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20/Dec/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.


20/Dec/2018

Then sit somewhere where you are not facing the tele screen. This acts as a visual distraction and reduces your ability to lip read.

If one ear is better than the other ear ( better hearing in one ear) position the seating so that the talker in on the better side.

If possible choose the wall seat or padded booth. Position yourself in a way that you sit with your back to rest of the room. Very important if you have hearing aids already. Will assist the directional mics in your aids to perform better.

Need more information call My Audiologist on 07 34465845


20/Dec/2018

What should you do if you have sand in your ears after a fun day at the beach ? First of all NO ear buds to clean-this will simply push the sand deeper in the ear.. Gently squirting  warm water into each ear canal , tilt your head side to side while pulling your ear up and back. Hopefully this will rinse the ears out. If sand is tightly packed then you may need to make an appointment with the ENT specialist to have them professionally cleaned.


20/Dec/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


20/Dec/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.


20/Dec/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…


20/Dec/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


20/Dec/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

www.myaud.com.au


20/Dec/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

www.myaud.com.au


20/Dec/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

 


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