Hearing Aids: The Blessing of Modern Technology
Of the estimated 29.5 million American patients of hearing loss problems, 60% adults older than age 65 suffer from significant hearing loss and this makes hearing loss as the third most frequently reported chronic medical condition throughout America. Leading a normal life can be tough for those with hearing disabilities and the non-participation in social life as one is not able to follow the conversation is a common problem for those struggling with hearing loss. Nevertheless, the problem can be resolved in most cases of hearing loss with the help of hearing aids. This audiology staff is important in the practice of an audiologist of his or her profession to give extra care and support to the patients while under screening and treatment and this staff is fully trained for this purpose.
While a majority of them can restore the capability of hearing by external aids, lack of awareness and affordability issues force them live with the disparity.
Types of hearing loss
Hearing loss is classified into two categories
Sensory hearing loss: Sometimes ageing process affects the nerves, and there is deterioration in hearing capacity and tinnitus is also a major cause of hearing loss where there is a hissing or whistling sound felt in the ear even when there is a total silence.In some cases, trauma, accidents, infections, and other reasons like Acoustic Neuroma also cause sensory hearing loss.
Conducive hearing loss:Coducive loss of hearing:Conducive hearing loss: Excessive wax in the ears, infection, traumatic conditions, or diseases like Otitis Externa can cause this type of hearing loss.
Kinds of hearing aids
Though hearing aids exist from centuries, modern technology made a revolutionary change in the usability, applicability and convenience.
External: External devices are being placed behind the ear or inside the external ear and they amplify the sound waves so that they can reach to the middle ear effectively.
Implantable aids: They are also called cochlear implants.
Losing your ability to hear is not something anyone wants to face but being fitted with a device to make it better might be the best decision you could make. This aid connects to your phone or any other mobile device via an application. It easily streams music, calls, and commands from your device into your ear – no need to hold the phone or use earphones.
You can choose from a custom in-the-canal version, which is still visible but not obvious, or a completely-in-canal. With the CIC, a handle is visible. Otherwise, it is virtually undetectable by those around you.A small portion shows in the outer ear, which is larger than the CIC version. While this design is typically large, the company has been working on reducing the overall size and they also offer another version in which a speaker is placed in the canal. Instead of tubing, the speaker is connected to a tiny wire. It is smaller and less visible but works in a similar way. Always make sure to maintain your aid as directed to keep it in the best working condition. Early consultation does not hamper your day by day activities. It could be more disappointing your hearing concern is not given the proper solution. Nothing is uncertain in the current generation with the new technologies coming up.