Leading Your Loved Ones To Better Hearing
Many people put off getting their hearing checked for one reason or another. It may not seem important, or during lockdown you and your loved ones rightly feel safer staying at home. Most of us realize that fear has spread further and faster than Covid-19, but if you are losing your hearing this shouldn’t stop you from venturing out to get your hearing checked, by a professional audiologist, for free at Clarisound. Clarisound’s outlets have now reopened and we are following SOPs for the RMCO at all our outlets. If you, or your loved ones, are losing your hearing don’t be afraid to get your hearing checked, for free. Better hearing is better for both of you.

Try reminding your loved one that social distancing, wearing face masks and hand hygiene are essential when venturing out from home and that following these SOPs means any risks are lowered, dramatically. Also remind your loved ones that good hearing helps them to be more resilient in all aspects of their lives and that this will help them, and you, to stay well and stay safe.

Even if you, or your loved one, have just taken a pay cut, or lost your job, getting your hearing checked is free of charge at Clarisound. There are a wide range of modestly priced hearing aids currently available and once you or your loved one’s hearing has been restored it will make it easier for both of you to stay positive and enjoy life to the fullest, even during lockdown.

RMCO stands for recovery, both economic and social. Hearing aids will lead you and your loved ones to better hearing turning negatives into positives at a time where the most important aspects of most everyone’s lives need positivism, stability and good decisions. Leading your loved ones to better hearing will help them and you both get through the Covid-19 crisis together.

Wireless Hearing Aids Are Safe To Wear
The Covid-19 crisis has increased the perceived health risks to everyone globally. If you are losing your hearing and don’t get good hearing care solutions then your risks of accidents and other unforeseen events, and their consequences, increase even more. Hearing aids restore your hearing and your quality of life, but don’t cost the earth. There are many good value hearing aids currently available on the market, some of them include the latest technology such as Bluetooth® for wireless. Many people often wonder if wireless hearing aids present a health risk. Clarisound can reassure you that wireless hearing aids are safe for you to wear.

Risk-less Hearing Aids
Technological advances make our lives better, and easier, but most of us usually have some niggling doubts about possible side effects with any new product we buy. Some of us remember the early days when mobile phones became popular. Concerns then arose about holding a phone close to your ear for prolonged periods and the possible effects on your head, and brain. Public awareness of wireless hearing technology is growing and hearing healthcare professionals, like Clarisound, can respond to increasing concerns about long-term safety concerns about wearing hearing aids.

International Standards For Hearing Aids
According to the Hearing Review, June 2017, wireless hearing aid systems are being designed to be both effective and safe to use. This study states, “Consumers should be reassured that wireless hearing aids are safe. Hearing aids are strictly regulated medical devices that meet governmental wireless communication standards in addition to existing standards for medical devices.”

The integration of wireless technology and hearing aids has significantly changed and improved the hearing care industry. Now wireless hearing aid users can benefit from smartphone connectivity, while future changes to the Bluetooth® will allow nearly universal hearing aid inter connectivity. In fact, wireless hearing aids open up a plethora of new and useful functionality for hearing aid users in a myriad of locations. Wireless hearing aids go beyond merely adapting your functioning environment, they are part of the world of wireless devices that interact with any number of other wireless devices globally.

Benefits Of Wireless Hearing Aids
Wireless hearing aids allow you to receive the audio from your television or handphone directly into your ears. Make life easy, now you don’t need chords or jacks that get in the way or are awkward. Your new wireless hearing aids effectively become headphones. This hands free solution allows you to multitask as well as enjoy good hearing. What else do you need to enjoy your life to the fullest?

If you are losing your hearing, the main risk you face is not wearing a hearing aid. Just ask one of our professional audiologists at Clarisound.

If you are a hearing aid wearer with pets, losing your hearing aids to your dog’s mouth is a worst-case scenario. Not only are your hearing aids in trouble, but your dog can grow very sick from consuming batteries. Here are some tips on how to avoid these situations.

Many people are taking the time to appreciate the puppies and dogs in their life and consider adopting a new furry friend into their family. However, whether you plan on adopting a full-grown dog or a rambunctious puppy, you need to make sure every part of your house is pet-safe. This includes where you keep your hearing aids.

Your hearing aids are not only important to you but a major health risk for your dog. If they chew them apart or eat them, you will not be the only one in trouble. Depending on what kind of battery your hearing aid uses and how much they eat, hearing aids can cause your dog to become poisoned, ill, or unable to pass the foreign object. While you should have a battle plan in case something goes wrong, it is always better to just avoid these scenarios.

Luckily, we have some tips to help you make sure your hearing aids are fortified.

Use Your Hearing Aid Storage Case
When it comes to hearing aids, your case is your best friend. Almost all hearing aids come with a protective case, so you can slip them into your purse, bag, or drawer until you need them next. Many rechargeable hearing aids come with charging cases, so you can store your hearing aids and recharge them at the same time. Regardless of what kind of case you own, it is vital that you use it.

Even if you do not have a nosy puppy or dog sniffing around for chew toys, your case helps you keep track of your hearing aids. Hearing aids can be quite small, so it is easier to find them when they are stored together in a larger case. Your case also protects your hearing aids, so you can put them in a drawer or purse without having them rattle around or become damaged.

If a pet does get a hold of your case, there is only a small chance that they will actually get at what is inside. So, in a bad situation, your hearing aids will not be the first thing entering your dog’s mouth.

Hearing Aid Storage
Hearing aid storage is a complex topic since everyone stores their hearing aids a little bit differently. Those that use them every day might put them on a nightstand, or within a drawer in their room. Others might put them next to the door, where they can pick them up as they leave. For those that live in a pet-free household, anywhere cool, dry, and safe is an option. However, those with pets have to take extra precautions.

Some people with pets might choose their bathrooms or a high windowsill to store their hearing aids. These are not good options either. The bathroom can become humid and warm, and hearing aids can get knocked into sinks. Windows typically get sunlight during the day, and storage in direct sunlight can damage your hearing aids. While it is great to choose locations your dog cannot reach, a different location might be a better idea.

Best Storage Locations
Keeping your hearing aids safe is the first objective. Making sure you can find them easily and not forget them is the second. Here are some recommendations to help you choose a storage location for your hearing aids.

  • Nightstand drawer. If you do not allow your pets into your room unsupervised, you can also leave them on the nightstand. Those that sleep with their pets might need to take the extra step and put them in the drawer, however.
  • Jewelry box. For women that change their earrings or jewelry every day, this is a great option. It is safe, and some jewelry boxes have locking functions as well.
  • Sock drawer. Many of us wear socks every day, and this is a cool, dry place to put your hearing aids. When you go to retrieve your socks, your hearing aids will be easy to remember.
  • On tall dressers or shelves. While some dressers might be within paw or snout height of many dog breeds, tall dressers and shelves can be a great storage location. If you own a small dog, this is perfect. Those with tall breeds like greyhounds, Great Danes, and other large dogs might need to choose a more enclosed location, though.

Hearing Aid Battery Disposal
As mentioned above, hearing aid batteries can be harmful to dogs, especially lithium-ion batteries. If you use rechargeable hearing aids, you should dispose of your old hearing aids according to the lithium-ion recycling guidelines. Never throw a lithium-ion battery in the trash.
As for those who use disposable batteries, you should focus on getting the hearing aid batteries out of reach. You should never throw loose batteries in the trash, as dogs are notorious trash-diggers. Even if you put the trash outside, stray animals and other dogs can come across them & swallow them. Instead, gather them up in a jar or Tupperware and find a local recycling location.

What To Do In Case Of An Emergency
If your worst nightmare does come true and your dog does eat your hearing aids, it is important to act responsibly. Your dog cannot feel concern for themselves, so you have to do it for them. Do not punish your dog; they will not understand why they are being struck or yelled at. Instead, take the leftover remains away from them, and try to determine what they actually ate. If the hearing aids have only been slobbered on, wipe them off and place them in a dehumidifier. You can have them looked at later.

If your dog has eaten the battery or parts of the hearing aid, call your veterinarian. They can give you guidance on how to proceed, and help you figure out if you need to make a visit. While you might feel upset or angry with your dog, try to remember that your hearing aids can be replaced, but your dog will only be on this earth once. You are their whole world, so try not to have hard feelings!

Try An Online Hearing Check For FREE With Clarisound
Lockdown means that many of us have a lot of spare time. Using our new found free time usefully to solve existing problems is a positive way to help you, and your loved ones, get through the Covid 19 crisis together. If you have been putting off, or just ignoring, a health issue or something similar for a while then now is the perfect time to find a solution. If you, or your loved one, think that you have been losing your hearing now you can check your hearing online for free in less than 5 minutes. Clarisound is offering a new hearing check service online.

Good Hearing Online
We all work and play online, all the time. Surfing the internet is one way to stay informed, entertained and even find new opportunities. Watching movies, listening to documentaries and news broadcasts all require good hearing. So if you, or your loved one, think you may be having problems with your hearing why not take a hearing check online. It’s quick, easy and effective and requires no email!

All you have to do is answer a few simple questions, check your hearing and find out if your results indicate potential hearing loss, and what you can do about it! Give it a shot right now, it will only take you a minute or so.

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That was quick and easy wasn’t it? Don’t forget to tell your loved ones and friends about this quick, free online hearing test too!

Follow Up
Now if you have no potential hearing loss indicated by our short questionnaire, you can carry on as ‘new normal’. If our short questionnaire recommends some kind of hearing care solution then please call one of our professional audiologists at Clarisound for a free hearing test. Clarisound’s outlets have now reopened, are easily accessible, and are following SOPs under RMCO. Social distancing with hand sanitiser and wearing face masks dramatically reduce any risks you may face during the Covid 19 epidemic. So will restoring your hearing loss with a hearing aid or other suitable hearing care solution. So why not book a short, free hearing check and consultation with one of Clarisound’s professional audiology consultants and discuss your results of our online questionnaire. There are a wide range of moderately priced hearing aids currently available with the latest technology, including bluetooth, that are easy to use. Clarisound can help you find the most suitable hearing care solutions for you and your loved ones and restore your hearing and quality of life.

Got your hearing aids wet but can’t leave your house during COVID-19? Here are some tips on drying out your hearing aids at home.

Hearing Aids and Money Tips
How we spend our money should always be a priority, during the Covid 19 crisis it’s a necessity. If you have recently lost your job or taken a pay cut then you should readjust your spending and how you allocate your finances. This doesn’t have to entail a significant reduction in the quality of your life, just a few thoughtful changes. You may find you start enjoying life even more by spending less. Whatever changes in circumstances you may be experiencing, good health is always worth spending money on and good hearing is an essential part of good health and a good life. Good hearing can save you and your loved ones money, maybe even a lot of money.

Healthy Spending
We all waste money, from time to time, on things we don’t really need. We may want to spoil ourselves or even treat our loved ones or friends to a big night out or something similar. Then there is impulse buying and sometimes, if you are feeling unhappy or down, there is comfort spending. The Covid 19 lockdown means that we all have to change our behaviours so try to focus on what you need not what you want. If you, or your loved one, have been losing your hearing during MCO/CMCO you need to get your hearing checked. You don’t need to spend money getting your hearing checked at Clarisound because it’s free of charge. If one of our professional audiologists recommends that you, or your loved one, needs to start wearing a hearing aid then there are many moderately priced hearing aids to choose from. You may not want to spend money on a hearing aid but good hearing will actually save you money.

Hearing Aids Save You Money
Hearings aids restore the sounds that you hear and this means;

  • Good hearing reduces the risks of accidents and associated costs
  • Good hearing reduces stress and need for medication
  • Good hearing reduces mental health issues and resulting issues
  • Good hearing increases your quality of life and enables better decision making
  • Good hearing increases the quality of interactions with other people and your professional and social image
  • Good hearing increases your productivity and your performance even if you are working from home

All of these benefits of wearing hearing aids will save you money, in different ways. If you are losing your hearing the sooner you start wearing hearing aids the sooner you will start saving money by lowering stress, avoiding accidents, feeling more positive, improving personal relationships and performing better at work even during lockdown. Wearing hearing aids will restore the sounds you hear and improve your quality of life even during a crisis.

Audiologists & Hearing Care Professionals Are Key Workers During CMCO
These days many of us admire doctors and nurses on the front line, working to save lives during the corona virus epidemic. Key workers provide vital services for health and safety, sometimes at considerable personal risk. Audiologists and hearing care professionals are also key workers providing vital and urgent solutions to those with hearing problems during CMCO. If you, or your loved ones, are experiencing any hearing problems during CMCO, our professional hearing care consultants at Clarisound are key workers who are available to help you. Good hearing will help you continue to lead a new normal life and help to keep you and your loved ones safe during the Covid 19 lockdown.

Good Hearing During CMCO
Even if you are a well-organised person, it’s quite possible to lose or mislay your hearing aids. If you are losing your hearing a small mistake like this can lead to panic and even cause accidents. It is important for you and your loved ones to maintain good hearing at all times. Make sure that you have a back up plan in case anything goes wrong. This could include contacting your hearing aid consultant at Clarisound for assistance and advice during an emergency.

New Hearing Aids
Wear and tear mean that hearing aids need to be replaced from time to time just like any other household gadget. If you have been experiencing any issues with your hearing aids during MCO you can now visit one of Clarisound’s outlets and repair or replace your existing hearing aids.

Running Out of Batteries
The MCO period has been long and may possibly continue. If you are wearing hearing aids then you may need to recharge the batteries you use and also make sure that you have a back-up stock of batteries, just in case anything happens. During MCO/ CMCO, Clarisound has been offering home delivery of hearing aid batteries to help you and your loved ones maintain your good hearing whilst you stay home and stay safe. Since CMCO Clarisound’s outlets have reopened so you can also drop in to pick up new supplies of hearing aid batteries too.

Regular Hearing Check-Ups
If you are an existing customer or have been experiencing issues with your hearing during MCO, now’s the time to get your regular hearing check up by one of our professional hearing care consultants. If you haven’t had your hearing checked before but are concerned that you may be losing your hearing drop in to one of our outlets for a free hearing check.

Audiologists are key workers and are able to provide urgent and vital hearing care to you and your loved ones before, during and after CMCO.

