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18/Jul/2018

Ear wax is a natural secretion which protects the ears from dust, bad bacteria and foreign body.

So why do some people constantly suffer from excessive cerumen  than others? Well it could be any one of the following reasons:

.narrow ear canals

.frequently putting the cotton buds in the ears

.hairy ear canals

. dry ear wax

.overproduction on ear wax

.swimmers ears etc

So what are the symptoms of wax build up : Earache, hearing loss,itchiness in ears,tinnitus etc.

What can I do about this : Ear was basically is self cleaning. So do nothing. If it has reached a  state where it is causing you discomfort of hearing loss then it needs to be be softened first . Using ear wax drops from the chemist. Do not do this if you have perforated ear drum. Talk to your doctor. Get a  professional to remove it for you . No please do not attempt to do this at home.

Points to remember : It is easier to remove the wax if it is soft and moist. Hence using ear wax drops that softens the wax for at least 4-5 days before your visit to the doctor is advisable. Spray based wax solutions are better and give better outcome according to newer studies.

 

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18/Jul/2018

When something blocks sounds from effectively reaching the inner part of the ear- that is called’ conductive hearing loss’. There is  a problem in sound conduction. Cause could be an ear infection, exostoses (bony growth in ear canal), Eustachian tube functioning being poor,eardrum perforation,impacted ear wax, foreign body in the ear canal,absent or malformed outer ear etc.

What are the treatment options : Surgery if appropriate, medications like antibiotics in case on an infection or hearing aids.

For more information or to organise an appointment call ‘My Audiologist’ on 07 34465845

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18/Jul/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…..


18/Jul/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.


18/Jul/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).


18/Jul/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.


18/Jul/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.

18/Jul/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.


18/Jul/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.


18/Jul/2018

A recent study at University of British Columbia did a study on seniors aged 60 to 69 to examine the impact of diagnosed or untreated hearing issues. Result indicated that for every 10dB drop in hearing sensitivity the odds of social isolation increased by 52%. This was also associated with a cognitive decline equivalent to almost four years of chronological aging. Social isolation has been shown to have similar impacts on mortality rates as smoking and alcohol consumption. Studies continue to investigate if interventions such as regular hearing screening programs similar to those that are in place for young children could positively impact health outcomes for Senior citizens. For more information contact Raji Parangad at ‘My Audiologist’… your local hearing health professional…on 07 3446 5845


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