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20/Oct/2018

No matter how much money you spend on toys for your pets they will inevitably play with, chew or outright eat something you dont want them too. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to your hearing aids.

Dogs seem to prefer to chew and ultimately swallow all or part a hearing aid. Cats seem to prefer swatting a hearing aid across the floor from one end of the house to the other. Neither of these scenarios will typically have a positive outcome for the hearing aid.

If you discover a partially eaten hearing aid or cant find your hearing aid and suspect your pet may be the culprit, contact your veterinarian immediately. Ingesting a small electronic device that is powered by a battery has the potential to cause a serious problem for your pet. The acid from the battery can damage their mouth, esophagus and/or the lining of the stomach, pieces of the hearing aid can cause internal bleeding and so on.

PETS, HEARING AIDS AND INSURANCE

If your hearing aid is damaged by your pet its unlikely that your homeowners insurance policy will cover the cost to replace the hearing aid. Damage from pets typically falls under the realm of negligence and is rarely covered.

If your hearing aid is still under warranty with our office, contact us immediately. We can determine if the damage caused by your pet will require replacing or repairing the unit and whether or not the damage will be covered by the warranty.

PREVENTION IS THE SOLUTION

The easiest way to prevent the problem is to not to leave your hearing aids or batteries out where your pet can get to them. If the hearing aids arent in your ears make sure theyre stored safely in a dri-aid kit or the case you were given when you purchased the hearing aids. The old adage better safe than sorry is definitely one that applies to pets and hearing aids!


20/Oct/2018

The US Office of Naval Research is sponsoring the development of a new app to help navy personnel learn more about hearing protection, reports Lemoore Navy News.

Noise is inevitable in the navy environment and hearing loss and tinnitus are among the most common disability claims received by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has developed the app, called the Warfighters Hearing Health Instructional Primer (WHHIP), to provide specific information via personal devices. The idea is that using the app will help foster a better understanding of hearing risks, and the proper selection and use of hearing protection. It has four different sections or activities Learn, Demos, Hearing Protection Device (HPD) Check, and Glossary.

Hearing loss is a major concern for the Navy, says Kurt Yankaskas, who manages ONRs Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Program and oversees WHHIPs development. It affects everything from mission productivity and effectiveness to the retention of personnel. The app is another tool in the Navys Hearing Conservation Program.

We envision WHHIP as a resource similar to WebMD, says Dr. Kelly Watts from the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory. Its not intended to replace the advice or expertise of a hearing professional such as an audiologist, but its a useful way to answer questions or get information about hearing health and well-being.

Source: Lemoore Navy News


20/Oct/2018

Have you ever heard a high pitched buzzing or ringing in your ears but nothing around you is the cause? Then you have experienced something called tinnitus. The incidence of tinnitus peaks between 60 and 69 but it can happen at any age. A recent study of 170 students aged 11 – 17 revealed an astoundingly high level of tinnitus at 55%. This is a sign that these adolescents are at serious risk for developing hearing loss as young adults.

Some 50 million US adults have reported having tinnitus. Sixteen million had it frequently while 2 to 3 million have tinnitus severe enough to be debilitating. Tinnitus increases with age and is associated with loud noise exposure including the use of firearms, leisure time and occupational exposure to loud noises, smoking and high blood pressure. Tinnitus is often associated with other health issues including emotional difficulties, lifestyle detriment, increased risks for depression, anxiety, insomnia and decreased overall health. The adolescents in a recent study were tested using a psychoacoustic hearing examination along with loudness discomfort and intensity of their tinnitus. Nearly 30% of those tested experienced tinnitus while being tested. Those with tinnitus were more sensitive to loud sounds. Among the 55% of the adolescents who self-reported having experienced tinnitus in the previous year, half experienced it after listening to loud music, 20% heard it at bedtime and 22% perceived it any time in silence. The tinnitus they experienced often affected their concentration and sleep and the majority heard it in both ears. They also were much more sensitive to loud sounds.

