Another new year is upon us and that often means promises we make to ourselves for self-improvement with a resolve to “stick to the plan”. Although we don’t always stay the course and our resolutions to go by the wayside, taking the steps required to finally fix your untreated hearing loss is a resolution that will provide benefits for 2018 and beyond.
Hearing aids are like possums in that they can appear dead when they’re really not. Many experienced wearers believe hearing aids can sense the worst possible time to play dead and do so just to remind their owner to keep up on top of the maintenance schedule.
In reality, hearing aids are incredibly tough, reliable, and can often be revived by following a few simple steps.
If you wear hearing aids, more than likely you have experienced hearing aid feedback. That annoying, alarming squeal that seems to be present at the wrong times, is sometimes an unfortunate reality of wearing the devices. However, it can be minimized by understanding what causes it and by learning how to make a few small adjustments. This article addresses the problem of hearing aid feedback and its solutions.
Proper Physical Fit for BTE Hearing Aids
One of the first steps to ensure that Behind-the-Ear or BTE hearing aids produce optimal results is making sure that they are fitted properly on and in your ears. This can be accomplished by the correct combination of the tubes and domes on your hearing aids.
The Onset of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss generally happens slowly over time and the subtle way surrounding sounds are changing often go unnoticed. Over time, our brains slowly get used to how the world sounds around us even if we are not hearing it the same as a person with normal hearing does. The separation between background noise and speech sounds continues to shrink ever so slowly until we realize it has become a habit to ask people to repeat themselves.
The onset of hearing loss happens deceptively slow for most people, which makes losing your hearing much easier to get used to than fixing it. Something you’re poignantly aware of if the title of this article caught your attention. The decision to try hearing aids instead of coping with diminished hearing might have been big, but it was only the first step, now you’ve got to get comfortable wearing them.
As with most things the value of normal hearing goes up once it’s lost. And so does the burden; coping with any disability comes with unforeseen challenges for the afflicted as well as friends and family.
Hearing impairment means constantly being faced with deciding whether to ask for clarification, ignore the point and hope you’ll catch up later, or staying at home and avoiding people and conversations entirely.
On almost any given day most of us are exposed to noise at dangerous volume levels that are loud enough to potentially cause permanent long-term damage to our hearing. While those that do not live with hearing loss may not fully realize the negative impact it has on one’s quality of life, those that do, fully understand that their future well-being depends on taking the steps necessary to protect their hearing.
How loud is dangerous?
Getting older is no fun. Most of us find that as we get older, our bodies change in many ways – some good, some not so good. Oftentimes, these changes occur very gradually over time and are almost unnoticeable until it’s too late. Being able to recognize these changes and proactively curb their effects becomes important to maintaining a quality standard of life.
In today’s noisy world, finding peace and quiet can be difficult even in the best of circumstances. For nearly 50 million Americans, silence is unattainable because they suffer from tinnitus. However, there is good news to report - wearing hearing aids has proven to help reduce the effects of tinnitus.