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November 1, 2022 myaudUncategorized0

Life in the Village

My parents made the decision to move to a retirement village some time ago.
They moved into independent living and as their circumstances changed, they progressed into

nursing care, although still in the same facility.
They are well cared for and face life’s difficulties as they arise.

The village has been wonderful and very good at supporting and reporting difficulties or problems so

that we can address them sooner rather than later.

They navigated through covid, rsv and flu season and our next step was eyesight and hearing…

New glasses make a difference of course even when the interest in reading has gone.
It still helps to see what is on your dinner plate and although I didn’t meet the Optometrist Dad is

very pleased with his new spectacles.

Hearing, communicating, participating in activities, taking interest in our surroundings and keeping

up a level of stimulation …. Oh, what a difference hearing makes.

We had the pleasure of meeting Raji from My Audiologist who, due to Dad’s poor mobility came to
the village to conduct Dad’s hearing test. I had only seen the shopping Centre quick tests done and
was surprised to see how thorough and involved the testing was even before we spoke about
hearing aids. Raji made sure there were no medical issues that needed to be addressed and took us
step by step through the processes including the government program to assist in the financial part

of things.

We are looking forward to the next step … Hearing better !

Daughter Kathleen B


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May 12, 2021 myaudDeafness0

What is Deafness?

Hearing Loss refers to the total or partial inability to hear sounds. Hearing loss is reduced ability to hear sounds in the same way as other people. Where are Deafness occurs is when a person cannot understand speech through hearing, even when sound is amplified. 

Hearing loss is a common health problem which continues to affect millions of people in Australia. Many people are even not aware of the condition which makes it prevalent. Even if they are aware, some are still not considering it as a serious illness. But if you leave it untreated for several months, it will worsen with age. So it is very important that you need to consult an audiologist near your place if you face any problem with your hearing. 

Consult Best Audiologist

“Are you looking for an expert audiologist to consult for your hearing problems? Your search ends at our MY AUDIOLOGY clinic!”

As one of our most important senses, the ability to hear enables us to comprehend, communicate, and connect to the world.  

Loss of hearing or hearing loss occurs when you experience difficulty in hearing and understanding sounds around you. Hearing loss can have a significant impact on the social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of your life. It is a common problem that can be experienced by anyone. 

The earlier the hearing difficulty is identified, the sooner it can be managed and lesser is the impact. 

MY AUDIOLOGIST is a privately owned, operated, and independent hearing clinic in Wellington Point, Queensland. Founded by the best audiologists in Queensland who believe that our patients should be entitled to receive quality audiological and unbiased service. Our team of doctors at the clinic strives to provide the highest standard audiological services, latest hearing technologies and maintains transparent pricing.

What Are the Four Levels of Deafness?

It is very important to know the levels of hearing loss to understand its severity, so that you can consult the best audiologist to treat the problem as early as possible. 

We are listing four levels of hearing impairment in this article. Please go through this and take the right step. 

Deafness can range from mild to profound and it has many different causes including disease, injury, genetic defects and aging related problems. 

Our mission at MY AUDIOLOGY Clinic is to reduce the impact of hearing impairment through a coordinated and collaborative approach so that you can live a fulfilling life without giving up your favorite hobbies and social activities. 

The four common levels of hearing loss are, 

    • Mild Deafness or hearing loss or mild hearing impairment
    • Moderate Deafness or hearing loss or moderate hearing impairment
    • Severe Deafness or hearing loss or Severe Hearing impairment
    • Profound Deafness or hearing loss or Profound Hearing impairment

We are elaborating these four levels of hearing loss here under. Please read the article carefully. 

Mild Deafness or hearing loss or mild hearing impairment

Mild deafness is an initial level of hearing impairment. So it is most difficult to notice at the starting stage. Some examples are, you may not hear the sounds like ticking of clock, dropping of water etc. The people with mild deafness also experience difficulty in understanding words when someone is whispering or even talking in a noisy environment, The person affected by mild hearing loss can detect sounds between 25 to 40 decibels DB. This type of hearing loss can be rectified easily using a hearing aid. Hearing aid will amplify the low sound and make it easy to hear. 

Moderate Deafness or hearing loss or moderate hearing impairment

In Moderate deafness level, the quietest sounds that can hear are from 40 to 75 decibels. People with moderate hearing loss may have difficulty in understanding normal speech. You will start seeing major impact of hearing loss at this level as you can not defect sounds like doorbell and phone ring too. Also it can be difficult for them to follow sounds during normal conversation. Luckly we have treatment at tghis level too and it can be rectified using a hearing aid. 

