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Is hearing loss getting you down? A few simple steps will help protect your Hearing Health and put the fun back in your life. Know more about hearing aid and how hearing can be taken care of.

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Bluetooth Digital Hearing Aids & 9 Latest Features You Should Know

Some of the Digital Hearing Aid features are straight out of Science fiction stories. You can have a conversation with your Bluetooth Hearing aids. Stay connected to communication devices and also get your health monitored The post Bluetooth Digital Hearing Aids & 9 Latest Features You Should Know appeared first on Hearing Health...

Digital Hearing Aid technology has been progressing at a very fast pace. Companies are introducing advanced features offering users an amazing experience. Some of the Digital Hearing Aid features are straight out of Science fiction stories. You can have a conversation with your Bluetooth Hearing aids. Stay connected to communication devices and also get your health monitored. We have covered some of the must have basic features in Digital Hearing Aids in our earlier article. Let us read about the features in the latest Bluetooth Digital Hearing aids offered by the leading Companies.

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1. Bluetooth Hearing Aids

This wireless connectivity feature in digital hearing aids is very useful for users who cannot manage without their Cell phones. Cell phones are part of the working professional’s office routine. Calling up clients or having a conference call with teammates is routine. In a standard Hearing aid, one is unable to hear phone speech very clearly. As the Hearing aid microphone also picks up the surrounding noise. This makes it very difficult to hear the person at the other end. It is almost impossible if one is at a public place with noise all around.

  • Bluetooth Hearing Aids Connectivity

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Bluetooth Hearing Aid Connectivity

The introduction of Bluetooth Low Energy technology or BLE changed the connectivity equation. With the new Bluetooth consuming less power, the phone can connect to the Digital Hearing aid. Apple was the first to introduce the Made for iPhone Bluetooth Hearing aid. All the major Hearing Aid Companies manufacture Bluetooth Hearing aids compatible with the iPhone. The Halo from Starkey, Linx 3D from ReSound and Beyond from Widex are some of the Made for iPhone Bluetooth Hearing aids.

So far, the Android Phone users could not benefit from this Bluetooth Hearing aid streaming feature. Google’s Android phone operating system has finally caught up. GN ReSound in collaboration with Google has launched the first Bluetooth Hearing aid which connects to Android phones. The Resound Linx Quattro will be the first model with a streaming option from Android phones.

  • Streaming Devices

Streamers were available before the launch of Bluetooth Hearing Aids. Streamers are interfacing devices which make a Non Bluetooth hearing aid similar to a Bluetooth hearing aid. Connect the Television sets, Music systems or iPods to the Streaming device with a connecting wire. The streamers relay to a receiving device which in turn connects to the Digital Hearing aid. Streamline from Signia (Originally Siemens Hearing Aids). Surflink Media from Starkey and TV Streamer 2 from Resound are some of the streamers.

2. Artificial Intelligence in Digital Hearing Aids

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) play an important role in the new scheme of things. AI and ML are playing a role in all spheres of our life. Can Digital hearing aids be far behind? Starkey has launched the Model with Artificial Intelligence. The Starkey Livio AI is a Bluetooth Hearing aid. As per the details released by Starkey. The Livio AI is the first Digital Hearing aid to integrate biosensors and Artificial Intelligence.

New Features in Starkey Livio AI

The Biomedical sensors in the Livio AI are capable of measuring physical activity, calorie burning, heart rate and blood pressure. Some of the latest features in the Bluetooth Hearing aids are very useful.

  • Body Tracking

The Bluetooth Hearing aid connects to the proprietary Thrive App. The App measures the daily activity and converts it into an easy to read Body Score. The App recommends achieving Body Score of 100 to stay fit. The App also provides an overall wellness score to indicate the state of Body and Mind wellness.

  • Brain Tracking

The App also calculates the benefits of using a hearing aid. The app calculates the total usage and the benefits to the Brain.

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Starkey Thrive App Screen
  • Fall Detection and Alerts

The Livio AI has built-in sensors to detect if the Hearing aid wearer has fallen. The App’s program sends alerts to the selected contacts. A very important and useful feature for senior citizens staying alone.

  • Heart Rate Monitor

The Livio AI will shortly have a Heart Rate Monitor and alert system.

  • Translate Feature

The Livio AI has a translate feature which currently translates into 27 languages. Set your language and the other person’s language. When you speak into the Thrive App, the App will convert your speech into text for the other person. Similarly, the App will translate their speech into your language and display the text. The displayed text is also converted to speech and streamed to your ears.

  • Tap Control

Stop or start the audio streaming to your ears through the Bluetooth hearing aids. You can pause the audio by double tapping the hearing aid to listen to someone talking to you. Double tap again and resume your music listening.

