Basic Introduction to Hearing Devices

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I will be stating various hearing devices available to those with hearing loss. I will in my next post will go in depth about the hearing devices  such as providing pictures and information.

Different Hearing Aids;

Behind the Ears

Receivers in the ears

In the Canal

Body Worn

CROS/BiCROS – hearing in one ear

Bone Conduction – for conductive or mixed hearing loss

Cochlear Implants

Auditory Brain stem implants

There are more that I have not mentioned because they are slightly less common compared to the list I have provided however, I will touch on the less common hearing devices when I write my next post.

And I’ll see you next week

DAG

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Preventative Measures

Hello all,

I will be taking about preventative measures against hearing loss or further hearing loss, this may seem tedious but it is imperative that it should be mentioned and covered. These preventative measures are;

The first one is obvious but its something that we overlook daily which is don’t have the TV, music, or radio on too loud.

Wear headphones or ear protection equipment to block outside noise or in concert .

Take regular breaks from exposure to loud environment, for example at concerts, they have break rooms/quiet room whereby you can relax there for a duration before you get back into action.

Another is cleaning the ear, this is what we also take for granted, and we assume that using the cotton sticks would not damage the ear but it can. It does it by pushing the ear wax further down the ear canal or in rare cases the cotton can get stuck in the canal. If you want to clean your ears then use olive oil as it will soften and dislodge the wax itself and it will flow out. Or go to the doctors to remove it.

The warning signs of damage to the hearing are; fullness in the ear similarly to the sound when the altitude change and the air in your ears does not pop, it has the same sound. Another is tinnitus, which is a ringing noise in your ear and no one else can hear but you, for example if you stand near an explosion or suffer traumatic head injury.

Job occupation that may cause hearing loss are; farmer, transportation workers, military personnel, musicians, construction workers and generally a job which involves dealing with prolonged exposure to loud music or dealing with loud environment in general.

As a deaf person I too try to protect my hearing. I try my best to avoid loud environment which could further damage my hearing loss because if I damage my hearing further then my hearing will become profound thus I cannot hear with hearing aids at all and I will need to seek alternatives to hear again.

Thanks and I’ll see you next week

DAG

Types of Hearing Loss

Hello all,

In this post, I will be talking about types of hearing loss. As you guys know that I have mentioned my hearing loss – sensorineural, which is one of the hearing loss that will be mentioned in this post. There are three types of hearing loss, they are: sensorineural, conductive and mixed.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

It is the result of damage to the hair cells within the cochlea or the hearing nerve or it could be due to the natural process of ageing otherwise known as prebycusis. Sensorineural hearing loss does not only change the loudness of sound but the quality as well, thus making it a struggle to understand speech. Once the cochlea hair cells die or gets damaged, they will stay damaged therefore sensorineural hearing loss is irreversible and cannot be cured at present time. More causation to sensorineural hearing loss are; genetic, exposure to loud sounds, rubella and more if you read action aid.

In my case my hearing loss is caused from recessive genes and it is from birth that I have this hearing loss for. I have struggled with understanding speech for many years and I still do now, I’m talking in terms of how one enunciates a word and it depends on how deep is ones accent i.e. for me I have always struggled understanding some English accents like the Liverpudlian, or the newcastlians.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Essentially it is sounds that cannot pass freely to the inner ear this could be due to blockages in the middle or outer ear due ear wax, fluid from an ear infection, otosclerosis (abnormal growth of bone in the middle ear) or an ruptured eardrum. With this hearing loss sounds become quieter but not usually distorted and it can be temporarily or permanent. If you really want to know what it sounds like then just plug your ears with ear plugs or fingers and it will mimic the sounds.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss, it can be in both ears or in one ear. Or it can be in one ear and the other might be without a hearing loss.

Thanks and I’ll see you in a week

DAG

Introduction

Hello all,

This blog will be about deafness, hearing aids and other related information. It’s almost like a guide for those who are born deaf or due to unfortunate situations that turned deaf or even those that are interested in learning about deafness in general. I will give an insight into an average deaf life, how I would handle situations that involves deafness, I give a guide on hearing aids i.e. care, wear, and equipment to use and etc., I will talk about how to sign language, common causes of hearing loss and more.

I am deaf, a hearing aid wearer for 20 years. My deafness is severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, I will explain more about the levels of hearing loss and the types of hearing loss later.  I am able to speak clearly and I rarely use sign language and sometimes I rely on lip-reading even with hearing aids on. I guess you could say I am an unprofessional deaf expert only with poor grammar.

I will post every Sunday.

Thank you

DAG