contact with others who are having the same challenges as they are. Whether it’s advice from someone with firsthand experience or just an empathetic person who understands what they are going through, it’s important to have those relationships.
Find those communities, whether it’s an online group or a local hearing loss association chapter. There will be people in similar situations that you can connect with.
If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a hearing test and consultation. We offer a variety of hearing aids and some listening devices for your journey towards better hearing.
The whistling is actually feedback noise from your hearing aid. It tends to happen when you’re too close to a radio or speaker that’s switched on. Feedback noises can also happen while putting a shirt or scarf on.
How do feedback noises occur with hearing aids?
Hearing aid feedback noises occur as a result of sounds that were supposed to travel through your ear canal, but move out of your ear and return to the hearing aid’s microphone. This sound becomes reamplified, which is what leads to the whistling noise.
Feedback noises can happen in many different situations, including the moment when you insert or remove the hearing aids from your ears. It can even happen when someone embraces you. This is common. The hearing aid devices are responding to the sound that ricochets from your environment.
Hearing aid feedback may also occur as a result of a much-needed repair, or a more thorough cleaning from a professional.
5 Cause of Whistling Noises
Today’s hearing aids feature feedback cancellation, but it’s not always helpful. Here are the most common causes of feedback noises and what can be done about them.
1. Poorly fit hearing aids - Everyone’s ears change as they age. The ear’s shape and hearing abilities are prone to change. If they do, the earmolds may loosen and will not have a secure seal. When this happens, the sound moves away from your ear and back to the hearing aids’ microphones. This is when the feedback occurs. A hearing instrument specialist can fix this problem by making new earmolds that are securely fitted in your ear. Weight gain or weight loss can affect the way your ears and how the earmolds fit you.
An improper hearing aid fitting may let the sound leak and re-enter the hearing aids’ microphone. So talk to your hearing instrument specialist, and let them know if your hearing aid feels loose. They will guide you and make sure the devices are properly fitted.
2. Broken tubes - For the behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, the tube that connects the earmold can become hard and shrink. In some instances, the tubing will tug at the earmold. This warps and changes the fitting. In this case, the tube needs to be replaced.
3. Loud volume - Sometimes you’ll have a hard time hearing in certain environments, so you may crank up the volume on your hearing aids. Increasing the volume to the point where it’s too loud can force the sound to re-enter the hearing aids. This is what causes the whistling noise. Lower the volume on the hearing aids. In the future, try to avoid being around sounds that are so loud that it creates feedback.
4. Producing excessive amounts of earwax - Your hearing aids harness sounds directly into your ear canals. If the ear canal is clogged and impacted with too much earwax, the sounds won’t be able to reach them. This is when the noises bounce back into the hearing aids and whistle.
Excess earwax can obstruct your ear canal. This not only creates issues with your hearing aid devices, but you may experience earaches or even harm your hearing health.
Your ears should be cleaned by a professional. Do not insert anything smaller than your fingers into your ears. Check to make sure the receiver, vents, and tubing aren’t clogged with earwax.
5. Loose microphone - Loud feedback noises can be caused due to loose or microphones that have been displaced. If you experience this problem, ask your hearing instrument specialist for help.
If you still have an issue with feedback noises from your hearing aids, schedule an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing.
Check out the latest smartphone app from CaptionCall. This free app lets people who experience hearing loss make phone calls and receive them through the Android smartphone.
This app makes it easier for users to understand others when they speak to them and gives people a more independent life.
Easy Access to CaptionCall
As long as they have decent Wi-Fi service available, the CaptionCall Mobile app can be easily accessible. Features include:
The app is currently available to download at the Google Play store. It can be used with Android smartphones that have an Operating System (OS) 7.0 or newer and the Jitterbug Smart2 smartphones that have the Android 7.0 OS or newer.
The app can be connected to your hearing aids via Bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to enhance your CaptionCall by:
Smartphone Usage with Bluetooth®-compatible Hearing Aids
People of all ages experience hearing loss, but the aging population is more likely to experience it. A 2019 Pew Research Center study found that more and more seniors are using smartphones than ever before. About 46 percent of individuals who are at least 65 years old use smartphones.
