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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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What To Expect At Your First Hearing Aid Fitting

Do the reports show that you need Hearing Aids? If this is your first Hearing aid, you should know a little about the process of Hearing Aid fitting. The post What To Expect At Your First Hearing Aid Fitting appeared first on Earguru.

The Audiologist has conducted the necessary Hearing Loss tests on you. To your surprise, the reports show that you need Hearing Aids. The truth is that most of us will need Hearing aids at some stage in life. It may come as a shock to some but accept the fact. Discuss your requirements with the Audiologist or your Hearing care professional. If this is your first Hearing aid, you should know a little about the process of Hearing Aid fitting. There are different types of Hearing aids with different specifications. It is very important that you discuss your daily lifestyle with the Audiologist. Based on your lifestyle he or she will suggest the Best Hearing Aid for you.

What to Expect at your first hearing aid fitting

What is Hearing Aid Fitting?

The Hearing aid fitting begins with the evaluation of the Audiogram report. To walking out with your new Hearing Aids. Below is the brief description of the Hearing aid fitting process.

  • Selection of Hearing Aids

Your Audiologist is well qualified to decide the right hearing aid machine. Different Hearing Aid styles and models have different technical specifications or fitting range. The manufacturers provide the specifications to the Audiologist. It is advisable to convey the preferred cost or Hearing aid price range. This will make the selection process simple.

  • Can I Choose the Hearing Aid I like?

Styles and Types of Hearing Aids
Styles and Types of Hearing Aids

When it comes to the style or type of Hearing aid, you, the user have to play a pro-active role in the selection process. You have to discuss your needs and requirements. If you are a working professional, you will prefer a Hearing aid which is not visible. If your work involves talking to clients on the phone. You will certainly prefer a Hearing aid with Bluetooth connectivity. Read this article on Useful features in Digital Hearing aids.

  • Ear Impression for Mould or Shell Making.

Ear Mold Impression Process
Ear Mold Impression Process

Once you select the model and the style of the Hearing aid, the Audiologist will take the Ear Impression. The Audiologist will inject a special paste into the ear. The paste fills up the ear and solidifies in a few minutes. This solid impression is the precise shape of your ear canal and the outer ear.

The Audiologist sends the impression to the Ear mould or shell making laboratory. An Ear Mould helps in the physical fitting and reduces chances of Feedback. The impression is also required to make a shell for an ITC, CIC or an IIC Hearing Aid.

Programming or Tuning The Hearing Aids

Your Audiologist will call you again for the fitting and programming of the Hearing Aids. The laboratories take a few days to manufacture and deliver the Ear Moulds. Or the complete Hearing Aid if you have selected an In the Ear type.

Programming is a procedure to match the output of the Hearing aid to your Hearing Loss. No two people have the same pattern of Hearing Loss. So each Hearing aid’s performance and output is set or tuned to suit the user.

Expectations from Your First Hearing Aid Fitting

You are eagerly awaiting to hear with your new Hearing aids. The expectations are high, chances are that your first experience may be disappointing.

Initially, you will hear a lot of sounds making you uncomfortable. There is nothing wrong with the Hearing Aids. These are sounds which your Ear has not heard due to your Hearing Loss.

Do keep in mind that there will be a difference between natural hearing and hearing with a Hearing aid. Expecting to hear as well as before will disappoint you, get used to the new sound. You should have reasonable expectations from your Hearing Aids.

Understanding Hearing Aid Features

Digital Hearing aid technology has advanced rapidly. Manufacturers offer great features for the comfort and convenience of the user. Features like multi-program are also available in economical Hearing aids. Your Audiologist will explain all the features present in your Hearing aids. Make note of all the features as they will improve the hearing experience.

Adjusting To Your New Hearing Aids

Another shock awaits you as you step out of the clinic. The noise of cars passing by or some noisy activity on the street will sound unbearable. Do not panic, switch off your Hearing Aids and reach home. Our brain needs some time to process the new sounds. It’s a matter of time before the brain starts recognising the new sounds. Start using the Hearing Aids at home. Talk to your family members as you are familiar with their voice. Ask them to repeat if you miss a few words, do not ask them to talk loudly. Preferably use your Hearing Aids as long as you are comfortable, in case you feel tired, remove them. Increase the number of hours gradually over days.

