What do I do if I have a hearing problem?

If you think you have a hearing problem, get professional help. Don’t let it run on and on. You may be tempted to go online and look for a solution by yourself. Buying a hearing aid online and fitting it may cause more problems than it solves. It can waste your time and money too. It may even make things worse. Get some professional help.

 

Professional hearing care solutions, by internationally qualified and experienced hearing care professionals at Clarisound, will help restore your quality of life. The first step to finding solutions to hearing problems is recognising the symptoms of hearing loss. You may find it difficult to accept that you are not as fit and active as you used to be. This doesn’t have to be so. Think of how your life was until recently and set a goal of getting back to that. Don’t let things linger.

 

Hearing loss affects your quality of life. It also affects the people around you. Your loved ones, friends or colleagues may be finding it difficult to hold good conversations with you. You may not notice this. They may also find it annoying to keep repeating their conversations, unless they are being too polite.

 

Don’t think twice about dropping in to Clarisound. You will be greeted by friendly professionals who are there to help you. If your loved one or friend is hesitant about getting a hearing check up remind them of someone you both know who got their hearing checked. They got their problem sorted and are now back to normal and enjoying life to the fullest. Choose your moment and gently ask them if they think that’s a good idea. If they are concerned about what they will look like wearing a hearing aid, ask them if they think that person really looks any different wearing a hearing aid now?

 

Make an appointment with Clarisound. You won’t have to wait long. A simple initial consultation and hearing check is quick and free. Clarisound’s friendly professionals will offer you good advice and guidance on finding hearing aids and hearing solutions to fit your needs.

 

If you don’t get a quick and easy hearing check you may have a lot more to lose than to gain. Deteriorating quality of life and personal relationships cause stress and even accidents. Leading a good life involves being fully operational as a person. Get the most out of life. Get your hearing checked.

How to recognize symptoms of hearing loss

You may not realize you are losing your hearing. Your friends and family may not also. Hearing loss can occur gradually as you age or more quickly if you are exposed chronic loud noises. Hearing loss can be permanent, or temporary.

It can be difficult to reverse most types of hearing loss. A hearing care specialist, like Clarisound, can help you improve what you hear, if you let them help you.

Signs and symptoms of hearing loss may include:
● Muffling of speech and other sounds
● Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people
● Trouble hearing consonants
● Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
● Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
● Withdrawal from conversations
● Avoidance of some social settings
Source: Mayo Clinic

If you think your hearing may be deteriorating, go and get a check from a hearing care professional. Don’t worry or be nervous. You may have more to lose by avoiding a simple hearing checkup than by getting one. Hearing loss brings with it increased personal risks to you and others too.

Hearing loss can be a source of stress to other people around you. Your family, friends or colleagues may not be able to clearly understand what you are saying to them, especially if you start to mumble. They may get irritated or embarrassed if you start to talk in a loud voice. It can lead to unnecessary arguments.

At work your colleagues may not be able to clearly understand you leading to mistakes, misunderstandings and irritation. When you are out and about your friends may not be able to follow your conversation in a noisy bar or restaurant. If you are playing sports, you may misunderstand your coach or teammates instructions.

All this stress can be avoided if you are aware of some of the symptoms that you may be losing your hearing. Any deterioration in health can be destabilizing. It doesn’t need to be. There are good hearing care professionals readily available to help test and evaluate any loss of hearing. They can then help you with finding and suggesting appropriate solutions that you will feel comfortable with.

It won’t take long for a hearing care specialist to help you remedy your hearing loss. The first step is to recognize the symptoms. If your loved one, friend or colleague is showing signs of hearing loss, pick your moment and suggest they visit a hearing care specialist like Clarisound.

Hearing problems don’t have to cause stress to your family – A family member story

Our father was losing his hearing. We could hear the volume on the television rise. It started to become irritating. Sometimes we had to repeat our meal time conversations with raised voices. Then one time I had to say to him, “There’s no need to shout at me!”. Our father was a successful businessman who had been physically active all his life. He was now in decline. We could recognise the warning signs, and they were increasing. Dad was unknowingly causing stress to the rest of his family and probably to some of his friends too.

