Introducing the all new rechargeable hearing aid from Siemens, Styletto. The most discreet hearing solution in the market. The slim and discreet design is suitable for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Sonic Innovations Inc. makes and sells advanced digital hearing aids. The company was launched with digital signal processing (DSP) technology developed by a handful of professors in Utah and California.
Sonic’s goal is to create elegant and beneficial hearing solutions that improve life through enhanced hearing.
- 3 technology levels to suit individual needs
- Winning sound performance on our Speech Variable Processing platform
SONIC are suitable for patients on a budget. It’s superb sound platform preserves the soft and loud sounds that differentiate words and enhance speech clarity. They are battery operated and programmable, prices start from $1.5k.
According to a new study from UK, wearing hearing aids slow dementia by up to 75%.
Scientists believe that keeping older adults engaged and active by adopting these devices can significantly reduce age-related cognitive decline.
They followed the progress of 2,040 individuals between 1996 and 2014, asking them to complete word memory tests at various stages and monitoring the rate of decline before and after getting a hearing aid.
The research team found that while the aids did not halt or reverse cognitive decline, they slowed it down by three-quarters.
The team at the University of Manchester said the strength of the association between hearing aids and mental deterioration meant policy makers should consider hearing and sight loss screening for all older adults.
Dr Piers Dawes said: “These studies underline just how important it is to overcome the barriers which deny people from accessing hearing and visual aids.
“It’s not really certain why hearing problems have an impact on cognitive decline, but I’d guess that isolation, stigma and the resultant lack of physical activity that are linked to hearing problems might have something to do with it.
“And there are barriers to overcome – people might not want to wear hearing aids because of stigma attached to wearing them, or they feel the amplification is not good enough or they’re not comfortable.”
The new research was published in PLOS ONE and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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Hearing loss affects more than just the ears. An untreated hearing loss puts you at a significantly higher risk for developing dementia, Alzheimer’s, and falling.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s
We know when your brain is not receiving the adequate stimulation it needs from your ear, the nerve fibers in your brain begin to atrophy and die. When this starts to happen, you increase your risk of developing dementia. This begins at the first signs of hearing loss. In fact, you are TWICE as likely to be diagnosed with dementia even with a minimal hearing loss, and this risk only increases as your hearing becomes worse. Dementia is a horrible and heartbreaking disease for patients and families to go through. When you seek treatment for your hearing loss, you are greatly reducing your risk of this terrible diagnosis.
Did you know falling is the number one cause of injury and death in older adults? Medical expenses from older adults falling reaches over $30 billion every year. Many people do not know that the ear and the balance system are connected. When you have an untreated hearing loss your brain and balance system are not receiving critical information about objects near your feet (i.e. a pet), you have decreased spatial awareness, and an increase in cognitive load. All of these things lend to a THREE FOLD increased risk of falling.
Hearing loss affects so much more than just the ears. Your risks of cognitive decline and falling can be greatly reduced with appropriate hearing aid treatment. Contact us now for a free hearing screening from our professional consultants.
GN Hearing unveils the world’s first Premium-Plus hearing aid: ReSound LiNX Quattro™, designed for people who want the very best that technology has to offer and desire a brilliant sound experience with great speech intelligibility even in noisy situations.
Powered by new technology, including a new chip platform, ReSound LiNX Quattro™ offers a combination of unmatched sound quality and rechargeability, while further expanding GN Hearing’s leadership within 2.4 GHz connectivity and remote fine-tuning:
- Sound quality: A brilliant sound experience, with clearer, fuller and richer Layers of Sound™. With the highest input dynamic range available and extended high frequencies, sounds are processed in increased detail at all input levels, leading to superior sound quality where softer sounds are clearer and louder sounds are fuller and distortion-free.
- Smallest and longest lasting 2.4 GHz integrated Li-ion rechargeable hearing aid on the market. It comes with a compact portable charger that holds three extra charges and offers quick charge.
- Only hearing aid that offers 24 hours of use even when streaming 50% of the time and 30 hours of use on a fully charged battery without streaming.