Other features like self-check or self-diagnostics, remote programming, transcription (saving speech to text) and find my hearing aids are very helpful.

3. Internet Hearing Aids

Digital Hearing Aids have joined the IOT (Internet of Things) Devices list. Your Digital Hearing Aids can stay connected to the Internet through an App on your smartphone. The Oticon OPN is the first Internet Hearing Aid. The Bluetooth Hearing aid connects to the App on the phone. The App, in turn, connects to the Internet.

Advantages of Internet Hearing Aids

  • Connect your Bluetooth Hearing Aid to the Doorbell. You will require an Internet doorbell for this purpose
  • Control light switches using your Hearing Aids
  • Serves as a warning system by connecting the Digital Hearing aid to the Fire alarm
  • Stay connected to Social Media by connecting to Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media Apps.
  • Connect to your Mail account and get mail alerts.

Oticon uses IFTTT (If This Then That) to enable the above features. IFTTT is a 3rd party App which triggers the function.

4. Tele-Audiology – A Helpful Digital Hearing Aid Feature

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Tele-Audiology for patient support

Internet use is spreading rapidly. Every device or apparatus from a washing machine to home security is now connected through the internet. Audiological consultation has evolved from a face to face meeting to online consultation and Hearing aid fitting.

The basic Tele-Audiology method is in existence for some years. The Bluetooth Digital hearing aid connects to the smartphone. The Audiologist remotely tunes the hearing aid through the App in the smartphone.  Small adjustments and reprogramming is possible without the user visiting the Audiologist.

Tele-Audiology has gone a step further. Now almost everything is possible without stepping outside the house. Lively Hearing Aids based in New York is one of the Companies offering end to end Audiology solutions.

  • An online App on the Company’s website conducts the Hearing loss test.
  • Select a suitable Hearing Aid
  • Receive the pre-programmed Hearing aid
  • Contact Support for adjustments

5. Rechargeable Hearing Aid Feature

Changing Batteries is a cumbersome routine. The senior citizens with unsteady hands are dependent on others for this. Inserting the small batteries in CIC and IIC Hearing aid is difficult for a person of any age. The latest offering from the Companies has the Rechargeable Hearing Aid feature. Do read this article on Hearing Aid Batteries.

The Dutch company Widex has gone a step further and has announced a Fuel Cell technology feature. Fuel cell technology is the first in class Digital Hearing aid feature. As per the information released by Widex, this digital hearing aid does not require electricity.  So no searching for sockets to recharge if on the move.

The smallest commercially available fuel cell fits into the Digital hearing aid. A refill unit contains Methanol. The Methanol reacts with the air inside the fuel cell to produce electric power. This 20 seconds process will supply power to the Hearing aid for 24 hours. The Widex EVOKE rechargeable hearing aid will be available before the end of 2019.

6. Water Proof and Dust Proof

Water and Electronics do not get along. All electronic devices need protection from water and dust. The humidity and dust damage the delicate miniature circuits inside the Digital Hearing aids. Exposure to water, humidity and dust can lead to malfunctioning of the Hearing aid.

Earlier, the manufacturers had a Nano coating on the Hearing aid body. The coating made the Hearing aid shell smooth and slippery. The water falling on the Hearing aid rolls off and does not enter the gaps in the Hearing aid body.

The manufacturers have now gone a step ahead of Nano Coating. Selected manufacturers are selling Digital Hearing aids which are safe under water.

Digital Hearing aids are now available with IP rating. IP rating or Ingress Protection rating is an international quality standard. The number indicates the IP rating.

  • IP67
  • IP68

Digital hearing aids marked as IP67 can resist water up to the depth of 1 metre for 30 minutes. IP67 also indicates 100% dust protection.

Similarly, IP68 can resist water up to the depth of 1 metre for 60 minutes. Please read this article on Protecting Hearing Aids from rain and water to know more.

7. External Accessories for Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Thanks to Bluetooth Hearing aids, connecting to external devices has become easy.

  • Digital Hearing aids can now connect to Amazon Echo and other AI assistants through the smartphone App.
  • Bluetooth Hearing aids streaming makes watching television or listening to music an enjoyable experience.
  • Remote Mic is a useful accessory if you are attending a lecture, place the remote mic near the speaker. The remote mic pairs to the Bluetooth hearing aid for clear listening. The ReSound Multi Mic has a range of 80 feet.
  • The remote control helps to change the program or the volume settings. The Hearing aid user does not have to struggle with the tiny buttons.