The research subjects were asked about their leisure habits that could put their hearing at risk. Listening to music using headphones was nearly universal, but also included attending parties and shows and raves. Surprisingly, exposure to music using headphones was less frequent and at lower volumes among those with tinnitus. They also attended fewer events with loud sounds. This may indicate that the subjects with tinnitus were more sensitive to sounds. These subjects also reported being more sensitive to noises that did not bother others. This implies they could be more vulnerable to the sounds in their environment and may reflect damage to the auditory pathways.

The high prevalence of tinnitus in the adolescents in this study raises concerns for their future hearing. In animal models the pace of hearing loss later in life is accelerated even by a single exposure to loud noise trauma of 100dB for 2 hours, that level of sound is equivalent to the noise from a chainsaw or jackhammer. Age related hearing loss in men correlates with their histories of noise exposure.

Tinnitus is associated with damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear that respond to sound vibrations. Very loud noises can overload these hair cells causing temporary or permanent damage. Neighboring hair cells try to compensate for the damaged hair cells also contributing to tinnitus. If these adolescents continue to expose themselves to loud sounds, they are likely to further the damage to their hearing and risk eventual deafness.


20/Oct/2018

The American Academy of Otolaryngology ‘ Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published an
updated set of guidelines on managing ear gunk in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The
recommendations don’t contain many surprises, but they will definitely give you another reason to
worry screw around inside your ears too much and you might give yourself earwax impaction,
which is basically a stuffy nose for your ear.
Earwax, also known as cerumen, is essentially the snot that serves to grease up the inside of your
ears and trap any invading dirt particles. Your body normally deals with earwax buildups just fine,
by circulating old wax out of the ear where it crusts up on its own, and by growing more skin
cells, according to the report. If that process breaks down, though, earwax might build up in your
ears, making it difficult to hear or resulting in a feeling of stuffiness. Around 10 per cent of
children and five per cent of adults suffer from this problem, with numbers higher in older or
developmentally-delayed folks. New data on cerumen impaction motivated the release of new
recommendations for how to deal with it.
The report can be summarised as follows:
1) Don’t clean your ears too much.
2) Don’t put small things like cotton buds into your ear. Sorry, I know, but cotton buds can
push earwax further inside your head, making impaction worse or irritating the inside of
your ear. Call a doctor if you have symptoms like ear pain, hearing loss or stuffy-headedness that
might not be from earwax.
3)If you’re suffering from earwax buildup, ask your doctor about safe ways to treat it.
And don’t even try ear candling, an alternative medicine procedure that involves lighting a candle
over your ear to try and draw the wax out. It doesn’t make any sense and you’ll probably just get
candle wax in your ears.
Your biggest takeaway should be that the earwax belongs inside your ears, and if you do end up
with earwax impaction, call your doctor who can remove the wax manually.

 

For more information contact My Audiologist team on 07 34465845


20/Oct/2018

Almost all musical instruments are capable of producing damaging sound levels and almost all musicians are at risk of music induced hearing disorders (Tinnitus, hearing loss, pitch perception problems ). The ER-15 musicians ear plug is appropriate for most musical applications. The ER-25 was developed mainly for drummers and those who perform in amplified venues. The ER-9 provides 9dB of attenuation at 2KHz and 15dB at higher frequencies appropriate for ex solo practice. Attenuator buttons are often referred to as filters and are often interchangeable. ETY-Plugs are the inexpensive non customised ear plugs which gives a flat 20dB attenuation across frequencies. all the experienced team at ‘My Audiologist ‘ on 07 3446 5845 for an appointment to get custom ear plugs..


20/Oct/2018

A new study found a correlation between iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss. A study of over 300,000 people found that those with iron deficiency anemia were two and a half times more likely to have hearing loss.

The study offers no concrete reason why the two would be related, but suggests that it could be because of reduced bloodflow to the inner ear.