Severe Deafness or hearing loss or Severe Hearing impairment

Severe deafness is the condition in which people can hear anything from 75 to 90 dB range only. This meand you can find difficult to hear everyday sounds in daily life such as TV, ronging of telephone etc. Following up in a conversation with anyone will be difficult for them and impossible too at this level of hearing loss. It can be rectified only by undegoing middle ear implants or cochlear implants by a surgery. 

Profound Deafness or hearing loss or Profound Hearing impairment

Profound deafness or hearing loss is the most dangerous and significant level of hearing loss. In this level, one cannot hear sounds below 90 to 120 dB. Means it is very hard to hear loud sounds like fire alarms too. Even lip reading or visual clues are also not effective in this level of hearing loss. SO the solution is getting implants that can help with rehabilitation after the surgery by an audiologist. 

Today one in six Australians have some degree of hearing loss, which is expected to rise to one in four Australians by 2050. Protecting your hearing is a sound investment, Call Us now on 0424 729 730. 

 


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Hearing Loss

Hearing refers to a complex sense that provides us with awareness of our surrounding sounds in the environment and more importantly it is the ability to communicate with each other. Ear is an organ responsible for perceiving a sound but it may not be obvious that the brain is responsible for perceiving sounds. It is very essential that both these organs work properly for hearing. 

Want to know how hearing loss affects memory? Just go through the below article to have an idea about Hearing Loss and Memory Problems.

Yes, hearing loss may affect brain health in different ways. 

Hearing Loss is a common phenomenon which affects individuals across any age. The main cause of hearing impairment could be because of hereditary issues, trauma, noise exposure, ear disease, and importantly age related issues. 

Effects of Memory Due To Hearing Loss

Yes, hearing impairment may trigger cognitive decline and memory loss in adults. It is very essential to consult an audiologist nearby your place if you are facing any of the issues with pursuing sound. 

Audiologists have seen a boost in demand for their services by aged persons whose communication issues are triggered by hearing loss and cognitive decline. For this, one needs to detect at an early stage to rectify the issue. For aged people, early diagnosis of cognitive decline will be helpful to provide the best medical support. 

“Are you looking for an expert audiologist to consult for your hearing problems? Your search ends at our MY AUDIOLOGY clinic!”

MY AUDIOLOGIST is a privately owned, operated, and independent hearing clinic in Wellington Point, Queensland. Founded by the best audiologists in Queensland who believe that our patients should be entitled to receive quality audiological and unbiased service. Our team of doctors at the clinic strives to provide the highest standard audiological services, latest hearing technologies and maintains transparent pricing.

How Hearing Loss Affects Your Memory?

Hearing loss is a factor in deteriorating mental acuity in aged persons according to researchers and experts in the field of Audiology. The persons having severe hearing impairment problems would be having a greater chance of developing a cognitive disorder, dementia, memory changes and even increased falls. 

Hearing loss could result in increased social isolation for the aged people. This social isolation is also a risk factor for dementia and other cognitive disorder problems. 

Sometimes, diminished hearing ability can result in reduced and improper brain stimulation thereby causing a great risk for declining their thinking abilities. 

The below are the ways hearing impairment could cause memory problems and dementia. Those are listed below for your reference. 

Ways of Memory Loss

Cognitive Overload: 

It is the main cause of memory loss issues. The constant endeavour you are putting in for understanding what you are hearing can overload your brain thereby causing cognitive overload problems. The process of hearing will starin you and stress your brain. An older adult usually faces these problems with hearing loss. 

Psychological Pathway: 

Another main cause for memory loss is Psychological pathway. It plays the main role in cognitive decline as well as memory loss. 

Brain Structure Changes: 

Some audiologists and experts believe that hearing loss could affect the structure of your brain in such a manner that cognitive issues would arise. Images of the brain in an older person demonstrate the structural changes in one’s brain. It doesn’t mean they are losing brain cells. But the structure changes accordingly. Some brain cell structures are shrinking due to lack of simulation. No need to worry about it, because some observed restoration of brain structure after using proper hearing aids. 

Social Isolation: 

This also plays a vital role in cognitive decline and memory problems. When you have a hearing impairment problem, you tend to avoid all friends and social gatherings. When you become socially isolated, there will be a definite increase in the risk of cognitive decline thereby causing dementia and memory loss. 

 

Today one in six Australians have some degree of memory problem associated with hearing impairment, which is expected to rise to one in four Australians by 2050. Protecting your hearing is a sound investment, Call Us now on 0424 729 730. 

 


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May 12, 2021 myaudEar Infection0

Ear Infection (Middle Ear)

An ear infection sometimes referred to as Acute Otitis media. It is an infection in the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum which contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. They will occur more often in children than adults. They are very much prone to middle ear infections. 