Good Hearing Helps You Keep Busy
During the Covid 19 lockdown keeping busy everyday is one way to manage the boredom, overeating, stress and mounting financial concerns that you, and your loved ones, may be experiencing. Keeping yourself busy requires good hearing; watching movies, chatting even longer on your handphone, working from home, webinars, online learning, and infrequent shopping helps us all get through these long days. Keeping busy also stops us all from overthinking and helps your mental health. Maintaining good hearing will help you function to the best of your abilities, daily. If you are losing your hearing then wearing a hearing aid will help you to keep busy.

Good Hearing During Lockdown
Remaining optimistic and positive during lockdown are essential. With more time on your hands why not use this time to clarify issues in your life and find solutions. If you, or someone you know suffers from hearing loss, then you know how difficult it can be to deal with. It can be annoying and frustrating. You may find that there are benefits from having good hearing that you haven’t thought about. If you, or your loved one, have been ignoring hearing loss for a while, now is as good a time as any to take action and get your lives back on track. You can use hearing aids to improve your quality of life.

Staying Safe With Good Hearing
You never really know how much you rely on your hearing until you lose it. If you are alone during lockdown and you have an accident it can be stressful or even dangerous. Now may also be a more difficult time to get help. In 2018, a study in the JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery journal looked at the rate of accidents in people with varying levels of hearing loss. Of the 232 million people surveyed, 6.6 million experienced accidental injuries. The study concluded that those with hearing loss were more likely to have an accident resulting in an injury. Good hearing and hearing aids can protect you from having a serious accident.

If you are losing your hearing then wearing hearing aids allows your brain to be stimulated by sound again. This helps maintain your health and safety during lockdown and after. Good communication is more important now than at any time. Accidents and emergencies aside, we all need good hearing to keep us busy and fully active every day. If you have been avoiding getting your hearing checked then don’t wait for an accident to happen before you take action. Drop in for a free hearing check at Clarisound. Clarisound’s outlets are now reopen.

Hearing Aids Post MCO: Are Your Ears Ready?
During MCO lockdown many of the aspects of our lives have changed, some of them drastically. We should have been staying at home most, if not all, of the time. This means that our five senses are now receiving different levels of stimulation, daily; watching more movies, reading more, cleaning our homes more, cooking for longer and eating more. If you have a large family then the sounds of conversation may be non-stop, if you are single and alone then you may be using social media and your handphone even more as you totally isolate yourself. Getting your hearing checked post MCO can reassure you that nothing has changed during self-isolation.

Good Vibrations
According to Geoscientists in the UK, staying at home has led to a notable reduction in the hum of ground vibrations generated by human activities such as road traffic and industrial works. Seismometers are normally used to record earthquakes and volcanic activity, but they also track the vibrations in the planet’s upper crust, or seismic noise, caused by humans. Signals from seismometers across the UK found that ambient noise caused by people going about their daily lives has dropped in the last five weeks. Dr Brian Baptie, head of seismology at the British Geological Survey in Nottingham says, “What we have since lockdown is that noise levels at nearly all of our stations have gone down by somewhere between 20 per cent to 50 per cent.”

Sounds of Silence
Even if you venture out occasionally from lockdown you may notice that the iconic sounds of a busy city have mostly dissipated. These city sounds that you are used to loving or driving you nuts, may have changed; the noise of traffic jams, birds tweeting, motorcycle deliveries and people chatting. To help bring New Yorkers together, the New York Public Library has released a ‘Missing Sounds of New York’ album to help people in self-isolation reconnect with the familiar sounds of the city. After a long period of self-isolation and dramatic changes in sounds it’s a good idea to check if your hearing is still the same.

Hearing Care Post MCO Lockdown is an opportunity to do lots of positive new things. So post MCO why not check that your hearing is still normal. Clarisound has been offering limited services during MCO and now our outlets have reopened. If you were experiencing any hearing difficulties during lockdown then you can now get your hearing checked by one of Clarisound’s professional audiology consultants. Drop in for a free hearing check at one of Clarisound’s outlets post MCO.

Pharmaceuticals and Hearing Loss
Maintaining good health for many people usually means taking prescription pharmaceuticals. Some of these can have harmful side-effects, including hearing loss. During the Covid 19 epidemic we are frequently told that pre-existing medical conditions can increase the risks from Coronavirus. Lockdown is a time when we all need to reduce risks and keep everything as simple as possible. So knowing which pharmaceuticals will cause hearing loss, or even tinnitus, is more important than ever for your overall well-being.

Hearing Side Effects
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) there are currently more than 200 medications linked to hearing loss and balance disorder. The severity of the hearing loss and tinnitus can vary widely, depending on which pharmaceutical, the dosage, and how long you take it. As a general rule the risk of ‘ototoxicity’, side effects on your hearing, increases as medication accumulates in your body. Hearing loss may be temporary or permanent, but this doesn’t mean that you should stop taking your medication without guidance from your doctor.

Pain Relievers
Over-the-counter pain medications such as aspirin may cause hearing loss, but generally only after prolonged use of very high doses. A study published in The American Journal of Medicine found a correlation between taking pain relievers and increased risk of hearing loss, particularly in men younger than 60 who use them regularly. Similar results were found in another study among women. If you’re taking aspirin, or a similar medication daily, ask your doctor about possible hearing loss side effects. The overall risk is low if you’re following recommendations about dosage.

Antibiotics Antibiotics are drugs that are used specifically to treat bacterial infections. There are many different types but a specific classification of antibiotics known as aminoglycosides can cause hearing loss. Newborn babies are particularly at risk of hearing damage and should be screened for hearing loss if they are given large doses.

Antimalarials Living, or travelling, in the tropics entails risks of dengue and malaria. Quinine has long been used as an antimalarial drug and chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are similar synthetic drugs. Very recently, hydroxychloroquine has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as a short-term, emergency, hospital-only treatment for children and adults with COVID-19. According to the American Academy of Audiology, these drugs are known to cause temporary hearing loss and tinnitus, usually after long-term treatment. Whilst rare, some patients who use these medications have developed hearing loss and tinnitus within days of starting treatment. The impact is usually temporary and subsides when a person stops taking the drug.

If you are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, and suspect it may be a side effect of medication, check with your local doctor.

Hearing Aids Help Your Mental Health
If you and your loved ones are getting stressed or anxious during the Covid 19 lockdown now is a good time to think about managing yourself, and your hearing. Hearing loss is associated with psychological stress, mental health and depression and social isolation can aggravate these problems. If you are losing your hearing then wearing a hearing aid is a good solution. If you are already wearing hearing aids then maintaining them and making sure they are working optimally is also essential during lockdown.

Good Hearing During Lockdown
Good hearing allows you to adjust to the new normal whilst you are self isolating; if you are a work from home professional then you will need good hearing for your webinars, and why not have an online happy hour with your colleagues too, you may also need to homeschool your kids. Then there are the old pleasures to revisit; watching interesting or fun movies, listening to your favourite old songs and chatting with your loved ones by handphone. Keeping busy and productive will help us all get through lockdown and good hearing is essential to do this.

Hearing Aids & Health Awareness
If you’re dealing with untreated hearing loss, you’re more likely to have mental health concerns, according to a study in 2018 in the Journal of Public Health. Ciaran O’Neill at the Centre for Public Health, Belfast says, “There is emerging evidence of a relationship between hearing impairment and a range of outcomes related to cognition, depression and other aspects of mental health,” adding that he believes many people might not be aware of the connections between hearing loss and general health. This means people are less likely to use hearing aids properly, and less likely to understand the impact hearing loss has on their overall well-being. The study also found that hearing loss was linked to problems with cognition, being independent, mobility and memory, which indicates the need for hearing care solutions.

Hearing Aids Help You & Your Loved Ones
Cognitive impairment means you may have trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect your everyday life. During self isolation this can aggravate any problems you may encounter. Hearing aids help with cognitive problems. Research suggests that cognitive issues can be related to the isolation and fatigue people with hearing issues feel because of difficulties in communication. According to the National Institute of Health in the US, of adults aged 20 to 69 who could benefit from using hearing aids only approximately 16 percent have ever used them. Now you have plenty of time to check and manage your hearing to maintain your quality of life during lockdown.

Hygiene for Hearing Aids
Knowledge is power. Good, reliable, scientific information can protect you and your loved ones and during the Covid-19 epidemic. One thing we are all advised to do by medical experts is to wash our hands with soap, regularly. Personal hygiene is more important now than at any time in our lives. If you, or your loved ones, are losing your hearing and are wearing a hearing aid then keeping your hands clean, and your hearing aids clean too, are important ways to live a good life.

Clean Sound
Keeping your hearing aids clean should be a top priority at any time. Hearing aids are delicate devices. Over time your hearing aids will inevitably become dusty or dirty from contact with your body and the outside world. If you have paid good money for a hearing aid make sure you don’t waste it through neglect or carelessness. If you haven’t already done so, start making it a daily habit to carry out basic cleaning, with longer time spent at the weekends. This will help your hearing aid to last longer. It’s important to learn how to maintain and clean your hearing aid so here are some tips.

Tips for Keeping Your Hearing Aid Clean

  • Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds
  • Always ensure you take the battery out of your hearing aid before starting to clean
  • Clean the microphone with a brush and a wax pick to remove any ear wax that may have gathered on the surface of the microphone
  • Clean your hearing aid casing paying particular attention to any openings in the casing, and gently brush off any dirt
  • Clean the earmold by removing it from the device and soaking it in warm, soapy water. Wipe it down with hot water every night as well and leave them to dry thoroughly before wearing the hearing aid
  • Put your hearing aid into a drying jar and leave it to dry

New Cleaning Habits
If you are stuck at home during self-isolation most of your daily life has changed. With a lot of time on your hands now is the time to start some new habits and some new hobbies as well. Cleaning your hearing aid isn’t difficult, but it is time consuming. You probably don’t need to do a thorough cleaning every night, just wipe your hearing aid down and soak the earmold. You can leave deeper cleaning for the weekends. The more often you clean your hearing aid the longer it will last and cleaning once a week should prolong its lifetime considerably.

Please clean your hands and your hearing aids regularly.

Hearing Aids In Times Of Crisis
Good hearing is important at any time but in times of crisis it is essential. During the current Coronavirus epidemic you may find that you, and your loved ones, have a lot more free time. Whether you are working from home or have just lost your job, your daily routine has changed. The time you take to do different activities, whether it’s work or play, has also changed. Now’s the time to make good use of your newly found free time.

Time To Check Your Hearing
If you are stuck at home alone, or with your family, you may find the time at home more stressful than usual. According to a recent study in the Journal of Public Health, 2018, if you are suffering from untreated hearing loss, you are more likely to have mental health issues. “There is emerging evidence of a relationship between hearing impairment and depression and other aspects of mental health,” says Ciaran O’Neill at the Centre for Public Health, Queens University Belfast. The study found that hearing aids helped indirectly with cognition, memory and mental health. O’Neill also says that he believes many people might not be aware of the connections between hearing loss and general health. This might make people less likely to use their hearing aids properly, and less likely to understand the impact hearing loss has on their overall health and well-being. So if you are self-isolated at home and are finding it stressful then hearing loss will add to your woes. Good hearing will help you to maintain regular contact with family members, friends and caregivers to reduce feelings of helplessness, depression or anxiety.

Help With Hearing Aids
There is no better time than right now to look into hearing care. If you have recently thought about getting your hearing checked or getting a hearing aid then you have plenty of time to do your homework. Contacting a hearing care professional like Clarisound will help you to decide whether or not you want to get your hearing checked, get a hearing aid or replace an existing hearing aid.

Clarisound is currently providing emergency assistance for hearing aids that have functional problems, and remote battery sales too. We are delivering by grab so you don’t have to leave home. Currently only our Mid Valley and Penang branches are opening by appointment only. If you are alone at home then a friendly chat with one of our professional hearing care consultants is a good first step. It won’t take long. We will help you get through your hearing loss during this crisis together.

Call us on (+6)03-22821882

Hearing Loss and Weight Loss
During the Coronavirus epidemic you may find your waistline expanding. Limited opportunities for exercise and too much time for snacking means that you may have to watch what, and how much, you eat more carefully. This doesn’t mean that you are becoming obese, but good health should be a priority now more than ever before. Your ears require a healthy flow of blood and oxygen to function properly, and vascular issues that result from obesity will directly impact your hearing. Just at a time when good hearing is crucial for you, and your loved ones, to be able to deal with a crisis you may find yourself suffering from hearing loss. Don’t let this happen.

Hearing Loss and Obesity
No matter your age or gender, obesity can have serious consequences for your overall health, including your hearing. As obesity continues to rise globally, doctors have found a link between obesity and the increased risk of hearing loss. Obesity forces the heart to use more energy when pumping blood around your body and this leaves the tiny hair cells in your inner ear vulnerable as it puts stress on the capillary walls of the inner ear. Over time this will limit your ability to hear normally. Once these hair cells have been damaged, they cannot grow back or be treated. Obesity affects the higher frequencies of sound that you hear, according to a 2013 study in the American Journal of Medicine. The study also found that people have higher levels of physical activity are 17 percent less likely to develop a hearing loss over time, whilst those who showed signs of obesity are up to 27 percent more likely to lose some hearing.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy
Weight gain doesn’t happen overnight although it may feel like it if you are stuck at home during self-isolation. Cardiovascular exercise such as jogging will increase blood flow to the cochlea and auditory nerve. If you are unable to get out and about during a lock down then try other ways to stay physically fit, like skipping. Maintaining your fitness is important and so is maintaining your relationship with your hearing care professional to monitor any changes in your hearing that may occur. Wearing hearing aids may also relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety that can make it difficult to take control of your health or find the motivation to exercise.
If you have lots of free time on your hands, get started on tackling your weight gain. This will preserve your hearing for years to come. Call us at Clarisound to find out about the best hearing aids for you, and your loved ones.

Hearing Aids And Eating At Home
Everyone needs to eat. Self-isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic changes everyone’s daily routine. Finding things to do to keep yourself, and your loved ones busy whilst you are at home helps beat the boredom. Finding joy, and boosting your immune system, through eating healthy, delicious food is one way to get through these coming months. Home delivery is another option. If you are losing your hearing then wearing a hearing aid will improve your ability to taste what you are eating so make sure that your hearing aid is working and well maintained whilst you are eating at home.

