How to Select the Right Hearing Aid Model

Hearing Aids

Today’s breakthroughs in technology assure that your hearing loss can be effectively treated with the appropriate hearing aid model.

The trouble is finding the right one.

With all of the hearing aid models to pick from, it can feel a little overwhelming. But by considering four factors—together with help from a highly trained hearing care professional—you can readily find the ideal hearing aid model for you.

How All Hearing Aids Work

Before we consider the differences, it helps to keep in mind how all hearing aids have in essence the equivalent components.

Modern-day digital hearing aids are small electronic devices that consist of four basic parts:

  1. The microphone picks up environmental sound and delivers it to the digital processor.
  2. The digital processor modifies the sound signal based on the settings programmed by the hearing specialist. The modified sound signal is then conveyed to the amplifier.
  3. The amplifier raises the volume of the sound based on the programmed settings, amplifying only the frequencies the patient has problems hearing. This signal is then delivered to the speaker.
  4. The speaker delivers the magnified sound to the ear, bringing about louder, clearer sound.

Every hearing aid also has a battery, control and volume buttons, and other features and functionality that we’ll discuss next.

How Hearing Aids Are Different

Although all hearing aids have the same basic parts, there are four variables that render each model different. When picking out a hearing aid model, your hearing specialist will help you to narrow down your choices according to the four variables, which are:

  1. Style – There are numerous different styles of hearing aids. The style most appropriate for you is dependent on several things such as the degree of your hearing loss, your manual dexterity, and your listening goals.
  2. Ease of use – Will a smaller hearing aid be too hard for you to physically handle? Would you like to use your cell phone as your hearing aid remote control?
  3. Functionality – Do you need telecoils so you can utilize your hearing aids with your mobile phone? How about directional microphones so you can focus on conversation?
  4. Price – Most hearing care professionals are exceptionally good at uncovering a hearing aid that will meet your demands and your budget. The hearing aid your hearing specialist suggests is always based on where they think you will get the biggest return for what you are paying. Financing options are also available to you.

Let’s go over the four variables in more depth.

Hearing Aid Style

Hearing aids are available in a range of styles, and your final choice may rely plainly on cosmetic preference.

Here are a few of the most common styles:

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids – these have most of the hearing aid elements included in a compact plastic case that sits behind the ear; the case is then hooked up to an earmold or an earpiece by a piece of clear tubing. Mini-BTE aids can also be found that are smaller. These hearing aids are easy to handle and easy to maintain.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids – these have all of the hearing aid parts enclosed in a shell that fills in the external part of the ear. The ITE aids are smaller than the behind-the-ear aids but bigger than the in-the-canal aids. These hearing aids are easier to handle than the smaller in-the-canal aids and less noticeable than the behind-the-ear aids.

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids – these hearing aids are enclosed in tiny cases that fit partially or completely in the ear canal, making them practically imperceptible.

In regards to picking out a style, keep in mind the tradeoffs among size, ease-of-use, battery life, and performance, and ensure that you discuss these items with your hearing specialist.

Hearing Aid Ease-of-Use

A component that is frequently overlooked is ease-of-use. While completely-in-the-canal hearing aids have the virtue of being small, they may also be tricky to handle, in which case you may favor the behind-the-ear styles.

You may also wish to look into digital hearing aids that can be controlled with mobile technology, like a cell phone or digital watch. This makes it effortless to monitor battery life, modify the volume, and transition among environmental presets programmed by your hearing specialist.

Hearing Aid Functionality

Performance is always a concern, and you should discuss with your hearing specialist about any unique situations or activities you commonly perform. For example, if you regularly use the phone, you’ll most likely want hearing aids outfitted with telecoils or Bluetooth compatibility.

Also ask about directional microphones and background noise reduction that can enhance your capacity to hear speech and partake in conversation.

Hearing Aid Price and Financing

Finally, after thinking about the above factors, you should establish the price you’re prepared to spend for the benefits you’ll attain from improved hearing.

