Hearing and Audiology https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au Tue, 14 May 2019 08:09:08 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 7 Tips For a Carefree Vacation With Hearing Aids https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/7-tips-for-a-carefree-vacation-with-hearing-aids/ https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/7-tips-for-a-carefree-vacation-with-hearing-aids/#respond Mon, 06 May 2019 05:54:38 +0000 https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/?p=2584 Holidays are meant to be fun and stress-free, but they also often take you to crowded, noisy tourist attractions that make your hearing aid essential, and the last thing you need is to be worried about your hearing aid or finding yourself struggling to use it in a new setting. We’ve collected seven top travel […]

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Holidays are meant to be fun and stress-free, but they also often take you to crowded, noisy tourist attractions that make your hearing aid essential, and the last thing you need is to be worried about your hearing aid or finding yourself struggling to use it in a new setting.

We’ve collected seven top travel tips for hearing aid users to help you enjoy every moment of your holiday:

Tip 1: Make Sure Your Hearing Aids Are Working Well

Our number one tip is to ensure that your hearing aids are in great working order before you leave – there’s nothing worse than having to deal with an unexpected fault, especially if it could have been prevented. If you have any concerns about the performance of your hearing aids or require any adjustments, get them done before you leave. You don’t want to be worrying about your hearing aid while on holiday!

Tip 2: Don’t Forget These Hearing Aid Essentials

Make sure you’ve packed everything you could need; depending on your destination these might not be easy to purchase while you’re away. Items you should consider taking include:

  • Extra batteries and charger
  • Outlet converter
  • Protective waterproof case
  • Cleaning kit
  • Dryer or humidifier – particularly if your destination is humid
  • Any other accessories you use frequently

Tip 3: Familiarise Yourself With Your Hearing Aids Settings

If you’re in an unfamiliar and noisy environment, you may need to make use of some features of your hearing aid you don’t normally use. For example, we recommend you practice using any Bluetooth settings your hearing aid has – these are useful for connecting to other devices, including TVs, mobile phones, and computers. Preparation will ensure you’re ready for any situation.

Tip 4: Keep Essentials in Your Carry-On Baggage

You’ve heard the nightmare stories about baggage being sent halfway around the world in the wrong direction and, unfortunately, it does happen. We recommend keeping all those hearing aid essentials we recommended you bring on your carry-on baggage. If you have them with you, they can’t get lost, so wherever you go (and regardless of what happens to the rest of your baggage), you’ll be able to use your hearing aid.

Of course, don’t forget your hearing aids either! We recommend you wear these for both security checks and then on to the flight so you can hear the boarding and safety instructions. There is not normally a need to take them off for security scanners.

Tip 5: Ask About Induction Loops

Many tours, museums, theatres, and other tourist attractions have induction loop systems installed to help visitors who are hard of hearing. If possible, check in advance to see if they have a loop or any other allowances to help you enjoy your experience there; the venue website is often a good place to check. If you can’t see any information, ask – even if they don’t have an induction loop, they may be able to do something else to help you get the most out of your visit.

Tip 6: Contact Your Hotel When Booking

Some hotels have adaptive rooms with special features that may make your stay more comfortable. For example, these rooms may have flashing lights to alert you to a door knock, fire alarm, or ringing telephone. The more advance notice you give your hotel, the more likely they are to be able to help.

Tip 7: Check For Local Hearing Aid Experts

You’ve got the perfect itinerary, packed everything you could need, and you’re having a brilliant time – but then your hearing aid breaks. To avoid this ruining your holiday, we recommend checking in advance where the local hearing aid expert is. Who will you contact if you need repairs or a new battery? Having this information in advance should enable you to enjoy a stress-free holiday – you’ve got a plan for everything.

Whether you’re travelling or a resident, Hearing & Audiology are your local hearing specialists in Western Australia. Call our team on (08) 9388 8003 or book an appointment online.