Multi-Sensory Eating
Sound is an important one of your five senses, especially when it comes to eating. You can tell a lot about the texture of a food whether it’s crispy, crunchy, or crackly, from the sounds you hear whilst you are biting and chewing. Some of the latest techniques in the field of cognitive neuroscience are revolutionising our understanding of just how important what we hear is to our experience and enjoyment of food and drink. Recent scientific research now shows that synchronising eating sounds with your consumption of food can change your experience of what you think you are eating. Try eating a crisp or another snack without making a noise. I bet you can’t! What we hear when we bite into food, or take a sip of a drink, plays an important role in our multisensory perception of flavour, it also increases our enjoyment of the overall multisensory experience of eating and drinking. What we hear can help us to identify the textural properties of what we are eating. Scientific studies have shown that crispness and pleasantness are highly correlated when it comes to our rating of foods.

Hearing At Home
If you are ordering home delivery you will need to listen for the sound of your doorbell, that knock on the door or your handphone ringing, for you to receive your food delivery. Sitting at home gives you lots of opportunities to notice things that you seemed to miss before. One of these are the sounds that surround you at home. You need to train your brain to get used to these sounds again and, if you are losing your hearing, the best way to do this is by wearing your hearing aids regularly.
Make your healthy meals at home taste even better with good hearing. If you are losing your hearing then try wear a hearing aid when you are eating at home. It will improve the taste of the food that you are eating and your quality of life.

Hearing Aids and Social Distancing
One of the highly recommended ways to slow the Coronavirus epidemic is social distancing. Standing, walking or sitting two metres away from anyone else is one of the minimum requirements for avoiding any potential transmission from coughing and sneezing. If you are losing your hearing, or already suffering from hearing loss, social distancing may make it even more difficult to communicate effectively with other people. Wearing a hearing aid will restore your hearing difficulties and is one of the many positive solutions needed in these difficult times.

Positive hearing solutions for Coronavirus protection
If you are currently self-isolating at home on your own then you will need good hearing for working from home, watching television or talking on the phone with loved ones and friends. If you are currently self-isolating at home with your partner then social distancing is more difficult but equally essential. When you are isolated from your loving partner you will need good hearing to keep talking with them to keep their spirits up and to monitor them whilst they are recovering; listening to their progress and checking whether they have everything they need, daily. If you have a family then you will have more responsibilities to take care of and more communications too. Social distancing during self-isolation is challenging and even more so if you, or your loved ones, are suffering from hearing loss.

Here are some hearing solutions for continuing good communication during the Coronavirus epidemic;

  • If you are on your own and your hearing aid is accidentally lost, damaged or broken call a hearing aid professional like Clarisound for advice
  • If you have recently purchased a hearing aid and are adjusting to wearing it then call Clarisound if you are having any difficulties
  • Wear your hearing aids as normal during social distancing. The latest technology means that hearing aids adjust to different environments
  • If you are working from home these days then you can stream conference calls straight to your ear with a hearing aid

Self-isolation and social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak doesn’t mean that hearing loss can cause you even more stress or problems. Wearing hearing aids will help you to keep working effectively and enjoying life through clear communications at all times in all environments. In the interest of public health and staff safety, Clarisound outlets are now providing emergency assistance for the hearing impaired and for specific enquiries you, or your loved ones may have. If you have an emergency don’t hesitate to call us on 03 2282 1882 and we will figure out how to help you. Batteries can be purchased online at please check the size before ordering.

Hearing aids and self-isolation
In times of uncertainty you will need good hearing to manage the situation. Staying calm, thinking clearly and making good decisions are all essential to getting through any crisis. Difficult times ahead around the world doesn’t mean life has to get even more difficult for people with hearing loss. The first step is to remain physically and mentally calm and healthy. If you are wearing a hearing aid then maintaining your hearing aid during turbulent times is essential for this. Here are some tips for maintaining your hearing aids and good hearing during self-isolation.

Hearing aid care during self-isolation

  1. Avoid moisture
    This is easily done by storing your hearing aid in a dry place. Although some of the latest hearing aids are water proof we recommend that you still remove them when showering. If they do come in contact with water, dry them immediately with a towel
  2. Change hearing aid batteries often
    Hearing aid batteries can cause damage to your devices if left in for a long time. Make sure that you have enough batteries in stock but don’t panic buy them
  3. Always handle with care
    Although hearing devices are far more durable than they once were, they still should be handled with care. When changing the batteries or cleaning them, set them on a soft surface such as a towel
  4. Schedule routine cleanings
    While cleaning and taking care of your devices at home can greatly improve the life of your hearing aids, you can still bring them in to be properly cared for by a professional like Clarisound

Good hearing during self-isolation
Stuck at home all day, alone, or with your loved ones means that you are forced to change most aspects of your daily routine and life in general. Good hearing during self-isolation improves your quality of life during self-isolation by;

  • Talking with your family and friends, at a social distance or through your handphone
  • Listening to music calms your central nervous system
  • Listening the news updates on television or social media
  • Watching movies or TV series that you have never quite gotten around to but now have time to

Clarisound stores are still open to serve you during the Covid-19 outbreak at our Mid Valley outlet in KL and in Penang but by appointment and for emergencies only . Please don’t hesitate to call us or email us for advice or assistance during self-isolation. Please stay well and safe. Best wishes from all of us at Clarisound.

Hearing Aids and Coronavirus
New information about the Coronavirus is coming to us all the time. The fear created through social media or even reliable sources may exceed the reality, at the moment, but the future is always uncertain. If you are losing your hearing and are already wearing hearing aids then, like everyone else, you should think about preparing for any emergencies. Good preparation includes stocking up on essential supplies as contingency and reducing your interaction in public places.

Hearing Aids and Facemasks
One of the common tips for protecting yourself and others against the spread of Coronavirus is to wear a face mask. For anyone who has lost their hearing and is wearing hearing aids, wearing a face mask may reduce the ability of others to understand what you are saying as there is a loss volume and clarity and for you there will be fewer visual clues. If you always rely on lip reading to assist you with understanding and interpreting what other people are saying to you then this will be impaired or lost completely.

If you are new to wearing hearing aids and are just getting used to wearing them on a daily basis, please be aware that there is a risk of dislodging and losing the hearing aids when removing your face mask as it occupies the same space behind your ear. It could become awkward or even cause you to dislodge and drop your hearing aid, which is annoying and frustrating.

Hearing Aid Accessories
Most of us have seen stories in the media about panic buying around the world as news of the Coronavirus spreads and people rush to build up supplies of household items in case the situation worsens. One of the most common items sought is toilet paper but if you have lost your hearing and are wearing hearing aids with batteries, don’t forget to stock up on the batteries for your hearing aid.

Another idea is to buy a hearing aid with rechargeable batteries or if you are currently using a hearing aid with batteries drop by to a professional hearing care provider like Clarisound and take a look at the range of hearing aids with rechargeable batteries. There are many new, functional and reasonably priced models of hearing aids with rechargeable batteries. This could be a good time to change your existing hearing aid to a new model.

Don’t turn a drama into a crisis. Now is the time to slow down, be calm and be more thoughtful about your daily interactions. If you are losing your hearing, then protecting yourself from problems with hearing and using your hearing aids is as great as protecting other aspects of your health.

Hearing Aids and Air Conditioning
Working in a tropical climate entails sitting in an air conditioned room, either at work or at home. Apart from being expensive, air conditioning can also affect your health, including your hearing. If you are losing your hearing then getting a suitable hearing aid should be a hot topic for you.

A Breath of Fresh Air
Sound is measured in decibels (db). Air conditioner decibel levels range widely. A very quiet air conditioner might only make around 25 db, which is just louder than a whisper, but some units can get as loud as 55 db. This is slightly louder than a normally humming refrigerator, which is typically around 40 db. According to the US Department of Health the average decibel ratings of some familiar sounds are:

  • Normal conversation
  • 60-70 db
  • Movie theater 74-104 db
  • Music through headphones at maximum volume, sporting events, and concerts 94-110 db
  • Fireworks show 140-160 db

Your distance from the source of the sound and the length of time you are exposed to the sound are also important factors in protecting your hearing. This means that you can go partly or temporarily deaf at that particular frequency after long-term exposure. But this is not likely unless you have a very noisy air conditioner.

Protect Your Hearing
An important way to protect you, and your loved ones, from hearing loss is to know where the risks lie. Though individual tolerances vary, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends that workplace exposure be below 85 db throughout an 8-hour workday. This means that only very noisy air conditioners will have some effect on your hearing. Hearing experts generally agree that sounds exceeding 100 db, a level that can easily be surpassed by rock concerts, sporting events and movie theaters can be hazardous even in short bursts. Remember our blog on Huey Lewis and hearing aids for rock stars! So does air conditioning make you lose your hearing?

Background Noise
Air conditioning, unless it is very noisy, you are near to the sound and exposed over an extended period of time, is unlikely. If it does occur it will most likely only be temporary. If you are already suffering from hearing loss then high-tech hearing aids currently available can cut out the background noise. The best way to manage background noise is to become good at using your hearing aids, and to manage your environment to the best of your abilities.
With any health care issue, hearing loss or other, it’s always best to get your symptoms checked as early as possible. Drop in to Clarisound for a free hearing test with one of our friendly, professional hearing care consultants.

The Importance of After Sales Service for Hearing Aids
Most of us have bought a product or service then had one problem or another with it. Whether it’s not being able to use what you have bought or not being able to adjust it. Everything from an SLR camera to a hotel booking. After sales service often makes the difference between a good product, or service, and a really value added one. It’s no different for hearing aids. This is why after sales service is a priority at Clarisound.

Managing Your Hearing Loss
When you first come to Clarisound you will be greeted by a friendly front desk that will set you at ease. At Clarisound you will not just be purchasing a hearing aid system but engaging us to help you manage your hearing loss into the future. We are proactive at this and our customers love it! Our professional audiologists will call you every six months to remind you of the after sales services available. After sales care is critical for some types of hearing aids that require very specific maintenance as some of them may stop working without it. So, this makes our service after sales a priority for you and for our business.

After Sales Hearing Care
At Clarisound we do half yearly reviews with all our customers. This is to help us ensure that your hearing aids are clean and functioning correctly as, sometimes, they get blocked by earwax. We also check tubing and domes in your hearing aids to see if they need to be changed, or repaired, and help with readjustment of your hearing aids if there are any issues or changes in your hearing level. We offer software and firmware updates for our brands of hearing aids and updates on new technology that is available if you are interested. We provide updates on operating systems for phones that are connected to hearing aids and recently we have started stocking waterproof hearing aids! In order to get the most out of your hearing aids our professional audiology consultants provide counselling on how to use your hearing aids at optimum levels. Don’t forget your annual hearing test, we won’t let you! An appointment with one of our consultants helps us maintain our friendship with you.

At Clarisound we look forward to helping you, and your loved ones, along a journey to better hearing and a better quality of life with international best practice after sales service that helps you stay current with the latest international hearing care solutions.

How Much Do You Know About Hearing Aids?
Knowledge is power. If you, or your loved ones, are losing your hearing then you should seriously consider getting professional hearing care and wearing hearing aids. How much do you know about hearing aids? Probably not a lot. The first thing you may be tempted to do is surf the internet for information, like this article. What you may then find is a myriad of information, some of it good, some of it not so good. So what is the best way to improve your knowledge of hearing aids? Ask a professional hearing care consultant, like Clarisound.

Good Information About Hearing Aids
Our friendly and professional audiology consultants at Clarisound can provide you with as much good information as you will need to know more about hearing aids; their benefits, prices, styles as well as the latest models. If you sit and surf the internet then it may take you a lot of time to arrive at your own decision on what is a good hearing care solution for you at the current time. If you ask your relative or friend who is already wearing a hearing aid, or hearing aids, then you may get some insight into their personal hearing issues. Remember that everyone’s hearing needs are different. There are also new models, like Bluetooth streaming and waterproof hearing aids, coming onto the market all the time. If you don’t go directly to a professional hearing care consultant like Clarisound you may get out of date information or miss out on upcoming models and styles that will really make a difference in restoring your hearing and your quality of life.

Test Yourself
If you really want to improve your knowledge of hearing aids before or even after you make your purchase, then test yourself to see how much you know about hearing aids now and then go and find out more. Many people find educated and knowledgeable people to be attractive. Part of learning is investing in and developing yourself. Many of us enjoy playing trivia games in the pub or after dinner with friends and relatives. You really have nothing to lose by learning more about hearing aids and professional hearing care. It is time well spent.
At Clarisound our blogs are posted to guide you to letting us help you to restore your hearing and your quality of life. Once you have done some research yourself about hearing aids you will feel more confident about getting your hearing checked. You will also be in a better position to decide on the most suitable hearing aid for your hearing loss.

There Shouldn’t Be Any Stigma About Wearing Hearing Aids
Enjoying a good life has a lot to do with avoiding negatives. If you get rid of the negatives in your life; people, places, jobs, then you should be mostly left with positive things that you can build on. Hearing loss should lead you to wear hearing aids to restore your quality of hearing and life. You might think that wearing hearing aids carries with it a stigma. People may view you in a negative way because you are wearing a hearing aid, or hearing aids, that make you look less attractive or some other negative stereotype. You don’t have the problem, they do. Don’t let the perceived notion of stigma stop you from seeking treatment for your hearing loss.

Strategies For Overcoming Any Potential Stigmas

  1. Get your hearing checked. You may be reluctant to admit are suffering from hearing loss and need to wear a hearing aid. Don’t let the fear of what other people may think or say stop you from getting your hearing checked. Wearing a hearing aid will restore your hearing to a natural level and bring back your quality of personal and professional life.
  2. Don’t let perceived stigma create self-doubt or shame. Stigma doesn’t just come from others. You may mistakenly believe that your condition is a sign of personal weakness or that you should be able to control it without help. Seeking professional hearing care advice, educating yourself about your hearing loss and connecting with others wearing hearing aids should help avoid negative self-judgment.
  3. Don’t isolate yourself. If you are suffering from hearing loss, you may be reluctant to tell people about it. Your family, friends, or members of your community can offer you support if they know about your hearing loss. Reach out to people you trust for the compassion, support and understanding you need.
  4. Don’t equate yourself with your hearing loss. Hearing loss is not the end of the world. Many people over the age of 50 suffer from hearing loss. So instead of telling yourself that you are going deaf tell yourself you have hearing loss that can be easily remedied with good professional hearing care solutions.

