Do I need a clinic or can I buy hearing aids online ?

There will always be a need for clinics, especially for those people requiring special assistance and those with more profound hearing loss. But if you are one of those people who have delayed a purchase based on cost and convenience – you will get scammed by buying from online!

With schemes to save a lot of money and hear better tomorrow, promises to help you find a reputable clinic as close to where you live as possible.

Hearing clinic holders may try to scare customers from buying online by highlighting the importance of a proper audiologist evaluation and fitting.  The things which you are encouraged to do:

Seek advice from a physician if you are concerned about hearing loss. This will help discard medical problems that may be causing the hearing loss, such as an ear infection, excessive earwax congenital malformations, or an inherited hearing loss.

Obtain an audiogram (hearing evaluation) from a medical doctor or audiologist so you have a record of your hearing loss pattern.

Find a reputable seller that:

  • Provides a risk-free trial / money-back guarantee. This allows you time to get acclimated to your device or replace the device for a better fit or different technology.
  • Offers transparent pricing. Know exactly what you are getting for the price. Beware of exorbitant fees that can be tacked on for additional features or technology.
  • Adheres to all regulations.

The goal should be to match people with the most suitable hearing aids they can afford, and make their purchase as easy and risk-free as possible.

If You Have any questions about Hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing

Chainsaws and lawnmowers need Hearing Protection Devices

According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the average level of a power lawnmower is 95 dB and a chainsaw is 100 dB.  If you enjoy summer concerts outdoors, keep in mind that they can get as loud as 110 dB – loud enough to cause hearing damage in as little as 30 minutes.

 

While you may not associate summer fun with hearing loss, many sounds we encounter during summertime activities have the potential to damage our hearing. For weekend warriors, powering up the lawn mower or chainsaw means an increased risk of hearing loss.

Fortunately, you can help prevent hearing loss by using hearing protection whenever you’ll be exposed to loud noises. There are all kinds of hearing protection devices available, from afforable foam ear plugs to custom-fitted hearing protection designed for musicians.

hearing protection with foam hearing plugs

Let’s start at the most basic tool for hearing protection – the foam ear plug. Visit your local pharmacy and pick up a pair of moldable foam ear plugs. They are inexpensive, but their value is incalculable when it comes to protecting the ears.

They are also small, light-weight, and fit easily into any pocket. The upside to this kind of protection is cost – only a few dollars for a package. The downside? They block out all sound – even the sounds you want to hear, such as the conversations of those around you. Furthermore, if not inserted properly, they may not protect adequately.

 

So, move up the price ladder and consider ear muffs for hearing protection.  Put these on each time you fire up the chain saw, lawn mower, or other gas-powered yard equipment. They offer comfort and adequate protection, no matter your ear size or shape.

Parents can protect their children’s hearing from loud, noisy environments at home or while traveling by making hearing protection part of any busy family routine.

 

For serious concert-goers and musicians, consider custom hearing protection such as custom-made musician earplugs, made to fit your ears precisely with specialized filters that will not distort the quality of the music. You can also choose the level of noise reduction you require.  Visit a local hearing center to have impressions made of your ears and order these custom ear plugs.

For a lower cost option that still helps preserve the sound quality of your music, check out high-fidelity non-custom earplugs, such as these from Etymotic.

They reduce most noise to safe levels while preserving the clarity of speech and the richness of music. ETY•Plugs are configured to replicate the natural response of the ear canal so that when sound enters the earplug, it is reproduced unchanged, exactly the same as the ear would hear it, only quieter.

 

For those with earbuds in their ears constantly, consider the purchase of hearing protection headphones, such as noise-cancellation headphones that come in on-the-ear and over-the-ear varieties.

These headphones reduce the potential for hearing loss by reducing the environmental noise around you- you won’t have to turn your music up quite as loud in order to hear it. This not only improves listening quality, but also reduces the likelihood that you will listen to your music at dangerous levels.