Hearing Aid Adjustment Period

Discussion with the Audiolgist
Discussion with the Audiolgist

It generally takes 2 to 3 weeks to adjust to the new Hearing Aids. Do not get impatient and rush back to the Audiologist. You will be comfortable in a few weeks. If still not happy, make note of all the sounds that make you uncomfortable. Issues like unable to hear the door-bell. Unable to understand the speech of your wife or your children. Unable to talk on the phone etc.

Take an appointment and visit your Audiologist. Explain the issues bothering you, a little adjustment can solve them. Your Audiologist can tune the Hearing aids perfectly if you give proper feedback.

  • Hearing aid Maintenance Tips

Read the user manual provided by the Company. Understand the warranty terms and keep the warranty card safely. Your Audiologist will also offer handy tips to maintain your Hearing aids. Understand when and how to replace the battery and how to store the Hearing aids at night. Read about the simple at home maintenance tips.  to ensure that your Hearing aids give you years of trouble-free service.

Using Hearing aids will bring the fun back into your lives. Do things you always wanted to do. Go for movies, operas, listen to music.

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Rechargeable Hearing Aids – The Pros and Cons

Inserting and removing Batteries is cumbersome. What if we could insert the Hearing aid Battery once and forget about it? Yes, it’s very much possible. Rechargeable Hearing aids and rechargeable hearing devices are now freely available. The post Rechargeable Hearing Aids – The Pros and Cons appeared first on...

Hearing aid batteries are the most important accessory of a Hearing aid. A dead or a weak battery means no working Hearing aid. 90% of the Hearing aid users buy disposable Hearing aid batteries. These batteries are inconvenient as they have to be replaced regularly. What if we could insert the Hearing aid battery once and forget about it? Yes, it’s very much possible. Rechargeable Hearing aids and rechargeable hearing devices are now freely available.

Rechargeable Hearing Aids Pros and Cons

Why Should We Buy Rechargeable Hearing Aids?

The priority of the Hearing aid manufacturers is to offer better sound quality and convenient features. Most Hearing aid users had initial resistance towards the use of Hearing aids. Please read this article if you or any of your acquaintance is reluctant to use Hearing aids.

Changing batteries is one of the most cumbersome routines. The user has no option but to replace the battery every few days or a few weeks depending on the use and the type of Hearing aid.

Let us look at some of the disadvantages of disposable Hearing aid batteries.

Disadvantages of Disposable Hearing Aid Batteries

  • The currently available Hearing aids do not come with an On-Off switch. The user has to open the battery compartment to shut the Hearing aid. Many elderly people forget to do so. If the compartment is not fully opened, the Hearing aid keeps working even if not in use. This results in increased battery usage.
  • It is difficult for elders with unsteady hands to insert the battery in the Hearing aid compartment. They have to depend on others to insert/remove the battery.
Difficulty in inserting battery in the Hearing Aid
Difficulty in inserting battery in the Hearing Aid
  • The battery tends to fall out of the compartment. It invariably rolls to the most inconvenient places and is never found. The user has to insert a new battery which increases expenses.
  • The new Digital Hearing aids have features like Bluetooth and audio streaming. The battery consumption increases if these features are regularly used. The user has to replace the battery more often.
  • The users have to stock up on batteries as they may suddenly run out of power leaving the Hearing Aid user helpless.
  • Disposable batteries have a tab which ensures that the battery stays fresh till ready to use. The battery starts working on removal of the tab even if not inserted in the Hearing aid.
  • The Hearing aid user has to make repeated trips to the shop to buy batteries. This is a major inconvenience for the elderly who stay alone.
  • Since these are disposable batteries, they are not environment-friendly as they are not recyclable.
  • Repeated cost is another factor. A small size 312 battery works for less than a week. One needs to buy a minimum of 52 batteries every year.
  • One has to be particular about the positive and negative side of the battery before inserting. A wrong insertion can break the battery compartment resulting in repairs and inconvenience.

Recent advances in rechargeable battery technology have made rechargeable hearing aids an attractive option.

What are the Types of Rechargeable Hearing Aids?

There are 2 popular types of rechargeable Hearing aid technologies.