8. Automatic Program Change

The programs of the Digital Hearing aids are for different situations or surroundings. Normal settings are Speech in Noise, for use when one is outdoors. Speech in Quiet, when one is at home or in a silent environment. A Telephone Mode, when one wants to talk on the phone. Digital Hearing aids have a push button to enable the user to change the program. At times this is inconvenient as one has to struggle with tiny push buttons. Very small In the Ear Digital Hearing aids do not have any buttons or control. One has to buy a remote control to make changes.

The latest Digital Hearing aids automatically change the setting without the user having to do so. The built-in software detects the situation and does the needful. The hearing aid also change to telephone mode as soon as the phone is close to the ear.

9. Invisible Digital Hearing Aids

There are vanity issues and stigma attached to the use of Hearing aids. A Hearing aid user thinks that he or she will be considered as deaf or old if seen using hearing aids. Strangely, it’s not the same with spectacles. Our hearing ability and eyesight weakens with age. Users can now choose small Invisible Hearing aids which are practically invisible. Please note that the digital Hearing aids style or the type has to be carefully selected. The style of the Hearing aid should be as per the user’s lifestyle. Select the size and the shape of the Hearing aid according to the lifestyle and budget.

Use of Hearing aids has a lot of advantages. Untreated Hearing loss leads to depression and other health issues. Do recommend the use of Hearing aids for a better lifestyle.

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Home Speech Therapy Exercises For Children

Children born with Speech disorders need regular Speech Therapy exercises. Parents can also contribute to the Speech Therapy exercises. This speeds up the improvement in the child’s speech and language skills. The post Home Speech Therapy Exercises For Children appeared first on Hearing Health...

Children born with Speech disorders need regular Speech Therapy exercises. The earlier we start with the Speech Therapy exercises the better it is for the child. Speech Therapy is highly recommended for speech and language disorders. The speech Therapy exercises also help with other Communication and swallowing disorders. The speech therapist helps the child and trains the parents to help overcome the delays. The children spend a few hours with the speech therapist in the week. But they spend a major part of their time at home with parents. Parents can also contribute to the Speech Therapy exercises. This speeds up the improvement in the child’s speech and language skills.

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Tips For Speech Therapy Exercises

The day starts with the mother or father waking up the child. The simple speech therapy exercises can start right from the moment the child opens his or her eyes.

The parent waking up the child in the morning has to be gentle and not rush the child to get up and start his routine. A grumpy child is not going to learn much during the day.

The Waking Up Speech Exercises

The mother or the father can start the child’s day with a simple talk. The talk should involve the child, ensure that the child replies. The more the child talks and communicates the faster they will become fluent. The parent can start with “Good Morning”, ensure that the child replies or wishes back. If the child does not reply, talk him into replying. The conversation can go on with “Did you sleep well” and “Were you comfortable during the night”. Gently request the child to repeat if they make a mistake in the pronunciation. This is a part of the speech therapy exercises that can be easily done at home.

The Bathroom Speech Exercises

The conversation can continue with small sentences. “Raj, please use the bathroom”. Depending on whether the child has been potty trained or no. If the child is not potty trained then give instructions like “pull your pyjamas down”. The parents with the help of the Speech therapist can use pictures of the actions. A picture of a child pulling his pants down. Or a child sitting on the potty. Point towards the picture of a child pulling his pyjamas or pants up. The parent should use speech and pictures together for better effect. The child speaking and having a conversation is part of voice exercises.

Keep the child continuously engaged in the conversation. “Raj put on the toothpaste”. Or Raj, start brushing your teeth”

Continue the Conversation

It is important that the parents continue to talk to the child. Make sure that the child replies and takes part in the conversation. Simple sentences like

Let’s dress up

Which shirt would you like to wear today?

You cannot wear this, you wore it yesterday

Which shoes would you like to wear?

The conversation at the Breakfast table can start with

Do you like eggs?

Do you want chocolate chips or plain chips?

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Mother and Child having Breakfast

Make the Child Think and Form Sentences

Do not provide everything to the child. Leave out something intentionally. Do not provide milk along with the flakes or leave out the spoon at times. Make the child ask for it.

Speech Therapy exercises also involve the development of cognitive skills or cognitive functioning.  Cognitive functioning is brain-based skill involving simple to complex tasks.

Also, discuss what he or she is going to do today in school. Children do get excited talking about the school activities and games. Ask them about their friends. Make the child talk as much as possible. This contributes to the speech therapy exercises. Make as much conversation as possible. Ask the child to name the foods he or she is eating. Does he like the food?

The School Talk

Talk to them about the activities for the day. Keep talking whenever you are with the child. The conversation should make the child think and answer. The child should be talking more than you. The parents have to draw the child into a conversation. The continuous conversation with the parents supports the speech therapy exercises.  It complements the lessons received from the Speech Therapist.