The CaptionCall Mobile app (for Android smartphones) is convenient for anyone who relies on smartphones to communicate with others - whether it’s family, friends, colleagues, healthcare providers, or the general public.
If you or a loved one are interested in Bluetooth®-compatible hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing to schedule a complimentary hearing test and consultation.
Usually, hearing loss happens slowly as you age. Eventually, you may notice that the music you once enjoyed now sounds different. If you’re an avid music listener, you may discover when a new instrument begins to play, you won’t know which one it is. Lyrics could be difficult to understand. Overall, the music might have a flat tone.
With hearing aids, you’ll be able to hear the sounds that you missed. Just like musical instruments, hearing aids need to be finely tuned to clearly hear with them. Adjustments from your hearing instrument specialist, along with your feedback on what is and what is not working will help find the best settings for you. Hearing aids can also help reduce tinnitus - the repetitive beeping, buzzing, or chirping noises that many musicians and music lovers experience when exposed to too much sound.
How Can You Enjoy Listening to Music Again?
The default settings on your hearing aids are meant to improve speech sounds, so music may actually sound dull or flat. Simply switching the volume levels won’t help with this problem.
Ask your hearing instrument specialist to program a music setting. When you want to listen to or play music, you can switch your hearing aid to this setting.
Do Not Turn the Volume Up
There’s a range of sounds in music, where some sections may get louder and then softer.
If you experience profound hearing loss, the wide range of sounds can be challenging to hear. Some new hearing aid users who listen to music tend to raise the volume very high which can cause more damage to their auditory system.
Early hearing aid models were unable to handle these bigger ranges without distorting the sounds. Today’s digital hearing aids are significantly better at processing music. Simply communicate what you like or dislike about your hearing aid with your hearing instrument specialist. Everyone’s ability to hear is unique, so they will create a customized program just for you.
Hearing Aid: Music Program
Hearing aids can have many different programs. These are special pre-programmed settings that help users hear clearer in different environments.
Hearing instrument specialists can create and customize these settings based on a user’s situation. So whether you are having a conversation with someone, or sitting in a noisy area where there’s music playing in the background, there’s a setting for that. You can control these settings by using a remote that pairs with the hearing aid, an app on your smartphone, or pressing a button on the hearing aid. Talk to your hearing aid provider for guidance.
A “music” program is needed for hearing aids to better understand speech sounds. Speech sounds in a normal conversation can range between 30 to 85 decibels (dB) (Remember the average person’s hearing threshold is 85 dB.). Human speech sounds can range between 250 to 6000 Hz. For a “normal” hearing aid setting, which is honed for normal spoken conversation, the range or frequency and volume are lower than what’s used for music. For example, a piano has approximately 40 percent more frequency ranges than the average female speech sounds.
Music vs. Conversation
Music generally has more range in frequency and volume. It incorporates vital sounds that are softer or blaring than conversational sounds. This can be challenging for any hearing aid user.
Customized programs that enhance the sound of music, generally have more amplification in lower frequencies. This is vital to enjoying music. If you have any problems with listening to music with hearing aids, do not hesitate to talk to your hearing instrument specialist.
Use Assistive Listening Devices
To stream sounds through your hearing aids, try the Roger Select microphone, uDirect3 remote control, ConnectLine, ConnectClip, TV Connector, or ask about other options that are available at Pure Sound Hearing.
To take your first step towards enjoying music again, get in touch with us. Our hearing instrument specialists will guide you through a journey to better hearing.
Hearing aid technology is constantly changing. The oversized, indiscreet hearing aid styles are becoming a thing of the past. More and more people are opting for smaller, customized hearing aids. Modern hearing aids can be programmed by a hearing instrument specialist for each user’s specific listening needs. Just about every modern, digital hearing aid features Bluetooth® connectivity, which allows users to clearly stream music, media, and even phone calls directly into your ears.
What do you need to know about IIC hearing aids?