Actually the ear infections often cleanup on their own, treatment will begin with managing the pain and monitoring the issue. Antibiotics are used sometimes to clear the infection. But some people may get multiple ear infections. This can cause severe complications and hearing problems too. 

“Are you looking for an expert audiologist to consult for your Ear Infection problems? Your search ends at our MY AUDIOLOGY clinic!”

Here we have listed the cause and management of middle ear infections. Just read the below article to get an idea about infections. 

What is Middle Ear Infection

Middle Ear infection also known as Otitis Media is an inflammation usually caused by infection of ear tissue including the eardrum and tissues behind it but not the ear canal. 

MY AUDIOLOGIST is a privately owned, operated, and independent hearing clinic in Wellington Point, Queensland. Founded by the best audiologists in Queensland who believe that our patients should be entitled to receive quality audiological and unbiased service. Our team of doctors at the clinic strives to provide the highest standard audiological services, latest hearing technologies and maintains transparent pricing.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms of Ear Infection in Children

    • Crying more than usual
    • Ear pain, especially when lying down
    • Tugging or pulling at an ear
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Fussiness
    • Trouble hearing or responding to sounds
    • Loss of balance
    • Fever of 100 F (38 C) or higher
    • Loss of appetite
    • Drainage of fluid from the ear
    • Headache

 

Signs & Symptoms of Ear Infection in Adults

    • Ear pain
    • Drainage of fluid from the ear
    • Trouble hearing

Signs and symptoms of an ear infection can indicate a number of conditions. It’s very important to get an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. Contact your audiologist to help you to get rid of the bad condition. 

Types of Middle Ear Infections

There are two types of Middle Ear Infections or Otitis Media. Those are, 

Acute otitis media

This type of ear infection comes very quickly and the symptoms include swelling and redness in the ear behind and around the eardrum. You may experience fever, ear pain and also hearing loss. 

Otitis media with effusion

Even after infection goes away, mucus and fluid will continue to build up in the middle ear sometimes. This can cause the feeling of ear being full and hence affects your ability to hear something. 

Causes of Middle Ear Infections

Ear Infection is caused by a bacterium or virus in the middle ear. There are many reasons for children to get  infections frequently. Sometimes cold, flu or allergy can also be the causes of ear infections. Often stem from a prior infection of the respiratory tract and that spreads to the ears. WHen the tube connecting the middle ear to the pharynx is blocked, the fluid will collect behind the eardrum. Then bacteria will grow in the fluid and cause pain and inflammation. 

Best Way to Treat Middle Ear Infection?

Want to know about the best ways to treat middle ear infection? Just follow the below article. 

There are a number of ways to treat middle ear infections. Your audiologist will base treatment on your children’s age, health and medical history. They also consider the following points.

    1. Severity of the infection
    2. Ability of your children to tolerate antibiotics
    3. Preference and opinion of the parents 

Under middle ear infection management, depending on the severity of the condition, your audiologist may tell you the best way to treat the pain and wait to see if the symptoms go away. 

Our audiologists at MY AUDIOLOGY CLINIC will take care of the patient and do physical examination prior to the treatment. They may also conduct a test called tympanometry to assess the working condition of the middle ear. They will interpret the results and start the treatment accordingly. 

Want to know more about Ear Infection and problems? 

Today one in six Australians have some degree of memory problem associated with hearing impairment, which is expected to rise to one in four Australians by 2050. Protecting your hearing is a sound investment, Call Us now on 0424 729 730. 

 


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May 12, 2021 myaudProtection0

Hearing Protection

Once you lose your hearing, it’s gone for good. So we raise awareness about the prevalence of hearing loss as the prevention is better than cure. One needs to perform early diagnosis and opt for the best hearing solution for their need before the occurrence of a problem. Don’t wait until it becomes worse. 

Excessive exposure to noise causes irreparable damage to your hearing. Often the damage gets gradually worse with each repeat exposure, but some very high level sounds, such as those from gunfire and explosions, can cause immediate damage.

NIHL i.e, Noise Induced Hearing Loss is the only preventable cause of deafness. Better to avoid the exposure of  loud sounds, since it will damage your ears as well as brain functioning too. NIHL is a situation where you lose your hearing from exposure to loud voices too. In this situation your hearing will not recover. So it is better to take action before damage. 

For this, we are proving ten best tips in this article and start protecting your hearing now by following these. 