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The 7 Most Common Hearing Loss Questions Answered https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/the-7-most-common-hearing-loss-questions-answered/ https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/the-7-most-common-hearing-loss-questions-answered/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 06:10:22 +0000 https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/?p=2312 If you or a relative are experiencing hearing loss or worried about it, you probably have a lot of questions! Below we’ve answered seven of the most queries we get: 1. How Can I Tell If I Have a Hearing Problem? Hearing loss is rarely a sudden event – it’s more likely to creep up […]

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If you or a relative are experiencing hearing loss or worried about it, you probably have a lot of questions! Below we’ve answered seven of the most queries we get:

1. How Can I Tell If I Have a Hearing Problem?

Hearing loss is rarely a sudden event – it’s more likely to creep up on you gradually. For this reason, it’s often other people that notice the change first. Here are a few signs you might have a problem:

  • You like the TV volume louder than you used to, or louder than others in your family like it
  • You regularly ask people to repeat themselves
  • You have problems following conversations with multiple people or in noisy environments, such as a busy office or shop
  • You experience a buzzing/ringing sound

It might be time to get your hearing checked if you experience one or more of these problems.

2. What Causes Hearing Loss?

Common causes of hearing loss include ageing, exposure to loud noises, infections, and genetic reasons. Other causes include viral infections, certain diseases, and a reaction to certain medications. A build-up of earwax is also a common cause of temporary hearing loss.

3. Does Hearing Loss Mean I Will Go Deaf?

It is impossible to say without a professional hearing evaluation and diagnosis. Many causes of hearing loss are progressive (they get worse over time) but often they reach a certain point and then stabilise. The best way to ensure you minimise the effect of hearing loss is to get effective treatment.

4. Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?

Some hearing aids are expensive, but you’re paying for a lot more than just the physical item. The cost covers the research and development of both the software and the hardware necessary to create that hearing aid. Hearing aid manufacturers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing cutting-edge products that will help improve your hearing. That investment means that today’s hearing aids are smaller, have more features, and offer better sound quality.

5. What Is The Best Hearing Aid?

There is no one definitive best hearing aid. The right choice for you will depend upon your specific needs. Visit your local hearing specialist to get a diagnosis and a recommendation for which hearing aids will be best for you.

6. How Do I Choose a Hearing Aid?

Your hearing specialist will make recommendations according to your diagnosis. After that, your choice is largely personal preference. Different brands and models offer different features and styles at different price levels. Typically, smaller, less obtrusive hearing aids will cost more.

We recommend the following brands: Phonak, Unitron, Oticon, Siemens, Widex, and Starkey. Any hearing aid suitable for your diagnosis from one of these brands will be of high quality.

7. What Should I Do If I Suspect Hearing Loss?

Don’t wait! The sooner you get your hearing checked, the better. If you have a problem, a diagnosis will help improve your quality of life, and in many cases, prompt treatment can help slow down further hearing loss.

Worried about hearing loss? Click here to book your free hearing consultation.

 

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Top 5 Hearing Aid Brands for 2019 https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/top-5-hearing-aid-brands-for-2019/ https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/top-5-hearing-aid-brands-for-2019/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 02:09:20 +0000 https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/?p=2293 If you’re looking for a hearing aid, you might be wondering where to start. There are hundreds of brands out there, and many of them seem very similar. You should always carefully consider the recommendations of your hearing aid professional, and you can’t go wrong if they suggest any one of the following five brands. […]

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If you’re looking for a hearing aid, you might be wondering where to start. There are hundreds of brands out there, and many of them seem very similar. You should always carefully consider the recommendations of your hearing aid professional, and you can’t go wrong if they suggest any one of the following five brands.

We’ve been using these brands for our customers for years, and each one has had a strong start to 2019. In no particular order, our top 5 hearing aid brands for 2019 are:

Sivantos

Sivantos Ltd, producers of the Signia, Rexton and Siemens branded hearing aids, are one of the biggest producers of hearing aids in the world. One out of every four hearing aids produced worldwide come under the Sivantos umbrella, and they have customers in 95 countries around the world.

Their current headline product, the Signia Stylette, is a stylish hearing aid infused with smart technology. These slimline hearing aids are focused on providing the highest possible level of quality and customer satisfaction and come packed with advanced features, including streaming from televisions, batteries that last for four days, and high-quality sound courtesy of Signia’s Own Voice Processing (OVP).

