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22/Jan/2018

One of the more challenging listening situations for individuals with a hearing loss is trying to communicate in a restaurant. Even the most elegant restaurants tend to be on the noisy side. Numerous conversations are going on all around you, dishes and silverware are constantly clanging and music is playing in the background. And being in a seated position eliminates your ability to move closer to the person or persons you want to hear.
Plan ahead by picking a quieter restaurant. For example, unless you’re content to read the captioning on the televisions, avoid sports bars.
Try to find carpeted restaurants that have chairs with rollers on the legs (helps to prevent an annoying scraping sound when they are moved), plants, and sound absorbent materials on the tables and walls.
Make reservations ahead of time, and ask for accommodations.
Go to your favourite restaurants, so you already know their specialities and options, such as choices of salad dressings or side dishes.
Look on the restaurants website to preview the menu.
Choose to dine with a smaller number of dining partners.
Pick a table in the least noisy part of the restaurant (e.g., away from the kitchen, bar, wait service stations, etc.).
Ask for seating in a well-lit area.
Remember that even people with normal hearing experience greater difficulty in a noisy listening environment than they do in a quiet listening environment. So, dont expect to do as well with your hearing aids in the noisy restaurant as you do in the quiet of your home.
Sit with your back to the window, so that lighting is on the speakers face, not in your eyes.
Request that staff turn down background music (you are probably not the only patron bothered by the volume of the music).
When possible, indicate choices before youre asked. Examples: Id like a salad with Italian dressing or I would like a burger, no fries.
Ask the waiter/waitress for a printed list of the specials of the day.
If restaurant dining is for business, request to meet in a quieter location.
Enjoying the company of your friends and family is important to your well being. By following the tips above and with a little pre-planning, dining out can be more of a pleasure and less of a burden. Do all that you can to ensure that your dining experience, at least the listening part is a great one.


22/Jan/2018

What is ear wax?

Ear wax is a natural mix of secretions and dead skin found in the ear. It is  a bad thing…noooo, it helps to protect the ear against dust, dirt and bacteria. Ear wax (Cerumen to be official!) is made up of skin cells, dust and oily secretions from the sebaceous and ceruminous glands in the ear canal. The secretions lubricate the ear canal and prevent it becoming too dry.

 

What can cause ear wax buildup?

Some people just suffer from regularly blocked ears.

  1. Overproduction of ear wax
  2. Narrow ear canals
  3. Hairy ear canals
  4. Dry earwax, (not much moisture in the secretion as you get older)
  5. Swimmers ear, bony growths in the ear canal can block the progress of ear wax
  6. A tight or hard ear canal bend
  7. You keep putting damned cotton buds in your ear! (nothing smaller than your elbow in your ear)
  8. Wearing hearing aids (sometimes can cause ear wax build up)
  9. Wearing in-ear headphones (same as above)

Symptoms of an ear wax build up

You are deaf, deaf I tell you!!!! Well, no actually, you might not be. But it is one symptom that can show up. Here are all the symptoms of hearing loss:

  1. Earache, as it builds up it can press against the ear canal causing pain, yes ear wax can cause pain!
  2. Hearing loss, it can deliver to you the gift of hearing loss, especially if you have just gone swimming or had a shower
  3. Itchiness in the ear (can be caused by other things though like dry skin)
  4. Dizziness, a spinning sensation .
  5. Tinnitus, surprisingly enough it can give you a sense of buzzing or ringing in the affected ear.

What can you do about ear wax build up?

If earwax isn’t causing you problems, just leave it alone. The ear (that amazing thing) is self-cleaning and once the process is not interrupted the wax should just drop out. Sometimes though, probably because you have been fiddling with it, ear wax may build up in the canal. Normally once the build-up starts, it will just continue unless it is washed out. Eventually, the ear wax plug will grow to fill the ear canal.

This is when you start to have problems, usually, the first indication of it for you is when water gets into the ear during swimming or showering. This usually causes the ear wax to swell. This blocks the ear canal and you know about it immediately. If the wax build-up has got to the stage where it is causing deafness, problems with hearing aids, or is uncomfortable, it needs to be removed.

There are several types of ear drops that you can use to loosen and soften ear wax. the drops can include olive oil, almond oil, bicarbonate of soda and hydrogen peroxide. Here is the thing, they might not be suitable for you. If you have had a perforation of your eardrum in the past, ear drops aren’t a good idea.

Can you remove ear wax at home?