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Child travelling in a Car

If you drive your child to school, it can be a wonderful opportunity to talk about the surroundings. Talk about the landmarks you are passing by. Ask the child which will be the next landmark. A landmark could be a shopping mall, a restaurant, an ice cream parlour or a toy shop. Make the child name the landmarks. Ask the child for directions, this will help the child to remember the landmarks.

You can play games if the drive is a little long. Games like the spelling of things they see. Rhyming with the objects you pass by on the way to school if the child is old enough to rhyme.

The Evening Program

The evening program is the same as the morning routine. Discuss the food items. Make the child name the food items.

Ask the child about the school activities. Which games did he or she play? What did they learn at school?

As far as possible ask open-ended questions, let the child finish the sentence.

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Mother Reading out to the Child

Evening games can be a very important part of the daily routine. Play games which will involve thinking and talking.

  • Read them a story from a storybook with pictures. Ask the child to repeat the story by pointing at the pictures.
  • Play acting is a good exercise. Ask the child to enact the story you have read out. Let them act out the characters by using their imagination.
  • Spread out his toys and hide one toy behind your back. Ask him or her to guess the missing toy. Give them clues like animal or person, the colour of the toy etc. Keep giving them clues till they guess right.
  • Draw a picture and ask the child to identify. You can draw a picture of one of the toys for easy identification.
  • Let them play with their favourite toy. If the boy likes to play with a toy train or a car, ask him to make the right sounds. The sound of the train engine or the sound of the moving car.
  • The girls can play with their dolls. They should keep talking to their doll. They can dress up the doll, put the doll to sleep.

Tips for the Parents

Parents should consult a Speech Therapist to identify the type of speech disorder. Do not consult non-professionals and believe in unscientific myths.

Parents play a very important role in the speech therapy exercise program. They should keep the following tips in mind.

  • Give full concentration to the child. Do not multitask or get distracted by other issues.
  • Do not unnecessarily and repeatedly correct them. Add to their conversation positively.
  • Teach them conversation skills. Gently instruct them to look at the person they are talking to. Tell them not to interrupt and wait to speak.
  • Teach them to request if they want something. They should not grab.
  • Always praise and encourage the child to speak. Compliment him or her when they complete a task or a game.
  • Avoid overexposing the child to mobile phones and television. Do not hand over the phone or make them sit in front of the television for long. Regulate the screen time. Check with the Speech Therapist about the screen time exposure.
  • Allow your child to talk about their likes and dislikes. Encourage them to tell you if they do not like something.
  • If the child has a sibling, they can make excellent playmates. The child will be comfortable playing and talking to the sibling. They tend to bond better with their siblings.
  • Children learn through imitation. Make the child sit in front of the mirror and speak. Ask the child to notice the shape and movements of the lips. This will improve the child’s speech and language delivery.

The above mentioned Speech Therapy exercises are general in nature. Your child’s Speech Therapist will advise you on specific exercises. Parents play a very important role in helping the child to overcome speech disorders. Some special schools prefer the parents also attend classes along with the child. We can help you locate a Speech therapist in your neighbourhood. Please fill in your requirements on the Helpline page.

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PROTECTING YOUR HEARING

Our ears are like those our ancestors had millions of years ago. They are not designed to listen to four or five hours of electronic dance music every day. We can be smart about it. We can use an App to manage our daily exposure to Music The post PROTECTING YOUR HEARING appeared first on Hearing Health...

For millions of years our hearing has enabled us to communicate and stay safe.

About 150 years ago the loudspeaker was invented. We started to listen to reproduced sound. In the last 15 years there has been a dramatic increase in smartphones and digital media. Most of which is best consumed wearing headphones. Unfortunately, evolution has not caught up. Our ears are like those our ancestors had millions of years ago. They are not designed to listen to four or five hours of electronic dance music every day.

The Challenge

None of us want to stop you using headphones. But until evolution catches up we need to adapt to this recent increase in sound dose. And to do that, we need to be aware of our exposure, so we can make informed decisions about it and protect our hearing.

The Science Bit

Human beings have about 15,000 auditory hair cells in each ear at birth. You don’t get any more and when they are gone they are gone – and so is your hearing. Regular, repeated exposure to large sound doses can cause irreparable damage to the hair cells within our ears. This damage can take a long time to show up.

So, what is a sound dose? A sound dose is a complex calculation. It takes into account how long you listen for, how loud you listen and the energy content of what you listen to.

For example; speech is low energy content. You can listen for a long period at a high volume without experiencing a very high sound dose.

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But, electronic dance music has a high energy content so will give you a large sound dose in a shorter period.