Widex

Widex, a family-owned company from Denmark, is another large hearing aid manufacturer. They have a history of delivering innovative new approaches and technologies and were the first company to produce in-ear hearing aids.

Their latest product, the Widex Evoke, claims to be the world’s first “smart” hearing aid. When you adjust your hearing aid, the Evoke learns. It remembers the settings you use in different environments and uses this information to adjust itself for a better listening experience.

Additionally, the Evoke sends this data back to Widex anonymously, helping them to fine-tune their hearing aids to the benefit of every Widex customer.

Starkey

Founded in 1964, Starkey has a long history of helping users access high-quality hearing solutions. Starkey has long been at the forefront of hearing aid innovation; they were the first company to produce an iPhone app and the first to use both digital and nano technology.

Starkey’s Muse iQ technology helps you to hear in a wide range of challenging situations. Acuity™ Immersion Directionality improves speech audibility in even the loudest and most difficult hearing situations, while high-performance wireless streaming keeps you connected to TV, music, and smartphones.

Phonak

Phonak have been helping the world to hear better for more than 70 years, and now have customers in more than 100 countries. Phonak’s latest technology, the Phonak Audéo Marvel, was a winner at the recent CES 2019 Innovation Awards in the Accessibility Category.

The Audéo Marvel is the first universal Bluetooth hearing aid that can support direct stereo steaming from both Android and iOS phones. This enables wearers to better experience high-quality sound when on the phone, listening to music, or watching video.

Unitron

Unitron produces both behind-the-ear and in-ear hearing aids. Their Moxi Now hearing aid is the world’s smallest wireless Receive-in-Ear (RIC) hearing aid, enabling wearers to look great and hear in comfort. Winner of the 2017 reddot award for ‘best of the best’, the Moxi Now is a popular choice for many consumers.

Contact us today on 08-9388-8003 or click here to book your FREE consultation.

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What Is The Best Hearing Aid Brand? https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/what-is-the-best-hearing-aid-brand/ https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/what-is-the-best-hearing-aid-brand/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 02:24:26 +0000 https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/?p=2258 There are a lot of hearing aid brands out there, but which is best for you? Well, it depends on your individual needs! There is no one best brand for every hearing need, and anyone who says there is, is probably on that company’s payroll. Instead, there are several good brands, of which the best […]

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There are a lot of hearing aid brands out there, but which is best for you? Well, it depends on your individual needs! There is no one best brand for every hearing need, and anyone who says there is, is probably on that company’s payroll.

Instead, there are several good brands, of which the best for you will depend upon your individual needs and tastes. We recommend specific brands towards the end of this article, but first, there are a few other things we think you should know:

What You Should Know Before You Choose

We know you’re probably eager to get started choosing a hearing aid, but the worst thing you could do right now is to go out and purchase a hearing aid online before you know what you need. A hearing aid is not a complete solution to your hearing problems and should only be purchased as one part of a holistic hearing rehabilitation plan.

Additionally, hearing aids aren’t all the same. Some types may be better suited to your condition than others, and if you make a hasty purchase, you might not get all the benefits you could have received with the right model.

Before you purchase, we recommend you take the following three steps:

Step 1: Consult an Independent Audiologist

To purchase the correct hearing aid, you first need to understand your unique individual needs. An independent audiologist will diagnose your hearing problem and will suggest which different hearing aids will best meet your needs.

Step 2: Decide What Is Important For You

To choose from those hearing aids, you should consider what is important for you. Do you want your hearing aid to be as hidden as possible? Do you have an active lifestyle that necessitates an in-ear hearing aid? What is the maximum you are willing to spend on a solution?

Step 3: Have Your Hearing Aid Fitted By a Professional

Finally, give this information to your audiologist. They will be able to identify which hearing aids both meet your needs (healthwise) and your established lifestyle and financial objectives. From there, you should have several good options to choose from according to your tastes.

Please note: We do not recommend you ever purchase a hearing aid online. By purchasing through your audiologist, you will not only get the correct device, but you will also benefit from their help fitting and setting up your hearing aid. You may also be able to trial a hearing aid.

