It might not always be easy to communicate with someone who has hearing loss, but shouting is not a good solution. It is not easy for them, either. Shouting at them can be offensive to them, and it may not be the volume that’s the problem. Try to be mindful of what you say and how you say it.
Change what you say
Certain words or phrases might be the problem. Understanding certain letters or words may be hard with hearing loss. You might simply need to change what you say, not yell or talk really loud.
Clarity may be the problem--it isn’t always volume. Repeating and enunciating what you say at a reasonable pace is a good solution, if changing what you say doesn’t work.
Don’t give up
To pass off the conversation and let it go is hurtful. Try your best to communicate, even if you have to change your words or repeat yourself. Don’t say, “Never mind; it’s not important.”
Don’t be sarcastic
Don’t jokingly act like you have hearing loss too when someone else says he or she has it. To ask, What?” as a joke in a sarcastic voice in response to someone who says they can’t hear is rude. It’s not funny to respond to someone with hearing loss in that way. Ask what you can do to help him or her hear better, instead.
Don’t ask about being deaf
Don’t be hurtful and do something like ask, “Are you deaf or something?” That amounts to commenting on their condition as a slur.
Don’t degrade someone
Don’t say, “Turn your hearing aids up!” That’s just insensitive. Hearing loss is a true medical condition.
Don’t infer someone has selective hearing
Don’t infer, say, ask, or assume someone has selective hearing. The noise levels in any environment will vary. It is not a matter of voluntarily shutting out what someone is saying. People hear differently from each other. Noise can make all the difference.
Hearing loss is a condition that continues to grow. Chances are you someone with hearing loss. Be kind and sensitive. Make communication successful for you both.
If you suspect someone has hearing loss, have him or her contact Pure Sound Hearing Aids for the best free hearing test.
There are lots of holiday gatherings with family, friends, and coworkers. But someone with hearing loss can struggle tremendously in such situations.
You might hear multiple conversations taking place. You might hear music playing the background. Or, you might hear silverware clanging together. No matter what the sound, noisy environments can be challenging for someone with hearing loss. Even someone with normal hearing can struggle to hear at holiday parties. So, do what you can to make everyone feel included. Here’s what you can do to help your family, friends, and coworkers with hearing loss:
All of these things will make someone with hearing loss feel more included and less frustrated.
If you know someone with hearing loss, have him or her contact Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test.
The most common workplace injury in the United States is hearing loss. According to a study at Stanford University, moderate noise levels in the workplace cause more hearing loss than noisy environments because no hearing protection is worn in moderately noisy environments like it is with noisy ones. Workers in high-level noise must wear hearing protection, but there are no guidelines for moderately noisy environments. People with a work environment consistently having more than 85 decibels or higher should have hearing protection.
If you want to learn more about hearing protection, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Tony Hawk, a professional skateboarder, has a message about hearing. He says, Life is loud. Listen carefully.” He loves the crowd's noise best about skateboarding, but adds, “It can take 10 seconds to permanently damage your hearing.”
According to statistics, one in six teens have permanent hearing loss due to loud listening.
If you are concerned about your or someone else’s hearing loss, please contact Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
One gunshot can cause permanent hearing damage. Depending upon the type of gun, firearms can easily reach 140 decibels or more. Therefore, it is necessary beyond measure to wear hearing protection. The American Heritage Research Foundation backs up this fact. Since hearing protection can impact comfort, conversation, and a clear shot, consider digital hearing protection.
Get digital hearing protection
There are custom-fit, instant-fit, and behind-the-ear digital options available for shooters and hunters. Miniature and discreet, these devices provide noise suppression of 25 decibels. These devices include high-definition audio enhancement of speech and ambient noise so you can hear what you need to hear. Choose an option designed to fit your needs today.
World class shooters use such technology. Examples are 2016 World FITASC Champion Open Division Derrick Mein, World Champion Sporting Clays shooter Bill McGuire, and U.S. Open Sporting Clays Champion Mike Wilgus. Join the team in protecting your hearing.
Contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure sound Hearing Aids today for more information on hearing protection and hearing loss.
Be careful you don’t damage your hearing while taking in a professional sports event. Sports events can be very loud. Such an event in fall would be football, whether it is on television, at a bar, or in a stadium. Noise levels can fall into the unsafe range of hearing.