While it’s a fact that no one can make this determination for you, the majority of our patients have felt that the ability to clearly hear sound and speech without continuously straining is well worth the price.

In fact, the per month expense of a hearing aid is commonly less than the monthly expense of cable television—and hearing aids will have a larger impact on your overall quality of life than viewing reruns of Law and Order.

Final Considerations

After you have a picture of what you’re interested in, your hearing specialist can help you to limit the options. Then, you can choose the model that meets all of your needs for style, ease-of-use, functionality, and price.

Once you’ve selected your perfect model, your hearing specialist will then custom-program the hearing aids to best amplify sound according to your unique hearing loss, which was calculated during the hearing test (audiogram). And keep in mind that, irrespective of the model you pick out, it won’t work correctly unless programmed by a hearing specialist.

Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to try out your new hearing aids during the trial period. It will take a little time to become accustomed to them, but after a short while you’ll be amazed at how clearly you can hear sound and speech.

If you’re ready to find your optimal pair of hearing aids, talk to us today!

Questions to Ask Your Hearing Specialist Before You Buy Hearing Aids

Question Mark

When it’s time to purchase a car, most of us know exactly what to do. We carry out some research, assess options, and compose a list of questions to ask the dealership. We do this so that by the time we’re set to stop by the dealership, we have an idea of what we’re looking for and we know which questions to ask.

When it’s time to purchase hearing aids, in contrast, many people don’t know where to start. While the process is comparable to buying a car, it’s also in many ways more complicated (and probably not quite as fun). It’s more complicated because every individual’s hearing loss is unique and each pair of hearing aids requires customized programming. If purchasing a car was like this, it would be like you bringing it home and needing to install the transmission yourself.

Fortunately, you don’t need to know how to program your own hearing aids, but you do need to know the questions to ask to ensure that your hearing specialist covers all bases, accurately programming the most suitable hearing aids for your preferences and lifestyle. In this manner, producing a list of questions to go over with your hearing specialist is the single most important thing you can do before your hearing test.

But which questions should you ask? Here are 35 to get you started, separated by category:

HEARING LOSS

Specific types of hearing loss require specific kinds of treatment. The more you know about your own hearing loss, the better you’ll be able to compare hearing aid alternatives. You need to determine what type of hearing loss you have, if it will get worse, how soon you should treat it, and all of your treatment options.

Questions to ask:

  • What type of hearing loss do I have?
  • Do I have unilateral or bilateral hearing loss?
  • Can I have a copy of my audiogram?
  • Will my hearing loss worsen as time goes by if left untreated?
  • Will hearing aids enhance my hearing?
  • How much of my hearing will hearing aids restore?
  • What are my other choices aside from hearing aids?

HEARING AID STYLES AND FEATURES

Hearing aids are made in many styles, from multiple manufacturers, equipped with many features. You need a organized way to narrow down your choices to ensure that you get the most suitable hearing aid without wasting money on features you don’t need or want.

Questions to ask:

  • How many different kinds of hearing aid styles do you offer?
  • Which hearing aid style is most effective for my needs and lifestyle?
  • Which digital features would be imperative to me, and which could I do without?
  • What are telecoils and directional microphones and do I need them?
  • Do I need Bluetooth compatible hearing aids?
  • Do my hearing aids need to be professionally programmed?
  • Do I need one or two hearing aids, and why?

HEARING AID PRICES, FINANCING, WARRANTIES, AND TRIAL PERIODS

The total price of a pair of hearing aids often includes the professional fees associated with custom fitting and programming, along with several other services or accessories. You want to make sure that you understand what you’re getting for the cost, if financing is available, if insurance will help, what the warranty includes, the duration of the trial period, and if any “restocking fees” apply to the end of the trial period.