IIC hearing aids are small devices that discreetly fit in your ear canals. They are nearly invisible to other people. The only visible part is the thin, clear wire that is connected to the aid. It attaches the receiver to the hearing aid device. It is also the piece you hold onto to insert the dome into your ear or remove it from your ear. IIC devices are similar to completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids. The IIC hearing aids are a little smaller and rest further inside the ear canal.
What are the advantages of wearing IIC hearing aids?
The primary reason why some hearing aid users wear IIC hearing aids is so that they have a device that’s completely invisible to other people. These discrete devices are customized for anyone’s ears. A hearing instrument specialist may even create a custom-made earmold for the user.
Another convenience that IIC hearing aids help with is providing coherent sounds from the user. The small size will not block up the rest of the ear’s natural functions. This means that it receives sounds and amplifies them directly to the eardrum. IIC hearing aids also allow users to recognize where sounds are emanating from.
This hearing aid style is also comfortable to wear. The customized mold will rest right on the bone to make sure that it does not become loose while being worn. Many IIC hearing aid users have reported that they are unable to feel the aid when it’s in the correct position. Due to their small size, they can comfortably wear helmets, over-the-ear headphones, and place a phone up to their ear as though they aren’t wearing a hearing aid.
What are the disadvantages of wearing IIC hearing aids?
The size of an IIC hearing aid does have its drawbacks.
If you experience problems when it comes to dexterity, inserting and removing these hearing aids might be difficult. Another problem can be the amount of battery life it holds. While it’s not too serious compared to other hearing aid batteries, IIC hearing aid batteries don’t last as long as the average battery.
Since IIC hearing aids rest in the ear canal, they may need more maintenance. Proper and frequent maintenance will guarantee the best function, and ensure that ear wax or moisture isn’t clogging the device.
Not everyone with hearing loss can use an IIC hearing aid. Depending on the shape of your ear, the device may not properly and securely fit in your ear canal.
Who are the best candidates for IIC hearing aids?
IIC hearing aids are perfect for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. The small size is not suitable for individuals who experience a more severe form of hearing loss. The smaller hearing aids feature amplifiers and processors that have less power than larger hearing aids. IIC hearing aids are useful for anyone with an active lifestyle or who wants a discrete device.
If you would like to find out whether you are a candidate for IIC hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing and schedule an appointment to talk to one of our hearing instrument specialists about the Rexton MyCore Sterling 8C IIC.
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Extending the life of your batteries is very helpful for any hearing aid user. You never want to constantly stop what you’re doing just to change them out. Proper care and preservation are key to moving on with your day.
Caring and Storing Your Hearing Aid Batteries
A battery that is not stored properly could become damaged or even lose the ability to charge.
There is a sticker on the battery, that should only be removed when you are getting ready to place the batteries into your hearing aids. Removing the sticker causes the batteries to activate, so even if you don’t place them into your hearing aids, the energy is still draining from them. It’s vital to store the batteries so that there is no way that the sticker separates from the battery. Store them in a cool, dry place for the best results.
Hearing aid batteries should not be stored in your refrigerator or bathroom. Many falsely believe that storing hearing aids in the refrigerator will make them last longer. They should be stored in a dry area, like a cupboard, drawer, or shelf that won’t collect too much moisture.
It’s very important to store the hearing aid batteries out of reach from children and pets. Hearing aid batteries can damage internal organs if swallowed. If this occurs, immediately seek medical care.
Loss of Battery Power
The amount of charged power, or hours that each battery has will differ based on the hearing aid style and battery size. A smaller battery will deplete faster than a larger battery. For instance, batteries in a size 10 will only last for 3-5 days.
Most people wear small and discreet hearing aids for aesthetics. As a result, smaller batteries don’t last very long. It’s common for batteries to drain more quickly if you have a more severe form of hearing loss. They also drain quicker if you frequently utilize the Bluetooth function and other hearing aid devices.
On average, a hearing aid’s battery life lasts about one week if the hearing aids are being worn for 12 to 16 hours each day.
How to Prolong Your Hearing Aid’s Battery Life
Facts about Storing Hearing Aids
Taking just a few extra steps to care for your hearing aid batteries can help you save your battery life and some money.
If your hearing aids need batteries, stop by one of our offices in Elizabethtown, Lititz, Mt. Joy, or Strasburg to replenish your battery supply.