Hearing Aid Brands We Recommend

Because we’re independent, we have tried (and stock) a wide range of hearing aid brands. In particular, we recommend the following to our customers:

  • Unitron – Global hearing aid manufacturers that produce both in-ear and behind-the-ear models. Unitron produce the Moxi Now – the world’s smallest wireless Receive-in-Ear (RIC) hearing aid.
  • Phonak – Phonak have been producing hearing solutions for more than 70 years, and we’re a fan. They are constantly innovating to help their customers hear better.
  • Oticon – The Oticon Opn hearing aids couple a high-quality sound experience with some very stylish designs, including invisible in-ear hearing aids.
  • Starkey – Starkey created the first hearing aid for iPhone and have been innovating ever since.
  • Widex – A family-owned Danish company, Widex has grown to be one of the largest manufacturers of hearing aids in the world. Their innovation-first approach led to the world’s first in-the-ear hearing aids.
  • Sivantos – Sivantos manufacture both the Siemens and Signia brands of hearing aids.

All of these brands produce high-quality solutions, but please don’t guess about which one is right for you. We strongly recommend you book in a consultation with your local audiologist first.

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Best Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Apps For Your Ears https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/best-hearing-loss-and-tinnitus-apps-for-your-ears/ https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2019/best-hearing-loss-and-tinnitus-apps-for-your-ears/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 03:21:06 +0000 https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/?p=2252 Did you know one of your best tools for dealing with hearing loss and tinnitus is probably less than a metre away? Yep – it’s your smartphone. There are hundreds of apps that are designed to enhance hearing, provide additional capabilities, or deliver relief and many of them are either free or only cost a […]

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Did you know one of your best tools for dealing with hearing loss and tinnitus is probably less than a metre away? Yep – it’s your smartphone. There are hundreds of apps that are designed to enhance hearing, provide additional capabilities, or deliver relief and many of them are either free or only cost a few dollars.

With so many to choose from it’s tough to find the right app – so we’ve done the hard work for you. Below you’ll find our top picks in three categories – Hearing Enhancements, Tinnitus Relief, and Helpful Tools.

Please note: Hearing loss apps and other software are an addition to, not a replacement for, a traditional diagnosis and treatment. If you are experiencing hearing loss or other symptoms, we strongly recommend you visit your local hearing specialist.

Our Recommended Hearing Enhancement App: Petralex

Petralex is a free app which enables you to use your smartphone as a hearing aid. There are many other apps that offer similar functionality, but Petralex is a step ahead. We don’t recommend you ditch your hearing aid just yet, but this app works as a great alternative if you’ve run out of batteries or don’t wear a hearing aid and need a quick boost.

Features include:

  • 44.1 kHz sampling rate – higher than many hearing aids
  • Auto adjusts to your hearing and environment
  • Support for Bluetooth headsets

Download for free on iOS here or Android here.

Our Recommended Tinnitus Relief App: ReSound Tinnitus Relief

There are many sound therapy apps available that can help distract your brain and manage the symptoms of Tinnitus; our recommendation is ReSound Tinnitus Relief. It’s not magic: if the severity of your condition means that sound therapy is not effective then this app is unlikely to make the difference, but for everyone else this is the best option.

Features include:

  • Layer up combinations of multiple sounds
  • Adjust balance between ears
  • Includes guided meditation, deep breathing, and other activities designed to distract from Tinnitus.
  • Stream sound to your hearing aid (if you have one)

ReSound Tinnitus Relief costs US$6.99 per month or US$69.99 per year. It is available on iOS here and Android here.

Our Recommended Helpful Tool: Sound Alert

Sound Alert isn’t cheap, but it is clever. The app enables your smartphone to detect certain sounds – such as your smoke alarm – and alert you either through your smartphone or another compatible device. The app comes with some standard sounds pre-installed (mainly smoke and CO alarms), but you can also customize with specific sounds you want alerts for.