Questions to ask:

  • What is the total cost of the hearing aids, including professional services?
  • Do you offer any financing plans?
  • Will my insurance coverage help pay for hearing aids?
  • How much will my hearing aids cost me each year?
  • Do the hearing aids have warranty coverage?
  • How much do hearing aid repairs cost after the warranty has ended?
  • Are repairs handled at the office or somewhere else?
  • If my hearing aids have to be shipped out for repairs, are loaner hearing aids supplied?
  • Is there a trial period and how long is it?
  • Is there a restocking fee if I return my hearing aids during or after the trial period?

HEARING AID OPERATION, CARE, AND MAINTENANCE

Your hearing specialist should explain to you how to care for, clean, and control your hearing aids. To ensure that nothing is forgotten, see to it that all of these questions are addressed:

Questions to ask:

  • How do I operate my hearing aids?
  • How do I use hearing aids with telephones and other electronics?
  • Can you show me how to use all of the buttons, features, and settings for my hearing aids?
  • What are environmental presets, and how do I access them?
  • Do I require a remote control, or can I use my smartphone to operate the hearing aids?
  • What batteries do I need, how long will they last, and how do I replace them?
  • How should I clean and store my hearing aids?
  • Do I need to come back for follow-up appointments?
  • How long will my hearing aids keep working?
  • Do I need to update the hearing aid software?
  • Do I qualify for future hearing aid upgrades?

YOU’RE READY TO SCHEDULE YOUR HEARING TEST

Okay, so shopping for a pair of hearing aids may not be as enjoyable as shopping for a new car. But the quality of life you’ll achieve from better hearing might very well make you happier, as you’ll reconnect with people and enjoy the intricacies of sound once again. So go ahead and book that hearing test — your new pair of hearing aids are waiting for a test drive.

The Digital Advantage: Analog Vs. Digital Hearing Aids

Digital Code

You’ve probably heard that today’s hearing aids are “not your grandfather’s hearing aids,” or that hearing aid technology is light-years ahead of where it used to be, even as recently as 5 to 10 years ago. But what makes modern technology so much better? And what exactly can modern day hearing aids accomplish that couldn’t be achieved in the past?

The simple answer is, like most consumer electronics, hearing aids have benefited greatly from the digital revolution. Hearing aids have developed into miniaturized computers, with all of the programming versatility you would expect to see from a modern computer.

But before hearing aids became digital, they were analog. Let’s see if we can find out why the move from analog to digital was such an advancement.

Digital vs analog hearing aids

At the simplest level, all hearing aids do the job the same way. Each hearing aid is equipped with a microphone, amplifier, speaker, and battery. The microphone detects sound in the environment, the amplifier strengthens the signal, and the speaker presents the louder sound to your ear.

Fundamentally, it’s not very complex. Where is does get complex, however, is in the details of how the hearing aids process sound, which digital hearing aids accomplish far differently than their analog alternatives.

Analog hearing aids process sound in a fairly straightforward way. In three basic steps, sound is detected by the microphone, amplified, and delivered to the ear through the speaker. That is… ALL sound is made to be louder, including background noise and the sound frequencies you can already hear properly. Put another way, analog hearing aids amplify even the sounds you don’t want to hear — think of the scratching sound you hear from an analog recording on a vinyl record.

Digital hearing aids, conversely, add a fourth step to the processing of sound: conversion of sound waves to digital information. Sound by itself is an analog signal, but instead of merely making this analog signal louder, digital hearing aids first transform the sound into digital configuration (stored as 0s and 1s) that can then be changed. Digital hearing aids, therefore, can CHANGE the sound before amplification by altering the information stored as a series of 0s and 1s.

If this seems like we’re talking about a computer, we are. Digital hearing aids are essentially miniature computers that run one customized program that manipulates and improves the quality of sound.

Advantages of digital hearing aids

A large number of modern hearing aids are digital, and for good reason. Considering that analog hearing aids can only amplify inbound sound, and cannot change it, analog hearing aids are liable to amplify distracting background noise, making it difficult to hear in noisy environments and nearly impossible to talk on the phone.