It’s time to look forward to sunny weather and summer holiday gatherings! And with these get-togethers, you’ll want to make sure you can still enjoy conversations by hearing your best. Here are some tips on how to protect your hearing health and, if you are a hearing aid user, get the most out of your hearing aids.
According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one in three Americans between 20 to 69 years old, experience noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
NIHL is the only preventable type of hearing loss, so you should always carry a pair of foam earplugs with you.
Inserting the earplugs into your ears, while being in loud environments - such as watching a fireworks display or going to a sporting event - can reduce the noises and the chance of permanent damage to your ears.
Be aware of Swimmer’s Ear
This condition can be painful and may cause temporary hearing loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that you should:
Hearing Aid Users
If you are a hearing aid user, be aware that you will probably come in contact with more humidity and moisture caused by sweat and hotter temperatures this summer. As with any electronic device, water can damage your hearing aids.
This is why it’s so important to keep your hearing aids dry. You may get a hearing aid dehumidifier, which has desiccant and place the devices inside to extract moisture due to condensation, humidity, or sweat.
If you or a loved one are a Lancaster County resident who experiences hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a hearing test and consultation.
Some hearing aid users have asked whether they should replace or repair a broken/overused hearing aid. This depends on several factors.
There isn’t a universal answer as to whether you should replace or repair a hearing aid. It would be based on your unique situation and specific hearing needs. It’s worth noting that all hearing aids will eventually stop working sooner or later, no matter what the price or condition may be. This same idea applies to all sorts of technology.
Your hearing aids are consistently in a situation that isn’t always the best environment for digital devices. There’s a lot of moisture and earwax buildup that occurs while wearing anything that obstructs your ear canals. The purpose of earwax is to protect your ear’s skin and reduce the amount of debris that can enter your ear canal. Moisture and earwax can wear down hearing aids, and water that remains in the ears after a swim or shower can cause more damage. Adding other factors such as accidentally breaking the devices along with natural depletion, and you’ll realize that you will need to repair or replace them.
How do you know whether to repair or replace your hearing aids?
First, you should think about whether you like your current hearing aids. Other than the elements that need to be repaired, overall, are they still useful? If you still enjoy wearing your hearing aids or you have adapted to the way you hear with them you should probably just try to get them fixed if that’s possible.
The other obvious factor is the cost. A new pair of hearing aids will cost more, whereas the hearing aids that you own might only cost a little more to repair. Your insurance coverage would also be factored in. Some insurance providers will cover replacement hearing aids, while others will not cover the repair of your current hearing aids.
Another concern is what to do if you choose to get your devices repaired.
1.) Should you send them back to the store where you purchased them?
2.) Should you send them to a hearing aid provider that is conveniently located near you?
It’s recommended that you send the hearing aid back to your original provider. They will be able to determine if the repair is needed and fix the hearing aid on site, or if further repair by the manufacturer is required. If additional repairs are needed by a lab or manufacturer, the hearing aid clinic will facilitate the necessary deliveries and paperwork for you.
If it’s an emergency and you are traveling in an area away from your hearing aid provider, you may try a local hearing aid provider.
Do not assume there will be a higher cost for these services. Hearing aid providers send large volumes of hearing aid devices to repair labs. If you opt to replace the hearing aids, there will be more selections for you to choose from. There are so many styles of hearing aids with newer technological innovations available.
Only you will truly know whether you should replace or repair your hearing aids.
If you are experiencing hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. Our providers will help you select the best hearing aids for your specific listening needs and answer questions or concerns that you may have.
Hearing aids are battery-powered. Whether it’s rechargeable batteries or disposable ones that need to be manually changed, hearing aids need a source of energy. This means that you will have to incorporate battery replacements or time for charging into your daily routine.
The style of battery that you’ll need will depend on your hearing aid brand and model. You get to choose which hearing aid batteries to buy.
Here’s a guide on hearing aid types and brands to look into.
What are the Types of Hearing Aid Batteries
There are two hearing aid battery categories:
You most likely own a device (computer or smartphone) that has its own rechargeable battery. Just like these devices, hearing aids also have a rechargeable battery that needs to be restored with power in order to work each day.