Features include:

  • Phone vibration and flashing light to alert you
  • Compatible with Pebble watch and compatible alert products (including Bellman and Geemarc products)
  • Programme 10 custom sounds

Sound Alert is available on iOS here and Android here.

Special Mention: Hearing Aid Apps

Did you know that most hearing aids now have apps that work with them? Features vary by manufacturer but usually include battery monitoring, the ability to adjust settings, including volume, using your phone, and create and switch between multiple programs. Some also enable wireless streaming.

Do you need to visit a hearing specialist? Hearing & Audiology are independent hearing specialists with more than 30 years’ experience. Contact us online today or call (08) 9388 8003 – no referral required.

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Hearing Cellphone Applications – Could They Help You Hear Better? https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2018/hearing-cellphone-applications-could-they-help-you-hear-better/ https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2018/hearing-cellphone-applications-could-they-help-you-hear-better/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:12:29 +0000 https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/?p=2187 They might not know it, but most people now have technology in their pocket which can stand in for a hearing aid – their smartphones. Advances in phone technology mean that many people are now using their phone and apps on it to help them manage their hearing loss better. Does this mean the end […]

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They might not know it, but most people now have technology in their pocket which can stand in for a hearing aid – their smartphones. Advances in phone technology mean that many people are now using their phone and apps on it to help them manage their hearing loss better. Does this mean the end of the traditional hearing aid?

Will Cellphones Replace Hearing Aids?

On the face of it, smartphones are an ideal solution: they have all the technology necessary to mimic a hearing aid, people carry them everywhere, and many apps are already available. Additionally, some users report feeling self-conscious using a hearing aid and may find a smartphone a more acceptable solution.

The Jacoti ListenApp, for example, helps users to use their Apple earphones to hear nearby voices and audio from their phone more clearly – essentially acting as a hearing aid. The smartphone picks out the sound, increases the volume and decreases ambient noise, and then sends the sound to earphones connected by wire or Bluetooth.

Sounds great, but there are also a few downsides. Some phones are more expensive than hearing aids, so this isn’t a solution for those who can’t afford a hearing aid. Additionally, the audio tech contained within phones is not as good, and these app solutions are not effective for all levels of hearing loss. As it stands, cellphones are unlikely to replace hearing aids – but they are a great backup option.

So, It’s Smartphones vs. Hearing Aid Then?

Not necessarily. Modern hearing aids are increasingly learning from the wider wearable tech industry, introducing more modern, stylish designs and embracing the opportunity smartphones and apps bring for improving the user experience. Many manufacturers have already brought out their own apps which can act as a remote control for that brand’s hearing aids.

Many smartphone makers are also working closely with manufacturers to ensure hearing aids are compatible with their phones. For example, brands such as Unitron, Oticon, Widex, Starkey, and Signia are compatible with iOS devices.

Hearing Apps Go Beyond Hearing Enhancement

Cellphone apps have far more to offer than just hearing advancement. There are a wide variety of apps available that help to solve specific problems:

  • Voice Relay P3 Mobile is a relay service app which helps hard of hearing and deaf individuals to have phone conversations.
  • Relief from Tinnitus – Apps such as Relax Melodies help tinnitus sufferers improve the quality of their sleep.
  • Environmental Alerts – Apps like Sound Alert give visual and vibratory alerts after registering a specific audio cue (such as a car horn).
  • Sign Language Apps – There are a wide variety of apps which help users to learn and understand sign language.

Get Advice From an Audiologist

Have you noticed a reduction in the quality of your hearing? Smartphone apps are helpful, but the best thing you can do is to get a diagnosis from an Audiologist. We are independent specialists with more than 30 years’ experience supporting individuals experiencing hearing loss in the Perth area.

Contact us today on 08-9388-8003 or click here to book your FREE consultation.

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Are Online Hearing Tests Accurate? https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2018/are-online-hearing-tests-accurate/ https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2018/are-online-hearing-tests-accurate/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 06:13:55 +0000 https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/?p=2185 Worried about your hearing? You might have seen that some websites are now offering online hearing tests to check whether you have any problems. Unfortunately, these hearing tests don’t work, and we cannot recommend them. Here’s why: How Do Online Hearing Tests Work? Online hearing tests are simple. You’ll hear a series of tones to […]

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Worried about your hearing? You might have seen that some websites are now offering online hearing tests to check whether you have any problems. Unfortunately, these hearing tests don’t work, and we cannot recommend them. Here’s why:

How Do Online Hearing Tests Work?

