5 Ways Your Lifestyle Can Change With a Hearing Aid

5 Ways Your Lifestyle Can Change With a Hearing Aid

5 Ways Your Lifestyle Can Change With a Hearing Aid

As you doubt know, hearing is one of our most vital senses—helping us navigate and engage with the world around us.

When you experience hearing issues, everyday activities like walking, balancing, and processing information can become seriously hindered.

Hearing loss of difficulties are more common than you might think, affecting one in seven Australians each year. But, the good news is, in many cases, there is something you can do about it.

Hearing aids help millions of people around the world improve their quality of life by amplifying sound signals and sending them to the inner ear.

If you’re experiencing hearing difficulties, a hearing aid might just change your life—here’s how.

1. Improve communication

Hearing loss can seriously impair your ability to interpret language, define sounds, and process words. When this happens, communication becomes incredibly difficult.

Communication challenges can make work as well as home life challenging while making you feel isolated from the world.

But, as hearing aids enhance the volume and clarity of your hearing, they will empower you to enjoy conversing and communicating without the struggling to listen. Finally, you can tune back into the world around you.

2. Increase confidence

Constant struggle, strain, and worry can hinder your wellbeing. And, when you’re overwhelmed or exhausted, you can lose confidence, both socially and in your personal abilities.

By giving you the ability to process the sounds around you intuitively, you will have to worry less, expel less energy, and in turn, boost your levels of confidence.

3. Strengthen relationships

Struggling with your hearing can cause communication to break down with your loved ones.

Feeling tired and shut out from the world may result in you becoming irritable or zoning out, which can have a negative impact on your personal relationships.

Hearing aids will open up the world around you again, helping you enjoy and even improve your relationships as a result.

4. Danger perception

When you can’t hear, your ability to process ambient and outside sounds becomes a challenge.

Muffled or blurred sounds often mesh into one undefinable blanket of noise and if you live in a busy environment, you could be at greater danger from road traffic and other treacherous obstacles.

Connect with the right hearing aid and you will be able to spot danger a mile off once again.

5. Physical activity

Expanding on our last point, as hearing aids will restore your ability to absorb and process sounds, you will be able to tune back in the world around you—and that means you can get active once again.

With better balance and improved hearing, you will be able to take up exercise and outdoor activities again, without worry, improving your overall health and wellbeing in the process.

The right hearing aid will change your lifestyle for the better—and if you need advice, we’re here to help.

With over 34 years of expert experience and an industry-leading team of clinicians, we will ensure you connect with hearing aids that suits your specific needs down to the last detail.

Ready to change your life? If you would like to book a hearing loss screening test at one of our three WA hearing clinics, call us on (08) 9388 8003 or book an appointment online. Speak to you soon.

How Can You Prevent Damage to Your Hearing?

How Can You Prevent Damage to Your Hearing?

How Can You Prevent Damage to Your Hearing

Your hearing is precious—and that’s an understatement. As one of your most vital senses, looking after your hearing should be one of your very top priorities.

As the primary organ for hearing and balance, your ears are not to be abused. Although like most of your body’s biological systems, they will experience wear and tear over the years, looking after your ears now will save you from a host of hearing problems in the future.

But, how do you look after your hearing exactly? Well, read on because as one of Perth’s leading hearing & audiology specialists, we’re going to tell you how.

Let’s get started.

How to look after your hearing: essential tips & best practices

To help you look after your hearing and keep your ears healthy for as long as possible, here are some essential tips you need to know.

Avoid continual loud noise

Of course, if you live in a fairly bustling town or city like Perth, loud noise is hard to avoid. But, to define loud noise—the potentially damaging kind—you should steer clear of any sounds (speakers, amplifiers, construction or crowd noise, etc.) that cause you to shout. Make a habit of avoiding these noises where possible and if you are exposed to loud sounds frequently, invest in some quality ear plugs or protectors.

Remove earwax correctly

Earwax is a natural substance designed to protect the eardrum and help to fight infections. Having wax in your ear is healthy but an excess buildup can reduce or muffle sound and cause distress. While you might need to remove the excess from your ear canal, using a cotton bud is likely to cause damage to your hearing. That said, if you need to get rid of some earwax, use a trusted home irrigation kit or consult the services of a professional.

Try not to smoke

Not many people know this, but smoking tobacco can increase the likelihood of hearing loss or damage overtime—another solid incentive to quit if you need to. If you’re a smoker, seeking help or advice on how to give up will help to preserve your hearing and if you’re not, steering clear of second hand smoke is also advisable.

Book a hearing test

If you feel there may be any issues (including a distinct ringing in your ear or you have trouble listening to conversations) with your hearing whatsoever or hearing loss runs in the family, don’t live in doubt or fear—book a professional hearing test. Your typical test is painless and non invasive—read our guide on what to expect from a hearing lost screen test and find out for yourself.

When it comes to your ears, you cannot afford to be complacent. As industry-leaders in hearing aid support and trusted local audiologists, we can offer personal advice, consultancy, and screening. 

If you live in the Perth area and you’d like to book a test, we’re here for you. Contact us and we’ll be happy to get the ball rolling.