Noise induced hearing loss is preventable by simply wearing hearing protection. You may not notice immediate damage; but remember that exposure is cumulative through the years – so start protecting your hearing now.

 

If you have any questions about hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing

Analysis suggests that Diabetes patients twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss

In the person with diabetes, the body is either resistant to insulin or the islets are producing little or no insulin, which allows glucose or sugar, to overload the blood stream. The condition is known as hyperglycemia and is considered evidence of diabetes.

Diabetics were twice as likely as those without the illness to lose their hearing, according to a study by Japanese researchers presented yesterday at the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting inSan Diego.

Diabetes patients, already at risk of heart disease and stroke, also may be threatened with hearing loss from the disease, according to ananalysis of 11 studies.

The findings add support to previous studies that have tied diabetes to hearing loss, and should prompt doctors to screen diabetic patients for the condition as routinely as they screen for eye and kidney problems, said Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. It’s unknown why hearing loss is more common among diabetics, though some researchers believe that nerve damage or vascular disease may be the cause, he said.

“Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and the nerves,” Mezitis, who was not a researcher on the study, said in a June 21 telephone interview. “Small blood vessels and nerves exist in the ears. If not enough blood can get to the ear canal, then hearing loss could occur.”

About 26 million U.S. children and adults have diabetes and about 34.5 million Americans have some type of hearing loss, according to the diabetes association Web site.

A 2008 National Institutes of Health study showed that adult diabetics were twice as likely as those without the disease to have hearing loss. It also found that those with prediabetes had a 30 percent higher rate of hearing loss than those with normal blood sugar levels.

The researchers analyzed 11 studies that involved 6,725 people with hearing impairment of whom 1,069 had diabetes, and 21,734 non-hearing impaired people of whom 2,319 had diabetes.

If you have any questions about hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing

Source Bloomberg: By Nicole Ostrow – Jun 24, 2011 10:00 PM GMT+0100

Can lack of sleep be harmful?

Can A lack of sleep be harmful?
Ever since my husband died last year, I just don’t sleep well.  Every little sound wakes me up.  Sometimes I think that trouble sleeping is just part of being 78 years old and it won’t cause me any harm.  Is that true?
Suzanne

 

Issues such as health and medication can cause seniors to have more problems sleeping.  And lack of sleep can begin to take its toll on older adults.  Sleeping less than seven and a half hours per day may be associated with potential risk of heart disease for older people, according to a report in Archives of Internal Medicine in the US.

In addition, a combination of little sleep and overnight elevated blood pressure appears to be associated with an increased risk of the disease.

Getting adequate sleep is essential to preventing health conditions such as obesity and diabetes as well as several risk factors for cardiovascular disease including sleep-disordered breathing and night-time hypertension (high blood pressure).  But, the evidence has been growing that changes in modern lifestyle are causing people to get less sleep.

This study monitored the sleep of 1,255 individuals with hypertension (94 percent) and followed them for an average of 50 months.  Their average age was 70.4 years with a range of 33 to 97 years; there were 476 men and 779 women.

Researchers noted patients’ sleep duration, daytime and night time blood pressure and cardiovascular disease events such as stroke, heart attack and sudden cardiac death.

During follow-up, 99 cardiovascular disease events occurred.  Sleep duration of less than 7.5 hours was associated with incident cardiovascular disease.

Studies such as this point out the need to see a doctor who can determine if there are medications or issues that are making it difficult for you to get a good night’s rest.  If so, your physician should be able to help.

If there is no underlying medical cause you may like to consider getting a relative, friend or caregiver to sleep over for a couple of nights each week. Having someone else in the house overnight could put your mind at rest and help you get a good night’s sleep.

Am I Depressed?

Am I depressed?

I’ve been feeling really low for a couple of months now. I lost my job recently and also suffered a family bereavement. I’m not sure how to shake myself out of this low period. Any recommendations?

Margaret

Firstly, Margaret, I’ve very sorry for your loss and your job situation. It is understandable that you would feel down under these circumstances. However, you also need to look out for your health and when low moods persist on a daily basis for more than two weeks, depression is often diagnosed.