Online hearing tests are simple. You’ll hear a series of tones to each ear to check which frequencies you can hear and at what volume you can hear them.

Some tests personalise your results by asking personal questions about you. For example, knowing how old you are will help a test decide if it thinks reduced hearing at some frequencies is a natural problem caused by aging, or something else.

These questions help the test personalise your results and aim to increase both the accuracy and the relevance of the advice you receive. Unfortunately, as we’ll see in the next section, this is not enough to make taking an online test worthwhile.

4 Reasons Why You Should Skip An Online Test And Visit An Audiologist

Online hearing tests are getting more sophisticated, but several unavoidable shortcomings mean you are always better off visiting an expert. At worst, these online tests may mask a problem with your hearing and delay your diagnosis and treatment.

Problems include:

1. Online Tests Only Measure One Aspect Of Your Hearing

Online hearing tests are relatively unsophisticated, measuring just one aspect of your hearing. Is the problem in your ear canal? Or the auditory nerve? Or is it just a build-up of wax? It’s impossible to tell without in-person testing.

Additionally, an online test cannot spot physical symptoms in the ear which may develop to cause a problem if left untreated. An audiologist can spot these warning signs, but they may not reduce your hearing enough for an online hearing test to find a problem.

2. An Online Test Can’t Provide a Diagnosis or Treatment

Even if an online test identifies a potential problem, it cannot provide a diagnosis, find the cause of the problem, or assess your treatment options with you. There’s no solution at all, which means you’re going to need to see an audiologist to receive treatment.

3. Sound Crossover May Hide a Hearing Problem

Audiologists use sophisticated equipment to check your hearing; your personal headphones are unlikely to meet the same standards. One common problem is that crossover while using headphones means you hear a sound with your ear not being tested – this might lead to a pass on an online test even if you have a problem with one ear.

4. Online Tests Can’t Provide Proof of Hearing

You don’t just need a hearing test when you have a problem; you may need to check your hearing to prove that you are suitable for a particular job or activity. For example, many pilot licenses and commercial driving licenses specify certain standards of hearing. An online hearing test is not sufficient to provide proof in these situations.

What Does an Audiologist Do That an Online Test Doesn’t?

When you visit an audiologist, you’ll receive a far more comprehensive hearing test than you would online. Not only does an audiologist have advanced training, but they also have access to specialist equipment.

For example, they can provide the correct conditions for an accurate test to establish a baseline measurement of your hearing – the amount of background noise in the average home makes this impossible to do accurately.

The audiologist will:

  • Consider your medical history and any current conditions.
  • Physically examine your ears using an otoscope.
  • Go beyond hearing – an audiologist can help diagnose the cause of frequent ear infections, address balance issues, and inspect earwax build-up for problems.
  • Provide a precise diagnosis and treatment.

When Should You Book In With An Audiologist?

You should book an appointment if you or your friends or family have noticed an issue with your hearing. Common issues include regularly speaking too loudly, having to turn up the volume on the radio or television higher than before, and having problems concentrating on voices in a noisy room.

Concerned about your hearing? Book an appointment online today.

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Effective Methods to Manage Tinnitus https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2018/effective-methods-manage-tinnitus/ https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/about-us/blog/2018/effective-methods-manage-tinnitus/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 03:03:49 +0000 https://www.hearingandaudiology.com.au/?p=1622 In line with Tinnitus Awareness week, we prepare one of the best articles about Tinnitus which we believe will help so many people all over Western Australia and even all throughout the world. What is Tinnitus? Have you experienced hearing that constant ringing, buzzing, hissing or even a roaring sound? That is Tinnitus. Why Tinnitus […]

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In line with Tinnitus Awareness week, we prepare one of the best articles about Tinnitus which we believe will help so many people all over Western Australia and even all throughout the world.