MY AUDIOLOGIST is a privately owned, operated, and independent hearing clinic in Wellington Point, Queensland. Founded by the best audiologists in Queensland who believe that our patients should be entitled to receive quality audiological and unbiased service. Our team of doctors at the clinic strives to provide the highest standard audiological services, latest hearing technologies and maintains transparent pricing.

To know more about hearing protection, you can approach our clinic MY AUDIOLOGY in Sydney. 

Hearing Protection Tips

Listing the most important hearing protection tips for you. Read the below carefully to protect your ears. 

    1. You must use Earplugs around loud noises. Foam ear plugs are the economical solution or better to purchase custom earplugs to reduce the sound levels.
    2. Better to avoid hearing in loud volumes and turn the volume down of your TV, music, radio etc. Don’t forget that any loud sound played through headphones presents a risk of noise-induced hearing loss. 
    3. Try to avoid noisy activities and places if possible. 
    4. Limit your time exposed to loud sounds and whenever you are exposed to loud noise, provide your ears time to recover.
    5. When you are listening to music or concerts or fitness classes etc, take breaks from the noise. So that your ear may heal itself and come back to normal. 
    6. Better to move away from loudest noises in your surroundings. Example speakers, crackers, fireworks etc.
    7. Stop using cotton buds or swabs in your ears. Because inserting anything inside your ear canals will damage sensitive organs like your eardrum. SO it is better to avoid cotton buds. 
    8. You need to take medications only as directed by your physician or audiologist.
    9. Better to do exercise and keep moving. It keeps the blood pumping throughout the body and inside ears too. It will keep the internal parts of the ear healthy. 
    10. Get regular checkups. If you experience any change in your hearing, get your hearing tested immediately without any negligence. 

If you follow the above mentioned hearing protection tips carefully, you can easily protect your ears for a longer time. 

Hearing protection is used to reduce  or attenuate the  sound reaching the wearer’s ear, and so reduce the risk of hearing damage from excessive noise. 

The effectiveness of hearing protection is often limited by personal and workplace factors, and it can reduce the audibility of warning sounds. 

For these reasons hearing protection must be selected and used with care and is not to be used as an alternative to reducing the noise in the workplace.

If you have any questions regarding hearing protection tips or any concern about hearing loss contact our hearing protection expert at MY AUDIOLOGY clinic. We will assist you in selection of the best hearing aid based on your condition. 

As one of our most important senses, the ability to hear enables us to comprehend, communicate, and connect to the world. Recover the joy of hearing with MY AUDIOLOGY Clinic. 

Call us anytime : 0406 858 987 or 0424 729 730

 

 

 


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May 12, 2021 myaudHearing aid0

BlueTooth Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids in the older times often limited wearer’s access to many personal audio devices like mobile phones and music players. For example, if you are using a music player while jogging, you need to remove your hearing aids to accommodate earphones. But as per today’s bluetooth technology in aids make it possible to connect with the personal electronics devices and stream the sound to the aids directly., 

Bluetooth Technology in Hearing aids help you stay connected to android and iOS phones, tablets, televisions and other audio devices. 

Hearing aid technology changed in the last ten years dramatically. Hearing aids seem to amplify all sounds in the surroundings. They have gotten smarter, smaller, sleeker and sophisticated. Hearing aids can do more than ever before and are full of programs & settings to make life easier for anyone with the problem of hearing loss.

MY AUDIOLOGIST is a privately owned, operated, and independent hearing clinic in Wellington Point, Queensland. Founded by the best audiologists in Queensland who believe that our patients should be entitled to receive quality audiological and unbiased service. Our team of doctors at the clinic strives to provide the highest standard audiological services, latest hearing technologies and maintains transparent pricing.

To know more about listening aids, you can approach our clinic MY AUDIOLOGY in Sydney. 

 

Advantages of Using Bluetooth Technology in Hearing Aids

If you direct steam to your iPhone or you can use an additional device to access your music player or phone, a streamer provides many opportunities that were not available previously. 

Personalized Listening Experience: 

One of the advantages of Bluetooth technology is the personalized listening experience. You can enjoy this benefit from Bluetooth Hearing aids. They can give you a hands-free experience in your hearing. The bluetooth hearing aids are designed to match your unique hearing needs. If you want personalized experience in listening such as louder volume in one ear and amplified high sounds in the other or you want to stream music to your ears, choose the bluetooth technology in hearing aids. Examples of such aids are the hearing aids programmed for music listening. 

Remote Control of your Hearing Aids:

You can control hearing aids with connectivity features. If you are using an app on your smartphone, and want to switch between programs, you can change the settings and adjust the volume from the palm of your hand. This is especially useful if your hearing aids are very small to accommodate external controls. It will allow for more discrete changes and no one around you will notice that you are adjusting your devices. So remote control of your aid is one of the advantages of using bluetooth technology. 