No.Don’t mess around with your ear canal. Both ear canal and your eardrum are sensitive, if you damage your eardrum, there may be long-term consequences for your hearing. Leave it to the professional to do it…

Why you should have your ear cleaned professionally.

Simply put your ear canal is delicate as is your eardrum, if you make the mistake of putting anything in your ear you run the risk of damaging either or both. Many people every year burst or perforate their eardrum by sticking all sort of implements in there, usually cotton buds. They are called cotton buds, not earbuds, they are designed for babies noses, not ears. Please don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.

You should not try to use cotton buds to remove earwax from your ear canal, all it will do is push it towards the eardrum. It can cause you, even more, problems and make it more difficult to remove. Leave earwax removal to a qualified specialist who can clearly see what he or she is doing.

It is best to use earwax softening drops for four or five days before an appointment no matter what procedure it is. Icky gooey earwax is easier to remove which means easier for you as well. Try and get a spray type oil instead of the usual drops, it coats the wax and the canal without having to lie still for twenty minutes.

 Ear Candles

Just no.

Earwax blockage symptoms

There are a few symptoms that you may feel if you are suffering from earwax blockage of your ear canal.

  • a feeling of fullness in the ear
  • the sensation of hearing everything muffled
  • mild tinnitus

If any of these symptoms sound familiar then you should have your ear canal or canals checked.

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22/Jan/2018

Common symptoms of dementia:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion (not remembering what they were saying)
  • Difficulty with thinking and decision making (should they answer the door?)
  • Decline in skills needed for everyday living (not remembering how to cook)
  • Changes in ways of communicating (not being able to find the correct word, mixing up words, or repeating what’s been said)

Common symptoms of hearing loss:

  • Difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say, especially in group situations
  • Asking people to repeat themselves and/or speak more slowly
  • Having the volume for music/TV higher than other people need
  • Difficulty hearing the phone/doorbell
  • Finding it difficult to tell which direction noise is coming from
  • Often feeling tired or stressed, from having to concentrate while listening.

    People with dementia can have difficulty communicating with others, including finding the right words, or signs, for what they want to say. They will have difficulty processing what they’ve heard, particularly if there are distractions. According to some researchers, this difficulty in processing information (when there is competing information, auditory or otherwise) can be one of the first signs of some form of cognitive impairment.

    Further evidence suggests that proper diagnosis and management of hearing loss, including provision of hearing aids, reduce the risk and impact of dementia and some of the other associated co-morbidities, such as falls and depression.

    It is worth noting that although dementia is diagnosed in later life, changes in the brain usually start developing many years before. Latest  studis looked at the benefits of building a “cognitive reserve”, meaning that if the brain’s networks were strengthened, it could continue to function in later life regardless of the damage. As discussed, lifestyle factors can play a vital role in increasing or reducing an individual’s dementia risk. It is suggested that not smoking, keeping healthy, doing exercise and treating high blood pressure and diabetes can all help reduce the risk of dementia for some, as well as cardiovascular disease.
    If you are worried about hearing loss or dementia, it is best to speak to your GP who will then refer you to an Audiology clinic  for further investigation. Call My Audiologist on 07 34465845 today to make an appointment to get your hearing checked.

     


22/Jan/2018

Effects of untreated hearing on partners and significant others…putting up with that blaring television ,consistently have to repeat themselves or raise their voice to be heard and surprising study findings that partners also become socially isolated along with the individual with a hearing loss. Having to attend social events alone as their deaf spouse withdraws over fears they will be unable to hear and the impact could be deep. While those with hearing loss suffer (needless) embarrassment, worry and fear of rejection. It was clear from recent studies that both hearing impaired individual and their partners experience frustration, anger and upset. The Partners of people with hearing loss said that acting as an interpreter, handling every telephone call, raising their voice, repeating words and avoiding misunderstandings is exhausting.

Hearing loss is generally completely treatable, modern hearing aids are pretty  exceptional. They are easy to use, easy to wear and they pretty much do what they are supposed to. So why would anyone put up with frustration, loss and emotional pain in their life? It is more embarrassing  to stumble through life trying to bluff something while everyone knows you have a problem?

Why would you inflict frustration, loss and sadness on a loved one?  why? You are trouble hearing… do something about it….

 

Call My Audiologist on 07 34465845. Your local independent Audiologist…..


22/Jan/2018

You hear with your ears, but you listen with your brain

Studies have shown that people with hearing loss lose cognitive function much faster than those without it. But in Australia, the average man diagnosed with hearing loss will take between seven and 10 years to act on it.He’ll get away with it for many of those years, because hearing loss is invisible. He may get grumpy and strain to hear, he may accuse others of mumbling, but he will often smile and nod and few will pick it up.He won’t know that his hearing is linked to his brain function and that what he’s not using, he’s losing.