Don’t let the fear of changing your self image stop you from getting your hearing checked. The latest hearing aids available range from almost invisible to colored hearing aids that will blend in with your current persona. Drop in to Clarisound today for a free hearing check and the latest advice on trends in hearing aids.

Hearing Aids for Different Destinations
Travel should be enjoyable and easy. Challenges like delays and visas, currencies and personal safety are common. Then there are crises like the Coronavirus outbreak. Whether you are travelling for work or pleasure, if you are losing your hearing then wearing a hearing aid is essential for getting things done. Different destinations have different sounds, smells, tastes, feelings and your hearing aid needs care to function properly and maintain your quality of hearing and quality of living, or working, experience. At Clarisound we can recommend appropriate protection products and international best practices for hearing aid care in different environments. Here is some advice for different destinations.

Sun and Sand
Dusty, hot environments can present dangers. In the desert, wind and heat are your biggest enemies, so make sure you store hearing aids in a cool place when not in use and try wearing a hat to prevent dust from being blown into your hearing aid. Cleaning nightly with a soft cloth is recommended.

In the Tropics
If the climate is subtropical, hearing aids need protection from moisture in the air as well as sweat. Your sweat won’t fully evaporate, which means more ends up near your ears. To prevent this try wearing a sweatband and store your hearing aids in a dehumidifier overnight.

Cold and Skiing
In a freezing environment try wearing a woolly hat and earmuffs when outdoors. This helps prevent extreme cold from damaging the electronics inside and your hearing aids. Cold can also affect battery life, so wipe down the battery compartment with a dry cloth to ensure no condensation has built up.

High Altitude
While the elevation at your first destination may not be that high, you may travel around nearby where elevation is much higher. High altitudes require a 24-hour period of acclimatisation and often exacerbate tinnitus. Your hearing aids may need to be adjusted.

Sudden Downpours
Weather can change rapidly. The most important consideration for your hearing aid is keeping it dry. Sudden downpours can happen, and water sports like surfing and scuba diving have risks. Ask our audiologists about waterproof hearing aids.

Cruising With Hearing Aids
Most major cruise lines are equipped to accommodate hearing-impaired guests to varying degrees. To make sure that you have a great cruise don’t forget to take your storage and cleaning kits, dehumidifier, extra batteries and bluetooth accessories. If you get stuck onboard due to Coronavirus, or another unforeseen incident, then you can still make the most of your holiday.

Wherever you are heading, don’t hesitate to ask our Clarisound consultants for advice on how to keep hearing well while you are travelling. We specialise in after sales services.

Hearing Aids for Rock Stars
Not everyone wants to be a rock star but if you do, you will need good hearing. Lots of people love music, it’s good for your body and good for your soul. You may love singing along to your favourite songs, humming in your car or even singing in a choir. The ability to listen to good music and enjoy it is part of a good life so if you are losing your hearing then you may find wearing hearing aids will help a lot with restoring your quality of life.

Good News for Hearing Aids
Huey Lewis became a famous rock star. He went on to make lots of memorable tunes and recordings but in 2018 he was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, an inner-ear disorder that causes vertigo, as well as tinnitus (ringing in your ears) and fluctuating deafness. The rock star said he first noticed symptoms during a performance in Dallas and then things became more severe. “This is now a year and eight months, and it’s awful,” Huey said adding, “I can’t hear music. It’s hard enough to hear speech. My hearing fluctuates. I can actually get better sometimes where I think, ‘Oh, my gosh, I can almost sing.” The same year, Huey canceled all upcoming tour dates for the band so that he could deal with the diagnosis.

The Power of Love
Huey says his fans have helped him get through this difficult time. Your family, friends or loved ones can help you get through hearing loss whether you are a rock star or not. This starts with a visit to a professional hearing care consultant like Clarisound. Even if you are not a rock star, don’t be shy, sit down and take a free hearing test. Huey says he can still pick up sounds thanks to hearing aids and other devices that amplify audio. His hearing problems have been coming on for years, but when they reached their worst in 2018, he says he thought he had lost everything. “I try not to let it get me down,” he said. Studies have found that hearing loss has been linked to depression and other physical illnesses like diabetes. So if you are losing your hearing like Huey, try wearing a hearing aid, or hearing aids, and get back to singing or at least listening to music like a rock star.

Wearing a suitable hearing aid won’t make you a rock star but even if you didn’t want to be one in the first place you can still enjoy the sound of music and this will restore your quality of life.

Jason Lee was excited preparing for Chinese New Year. He was dreaming about the family gathering, the crispy roast pork, the fire crackers and some time off work. He was busy preparing at home when the doorbell rang. It was his sister, Lisa, and her family. Jason opened the front door to see his sister and her husband standing in the doorway looking furiously angry. Jason’s cute nephews and nieces stood around them beaming with grinning faces. “Please come in,” said Jason. Lisa and her husband trooped into Justin’s living room and sat down whilst the kids started to run around.

“What’s the matter?” asked Jason curiously as he looked at his unhappy sibling. “Well we’ve been waiting for 20 minutes outside,” said Lisa. “Why didn’t you ring the doorbell then?” asked Jason. “We did, several times,” said Lisa, “but you never answered.”

Jason stood puzzled. He had only heard the doorbell ring once, and then again quite faintly. Justin sat down and started to think. “Well why didn’t you call me on my handphone then?” asked Jason. “I did,” replied Lisa. “But I never heard my handphone ringing,” said Jason. “Well go and check your handphone right now,” said Lisa, “I bet you have got a half a dozen missed calls. Go on, go and check.” Lisa’s husband sat in silence on the couch. “What’s up Joey?” asked Jason. Joey remained seated in silence. Jason walked over to pick up his hand phone. Sure enough there were missed calls on his hand phone, from Lisa. “Hey Lisa, I am so sorry,” said Jason. “I have been having problems with my hearing for the last month or so.”

Lisa sat still, “Well why didn’t you tell me, I could have helped you get some good professional hearing care that will mean that you can hear me when I call you every time and then we won’t have to stand outside your house for 20 minutes waiting for you to answer the doorbell.”

Jason felt sheepish. He knew that something was going wrong with his hearing but he thought getting his hearing checked would be expensive. He was saving his money up for Chinese New Year and had been too shy to ask Lisa for help in case Joey got angry or some other reason.

If Jason’s story rings a bell then drop in for a free hearing check by one of our professional hearing care consultants at Clarisound today!

Can I manage with just one hearing aid?
Two is better than one, so the saying goes. If you are losing your hearing then do you need just one hearing aid or two? Our professional hearing care consultants at Clarisound can give you good advice. If you have hearing loss in both ears then, with a few exceptions, it is recommended that you wear two hearing aids. You can program each hearing aid separately to match the precise levels of amplification that you need in each ear. It is quite normal to have different levels of hearing loss in each ear. Since sound comes from every direction, wearing one hearing aid will help but it can also pick up sound and stream it wirelessly to the other hearing aid, allowing you to hear significantly better. Here are some reasons why wearing two hearing aids may be your better option.

One hearing aid versus two
Wearing two hearing aids will fully stimulate your brain. Even though your ears aren’t muscles, depriving them of sound can make the auditory nerve pathways and centers in the brain less effective at decoding the sounds around you. Understanding speech, particularly in noisy places gets more difficult even when the sound is loud enough for you to hear it. This is known as auditory deprivation.

Wearing two hearing aids means each ear picks up sound and gets the stimulus it needs to stay at peak performance. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology examined the word recognition abilities of people fitted with one hearing aid versus two. The study concluded that a significantly higher number of people wearing only one hearing aid experienced a decline in their word recognition compared to those who wore two hearing aids.

Further research has shown that wearing two hearing aids makes conversations clearer by making it easier to better understand sound. One study found a pronounced improvement in sound quality and clarity as well as higher speech discrimination test scores for people who wear two hearing aids compared to those who wear only one.

Wearing two hearing aids means that you will perceive a greater volume of sound when both ears are presented with a stimulus at the same time compared to hearing the stimulus in one ear alone. This is associated with an improved ability to discriminate frequencies and improved speech understanding whether you are in a noisy or a quiet environment.

Whether wearing two hearing aids suits you better than wearing just one is your own individual choice. Drop in to Clarisound for some professional hearing care advice then make your own mind up.

How many hours a day should I wear my new hearing aid?
Anything new takes time to get used to. It’s the same for wearing hearing aids. Remember when you first started driving or playing a sport? There is a learning curve and a period of time associated with most useful activities. When you are losing your hearing and start wearing a hearing aid every day there is a period of adjustment that you need to get used to wearing, maintaining and benefiting from this. Our professional hearing care consultants at Clarisound can give you good advice that will make it easy and comfortable when you, or your loved one, start to wear a hearing aid or hearing aids.

Wear your hearing aid regularly
Infrequent or occasional use of your new hearing aids in unlikely to result in long-term benefits. Your goal should be to wear your new hearing aid at least eight hours a day, every day. There may be some hindrances to this such as taking a shower or playing certain sports. There may also be certain situations or places, for example very loud noisy environments, where you should be careful of wearing your hearing aid. Whilst some people are able to wear their hearing aids all day, others may try gradually increase wearing time each day. Patience is a virtue and you may come to appreciate this when you start to enjoy the sounds you’re hearing again.

Getting used to your new hearing aid
Hearing aids with the latest technology allows you to adjust them up or down with a physical remote or a remote app. Setting them too loud may lead you to take them off frequently but too soft can cause you to miss important things. At Clarisound our consultants will show you how to adjust the volume on your new hearing aid and how to find and set the right level for natural hearing. Wearing your new hearing aids more often and for more hours trains your hearing aids and this will train your brain to accept them as your new norm more quickly.
Your own voice may sound different or even echo at first and the hearing instruments may sound tinny or loud but, don’t worry, this is normal. Try reading out loud for the first few days to help yourself get started. Research has shown that it takes an average of six months before new hearing aid users fully adjust and perceive the benefits from wearing their new hearing aids.
Drop in to Clarisound for some good professional hearing care advice on how to get used to wearing your new hearing aids as fast and as easily as possible.

Buying Hearing Aids Online – Please Exercise Extreme Caution
Shopping online today is the new norm. You probably buy a lot of what you consume online through your mobile phone so, if you are losing your hearing, should you buy hearing aids online? The answer is probably ‘No’. Unlike many other products, the perceived benefits of saving time and money by buying a hearing aid online can lead to serious issues later on. If you are losing your hearing and are browsing the web for a hearing aid you may be dazzled by the selection available and low prices. There is an old Chinese proverb, “to guess is cheap, to guess wrong is expensive.” Whatever you buy online your purchase decision is based on the, often limited, information that you read on the web. When you, or your loved one, start losing your hearing you may turn to the internet first to browse hearing aids but please exercise extreme caution before making your purchasing decision. Here are some reasons why.

Hearing aids are highly personal
A hearing aid is as intimate and precise as a tailor made suit or an evening dress, and needs to be carefully constructed to fit the user’s ear. When you’re making such an important investment, it’s worth the time to make the trip to a professional hearing care consultant like Clarisound.

Hearing aid websites are not equipped to understand your condition
The state of your hearing needs to be assessed by a hearing care professional before your hearing aid can be made. At Clarisound you will undergo audiological tests to determine the current state of your hearing, and what solutions are suitable. These tests cannot be done online.

Hearing aids require maintenance and check ups
As with any medical solution, check-ups are needed in order to make sure your hearing aid is working as expected. It may be that you buy a hearing aid online, and find that it works for the first month or two. But when it starts buzzing, or things start to sound muffled, you will have no audiology professional to turn to for advice.

In the end it may cost you even more
If you buy a poor quality hearing aid online, eventually you will need to visit a professional hearing care specialist. They may suggest a completely different solution and you will end up throwing away the hearing aid that you already spent money on. Its easier for people online to tell you what you want to hear rather than the truth – they don’t have to look you in the eye.
Shopping online may be cheaper and more convenient for groceries and other daily goods but take a little time and care if you are thinking about buying a hearing aid online. Drop in to Clarisound for some professional hearing care advice.

Hearing in the Rain
If you like singing in the rain then you need to be able to hear the sound of music to enjoy it.
The sounds of nature can be relaxing and good for your general well-being. Natural beauty can be a great enhancer of your quality of life, if you let it. Just think of those walks in the park or the woods, those trips to the zoo with your kids or the thunder and lightening of a sudden afternoon downpour that inspires or calms you. In order to do this you need to be able to hear and listen to the sounds of nature properly. If you are losing your hearing, wearing hearing aids help with this.

Natural Hearing
A hearing aid will not restore your hearing loss but it will help you to hear sounds in a natural way. When you go out in the rain, and you are not prepared with an umbrella or a hat, your hearing aid may get wet. When this happens, how are you going to take care of it? Drying out your hearing aid properly is essential for long-term care. You may even accidentally forget to take your hearing aid off whilst you are having a shower at home. If you get caught out and your hearing aid gets wet then here is some advice on what to do:
Switch off your hearing aid immediately
Remove the battery from the hearing aid then dry the battery off with a dry cloth
Make sure that the battery compartment is open then shake your hearing aid to remove all the water
Place your hearing aid on a newspaper in a moderately warm place for several hours with the battery compartment open

Using a dehumidifier
Even if your hearing aid doesn’t get wet a dehumidifier is a very useful device for the maintenance and care of hearing aids. It removes all humidity, dries the wax out, and eliminates any odour and bacteria. Here is how to use a dehumidifier effectively to care for your hearing aid:
Open the battery compartment and take out the battery, leave the battery compartment open
Dry the hearing aid and the battery with a dry cloth
Place your hearing aid and battery in an appropriate dehumidifying system
Keep your devices in the dehumidifying system for 24 hours, or 3-4 drying cycles
After the 24 hours or the 3-4 cycles, place a new battery (or fully recharged one) into the hearing aid and check if it works
If your, or your loved one’s hearing aid accidentally gets wet, it doesn’t have to ruin your hearing. Ask one of our professional hearing care consultants at Clarisound for some advice. If all of the above sounds a bit daunting – simply get a waterproof hearing aid! Yes we do have them rated IP 68 so they will stand immersion.