As a result of high profile campaigns the majority of headphone users are now aware of the risks. Yet, few of them take action. Until recently, the only tool available has been a volume level warning on their device. If obeyed makes the content inaudible in many listening situations.

Trains, for example, can be so loud that many users ignore their device’s warning. They compensate by turning their volume to a damaging level. Long term, this will damage your hearing for good.

The Solution

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We don’t want, nor could we, stop headphone use, but we can be smart about it. We can manage our daily exposure to make sure that we don’t overdo it and that if we do, at least we will know about it.

  1. Download a hearing safeguarding app for your headphones. For example, HearAngel will give you information on your exposure. Much like a FitBit monitors your physical activity. The app will let you know when you are overdoing it and you can make informed decisions. There is also optional automatic protection and parental control. So, you can safeguard your children’s hearing.

2. Consider the headphones you use. If you listen on public transport, upgrade your ear buds to good quality ‘over-ear’ headphones. The sound quality will usually be better. The over-ear cups will reduce the background noise. So, you can listen at a lower level, extending your safe listening period.

3. If you travel on noisy public transport buy some active noise cancelling headphones. These headphones use clever electronics to reduce the background noise. This allows you to further reduce your listening level. And extend your safe listening period.

Please don’t sleep walk into hearing loss. It takes a while to become noticeable. But when you do notice it the damage is already done; it’s permanent and it is too late. Use the technology that is available to help you to protect yourself. Most of all, enjoy your listening.

#pleaselistencarefully

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen Wheatley has spent six years creating occupational hearing protection solutions and is one of the founders of HearAngel – a smartphone app that helps you protect your ears from damage while using headphones.

Web: www.hearangel.com  Facebook: Hearangeltech  Twitter @hearangel-tech

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Speech Therapy for Children Explained

Parents believe that their children will slowly outgrow the childhood speech disorders. Many do so, some do not. Recognise the speech disorders early and seek help of the Speech Therapist. The post Speech Therapy for Children Explained appeared first on Hearing Health...

We pamper our Children and overlook certain signs of speech disorders. These could be stammering also known as stuttering or lisping. Some parents believe that their children will slowly outgrow these disorders. In some of the cases, the late bloomers do outgrow these disorders. But some disorders are permanent in nature. Read about the myths and the facts about Speech Therapy to clear your doubts. It is possible that you are unable to confirm the signs of speech disorders. Discuss with your child’s kindergarten teacher. She is better trained to notice such disorders. It is very important that Speech therapy for children starts at an early age. Delay in speech therapy for children can affect the child’s self-confidence.

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When is Speech Therapy for Children Required?

Speech therapy for Children should start at the earliest. Delay in treatment can lead to social issues. One way to detect speech disorders is to compare the child with other children of the same age group. Do not neglect if your child is showing signs of delayed speech development. Children with speech disorders are often shy and lack communication skills. Contact a Child Speech Therapist at the earliest. Search for a Speech Therapist nearby as the treatment needs many sessions. For parents in India, kindly go to our Helpline and put in your request. We will mail the list of Speech Therapist’s in your area. Speech Therapy at home is also possible.

How does Speech Therapy for Children Help?

Speech Therapy helps the child to lead a normal life. Language skills are very important for communication.

Speech Therapy helps in the treatment of the following disorders

  • Articulation Disorder

When the child has difficulty in pronouncing certain words. The words are not clear and often not understood by others.

  • Fluency Disorder

Stammering or Stuttering is the most common Fluency disorder. There is an interruption in the flow of speech by repetition of words.

  • Voice Disorder

A child having voice disorder does not complete the sentence. In this case, the child starts to speak and then starts mumbling halfway through the sentence.

What other Disorders Does Speech Therapy Treat?

Other major disorders are also treated by the Speech Therapist. Speech Therapy for Children is a must wherever verbal communication needs improvement.

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Hearing Impaired Girl Child
  • Hearing Impairment or Hearing Loss

Children suffering from undetected Hearing loss do not speak. They are unable to speak as they cannot hear and learn. The Child Speech therapist and Audiologist will check the hearing. They will prescribe the right remedy in case of Hearing loss. If it’s a case of Sensorineural Hearing loss, a Hearing aid or a Cochlear Implant is the solution.

After fitting the Hearing aid or a Cochlear Implant, speech therapy is the next step.

  • Speech Therapy for Children with Cochlear Implants

Speech Therapy for children using Cochlear implants or Hearing aids is also known as Auditory-Verbal Therapy. The therapy specialises in teaching the child to recognise the words. In most cases, the child with Cochlear Implant has little or no previous exposure to speech.