Digital hearing aids, in contrast, have the flexibility to amplify specific sound frequencies. When sound is converted into a digital signal, the computer chip can recognize, distinguish, and store specific frequencies. For instance, the higher frequency speech sounds can be labeled and stored separately from the lower frequency background noise. A hearing specialist can then program the computer chip to amplify only the high frequency speech sounds while suppressing the background noise — making it effortless to follow conversations even in noisy conditions.

Here are some of the other advantages of digital hearing aids:

  • Miniaturized computer technology means smaller, more discreet hearing aids, with some models that fit totally in the ear canal, making them mostly invisible.
  • Digital hearing aids tend to have more appealing designs and colors.
  • Digital hearing aids can be programmed by a hearing specialist to process sound in various ways according to the environment. By switching settings, users can achieve ideal hearing for assorted situations, from a quiet room to a noisy restaurant to talking on the phone.
  • Digital hearing aids can be fine-tuned for every patient. Each person hears different sound frequencies at different decibel levels. Digital hearing aids permit the hearing specialist to vary amplification for each sound frequency based on the characteristics of each person’s distinctive hearing loss.

Try digital hearing aids out for yourself

Reading about digital hearing aids is one thing, trying them out is another. But bear in mind that, to get the most out of any set of hearing aids, you need both the technology and the programming proficiency from an seasoned, licensed hearing specialist.

And that’s where we come in. We’ve programmed and fine-tuned countless hearing aids for people with all forms of hearing loss, and are more than happy to do the same for you. Give us a call and experience the digital advantage for yourself!

The Top 5 Hearing Aid Myths Exposed

The Top 5 Hearing Aid Myths Exposed

At times, it seems like we prefer to deceive ourselves. Wikipedia has an entry named “List of common misconceptions” that contains hundreds of widely-held but false beliefs. Yes, I understand it’s Wikipedia, but take a look at the bottom of the page and you’ll notice around 385 references to credible sources.

As an example, did you know that Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb? Or that sugar does not in reality make kids hyperactive? There are a multitude of examples of beliefs that we just assume to be true, but every now and then, it’s a good idea to reassess what we think we know.

For a number of of us, it’s time to reexamine what we think we know about hearing aids. The majority of myths and misconceptions about hearing aids are based on the problems linked with the outdated analog hearing aid models. But seeing as most hearing aids are now digital, those problems are a thing of the past.

So how up-to-date is your hearing aid knowledge? Read below to see if any of the top 5 myths are preventing you or someone you know from obtaining a hearing aid.

The Top 5 Myths About Hearing Aids

Myth # 1: Hearing aids are not effective because some people have had bad experiences.

Reality: First of all, hearing aids have been demonstrated to be to be highly effective. A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association comparing the effectiveness of three common types of hearing aids concluded that:

Each [hearing aid] circuit markedly improved speech recognition, with greater improvement observed for soft and conversationally loud speech….All 3 circuits significantly reduced the frequency of problems encountered in verbal communication….Each circuit provided significant benefit in quiet and noisy listening situations.

On top of that, since the publication of this investigation, hearing aid technology has continued to improve. So the question is not whether hearing aids perform well — the question is whether you have the right hearing aid for your hearing loss, professionally programmed based on to your preferences by a qualified professional.

Bad experiences are probably the result of receiving the wrong hearing aid, purchasing hearing aids online, consulting the wrong individual, or not having the hearing aids personalized and professionally programmed.

Myth # 2: Hearing aids are big, cumbersome, and unsightly.

Reality: This one is particularly easy to disprove. Simply do a quick Google image search for “attractive hearing aid designs” and you’ll see a number of examples of sleek and colorful models from multiple producers.

Additionally, “completely-in-the-canal” (CIC) hearing aids are available that are virtually or completely hidden when worn. The newer, stylish designs, however, convince some patients to go with the somewhat larger hearing aid models to show-off the technology.

Myth # 3: Hearing aids are too expensive.

Reality: Presently, some flat screen television sets with ultra-high definition curved glass sell for $8,000 or more. But this doesn’t make us say that “all TVs are too expensive.”