Give Your Loved One Better Hearing as a Christmas Gift
If you can hear jingle bells ringing this Christmas, then either you have good hearing or you may be suffering from tinnitus. Whatever the case, good hearing is part of enjoying your Christmas time and if you, or your loved one, are losing your hearing then the gift of good hearing is an excellent idea for a Christmas present. Getting your hearing checked at Clarisound is free. What a great idea for a Christmas gift! Our qualified professional audiology consultants will give you international best practice advice on how to choose the most suitable hearing aid for you, or your loved one.

Christmas Presents
Giving is better than receiving, so the saying goes, but most people love to get Christmas presents. It’s the thought that counts. People remember thoughtful gifts for longer so if you have been losing your hearing, but have been putting off doing something about it, then discovering a hearing aid in your Christmas stocking should be meaningful. Many people like surprises and traditionally Christmas presents are bought before Christmas by the giver without telling the receiver. If you are planning to give your loved one a hearing aid don’t follow this tradition! In particularly don’t purchase a hearing aid online without consulting your loved one. Why not consult one of our professional audiology consultants at Clarisound before you decide on your Christmas presents.

Christmas Parties
If you are losing your hearing, then getting your hearing checked as soon as possible should be a priority. Then you can all get on with enjoying the festive season to the fullest. Make the most out of your Christmas time with get together and Christmas parties. Getting along well with your colleagues at work means ending the year on a good note. The office Christmas party should be a time to let your hair down and reflect on the good year that has passed. Achievements and other ups and downs that are all part of working life. Singing karaoke or Christmas carols together isn’t possible if you, or your colleague, are losing their hearing. Getting your hearing checked will improve your performance at work and in the long term will increase your earning potential. Bonding with you bosses and colleagues at Christmas requires good hearing so don’t forget to wear your hearing aid.
Once the working year has ended then you can spend the rest of your time chatting and laughing with your loved ones. Don’t wait until Christmas to get your hearing checked. Give someone the gift of good hearing this Christmas. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Do adults and children need different hearing aids?

Hearing loss affects people of all ages, including children. A small number of children are born with hearing loss and even more experience hearing impairment to some degree. When you are choosing hearing aids for yourself, or your children, it is important to be aware of some key differences. Asking a professional hearing care consultant at Clarisound will help you find a suitable hearing aid for yourself and your children too.

Children’s hearing needs are different

Treating hearing impairment as early as possible is crucial. Hearing loss in children can cause delays in their development and can negatively affect their speech, language, and social skills as they grow up. Hearing aids are an effective way to treat this, even for infants as young as a few weeks old. Here are some signs that your child may be suffering from hearing loss;

  • Not being startled by loud noises
  • Not turning towards a sound after she’s six months old
  • Not saying single words like “mummy” or “daddy” by the time she’s one year old
  • Turns her head if she sees you, but not if you only call out her name
  • Seems to hear some sounds but not others

If your child is exhibiting symptoms of hearing loss take a look at hearing aids with child-friendly features, these include;

  • Tamper-proof hearing aids. Children are naturally curious and may view their hearing aids as toys to be played with and broken. This may even lead to endangering your child; small batteries may be ingested or other hidden dangers
  • Child-friendly operating systems. Children have their own unique needs, so look for hearing aids with settings designed specifically for a child’s needs
  • Designed for growth. Children’s ears continue to grow and mature well into their teen years. Because of this, certain types of hearing aids that work well for adults are not as suitable for children. Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are a good choice for children for several reasons; they are worn outside the canal, work with most types of hearing loss, and are easy to operate
  • User friendly hearing aids. Your child will need devices that are easy to use. BTEs are a good choice because they usually have large controls that are easy to operate
  • Attractive colours and designs. If you are choosing a hearing aid for your child ask them what they want, this will help make them more likely to wear them every day

If you are looking for hearing aids for yourself or your children stop and think. You are different people with different needs and this requires different hearing care solutions. Drop in to Clarisound for some professional hearing care advice for you and your child.

Common misconceptions about hearing aids

If you are losing your hearing and are avoiding getting your hearing checked this may be due to one or more common misconceptions you have about wearing hearing aids. Hearing aids are designed to restore your quality of life, in every aspect, by restoring your ability to hear sounds and communicate effectively. Common misconceptions about hearing aids range from lowering your personal image to being expensive. Neither these, nor other misconceptions, are necessarily true if you get good hearing care advice from professional audiology consultants like Clarisound.

Hearing aids Myths and Facts

Myth 1: Hearing aids allow you to hear ‘normally’ again

Fact: Hearing aids do not return your hearing to ‘normal’ because they cannot cure your hearing loss. But hearing aids can help you hear and communicate naturally and restore your quality of life.

Myth 2: You can save money and time by buying hearing aids online or in a store.

Fact: Yes but you won’t know if they are suitable hearing aids for you at the current time. This is why professional hearing care advice from consultants like Clarisound is invaluable. We will test your hearing and give you professional advice about the hearing problems you are experiencing. We can ensure that the hearing aid you get will work well for you. Doing this may have a higher price but a lower cost.

Myth 3: You do not need a hearing aid if you have a mild hearing loss.

Fact: Everyone’s hearing loss and listening needs are different. Some people with mild hearing loss can get by without hearing aids. Other people find that wearing a hearing aid makes a big difference. Our professional audiology consultants at Clarisound can help you figure out what your current needs are.

Myth 4: You do not need to wear two hearing aids.

Fact: You hear with two ears. Wearing ‘binaural’, or two-eared, hearing aids may help you in many ways. This helps your brain to figure out where every sound comes from. This is called ‘localisation’ and is particularly helpful in noisy places by making sounds more natural. Wearing two hearing aids may make it easier to understand what other people are saying to you.

Myth 5: Small hearing aids are the best hearing aids to buy.

Fact: There are an increasingly large variety of hearing aid styles, shapes and sizes, ranging from standard to premium quality. Our professional audiology consultants at Clarisound can help you figure out which hearing aid you need.

Don’t let your misconceptions stop you from getting your hearing checked. Wearing a suitable hearing aid will help you to live a good life to the fullest.

Tasteful Hearing Aids

Hearing loss doesn’t just affect your ability to communicate it can affect many other aspects of your quality of life including the taste of food. You may have the odd unsatisfactory meal when you eat out or cook at home but that’s just bad luck. Hearing loss can affect your whole ability to taste food or other consumables. So if you are losing your taste you may need to get your hearing checked.

Listening to your taste buds

Unilever, the well-known global food manufacturing corporation, owns hundreds of brands, so the well-being of their consumers must be their top priority. In 2012 Unilever partnered with the University of Manchester to study the effects of noise on taste. The study found that people enjoyed their food more when they also enjoyed background music playing. During the study, loud white noise was played constantly in the background at eighty decibels. They found that this dulled the perception of flavor of participants. When white noise is present, people perceive salt or sugar less intensely but perceive more crunchiness. The study offered a variety of insights about matching sounds and culinary objectives; use white noise when you want to play up crunchiness and make sure you play the beats and melodies if you want diners to appreciate subtle or complex flavours in your cuisine. So sound is a vital ingredient in meals and if you are losing your hearing then wearing a hearing aid will restore your  enjoyment of eating experiences.

Sounds crunchy

In 2004 researchers at the University of Oxford published a study called “The Role of Auditory Cues in Modulating the Perceived Crispness and Staleness of Potato Chips” in the Journal of Sensory Studies. Using Pringles chips participants sat in a soundproof booth wearing headphones and were positioned in front of a microphone as they bit into the chips. The sound of the crunch that came from the chip was routed through the microphone and then fed back through the headphones. Some of the crunching sounds were manipulated, made louder or tweaked on certain frequencies so that the participants heard a ‘megacrunch’ through their headphones. Participants operated foot pedals that controlled a computer-based scale, which they used to rate the crispness and freshness of the chips they crunched into and heard. The findings concluded that the louder or sharper the crunch, the fresher the chip seemed. So crispness and freshness is actually in the ear of the beholder.

So if you, or your loved one, are not enjoying your food as you normally go and get your hearing checked. Drop in to Clarisound for a free hearing test and then get stuck in to some tasty food afterwards.

Hand phones are now the most common method of communication for most people everywhere in the world. So, if you can’t hear clearly through you hand phone it is going to add a lot of stress to your life. Many of us become addicted to using our hand phones for one reason or another. So if you are starting to lose your hearing or are already suffering from hearing loss then continually using your hand phone without hearing properly is a problem that may snowball. There are professional hearing care solutions available to stop this from happening.

Hand phone and hearing aid compatibility

Before you start wearing a hearing aid, or hearing aids, you should check out how compatible it will be with your hand phone. This involves finding out whether your hand phone is designed to output the required magnetic signal that the telecoil in your hearing aid can hear in addition to the audio signal. Some hand phones can cause radio frequency interference with hearing aids, so the user hears high-pitched whistling sounds, buzzes, or even static.

The compatibility of cell phones and hearing aids is improving. Some hand phones have lower radio frequency emissions or use technologies that can reduce undesirable effects on hearing aids. Some hand phone manufacturers now test and rate their wireless handsets’ hearing aid compatibility using the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard. These ratings give an indication of the likelihood a hand phone may interfere with your hearing aids. If you are going to start wearing a hearing aid, or are already wearing one, you should read and understand these ratings when choosing a new hand phone.

Hand phone streaming to your hearing aid

Hearing aid manufacturers have also developed new technologies to get around compatibility problems of hearing aids with hand phones. There are a few new hearing aid features available for you. One of them is to stream phone calls directly to your hearing aids. Signia, a high quality, global hearing aid brand, offers “made for iPhonehearing aids that connect directly to your iPhone, iPad or iPod so that you can stream your phone calls and music directly into your hearing aids. With easy pairing using “Bluetooth Low Energy” your hearing aids become wireless stereo headphones.

If you are losing your hearing but still want to enjoy a normal, daily routine then wearing a hearing aid that is compatible with your hand phone is essential. There are a variety of good options to help you achieve this. Just ask one of our professional audiology consultants at Clarisound for some advice.

Not everyone likes taking exams. There are lots of smart and intelligent people in the world who aren’t good at passing exams. It is an unfortunate fact of life that passing exams are often necessary to progress in many vocations and passing exams requires memorising information. If you, or your loved one, is studying for a test or exam then hearing loss may reduce your performance. Hearing loss can affect your ability to memorise things and so impairs your studies. If you are suffering from hearing loss then wearing a hearing aid will restore your quality of life, it should also improve your studying capabilities.

Passing the test

If your child is not doing well at school then he, or she, may be suffering from hearing loss. Most people view hearing loss, failing memory and dementia as normal consequences of aging. Whatever age you are your hearing can play a major role in keeping your memory, and your brain, sharp. Hearing loss affects your memory in three main ways;

Stress – When you strain to hear someone or something your brain experiences cognitive overload. This means your brain is working so hard to decipher what people are saying to you that it doesn’t have time to put the information into your memory. The more severe your hearing loss, the more resources your brain has to divert from other tasks to help you understand.

Isolation – When you have to work harder than usual to hear something, you will tend to start isolating yourself. You may quickly get tired of saying “Sorry?” and decide to close yourself off instead. Prolonged social isolation can then lead to depression, changes in your brain and memory loss.

Too much quiet time – When you isolate yourself your brain goes from having to work really hard to not working very much at all. As areas of your brain go unused they may lose their power or be diverted for other functions.

In 2015 a study found that hearing aids help protect your brain’s health and mitigate cognitive decline. Over the course of the 25 year study participants with hearing aids experienced cognitive decline at the same rate as those with normal hearing. If you can catch your hearing loss early you will keep your brain and your memory sharp. Don’t let your hearing loss affect your memory or your studying capabilities.

Even professional audiology consultants have to take exams. So drop in to Clarisound and talk to one of our consultants. Take a free hearing test. You will remember it. It may even help you to pass those exams that you need to take.

When you start losing your hearing it affects your personal identity. How you hear, and see, yourself and how other people hear, and see, you changes. This doesn’t have to lead to unhappiness and stress but often it can. So rebuilding a happy life involves finding a hearing care solution, such as a suitable hearing aid, that will restore your personal identity and your identity in your communities too. Just think about how your loved ones and friends hear, and see, you before and after you start wearing a hearing aid, or hearing aids.

Hearing aids restore your personal identity

Some people may be shy about going to see a hearing care consultant or wearing a hearing aid. There is no need to be timid or afraid. Wearing a suitable hearing aid will restore your hearing loss and with it your personal confidence, self-esteem and communication ability. Many hearing aids are tiny or even almost invisible, others come in a range of beautiful colours and fashionable shapes that enhance your looks as well as your hearing. You won’t have to feel uncomfortable about wearing a suitable hearing aid, it will help you to restore your personal identity.

Hearing aids in your communities

Whether you are an extrovert who enjoys sports, social clubs and events or an introvert who prefers cosy chats with close friends, hearing loss can impact your ease of communication. How other people perceive you will change. You might find you get dropped from a team because hearing loss is causing your game to suffer, or your golfing buddies can’t enjoy the banter of a stroll around the golf course. If your friends constantly have to ask you to repeat what you’ve just said then enjoyable fireside chats will lose their appeal unless your friends, or loved ones, find effective strategies for communicating with you.

Hearing aids and happiness

Finding, fitting and wearing a hearing aid will help to restore your quality of life and your personal identity in your communities. Other people will notice that you have started to wear a hearing aid, some of them may even compliment you on it. They may congratulate you on being able to get back to being your ‘old self’ again. Your personal image in your community may not be changed much physically by wearing a hearing aid but people will notice that you are back to communicating normally with them.

Who you are is determined by yourself and your place in your communities. Leading a happy and meaningful life can be helped by strengthening your identity and this includes restoring your hearing loss to a natural level. Drop in to Clarisound for a free hearing check.

If it’s not broken don’t fix it. You may be completely contented with your current hearing aid, or hearing aids. If you’ve had your hearing aids for several years, you may be due for an upgrade. Sometimes everything is fine, then suddenly something goes wrong. This could be an accident or an unforeseen development. In the matter of a few days your hearing aid, or hearing aids, doesn’t provide you with what you need. You may be faced with getting your hearing aid fixed or even throwing it away. You may have lost it or left it somewhere whilst you were travelling. Oops! So then you will need a replacement hearing aid, or hearing aids. Do you get the same one as before or upgrade to a newer model of hearing aid? The choice is yours, but why not get some good professional hearing care advice at Clarisound.