  • Speech Therapy for Cognitive Development

The Cognitive Development in a child takes place from birth to around 5 years of age. Cognitive development involves the pre-reading stage. Children learn to visualise, imagine, to remember things and solve simple problems. The Child Speech Therapist can diagnose if there are any delays in cognitive development.

  • Speech Therapy for Children with Swallowing Disorders

In case, the child has difficulty in swallowing food, we should consult a Speech Therapist. The swallowing problems in children are also known as Pediatric Dysphagia. The symptoms are slow eating and difficulty in swallowing food. Speech Therapy for children involves exercises to strengthen the muscles. Dysphagia is also common in adults.

  • Speech Therapy for Children with Autism

Autism is basically a neuro-developmental disorder. A child suffering from autism has difficulty in social interactions. The child also has difficulty in communication and a pattern of repetitive behaviour. Autism is not a speech disorder. The Speech Therapist helps in improving the overall communication skills.

  • Speech Therapy for Children with Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip

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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft Palate or Cleft lip is a birth disorder. Cleft means a split or division between two surfaces. A Cleft lip divides the lip into two parts. Similarly, a Cleft Palate divides the Palate into two. In the case of Cleft Palate, the palate or the roof of the mouth has a hole. This hole connects to the nose. This abnormality causes speech and Hearing problems. The Cleft Palate and the Cleft lip can be surgically rectified. Speech therapy is a must after the operation. Speech Therapy helps in the formation and pronouncing of words.

  • Speech Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a birth disorder. It affects muscle coordination or impairment of motor functions. Speech Therapy in children with Cerebral Palsy helps in muscle control. The Therapy strengthens the oral and facial muscles. The exercises help to improve communication skills.

  • Speech Therapy for Children with Hyperactivity Disorder

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder also have learning disabilities and behavioural issues. It is also known as ADHD. The Speech Therapist uses behaviour therapy to channelise their energy. Playing outdoor sports and other games are one way of channelising the energy. A Child therapist will make them relax and calm them down.

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Speech Therapist teaching a Child to speak

Speech Therapy for Children with Delayed Speech and Language Development

Most language and speech developments are associated with the above listed disorders. At times the delay is not due to any speech disorder. The reasons could be psychological. Lack of parent’s interaction with the child and neglect can result in delayed development. Parents should talk, sing and answer questions to help the child develop language skill.

Do Not Delay Speech Therapy for Children

Effective Speech therapy for children can make all the difference in a Childs life. The Speech Therapist assists the child to speak normally & be confident. Early intervention or Speech therapy for children helps the child to join the main stream.

A Speech Therapist or a Speech Language Pathologist is a trained para-medical professional. Speech therapy helps the children having written language issues and difficulty in expressing themselves. The child must take many sessions of speech therapy before the results are visible.

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What is it like to live with Tinnitus?

This article has been submitted by an Anonymous Musician. Musicians give us the pleasure but do pay a price. The price is Tinnitus. Most of the musicians exposed to loud music suffer from Tinnitus. Read how our Musician deals with it. The post What is it like to live with Tinnitus? appeared first on Hearing Health...

Us musicians are a bit of a weird bunch. We make something as intangible as music for a major part of our lives. Music that overwhelms us, gives us and everyone around us listening the greatest joy. We fit ourselves into the so called musician’s lifestyle. We listen to music, we practice, we write, we perform and whenever we are free, we make some more music. Such is more or less the daily routine of a professional musician. Some of us were lucky to turn our passions into our daily bread and butter.

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A Musicians Lifestyle

In this so called lifestyle. We are at constant exposure to loud sounds on a daily basis, and that too at different levels. This goes on until our ears complain and say they cannot take it anymore. They start sending small signals that it is time to stop or suffer.

I am a guitarist and have been playing semi-professional music for about a decade. I started very young and would amp up the output so that everyone could hear more than what was actually needed. I would listen to loud music nonstop for hours at a stretch. Sometimes I would even let the playlist play on my speakers while I took naps. This eventually did not go well with my body, especially with my ears.

Professional Guitarist
A Professional Guitarist

The Warning Signs of Tinnitus

Around two months back, while recording for a song I started noticing a slight ringing in my right ear. It was more like a constant low hum, sort of white noise. I immediately went into panic mode because I knew what it was. Some of my musician mates already have it. They call it the “musicians curse’. Upon googling I confirmed that it was in fact Tinnitus. I was already having this for a week until I had noticed for sure. While I was still hopeful for this not to be permanent, I decided to visit an ENT Doctor.

At times a proper diagnosis is not possible. My ENT told me this was the result of an ear infection or maybe a genetic allergy. I was sure that this was not the reason. I told him of my routine yet he seemed unmoved insisting that I take some more tests.

