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19/Aug/2018

Imagine a scenario. You are out shopping on a Friday evening. School holidays and the noise in the mall is crazy. Because of the hearing loss phone ring is heard after a  long gap . You suddenly realise that the phone is ringing. Before you answer the call the anticipation that I am not going to hear the conversation with all the noise around is making you anxious , heart beat increases, sweaty palms etc. You swipe the screen to take the call  and this is your boss talking to you about the upcoming  meeting. All the noise around and the anxiety  of missing speech you are responding hoping you are answering the right thing socially. You hang up the phone and still wondering if I got this right.

 

Imaging the same scenario. The difference now is you have hearing aids that can now transmit the sound directly from the phone into the aids amplified for the loss you have. Not only are you hearing every word of the conversation with a simple push button press you can completely drown out the background noise. Now which is the scenario you would prefer. Now the possibilities are not limited to   answering calls. You can stream music, use your phone to check level of battery in the device etc. Anxiety free, stress free , clear sounding that is the new generation hearing aids for you..

 

For more information call Raji Parangad on 07 3446 5845


19/Aug/2018

Sudden hearing loss though sometimes can be completely reversed in some 60% of the subjects hearing loss persists. This dramatic change in hearing ability and alteration in communication leads to significant stress and anxiety. One of the Latest study done in Korea on 1500 subjects with sudden Sensory neural hearing loss have found that incidence of developing depression and anxiety is higher… Hence a team care approach is highly recommended involving Audiologist, Otologist and psychologist.

For more information call ‘My Audiologist’ on 07 3446 5945.


19/Aug/2018

Sneeze is an expulsion of air from lung through nose and lung designed to expel foreign particle or irritants…it is a  protective reflex. Holding a sneeze can cause irreparable damage to your eardrum due to pressure generated behind the tympanic membrane. Though rare, it is not a  good idea to hold ur sneeze…


19/Aug/2018

Anyone getting into the drivers seat in a  car has a tremendous responsibility. Responsible for ones own as well as the passengers and the pedestrians .Most us believe that as long as we can see the road, we are safe drivers. Well, that is not true. Your hearing plays a  crucial role. We hear potential danger before seeing it. So yes, untreated hearing loss and driving may not be a  good combination.

Hearing aids can help tremendously not only to improve your quality of life but also be a  better and safer driver. You will now hear the ambulance siren, or the car reversing sensor while reversing out of the parking lot.

Keep conversations quite and to a minimum while driving. Make that phone call when driving rather than straining to hear the speaker louder . In short keep distractions to a minimum.

Turn down that music in the car and possibly windows rolled up. Be visually more alert. Because if your hearing is not that great visual cues are even more important. Untreated hearing loss makes it difficult to gauge the relative distance of moving vehicle, so using your eyes carefully becomes even more important. Investing in a   larger rear view mirror may be beneficial too.

Modern hearing aids can reduce background noise, are discreet and easy to use.

 

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. We are local independent hearing clinic .

www.myaud.com.au


19/Aug/2018

WE HEAR WITH OUR EARS BUT LISTEN WITH OUR BRAIN.

”I can look directly at someone, nod when they are talking, may be even throw in a ‘yeah’ and still not hear a  single word they said…….’

Studies have shown that people with hearing loss lose cognitive function much faster than those without it. But in Australia, the average person 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

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19/Aug/2018

Dementia (memory loss,confusion,difficulty in thinking and decision making,decline in everyday skills, forgetting words to communicate etc) and hearing loss(misunderstanding what people say,asking repeats,loud TV,not hearing phone ring,direction of noise source,having to concentrate while listening etc). For number of years it was never thought of that there perhaps could be a  correlation between these two- dementia and hearing loss. But newer research shows concrete evidence pointing to the fact that if you have hearing loss rectify that earlier to prevent risk of developing cognitive issues and dementia. there are essentially four theories how hearing loss can lead to dementia :