Just like television sets, hearing aids vary in price depending on performance and features. While you may not want — or need — the top of the line hearing aids, you can more than likely find a pair that fits your needs, preferences, and budget. Also be mindful that, as is the scenario with all electronics, hearing aids are becoming more affordable from year to year, and that the value of healthier hearing and a better life is almost always worthy of the expense.

Myth # 4: You can save time and money buying hearing aids online.

Reality: Remember myth # 1 that maintained that hearing aids are not effective? Well, it was probably brought about by by this myth. Like we said before, hearing aids have been proven to be effective, but the one caution to that statement has always been that hearing aids have to be programmed by a professional to assure performance.

You wouldn’t dare purchase a pair of prescription glasses online without consulting your eye doctor because your glasses need to be personalized according to the unique attributes of your vision loss. Buying hearing aids is no different.

Yes, visiting a hearing specialist is more expensive, but take into account what you get for the price: you can be confident that you get the right hearing aid with the right fitting and settings, in addition to follow-up care, adjustments, cleanings, instructions, repair services, and more. It’s worth it.

Myth # 5: Hearing aids are uncomfortable and complicated to operate.

Reality: If this refers to analog hearing aids, then yes, it is generally true. The thing is, practically all hearing aids are now digital.

Digital hearing aids dynamically process sound with a mini computer chip so that you don’t have to worry about manual adjustments; additionally, some digital hearing aids can even be operated through your mobile phone. The bottom line: digital hearing aids are being developed with maximum ease-of-use in mind.

Your hearing specialist can also create a custom mold for your hearing aids, ensuring a comfortable and ideal fit. While a one-size-fits all hearing aid will very likely be uncomfortable, a custom-fit hearing aid conforms to the shape of your ear.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hearing Aids

Hearing aids have gone through a large number of iterations in their 200-plus year history. The technology that is utilized in hearing aids has historically been developed in consequence of a dedicated scientist who is either impacted by hearing loss or has a friend or family member impacted by hearing loss. For instance, Alexander Graham Bell’s mother had profound hearing loss and his wife was deaf.

Here are 10 other little-known facts about hearing aids:

1. Hearing aids can be synced up with wireless devices through advanced technology like Bluetooth, so users can enjoy direct signals from their smart phone, MP3 player, TV, and other electronic products.

2. Hearing aids are not one size fits all – as a matter of fact, they can and should be programmable. This indicates they have the ability to recall the most comfortable configurations for the user, often adapting in real time to the immediate environment.

3. Digital hearing aids – a recent advancement — have considerably minimized the occurrence of pestering feedback, echoes, and background noises. These were par for the course as part of older technologies, and they made paying attention much more challenging.

4. Hearing aids have the capacity for enhancing and clarifying sound, in addition to making it louder for the user.

5. When used in conjunction with special induction or hearing loops, hearing aid users can more clearly hear notices in public places, meetings, airports, arenas, and other congested environments. This technology enhances sounds and minimizes all the background noise.

6. Hearing aids were once only manufactured in beige and similar colors to fit in with people’s skin color, so that they were not easily recognizable. Today, users are welcoming their hearing aid technology, wearing assorted colors and patterns to showcase their devices and attract attention in a crowd.

7. In the same vein, hearing aids are smaller in size than ever before. They used to be massive, cumbersome gadgets that weighed several pounds and didn’t really do much to amplify sound. Today, they only weigh a few ounces and provide superior sound quality.

8. Today, you can invest in water resistant and waterproof hearing aids to better fit in with your lifestyle. Water resistant hearing aids can withstand low levels of humidity and moisture, while waterproof hearing aids can withstand higher levels of moisture during showering and even swimming.

9. Many hearing aids are now made with rechargeable technology; instead of having to frequently replace batteries, hearing aids can simply be recharged, thereby avoiding maintenance costs and hassle.

10. Hearing aids are not only for the hard of hearing — individuals suffering from tinnitus can often obtain relief from the constant ringing with the special tinnitus therapy components contained in many hearing aids.