Confirmation of Tinnitus

I was fortunate that I did not have to go for any hearing loss treatment. According to the reports, my ear’s frequency response and hearing levels were good. In a majority of the cases, I learned that Tinnitus accompanies Sensorineural Hearing Loss.  After the test results, the Doctor prescribed some medicines. Which surprisingly, increased the Tinnitus intensity. The ringing sound started in my left ear as well. I immediately stopped my medication and revisited him. Only to know from him that there is no current treatment or medicines to cure Tinnitus. All that I could do was to control and lower its intensity. I was very fortunate that my Tinnitus was and still is a mild one.

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Guitarist on stage

To Live with Tinnitus

I had to take a hard look at the grim situation. I had to rethink of my career and whether it is viable to carry on as a musician. Just in case the Tinnitus aggravates further. I spent a lot of my time researching on the Internet forums looking for cases that are same as mine. I joined support groups online where I was able to get a lot of empathy and good advice from fellow sufferers.

Eventually, I decided to put everything to rest. And take an extended break of three to four months while my ears recover and heal. In reality, Tinnitus does not bother me much. But the thought of having to live with this condition throughout my life. And at all times has made me quite anxious and worried.

Dealing with Tinnitus

While majorly, the present cure is all about the habituation with Tinnitus. There is nothing specific that modern medicine has been able to come up when it comes to pure relief. Or the complete silence, that I long to hear. I still carry hope Tinnitus is curable. With a balanced and healthy lifestyle coupled with Yoga, good food and nutrients. There are several successful cases where this healthy routine has done the trick.

Musicians using Earplugs
Musicians using Earplugs

Loud music is strict no for me from now on. I have also started using earplugs regularly. I try to educate my fellow friends and musicians how to use safe sound levels in whatever activity they do. As is best said, prevention of Tinnitus is better than cure.

Author Bio

The writer of this article has requested that he remains Anonymous. We respect his wishes.

The writer is a session guitarist and a backing vocalist active in the Kolkata and East India area.  He has been active in the local scenes for nearly a decade. Working on a different range of genres and industry formats. He also dabbles in film compositions as an alumnus of the National film school. Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. And is presently working to launch himself as a solo artist.

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Types of Hearing Aids

Digital technology has enabled Companies to manufacture small hearing aid machines. A wide range of different styles and types of Hearing aids are now available. In this article, we will explain the different types of Hearing aids. The post Types of Hearing Aids appeared first on Hearing Health...

New developments in Digital Hearing Aids are very frequent. Digital technology has enabled Companies to manufacture small hearing aid machines. User-friendly fitting and features increase hearing aid usage. Use of Hearing aids is important for people suffering from Hearing loss. Read about the tips to convince your parents or elderly acquaintances to use hearing aids. A wide range of different styles and types of Hearing aids are now available. This has added to the confusion and made selection difficult. In this article, we will explain the different types of Hearing aids.

Types of Hearing Aids

Types of Hearing Aids?

Modern day Hearing aid machines have evolved. From the bulky body worn type to the small invisible Hearing aid. In this article, we will not consider the Body worn or the Pocket model. These types of Hearing aids are almost obsolete. None of the reputed global Companies manufacture this type anymore. Siemens Hearing aids or Sivantos Pte Ltd did offer pocket models in a few Asian Countries. As per the latest reports, the production of these types of Hearing aids has stopped. Hearing aid price is one of the reasons people use the Pocket model as they are very economical to buy and maintain.

What are the Different Types of Hearing Aids?

The following are the types of hearing aids available.

  1. Behind The Ear or BTE Hearing Aid
  2. Open Fit Hearing Aid
  3. Receiver in Canal or RIC Hearing Aid. Also called Receiver in The Ear or RITE Hearing Aid
  4. In The Ear or ITE Hearing Aid
  5. In the Canal or ITC Hearing Aid
  6. Completely in Canal or CIC Hearing Aid
  7. Invisible in Ear or IIC Hearing Aid
  8. Bone Conduction Hearing aid
  9. CROS and BiCROS Hearing Aids

Behind the Ear or BTE Hearing Aid

Digital BTE Hearing Aid
Digital BTE Hearing Aid

As the name suggests, these type of hearing aids fit behind the ear. The shape and design of the hearing aid body is as per the shape of our ear. A transparent silicone tube carries the signal from the hearing aid to the ear canal.

Advantages of BTE Hearing Aids.

