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Travel Tips for those with Hearing Aids

By paula / 21/11/2018 / Comments Off on Travel Tips for those with Hearing Aids

Whether it’s going on an overseas holiday, visiting friends and family for the holidays or just a road trip, travelling should be fun. But for those with hearing aids and hearing loss, travelling may prove a little more difficult. We’re here to help with these tips for travelling with hearing aids/hearing loss. Whether you’re going for a few days or for a few weeks, it is important to make sure you have all of your hearing aid equipment.  We recommend you write a pre-travel checklist and have a carry bag just for your hearing aids and accessories.   Packing Make...

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How do I clean my ears?

By paula / 14/10/2018 / Comments Off on How do I clean my ears?

“Nothing smaller than your elbow in  your ear”  – it’s sound advice   I’ve heard horror stories of people using cotton buds, match sticks, toothpicks, car keys, hairpins, and paper clips to remove wax or scratch that itch. However, there is a real danger that by poking or inserting objects into your ear canal  you may push the wax deeper down into the ear canal or worse –  cause serious damage like puncture the eardrum. What about ear candling?  According to most hearing health professionals – it’s actually ineffective and potentially dangerous. The wax residue that’s left in the cone is...

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Use and Care of Hearing Aids

By Fe / 26/02/2018 / 0 Comments

It is important that you care for your hearing aids. Some valuable tips for caring for your hearing aids: Cleaning: Carefully use the small brush provided with your hearing aid every day to remove earwax or other particles that may have accumulated on the hearing aid. Never use solvents, cleaning fluids, oil, or water to clean your hearing aid. Battery life: When not in use, open your hearing aid battery compartment doors so the batteries are not in contact with any internal components. This will prolong battery life. Water: Make sure you keep your hearing aids dry. Don’t shower, swim,...

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Adjusting to Your Hearing Instruments

By Fe / 26/02/2018 / 0 Comments

You have your new hearing aids- so what’s next? It’s important to realise hearing aids do not restore hearing to normal.  Hearing aids are designed to make things easier to hear and you will experience a dramatic improvement in your hearing and quality of life. For most people hearing loss occurs gradually over years, and many may not notice right away. During this period, your brain gradually adapts to your hearing loss. When you first begin using your new hearing aids, you’ll hear sounds that you haven’t heard for many years. It takes time for your brain to readjust to...

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Hearing Aids Truths

By Fe / 26/02/2018 / 0 Comments

1. Hearing aids do not provide “perfect” hearing 2. Hearing aids do not restore your hearing to normal. 3. It takes time to “adjust” to wearing hearing aids, Hearing loss typically develops over years. It takes practice and time for your brain to re-adjust to the sounds you haven’t heard for a while. 4. Wearing your aids regularly will help you adjust to them. Commit to wearing your hearing aids at least part of every day. 5. Hearings aid cannot eliminate the background noise, but there is technology that helps to minimize those unwanted sounds

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What is a Hearing Aid

By Fe / 26/02/2018 / 0 Comments

A hearing aid is a battery-powered electronic device that is worn in or behind the ear. It is programmed to amplifies specific sounds so that a person with a hearing loss can hear better. A hearing aid can help people hear better in quiet and noisy situations. Today’s hearing aids offer highly advanced technology with sophisticated features including speech enhancement, background noise and wind noise reduction, whistle control and wirelessly connectivity. Choosing the right hearing aid on your own can be overwhelming. However, working with an Audiologist you trust will ease the confusion and help you choose the hearing aid...

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Tinnitus – Treatments and what we can do

By Fe / 26/02/2018 / 0 Comments

Tinnitus is a common condition that is often described as a ringing, rushing, buzzing, clicking or hissing in the ears. Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss. Tinnitus will not cause your hearing to deteriorate. Our Audiologist can help recommend a course of action to deal with and relieve this problem. Treatments for Tinnitus Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that help. Treatments can include: Hearing aids: Most people...

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Signs and Impact of Hearing Loss

By Fe / 26/02/2018 / 0 Comments

Recognising the signs For most people hearing loss occurs gradually, so you may not notice the signs right away. Some of the most common signs of hearing loss include: Need to ask people to repeat themselves People sound as though they are mumbling or not speaking clearly You can hear but not always understand what is being said Tinnitus – ringing or noises in the ears TV/Radio volume needs to be turned up louder than what others find comfortable Difficulty hearing conversation on the telephone Conversation in noisy situations or groups is difficult Family and friends notice your hearing loss...

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Hearing Loss – Causes, Types & Degrees

By Fe / 26/02/2018 / 0 Comments

One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss. Most hearing losses occur gradually so the signs are often difficult to recognize. Some people may not want to admit they are having trouble hearing. People with a hearing loss often report that “they can hear the conversation, but can’t understand what is being said” CAUSES OF HEARING LOSS The main causes of hearing loss are: – The ageing process – Excessive exposure to loud noise Age-induced hearing loss: The most common cause of hearing loss is often referred to as age-induced hearing loss or Presbycusis. The ‘wear and tear’ on...

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HOW WE HEAR

How We Hear

By Fe / 26/02/2018 / 0 Comments

The three parts of the ear are involved in the hearing process. Each part plays an integral role in directing the complex acoustic signals to the brain. Hearing begins when the outer ear collects the sound and directs it down the ear canal to the eardrum.The eardrum vibrates causing the three bones in the middle ear to move back and forth. The motion of the bones causes the fluid in the inner ear or cochlea to move. The inner ear contains a fluid-filled cochlea that is lined with thousands of tiny hair cells. As the fluid moves in waves along...

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