Doctors look for several symptoms of depression; sadness, guilt, low energy levels, poor concentration, physical aches or upset, social withdrawal, disturbed sleep and a feeling that life isn’t worth living.

The existence of five of these symptoms is enough to bring about a diagnosis of depression. Of course, depression ranges from mild to severe. All forms are treatable.

For mild depression, lifestyle changes can be effective. Daily walks or exercise and a varied diet can help, as can avoiding caffeine and alcohol and other depressants.

I often recommend to patients that they set small, achievable goals which lead to a sense of achievement building. It often helps to keep a diary of feelings and thoughts – this can help identify the triggers that lead to low moods.

Of course counselling and psychotherapy are invaluable in low mood and the most important factor in recovery from depression is social contact – people who talk to friends, family and health professionals fare much better than those who suffer in silence.

In cases of more severe depression, medication is usually required but the older ‘‘relaxants’’, such as valium, are highly addictive and ineffective for long term management. Newer antidepressants can really help and do not make people slower or unable to function.

Talk to your doctor, Margaret and talk to your family and friends too. Small steps can quickly take you along the road to full recovery.

Medical advice provided is not always suitable for specific cases. Always see your GP if you concerned about a medical problem.

Connecting hearing aids with iPhone and other devices using Bluetooth

Bluetooth allows you connect with devices for an enhanced listening experience

Q: I have sourced hearing aids that have Bluetooth letting me use my iPhone wirelessly. The hearing aids allow me to listen, and a device around my neck has the microphone. Would it also be possible to listen to music on the iPhone through the hearing aids? 

A: You don’t need anything extra. The device  will transmit any sound coming from the phone to your hearing aids. If you plan to listen to music, make sure the hearing aids can receive in stereo. By the way, it also should be possible to listen to television through the hearing aids. For that, you’ll need a Bluetooth adapter for your TV.

Q: What Good is Bluetooth for Hearing Aids?
A: Bluetooth can be used to allow a wearer’s hearing aids to communicate with hands-free devices, like music players and cellphones. It can also be used to allow two hearing aids to communicate to one another, which enhances a user’s hearing experience.

Bluetooth hearing aids often come with an additional device, specific to each manufacturer. The cost of this device could be bundled into the price of the aids or could come at an additional cost.

If you have any questions about Bluetooth and hearing aids contact Hidden Hearing


I don’t like wearing hearing aids are there any discreet solutions ?

NEW Soundlens Completely invisible in most ears. For mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Custom-made for you.

 

 

A lot of people suffer from embarrassment when it comes to wearing hearing aids. Fortunately, there are many different solutions. Hidden hearing aids are available to people who want a more discreet option. These devices are some of the best hearing aids, but you will usually have to pay a higher price because they require better technology to create. Take the time to explore your options fully and make sure that you find the right aids for your hearing needs, whether those are invisible hearing aids or other styles.

Benefits of New and Modern Advanced Hearing Aids

When you are on the search for the best hearing aids, discreet options aren’t the only thing that you can appreciate. There are many other benefits of high-tech hearing aids, including things like:

  • Technology that changes with your hearing over time
  • Adjustable options for wear, hearing needs, and more
  • Longer lifespan than the typical 3-4 year hearing aid
  • More features and amenities in your purchase
  • Better hearing overall and improved quality compared to generic models

As you can see, invisible hearing aids are not only discreet, but they are much more helpful and functional than any generic, bulky hearing device might be. Never settle for second best until you have taken the time to explore all of your options.

Shop Around for Hidden Hearing Aids

Getting the best hearing aids requires you to make sure that you have checked out all of the options. You should compare at least a few different options and choose a brand and product that you can trust. As long as you keep that in mind, you will enjoy discreet hearing solutions that can improve your quality of life more than you might have imagined.

 

If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing solutions contact Hidden Hearing

Source Happyhealth.net