Here are some companies that make hearing aids with rechargeable batteries:
Long-time hearing aid users, who wear devices with rechargeable batteries, recommend placing them in the charger overnight while they are sleeping.
Your hearing aids’ battery life will be mentioned in the manufacturer’s pamphlets that come with your hearing aids. On average, you can expect at least 30 hours of use per charge. Please note that streaming music, media, phone calls, etc. via Bluetooth® will quickly drain your batteries.
Zinc-air Button Disposable Batteries
There’s zinc in disposable batteries, which is why they are lighter in weight and cheaper than lithium-ion. Zinc is environmentally friendly, so it can be recycled, unlike regular batteries.
Disposable batteries have a factory seal that should be peeled off when you are ready to place them in your hearing aids. The sticker protects the hearing aids from getting air into them. As soon as oxygen comes in contact with the zinc, creating zinc oxide, the hearing aid becomes activated. It’s important to keep the backing on until you are ready to place the batteries into your hearing devices.
There are four sizes of hearing aid batteries. Each size is color-coded to lessen confusion. The smallest batteries can last about 3 days, and the larger batteries can last for 22 days.
Here’s a list of battery size from largest to smallest:
The blue size 675 batteries are used for powerful hearing aids that allow maximum amplification. They have generally been used in behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids.
The orange size 13 batteries are typically used in BTE hearing aids that are in size medium to large, and provide high levels of amplified sound.
The brown size 312 batteries are generally used in small BTE and in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids.
The yellow size 10 batteries are used in the smallest hearing aids, i.e. mini-receiver ITE hearing aids and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids.
The Lifespan of Hearing Aid Batteries
The lifespan of hearing aid batteries are influenced by:
It’s always a good idea to keep extra batteries with you, no matter how often you use your devices.
3 Tips on Purchasing Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing Aids and Batteries: The Cost
Battery costs should be taken into consideration when purchasing hearing aids.
Disposable vs. Rechargeable - rechargeable batteries may be more cost-effective than depending on the disposable batteries. Consider your personal preferences. Rechargeable batteries are easier to use than changing out batteries if you have dexterity challenges. If you have an active lifestyle, disposable batteries may be your best option if you are constantly on the go.
Bundled with Hearing Aids - Bundling can be an option. Batteries are normally included with the bundled cost of hearing aids, along with warranties. Bundles usually include as many batteries as you need for the lifespan of your hearing aids.
So, if you need a rechargeable or disposable battery-powered hearing aid, contact us at Pure Sound or stop in at one of our office locations in Elizabethtown, Lititz, Mt. Joy, or Strasburg.
Just about all modern appliances, from your doorbell to your washing machine, can be connected to your smartphone through an app. So it’s obvious that hearing aids can also function with the use of an app.
Nearly everyone uses apps these days. They help make something new become familiar in an effortless manner. For hearing aid users, there are many features within each app to make wearing hearing aids more customized to a person’s unique experiences.
Hearing Aid Apps
There are many hearing apps that can be used with smartphones. For example decibel (dB) meter apps can measure how loud your environment is. Remember, the average hearing threshold is 85 dB. Anything higher than that can lead to hearing loss.
Other apps can perform a basic hearing screening, or can even help train your brain with listening exercises.
For anyone who currently wears hearing aids - or is thinking about getting hearing aids - you should look into apps that were created by your hearing aid manufacturer. For example, there’s the Oticon On app which has a remote control, HearingFitness (hearing training), tinnitus sound support, and other features that connect to an IFTTT network (this is a network that stands for “if this, then that”.) It helps you connect all of your apps and devices when you engage in certain practices. For example, if your coffee maker is connected via Bluetooth®, your Bluetooth®-connected hearing aids will also turn on when you switch your coffee maker on to start making your coffee - as long as everything is in its place.
These apps can be linked with the hearing aids that you wear via Bluetooth® by using an Apple or Android phone.
