Tips for Hearing Care
It’s never too early to start looking after your hearing. It’s good to assess the chances of suffering noise-induced hearing loss in the future. A useful product that might help you do this is a sound level meter.
- In cases where your environment is considered potentially harmful for your hearing, remember to wear hearing protection.
- Maintain good ear hygiene, but remember to clean your ears carefully by using products that are especially designed for this purpose.
Do not use ear buds
- Try to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep your blood pressure within reasonable limits. If it is too high, it may cause pain, discomfort and ringing in the ears.
- Learn to recognise potentially dangerous noise levels. A large part of protecting your hearing is learning to recognise potentially dangerous noise levels. This will allow you to have a better idea of what to avoid.
- Prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels is considered to be damaging to your hearing.
Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source. These can be continuous or they can come and go. It is often described as “ringing in the ears”, although several sounds can be heard, such as buzzing, humming and whistling.
The experience of Tinnitus varies for each person. Most find that it doesn’t affect them in any way, some may find it frustrating, and others find it troublesome to live with. You may notice that your hearing is not as good as it used to be or you’re more sensitive to everyday sounds.
Rest assured there are steps you can take to help.
Talk to someone who has experience of Tinnitus, perhaps at a support group held throughout the country. Try to relax. Whilst it might be a very frustrating and anxious time it is important that you take time out to relax. Many people find that slow breathing exercises are a great way to reduce Tinnitus.
Hearing aids can be useful for Tinnitus, helping to restore sounds you wouldn’t otherwise hear. We offer helpful tinnitus support and counselling.
Life with a hearing aid
You have taken the first step to regaining your hearing! But don’t worry, with a Hearing Aid that suits your needs, you will soon be able to enjoy the world of sound again without limitations.
Have realistic expectations remember that your hearing loss has been gradual; over the years you have lost the ability to hear certain sounds so be patient with yourself.
Begin with easier hearing situations start off slowly by wearing your hearing aids in familiar surroundings, such as around your home. Sounds will soon be restored but your brain will need practice. Know that your brain will adjust to these sounds again over time.
Be patient and rest it takes time to adapt to hearing aids. Wear them as much as possible at first to learn which hearing aid settings work best for you in different situations. The adjustment period may be tiresome, a lot like retraining a muscle that hasn’t been used in a while.
How hearing aids work
We understand that technology can sometimes be confusing and daunting. Our aim is to provide helpful advice on hearing aids to make things a little clearer.
The clever bit…
Hearing Aids are available with two types of technology: analogue and digital. Both will help to pick up all of the sounds around you, processing and releasing signals back into your ear. Our friendly advisers will recommend the most suitable hearing aid for you based on your home visit assessment.
These small electronic devices can be worn in or behind the ear. They have 3 basic parts: a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The hearing aid receives sound through a microphone. The device converts sound waves into electrical signals, sending them to an amplifier. The amplifier increases the power of the signals, sending them to the ear through a speaker. This gives you a rounded 360 degree listening experience customised just for you.
Behind the Ear
This style is easiest to
handle and still discreet
Receiver in the Ear
With a very small body, this is
the most popular style
In the Ear
A good choice if you don’t have room behind your ear for both glasses & a hearing aid