Sports and noise
Extended periods of time listening to 85 decibels (dB) or more can damage hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss often comes from watching autumn sports events, such as professional football, which ranges between 80 and 90 dB. That’s just noises on a constant continuum; it doesn’t include the noise spikes associated with certain aspects of the game, like with touchdowns. Fans often compete to be the loudest in showing their pride for their team, too. The sound barrier for sports in outdoor stadiums was broken in 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs. The decibel level was 142.2.
But stadiums are not the only culprits for decibel levels higher than 90. Restaurants, sports bars, and home, where you can also view the games, pose a problem for safety in hearing. Most games last at least two hours, which is an extended period of time. Even at home, the television can be turned up and a group of people can be present and cheering loudly.
Maintaining safe hearing levels in these situations
It’s fine to go to loud sports events--don’t avoid them. But wear general hearing protection. Custom hearing protection is available for people who watch events throughout the season. If you listen at a bar or restaurant, choose one that is better at absorbing sound. One that has wall coverings, lower ceilings, and carpeting is more satisfactory in minimizing the amplification of sound than ones without. You can also sit at a table in the corner or by a wall, and ask the manager to lessen the volume of the television, if possible.
Keep the volume down of the television at home and use closed captioning. But no matter what the situation, keep your hearing safety in mind. If you have any questions about noise-induced hearing loss, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Hearing tests are fast and are used to check if you can hear different sounds. The test is free and can be done online. But an online test shouldn’t replace a comprehensive evaluation by a hearing care professional. If you fail the test, contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids no longer than three months later. More comprehensive tests and assessments will need to be done.
The crack of the bat at a baseball game, an ice cream truck driving up the street, or kids laughing in a pool are just some of the sounds people look forward to in the summertime. But untreated hearing loss can make you miss out on such sounds. Missing out on others’ voices can be especially depressing. Untreated hearing loss can certainly, at some point, lead to depression and feelings of isolation.
The sound of others’ voices
In the summer, people often have barbecues at neighbors’ houses, reunions at parks, or meetings with friends at a restaurant. In these settings, it can be difficult to follow conversations. But the good news is that modern hearing aids have advanced noise suppression technology.
The sounds of nature
When you go hiking, it is wonderful to hear birds chirping, insects buzzing, and the sound of leaves rustling in a breeze. But you can’t appreciate those sounds if you can’t hear them due to untreated hearing loss. Hearing aids can pick up such soft sounds for you again.
You might want to go to the movies on a rainy day or to a museum on a steamy, hot day. Many public venues broadcast sound over a loop system. The sound is transmitted directly into the ears via telecoils in the hearing aids. Many concert halls, stadiums, and arena also have such an inductive loop system. Subways, airplanes, and trains most often have them, too, so you can hear public announcements.
No matter what your summertime activities, you are going to want to enjoy the sights, as well as the sounds. Rather than missing out on the activities you love, you can schedule an appointment. Contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and to learn more about hearing aids.
Hearing loss is a common occurrence, being the third most frequent health problem in the U.S. But it is treatable and more successful when started early. If you think you have hearing loss, there are 10 reasons you should get a hearing test:
If you suspect you have hearing loss, contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for the best free test.
You might think a little bit of hearing loss is no big deal, right? It happens to most of us as we age. But there are 37.5 million Americans 18 and older who have hearing loss. That includes one out of every three that are 60 and older.
Say you decide to ignore it, anyway. No doubt you will probably just turn the television up louder, enjoy more quietness, and ask people to repeat themselves. But is that really living? The answer is no because many things happen with hearing loss.
Five reasons to get hearing loss treatment
It isn’t best to just ignore hearing loss for many reasons. It’s not just your hearing that will be affected. The five big reasons are:
What’s the answer?
Hearing aids are the answer. They will improve everything about your life. It will be a life-changing endeavor!
For more information on hearing aids and the technologies associated with them, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Get your hearing checked if you are having trouble hearing. If you keep asking others to speak louder or you keep turning up the volume on the television set, it’s time to get your hearing checked. Age is no barrier to hearing loss; it doesn’t just affect the elderly. Nearly 30 million adults in the United States would benefit from hearing aids, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Hearing aids are more and more technologically advanced, so don’t worry about feeling out of place with hearing aids.
