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Ear-Cleaning Methods to Avoid

Ear-Cleaning Methods to Avoid

A lot of people believe that they know the best way to clean their ears at home. In fact, many of these people are not trained in hearing health and therefore, do not know the safest ways and often end up doing things that could end up damage their hearing. We all clean our ears at home to stop that build-up of wax getting to a point where we can’t hear properly anymore. But what methods are you using? Here are some of the ear cleaning methods that you should avoid.

Ear drops
While ear drops are popular among people who don’t like to put physical things in their ears, but they don’t just do the job that you think they’re doing. Ear drops don’t just remove the wax from your ear. Instead, it breaks it down and makes it softer so that the wax can come out naturally. But the use of ear drops can come with a variety of risks and one of these is an infection. If you are using these drops constantly, you are putting yourself at higher risk to get an ear infection. This is going to be especially likely if there is any form of bacteria on the injector when you put the drops in.

Instead of doing this, you should visit your audiologist and ask them to clean your ears out properly for you. You won’t just get a professional clean, but this way is a lot safer than other methods.

Cotton swabs
This is the most common method that people use when trying to clean their ears. However, if you insert these cotton buds too far in, you are at risk of causing damage to your inner ear. As well as this, they are large pieces of cotton being inserted into your ear, which often means that you are pushing the earwax deeper into your ear, rather than cleaning it out. This will mean that in the end, the wax buildup will be so bad that removing it is going to be much more difficult than if you would have got it cleaned by an audiologist in the first place.

Ear scoops/picks
This is another popular method to clean your ears. These are small instruments that are inserted into your ear to scoop out the wax. What many people don’t realize is that the ear is very delicate and even the slightest wrong move could cause damage to your inner ear. Or, you could have picked up various forms of bacteria if you have not cleaned them properly when you used it previously. Any small metal objects should be kept out of your ears at all times. Consult your audiologist about the best ways to clean your ears. Or, get a professional ear cleaning appointment to make sure that everything is done in the safest possible way.

Hearing Knowledge2020-09-26

How Do Earmolds Help

How Do Earmolds Help?

If you need to get an earmold, you might be worried about what this does. Your audiologist might have explained to you how this is going to help you, but if you are still a little confused, that is probably why you have found this article. Don’t worry, we are going to explain how an earmold can help. But, before you can understand how it can help you, you need to understand what it is.

What is an earmold?
You can’t fully understand how something can help you if you aren’t sure what it is to begin with. An earmold is a small piece of plastic or another soft material, that is shaped to fit your ear. There are many reasons that your hearing care provider could suggest that you need an earmold. It could be to protect your ear. It could be to help prevent further hearing loss. Or, if you need or have hearing aids, the earmold is used to connect the ear canal to the device, to ensure optimum hearing.

How does this help?
Without the earmold, your hearing aid might not work in the way that it is supposed to. When your audiologist inserts your earmold, it will connect the ear canal to the device. This helps you because it focuses on hearing from behind the ears, meaning that the sound quality you receive is going to be better. That’s why it is important that the fitting is done correctly. If it isn’t, you might experience some issues with the sound that your hearing aid is providing.

If you have an earmold to protect your ears, it will stop things getting into your ears. Certain athletes such as swimmers use earmolds to stop the water from damaging their hearing. This way, they can prevent any issues with their hearing developing, particularly if they are constantly diving deep into a pool. Deep sea divers will also typically use this as a form of ear protection.

You might have an earmold to prevent any further hearing loss. In this case, the earmold acts as a barrier and doesn’t let the sound leak out, or indeed, loud noises in at their full volume. This preserves your hearing for as long as possible. This will be beneficial to you because the longer that your hearing stays in good shape, the better. Earmolds are especially helpful if you go to places like concerts frequently.

Any further questions?
If you have any further questions on how earmolds help you, you can contact your audiologist, and they will be able to fill in any blanks that you may still have. Don’t worry about asking questions, you need to fully understand what is happening with your hearing and why the treatment method that has been put forward, is going to help you.

Hearing Aid Knowledge2020-09-26

Hearing Aid Satisfaction

Hearing Aid Satisfaction

For the majority of users, hearing aids are life-changing devices that they willingly embrace into their lives. Unfortunately, this experience is not always universal and some users of hearing aids experience different issues with device performance when in different sound environments.

If you experience any issues with your hearing aids, we at Hear For You Hearing and Balance Center understand the pressing need for a swift resolution to these problems. In an effort to help you achieve this, below, we have detailed the most common reasons for hearing aid dissatisfaction and the steps you can take to resolve the matter once and for all.

