Hearing Aids In The Workplace

Hearing Aids In The Workplace

Of the nearly 40 million individuals suffering from hearing loss, around 60 percent are either in the workforce or are students planning to start working soon. These are environments where individuals are expected to consistently make a favorable impression, and being able to hear well plays a vital role in their level of performance. Both workers and students with hearing impairments can encounter obstacles throughout the day that can make accomplishing tasks even more challenging and daunting. Today’s work environments … Continued

The Cochlear Baha System

The Cochlear Baha System: A Hearing Solution For People Who Can’t Use Hearing Aids

Hearing aids do an incredible job of amplifying sound and helping those who suffer from hearing loss live a more normal life. These devices rely on sound travelling efficiently through the eardrum and middle ear space so that sound can be received by the cochlea or hearing organ and converted into nerve impulses for the brain to process. Unfortunately, for patients with middle ear problems or a mixed type of hearing loss (both nerve damage and middle ear problems), regular … Continued

Tips For Protecting Your Hearing

Tips For Protecting Your Hearing

Our hearing organ is called the cochlea, and it is one part of the nervous system that does not regenerate or repair itself. This means that the normal or excessive wear on our hearing organs is cumulative over time. Any damage that has been done to the cochlea from listening to music too loudly or attending loud events without any ear protection — and even normal wear over time — is permanent. So to preserve our precious hearing, we should … Continued

Single-Sided Deafness - CROS and Bi-CROS Systems

CROS and Bi-CROS Systems For Single-Sided Deafness

Have you ever wondered what amplification options are available for those with single-sided deafness? Single-sided deafness (SSD) refers to total hearing loss in one ear, while the other ear has normal hearing, usable hearing or hearing that would benefit from an assistive device. Total deafness refers to hearing loss where there is no usable hearing, meaning that the patient or the ear would not benefit from a hearing aid. The Complications of Single-Sided Deafness Although a person with single-sided deafness … Continued

Why All Adults Need a Hearing Test

Why All Adults Need a Hearing Test

When was your last hearing test? If you can’t remember or you’ve never had one, then it’s time to schedule one. You should think of a hearing test with the same importance as having your vision checked or going to the dentist. After all, our sense of hearing helps us connect with the world around us. It offers us the ability to socialize with one another, the pleasure of listening to music, and the security of detecting danger by hearing … Continued

Living with Hearing Loss Can Be Exhausting

Living with Hearing Loss Can Be Exhausting

The negative impacts of untreated hearing loss on overall quality of life is well-documented. Hearing loss can affect more than just communication ability. It can lead to irritability, social withdrawal, depression, reduced job performance and diminished psychological and overall health. For someone suffering from hearing loss, many environments can be intimidating due to the amount of mental energy needed to listen. Clinicians have long reported that hearing-impaired patients describe the feeling of exhaustion after attending social events or gatherings. Until … Continued

Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus Management: For Those Tinnitus Sufferers Who Also Have Hearing Loss, the Use of Hearing Aids May Have a Two-Fold Benefit

As many as 1 in 5 individuals suffer from tinnitus (“tin-a-tis”). Tinnitus is defined as noise or ringing in your ears or head . Some people describe crickets while others experience a ringing, hissing, roaring, or whistling. Age is a common factor associated with the prevalence of tinnitus, as males report tinnitus more often than females. There is still much to be learned about tinnitus and its origin. While tinnitus is not usually a sign of a serious medical problem, … Continued

Bluetooth - Connecting to the world through your hearing aids

Connecting to the World Through Your Hearing Aids

Technology is driving so much of our lives. Smart phones, smart houses, smart apps; these are all things of the present. Thankfully, hearing aids are no different. While hearing aid devices have continued to decrease in size, their functionality is increasing at incredible rates. One area that has grown in popularity in the past few years is the use of accessories to maximize the benefits of every hearing device. These accessories include battery rechargers, Bluetooth devices and wireless microphones for … Continued

More to Treating Hearing Loss than Better Hearing

More to Treating Hearing Loss than Better Hearing: The Link Between Untreated Hearing Loss and Dementia

There is a growing body of evidence supporting the claim that treating hearing loss not only improves hearing but also improves quality of life. Various types of hearing loss can be treated using hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, and/or medical intervention. By treating hearing loss, not only are there improvements in the aided ability to understand speech with ease, but there are also demonstrable improvements in that person’s emotional, mental, and social aspects of life. Earlier this year, … Continued

Cochlear Implant

Cochlear Implants – What to do when hearing aids don’t help anymore

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted hearing device that helps people with significant bilateral sensorineural hearing loss hear when traditional hearing aids provide little benefit.  In some cases of severe and profound hearing loss, hearing aids may be of limited benefit due to little or no residual hearing to work with. Instead of amplifying sound, as would a hearing aid, a cochlear implant bypasses the outer, middle, and damaged part of the inner ear to directly stimulate the hearing … Continued