What is Tinnitus?

Have you experienced hearing that constant ringing, buzzing, hissing or even a roaring sound? That is Tinnitus.

Why Tinnitus Occurs?

Based on recent studies, approximately 30 percent of the stellar population will go through tinnitus in their generation – and one in ten grownup individuals are suffering from chronic tinnitus which can bring enormous impact on their lives. Some of the common side effects of Tinnitus include Insomnia, stress, depression and social dysfunction. Tinnitus is not a disease and not even deadly though it has to be minimized.

No Identified Cure for Tinnitus Yet

At present, there is no approved cure for tinnitus. However there are some ways that victims can reduce its impact,” – Danielle Tres, Head of Audiology for Oticon Australia, told Gizmodo Australia.

How Music & Podcast Help Sufferers Deal with Tinnitus

“In Baby Driver film, Baby’s method of relieving tinnitus symptoms is not unusual. Numerous people suffering from tinnitus discovered that getting something else to focus on, such as music or a podcast, can shift their attention away from the tinnitus, so it turned out to be less noticeable.

Other standard methods used by adults suffering from tinnitus includes – sound therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and “several relaxation methods” (mindfulness, body scanning, yoga, and meditation) are also common.

“Sound therapy reduces the impact of tinnitus through its soothing sounds like ocean waves or white noise” – Tres clarifies.

Facts

About 80% of adults with hearing loss are also experiencing tinnitus, and 80% of those with tinnitus also have some form of hearing loss. So other than an iPod – hearing aids, here’s another idea we’d like to share.

It’s incredible how the advancement of technology has paved the way for Oticon to create the Tinnitus SoundSupport which allows the wearer to play a variety of sounds including nature or broadband, directly into their ears. These special hearing aids are very handy manageable and comforting to tinnitus sufferers.

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Until quite recently, all hearing aids were analog. Today you can find both analog and digital hearing aids on the market, although analog hearing aids are becoming less common due to the advantages digital technology can provide.

Both analog and digital hearing aids provide the same function, have similar components and are powered by batteries. They pick up sound using a microphone and use circuitry to amplify certain sounds. The main difference is in the way they handle the electrical signal.

Analog Hearing Aids

Analog hearing aids work by increasing the volume of continuous sound waves, amplifying all sounds including speech and background noise. Like a microphone connected to a speaker, they use a continuously varying electrical signal to produce sound.

Better quality analog hearing aids compress the sound using automatic gain control. This limits the volume of louder sounds while keeping quieter sounds loud enough to be heard. Some also have programmable settings, which allow you to change the hearing aid settings depending on how loud or quiet the environment is. These settings are usually adjusted with a volume control, physical switch or button on the device.

Advantages of Analog Hearing Aids

  • Generally more affordable than digital hearing aids
  • Can be more powerful than some digital hearing aids
  • Are preferred by long-time hearing aid users because they are used to the sound and functions of it

Disadvantages of Analog Hearing Aids

  • Sound filters on analog hearing aids are limited or non-existent, forcing you to hear every sound around you including the ones you don’t want to hear
  • Volume on analog hearing aids needs to be carefully adjusted as they can sometimes cause loud screeching sounds

Digital Hearing Aids

Digital hearing aids use a digital signal processor, transforming the electrical signal from sound into digital binary code. Once the signal is digitalised, it can undergo advanced manipulation to adapt precisely to changing environments and your specific hearing abilities. Digital technology makes it possible to tailor and process sounds precisely in ways that are impossible with analog hearing aids.

Digital hearing aids offer the user more features and greater flexibility including memory to store environment-specific settings. They use directional microphones and sophisticated algorithms to selectively detect the sound of voices and identify background sounds. This reduces irrelevant noise and removes feedback.

Advantages of Digital Hearing Aids

Disadvantages of Digital Hearing Aids

  • Generally more expensive than analog hearing aids
  • Cheap and poor quality digital hearing aids are often sold online or over the counter by off-brand manufacturers

Ultimately, the right hearing aids for you will depend on the type and severity of your hearing loss as well as your personal preferences and budget. The most important thing is that you consult a hearing aid specialist who can advise you on the best solution for your case.