 

Now that you learned some interesting tidbits about hearing aids and their accompanying technology, you can better understand what they have to offer the young and the old alike.

 

How Hearing Aids are Programmed

Don’t fret about your hearing aid customization: programming will ensure it’s a perfect fit to your needs. You should need undergo hearing aid programmed before wearing it out of the office to make way for troubleshooting which features work or don’t work. Just as you wouldn’t fit just any lenses into your frames without the assistance of an ophthalmologist, an audiologist must perform the programming of your hearing device so it works optimally. Your existing hearing capabilities are taken into consideration during this process. It’s done by a certified audiologist and encompasses many different factors that we will discuss below.

What Factors can be Adjusted?

There are countless components they take into account when they program your hearing aid. Audiologists are able to adjust elements like volume, intensity levels, frequency, compression ratios, maximum output of power, microphone use and noise reduction. They can even change a setting that’s just too sensitive to noise so the user gets the most comfort, or they can filter out the din of background noise that makes it so hard to hear clearly in group situations.

Programming Hearing Aids

Your doctor should have all the right hardware, software and cables to connect to the hearing aid so the programming process can take place in the office. Although some people actually are skilled in programming their own hearing aids, this is discouraged because of the expense involved and the lowered quality of results. You should contact a professional for this task to ensure optimal results. The hearing aids of today can reduce noise and feedback using a unique surround sound system to simulate real noise from the outside environment and make adjustments based on those results in real time. This surround sound system approach is efficient because it is able to simulate crowd noises and help the doctor adjust noise reduction factors. These unparalleled troubleshooting capabilities allow the hearing aid to be customized to the individual. Real ear measurements, visual mapping and environmental simulations must all be used. Real-ear probe microphones are an interesting component as well, to detect sounds that are hitting the eardrum. Now the doctor can more accurately program the device to specific parameters. Visible speech mapping (VSM) is a state of the art alternative to traditional measurements that shows how various sounds of speech hit the eardrum.

Processing Time

Adjustments in digital hearing aids often happen on an ongoing basis as the user troubleshoots preferences in the real world. Older hearing devices were very easy to operate and adjust, usually with just a screwdriver and some time. Now doctors can personalize hundreds of elements within digital hearing aids to gel with the hearing needs of the individual. Programming is dependent on many subjective preferences thanks to a thorough hearing evaluation. Just like you wouldn’t just buy a mattress or a car without trying it out first, the same goes with hearing aids. This doesn’t mean it’s a one-time process, though. You may return to the office with suggestions on what you would like to incorporate. This is due to the fact that the brain can’t immediately adjust to the new sounds emitted by the device, allowing you to evaluate different listening situation to best match your needs.

How Cell Phones Are Revolutionizing The Hearing Aid Industry

Take a good long look at your cell phone. Could it help in more ways than you know?

Cell phones can help hearing impaired people go about their day with safety and

confidence because they know they can rely on their devices for assistance. In the

following article, we will learn about why cell phones continue to revolutionize the use

of modern day hearing aids for those who have varying degrees of hearing loss. This

is because cell phones have state of the art technology to accommodate the growing

needs of their hearing impaired customers. For several years, hearing aid devices have

dominated the market and have helped hearing impaired individuals hear more clearly

every day. That’s still true. But now, cell phones and smart phones are adding to the

arena too.

Cell Phone Technological Advancements

It’s a fact that modern day cell phones must meet or exceed a T3 or T4 standard that shows

they can handle the power and efficiency that is a requirement in working with modern

hearing aids. Thanks to these new advancements, both the hardware and software of cell

phones have been bolstered to provide optimal enjoyment for the user. Thus, sufferers of

hearing loss can then get a further accessibility range when it comes to their cell phone

for the utmost in convenience. To further add to the convenience of cell phones, today’s

models come with a telecoil that essentially converts important magnetic signals from

the phone into sound signals for optimal interpretation. The telecoil and the cell phone

basically work together to produce this desired result.

