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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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
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.
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.
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 iPhone” hearing 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;
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;
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;
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.
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;
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.
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 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
Finding the right fit
Moving on to fitting and dispensing hearing aids, Clarisound follows protocols that include;
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;
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 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 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 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
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.
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:
Traveling to your destination
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.
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.
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:
Your child may be at higher risk for hearing loss if he or she:
Tips for Parents
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;
Symptoms of Tinnitus
If you are suffering from tinnitus you may be experiencing these symptoms in your ears;
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;
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.
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.