There are five things you need to know about hearing loss:
If you are convinced you need a hearing test, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for the best free test.
If someone has hearing loss and you are talking to that person, don’t repeat what you’ve said over and over, getting louder and louder each time. Instead, change what you are saying--sometimes it is word recognition that’s the problem, not the volume of speech. Certain letters correspond to certain frequencies. If a person can’t hear certain frequencies, then speech related to those sounds won’t be heard. Also, even when the hearing impaired have hearing aids, hearing can still be difficult, so be sure to get someone’s attention before you speak to them and don’t turn your voice away.
People need to see public service announcements about hearing aids, and those announcements should be displayed in a positive way. People should also be educated on hearing loss, understanding that life is much more enjoyable with better hearing. There’s nothing wrong with wearing hearing aids. They fit right in with today’s technology.
Quality of life and brain health are two of the reasons people should get hearing aids if there’s hearing loss. Also, it is less embarrassing to have hearing aids than it is to ask people a million times to repeat themselves.
Don’t let someone miss out on a quality life. Talk to them about getting hearing aids if they have hearing loss. For more information, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Fourth of July is fun to celebrate. What highlights independence day more than fireworks?! But be careful. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, fireworks are a whopping 150 decibels. That’s higher than a plane, a rock concert, jackhammer, or street noise, which are all progressively less harsh on hearing. In fact even street noise can cause hearing loss at 85 decibels.
Permissible noise exposure limits for sounds at 115 decibels are 15 minutes per day, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Be kind to your ears. Help them last a lifetime by wearing hearing protection on Fourth of July--maybe you can find some red and blue ones to show your patriotism.
For more information on hearing loss, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Middle-aged bodies don’t behave, feel, or recover like before. But if you live to be 85, you’ll probably happily accept some hearing loss along with it as a trade-off. The chances of hearing loss do increase with age.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, hearing loss affects 4 out of every 5 adults 85 and older. In the next 40 years, they say, the U.S. population of individuals older than 80 is expected to double. That’s a lot of people with hearing loss. But you can increase the quality of your life and keep your health on track with hearing aids.
For the best hearing test, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
According to the Better Hearing Institute, people with hearing problems who use hearing aids get more satisfaction in doing things and are more likely to socialize and exercise. Wearing hearing aids boosts positive feelings, improves the quality of life, can help to improve balance, and has a positive impact on relationships.
Feeling motivated becomes a key factor in wearing hearing aids. You have a higher quality of life. There are many benefits to seeking hearing loss treatment and getting hearing aids.
For more information on hearing aids, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
We crowd source reviews for many things--like going to the movies, a restaurant, a hotel resort, and more. This phenomenon happens in a way with hearing loss matters, too. People in the lives of the hearing impaired often speak up and advise a hearing test for their loved ones. However, it usually takes a physician, a known expert, to successfully prompt the hearing impaired into action. The Better Hearing Institute reports that individuals are five times more likely to seek a hearing solution if advised to do so by their personal physician.
If you are ready to seek a hearing solution, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Although earwax can cause hearing loss, it is not a common occurrence. The more likely cause of hearing loss is a gradual decline with age. You start to have difficulty communicating with others. That’s when people usually seek help.
Excessive earwax or what’s called cerumen impaction happens with narrow or abnormally shaped ear canals; advanced age; use of a hearing aid; or use of cotton swabs, hair pins, needles, or other objects to clean the ears. However, you absolutely should not stick anything in your ears.
It’s rare to have a total earwax blockage
Sound waves don’t need much of an opening in the ear canal to get through to the eardrum. If impaction does occur, there are usually other accompanying symptoms, such as ear fullness (a feeling that something is clogging up your ear), pain, itching, dizziness and/or ringing in the ears.
A hearing instrument specialist can help
An earwax blockage is easily treated. If you just need your ears to be cleaned, a hearing instrument specialist can help. For any questions about hearing loss, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Hearing is one of your most astounding senses. It brings the world around us to life, connects us to people, and keeps us engaged. Losing your hearing is usually gradual--it doesn’t usually happen overnight. Also, it isn’t as readily noticeable as other physical challenges and changes.