Improved Sound Quality:

You will definitely experience a better sound quality when you use Bluetooth enabled hearing aids. Since you are able to stream audio right to your ears, you won’t hear any whistling. So you can focus on what you are trying to hear. The bluetooth signals are very stable so it uses several channels to avoid interference.

You Can Hear with Both Ears:

One of the added advantages of Bluetooth technology is binaural hearing. With the use of bluetooth technology in hearing aids, your two aids can communicate. You can hear a sound on one side but the program will send the sound to the other ear, so you can hear clearly with both ears. You can also enjoy higher quality speech and improvised sounds. It also allows you to hear phone conversations in both ears. No need to worry about straining to hear the person on the other end. 

These are the main benefits of using bluetooth technology in Hearing aids. 

If you have any questions regarding hearing protection tips or any concern about hearing loss contact our hearing protection expert at MY AUDIOLOGY clinic. We will assist you in selecting the best hearing aid based on your condition. 

As one of our most important senses, the ability to hear enables us to comprehend, communicate, and connect to the world. Recover the joy of hearing with MY AUDIOLOGY Clinic. 

You can Call us anytime on : 0406 858 987 or 0424 729 730



May 12, 2021 myaudHearing aid0

Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids will require special attention and care so that they can work properly. If you have any problem with your hearing aid, it is quite difficult to manage and should be sent for repair. So it is very important to take proper care of the device prior to the occurrence of damage.

First you need to pay attention to your audiologist while he is demonstrating the ways to take care of your hearing aid. Learn the things about how to examine the hearing aid and identify issues and ask how you could get a listening tube, battery tester, drying container and forced air bowler. You can get more information from our experts at MY AUDIOLOGY Clinic.

In this article we are listing a few tips to take care of your hearing aids.

MY AUDIOLOGIST is a privately owned, operated, and independent hearing clinic in Wellington Point, Queensland. Founded by the best audiologists in Queensland who believe that our patients should be entitled to receive quality audiological and unbiased service. Our team of doctors at the clinic strives to provide the highest standard audiological services, latest hearing technologies and maintains transparent pricing.

To know more about listening aids, you can approach our clinic MY AUDIOLOGY in Sydney.

Methods to Take Care of Your Hearing Aids

Do you know that debris and moisture can cause your hearing aids to malfunction? So caring for your hearing aid is very important. Follow the below steps that will keep you connected to your world by ensuring optimal performance of hearing aid. 

Perform Regular Hearing Checks to your hearing aids:

One needs to perform regular hearing checks if they are using hearing aids constantly. Ensure the functioning of the listening device properly and check for the sound level. If you find it scratchy or weak, then something is malfunctioning and needs to be rectified. Your audiologist will be teaching you the ways of effective listening to internal intermittency. Follow the steps and guidelines from them.

Examine the Batteries of Your Hearing Aids:

Batteries are generally known to last for about a week or couple of weeks. You must use a battery tester for ensuring that they are functioning properly or not. It is better to replenish your stock of spare batteries before the original one drains. Store the batteries in a shady, dry and cool environment to avoid damage. So remember to examine the batteries frequently. 

Clean Your Device Regularly:

You need to cultivate the habit of cleaning your hearing aid with a soft, clean and dry cloth. Remove the grime and dirt carefully from the aid. You can remove the ear moulds from your hearing device and clean thoroughly with a mild high quality soapy solution. After that you need to dry up the ear moulds with an efficient forced air bowler. Make sure that they are absolutely dried up before attaching them back into your device.

Avoid Heat and Moisture from the hearing aids:

Remember to avoid any heat and moisture from your hearing aid, even though they are fairly affordable ones. Any exposure to heat and moisture will cause serious damage to your hearing device. However we have the latest model aids that are water resistant but avoid wearing them while swimming or taking showers. It is better to store them in a clean and moisture free environment to protect. It is one of the methods to take care of your hearing aids.

The above listed methods are some of the steps in taking care of your hearing aids. But the best way of taking care of your hearing aid is by going to your hearing clinic every four to six months and getting your device cleaned by an expert at your clinic.

If you have any questions regarding hearing protection tips or any concern about hearing aids contact our hearing protection expert at MY AUDIOLOGY clinic. We will assist you in selecting the best hearing aid based on your condition.

As one of our most important senses, the ability to hear enables us to comprehend, communicate, and connect to the world. Recover the joy of hearing again with MY AUDIOLOGY Clinic.

Call us anytime : 0406 858 987 or 0424 729 730