Upgrade your hearing

Out-of-date technology or changes in your hearing may result in a hearing experience that’s more frustrating than it has to be. If you experience any of the following, it may be time to consider upgrading your hearing aid;

  • Your hearing aids buzz, or whistle
  • You find it difficult hearing speech in noisy situations
  • You have trouble hearing on the phone
  • Your hearing aids are not working as well as they used to
  • Wearing your hearing aids are more tiring than they used to be

Sound familiar? Upgrading to new digital technology hearing aids will provide solutions for these frustrations.

New hearing aids

There are new, improved models of hearing aids becoming available on the market all the time. Take a look at what’s on offer, then listen to some good advice from one of Clarisound’s professional audiology consultants. We won’t try to push something on you that you don’t need. At Clarisound we offer you professional hearing care solutions that improve your quality of life.

Digital hearing aid models incorporate tiny computer chips that customise sounds, making speech louder and background noise softer so it’s easier for you to hear clearly and naturally. This  provides solutions to many of the problems analog hearing aids could not solve. Digital hearing aids also automatically cancel the irritating whistling sounds that are common in many analog hearing aids. New models of wireless hearing aids made for iPhone are widely available and, now, direct streaming for Android phones are available at Clarisound.

If you are currently wearing a digital hearing aid, you should have your hearing tested annually to ensure that your hearing aid is properly adjusted to your current hearing loss. Why not take this opportunity to upgrade your hearing aid. Drop in to Clarisound from some good, professional hearing care advice.

Seeing is believing. Losing your hearing will cause difficulties for you in every aspect of your life. Losing your sight as well spells double trouble. Seeing and hearing are inextricably linked together. People aged 55 and over with combined vision and hearing loss comprise the largest group of people who are ‘deaf-blind’ in the United States. Many of them remain unserved, or underserved, without good hearing care solutions. You may not believe the improvements you see when you start wearing your new hearing aid.

See a hearing care consultant at Clarisound

Loss of vision is caused by an eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which affects the layer of light-sensitive tissue in your retina at the back of your eye. The most common causes of vision loss in ageing adults are;

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetes/diabetic retinopathy

If you, or your loved one, have had good eyesight all your life, the impact of this loss can be profound and devastating. If you also develop any degree of hearing loss, the results can be overwhelming.

Visible hearing loss

The most common genetic cause of deaf-blindness is called Usher syndrome. People with Usher experience hearing loss and have the progressive sight loss of RP. This may become apparent by difficulty seeing at night or in poorly lit environment, or the loss of peripheral vision.

There are three types of Usher syndrome, which manifest different levels of hearing loss;

  • Type 1 – causes profound deafness and vision loss may be noticed before the age of 10. Poor balance causes problems with sitting and walking properly but communication can be improved with a hearing aid and lip-reading or sign language.
  • Type 2 – causes a moderate hearing loss. This may appear during adolescence and can be helped with hearing aids and cochlear implants, a small electronic device that consists of an external portion that sits behind your ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under your skin.
  • Type 3 – is the rarest form of Usher syndrome. Children usually have normal hearing and vision at birth, then develop hearing loss and RP in adolescence, or later. Their hearing can deteriorate steadily over ten or fifteen years. Again, wearing hearing aids helps.

Most people with Usher syndrome start using hearing aids from a young age. Remember, the sooner you start wearing hearing aids the more cost effective this will be. Wearing a hearing aid is as natural as wearing spectacles. It doesn’t take much to get used to both and they will both improve your quality of life.

Laughter is part of a good life. If you can’t hear a joke, or share a joke, properly then you will be missing out on some of the good things in life. Having a sense of humour may be important in many situations; it’s a good ice-breaker on first encounters, it can be used to flatter someone, it can be used to empathise and bond with loved ones, friends and colleagues. Laughter can also be used to impress other people. Whatever the effect, the sound of laughter should bring joy and happiness to your life. So improving your hearing by wearing a hearing aid will help you to have a laugh, or to have more laughs, and improve your quality of life.

A healthy sense of humour

Even if you are not interested in watching comedies on TV, or at the movies, the stress-reducing effect of hearing laughter has been proven medical studies. In one recent study ninety healthy students were randomly assigned to a ‘laughter’ or a ‘rest’ group. The laughter group listened to a specially prepared CD for five minutes, while the rest group did nothing for five minutes. Then the participants’ stress level was assessed visually and their physiological status was assessed by measuring blood pressure and monitoring heart rate variability.  An analysis of the results using scientific testing showed that hearing laughter caused the heart rate variability to significantly increase compared to that recorded during the test and the rest period. These results suggest that hearing laughter produces a relaxing effect by increasing nervous activity. This means that it is a good way to improve the recovery process of your nervous system if you are overloaded with stress. So having a laugh is good for your health. So is wearing a hearing aid if you are suffering from hearing loss.

Romantic hearing aids

Sex, love and romance are important ingredients in a good life. My father once warned me, “Son, never marry a woman who doesn’t have a sense of humour.” So if you are losing your hearing and you are thinking about getting married, for the first or second (or even third) time, get your hearing checked. Having a laugh with your future spouse before you tie the knot will be easier with your new hearing aid. It may even prevent your marriage ending in tears too!

If you think hearing aids are expensive you may laugh at the price but the value will allow you to laugh even more. Whether or not you are losing your hearing go and have a laugh and go and have your hearing checked too.

When you suffer from hearing loss and are thinking about getting a hearing aid you may wonder how big a suitable hearing aid will be. Don’t worry, there are many sizes, and shapes, of hearing aids currently available, and new models coming all the time. Some hearing aids are quite large, others are almost invisible. Finding the right hearing aid for you involves fitting a hearing aid that improves the quality of sound you are hearing and also feels comfortable for you to wear, and keep wearing. If you are concerned about how big the right hearing aid for you will be, just drop in to Clarisound and ask one of our professional audiology consultants for advice.

Big can be beautiful

There have been, and continue to be, significant advances in hearing aids and hearing aid technology. Traditional behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids that you may already be familiar with are often the largest size of hearing aids available on the market. Usually the length of the case is 3-4 centimeters, in contrast the latest models can be as small as 2 centimeters. BTE may be a good way to start off your hearing care solution journey to better hearing and a better quality of life. When a professional audiology consultant at Clarisound recommends that you try fitting one, take a look and see what you think. If you are satisfied then give it a trial fitting. If you are not then ask to see the other suitable options currently available.

Small is beautiful too

Continual advances in hearing aid research has resulted in smaller, and lighter, hearing aids. You may prefer to wear a tiny, or even almost invisible, hearing aid. Completely in the Canal (CIC) are some of the smallest hearing aids available on the market. So if cosmetic acceptability is your overriding concern – we have you covered.

Whether size matters to you, or not, every different size of hearing aid will improve your hearing and your quality of life. Drop in to Clarisound for international best practice hearing care solutions.

Making your life sound good

Leading a good life is as good as it sounds. If you are suffering from hearing loss then there are new hearing aid technologies that will restore your quality of life. By the time you reach 50 years old you will have accumulated personal and professional experiences. You should be able to look back on them with pleasure. In the earlier part of your life your hearing was probably fine. If this is now changing don’t let it go on.

Revolutionary hearing care

Suffering hearing loss when you are 50, or older, affects your quality of life, and those around you too. Getting a hearing aid may not sound appealing to you or your loved one. Most people with mild hearing loss begin to wonder, “What will I look like to other people if I start wearing a hearing aid?” New hearing aid designs and new hearing aid technologies can help you look good, feel good and sound good.

Game changer

One of the latest hearing aids on offer is Styletto Connect by Signia. This new model with it’s radical design is also made for Iphone and Bluetooth capable with both Iphone and android. It will make your life sound good again. Imagine you can wear a hearing aid that;

  • makes you look stylish
  • has fully featured connectivity for phone calls, TV, and music
  • you can charge-on-the-go for up to four days’ use free from plugs or cables

Sound good? Styletto Connect delivers these results.


Style and substance

Styletto Connect is available in three contemporary colour combinations; Black / Silver, Cosmic Blue / Rose Gold, and Snow White / Rose Gold. It’s also small in size and sleek in design.

Music to your ears

Fully featured connectivity provides you with direct streaming of phone calls and music from iPhone plus audio streaming from all other Bluetooth smartphones and TV via StreamLine Mic and StreamLine TV.

Easy to charge

Thanks to its charger, Styletto Connect delivers up to four days of user autonomy, free from plugs or cables. You won’t have to keep plugging in your hearing aid whilst you are travelling. The charger is  pocket-sized and portable.

You can control your Styletto Connect by The myControl App. It is available as a free download for both iOS and Android devices via the App Store® or Google Play™.

If you have been suffering from hearing problems recently, drop in to Clarisound for free, quick hearing check. Our professional consultants will match your hearing loss with a good hearing care solution. Make your life sound good again.

If knowledge really is power, take a little time to learn more about recent advances in hearing aid research. This will help you understand your own hearing loss better and how wearing hearing aids can improve all aspects of your quality of life.hearing aids

Some of the most recent advances in hearing aids research have led to;

Don’t be overwhelmed or intimidated by the latest hearing aid technology, just ask one of our Clarisound audiology consultants to update you on the latest developments. Clarisound offers a selection of hearing aids by the world’s top manufacturers with good professional hearing care advice too.

 Better hearing aids research

Hearing aids research is active and ongoing and is intended to benefit you, the customer. Every industry strives for customer satisfaction. Professional hearing care is no different with substantial investments of time, money and thinking going into hearing aid research. The results are an evolution towards hearing aids that improve the quality of life for people suffering from hearing loss, globally. Here are some insights into recent advances in hearing aid research globally.

Many of the hearing aids produced today use telecoils and wireless technology. In some specially equipped movie theaters, auditoriums and lecture halls you may be able to use your hearing aid to access “hearing loop” wireless signals. These are beamed directly to your hearing aid which enables it to bypass background noise, improving the clarity and quality of your hearing. Telecoils are needed to pick up these hearing loop wireless signals. This means two hearing aids can communicate with each other so they can operate as one complete hearing system.

Hearing aids can also connect to external sources of sound that are transmitted wirelessly, such as Bluetooth. Bluetooth allows you to stream audio directly into your hearing aids. Some new, smaller in-the-ear hearing aids require the use of a streamer that you can wear around your neck or even keep in your pocket for hands-free use.

Some of the latest hearing aids offer portable rechargeability so you never have to worry about replacing batteries. Just a few hours of recharging and you will be able to use your new hearing aids continuously for many hours.

These new developments come thanks to the latest ongoing research into hearing aids, with more coming soon. Drop in to Clarisound to get your hearing checked and check out the latest hearing care solutions on offer.

‘Money talks’ is a well-known Chinese expression. That’s great unless you can’t hear it very well. With 10 percent or more of full-time workers globally suffering from hearing loss this affects their productivity and performance at work. It also affects their earnings. A study by The Better Hearing Institute found that hearing loss can lead to around $30,000 in lost income each year. This means that getting your hearing checked and hearing loss treated can restore, or even boost, your earnings. Don’t hesitate to drop in to Clarisound for a professional hearing care check up and some advice.

Better hearing better job

Hearing loss doesn’t just affect your quality of life it affects the quality of your work.

Warning signs of hearing loss at work may include fatigue as you have to spend more energy trying to hear what your colleagues are saying. One consequence of this may be increased sick leave. Struggling to hear your boss, colleagues and clients at work may also lead to increased negative feelings such as loss of confidence in your abilities and lower productivity. This can snowball and hit your Key Performance Indicators. You may then find yourself not meeting the expectations of your employer at your next performance review. Then you may miss out on promotion, be sidelined or even lose your job. Wearing a hearing aid, and restoring your hearing, at work will show your boss and colleagues that you are a problem solver. You will be able to confront and deal with professional issues and get positive solutions. Wearing a hearing aid will also show your peers that you are neither afraid nor vain. Improving your image and performance at work should increase your earnings.

The cost of hearing aids

A new hearing aid won’t cost you the earth. There are many types of hearing aids available on the market and more, new models and technologies becoming available all the time. There are many good value options available. If hearing loss is affecting your performance at work or your employability, it’s easy to calculate the cost of buying a good hearing aid.

The amount of earnings you gain minus the price of a new hearing aid equals the cost of the hearing aid.

You may be surprised to find that buying a hearing aid is ‘free’ in relative terms! The amount of restored or increased earnings should be much more than what you pay for a new hearing aid and what you spend on professional hearing care.

Restoring your hearing will restore your earnings. Make yourself sound good like a good employee. Make your working life sound brilliant.

Activities and methods that are commonly used to identify, implement and monitor the available evidence in hearing care are called ‘international best practice‘. Clarisound offers this to you in Malaysia. With years of professional hearing care industry experience in Malaysia, Singapore and internationally, Clarisound is ideally placed to offer you international best practice hearing care solutions. Following international best practice is good for you, and your loved ones, and for Clarisound as a leading industry provider of hearing aids. Drop in to Clarisound for a free hearing check to find out more.

Clarisound hearing care solutions

Clarisound employs an international best practice framework for the classification of information on maintaining or improving effectiveness in hearing care. Starting with a friendly, free and quick hearing evaluation then hearing aid fitting and follow up meetings.

Clarisound consultants follow international best practice with an initial assessment to quantify and prioritise your hearing problems and expectations with regard to hearing, listening and communication. Hearing needs assessment tools determine your scale of hearing loss, type of hearing loss, and set the outcomes needed in an overall hearing loss assessment. This assessment indicates the need for amplification and leads to recommending the best hearing aid to suit your type of hearing loss at the current time. Clarisound also offers you advice on what not to do such as self-assessment and buying online, low-cost hearing aids that can waste time and money and may cause more harm than good.

Get your hearing checked

Once the need for you to wear hearing aids has been established, a hearing care consultation involves;

  • Appropriate styles, sizes, colours
  • couplers and circuitry
  • Wireless streaming options such as Bluetooth, remote microphones and telecoils
  • Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
  • Other accessories

Finding the right fit

Moving on to fitting and dispensing hearing aids, Clarisound follows protocols that include;

  • Confirm physical fit and comfort for you
  • Instructions for use by demonstration
  • Care and maintenance of hearing aids and accessories
  • Telephone use and connectivity
  • Use in challenging acoustic environments
  • Setting realistic expectations for use and longevity
  • Schedule a post-fitting follow-up consultation

Follow up post-fitting care

To ensure the satisfaction of our customers Clarisound will ask you to come back and visit us after six months to;

  • Validate outcomes against our initial needs assessment
  • Counselling for realistic expectations and successful hearing aid use
  • Daily care of the hearing aids and maintenance schedule
  • Warranty
  • Battery options and use
  • Additional follow-up visits

Following international best practice in hearing care solutions with Clarisound will improve your hearing and your quality of life.

