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Hearing tests to determine degree of hearing loss

We used to believe hearing loss comes with aging. This is not completely true. Nowadays even teenager can suffer from hearing loss. Exposures to loud noise, ear wax, ear infection are few factors responsible for this. So what will you do, if you are in a same kind of trouble? Will you ignore it? If you ignore the issue and leave it untreated for an extended time, then it will result in an adverse condition. So as soon as you suspect trouble hearing, visit an audiologist/ENT specialist to have a proper detection of the auditory issue.

hearing aidsThe audiologist at the hearing aid centre in kolkata provides advanced hearing test for a proper diagnosis of the problem. The tests include Tuning fork hearing test, Tympanometry, Audiometry, etc. Briefings of few tests are mentioned below:

• Tuning fork hearing test: A device with two prongs called tuning fork is mainly used in this test. This is to determine the person’s ability to hear different sound frequency. Tuning Fork is mainly used to perform two types of hearing test, Weber test and Rinne test.

• Tympanometry: This test is for checking the condition of the middle ear. In this process the change in air pressure in the external ear makes the ear drum to move and the result is recorded as graphic representation called tympanograms.

• Audiometry test: In an audiometric test the level of one’s hearing ability is determined with the help of audiometer. Each ear is subjected to varying level of intensity of sound at a frequency of 1 kHz. The process is repeated several times and the average threshold is detected. The hearing aid centre in kolkata performs various types of audiometry tests like Pure Tone Audiometry, Speech Audiometry, Free-field Audiometry etc.

There are lots of other tests which are performed successfully by the hearing aid centre in Kolkata, for the benefits of their patients. The hearing aids are provided to the patient which work as a miracle after their degree of hearing loss are determined.

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Hearing aid centre and their positive approach

Hearing aid centre in Kolkata has taken the initiative to deliver best treatment for those who are suffering from hearing loss. With a series of tests and treatments done by the expert audiologist, the patient gradually regains all the hopes that seemed to be lost earlier. Based on the degree of hearing loss and following a routine treatment, they are provided with suitable hearing devices in Kolkata. Available hearing aids in the market are specially made keeping in mind the nature and extent of hearing loss, your preferences, lifestyle, the size and shape of your outer-inner ear etc. However all the treatment and using of hearing aids are done under proper guidance of the audiologist, otherwise it may have reverse effect.

hearing aid centerIf there is no hearing aid centre in nearby locality or one cannot manage time to visit the clinic for the treatment then the professional consultant can be called at home for the treatment to be done properly. Most of the hearing aid centre provides this service.

Thus a good treatment is required to bring back the quality of life and helps one to get rid of all the difficulties they were facing so far.

Hearing loss – Awareness and proper diagnosis

In our daily life we are always fighting with lots of health hazards. When we reach the winter of life, all these challenges becomes much more prominent and difficult to fight back. The most familiar being hearing loss. You can not avoid the fact that in the later stage of our life almost all of us will suffer from hearing loss. If you are above 60 and have trouble hearing, then it’s a high time for you to consult your audiologist for a proper diagnosis of the issue as soon as possible.

hearing aidsHowever there are still lack of awareness among mainstream people regarding hearing loss. Most of the time the elders, who mainly suffers from partial or complete hearing impairment are not at all ready to go for the hearing tests and try to ignore the problems that they are facing in their daily life. Living with hearing loss for long many lead to some serious problems like frustration, irritability, anger, stress, withdrawal from social life and even have an adverse effect on brain. To increase awareness among people several hearing aid centers in kolkata has organized free treatments and camps for people. Those who are coming for treatments are provided with suitable hearing aids in Kolkata as prescribed by audiologist. Based on the degree of hearing loss and following a routine treatment, they are provided with suitable hearing devices.

Few Facts about Hearing and Hearing Aids

The following hearing facts are concluded after a thorough and worldwide research and analysis:

hearing aid The fact reveals that men are more likely to suffer hearing loss compared to women. Among the adults aged above 65 and older men do have hearing loss and tinnitus compared to the percent of women. Research has identified tinnitus is more prevalent among the individuals with white skin colors and it’s more in the South and Northeast.