  1. Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery technology
  2. Silver-Zinc rechargeable battery technology

Silver-Zinc is the latest technology and has a few advantages over Lithium-Ion technology.

Advantages or Pros of Silver-Zinc rechargeable Hearing aids.

  • Silver-Zinc battery is less polluting, hence it is eco-friendly.
  • Silver-Zinc battery is non-inflammable.
  • Silver-Zinc batteries are smaller in size. Suitable for use in smaller hearing aids.
  • Silver-Zinc batteries are removable. One can use a disposable battery in emergencies.
  • Silver-Zinc batteries can be retrofitted or suitable for use in older Hearing aids.

Disadvantages or Cons of Silver-Zinc Rechargeable Hearing Aids

  • Silver-Zinc rechargeable Hearing aid batteries last around one year.
  • They have lesser power than Lithium-Ion batteries.

Advantages or Pros of Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Hearing Aids

  • The batteries will comfortably last for 24 hours with a single charge.
  • The user can comfortably use Bluetooth and audio streaming with a minor reduction of battery life.
  • You will not have to replace the battery for 4 to 5 years

Disadvantages or Cons of Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Batteries

  • The Company seals the battery compartment. For any battery change, the hearing aid has to be sent back to the manufacturer.
  • The batteries are larger in size. May not be possible to use with small In the Ear hearing aids like a IIC or a CIC.
  • Lithium-Ion is poisonous in nature. Disposal of used batteries is not eco-friendly.

Advantages or Pros of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

All the leading global manufacturers of Hearing Aids manufacture Rechargeable Hearing Aids. Both the rechargeable technologies are being used depending on the required features.

Besides the standard charging dock for use at home, Starkey has marketed the VFusion rechargeable system. It is in the form of a USB pen drive with a battery charging circuit. Users can recharge their batteries on their laptops.

Starkey VFusion Hearing aid Battery Charger
Starkey VFusion Hearing Aid Battery Charger

Phonak has a rechargeable product which requires only 1 hour of charging for 12-hour use and 3 hours of charging is good for 24 hours of use.

Signia (Earlier known as Siemens) was the first Company to use rechargeable batteries in Hearing aids. Their latest Hearing aid Stylleto comes with a portable battery pack. Users can charge the hearing aids without searching for an electric socket.

GN Resound was the first Company to use Lithium-Ion batteries. Some of their models still have Lithium-Ion technology. Their new product will have a longer battery life duration than the previous ones.

Hearing Aid manufacturers are constantly working to improve Digital Hearing Aid technology. Keep reading about the latest advancements in Hearing Aids.

We welcome your comments and feedback

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Cochlear Implant vs Hearing Aids? What’s Best?

Every person with a Hearing loss has faced the Cochlear Implant vs Hearing Aid issue at some time. Which is better? Cochlear Implant or a Hearing Aid? Read on to find out what's the best option The post Cochlear Implant vs Hearing Aids? What’s Best? appeared first on...

Every person with a Hearing loss has faced the Cochlear Implant vs Hearing Aid issue at some time. Which is better? Cochlear Implant or a Hearing Aid? People aware of the latest developments in the field of Hearing Loss want the best solution for their Hearing problem. The ENT Doctor and the Audiologist are the best persons to answer this query. The choice of Hearing Device is primarily based on medical reports and the auditory response of the patient. The Doctor and Audiologist evaluate the report and decide on the Cochlear Implant Candidacy or suitability. A major factor in the decision is the type of Hearing loss affecting the patient.

Cochlear Implant vs Hearing Aid. What's Best

Cochlear Implant vs Hearing Aids

Both the Hearing devices help the user to hear better. It is advisable that the reader understands the basic differences between a Cochlear Implant and a Hearing Aid.

How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?

A Cochlear Implant picks up the sound through an external microphone. The Sound Processor converts these sound waves into electrical pulses or signals. These signals reach the Inner Ear or the Cochlea. Read Cochlear Implant Simplified to understand the process.

How Does A Hearing Aid Work?

The Hearing Aid also has an external microphone which picks up the sound. The microphone passes the sound signal to the digital processor and amplifier. The settings on the Hearing aid control the amplification of sound. This sound reaches the users Outer Ear. The settings ensure that the amplification suits the users hearing loss. For more details, read our article on Hearing Aids.