If you need hearing aids in Perth, get in touch with Hearing & Audiology by calling08 9388 8003 or enquiring online. We are hearing aid specialists with more than 30 years of experience and two audiological clinics in Perth – Duncraig and Subiaco, and one in Geraldton.

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Tinnitus is a physical health condition where you experience ringing in the ears or other noises without any external sound being present. It is a symptom that describes a fault in the hearing system, rather than a disease in itself.

Studies suggest that up to 18 per cent of Australian suffer from tinnitus. For most sufferers, it is a mild and manageable condition, with as little as one per cent of sufferers reporting a dramatic effect on their quality of life.

Sounds Associated with Tinnitus

Here is some of the sounds tinnitus sufferers report to have experienced:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Humming
  • Whistling
  • Roaring
  • Crickets
  • Rushing wind/ Ocean sound

Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of situations and conditions, and each sufferer’s symptoms are different. While some might experience constant ringing in their ears, others might experience irregular spells of it. Common causes of tinnitus include:

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Extreme stress or trauma
  • Degeneration of hair cells in the inner ear
  • Side effects from prescription and non-prescription medications
  • Meniere’s disease (swelling of a duct in the ear)
  • Otosclerosis (overgrowth of bone in the middle ear)

Exposure to loud noise and side effects from medication are two of the major preventable causes of tinnitus. Industrial workers, transport workers, farmers and other workers surrounded by noisy tools or equipment should take necessary steps to protect their hearing at work.

People who listen to loud music often, whether it is through musical performance, through headphones or at clubs and concerts, are also at significant risk. If you’re taking medication, you should always discuss side effects with your doctor to check whether it can cause temporary tinnitus or make existing tinnitus worse.

Managing Tinnitus

Without management, tinnitus can be debilitating, causing distress, poor concentration, sleeping problems, and irritability in its early stages. Managing tinnitus involves understanding how it works, adapting to the symptoms and improving your psychological associations with them. The aim of all sufferers is to reach a point where they are used to noise made by their tinnitus so that it doesn’t adversely affect their life. Successful management of tinnitus involves accepting the condition, keeping busy, stopping worrying about it and finding relaxation and stress management strategies that work for you.

Try to think of it like moving from the country to the city. At first, you notice the extra noise, but after some time you get used to it. By maintaining a relaxed and positive attitude towards tinnitus, it can be easier than you think to manage it.

Understanding how our mind reacts to noise is the first step to managing tinnitus. When your mind first takes in sound from the environment, it classifies it as threatening (car horn), neutral (wind blowing trees) or non-threatening (familiar/friendly voice), creating an automatic reaction the next time you hear it. Tinnitus can be classified by the mind as a potentially threatening noise when it first occurs, placing the body in a state of stress. Removing negative focus and emotional meanings with the noise will reduce the effect it has on your life.

Tinnitus Treatment Options

There is no single or best treatment for tinnitus. Treating your tinnitus depends on your lifestyle, personality and the severity of the condition. Surgery and medications are rarely justified or necessary. Some simple treatment options include:

Lifestyle Changes

Keep physically and mentally active, including regular exercise and pursuing hobbies and interests. Quit smoking and reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol, as they can temporarily worsen the effects of tinnitus. Ask your doctor if there are any medications you are taking that might contribute to tinnitus and if it is possible to reduce or cease any. Do not change your medications without consulting your doctor.

Relaxation and Masking

Surround yourself with pleasant noise to keep your ears busy and mask the tinnitus. This could include playing music, keeping the television on or playing sound tapes (like rain or ocean noises) while you sleep.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

TRT is a therapeutic process aimed at helping you to adjust your reactions and perceptions of tinnitus. It involves retraining your auditory reflexes to block the signal for the noise tinnitus makes. TRT encompasses one-on-one counselling and regular sound therapy with sound generators.

If you would like more information about tinnitus relief and treatment, get in touch with Hearing & Audiology by calling 08 9388 8003 or enquiring online. We have more than 30 years of experience in audiology and specialise in tinnitus treatment in Perth.

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