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Hearing loss can be a very gradual process and many people are unaware that they have had a decline in their hearing. It is therefore important to receive regular hearing screenings to identify potential hearing problems over the age of 50.
The best way to get a hearing screen is through an Audiologist’s office. They use special equipment to present different sounds through a set of headphones into your ears.
As you hear these sounds, you are instructed to respond as they occur. This tells the tester which sounds you can discern. These sounds are presented at different volumes and pitches.
In this way, the tester can determine how sensitive your hearing is and what pitches you cannot hear as well. In addition, the results show details of the hearing loss, allowing the Audiologist to explain how it impacts you. Depending upon the severity of the loss, different treatments may be recommended. Once hearing loss has been detected, regular hearing checks are important to monitor for additional loss.
Preventative action is always recommended, regardless of whether you have hearing loss or not. This includes avoiding loud noise when possible and to protect your hearing with protective earplugs when around loud machinery or music.
Do you miss the sound of falling rain, or the waves breaking against the sands of the beach? Do you miss the wonderful sound of children’s laughter? I could go on and on; however, I think you understand where we are headed with these questions.
Hearing loss is a very serious condition. Here are 8 reasons you should not avoid getting a hearing test.
1. It is socially awkward to ask people to repeat themselves during conversations.
2. Watching TV is aggravating to others when you turn the volume up so loud.
3. Misheard instructions can make simple installation projects take longer.
4. You misinterpret what people say, missing important dates and times.
5. It can affect your work performance.
6. You can’t hear approaching traffic when crossing the street.
7. You miss out on special occasions when you can’t hear people celebrating.
8. You have added family pressure and stress about your hearing
Don’t put yourself in these situations. Seek a hearing specialist who can perform a hearing loss test to determine the extent of damage. If diagnosed early enough, you can get the proper care to save your hearing.
Do you want your loved ones to worry about you and your hearing? No; of course not. That’s why it’s so important to speak with a hearing specialist today and stop missing out on hearing the important things in life.
Many people associate a hearing device with hearing aids. However, different kinds of hearing devices have been developed and refined over hundreds of years. Here is a brief rundown.
The first known hearing devices were developed in the late 1500’s. They were made of wood and shaped like ears from animals known for their acute sense of hearing.
Around 1670, hearing trumpets were developed which helps to direct sound into the ears. The first ones were made of glass although other models were produced in metals like copper and brass.
During the 18th century, it was discovered that sounds could be transmitted through bone vibration of the skull. This is known as bone conduction. A number of different devices were developed over this period which utilized bone conduction.
During the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, ear trumpets were further refined. During this time period, the first commercial venture to produce non electric hearing aids came into being. The company was called FC Rein and they remained in business until 1963.
This company produced hearing trumpets, acoustic urns, and speaking tubes for churches. Ear trumpets and bone conduction devices were further refined during the 1800’s.
The first patent for a hearing aid was granted in 1855. Hearing aids began to be manufactured by several companies beginning in the late 1800’s. Some of these companies are still in existence today.
The first electric hearing device was introduced in 1898. It carried a very high price but it had superior features and performance for the time.
Hearing devices continued to be refined over the next hundred years. Significant technical refinements occurred from solid state circuitry and miniaturization of critical components.
The hearing devices of today are far different than ones developed hundreds of years ago. Yet they were all aimed at helping the hearing impaired to lead better lives.
Standard, run of the mill, behind the ear, or BTE hearing aids are the traditional hearing aids with the piece that loops over and behind the top of your ear. These usually are the most noticeable hearing aids on the market, but have a lot of marked benefits over the in the canal models.
For one, BTE hearing aids are adaptable to several different accessories that may aid in your ability to process sound better and more efficiently. Accessories for ITC hearing aids are limited to just the more high tech, high end hearing aids that can go wireless and/or are digital, which are typically more expensive and insurance companies won’t cover the expense.
Reason number two is that so many companies have a multitude of models to choose from in the BTE category. Some companies have even gone fashion conscious and produce hearing aids and hearing devices in a vast array of colors and patterns. This is especially appealing to the ladies who like to coordinate their “accessories” with their clothing choices. Much like sunglasses, your hearing aids can now be a fashion statement.
Some BTE models are now even water-, dirt-, and dust- resistant, making your lifestyle much more flexible. Now the hearing aids work around your life and not the other way around. No ITC models have been able to accomplish that!
There are even high tech BTE models where everything is digital and can be programmed by computer to suit your hearing ability perfectly. It’s like you never lost your hearing at all!
The end of the clunky, chunky BTE hearing aids is here. Sure you might still be a little self-conscious wearing them because others can see them, but you can hear better and you have OPTIONS.