Hearing 101: The Ultimate Guide To How Your Hearing Works

Hearing 101: The Ultimate Guide To How Your Hearing Works

Ear Diagram

If you are experiencing hearing problems or any other problem with your ears, it is useful to have an idea of how your hearing works. We’ve put together a guide for you to help you understand this sensory organ better.

Physical Structure and Function

The ear is the organ responsible for hearing. Hearing is our perception of sound. The anatomy of the ear is quite intricate but is made up of three main parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear.

The Outer Ear

The outer ear includes all visible parts such as the earlobe and the auricle. The auricle is the bit of cartilage covered by skin. Together the ear lobe and auricle are called the pinna.

The outer ear also consists of the auditory canal—also called the ear canal—and the tympanic membrane, which is the outer layer of the eardrum.

The special shape of the outer ear captures sound. Sound travels down the ear canal and causes the eardrum to vibrate. These vibrations move the bones of the middle ear.

The Middle Ear

The middle ear includes the eardrum and the ossicles, which are the tiny bones of the middle ear. Most of us learn the names of these bones in school:

  1. the hammer (or malleus) – a long handles attached to the eardrum;
  2. the anvil (or incus) – the bridge bone between the hammer and the stirrup; and
  3. the stirrup (or stapes), which is the footplate, and the smallest bone in the human body.

The bones of the middle ear are designed to amplify the sounds we hear.

Also part of the middle ear is the eustachian tube. It equalises the pressure between the air outside the ear and pressure within the middle ear.

The tube is normally closed but can open involuntarily when you swallow, yawn or chew. You can intentionally open it to equalize pressure in the ears when at high altitudes or when flying in a plane. When this happens, you will probably hear a soft popping sound.

The Inner Ear

The inner ear is where sound is converted into electrical signals and transmitted to the brain. The parts of the inner ear are

  • the oval window, connecting the middle ear to the inner ear
  • semicircular ducts, filled with fluid and attached to the cochlea and nerves, that send information to the brain on balance and position of the head
  • the spiral-shaped cochlea that transforms sound into signals that get sent to the brain; and
  • the auditory tube, which drains fluid from the middle ear into the throat behind the nose

The three small bones in the middle ear move the fluid in the cochlea, which causes movement of tiny hair cells within. Movement of these hair cells creates electrical impulses which are sent along the auditory nerve to the brain.

To hear, all three sections must function correctly and be working together.

What Causes Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss occurs if any of the structures of the ear are not functioning properly. Alternatively, if the part of the brain which processes sound is not working properly, sounds may become distorted or inaudible, and cause hearing loss.

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Types of Hearing Loss

We are going to get a little technical now, but hopefully in a way that makes sense to you. The three basic types of hearing loss are called conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.

The information in this article is for general awareness only and is not intended as expert advice. We recommend that you consult an ear specialist if you experience any of the symptoms of hearing loss listed below.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound does not reach the eardrum and the middle ear easily through the ear canal. If you have conductive hearing loss, sounds will seem softer and harder to hear. Usually, this kind of hearing loss can be corrected medically or surgically.

Causes of conductive hearing loss include:

  • Fluid in the middle ear from colds or allergies
  • Ear infection (also called otitis media)
  • Poor eustachian tube function
  • Hole in the eardrum
  • Too much earwax (cerumen)
  • Swimmer’s ear (external otitis)
  • Foreign body trapped in the ear canal
  • Malformation of the outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs if there is damage to the inner ear or the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. SNHL is the most common type of permanent hearing loss since medical or surgical correction is not often possible.

People with SNHL have difficulty hearing faint sounds. Even if speech is loud enough to hear, it may still be experienced as unclear or muffled.

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Possible causes of SNHL include:

  • Certain drugs toxic to hearing
  • Genetic or hereditary hearing loss
  • Ageing
  • Head trauma
  • Malformation of the inner ear
  • Exposure to loud noise.

Some people experience a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss, called mixed hearing loss.

Remember that hearing loss is often gradual. It is normally the people around you, rather than you yourself, who will recognise the symptoms first. Don’t be stubborn: get your hearing checked!

Take Care of Your Ears!

Taking good care of your ears is much like taking good care of your teeth and hair. It should be part of your routine. Here’s a quick checklist of what you should and shouldn’t do:

Do:

  • get your ears and hearing checked regularly
  • have a professional remove excessive ear wax or any small object stuck in the ear canal
  • use earplugs to protect your hearing in noisy environments
  • dry your ears after showering or swimming
  • stay physically active; a healthy circulation system helps keep your ears healthy.

Don’t:

  • put cotton swabs in your ear canal, or poke about with other objects
  • crank up your headphone volume
  • ignore pain or drainage from your ears — go to a doctor
  • smoke; smoking compromises the circulation system, which affects your hearing.

Importance of Ear Tests

Even if you don’t notice any reduction in your hearing ability, you should have your ears tested periodically. Loss of hearing can affect you at any age.

Early diagnosis of possible hearing problems in children is important too. This is mainly because hearing problems can cause delays in language learning, and learning skills generally.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about your hearing or ear problems, we urge you to contact Audiologists from Hearing and Audiology or a hearing specialist near you soon.

Did you know that Hearing and Audiology gives pensioners a free hearing consultation? If you live in the Perth area, or in Geraldton, get in touch to book an appointment.