What is the Basic Difference between a Cochlear Implant and a Hearing Aid?

The brief description above conveys the different method and technology used in both the Hearing Devices.

The processor in the Cochlear Implant converts the sound waves into electrical signals. These signals directly reach the Inner Ear through wires and Implant electrodes. The sound signals bypass the Outer Ear and the Middle Ear.

Whereas, a Hearing Aid amplifies the sound signals and delivers them to the Outer Ear.

It is clear from the above that we cannot replace one device with the other. Each Hearing Device has its distinct use and purpose.

To summarise the above. A Cochlear Implant suits the user if there is a damage or abnormality in the Outer Ear or the Middle Ear. The abnormality does not allow the sound to reach the Inner Ear. Hence the need for the sound signal to directly reach the Inner Ear.

Factors to Decide Candidacy for Cochlear Implant

The following are the criteria for getting a Cochlear Implant.

  • Type of Hearing Loss

A Hearing Aid may not help if the person is suffering from a Profound Sensorineural Hearing loss. In case of Sensorineural Hearing Loss, the tiny Hair cells in the Cochlea are damaged or missing. Hence amplification by the Hearing aid does not help. The Hair Cells are unable to convert them into electrical signals.

  • Speech is Not Clear with a Hearing Aid

Some people might not have a profound Hearing Loss. Ideally, in this case, a Hearing aid should help. Due to poor understanding of speech, a Hearing Aid is of little use. Hence the need for a Cochlear Implant.

  • Age at which the Patient has become Deaf

The Doctor and the Audiologist will also consider this criterion. The sound signals received through the Cochlear Implant are not as clear as those received through the Hearing Aid. The patient has to undergo Speech Therapy to get used to the new sound. The process is much easier if the patient is familiar with the speech before becoming deaf. The Speech therapist has to start from the basics if the patient has never heard speech before.

  • Support System of the Patient

Cochlear Implant is not a “done it forget it” device. Persons using implants have to undergo post-operative Speech Therapy. It is important to have a Speech Therapist close by. At times there is a need for more than 1 therapy session per week.

  • Post-Operative Expenses

Accessories like connecting cords and batteries need replacement at regular intervals. Cochlear Implant accessories are more expensive than accessories of a Hearing Aid. The patient or the family should be aware of the regular expenses. One should consider the cost of Speech Therapy sessions as well.

Is Cochlear Implantation in Older Adults Advisable?

Older Adult Cochlear Implant Recipient
Elderly Adult Cochlear Implant Recipient

There is no age restriction for the person wanting to benefit from a Cochlear Implant. The factors to keep in mind are:

  • The older adult is suffering from Moderate to Profound Hearing loss in both ears.
  • There is no clear benefit from the use of Hearing aids.
  • The patient is mentally and physically strong to undergo the operation.
  • Should take care of the Cochlear Implant in the future.

Is a Cochlear Implant Advisable for Children?

Evie Smith 3 month Old Cochlear Implant Recipient
Evie Smith 3 month Old Cochlear Implant Recipient

Doctors are operating children as young as 3 months old. Evie Smith from the United Kingdom and Kadence Lane from Mississippi were both 3 years old when they received the Cochlear Implant.

Children who receive the Cochlear Implant early pick up language and speech much faster. They also have a higher chance of joining the normal school.

Who Should Use a Hearing Aid?

  • If a person has some residual hearing and can follow a conversation. The first choice should be a Hearing Aid.
  • Hearing aids are easier to handle. In the case of elderly patients, Hearing aids are advisable.
  • Hearing aids are easier and economical to maintain.
  • Elderly patients who are not in favour of surgery should opt for Hearing aids. Read about the Pros and Cons of Cochlear Implant surgery.

Both the Hearing devices have their distinct advantages. Hold a detailed discussion involving the Doctor, Audiologist and the family. It’s an important decision, a Doctor cannot reverse a Cochlear Implant surgery.

One must not shy away from using external aids. These aids are important for growth in young people and a healthy family and social life in the case of elders.

We welcome your comments and feedback

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All You Want To Know About Hearing Aid Batteries

We give very little importance to care and maintenance of Hearing aid batteries. Batteries are the most important accessory for a Hearing aid. Find out how to make your batteries last longer. The post All You Want To Know About Hearing Aid Batteries appeared first on...