Fitting a new hearing aid doesn’t need to be expensive. Don’t look for the cheapest hearing aid, look for the most suitable hearing aid for your current needs. When you start shopping around for hearing care solutions your first port of call is likely to be the internet. Everything is online. Almost everything that is, except for good, personalised professional hearing care advice. You can find this at Clarisound. Drop in and have an initial discussion and hearing assessment with one of our audiology consultants.

Hearing aid prices

Over the past decade, the prices of most electronic devices have dropped considerably.  Smaller components, streamlined methods of manufacturing, and new business models have all contributed to the overall decrease in the price of everyday digital products.  Hearing aid prices have continued to increase steadily. They have almost doubled in the same time period. The most significant factor for the current hearing aid price levels has to do with the underlying industry structure; the relationship between manufacturers, audiologists and end-user.

At the moment, prices of hearing aids range from RM1,900 for a basic device to RM14,000 for a premium hearing aid. Sound expensive? It’s not really. Don’t look at the price, look at the value of your new hearing aid.

Value for money hearing aids

To get the most value out of your new hearing aid you need to learn more about your hearing loss and your individual needs. Our consultants at Clarisound can help you with this. Your hearing loss may be mild, moderate, severe, or profound.

For mild to moderate hearing loss try an Invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid. No one will notice that you are wearing it. For the same hearing loss you can also try a Completely-in-canal hearing aid. Only the tip of the plastic hearing aid shows.

For mild to mildly severe hearing loss try an In-the-canal hearing aid. This has a smaller portion of the hearing aid showing.

For mild to severe hearing loss try an In-the-ear or Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid. It fits within the outer portion of your ear.

For moderate to severe hearing loss try a Receiver-in-the-canal or Behind-the-ear hearing aid. This is a traditional type of hearing aid that you will be familiar with most people wearing who have hearing loss as it visibly hangs around your ear.

Whether your hearing loss is mild or moderate, mildly or moderately severe or even worse, early fitting of a hearing aid, or hearing aids, will give you more value. Don’t look at the price, look at the quality of life that the right hearing aid will give you. Our professional hearing care consultants at Clarisound can help you with this.

Self-diagnosis is not advisable, especially when it comes to health issues. It’s the same for hearing loss. Don’t surf the internet for advice or clues about what may be wrong with your health or hearing, go and see a hearing care professional. Drop in to Clarisound for a free hearing assessment. Our friendly and professional team of audiology consultants are only too pleased to help you.

Different types of hearing loss

If you think that you are suffering from hearing loss then consulting a professional audiologist will help define which type of hearing loss you may have. This will help you find the right hearing care solution. These are the main types of hearing loss. Usually each type is treatable with professional hearing care and hearing aids.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

The most common type of hearing loss is sensorineural. It is almost always permanent and occurs when the Cochlea, a hearing organ, and/or the auditory nerve is damaged or malfunctions. This prevents electrical information being accurately sent to the brain. It can be genetic or most commonly caused by natural aging, and exposure to loud noises as well as diseases or accidents. Hearing aids can help reduce the effects of sensorineural hearing loss.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss occurs when there is a problem with your outer or middle ear. This interferes with passing sound to your inner ear. It can be caused by such things as too much earwax, ear infections, fluid build-up, and even abnormal bone growth in the middle ear. It is more common in children. Again, hearing aids can help reduce this type of hearing loss.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed Hearing Loss occurs when both Conductive Hearing Loss and Sensorineural Hearing Loss are present. The sensorineural component is permanent, while the conductive component can either be permanent or temporary. Mixed hearing loss can occur when a person with presbycusis, the cumulative effect of aging on hearing, also has an ear infection. You can prevent double trouble by wearing hearing aids.

Other types of hearing loss include auditory processing disorders, when the brain has problems processing sound, and deafness in one ear. These can be correctly diagnosed by professional audiology consultants and remedied with good hearing care advice and suitable hearing aids.

Whatever type of hearing loss you are suffering from get your hearing checked by a professional audiology consultant. The sooner you start wearing hearing aids the better. Your quality of life and those close to you will improve, audibly. Drop in to Clarisound for a free hearing care consultation.

Imagine what your life would be like if you are deaf. Completely deaf. What would you be missing out on? A lot; conversations, music, laughter, the list goes on. Now, imagine your life without good hearing. You will still be missing out on a lot. Maybe almost as much as if you are deaf. A hearing aid can help you hear more in both quiet and noisy situations. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) found that only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one. So, do hearing aids really help? The answer is yes, if you buy them and wear them and keep wearing them.

How hearing aids help you

Hearing aids are primarily useful for improving your hearing and speech comprehension if you have hearing loss. Hearing loss results from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. A hearing aid magnifies sound vibrations entering the ear. Surviving hair cells detect the larger vibrations and convert them into neural signals that are passed along to the brain. The greater the damage to these hair cells, the more severe your hearing loss, and the greater the hearing aid amplification needed to make up the difference. A hearing aid helps do this.

Asking the right questions

When you visit us at Clarisound our hearing care consultants will help you find the right hearing aids for you or your loved one. Help us to help you by asking the right questions.

  • What features would be most useful to me?
  • What is the total cost of the hearing aid(s)?
  • Do the benefits of newer technologies outweigh the higher costs?
  • Is there a trial period to test the hearing aids?
  • How long is the warranty?
  • Can a Clarisound audiologist make adjustments and provide servicing and minor repairs?
  • What other assistance does the Clarisound audiologist provide?

Hearing aids create happiness

Happiness is a problem. Finding happiness is as simple as finding solutions for your problems. If one of the problems you are currently facing is hearing loss then finding, fitting and wearing a hearing aid is a good solution. Hearing aids then create happiness for you, your family and friends.

A hearing aid will not restore your normal hearing. However, with practice, a hearing aid will increase your awareness of sounds and their sources to a natural level. You will need to wear your hearing aid regularly, and maintain it properly, so select a hearing that is convenient and easy for you to use. Do this by asking the right questions to us at Clarisound.

Driving responsibly is important. How much do you rely on hearing when you are driving? Quite a lot. Hearing whilst driving influences different aspects of your quality of driving. You may not realise how much hearing loss can affect your driving. Don’t let that turn you into a dangerous driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed almost 3,500 lives in 2016 and injured more than 390,000 people in 2015.

Driving you round the bend

If you have a parent, spouse or loved one who is losing their hearing it may be driving you nuts. Constantly repeating what you are saying, raising your voice or other stress creating situations. If you are all going somewhere together by car you may notice the car radio is too loud, or near misses with other cars or not pulling aside to let an ambulance or police car pass on their way to an emergency. Don’t ignore these warning signs. Remind the driver that their safety and yours is at stake.

Hearing aids driving

Better hearing means safer driving. For you, your passengers and other people on the road. When you buy your new hearing aid it will improve your quality of life, and your quality of driving too. When you buy a new car you need to use it, maintain it and clean it. It’s the same for your hearing aids. Distractions everywhere can be off-putting. Think of how sounds influence you whilst you are driving.

  1. You may like to listen to music or want to hear a traffic or weather report. Keep the volume low so that you can concentrate on other noises around you
  2. Your car window can be rolled up to minimize road noise, or down to hear outside sounds better and enjoy the breeze whilst you are on your way to your destination
  3. Other passengers may keep you entertained with good conversation. Then there are back-seat drivers who continually tell you which way to turn whilst en route

All these influences can be improved if you are suffering from hearing loss by wearing hearing aids while you are driving. If you are stopped by police officers while you are on the road, respectfully inform them straight away that you have hearing loss and are wearing hearing aids so that they can communicate with you effectively.

Do yourself, and other drivers, a favour. Get your hearing checked. Be a safer driver for yourself, your family and other people on the roads.

You are what you eat. If you are suffering from hearing loss it could be caused by your diet. Studies have confirmed that hearing loss and poor nutrition go hand in hand. Diets that are high in sugar and carbohydrates don’t just give you bad long-term health, they can negatively impact your hearing. High cholesterol is another cause of hearing loss. So a healthy body leads to healthy hearing, so the doctors tell us. But are you listening? Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States, but few people are aware that changing their nutrition can help guard against it.

Listen to your body

Most people are concerned about their weight. Being slim makes you feel good. Listen to those compliments like, “Looks like you lost some weight.” If you are not able to hear these compliments well then it’s another warning sign that your diet may be affecting your hearing. So if you want to kill several birds with one stone, watch what you eat. Also watch what you don’t eat. Studies have found that deficiencies in certain nutrients can impair hearing by as much as 39% while increasing these nutrients can protect your hearing by as much as 20%. Research has shown that folic acid deficiency specifically has been linked with high-frequency hearing loss.

Diet protects your hearing

Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism. They can cause significant damage to living cells. The vitamins and minerals your body uses to counteract this ‘oxidative stress’ are called antioxidants. Free radicals are everywhere and cannot be avoided, but the damage they cause to you increases with poor nutrition and stress. So combating free radicals with antioxidants not only protects hearing but has many other health benefits.

An antioxidant rich diet can also help fight against toxicity, and prevent damage to your inner ear. Antioxidants are found in high quantities in healthy leafy greens and other foods; lentils, some beans and certain fruits. Substituting high sugar and high cholesterol foods with these nutritious foods can contribute significantly to preserving your hearing and fighting off free radicals. Other foods that cause inflammation include the usual suspects; fatty meats, processed foods, etc.

Ensuring proper nutrition to protect and preserve hearing can be helped easily by visiting a nutritionist along with your annual checkup with your audiologist, at Clarisound.

A healthy diet is an important part of your life, whether you are suffering from hearing loss or not. Good nutrition helps good hearing. Both will improve your quality of life.

The benefits to you of wearing a hearing aid is the difference between your life with or without one. A good hearing care consultant will demonstrate to you the changes you will experience when you start to wear a hearing aid. Then it’s up to you to decide if the benefits are enough to buy a hearing aid.

Are you sure you are losing your hearing?

If you keep thinking that you have one illness or another you will spend your whole life running to see a doctor. It’s the same with hearing loss. Don’t waste your time, or the time of a hearing care consultant. If you think you really are suffering from even mild hearing loss get a check up. At Clarisound it’s free, quick and will make positive differences to your quality of life.

The earlier the better

Several studies have documented the impact of untreated hearing loss; significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety, and other psychosocial disorders for people with hearing loss who were not wearing hearing aids. A study by the US government found that people identified early had greater benefit through additional years of use as well as better adaptation to use than those of the same age and hearing impairment who were fitted with hearing aids later.

Systematic screening for hearing loss

Health professionals in general and audiologists in particular, are faced with unprecedented pressures to demonstrate the efficacy of the services they are providing. A good audiologist will assess the effectiveness for a patient who starts to wear hearing aids. This is done in at least two different directions; functional impact and the impact on the quality of your life. Functional impact restores your hearing to it’s previous norm. This means that the quality of your conversations and ability to enjoy every day experiences will also be restored.

Costs effective hearing

The costs of hearing loss to you include loss of productivity. This can lead to unemployment and premature retirement among people. Then there is the societal cost resulting from social isolation, communication difficulties and stigma. These costs are calculated on the basis of the monetary value attached to avoidance of a year lived with hearing loss. Think about it. A small spend on a good quality hearing aid can have significant cost savings for you.

Hearing aids range in price and quality. Finding the right hearing aid, or hearing aids, for you depends on realisation and acceptance of hearing loss. The sooner you get your hearing checked the better, for you.

Once your spouse or parent has a new hearing aid it can often be difficult to get them to actually wear it, and keep wearing it. They may start off wearing a new hearing aid, or hearing aids, then forget to wear it or even lose it. Motivating them to wear their hearing aid everyday can be helped by a few simple positive communication strategies. Here are some suggestions.

Getting to Wow

Enjoying life to the fullest should entail the capacity to experience ‘Wow’. Wow is when you feel wonder or awe. Sound awesome? You might experience Wow on special occasions such as the birth of a child, falling in love or travelling to wonderful new places. It’s even better when you can experience Wow in your everyday life.

Losing your hearing may prevent your spouse or parents from getting to Wow. Don’t let that happen. If they are not able to synchronise all their senses due to hearing loss then they are missing out. It may make their life boring, empty or even meaningless. Remind your spouse or parent of a special moment in their life, a wow moment. Didn’t they have good hearing then? Remind them that if they wear, and keep wearing, their new hearing aid they will have more wow experiences from now on. Gently remind them that if they don’t use hearing aids they will miss out on the wows in their life. What a loss that will be!

Tell them they look great

Flattering someone is often the best way to get them to do what you want. If your spouse or parent has just bought a new hearing aid, or hearing aids, don’t forget to compliment them on how good they look wearing it. And keep complimenting them. Don’t forget to remind them they can now hear you better when you are complimenting them! Keep going.

Hearing aids improve quality of life

Many people live in denial. Your spouse or parent may find excuses for not wearing their hearing aid; it keeps falling out, I forgot to take it with me. They may be reluctant to accept the effects of ageing. No one really likes to lose their abilities. It is a fact of life. So explain to your spouse or parent that wearing a hearing aid, or hearing aids, will improve their quality of life.

Communicating with your spouse or parents in positive ways will help motivate them to wear and keep wearing their new hearing aid. Then you can get on and enjoy life to the maximum as a family together.

Sport is life for many people. If that’s the case for you or your loved one then you will need good hearing to keep your sporting life alive. Being involved in sport may range from supporting your favourite team to getting  your weekly exercise. Whether you like playing sports or just watching them you will need good hearing to do both. Hearing loss means that you will be less likely to be able to play sports well and won’t be able to enjoy watching them either. So if you are suffering from hearing loss get your hearing checked, it will improve the quality of your sporting life.

What’s your game?

Our father loved golf. As he became older he lost his hearing. He started to miss the roar of the crowd, the banter, the live commentaries. It took quite some time before our mother convinced him to start wearing a hearing aid. By then he was too old to play golf anymore, but he still sat and watched sports on TV. All day. Dad watched Formula One, World Cup football, international rugby, Wimbledon and golf and more or less any other sports he could find on TV. After the matches were over we used to sit and chat about that great goal, that missed pass or put. Once he started wearing his hearing aid we didn’t have to sit in the next room to enjoy watching the TV. Dad wearing his hearing aid restored our exciting family enjoyment of watching sport together.