 

If you suspect hearing loss take action now. Call My Audiologist on 07 3446 5845

 


22/Jan/2018

Have you given it any thought if your hearing loss affect your ability to drive safely? Hearing loss, while often inconvenient and frustrating, can also be quite risky when you are behind the wheel of a car. You may be unable to hear someone honking or yelling at you to possibly get out of the way of danger. The sound cues we normally rely on while driving, such as horn honking or the ringing of a bicycle bell, become a lot harder to detect with hearing loss and they could even go unnoticed. We want to share some things that can help you to navigate the road safely if you’re hard of hearing.

Get your hearing treated. This is the best way to help you drive safely. If you haven’t had your hearing checked get an audiogram, and if you  need hearing aids, this will greatly increase your hearing and safety on the road.Not only can hearing aids amplify the important sounds you hear on the road, they can also keep your auditory system healthy so your brain doesn’t forget how to interpret other sounds in your environment. If you already wear hearing aids, make sure you always wear them while operating a vehicle and continue to get regular hearing aid checkups.Today’s hearing aids are technological marvels, with sensitive microphones designed to discriminate between speech and background noises.

Avoid distractions. Do not try to multitask while on the road. Put down the phone! It’s a widely known fact that texting and driving can lead to accidents, and trying to talk on the phone can be extremely distracting because you’re busy straining to hear what the person on the phone is saying. If you’re in a situation where you need to call someone or address a situation, pull over and deal with it before attempting to do so while driving. Ask passengers to keep the conversation quiet and to a minimum. While it’s always fun to be part of the conversation, participating in any activity other than driving means your attention isn’t fully focused on the road. Keep the car window closed to minimise road noise. Today’s vehicles are built to reduce road noise, which is good news for those with hearing loss. Anytime you can reduce the variety of noises competing for your attention, the better you’ll be able to hear the ones you need to.

Keep the music down. Not only does loud music damage your hearing, but it’s also a big distraction that makes it impossible to hear sound cues from the outside environment. Loud music can cause you to miss ambulance or police car sirens that are near by. These are noises you do not want to miss in case you need to move your car out of the way.

Pay attention visually. It’s always important to keep your eyes on the road, but if you suffer from hearing loss, it’s extra important because you need to use visual cues to make sense of your external environment. Pay close attention to traffic signals and always use your rear view mirror. Hearing loss makes it harder to pinpoint the relative distance of moving vehicles, so using your eyes carefully is important for protecting yourself and those around you. Consider investing in a larger rear view mirror.

If you believe you’re suffering from hearing loss please call ‘My Audiologist’ located in Wellington Point QLD at 07 34465845 to schedule an appointment today.


22/Jan/2018

The transportation network Lyft, in partnership with the National Association for the Deaf (NAD)—a nonprofit that advocates for deaf rights—has developed a “flash-on request” function for drivers with hearing loss.

Drivers who activate the Lyft app’s hard-of-hearing accessibility function will see both their phone’s screen and flashlight light up simultaneously, along with the words “New Ride,” to alert them a ride request is incoming.

Additionally, Lyft will also send out a link to a tutorial—in addition to the text prospective customers get alerting them their driver is deaf or hard-of-hearing—that instructs riders how to say “Hello” and “Thank You” in American Sign Language (ASL).


22/Jan/2018

These athletes and their stories prove that hearing loss won’t impede your dreams. These are the success stories of athletes who did not let hearing loss stand in the way of success.

Terence Parkin- Terence Parkin is a South African swimmer who shocked the world in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He won the silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke race, but that’s not the only challenge that he’s bested. Parkin has almost 100% hearing loss and communicates in sign language with his coach. Parkin also leverages strobe light signals in the pool, which indicate when to start his race.

Chris Colwill- Chris Colwill is a US Diver. Colwill was born with 60% hearing loss in both his ears. His hearing loss didn’t stop him from becoming a championship diver, but the sport is not ideal for hearing aids. Colwill cannot wear his hearing aid when diving, instead he looks to the scoreboard for his prompt to begin.

Tamika Catchings- Tamika Catchings is a US basketball player who overcame hearing loss in both ears as well as a speech impediment. As a young child, she was bullied due to her hearing loss. This prompted her to throw away her hearing aid. Her parents taught her a valuable lesson by refusing to buy her a new one. Lessons like this one prompted her to grow up strong and talented, even winning WNBA MVP in 2011. Catchings has won gold medals in the last three summer Olympics.