While buying a Hearing aid, your dispenser will explain all the functions and features to you. He or she will also explain how to insert the battery. But we get very few tips on handling and care of batteries. Proper care of Hearing aid accessories. is important to keep the Hearing aids in good working condition. Hearing aid batteries are one of most important accessories.

All you want to know about hearing aid batteries

Why Do Hearing Aids Need Batteries?

Hearing aids process and amplify the speech or sound waves. The amplification process requires power. Batteries supply the power to the Hearing aids. Earlier manufacturers used Mercury in the batteries. Due to strict pollution control rules, use of mercury is not allowed. Currently, we use Zinc Air batteries which are non-polluting.

What are the Common Hearing Aid Battery Sizes?

Hearing aid batteries are available in various sizes. Every size has a number. The most commonly used battery sizes are:

  • Hearing aid battery size 675

  • Hearing aid battery size 13

  • Hearing aid battery size 312

  • Hearing aid battery size 10

All reputed battery manufacturers follow the global technical standards. The physical size, voltage and current capacity is common to all brands.

Some battery manufacturers add an alphabet along with the number for branding purpose. A p312 battery is the same as A312 or 312a or a 312 battery. Similarly, a p675 is same as A675, 675a or 675.

The size 675 is the biggest battery by way of diameter and size 10 is the smallest.

How to Identify Hearing Aid Batteries?

Normally the size or the battery number is not printed or embossed on the battery itself. One has to identify the battery size or number by the colour of the tab stuck to the battery or the print on the pack.

Hearing aid Battery packs
Hearing aid Battery packs

In case you do not have the packet handy, the tab will help you identify the battery for your Hearing aid.

  • Size #675 Blue tab

  • Size #13 Orange tab

  • Size #312 Brown tab

  • Size #10 Yellow tab

Hearing aid batteries with coloured tabs
Hearing aid batteries with coloured tabs

Why Hearing Aid Batteries Have A Tab?

There are 2 reasons for having a tab stuck on the positive side of the battery.

  • Extending Shelf Life of Hearing Aid Batteries
  • Identifying Hearing Aid Battery Size or number by the colour of the tab

Why Do Batteries Have Holes on One Side?

Air holes in hearing aid batteries
Air holes in hearing aid batteries

On removing the coloured tab, the air enters the battery through the tiny holes.  The Zinc stored in the battery and the air from the atmosphere reacts to produce power.

How to Extend the Shelf Life of Hearing Aid Batteries?

Follow the following tips to extend the shelf life of the batteries.

  • Keeping the tab in place till you actually need to use the battery extends the shelf life. The chemical reaction in the battery will not start if the company fixed tab is in place.
  • Store the batteries at room temperature. Storing them in hot places will reduce the life of the battery. Avoid storing them in the glove compartment of the car. Storing the batteries in the refrigerator is also not advisable.

How Long Do Hearing Batteries Last?

Hearing aid battery manufacturers do not specify the working life of the battery. The life of the battery depends on the following factors.

  • Size or Type of the Battery.

The smaller the size, the lesser the power it can deliver. A size 675 battery delivers more power than a size 10 battery.

  • The Power Requirement of the Hearing Aid

The power requirement depends on the amplification or power of the Hearing aid. The power requirement will differ from one model to another. A Hearing aid for profound Hearing loss will need more power than a Hearing aid for Mild or Moderate loss.

  • Usage per Day

Battery life depends on the usage pattern of the Hearing aid user. Some people use the Hearing aid for 14 hours a day while others may use it for 8 hours. Hearing aid battery life is measured in working hours.

You should change the batteries depending on the average battery life as per your use. Most modern Hearing aids have a low battery warning beep.

Can I Charge My Hearing Aid Batteries?

The Zinc Air batteries are not rechargeable. They are single-use disposable batteries. Hearing aid Rechargeable batteries use Nickel Cadmium or Lithium Ion. The packet will clearly mention if they are rechargeable.

Why Do Hearing Aid Batteries Leak or Expand?