Playing the game

If you are an active sportsman, or sportswoman, good hearing matters to you on and off the field. If you are losing your hearing and want to keep playing sports wearing a hearing aid is essential. You will need a hearing aid to hear your coach clearly whilst you are training. Wearing a hearing aid also gives you greater situational awareness, and can even support your balance. You’ll need to hear your teammates well to interact with them on the pitch and listen to your manager’s debrief after the match. Hearing aids don’t have to be cumbersome. Some of the latest models of hearing aids are lightweight and almost invisible. You can simply fit your new hearing aid into your ear with ease and get on with playing the game.

Football or golf, rugby or badminton. Watching or playing different sports involves so much activity that is all related to good hearing. Improve the quality of your game, whatever it is, by getting your hearing checked. Then get on with enjoying the sporting life. Ask one of our consultants at Clarisound for advice about hearing aids and sports.

Actions speak louder than words. If you or your loved one is suffering from hearing loss then you may notice that your, or their, behaviour is changing. You may also not be able to hear their words clearly. It’s the same for them too. Hearing loss is often a natural process, attributable to ageing, nutrition and other factors. Many people are sometimes reluctant to start wearing a hearing aid, or hearing aids, or to use them, and keep using them. So how do you get yourself or your loved ones to commit to start wearing and keep wearing a hearing aid? The answers may lie in human psychology.

Motivations to wear hearing aids

Human psychology begins with motivation. This drives behaviour, understanding and awareness.

Finding the motivation to wear a hearing aid can be challenging for many people. There are natural concerns about appearance, fear of technology and even cost. Don’t worry! Recent advances means that wearing a hearing aid can make you look good, be easy to use and are low cost too!

Some studies on sources of motivation to wear hearing aids have found a positive association between ‘help seeking’ and motivation by others. It seems that motivation by yourself does not affect hearing aid use. There are mixed findings regarding the association between pre fitting motivation and satisfaction with hearing aids.

So these results seem to indicate that if you think that you need to try a hearing aid then telling other people and asking for their help is a good first step. Don’t be shy. Remember that your loved ones care about you. They will be willing to help you arrange a hearing check up. Remind you to wear your new hearing aid and keep complimenting you on how good you look whilst wearing it.

Hearing care professionals can help you

Other research has suggested that having high expectations about hearing aids results in better overall uptake, use and adherence. These results also showed that pre fitting hearing aid counseling had small, but significant, effects on expectations. Pre fitting counseling helps to address expectations associated with quality of life and self-image.

One recent study found that the most important issues for further research is the interaction between the hearing care professional and the client throughout an individual’s hearing journey, counseling style, and the role of professionals as gatekeepers. Our team of professional consultants at Clarisound are here to help you to a better hearing experience and better quality of life. Go ahead, make an appointment for yourself or your loved one with one of our hearing care consultants.

Holidays should be enjoyed. If you are suffering from hearing loss then this may affect your holiday experience. Whether you are working or retired a holiday is a break somewhere else. Traditionally, holidays were for relaxing. Nowadays holidays can take the form of adventures, sports or other activities. If you wear a hearing aid or hearing aids don’t forget to pack them when you travel. Plugs, batteries, charger and adapter too!

 Before your holidays

If you are a hearing aid user, make sure you go for regular check-ups with your hearing healthcare professional, Clarisound. It’s important to make sure your hearing devices are clean and working properly before you travel.  Ask our consultants at Clarisound about:

  • Hearing aid features: your hearing aids minimize background noise so you can focus on the different sounds in a foreign environment. These can range from airport announcements to tour guides with a strong accent. Our expert hearing care consultants can show you how to adjust the settings to maximise your holiday listening environments.
  • Proper accessories: Whether you’re a skier, mountaineer or a trekker, you’ll need to have the right gear to protect your hearing aids from wind, temperature and moisture. Other accessories, such as Bluetooth streaming devices and assistive listening devices, can maximise your hearing experience.

Traveling to your destination

If you have recently started wearing a hearing aid or hearing aids and you are getting ready to travel, these questions might pop up in your mind:

  • Is it alright to wear hearing aids while I am flying?
  • Will they hurt my ears on the plane?
  • Will they set the security scanners off at the airport?

Hearing aids generally don’t set off security scanners and work well on aeroplanes but remember not to drop or lose them whilst you are in transit.

Foreign Languages

If you are losing your hearing then listening to someone speaking with a foreign accent may be even more challenging. Holding a simple conversation with a foreigner with a strong accent can cause misunderstandings. You could be ordering a drink or asking a tour guide a question, buying a ticket or asking for directions. Hearing loss can lead to dissatisfaction on holiday.

Hearing properly on holiday is as important as hearing at home. You go on holiday to relax and enjoy yourself in a different place. Don’ t let hearing loss ruin a perfectly good holiday. Drop into Clarisound for some hearing advice for your next holiday.

If you are losing your hearing, you could be losing your memory too. Recent research adds to a growing body of knowledge that links hearing loss with cognitive decline, which is a hallmark of dementia and often precedes the disease. So if you want to continue to have a happy and healthy life, get your hearing checked. It may prevent the onset of other disabilities.

Poor hearing could lead to poor memory

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia. It can involve problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment that are greater than normal age-related decline.

Studies have found that people with hearing loss have a significantly higher risk of MCI. Hearing loss and cognitive decline have some features in common. Their causes involve several factors and often both get worse over time. Experts in the US attributed these common features point to a buildup of “auditory and neurodegenerative damage” over a lifetime. Their research found that:

Further analysis revealed that participants with severe hearing loss who did use hearing aids had a lower (37 percent) risk of subsequent subjective cognitive decline. This means that hearing aids and hearing care not only improves your current quality of life, they lower the risk of future disabilities.

Hearing aids and prevention

A study published this year in The Hearing Review suggests that improving prevention, identification, and treatment of hearing impairment may help to delay the onset of cognitive impairment and reduce the impending dementia. Good hearing health may be critical for good cognitive health. The World Health Organization (WHO) identified dementia as a public health priority that requires more research, especially into its causes and risk factors. There are around 50 million people living with dementia worldwide, and this figure is set to rise.

So if you or your loved ones are losing your memory think about getting your hearing checked. You may be able to solve two problems with one hearing aid. Drop in to Clarisound for a free, quick hearing check up or make an appointment through the web or by phone. It may help you to remember your later years with enjoyment.

We all try to do the best for our children. Good education, fun and excitement, spending time with them are all important parts of raising a child. So what happens if they start to have hearing problems? According to research conducted in the USA, hearing loss, in varying degrees, affects two in every 100 children under the age of 18.

A family history of hearing loss does put a newborn at higher risk for having hearing loss.

Even if your newborn appears healthy, watch for signs that he or she is hearing well. Hearing milestones that should be reached in the first year of life include:

  • Most newborns startle or jump at sudden loud noises
  • By 3 months old a baby usually recognises a parent’s voice
  • By 6 months babies can usually turn their eyes or head toward a sound
  • By 12 months babies can usually imitate some sounds and produce a few words, such as “Daddy” or “bye-bye”

Your child may be at higher risk for hearing loss if he or she:

  • was born prematurely
  • had complications at birth
  • has frequent ear infections

If a hearing care consultant recommends hearing aids for your child, it’s important that he or she wears them continuously. This is because;

  • from birth to three years old, children’s brains are in a period of rapid development. Consistent sound input is critical for developing normal brain pathways for hearing, speech and cognitive functions
  • early listening and speaking are vital for language development
  • consistent hearing is important for children in bonding with their parents. It builds trust and deeper emotional links

Tips for Parents

It can be difficult to keep hearing aids on your child, especially toddlers. If your child resists hearing aids or frequently pulls them off, try;

  • developing a routine each day for putting your infant or child’s hearing aids on
  • putting the hearing aids on your child while you’re working on a fun activity together
  • a soft headband that you can secure over the hearing aids, but make sure the microphone isn’t covered
  • using special clips to keep the hearing aids attached to your child’s clothes so you won’t lose the expensive devices

Children, just like adults, should have their hearing evaluated at regular checkups. Hearing tests usually are done between 4 to 6 years old then every 2 years or so until 18 years old. When you come to Clarisound for a free, quick hearing check, bring your son or daughter with you. Or get yourself checked if you are bringing your child for an appointment at Clarisound.

Hearing loss doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy your life. If you get a lot of enjoyment out of chatting with friends, listening to music or watching movies then hearing loss affects this. Don’t worry. New technology in hearing aids means that you can stream your phone calls, music and other media directly into your hearing aids.


Direct streaming is the ability to transmit live audio from a mobile device to your hearing aids. There are many advantages to streaming over traditionally downloaded media. Sound and visual quality of the media is greatly improved by streaming media, so long as you have good internet speed. The quality and type of streaming varies greatly from one manufacturer to another. Some high quality hearing aids are able to provide hassle-free music streaming in high quality stereo, while other hearing aids only support mono, or no streaming at all.

Hearing aids made for iPhone

Signia ‘made for iPhone’ hearing aids connect directly to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. This allows you to stream directly into your hearing aids. With easy pairing, intuitive usage and high energy efficiency via their special ‘Bluetooth Low Energy’ protocol, your hearing aids become wireless stereo headphones. Sounds good? Accompanied by the specially designed myControl App, these new hearing aids offer you great connectivity for audio streaming, with remote control, all at your fingertips. If you have an android phone then you can use Bluetooth functionality for audio streaming by using the StreamLine Mic accessory too.

Good sound quality and functionality

If you get a phone call while you are streaming music or watching TV, then you will hear the ringtone of the phone call and the music streaming will be paused automatically. As soon as your call ends the music, or other sound, streaming continues from where it left off. This technology also allows you to adjust your hearing aids’ microphone input level  to help you get the right balance of audio and outside noise. During streamed phone calls, the hearing aid can still pick up sounds in the environment, but at a lower volume. It’s the same when watching you are watching TV or listening to music. So you can hear if someone is calling you or needs your attention.

If the quality of your life depends on your favourite TV show or chatting with your family or close friends then streaming to your hearing aid will restore your quality of life if you are suffering from hearing loss. Ask our experienced consultants at Clarisound for more information.

Tinnitus is a common problem

If you didn’t set your alarm clock but you still wake up hearing ringing you may have tinnitus.

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in your ears. It’s a common affliction. Don’t worry, it’s not serious. Tinnitus affects about 20 percent of people. The sound may seem to come from one ear or both, from inside your head, or from a distance. It may be constant or intermittent, steady or pulsating. Tinnitus in most cases requires “management” rather than treatment.

Causes of Tinnitus

A number of health conditions can cause or worsen tinnitus but, in many cases, the exact cause is hard to find. Common causes of tinnitus include;

  • Inner ear hair cell damage. If these hairs become bent or broken they send random electrical impulses to your brain.
  • Age-related hearing loss. For many people, hearing worsens with age, usually starting around the 50’s
  • Exposure to loud noise. This ranges from loud noises at work to portable music devices, such as MP3 players or iPods
  • Earwax blockage.
  • Ear bone changes. Stiffening of the bones in your middle ear may affect your hearing and cause tinnitus. This condition tends to run in families

Symptoms of Tinnitus

If you are suffering from tinnitus you may be experiencing these symptoms in your ears;

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Roaring
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Humming

Tinnitus caused by short-term noise exposure, such as attending a rock concert, usually goes away. However both short- and long-term exposure to loud sounds can cause permanent damage.

Hearing aids for tinnitus

According to a survey by the American Tinnitus Association, approximately 60% of tinnitus sufferers found some relief with hearing aids. Since most people with tinnitus also have hearing loss, many tinnitus sufferers are already using hearing aids. The benefits of hearing aids include;

  • Hearing aids allow wearers to hear sound they might be missing. This can be effective for ‘masking’ a lot of the tinnitus ringing. When you’re able to hear everything going on around you the tinnitus doesn’t sound so loud
  • Hearing aids also increase stimulation between the brain and the auditory pathways. This may help reduce tinnitus symptoms
  • Hearing aids also have volume controls which allow you to make external sounds louder than your tinnitus

Make sure you let our professional consultants at Clarisound know that you may be suffering from tinnitus. We will check if hearing aids could be an effective treatment for you.

Health is the new wealth. If you don’t have a healthy body, and mind, then you won’t be able to enjoy what you have worked hard for all your life. Malaysia currently has the highest rate of diabetes of any country in Asia. This is one of the highest in the world and the rate is rising. According to the National Diabetes Institute (NaDI), ‘statistics suggest that almost half of Malaysians do not know they have diabetes. Most of the time Type 2 diabetes does not have any symptoms at all until you develop a heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.’ Diabetes may also cause hearing loss.

Diabetes and hearing loss

In a 2008 study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), diabetic participants were found to be more than twice as likely to have mild to moderate hearing loss than those without the disease. The occurrence of high-frequency hearing loss was more prevalent in diabetics (54%) than in non-diabetics (32%).

Further research has supported these findings with a second study concluding that diabetics are more likely to have hearing loss than those without the disease, regardless of their age.

The link between diabetes and hearing loss is not yet clearly established. Scientists are still not sure why diabetes negatively impacts your sense of hearing. Research has suggested that high blood glucose levels cause damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear. Hair cells of the inner ear rely on good circulation to maintain health. These hair cells, ‘stereocilia’, are responsible for translating the sounds our ears collect into electrical impulses which they send to the brain to interpret as recognisable sound. Stereocilia do not regenerate. Once they are damaged or die, your hearing is permanently affected.

How to protect your hearing if you have diabetes

Although sensorineural hearing loss is permanent you can still protect your existing hearing.

  • Turn down the volume on personal electronic devices
  • Protect your ears from excessive noise with headphones or disposable earplugs
  • Take sufficient, gentle daily exercise to improve body circulation and blood flow
  • Keep your body weight at a manageable level by controlling your diet and volume of consumption

At Clarisound we will ask you to share your medical history with us when you attend your initial, free consultation. Don’t forget to let us know if you are a diabetic, or prediabetic. We can then help you to find a good solution for your hearing loss and restore your overall health and well being.