For anyone, young or elderly, who is facing any disability for the first time, acceptance that something is wrong is the first step to finding solutions. This often takes time. It’s usually not easy. Tact and compassion from your family, friends and the other people helps a lot.

If you are facing a situation where a loved one is starting to lose their hearing start by having a casual conversation with them. One afternoon our mother mentioned how easy and affordable it is to get good quality hearing treatment. Mum suggested a visit to a hearing specialist like Clarisound. She had looked up some options on the web before. If Dad didn’t agree Mum was going to pass by Clarisound whilst she they were at MidValley shopping for something else.

At Clarisound, hearing care professionals are available to check the level of care you or your parent currently needs, and offer suitable solutions. Wearing a hearing aid may be a new experience that you are not particularly looking forward. Hearing aids are comfortable and unobtrusive to wear. Mum told our father, “It’s just like wearing spectacles for the first time.” Changing your external appearance doesn’t mean you won’t look good anymore. There are many types of hearing aids that are barely visible to others when you wear them. When you are properly fitted with a suitable hearing aid, your quality of hearing and quality of life will return back to what it was before. And that’s what happened to our Dad. And to us too.

Untreated hearing problems can affect your family, friends and colleagues as well as yourself. The stress that this may cause can be avoided if you take time to get some good hearing care advice. Once you are fitted with a suitable hearing aid all the problems you were and weren’t aware of will be resolved. After our Dad had his hearing aid fitted it was back to happy families again. No loud TV, no ‘I heard you twice the first time’ and no more shouting. We began to chat about what a good idea it was to get Dad a hearing aid. Now we can all sit down and watch TV and have dinner together like we used to.

Get a professional hearing care check up. It’s fast and easy. Then assess the quality and suitability of options on offer. There are a lot of good new products on the market and more coming all the time.

Hearing Loss and Dementia – clearing up the “confusion”

I have noticed of late that several companies providing hearing aids have been using the recently discovered link between hearing loss and the onset of dementia as a “marketing tool” claiming that age related hearing loss leads to dementia. This can clearly cause alarm in people and indeed I have had a number of people ask me about this with fear and it has caused some concern.

So what is the truth about the relationship between dementia and hearing loss? According to the organisation Dementia Australia, research has identified a number of factors that may increase the risk of developing dementia as well as a number of  factors that may reduce the risk. Risk factors, some of which can be managed though lifestyle changes or appropriate medical treatment, include:

  • low mental and social stimulation
  • physical inactivity
  • depression
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol use
  • poor diet
  • genetic factors

Age related hearing loss is another factor that increases the risk of dementia. Research suggests that people with mild hearing loss maybe twice as likely to develop dementia as those with healthy hearing. People with severe hearing loss may be up to five times more likely to develop the condition according to Professor Frank Lin and colleagues at John Hopkins School of Medicine.

It is important to note that hearing loss is only a “risk factor” and having any form of hearing loss does not mean a person will develop dementia.

What we do know for sure is that hearing loss does reduce peoples quality of life in all sorts of ways, social isolation can lead to feelings of depression and loneliness as well as a loss of independence. These factors in turn may lead to an increased risk of developing dementia. Hearing loss also places an additional load on the mental resources of peoples the brain has to work harder to make sense of what is going on around it. This additional load may mean there are fewer resources available for memory and other cognitive functions which may lead to changes in the brain and brain function.

Research is ongoing and the link between hearing loss and the onset of dementia is still being explored. However hearing loss should always be addressed by properly fitted hearing aids that can ensure that functionality and communication skills can be maintained throughout ones life.