Store batteries at moderate temperatures. If stored at a place where the humidity is very high, the moisture enters through the air holes. The moisture absorbed by the Zinc results in expansion or leakage. Similarly, if the temperature is high, the heat will dry the chemical inside.

9 Simple Tips on Making Your Hearing Aid Batteries Last Longer

Follow the simple tips to ensure your Hearing aid batteries last longer.

  1. Do not remove the tab on the Hearing aid batteries till you are ready to use them. Removing the tab starts the chemical reaction. Putting the tab back after removing does not totally stop it. The batteries stay fresh as long as the company fixed tab is in place.
Hearing aid battery holders
Hearing aid battery holders

2. Carry extra batteries with you while you travel. However, do not carry loose batteries in your pocket along with coins. Metal objects like coins or keys will short the batteries. The batteries will heat up and discharge. Carry them in the original packaging or a battery carrying case.

3. Do not insert the battery immediately after removing the tab. Let the air enter the battery to start the reaction. Wait for 5 minutes before inserting in the Hearing aid.

4. While inserting the battery in the Hearing aid, ensure that your hands are clean. Dirt particles, grease or face cream may block the tiny air hole. This will stop the chemical reaction.

5. It is very important to store the batteries in the right place. Do not store where the temperatures are extreme. Extreme heat or cold will reduce the life of the batteries. In tropical countries store the batteries in a cool dry place. Do not refrigerate batteries.

6. Open the battery compartment of your Hearing aid when not in use. Use stay dry box to keep the moisture away. The batteries absorb the moisture in the hearing aid. It can also cause corrosion.

7. Remove the batteries if you are not a regular Hearing aid user. Do not leave the battery inside an unused Hearing aid.

8. If you purchase the batteries in bulk, check the expiry date before buying.

9. If you have many battery packs with you, use the old batteries first.

Many elderly people who cannot go out often to buy batteries can order them online.

We give very little importance to care and maintenance of Hearing aid batteries. Batteries are the most important accessory for a Hearing aid. No battery means no working Hearing aid.

Families with small children in the house should be careful in disposing off the used batteries. Do not leave them lying around.

We welcome your comments and feedback

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Can Hearing Aids Cause Hearing Loss?

Hearing aids cannot damage your hearing or make the hearing loss worse. However, there are 4 situations when Hearing aids can cause damage. Read about this rare situation. The post Can Hearing Aids Cause Hearing Loss? appeared first on Earguru.

It is a known fact that loud sounds cause hearing loss. For a normal ear, continuous exposure to loud sounds can cause hearing loss over a period. It is highly recommended that we use ear protection devices to protect our ears from loud sounds. Follow the simple Ear Health tips to prevent Noise-induced Hearing loss. Hearing aids amplify sound and make them loud. So can Hearing aids cause Hearing loss? This is a frequent question and needs an answer.

Can Hearing aid cause Hearing Loss

What is Normal Hearing?

A person with normal hearing can hear all types of sound and take part in a conversation. Normal conversation is at a sound level of 50 to 60 decibels. If one is occasionally missing out on a few words, the person may be suffering from hearing loss. Most of the people suffer from High frequency Hearing loss. The main reason is old age closely followed by damage to the ear from loud sound.

When do We Need Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids are useful if our hearing loss is permanent. In some cases the Conductive hearing loss is curable. Unless the damage to the outer ear or the middle ear is permanent.

Sensorineural hearing Loss is not curable. Research in the regeneration of Hair cells is at an advanced stage. A cure will be available shortly. Hearing aids or Cochlear Implant is the only solution to overcome the Hearing loss.

How do Hearing Aids Help?

Hearing aids amplify the sound and compensate for the hearing loss. The selection of Hearing aids depends on the degree of Hearing loss.

Suppose I have a 60 dB hearing loss, this is my hearing threshold. In this case, I will not hear any sound which is below the 60 dB level. As normal conversations are between 50 and 60 dB, I will miss most of the conversation.

In my case, the Audiologist will prescribe or fit a Hearing aid which suits my hearing loss. My Hearing aid will amplify sounds which are very soft. The Hearing aid will not amplify sounds which are above the 60 dB level as my ears can hear at this level.

Can Hearing Aids Improve Hearing?