There are seven signs of hearing loss. They are:
1. Having difficulty understanding conversations in noisy places
2. Asking others to repeat themselves a lot
3. Feeling like others are mumbling
4. Being told by others that you have hearing loss
5. Avoiding social situations
6. Turning the television volume up really loud
7. Having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices
If you think you have hearing loss, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for the best free hearing test.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, adults should be screened for hearing loss at least every 10 years through age 50 and at three-year intervals, thereafter. Your hearing changes over time, with hearing loss increasing with age. It’s good to stay on top of things. Hearing loss isn’t usually as obvious as vision and other physical changes, but it is as equally as important to the quality of life. Remember, hearing loss is linked to social isolation, dementia, falls, and more. Keep tabs on your body as it ages for optimal health.
For more information on hearing loss, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
“Life hacks” for better hearing can be important for the hearing impaired, as well as the hearing world at large. Something that solves everyday problems in a simple, useful, and inspiring manner has great appeal to everyone. In life, there are important and unimportant sounds. Anyone can benefit from life hacks for better hearing. Here is a list:
Although these life hacks will help you hear better throughout life, it is good to see a hearing instrument specialist if you have trouble hearing. Please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for more details on hearing technologies.
One key component about relationships is to actively listen, as most people know. Although there are many books and articles written on the subject, how can you listen when you can’t hear well? The answer is to get hearing aids. If you can’t listen because you can’t hear, hearing aids will improve relationships with friends, colleagues, spouses, grandchildren, and more.
For more information, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
A normal, challenging day, like dealing with family, work, or school, can quickly turn frustrating when tinnitus--buzzing in the ears--becomes too much to bear. Tinnitus may be constant, distracting, and irritating. It heightens anxiety, stress, and nervousness. While it may seem singular and hopeless, it is more common than you think, and there are proper solutions to ease it. To reduce your tinnitus symptoms, try one or more of the methods explained below.
1. Do exercises in breathing
Although breathing is a vital, natural process, we often fail to realize the positive benefits it can engender, besides being life-sustaining. Performing techniques in breathing will help you concentrate on your body’s natural rhythm and can effectively calm you. The good news is that the exercises can be done anywhere, don’t take much time, and are easy to do. Here are two ways to ease tinnitus, control your breathing, and relax you:
2. Use guided meditation
You will achieve a relaxed state by using guided meditation as a tool. Personal meditation may be too silent for tinnitus sufferers. Guided meditation is best. Listening to another person’s voice with your eyes closed, as your guide gives you breathing exercises to do, will lessen tinnitus. Ambient noise in the background can be played during this process to create a calming soundscape. Because there will be pauses between your guide’s words, such a distraction may be necessary.
3. Use sound therapy
Avoid situations of absolute silence. Absolute silence allows you to focus on the distracting, phantom buzzing of tinnitus. Gentle, soothing sounds, like white noise or ocean waves, even if it is just a recording, help to calm you and ease tinnitus. The disorder will be less noticeable. By using sound therapy, you will train your brain to focus less on the disorder and more on external sounds.
There are tinnitus therapy features now available in hearing aids. This new technology allows wearers to hear environmental sounds more successfully, often reducing tinnitus. There are different sound therapy signals that exist for your comfort needs. You can choose from two different types--static noise or nature-inspired sounds.
For Signia hearing aid wearers, there is Notch Therapy, a unique therapeutic approach, available to combat a certain, common type of tinnitus. It works unnoticed in the background and offers long-term relief over time. Rather than using sound therapy, where a sound is audible in the background, Notch Therapy operates imperceptibly in the background.
Remember, it is best to practice relaxation techniques even when you are not stressed to promote your overall well-being. You will have more success over tinnitus in no time at all. For more help, contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Red blood cells are unable to carry enough oxygen for your body without a sufficient amount of iron. What results with an iron deficiency, which is also known as anemia, is a low red blood cell count. Anemia can cause serious health problems, including hearing loss.