Smart Phones- Leading The Way

Smart phones have been dominating the market with superior technology built right in.

Just like regular cell phones, these devices often feature high-level telecoils built into the

device itself. This is a revolutionary way of being able to hear better each and every day

using a crucial device to today’s communication.

Smart phones have strong components that allow them to run many helpful applications.

This aids hearing impaired individuals, making them feel safe and secure in their daily

lives. Did you know that some apps have the capability of locating active subtitles for a

movie a user wants to watch, or even a syndicated television program on TV? Two other

ways in which these phones can also alert users is via a phone call or text with blinking

LED lights to garner immediate attention. They can also help through vibrations when a

message or phone call or text is received so the user can count on their device to notify

them.

Static and noise cancelling technology inherent in the latest models is yet another way

that people who use hearing aids are taking advantage of using smart phones. What

happens? Using a hearing aid together with a cell phone will not result in feedback or

static, giving the user complete clarity while in use. Known as hearing aid capability, or

HAC, this means hearing impaired people can learn their device’s capabilities before they

spend their hard earned money.

Electric Cochlear Implants: Functions and Benefits

Did you think all hearing impaired people qualified for a traditional hearing aid? This

may be true in some cases but in others, something stronger and more effective is in

order. For people with such a severe hearing issue that they can’t benefit from a hearing

aid, they must use an electric cochlear implant. This involves surgically implanted

components in under the skin on the skull — a popular option for those with bad hearing

loss because they offer so much more than a simple ear-worn hearing aid. Designed with

children and adults in mind, these devices offer an unmatched versatility. Attached to

the wearer’s skull, a special bypass is created that helps interpret sound waves by the

auditory nerve. Let’s explore the various benefits of a cochlear implant and why they’re

How Do Cochlear Implants Function?

This receiver is located behind the ear and under the skin. Its main function is to transmit

all of the signals to the cluster of electrodes that were already implanted into the cochlea.

From there, these electrodes can activate certain fibers on the auditory nerve, allowing

the user to experience simulated sound waves. The electric cochlear implant functions

by using all four pieces in conjunction with one another to reproduce sound waves that

simulate hearing. The microphone that is on the outside of the ear picks up sounds from

the environment. From there, the sounds are sent to the speech processor, which can

be located near the microphone, or worn elsewhere on the body in order. This device

interprets the sound and digitizes it so that it can be picked up by the next part of the

electric cochlear implant: the transmitter. This part of the electric cochlear implant sends

the signals to the receiver that is implanted beneath the skin of the user.

How Do Cochlear Implants Function?

Due to the fact that there are several different parts on a cochlear implant, they all must

work in tandem to produce results. The transmitter’s job is to pick up signals and then

direct signals to the receiver underneath the skin. The electrode cluster gets these signals

within the cochlear, then electrodes activate fibers on the auditory nerve for sound

processing. The microphone is located on the outside of the ear, which detects sounds

and sends them to the speech processor that sits near the microphone, or it can be used

in other places on the body. This is the source for interpreting and digitizing sound.

Cochlear implants feature four major components that integrate to simulate hearing.

Benefits Of Cochlear Implants

Though you may have to shell out big bucks for this device, the significant benefits

that they offer users make electric cochlear implants one of the most successful hearing

devices available today. These electric cochlear implants are perfect for people who

have tremendous amounts of hearing loss than cannot be improved much by the use of a

hearing aid. Happily, the individual can “hear” sounds such as speech and environmental

sounds. This helps the user regain a certain degree of safety and confidence as they

proceed through their daily life with the ability to hear more with more clarity and

consistency than ever before.

10 Ways Good Hearing Can Help Keep Seniors Young

If you can’t hear people or alarms, you can’t interact smoothly or avoid danger, can you? This can in turn lead to avoidance of social situations and a lowered sense of self confidence. Let’s explore the many ways in which you can stay young through hearing protection on a daily basis. With a correlation found between hearing health and youth, it’s no wonder more and more seniors like you are taking steps to protect their hearing. It’s not just so you can be alerted to external stimuli like alarms, although that is a major benefit. Hearing protection can also help you live a more productive, social life.