The hearing aid is more visible than expected
Modern hearing aids are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, but some people are still surprised by how obvious their hearing aid looks in their ear. If this concerns you, it may be best to speak with your audiologist to explore other device options, as some types of hearing aids, such completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids, are less obvious to an onlooker.

However, these smaller hearing aids also have significant downsides – such as reduced battery life – and are only suitable for certain levels of hearing loss; your audiologist can guide you further when deciding whether a switch to such a device is the right choice for you.

Poor battery performance
If you find that you are using more batteries for your hearing aid than you are comfortable with, you might want to consider switching to a larger device. For example, behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are much larger than other types of device and their batteries can last for up to 20 days.

If you’d prefer not to switch devices, then you could try:
Ensuring you switch your hearing aids off when they are not in use, in order to prevent battery drain.
Altering the settings so that your device requires less power; your audiologist will be able to advise you further on what may be suitable in this regard.
Whenever you wear a hearing aid for the first time, you will likely need to go through a period of adjustment. During this period, many people may be distracted by the feeling of the hearing aid in their ear. Follow the schedule provided by your audiologist to help you feel more comfortable when wearing your devices and to expedite the adjustment process.  

Excessive feedback
If you are struggling with feedback on your hearing aid, check the external components for any signs of dust, debris or earwax. If you identify any issues, wipe the device clean with a damp, lint-free cloth.

If the above does not rectify the issue or you cannot see any signs of such problems, then try adjusting the settings and programs. If the feedback problem continues across all settings, then it is best to take the device to be inspected by a professional, as it may be the case that a mechanical fault has developed and a repair is required.

The wearer’s own voice sounds too loud to them
When wearing a hearing aid for the first time, some people feel that their voice sounds far too loud. For the most part, this issue should reduce over time as you adjust to using hearing aids. However, if the problem continues for more than a week, you may wish to adjust the settings or discuss the matter further with a professional.

Can these issues be prevented?
While there is no possible way to be 100 percent sure you will love your hearing aid, the best method of prevention is a thorough consultation with your audiologist prior to purchasing a device. Hearing aids are very delicate devices and there is no one-size-fits-all device that is suitable for everyone, so it’s helpful to opt for an individualized approach that focuses on your specific needs with the assistance of your audiologist.

However, even with a long and detailed consultation process, there is always a chance that you may be dissatisfied with your hearing aids even after the initial adjustment period. If you find that this is the case, then your audiologist should be able to guide you further, using your experience with your first device in order to influence future decision making effectively.

Hearing Aid Knowledge2020-09-25

Hearing Aid Troubleshooting

Hearing Aid Troubleshooting

There are lots of things that can go wrong with your hearing aid, especially if you’ve been using it for a long time. It’s important to know what to do about these issues so you can troubleshoot them and get back to using your hearing aids as intended. No one wants to have problems with their hearing aids, especially as so many people rely on them each day of their lives.

We’re going to look at some of the most common problems associated with using hearing aids and we’ll then look at the various ways in which these problems can be put right and fixed. We’ll then look at what you should do if these fixes aren’t working. Sometimes, your hearing aids are telling you that a professional repair job is required.

Ways to troubleshoot your hearing aid
Hearing aids are incredibly advanced and delicate pieces of technology. Because of their small size, they can be prone to technical or physical issues. There are several different ways you can troubleshoot these issues at home, but it’s important to note that intricate or damage repairs should be handled by your audiologist.

 * Sound feedback: Feedback is when your hearing aid produces sounds that it simply isn’t meant to. Sound feedback can be very frustrating and difficult to contend with and it can come in the form of a whistling sound most often. Positioning is the first thing to check because feedback is most common when the tip of the hearing aid is not securely positioned where it should be. You might also need to change the volume control to fix the problem.
 * Failure to turn on: The first thing to try if your hearing aid won’t turn on is the battery. Change it and see if that fixes the problem; you’ll be surprised how often it’s a simple thing like that. If changing the battery does nothing, you should check the switch is set to on and clean it out to remove excess wax that might be causing problems for you. You should also check for any cracks or damage in the tubing and wires of the hearing aid.

 * Weak sound: Sometimes, the sound coming out of the hearing aid can be weak and that’s obviously not right at all. It might be the case that your brain is simply getting used to the sound so you get the impression that it’s weaker when it’s actually not. If that’s the case, simply increasing the volume should work for you. Replacing the battery can also often fix problems relating to weak sound output. Again, looking at the tubing is advisable too.

Signs it’s time to get it repaired
Even with the best care and maintenance routine, hearing aids can experience issues as they age or due to physical damage. If you struggle with any of the hearing aid problems below, schedule a visit to have them assessed by your audiologist.