  • It is reported the degree of hearing loss is similar among 17 percent of men adults.
  • It is understood that there is a strong relation between age and hearing loss. Percent of adults above 75 years old experiences hearing impairment.
  • More or less 25 million of both men and women suffer from tinnitus. 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are either born deaf or are hard of hearing. Further reports show that 9 out of 10 children who are born deaf are born of parents who are normal.
  • High frequency hearing loss is seen between the ages of 20 to 69 owing to exposure to loud noise or music either at work or during leisure activities.
  • If a person really wants to benefit from a hearing aid, then one must wear it constantly or regularly. Hearing device can only benefit a person if it’s worn regularly and consistently.
  • 3 out of 4 children, by the age of three suffer from otitis media or ear infection. More than 1lakh patients had to go for cochlear implantations for hearing impairment.
  • Every year more than four thousand of deafness occurs suddenly. Sudden deafness mostly occurs due to a serious damage of the tympanic membrane or owing to exposure to loud noise regularly.
  • Deaf children or children hard of hearing also have Usher syndrome. One out of every one lakh individual suffers from acoustic neurinoma.

Want to Make a Hearing Aid Dryer at Home

Hearing devices due to regular wearing tend to accumulate a lot of dirt and moisture for its direct exposure to the skin and air. It is better to keep it dry. The drier it is the more it lasts longer and gives better service. You can prepare a hearing aid dryer at home very easily and for free.

Hearing AidGet hold of a small container. It might look like a leftover cup but must have a lid. It’s feasible if you can get hold of a container that is air tight. Your next step is to collect a few silica gel capsules from your old medicine bottles, may be from your dog food or other packets of food or items that needs to be kept dry.

Silica gel comes in small packets that look like small sugar packets. Collect them. The more you collect the better. But do not collect too much for that would over fill the container. Now put the silica gel packets inside the container. Insert the hearing machines in the container and add a paper towel or a tissue paper so that the silica packets and the hearing aids do not come in contact with each other. Close the lid and let it be. You can do this regularly at night after you remove the hearing machine and take it out in the morning.

You will feel the hearing device is lot more dried in the morning. Do this regularly to keep your aid dried. However do change the silica packets after a month. You can dry up the packets in the microwave; to refresh it as the heat would absorb the moisture in it.

Cleaning Up Your Ear Wax with Olive Oil

Suffering from ear wax accumulation is a common problem. You might at times have hearing problems and may feel that it is a hearing loss. But on seeing a doctor you will come to know that it’s just owing to the accumulation of ear wax. So, relax only cleaning will solve your problem. Congestion of ear wax do not cause deafness or damage your eardrum permanently.  Therefore a hearing aid or a hearing device is not required and so you do not have to worry about the hearing aid prices as well.

However ear wax is not a bad thing. It’s secreted in order to stop germ build up and also to prevent your ear from getting infected. It is kind of a defense mechanism but sometimes the over production may be a problem. Using of earphones and headphones causes more production of ear wax.

hearing aid pricesA Few Steps:

A pharmaceutical olive oil treatment is good to clean up your ear wax. You can buy one of the spray types as that would be pretty easier in applying down the ear canal. You can buy it from any chemist shop. Olive oil naturally dilutes the ear wax and it’s safe for children and people for all ages. The best part is its natural and comes without any chemicals.

You can spray it directly from the container or use a cotton ball to drop it into your ear canal. However, one drop would be not enough. You will need to pour in some more on a regular basis to clean up the congested wax naturally.  

With olive oil the wax gradually softens up and starts moving around. After the application try to keep your head tilted for a little while so as to allow the oil to spread to the interior and the walls of the ear. 

Wash it out later with a warm shower and feel the difference.

Do You Have Hearing Motion Synesthesia

Hearing motion synesthesia is not too common a problem and not many seems to have heard of it or familiar of it. A new name always intrigues all of us so I guess it will be a gripping read. Walking through a busy road with passer by all around, huge commotion of people talking, traffic snarl all sometimes make you feel dizzy in the head. Do you hear some other sound like “whoo-ee!” in your ears apart from the commotion going around you? If this is what you experience then you might be suffering from hearing-motion Synesthesia. You can be surer about it from the following methods. However having synesthesia does not mean having hearing loss or wearing a hearing device.

hearing aidThe synesthesia is involuntary. It is something beyond your control. It happens suddenly and it’s consistent. You cannot stop the noise till you look in a different direction. Sometimes it is also activated by something that is blinking. It may be caused due to car blinkers, rapidly blinking of eyes or any blinking light. If all these blinking activities trigger off sounds in your ears then you have the symptom of hearing-motion Synesthesia. It may be so that you already have it but never noticed or chose to ignore it. Try to be careful from next time while you are in a crowd or in a public place with commotion so as to assess if you are hearing some other sound.