David Smith- David Smith is a US Volleyball player who was diagnosed with 80-90% hearing loss. Because of this, he has worn hearing aids since the age of three. Still, he made an impactful debut at the London Olympics in 2012. What’s David’s secret? He relies on lip reading when communicating with his teammates. He says that this has strengthened his relationships with his team and made him a stronger athlete.

Frank Bartolillo- Frank Bartolillo is an Australian fencer, and a role model for athletes impacted by hearing loss. He topped the competition at the 2004 Athens Olympics, claiming that his hearing loss worked to his advantage. He’s been quoted as saying that he could concentrate on the match at a much better level without his hearing.

Jeff Float- Jeff Float is a US swimmer that specializes in the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay. He made history when he became the first deaf swimmer to win the gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. The roar when he won was so loud that he’s been quoted as saying, “It was the first time I remember distinctively hearing loud cheers at a meet.”

If you have questions about hearing loss, don’t hesitate to reach out to ‘My Audiologist’And be sure to check out the website for more information about audiology.


22/Jan/2018

  • The battery contacts inside your hearing aids should be kept clean and dry to avoid corrosion; you can dry them off using a cotton swab.
  • Fresh batteries should always be stored in a dry place at room temperature to prevent the protective stickers from prematurely peeling off.
  • Before inserting a new battery into your hearing aid, let it sit sticker side up for a few minutes with the sticker removed; this helps the battery come to full activation before you begin using it.
  • To reduce the power consumption of your batteries when you aren’t using them, remove the batteries from your hearing aids each night.

22/Jan/2018

Eight Reason to Get Hearing Aids

1.     Improve Your Social Life – Being able to hear what’s going on around you leads to better relations with others, more engagement in activities, and an overall greater sense of optimism about the world.

2.     Better Job or Task Performance –Communication is key to doing your job or tasks well. If you can’t comprehend directions or other vital information about the task at hand, your ability to complete the work at hand will suffer. Being able to hear with no impediment will help you be at the top of your game.

3.     Benefits for Your Mind – There are studies that show a link between hearing loss and dementia. Though the research is still in its nascent stages, experts believe that treating hearing loss could help preserve cognitive function.

4.     Heart Health – Research shows that cardiovascular health is linked to hearing health. In some cases, cardiovascular abnormalities may be detected earlier in the sensitive inner ear, than elsewhere in the body. There are also a number of other conditions linked to hearing loss including diabetes, depression, sleep apnea, and the risk of hospitalization.

5.     Saving Money –Middle-aged people with hearing loss have about one-third more in health care payments than people without. Additionally, studies show that utilizing hearing aids lessens the risk of income loss by 90-100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65-77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. Even worse, people with untreated hearing loss lost up to $30,000 in annual income, according to the study.

6.     Life is Easier – Taking control of your hearing health, gives you more confidence in other areas of your life. People who use hearing aids are more likely to handle obstacles proactively than those who leave their hearing loss untreated.

7.     Prevents Depression  – There is a link between depression and hearing loss in adults. Utilizing hearing aids can improve the quality of a person’s life. By treating the problem, people are less likely to feel hopeless or helpless against their hearing loss.

8.     Easier to Communicate – Hearing loss can affect an individual in every aspect of their life: work, leisure activities like concerts, conversations with family and friends, and home life. By improving the way in which sound is transmitted, people are able to feel normal, communicate effectively, and have an overall better quality of life.


22/Jan/2018

Australia has a long history of addressing hearing healthcare, with pioneering projects and research. SBS reports that the Hearing Care Industry Association (HCIA) of Australia has commissioned an evidence-based report, developed by Deloitte Access Economics, on the social and economic cost of hearing loss in the country: Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Health in Australia – June 2017. It estimates that around 3.6 million Australians are currently affected by hearing loss. This represents an economic cost of AUD 15.9 billion as a result of premature retirement and decreased productivity.

By 2060, it is estimated that as many as one in five Australians (over 7 million people), will be living with a hearing issue. The highest risk group is reported to be those aged 12 to 35. Another estimate is that up to 50% of young Australians may develop hearing loss after five years of exposure to loud music.

“The significant increase in the prevalence of hearing loss shown in this report raises challenges for the hearing care industry on how we can best support and mitigate the impact on the Australian population,” says HCIA’s chairman, Mr Ashley Wilson. According to the article, HCIA also recommends that Australia’s hearing aid voucher programme be extended to people in low-income groups, including younger and older Australians.


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