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Are Your Hearing Aids Worsening Your Hearing Loss?

Hearing aids are supposed to make their users hear better and, thus, communicate better. But many people, usually newbies, report that they can’t hear as well as they did before they used hearing aids. They seemed to hear less environmental sounds even with their hearing aids turned on at nearly full volume.

 

So, do hearing aids actually cause a worsening of hearing loss?  The short answer: No. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why it seems to be so and why it isn’t so actually.

 

It’s a Matter of Perception

The human brain can play tricks and it’s something that psychologists, magicians and con men know all too well. This is the reason why some users of hearing aids express concern that their hearing ability decreased after wearing these devices for a few weeks. They further assert that they were better off without hearing aids.

 

In reality, their brains are tricking them into thinking so! On average, persons with progressive hearing loss will live with their condition for 7-10 years before seeking professional intervention. Their hearing ability gradually worsened through the years, perhaps aggravated by improper ear care like poking the ear canal with cotton buds.

 

As the years pass without proper medical intervention, their brains become more and more accustomed to their decreased hearing ability. They then start thinking that their current hearing ability is normal – well, at least, normal according to their own perception.

 

What happens when they start wearing hearing aids? Well, if you’re new to these devices, you will be unaccustomed to the sound clarity and volume of the environmental sounds. Your brain starts to readjust to the better sound quality and consider it as the new normal.

 

When that happens, the severity of your hearing loss becomes significantly noticeable without your hearing aids on. You will then think that the hearing aids worsened your hearing loss!

 

But wear your hearing aids again and your ability to hear environmental sounds increases.

 

It’s a Matter of Customization

But improperly fitted hearing aids can make it seem like, indeed, your hearing loss is worsening. You may experience feedback from these devices, perhaps even suffer from headaches and tinnitus caused by the feedback. You won’t want to wear your hearing aids anymore because their side effects seem to be outweighed by their benefits.

 

You should then consult with your audiologist about making adjustments to address the issues of poor physical fit and poor customization to your specific hearing issues.  Hearing aids are effective because these amplify and process sounds in a way that makes them sound better in your ears.

 

But their efficacy only works when they are customized to your specific hearing loss. So if you think that your new hearing aids are aggravating your hearing loss, you have to consult with your audiologist.

 

Hearing aids may be expensive, partly because of the customization costs, but they are well worth their cost.  If you think you need a hearing aid, make sure to get a hearing aid prescription. For more details of our hearing test & assessment, and hearing aid services, please contact HK Hearing & Speech Centre.

 

 

Source:

HK Hearing & Speech Centre

Specialist of Hearing test & assessment,

and Hearing Aid Prescription

http://www.hkhearingspeech.com

Hearing Aids Aren’t Just About the Benefits

While people with hearing loss will benefit from the use of hearing aids, these devices have their side effects, too. These side effects have significant adverse impact on the quality of life of their users, from headaches and tinnitus to feedback. Fortunately, there are certain measures that can be done to minimize these side effects.

 

The Side Effects in Brief

Keep in mind that every individual will experience these side effects in a unique manner. You may, for example, suffer from intermittent headaches and tinnitus but not from itchiness in your ears. Your headaches, furthermore, may be mild in contrast with other hearing aid users with moderate severity.

 

  • Headaches and tinnitus

Newbies are more likely to experience headaches and tinnitus because the volume of their hearing aids aren’t properly set yet. There’s also the matter of getting accustomed to the hearing aids so much so that ordinary sounds seem abnormally loud or annoying.

 

  • Discomfort, soreness and irritation

Since hearing aids are placed inside the ear canal, these can cause discomfort for a week or so. Your ears are still adjusting to the foreign object, and it can be worsened when the hearing aids are too tight or too loose. Too tight and the hearing aids rub on the skin; too loose and these can slip and slide.

 

  • Itchiness in the ear canal

The itching in your ear canal can be caused by dry skin and you will be tempted to take out your hearing aids to scratch the itch. But we strongly advise otherwise because sticking a finger or a cotton but into your ear canal can worsen the damage in your ears.

 

  • Feedback

Hearing aids are highly sensitive instruments that can be affected by environmental noise and mishandling. This can result in feedback, such as crackling and whistling sounds, even heightened sounds from ordinary activities. This can also be caused by the improper sound quality and level.

 

If you experience these side effects even when it’s your second set of hearing aids, you shouldn’t worry about it. Every pair of hearing aids is unique so adjustments will likely be necessary.

 

The Countermeasures Against These Side Effects

Your first step is to discuss your concerns and complaints about your hearing aids with your audiologist. Every side effect has a countermeasure to minimize or prevent it so there’s hope.

 

A few of these countermeasures are discussed below.  

  • Work with your audiologist to ensure that your hearing aids are properly fitted
  • Take good care of your hearing aids
  • Moisturize your ear canal with drops or spray to lessen the itching
  • Learn and understand the features on your hearing aids so that you can adjust the volume quality and level
  • Consult with your doctor about persistent headaches, tinnitus and discomfort

 

Hearing aids are tools and just like any other tool, it’s your responsibility to know its proper use and maintenance.

 

If you think you need a hearing aid, make sure that you get a hearing aid prescription. For more details of our hearing test & assessment, and hearing aid services, please contact HK Hearing & Speech Centre.

 

 

Source:

HK Hearing & Speech Centre

Specialist of Hearing test & assessment,

and Hearing Aid Prescription

http://www.hkhearingspeech.com

Don’t Overlook Vertigo and Hearing Loss before hearing aid prescription

If you are suffering from an ear infection or any other problems with your ear, chances are, you are also having issues with your balance. You may even be experiencing dizziness and a feeling of “spinning.” This is because the ear is not just responsible for our hearing, but also for our balance.

 

As a matter of fact, vertigo and hearing loss are often associated with each other. The two usually occur alongside each other as symptoms of ear infections and diseases such as Meniere’s disease, otosclerosis, and autoimmune inner ear disease. Continue reading

Is Your Hearing Aid Making You Look Fat?

Is Your Hearing Aid Making You Look Fat?

 

Outside and physical appearance is the main thing women stresses over whenever they go out with their friends, on a first date with a future boyfriend or whenever they just want to paint the town red. If this is a difficult question to any female adult, then imagine how much challenging it is for an adult woman who has recently found out she will be using hearing aids.

Sometimes, getting a disorder verified by a specific diagnosis from a specialist makes the impairment worst and more painful. Worse, because it has to do with something you fatefully depend on and worst, you have to undergo a grief and acceptance period that may take longer than your choice to wear hearing aids. Continue reading

Hearing Loss Defined: Why do We Lose our Hearing?

Hearing Loss Defined: Why do We Lose our Hearing?

 

Hearing loss is something most people try not to get but as it can be caused by several reasons, causes and ailments, it can be unavoidable. As most people think this will mean the end of their world, hearing loss can be treated by using a hearing aid or surgery, which makes it better and easier for people to cope up.

There are three types of hearing impairments that people may actually experience and these are the following:

 

CONDUCTIVE HEARING LOSS

It is when the hearing loss is due to physical problems like ear canal, drum, middle portion and even the tiny bones in the ears called the malleus, incus and the stapes. Continue reading

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