Now do not think that you will start experiencing all these right after reading this article. Do you ever zone out when you stare at something moving or blinking? Then it is synesthesia for sure. If you hear the sound and feel that you are not actually hearing the sound but it is in your head then you are suffering from associated synesthesia. But if you are actually hearing it you are having projected synesthesia. 

Do not become panic stricken if you are hearing all these. Just see a doctor and get treated. It is not a serious disease and you are not suffering from any hearing disorder that might lead you to wearing a hearing aid

Know Your Hearing Aid Price

Hearing aids were initially manufactured as an aid to help out those who are either deaf or have hearing disabilities. A lot of people are often heard of complaining about the high hearing aid price. Many still finds it a little difficult to afford hearing aids, as it is not as cost effective as spectacles.

The complain of the common people mostly remain unheard and the major problem that the patients face after buying a hearing aid is that they are not covered by the regular health insurance plans. Only if a person has cochlear implantation, then he gets health insurance coverage. Cochlear implantations are very expensive and only a few can afford to buy.

The governments own health insurance coverage or even medicarHearing Aid Pricee does not include hearing aids. There are a few insurance companies that cover the hearing tools and only cover cochlear implants. Cochlear implants are special hearing aids that are meant for patients with a higher degree of hearing loss. Research is on so that even patients with minimal hearing loss can also use cochlear implants. However, the hearing aid price can be a serious concern as the newly launched hearing aids price is skyrocketing. They have better features and allow detailed hearing.

Survey reveals that more than fifty percent of the senior citizens avoid wearing hearing aids because of the burgeoning price. Hence, it’s advisable to compare prices of various brands, do a little online survey on your own before you invest in hearing devices.

Defend Your Hearing with Ear Plugs

Protection of your hearing is very important, as they are delicate in structure. The daily commotion and humdrum keeps affecting your eardrum for a longer period. However ear protection is needed for protecting your hearing. Damaging of the ear drum can lead you to wearing hearing aids.

 hearing aidsExposure to loud music for a longer period of time can also damage your hearing. Basically our hearing is based on some tiny structures deep inside the head which are very sensitive and therefore can get damaged very easily.

Using of headphones for long can be detrimental, making your hearing prone to auditory loss. The noise of engines and machinery can affect your hearing to a large extent. You can turn down the volume when not in use. Using a headphone or earphone leads to injuring your hearing.

If you practice gun firing do wear some hearing protection as the sound is much louder than what we hear on television.

Work like lawn mowing, carpentry or working in a wood shop or in machinery factories produces loud noise. Wearing a rubber ear plug can really protect your ears against damaging activities. The rubber ear plugs are nothing but soft pliable silicone that seals the ear canal against loud noise.

The ear plugs are available easily at any drugstore. Ear plugs made of foam are soft and can be squeezed for compression while inserting in the ear canal.

However the drawback is ear plugs can only minimize the sound by 29 decibels and can prevent hearing loss to some extent. You have to go for a hearing device if you are suffering from hearing loss. By wearing an ear plug you will still be able to hear what is going on around but not that clearly.

Invisible in the Canal Hearing Aids – for Better Transmission & Sound Clarity

The invisible hearing aids are the latest device doing the buzz. It is smaller in size and completely disappears in the canal. It provides better sound clarity compared to other hearing devices.  These are believed to be true to its name as they are not visible to the eyes. The invisible hearing aids are customized according to the shape and size of the ear canal for the best fit. However it does not block the entire canal.

hearing devicesThe invisible hearing aids are light in weight and cause less discomfort. The invisible in the canal hearing aid has a feature of enhanced microphone, which can readily pick the electrical signals directly from the environment for transmission. There is a thin tube that is linked to the amplifier which makes the sound clarity better and greater. As the hearing machine is placed inside the ear lobe, wind or other noises does not affect the sound transmission. The volume of the device can be controlled with a remote or via a connection from the mobile phone. Pre-installation of software is needed for this purpose. 

Further research is on as technology is continually changing, and they are looking forward to improvise the device by installing a better transmitter, batteries and placing the tube deeper into the canal and also into the brain. Thus invisible in the canal hearing aid is to assist a larger number of people suffering from hearing loss, which needs the device to be placed closer to the canal. Once you wear the device there is need to remove it. Therefore one can wear a hearing aid, live a normal life like others with the device being invisible.