Anemia and hearing loss
An adequate amount of iron is necessary for your auditory system and other organs to function correctly. Not having enough iron in your blood is called anemia. It results in a lack of hemoglobin (the protein that carries oxygen) in red blood cells. Cells act poorly or die off without a sufficient supply of oxygen. If such an event occurs within your ear’s labyrinthine (main source of blood to your inner ear), your hearing could be lost. Anemia also impedes myelin production (a substance around nerve strands that helps with conduction). Such an interference can mess up nerves, including the fragile hair cells that conduct sound from your ears to your brain.
While studies indicate a linkage between iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss, more information is required to better understand the connection. Early treatment of anemia may possibly alleviate hearing problems. Research indicates that people with anemia are twice as likely to have hearing problems than those without the condition. There are three forms of hearing loss associated with anemia. One form is sensorineural, another one is conductive, and the third is mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss impinges upon the inner ear or neural pathways. This usually happens with marring to the inner ear or auditory nerve. Disorders or diseases affecting the outer and/or inner ear are indicative of conductive hearing loss. Having both disorders, along with anemia, is called mixed hearing loss and constitutes the most common kind. According to the research, 3.4 percent of the studied anemic people had the mixed form.
Getting a good dose of iron
While having adequate iron levels by itself might not prevent hearing loss, good nutrition has been connected to healthy hearing. Combining foods high in iron, like nuts, meat, dark chocolate, and dark leafy greens with foods high in vitamin C, like strawberries, broccoli, and orange juice can create adequate iron levels in your blood. For a better understanding, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
It doesn’t matter if you are a new driver, an experienced driver, or an older driver, you need to take lots of precautions for your safety and that of others on the road. Others may have misconceptions about your ability on the road, if you have hearing loss. However, people with hearing loss often drive more carefully than those without, according to a Swedish study. Even forward-thinking businesses want hearing-impaired drivers because they have belief in them. Below are four tips for drivers with hearing loss to help you become more vigilant on the road and even safer than the average normal hearing individual.
Many people try to multitask in the car, like with everything else these days. But it is a really dangerous idea to get distracted with other things in the car, whether or not you have hearing loss. Keep your eyes focused on the road, and look for sudden changes in others’ actions or in road conditions. In addition, please do not text while driving--it is not only deadly, it is also unlawful in many states.
Look for visual cues
In having hearing loss, you probably rely heavily on your vision for safe driving. Make sure you constantly look for traffic lights and road signs to make driving less difficult. Also, use your rear-view and side mirrors often. Visual cues are your friends when you have hearing loss.
Block out excessive noise
Listening to excessively loud music in the car is dangerous for anyone. Turn the music down. With hearing loss, it is even more difficult to concentrate with loud music playing. Your concentration is knocked out of whack with loud music, and any hearing you do have for driving is dampened. Also, keep up the windows up to block out road noises, like wind from driving on the highway. You need to be able to hear external alerts like ambulance sirens and honking horns.
Get checkups for your hearing aids and ears
To make sure everything is on target with your hearing aids and ears, get regular checkups. You are not a bad driver when you have hearing loss; you just need to make sure everything is in working order. For advice, a check on your hearing, or maintenance for your hearing aids, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids today.
Part 1: Determining if there is a hearing loss problem
Someone with hearing loss commonly refuses to acknowledge the problem before anyone else. Close friends, children, and siblings are among the first ones to identify the problem. If you suspect someone close to you has signs of hearing loss, below are some ways you can tell if there’s a serious problem.
Just a challenge or signs of hearing loss?
Don’t be caught off guard if your loved one, friend, or co-worker denies there is a problem with a difficulty in hearing. However, don’t let the subject go; hearing loss is life changing on many levels. Social isolation may occur, which may lead to depression or dementia. It may also affect your loved one’s job, if he or she isn’t already fired. Also, be cognizant of the fact that the hearing loss may be an indicator of some underlying problem like cardiovascular disease or diabetes. It is imperative that you don’t just brush off the symptoms of hearing loss or let your loved one do that, either.
Part 2: Time to get hearing aids?
Above, the discussion was about determining if hearing loss is a factor in your loved one’s life. Now, it is time to discuss how you can gently discuss your loved one getting an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist to have his or her hearing tested. Here’s what you should do:
If you suspect a loved one has a hearing loss problem, please have him or her contact a hearing aid instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for help.