Hearing Loss
How long does it take the brain to adapt to the new sound?

How long does it take the brain to adapt to the new sound?

When many people choose a hearing aid for the first time, they think "All I have to do is put a hearing aid in my ear". However, the facts are not so simple. Although we hope so much, hearing aids are not as simple and easy as buying a TV. If you buy a new TV, just install it and you can lean on the sofa. However, for hearing aids, it often takes a while for you to adapt and adjust to get all the benefits of hearing aids.

In recent years, the
technology of hearing aids has been developed rapidly, not only the internal technology of hearing aids, but also the programming software has become easier to adjust, which can more quickly match the individual needs of each patient. This means that hearing aids can more accurately compensate for your hearing loss.
Austar programming software
So how long does it take our brains to adapt to new sounds? The answer is 12 weeks!

That is to say, it may take up to 3 months from the time you first wear the hearing aid to the time when your brain fully adapts and understands new sounds, especially speech.

I think this is where many people are disappointed with their hearing aids, and they expect them to "immediately" restore their lost hearing. Indeed, the hearing aid itself can achieve this goal, it just takes time!

Different people have different time to adapt hearing aids. If you've worn a hearing aid before, you can adapt to it quickly; if you're wearing a hearing aid for the first time, it takes longer to get used to it. Especially those who have a long hearing loss and have never worn a hearing aid. Taking into account these characteristics of new users, the audiologist will often give a lower volume at the beginning, which is much lower than the actual sound level required. In this way, your brain won't be impacted by a lot of sound.

As time goes on, your brain gradually accepts and understands new sounds. Then you need to go to the listening center repeatedly. Please ask your match maker to slowly increase the volume and reprogram until you get all the benefits of the new hearing aid.
hearing aids with the latest technology
In this process, our Austar Hearing Company have the following suggestions for you:

Please do not feel depressed when the hearing aids don't work perfectly during few weeks when you first put them on. Just keep going, wear as much as you can, and give your brain more time to adapt to them.

If your new divice is a hearing aid with a remote control or remote control app, please try to adjust the sound and see what sounds right for you. And tell your fitter what settings you feel better.
If you feel uncomfortable, please go to the hearing center immediately. Keep in touch with your match maker, tell him or her how you feel, and ask him or her to fine tune your hearing aid.

Please challenge yourself constantly, chat more with people you know, participate more in activities you used to like, listen to various sounds, and continually train your brain so that it can accept new sounds faster.

Call for a greater focus on the causes of hearing loss

Call for a greater focus on the causes of hearing loss

Call for a greater focus on the causes ofhearing loss

The US education and advocacy group Quiet Communities recently posted a piece on how the area of prevention of hearing loss should be given more attention.

In many medical fields, prevention is not top of the list in terms of investment or research efforts. The need for treatments often takes precedence because of the urgency of helping affected individuals. Hearing loss is a good example of this mechanism.

Quiet Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting health, the environment, and quality of life from noise, recently pointed out in an article by Daniel Fink, MD, Interim Chair of the Health Advisory Council, that one major aspect of tackling the hearing loss epidemic is not being addressed: prevention.

The article cites the recent report from the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on aging America and hearing loss as a good example of the issue. The report’s focus was the imperative of improved hearing technologies, looking only to technology and treatment as a solution to the problem. It assumed, according to Fink, that this is simply a natural consequence of aging.

Fink points to noise as the well-known cause of many cases of hearing loss. He believes that reducing exposure to environmental noise is a logical and cost-effective alternative to technology long-term. The US Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults is to publish a report on hearing loss in June. Quiet Communities hopes this will be an opportunity to “change the national discussion about how to prevent hearing loss and make treatment of hearing loss more effective,” by going beyond evaluation and treatment strategies, and addressing root causes.

Source:Quiet Communities

Pure-Tone Testing

Pure-Tone Testing

Types of Tests:

A pure-tone air conduction hearing test determines the faintest tones a person can hear at selected pitches (frequencies), from low to high. During this test, earphones are worn so that information can be obtained for each ear.

Sometimes, use of earphones for the test is not possible, such as when a child refuses to wear them. In these cases, sounds are presented through speakers inside a sound booth (called sound-field screening). Since sound-field screening does not give ear-specific information, a unilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in only one ear) may be missed.

The person taking the test may be asked to respond to the sounds in a variety of ways, such as by:

  • Raising a finger or hand
  • Pressing a button, pointing to the ear where the sound was received
  • Saying "yes" to indicate that the sound was heard

The results are recorded in an audiogram.

Sometimes, young children are given a more play-like activity to indicate response. The most common techniques involve visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) and conditioned play audiometry (CPA).

Visual reinforcement audiometry is the method of choice for screening children between 6 months and 2 years of age. The child is trained to look toward a sound source. When the child gives a correct response (e.g., looking to a source of sound when it is presented), the child is "rewarded" through a visual reinforcement. Example rewards include getting to watch a toy that moves or a flashing light.

Conditioned play audiometry can be used as the child matures and is commonly used with toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2–5). The child is trained to perform an activity each time a sound is heard. The activity may involve putting a block in a box, placing pegs in a hole, or putting a ring on a cone.

If there is a blockage, such as wax or fluid, in the outer or middle ears, a method called pure- tone bone conduction testing may be used. With this technique, the blockage is bypassed by sending a tone through a small vibrator placed behind the ear (or on the forehead). The signal reaches the inner ear (or cochlea) directly through gentle vibrations of the skull. This testing can measure response of the inner ear to sound independently of the outer and middle ears. In these cases, this test helps the audiologist determine the type of hearing loss being measured.