1. Lift your self confidence. Don’t fall victim to a lack in self esteem just because you

have hearing loss. You may fear engaging in conversations with others and thus

stay away from social situations, leading to further feelings of isolation.

2. Increase the blood flow to your ears for good health. Aerobic exercise sends

oxygen-rich blood flow to the ears to offer protective qualities such as fewer

infections which have been known to cause hearing loss.

3. Avoid the hospital. Ending up hospitalized due to falls and other problems can

make you depressed. Why? When you become physically inactive, your sense of

confidence and worth is shaken, which can lead to depression.

4. Be productive in your daily interactions. This is crucial, as hearing loss can sadly

alienate people from getting the information they need to go about their daily lives.

It’s tough to effectively communicate with anyone from spouses and buddies to

check-out clerks and librarians when you suffer from hearing loss.

5. Decrease your fall and injury risk. Individuals can trip and fall more readily

when they have difficulties hearing. This is due to an unstable awareness of their

surroundings, thanks to the fact that you are three times more likely to fall than

others with no hearing issues. This is according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

6. Perform well in school settings. When you find yourself back in the classroom after

many years in the workforce, you may be at a disadvantage if you strain to hear. It’s

not productive to ask the teacher to repeat herself or ask your classmates to speak

up.

7. Experience a better social life. Studies show that hearing impaired seniors who wear

hearing aids have an improved social life and sex life, along with improved mental

health and independence. Just remember: interacting with others is key in staying

young.

8. React quicker. It’s pretty simple really: When you have a healthy hearing level, you

can better react to fire alarms, sirens and car horns so you can get out of the way of

danger fast.

9. Keep your mental acuity sharpened. Did you know that the National Institute on

Aging has linked hearing loss with dementia in old age? Everyone’s brain shrinks

as they age but when you add hearing loss to that equation, the risk for dementia is

higher.

10. Stay alert on the job. When straining to hear instructions from your boss, you

can’t readily detect important directives or safety precautions, plus it’s harder to

participate in coworker discussions or meetings.

Hearing Loops: What They Are And How They Work

Hearing loops are quickly becoming gaining attention for being one of the most interesting solutions for hearing deficiency. Many people believe that with proper implementation, they could be one of the very most inexpensive solutions to providing several people with hearing improvement in a public forum. Yet, others still do not understand what a hearing loop is and how it works. We will cover these topics in order to discern what a hearing loop is made of, how it functions, and where they are being used right now.

What Makes A Hearing Loop?

There are two very specific parts that go into making a hearing loop. The first thing that you will see in a hearing loop is the cable that is looped throughout a room. This allows sound in the form of signals to be transmitted throughout a room with ease. The second part of the hearing loop is called the receiver. Specifically, this is a telecoil which is found in just about every modern hearing aid. Combined, this technology allows people to hear better within an enclosed area than ever before.

Hearing Loops: How Do They Work?

Hearing loops are not very complicated in terms of the technology that is required. Hearing loops use the cable as a receiver of sound and also as a transmitter. They get the initial sound through a microphone or similar instrument, and then transfer the sound through the wire in the form of an electronic signal. From there, the signal is broadcast through the room where it is able to be received by several devices at a time.
The most common device that is used to receive these signals is a hearing aid. After all, they come equipped with telecoils which are necessary for interpreting the information. Once they have interpreted the signals, the user is able to hear the initial sound very clearly. In essence, it makes it seem like you have a front row seat, no matter where you are sitting.

Where Are Hearing Loops At?

While they have gained some support in the hearing impaired community, there are still many places that could use hearing loops. That being said, hearing loops are mostly used in convention centers, musical halls, and other places where large crowds gather to hear a single speaker. Other places where hearing loops are being used are taxis and mass transit vehicles where a rider needs to communicate with the driver or hear announcements. Overall, hearing loops are a great way to help people feel more confident in their everyday public interactions.