 * It won’t work at all: If the hearing aid simply won’t work at all, it’s probably time to get it replaced. If you’ve tried everything and nothing is working and the device won’t even turn on no matter what you do, your only remaining option will be to send it for repair. But if the device is old, the repairs might not even be worth it and you might prefer to simply replace the hearing aid with a new one instead. That’s something that you’ll have to decide for yourself.
 * Low volume problems: If the volume is too low and it won’t increase even when you turn it up, this is again a problem that needs to be repaired by a professional. If you’re sure that the battery is not the source of the problem, it must be something else inside the hearing aid that’s causing the issue. Unless you know how to repair hearing aids to a professional standard, that’s something that you shouldn’t try to fix by yourself because it won’t work out well.
 * Variable sound quality: Variable sound quality can be frustrating and if you’ve tried the ideas above and nothing is changing it, you should let an expert look at it. They’ll be able to see where the problem lies and fix it. It’s probably a technical fault inside the device, so, again, you’ll need an expert to assess it.

Hearing Aid Knowledge2020-09-25

How Does An Audiologist Program Your Hearing Aids

How Does An Audiologist Program Your Hearing Aids?

Hearing loss is a well-known condition that millions of people experience – but no two hearing loss cases are alike. Each individual with hearing loss is unique and is living with a specific set of circumstances and needs that will influence the course of their treatment.

As one would expect, individual needs have to be met with customized solutions, particularly in terms of how hearing aids – the most common treatment for hearing loss – are programmed.

Why do hearing aids need to be programmed?
The core function of a hearing aid is to amplify sounds so that the wearer can hear them clearly every time. However, hearing aids are far more complex devices than simple amplifiers; they provide a range of digital features and functionality, all of which need to be fine-tuned and tailored to meet your personal requirements. Two different individuals may be experiencing the same level of hearing loss, but their devices may be customized and programmed entirely differently.

Audiologists understand the importance of customizing hearing aids to the individual user, and will thus seek to work with you to program your hearing aid precisely as you need.

How are hearing aids programmed by an audiologist?
Your audiologist can use a variety of advanced computer and algorithm-based techniques to program your hearing aids:

 *  Surround sound: Surround sound is used to mimic an outdoor environment within the comfort of your audiologist’s office; this tends to include traffic noises, crowd noises, and similar everyday sounds. By using a surround sound system while  *  programming a hearing aid, your audiologist can make adjustments to noise reduction settings based on real-time feedback.
 *  Real-ear probe microphones: These probes are designed to identify the sounds that are reaching your eardrum when your hearing aid is in place, which in turn allows for more effective programming.
 *  Visible speech mapping (VSM): VSM enables an audiologist to identify the amount of amplification that is reaching the ear, and make adjustments to improve this if necessary.
 *  In comparison to conventional techniques, the modern technology-based solutions for programming hearing aids are incredibly effective and help to ensure your hearing aids will perform exactly as expected.

What hearing aid factors can be adjusted with programming?
In addition to noise reduction, as mentioned above, programming also ensures your audiologists can make the necessary adjustments to the volume of your hearing aids, the intensity levels, maximum power output, and many more besides. All of the settings are tweaked and refined to ensure that the sounds you hear through your hearing aid are comfortable for you to use. Every individual has specific preferences about the sound they hear through their hearing aids, so your audiologist needs to refine the features available to suit your particular requirements.

Can hearing aids be reprogrammed?
Yes, and there are two reasons you may wish to request this. First and foremost, though your audiologist will do all they can – and use the best possible tools available – to program your hearing aids to suit you exactly at your appointment, further refinement may be beneficial. You may find that while your hearing aids work entirely at your audiologist’s office, after a few weeks of use in the real world, you notice that there are small changes or improvements that you feel may be necessary. If this happens, you can return to your audiologist, who will be able to fine-tune the programming to account for your observations.

In addition, hearing loss is not a static condition, and some people find that their hearing needs will change over a period of time. When this happens, the existing programming may no longer be suitable. In such a scenario, your audiologist can reprogram your hearing aids to suit your new requirements.

Can you program hearing aids yourself?

If you are relatively comfortable with technology, you may have wondered if it is possible to program your hearing aid yourself rather than visiting an audiologist. However, self-programming should be avoided at all costs. Programming a hearing aid requires dedicated hardware, suitable software, and the knowledge and expertise that only years of training can provide. The process is inherently complex and requires a huge amount of fine-tuning to get right; as a result, it is simply not possible to program hearing aids for yourself. Instead, it is essential to always entrust the entire programming process to your audiologist; DIY programming attempts are, at best, ineffective, and in the worst-case scenarios can your device to malfunction.

Hearing Aid Knowledge2020-09-24