20/Oct/2018

Science has known and accepted for decades that brain changes occur secondary to substantial hearing loss and deafness. When a person starts to loose sounds due to hearing loss, the human brain changes as a result of altered auditory stimulation? So when a previously known and learned auditory task (such as listening in noise) becomes more effortful and challenging, the brain may endeavor to accomplish the same goal by emphasizing a greater reliance on vision to supplement what was previously accomplished via audition alone. This is true even for mild hearing loss…The higher-order areas of the auditory cortex get recruited by vision and they show functional changes. Studies have concluded that frontal and the pre-frontal areas of the brain become more active as auditory input is attenuated due to hearing loss. So, as hearing loss increases, the brain has to work harder to listen. If we define hearing as perceiving sound, and listening as the ability to make sense of sound, it seems correct to state that, as hearing loss increases, the brain expends increased effort to successfully listen, and very likely, this would be most distressing in background noise?The good news is that early treatment for even mild degrees of hearing loss can prevent or reverse cross-modal recruitment, and relieve the increased brain load present with untreated hearing loss. ‘My Audiologist” clinic located at 15 Spurs Drive . Wellington Point. Queensland have the latest hearing aid and assistive listening technology to address the effects of mild to profound hearing losses. Call today to start your journey toward better hearing, and a better quality of life!
Phone : 07 3446 5845
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20/Oct/2018

Worlds largest consumer market survey (more than 120,000 people) on hearing aids and hearing loss was conducted in year 2016 with a focus on the ‘non-auditory benefits’ of hearing aids, including quality of life, relationships at home and work, sense of safety and independence, and mental health. Conclusion being there is a huge improvement in all aspects of hearing Auditory or non auditory. To read the whole journal click on the link http://www.hearingreview.com/2016/06/hearing-aids-improve-hearing-lot/


20/Oct/2018

…the biggest mistakes when getting hearing aids

I have been helping patients find the best solutions for their hearing problem for more than 20 years. During this time, I have met with thousands of patients, some who love their hearing aids and get great results, and some who hate their hearing aids and feel like they have wasted their money. Here are the four biggest mistakes I have seen people make.

  1. Choosing a hearing aid based on what it looks like instead of what you need it to do

The truth is no one wants a hearing aid. What you want is for your communication problems to go away or be significantly reduced. Smart consumers start with a list of three to five big issues they want resolved, and they ask the hearing aid provider which hearing aid will give them the best results.

  1. Focusing on price instead of results

It’s not what the hearing aid looks like on the outside that dictates how much it will help you; it’s what’s inside that counts. With digital technology, some hearing aids are amazingly smart: They have multiple programs built into the hearing aids to keep you hearing well no matter where you go or what you do, and they will automatically switch from program to program, adjusting the volume for you. A different hearing aid that looks exactly the same on the outside can be amazingly stupid — a simple amplifier that makes everything louder.

In addition to the cost of the device itself, there are professional fees and expertise included in the price. This is the knowledge and expertise of the person fitting the hearing aid. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for. The better the technology and the more knowledgeable and capable the fitter, the more it is going to cost — but the better your results should be. Not everyone needs the fanciest technology, but, to be honest, everyone can benefit by having a knowledgeable and experienced person doing the fitting.

  1. Thinking that the hearing aid will solve all your problems the minute you put it on

Your hearing loss did not happen overnight. Most likely, it has gradually been making your world quieter and quieter for 10+ years. Plus, your ears need to work with your brain to let you hear and understand what is being said.

Think of the hearing aids like a prosthetic hand. You need to practice with that artificial hand to learn how to use it. The more you practice, the better you get. At first you may just be able to open and close the hand. With practice you learn how to pick things up and really use it to improve your life. The same is true with the hearing aids. At first it seems like you are just hearing everything and it seems really loud. Over time you learn to listen and discriminate.Those who use their hearing aids on a regular basis become successful users; those who put them on only occasionally never really get the help they need.

  1. Choosing an aid hard to manage or handle

If  your dexterity ( numb fingers, big fingers, arthritic hands) or eye sight is a concern choose a device that is easy to manage and operate. Having a  dialogue with the Audiologist and trialling some trail aids is a  good idea.

Call ‘My Audiologist’ on 07 3446 5845 for more information


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