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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hearing a conversation at the dinner table can pose a challenge with hearing loss. It also frustrates your loved ones, often leaving you feeling depressed and isolated. Missing conversations, especially with your immediate family during nightly meals or during major holiday gatherings is wearisome. You feel left out with jokes and family stories. Therefore, to help you hear better at the dinner table, try these five tips below.
Reduce the music’s volume
Music in the background while dining is nice, but it may be too loud and drown out conversations. Turn the music down. Competing sounds, including the television, only aggravate a situation. Turn off the music or television completely if possible.
Fix the lighting
Reading lips is a way someone with hearing loss adapts to hearing conversations. But poor lighting will make it more difficult to do. Change the angle of the lighting fixture or turn up the light at the dinner table to better view your family’s lips moving.
Put your back to the wall
Your placement at the table can determine how well you hear what’s being said. Keep your back to a wall to block out any excessive background noise.
Vocalize your needs
Ask your family to repeat things, instead of just going along with what’s being said. If you are a guest at someone else’s house, tell them you have hearing problems in advance. You can then inform them of what ways they can make sure you can hear.
Schedule a hearing test
If hearing is a problem, schedule an appointment to get your hearing tested. A hearing specialist can determine your hearing levels and find you the best hearing aids, so you can enjoy conversations again. Even normal hearing is challenged by all the noise during holiday gatherings, but a struggle to hear on an everyday basis is a cause for concern and is a call to action. The five tips above, in the meantime, can help you hear the important things. However, to be sure you have the best hearing, contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for more help.
Spring is coming! Everyone in states where the seasons change is scrambling to get outside. Hearing aid wearers are no exception. Nature’s sounds are truly invigorating, especially if you formerly missed out on them without hearing aids. However, frustration can still arise with hearing aids when trying to hear sounds outdoors, while others talk at the same time. Below is a look at some of the benefits and challenges of wearing hearing aids outdoors. There are, however, some improvements to hearing aids you might not know.
The good: the sounds of spring
Feeling the warmth of spring is a top contender in life, but you will enjoy springtime even more when all of your senses are fully engaged. Spring can engender a feeling of rebirth, with the sight of crocuses poking through the soil and trees filling with green leaves. Likewise, smelling the scents of blooming flowers and fresh air is dazzling. Tasting the salt from sea breezes and the flavors of seasonal food at little cafes is also pleasant, just as is hearing plays, birds singing, and children laughing. Sounds are significant in enhancing your life. It is important to know that hearing aids can detect even the softest sounds to fully engage your senses. You might want to consider them to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer.
The challenge: the noise outdoors
Understandably, hearing aid wearers often have complaints about wearing their hearing aids outdoors. The problem is that it can be hard to hold a conversation when, say, the wind is whistling across your hearing aids at a golf course. The wind may drown out others’ speech. Another example could be a boat ride, where you are enjoying the sounds of the waves, but your friend has asked the same question repeatedly without the success of you hearing his or her words.
Because of such problems, there are “smart” hearing aids to control situations of wind or noise. So, know there is a good end in sight. With the golf course scenario, these hearing aids will figure out the wind is blowing more strongly against the right side of your head and reroute your friend’s voice to the other side. With the boat scenario, the hearing aids will automatically detect the other person’s voice, amplify it, and suppress the sound of the ocean waves. So, know that you can enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest. For more information on hearing better in Spring, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Is recognizing speech like riding a bike? Is it a skill that never goes away once you’ve learned it? Or, can adult onset hearing loss negatively impact speech recognition?
Researchers have been asking that question for a long time. Three different studies — in 1984, 1987 and 1999, respectively — resulted in evidence that suggests auditory deprivation does have speech recognition consequences.
All three studies focused on people with bilateral hearing loss, who only wore a hearing aid in one ear. The findings showed signs of reduced speech recognition in unaided ears, suggesting that if we don’t use it, we may indeed lose it.
If you are not hearing as sharp as you used to, contact Pure Sound for a free, no obligation, hearing screening.
Gelfand, S.A., Silman, S., Ross, L. (1987). Long-term effects of monaural, binaural, and no amplification in subjects with bilateral hearing loss. Scandinavian Audiology, 16, 201-207.
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Silman, S., Gelfand, S., & Silverman, C.A. (1984). Late-onset auditory deprivation: Effects of monaural versus binaural hearing aids. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 76(5), 1357-1362.
Everyone takes their hearing for granted until they start having difficulty understanding normal conversations or detecting sounds of differing frequencies. Many times, you are not even aware your hearing is impaired because hearing loss happens so gradually and unobtrusively. It slowly worsens over the years without producing any perceptible symptoms.
For some seniors, it may be hard to admit they are having difficulty hearing. Age-related hearing loss is especially difficult to come to terms with. Wrinkled skin can be smoothed by injections, and laser-assisted body sculpting can give you a youthful figure. Hearing loss due to aging, however, is irreversible.
Hearing Loss and Seniors
First of all, be aware that people over 65 are a stoic group of people who lived in a time when admitting you had physical issues was a sign of weakness.
Many seniors may also think hearing aids are big, bulky devices that are uncomfortable and protrude visibly from the ear. They may not have taken the time to investigate today's tiny, microchip hearing aids — some no bigger than a dime. So be patient and compassionate when you bring up the subject of hearing loss for the first time.
If you encounter resistance, wait until the moment arises when their hearing loss is evident — during a conversation, when watching television or even when driving. You might consider explaining that the inability to hear could lead to them losing their driver's license, failing to hear a train whistle or not hearing their home fire alarm go off when they are watching TV at a loud volume.
Reassure them that hearing loss happens to just about everybody, and it's nothing to be ashamed of. Let them know you are concerned about keeping their quality of life as high as possible and genuinely want them to enjoy every minute of family and holiday gatherings. Once you've gotten them talking about their hearing loss, bring the subject of hearing aids into the conversation by showing them images of the latest hearing aid models.
Help for Parents Losing Hearing: State-of-the-Art Hearing Aids
Types of hearing aids include behind-the ear, mini behind-the-ear, in-the-ear and completely-in-the-canal. In addition, there are analog hearing aids that amplify all sounds by making consecutive sound waves louder. Some are programmable to allow for various listening environments. Digital hearing aids improve hearing by converting sound waves into digital sound signals that accurately duplicate the actual sounds. Hearing aids equipped with directional microphones can also help your parent engage in conversations in noisy environments.
To find the perfect hearing aid for your parent, contact us today, and we'll be happy to help.