  1. common physiological pathway that contribute to both hearing loss and dementia.
  2. Cognitive overload- constant strain to understand conversation stresses the brain. Speech encoding resources in brain are used elsewhere eventually reducing brain resilience.
  3. Untreated hearing loss effects brain structure in a  way that contribute to cognitive problems. Imaging studies now prove the change / shrinkage in brain cell. It is worth noting that brain cell changes start long before dementia is officially diagnosed. Rectifying hearing loss using hearing aids may allow the brain structures to recover previous size and function. Studies are ongoing.
  4. Social isolation. If one has to constantly make guesses and nod occasionally hoping that wasn’t a  question that was asked can be exhausting. Human nature- what do you do. One then avoids being in social scenario, go out to restaurant for a  nice meal, family is over for a  barbecue you decide to read the newspaper,  avoid movies etc. This social isolation  leads to cognitive decline and dementia.It is evident that proper diagnosis and management of hearing loss including hearing aids will educe the risk and impact of dementia and also associated co morbidity such as falls and depression. Newer studies point to the fact that if a cognitive reserve is built earlier meaning if brains networks are strengthened , it could continue to function in later life regardless of the damage. Lifestyle plays an important role. No smoking,keeping healthy,sleep hygiene,  exercise,treating high BP, diabetes and cardio vascular diseases.

    If you are worried about hearing loss or dementia, it is best to speak to your GP who will then refer you to ‘My Audiologist’ clinic  for further investigation. Raji Parangad works closely with local GP’s, ENT’s and Neurologists for best possible outcome for our patients.  Call My Audiologist on 07 34465845 today to make an appointment to get your hearing checked

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19/Aug/2018

‘I can look directly at someone, nod when they are talking, may be even throw in a ‘yeah’ and still not hear a  single word they said…….

Does that sound familiar…That blaring loud TV, constantly having to repeat or raise voice to be heard, not wanting to be in social scenario for the fear of obvious. … Well when you are going through this you are not alone. Your partner or significant other is going through this with you . Untreated hearing loss isolates you are partners and significant others. The impact could be deep. You both experience frustration, anger and upset. Partners of individual with untreated hearing loss often complain that acting as an interpreter, handling every telephone call, constant repeating and avoiding misunderstanding is exhausting to say the least.

As someone wise said ‘ Today will never come again. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care.Let your words heal and not wound’.

With modern hearing aids one can easily rectify this situation. Easy to use and wear. Why stumble through life trying to bluff something while every one knows you have  a problem.

 

Call ‘My Audiologist” on 07 34465845 to arrange an appointment. This is a  local, independent complete hearing care clinic located in Brisbane Bay side suburb of Wellington Point. After hour appointment and week end appointments available.

www.myaud.com.au

 


19/Aug/2018

That incredible invention ‘app’ which allows us to do lot of tasks on our devices have become an indispensable tool. So the benefit of an app for noise measurement is nothing new to write home about. The US office of Naval research have recently  developed an app to assist Navy personnel s to learn more about hearing protection. No doubt noise is part and parcel of the job. Hearing loss and tinnitus a  major bi product . This has led to lots of claims for Department of Veterans Affair (DVA)

The app is named Warfighters Hearing Health Instructional Primer (WHHIP). The app helps in better understanding of hearing risks and proper selection of ear protective device(ear plugs Vs Ear muff). It is useful in getting answers to hearing health and well being using personal device.

There you go. Your phone can now help you with ear hygiene.

Exposed to noise be it work or recreation .. get your ears tested to make sure they are in top condition. Call ‘My Audiologist” on 07 34465845 to arrange an appointment. This is a  local, independent complete hearing care clinic located in Brisbane Bay side suburb of Wellington Point. After hour appointment and week end appointments available.

www.myaud.com.au


19/Aug/2018

Better treatment outcome can be expected if you have  a better knowledge regarding your hearing system. This will help you not only to understand the pathology behind the hearing loss or tinnitus but also make an informed choice. This is why at ‘My Audiologist’ we take the time to discuss the result with you in simple English. Lets us take take a  quiz and see how much do we actually know about the hearing system :

  1. Injuries to the pinna/outer ear has no impact on hearing . Answer is it has. The outer ear acts as a  funnel which channels the sounds into the ear. So a  damage here could have an effect on your hearing.
  2. Types of hearing loss: conductive, sensory neural or mixed.
  3. Only seniors suffer from hearing loss- NOT true. Noise,genetics, some medications, injuries can cause hearing loss to name a  few and no it doesn’t discriminate based on age, race or colour.
  4. Can you diagnose hearing loss based on an online free hearing test. Answer is NO. A hearing health care professional – Audiologist can.
  5. What is the most common cause of hearing loss- Noise. Hence ear protection is a  must.

The way you test your eyes to keep it in good condition. Test your hearing too. Call ‘My Audiologist” on 07 34465845 to arrange an appointment. This is a  local, independent complete hearing care clinic located in Brisbane Bay side suburb of Wellington Point. After hour appointment and week end appointments available.

www.myaud.com.au


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