  • Due to the big size of these types of Hearing aids, it can deliver more output. Big internal components like the receiver can deliver High output. This is suitable for people suffering from Profound hearing loss.
  • These types of Hearing aids are advisable for elders with unsteady hands. The buttons and batteries are also big in size. They can put it on, remove and adjust the Hearing aid by themselves.
  • It is economical to maintain as the batteries last longer.
  • Repairs and servicing are economical.
  • These type of hearing aids do not break easily. The body material is ABS plastic (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) which is very sturdy.

Open Fit Hearing Aids

These types of Hearing aids look identical to the conventional BTE’s. The only difference is that the tip which goes into the ear is not fully sealed. In the conventional hearing aid, the tip is totally sealed. This type of hearing aid is mainly for people suffering from High frequency Hearing loss.

Advantages of Open Fit Hearing Aids

  • Suitable for people with high frequency hearing loss.
  • Small in size as they are mostly for Mild and Moderate Hearing loss.
  • The tube from the Hearing aid to the ear is very thin, almost invisible.
  • The open fit design gives a very natural hearing.
  • Due to the open tip, there is no occlusion effect
  • Since the ear tip is partly open, it does not give the blocked ear feeling.

Receiver in Canal or RIC Hearing Aid

Receiver in Canal Hearing Aid
Receiver in Canal Hearing Aid

These types of Hearing aids are the next generation of BTE’s. In a conventional BTE, all the components are in the plastic housing or body. The transparent silicone tube carries the sound signal from the hearing aid to the ear. In the RIC type of Hearing aid, the receiver fits in the ear. Thin wires connect the hearing aid to the receiver. These types of Hearing aids are also known as RITE Hearing aid or Receiver in the Ear.

Advantages of Receiver in Canal or RIC Hearing Aids

  • The Hearing aid is small in size. As the receiver is outside the body. Can be easily hidden behind the ear.
  • Lesser battery power needed to deliver more sound output. As the receiver is close to the eardrum.
  • The Receiver can be easily upgraded from Mild to Moderate and Moderate to severe. This increases the power output of the Hearing aid without spending for a new hearing aid. One can buy a new Receiver.
  • The external Receiver can be changed without sending to the service centre.

In the Ear or ITE Hearing Aid

These types of Hearing aids are generally called In the Ear Hearing aids. They are smaller than the BTE and fit inside the ear.

These types of hearing aids are further subdivided as under:

Types of In the Ear Hearing Aids
Types of In the Ear Hearing Aids
  • ITE Hearing Aid

Fits in the Concha or outer the part of the ear. The major advantage of this type of Hearing aid is that it can deliver more power output. Since the Hearing aid machine size is large, use of bigger high power components is possible.

  • ITC Hearing Aid

Smaller in size to the ITE Hearing aid. These types of Hearing aids use smaller components. The small size helps in inserting part of the hearing aid into the canal. The advantage is that only a very small part of the hearing aid is visible.

  • CIC Hearing Aid

These types of Hearing aids are smaller than the ITE and ITC. We can insert the complete hearing aid in the ear canal. The advantage is that the hearing aid is almost invisible.

  • IIC Hearing Aid

Invisible in the Canal Hearing Aid in the Ear
Invisible in the Canal Hearing Aid in the Ear

These types of hearing aids are the latest in the In the Ear category. The hearing aid is so small that it fits deep into the ear canal. It almost touches the eardrum. The advantage is that it is completely invisible. It is not visible even if observed from close quarters. For more details read about the pros and cons of Invisible Hearing aids.

  • Bone Conduction Hearing Aids

Bone Conduction Hearing Aid with Spectacles
Bone Conduction Hearing Aid with Spectacles

These type of Hearing aids are suitable for people suffering from conductive Hearing loss. They are suitable for people suffering from mixed hearing loss as well. Bone conduction hearing aids help people who cannot hear with conventional hearing aids. The hearing aid machine converts the speech to mechanical vibrations. The bone conduction hearing aid transfers these vibrations to our skull. The inner ear picks up the vibrations from the skull. The advantage in these types of hearing aids is that they combine with reading glasses. The hearing aid circuit is in the arm of the spectacles.

  • BiCROS and CROS Hearing Aids

CROS stands for Contralateral Routing of Signals. In simple terms, it means that the sound picked up from one side and is relayed to the other side. This type of hearing aid is suitable for persons having hearing loss in one ear or single sided deafness. BiCROS is Bilateral Contralateral Routing of Signals. This is suitable for people having hearing loss in both ears.

The hearing aid picks up sound from the side which is completely deaf. It relays the sound to the other ear which is better. The advantage is that the person does not miss out on any speech. Even if the person is talking from the side which is totally deaf.

Hearing aid technology is advancing rapidly. The manufacturers are offering features which are very user friendly. One must use hearing aids in case of Hearing loss. Not using hearing aids can cause self-isolation, loss of self-esteem and depression.

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