Hearing Aid fitting and Counselling
Hearing Aid fitting and Counselling

Hearing aids cannot prevent hearing loss but they can certainly improve the hearing ability. Hearing loss increases very gradually unless it’s a case of sudden Hearing loss. Our brain gets accustomed to the hearing loss and considers this as normal. This reduces the sound processing ability of the brain as well as the nerves and other parts.

Once the Hearing aids start working, the brain and the complete aural network get new signals. This increases the efficiency of the aural network as they start processing new sound signals.

Will My Hearing Loss Get Worse If I Don’t Use Hearing Aids?

The chances of Hearing loss advancing or getting worse is more in people who do not use Hearing aids. We should exercise all body parts, right from the brain to the muscles. Body parts do not slow down and remain healthy if kept active.

Can Hearing Aid Cause Hearing Loss?

Hearing aids cannot damage your hearing or make the hearing loss worse. This is a totally false perception. In fact, use of Hearing aids can slow down your Hearing loss and increase alertness and mental faculties. There are certain rare conditions when Hearing aids can do harm.

When Can Hearing Aids Cause Hearing Loss?

There are 4 situations when Hearing aids can cause damage.

  • Poor Hearing Aid Programming or Tuning.

Digital Hearing aids can be precisely programmed as per the users Hearing loss. If the programming is proper, the hearing aid will amplify sounds only in the region where the user has hearing loss.

For example, a person has hearing loss in the high-frequency region and has little or no hearing loss in the low frequency. The Audiologist will program to increase the high-frequency amplification. Minimum or no amplification is set in the low-frequency region.

More amplification in the region of normal hearing would cause discomfort and ear damage.

  • Bad Hearing Aid Fitting

Feedback from Hearing aid
Feedback from Hearing aid

More than poor programming, bad fitting is the reason for damage to the ear. Majority of the Hearing aid users reject hearing aids due to poor fitting or programming.

A bad fit is due to the loose ear mould or use of wrong size of the ear tips. If the mould or the ear tip is not fitted properly, the Hearing aid will start whistling loudly. This is a feedback loop. The whistle is so loud that the users will not hear anything and it can also damage the hearing.

  • Poor Counselling

Counselling the Hearing aid user before fitting and after fitting will make all the difference between a happy and an unhappy user. In most cases, there is an initial reluctance to use Hearing aids. The reluctance comes for various reasons. Some of the reasons are covered in the article 5 helpful tips to convince your parents to use Hearing aids.

One of the reason is discomfort. During the Hearing loss, the brain processes limited sound signals coming from the ear. After the Hearing aid fitting, the Brain processes new signals or new information. Sudden exposure to all sounds will make the user uncomfortable. The Brain takes a little time to adapt to the new situation.

This is similar to wearing a new set of spectacles. Initially, the ground looks uneven.

Proper counselling will help the Hearing aid user face all these issues. New Hearing aid users should not take advice from unqualified people.

  • Using Non-Standard Sound Amplification Devices

A Hearing aid is a medical product. Manufacturers design and produce Hearing aids as per the guidelines laid down by various medical and engineering organisations. These guidelines specify the maximum permissible distortion, power consumption, output power and other parameters to ensure that the user gets a quality product.

Many small-time unscrupulous manufacturers market cheap sound amplification devices which look similar to Hearing aids. The manufacturers of these devices tempt the first time users by offering low prices. Buyers are advised to check the credentials of the company before buying.

Use of Hearing aids can be a life-changing experience. Do not hesitate to wear your Hearing aids and also advice others suffering from Hearing loss.

We welcome your comments and feedback


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Yoga Treatment for Hearing Loss

Yoga helps in increasing Hearing Power by reducing stress and increasing the blood flow to the parts of the ear. Some Asanas or exercises are highly recommended for Tinnitus cure. The post Yoga Treatment for Hearing Loss appeared first on Earguru.

Yoga has been globally accepted as the most beneficial form of exercise for chronic ailments. Yoga has evolved over the years and many variations are being practised. Baba Ramdev Yoga is very popular, he has revived the practice of Yoga. Yoga helps in increasing Hearing power by reducing stress and increasing the blood flow to the parts of the ear. Some Asanas or exercises are highly recommended for Tinnitus Cure. We had covered some Asanas in our previous article Yoga Exercises for Better Hearing. In this article, we will cover some more Yoga treatment for Hearing Loss.