 

References:

  1. Professor Frank Lin and his colleagues from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine published a 2011 article in Archives of Neurology reporting that severity of hearing loss is associated with incidence of dementia: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3277836/. Read more about Professor Lin’s work here: linresearch.org
  2. Professor Gill Livingston and her colleagues from University College London published a 2017 article in The Lancet summarising 13 studies that investigated the link between hearing loss and risk of cognitive decline and dementia (within a broader analysis of a large set of potential risk factors for dementia). They reported that mid-life hearing loss is a significant but potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia and argued that management of hearing loss might help delay or prevent dementia cases: discovery. ucl.ac.uk/1567635/. Read more about Professor Livingston’s work here: iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris

 

Rechargeable Hearing Aids

We have lately been fitting a lot of the new Signia Pure Charge & Go NX recently and we have found this to be a revolutionary product. Not only does it remove the need for hearing aid battery handling (which many people find to be troublesome) it also allows the direct streaming of sound from mobile phones and TV’s without the need to hang any other devices around the neck. Crystal clear TV and clear phone calls are helping people regain their enjoyment of these things.

The Signia NX technology provides clear sound even in noisy places and delivers a more natural experience than any other hearing aids we have fitted. We are the harshest critics of hearing aids and we know when we have good instruments form the smiles on the faces of our customers when they come in for their follow up appointments.

We are looking forward to things improving still further as technology keeps on getting better. In the hands of our experts modern hearing aids really can change lives.pure charge & go

15 Famous people and celebrities with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect any and everyone. Regardless of age, gender or creed. It should, therefore, be no surprise that some of the rich and famous also suffer from hearing loss and as a result, need to use hearing aids.

Can you name the 15 celebrities and famous people that suffer from hearing loss?

Some Fun Facts

Eric Clapton uses hearing aids as a result of his exposure to concerts and loud music (noise-induced hearing loss). The former president of United States,  Bill Clinton, has partial hearing loss in both ears.  He attributes his hearing loss to harmful decibels from harmful rifles, loud music, and noisy political rallies. He now wears hearing aids.

Tv host, actress, and comedian Whoopi Goldberg have been using hearing aids for the last few years. She claims that listening to loud music was one of the main causes of hearing loss.

An interesting fact, Thomas Edison, the great inventor has hearing loss. In his case, his hearing loss was hereditary and not as a result of exposure to noise, accident etc. Both his father and son experience the same hearing loss. This would be known as congenital hearing loss. Recently, we had a customer with the same case (genetic inheritance)

If you think/suspect that you are hard of hearing, do read our previous article on signs of hearing loss, Clarisound offers a free & comprehensive hearing check. Book your appointment at Clarisound Professional Hearing Care today!

Effects on Hearing : Cancer, Chemotherapy and Hearing Loss

Regardless of age, cancer patients may experience a variety of common side effect caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapies such as nausea and hair loss. But many people may be unaware that hearing loss is also a common side effect.

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Reaching out: It is important to always reach out!

Hearing may sometimes be affected after treatment for some types of head and neck cancer, such as nasopharyngeal cancer. Hearing loss may start gradually in the first two years after treatment.

If you would like to know more about cancer and hearing loss, do download our e-book at http://www.clarisound.com/#ebook

Essentially for some, the chemotherapy and chemotherapy byproducts seem to injure the hair cells within the ear, and the person initially loses their hearing. As the chemotherapy is given further, more damage occurs to the hair cells. So its important to always check with your hearing care professional after several treatments on your level of hearing.

At times, your doctor may lower the dosage of cisplatin. Unfortunately, lowering the cisplatin dose or holding off on the agent completely isn’t an option for everyone.

ADAPTING TO CHANGES 

Adapting to changes in your hearing may take time. However, support is available. It is important that you seek counselling and assistance from support groups near your home or even at the hospital.  Support groups can be a good place to share experiences and find out what other people have found helpful.

Below are some tips for managing your hearing loss:-

  • Tell people your hearing is not good.
  • Find a well-lit place to have your meeting – so you are able to read their lips. ( Visual Clues)
  • Ask the person talking to face you and get your attention before beginning to speak.
  • Ask them to speak clearly and not too fast.
  • Hearing aid systems –  Hearing aid systems can help with hearing loss. There are many options available. Should you require more information about hearing aid systems and if you would like to discuss about them, feel free to contact us at  http://www.clarisound.com/contact-us.html

Clarisound offers FREE HEARING CHECKS at all our shops too.