Available App Features
There’s a range of apps for a range of different features. Here’s a list of the most common features on popular hearing aid apps:
Hearing Aid Adjustments
Many hearing aids can automatically adjust their volume and settings based on the environment that you are in. If you prefer controlling the bass, treble, and volume, smartphone apps give you a more discreet option - instead of reaching your hand up to your ear to press a button. It’s like changing the volume or setting on a remote-controlled stereo.
Personalized settings can be saved.
If you frequent a certain area or building that is difficult to hear in, you can make adjustments that provide the best listening experience and save those settings when you go back to that place. Some settings may already be programmed by your hearing instrument specialist.
You can monitor the status of your device.
Apps let you know what the battery life is on your hearing aids - that way, you can check when they need to be recharged or when you need fresh batteries. There’s also a “Find my Hearing Aid” feature in most hearing aid apps if you lose your hearing aid. You can also see how many hours you wear your hearing aids each day/week/month. This is great to monitor your cognitive health. Remember, it’s important to wear your hearing aids each day from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed.
Hearing aids can have a direct connection to audio.
You may use an app and connect straight to sound sources. This lets you stream music, phone calls, and TV through your hearing aids.
Hearing aids have become so advanced with new features that help make your life easier. Contact us at Pure Sound for a hearing aid trial and more information on these incredible pieces of technology.
A study conducted in 2019 from the University of Michigan analyzed 114,862 adults who were at least 66 years of age, and were diagnosed with hearing loss.
These test subjects were separated into two groups: individuals who wore hearing aids and individuals who did not wear hearing aids.
Analysts discovered in those three years after their hearing loss diagnosis, people who received hearing aids showed lower rates of depression compared to people who did not get hearing aids.
Earlier studies associated untreated hearing loss with social isolation, which leads to depression. This is one of the first studies to indicate that the use of hearing aids is linked to a lower risk of depression for those with hearing loss.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss and depression due to social isolation, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a hearing test and consultation. We offer a variety of hearing aids from name brands that include HANSATON, Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Rexton, Signia, Starkey, Unitron and Widex.
If you have an aging father who is losing his hearing, discussing the prospect of receiving hearing aids probably won’t be easy. Statistically, it’s more likely that men will need hearing aids than women. This usually comes down to the work environment that men usually spend time in, i.e. construction, loud industrial facilities, operating heavy machinery, etc.
There are many reasons why some people decide not to wear hearing aids, but what should you do when your dad begins to show clear signs of hearing loss? Here are some tips to get a loved one so that they can get their hearing loss treated.
Recognize the Stigma that sometimes comes with Wearing Hearing Aids
Modern hearing aids can rest behind the ears, along your outer ear, or deep inside your ear canal. A lot of men tend to ignore obvious signs of hearing loss, so they may choose not to get hearing aids. Or, they may get hearing aids but won’t use them. The stigma of hearing aids was more widespread in the past, so it might be difficult for them to shift their mindset.
Today, there are so many different styles of hearing aids that are powerful and discreet:
Why Some Men Don’t Want to Wear Hearing Aids
There are practical reasons for this:
Depending on your hearing loss, the discreet ones may not work best for someone with severe or profound hearing loss.
And there are emotional reasons for this:
4 Tips to Discuss Hearing Loss with Your Dad, or the Male Figure in Your Life
When you decide to sit down and talk about hearing loss with your dad, or an important man in your life, you need to have a strategy.
1. Research information about hearing loss: He may appreciate it if you can give helpful and accurate information on hearing loss, treatment options, and how using hearing aids can be beneficial. Let him know that there are different and more discreet styles that are available.
2. Timing is everything: Make sure both of you are in a good mood before bringing up this topic. The conversation might be futile if one, or both of you are frustrated while talking about it.
3. Raise awareness about the negative impacts of hearing loss: Rather than focusing his attention on his hearing loss, inform him on how the hearing loss impacts his daily life. Maybe he no longer participates in things with you, or anyone. Hearing loss can atrophy the brain, which can lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
4. Be patient, and help as much as you can: Find help for him. Take him to get a hearing test and help look at the options that are available for him.
If you believe that you have a loved one who has hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. Our hearing healthcare providers are professional hearing instrument specialists who can program your devices to suit your individual listening needs.