Yoga Treatment for Hearing Loss

Can Yoga help Hearing Loss?

Yoga is a natural Hearing Loss treatment. Yoga for the ear also aids other parts of the body.

The Asanas or exercises help in improving the flow of blood to the targeted areas. The blood reaches the internal parts of the ear through small capillaries or blood vessels. As we grow old the blood flow reduces causing Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

  • The Asanas or exercises relax the muscles and the tissues. This reduces the stress in the particular area.
  • Asanas or exercises help the body to release Endorphins. These are feel-good Hormones which bring positivity into our daily life.

Below are some Yoga Asanas or exercises to help increase Hearing Power.

Make use of Yoga accessories freely available. Wear comfortable Yoga pants and use Yoga Mats.

Trikonasana or the Triangle Pose

Trikonasana Asana or Triangle Pose
Trikonasana Asana or Triangle Pose

Trikonasana is so called as the body forms a triangle or Trikon (Triangle in Sanskrit). In this position, the blood rushes to the head. The flow of blood relaxes the muscles. The ears will also pop if the person is suffering from blockage of the ears. Trikonasana is also recommended as a Tinnitus Cure.


  • Do not do this Asana on a full stomach.
  • Keep your eyes open.

Easy steps for Trikonasana or Triangle Pose

  1. Spread your feet apart comfortably, about 31/2 to 4 feet and stretch your arms fully.
  2. Turn the right foot through 90 degrees and the left foot through 15 degrees.
  3. Make sure that your feet are firmly on the ground and the weight is evenly distributed on both feet.
  4. Inhale deeply in the standing position. Bend slowly from the waist towards your right exhaling slowly at the same time.
  5. Your right hand will be close to the ground while the left arm will be above you in the air. Both arms should be in a straight line.
  6. Rest your right hand on your shin or your ankle depending on your comfort level. Your left arm should be pointing up and both the shoulders should be in line.
  7. Slowly turn your head upwards, your eyes pointing towards your left hand.
  8. Stretch your body to the fullest without bending forward or backwards.
  9. Inhale and exhale, this will relax your body.
  10. Come up slowly while inhaling. Come back to your starting pose, legs together and hands by your side.
  11. Repeat the same Asana by stretching out your left foot this time.

Ustrasana or Camel Pose

Ustrasana or Camel Pose
Ustrasana or Camel Pose

The Ustrasana is very beneficial for the ear. Besides increasing blood flow to the ears and the head, it exercises the throat and the chest region. Reduces problems in the ear by clearing blocks in the throat. By bending backwards the body stretches the front part of the body or the chest. This helps in increasing breathing capacity and reduces respiratory diseases.


Do not try if suffering from-

  • A Hernia
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • A Migraine
  • Back Injury

Easy Steps for Ustrasana or Camel Pose

Persons who have not done Ustrasana before should start with Ardh Ustrasana or half Camel pose. After reaching a comfortable stage they should start with Ustrasana.

Ardh Ustrasana or Half Camel Pose
Ardh Ustrasana or Half Camel Pose

For Ardh Usrtasana practice step 1 to step 3 and Come back to the position no 1. Beginners can use Yoga Bricks or Yoga blocks for support.

  1. Kneel on the Yoga mat with your hands on the hips.
  2. The part of the leg below the knees and the ankles should touch the floor.
  3. Keep your hands at the hip level towards the base of the spine and slowly bend backwards. Your hands will support your back as you bend backwards.
  4. If you are comfortable in this position you can move to the next step. Remove your hands from the back and touch the sole of your feet.
  5. Drop your head backwards. This will stretch the throat and the chest region.
  6. Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds. Beginners should not stay in this position for more than 20 seconds.
  7. Bring your hands back to the base of your back to support the back on its way up. Slowly raise your upper body to the kneeling position.
  8. This Asana has to be done gently. Do not force your body to bend backwards beyond the comfort level.

CAUTION: do not practice Yoga without consulting your family doctor. Some Asanas are not advisable for people suffering from a Migraine, back injuries or chronic back pain. For beginners, it is advisable to consult a Yoga instructor. Make use of proper Yoga accessories for comfort and ease.

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