- Features GN Hearing’s unique remote fine-tuning capabilities via cloud-based technology. ReSound Assist™ connects hearing aid users with their hearing care professionals via the ReSound Smart 3D™ app, allowing remote adjustment of their hearing aids based on individual needs and preferences leading to even better sound quality.
We have fitted 48 pieces of Quattro (and counting!) since it’s first launch on the 1st of November 2018. View our customer testimonials.
Available for demonstration in all outlets, contact us now.
If we’re lucky, we’ll live long enough to experience age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis. But what are we doing in the meantime to make sure that we’re hearing our best once we leave the workforce? Here are a few suggestions,
- Protect against noise-induced hearing loss
Sounds over 85 decibels (dB) are particularly harmful, especially if you’re exposed to them for more than 8 hours a day. Turn down the volume on your electronic devices, most especially anything you listen to through earphones. Limit your exposure to noisy environments — sports stadiums, concerts — and be intentional about moving away from loud noise you encounter accidentally.
- Find a hearing healthcare professional and get a baseline hearing evaluation.
If you don’t have a relationship with a hearing healthcare professional, now is the perfect time to establish one. Hearing evaluations are quick, easy and painless. The results will tell your provider how well you’re hearing now and provide the baseline they need to monitor changes in your hearing.
- Know your family’s hearing health history.
While some forms of hearing loss can be explained by noise and age-related conditions, others like otosclerosis, Usher’s Syndrome and Pendred Syndrome are hereditary. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), the most common type of hearing loss, isn’t hereditary; however, if other family members have been diagnosed with SNHL it’s best to share this information with your hearing care professional, too. The more your clinician knows about your family’s hearing health, the better prepared they will be if you develop similar symptoms.
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle now.
Why? Because the health of your inner ear is directly related to the health of your circulatory system. Anything that interferes with your circulation — such as heart disease, smoking or obesity — can damage or kill the sensory hair cells in the cochlea. These hair cells are responsible for translating the noise your outer ear collects into electrical impulses for the brain to interpret as the daily sounds you recognize.
- Set aside money for hearing aid
While you’re working, consider saving for hearing devices. You may not need hearing aids for several years — or at all! Still, it’s nice to know the money is there should your audiologist determine you could benefit from wearing them.
- How much should you save?
The cost of hearing aids varies according to the severity of your hearing loss and your listening environments; however, plan to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $7,000 for each device.
Why invest in hearing aids? You may find this hard to believe, but this investment could actually save you money in the long run. Studies indicate those with untreated hearing loss have medical bills as much as 33 percent higher than those without hearing loss.
A 3 years study conducted by the National University of Singapore and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital have found that hearing loss is a risk factor for dementia. Elderlies (60 years, and above) who suffers from hearing impairment are 2.3 times more likely to develop dementia.
Dr Rebecca Heywood, ENT consultant in the study listed a few theories,
1. For patients with hearing loss, more effort is required to hear degraded sound hence there are less brain resources for thinking and memory.
2. The hearing areas in our brain are involved in memory, hence hearing loss leads to underused and decline in memory function.
3. Difficulty in communication increases risk of social isolation, which is one of the main factors for dementia.
Associate Professor Ng Tze Pin from the department of psychological medicine (NUS) stated that early diagnosis and intervention for hearing loss could potentially delay dementia.
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Hearing Aids provided in Amazing Hearing centre have water and dust resistant coating, which resists sweat and rainwater.
Our customers can freely run, exercises and even hike with these devices.
What to do when accident happens?
Users who accidentally drop their instruments in the water should…
- Gently wipe the coating of devices, the battery removed and water in the battery door wiped off.
- Allow the instrument to dry with the battery door open for approximately 30 minutes.
Tinnitus is the medical term for the perception of sound in one or both ears when no external noise is present. The noise seems to originate in the ear or head. Most of us will experience tinnitus or sounds in the ears at some time or another. Tinnitus can be extremely disturbing to people who have it. In many cases it is not a serious problem, but rather a nuisance that may go away. However, some people with tinnitus may require medical or surgical treatment.
Tinnitus can arise in any of the four sections of the hearing system: the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain. Some tinnitus or “head noise” is normal. A number of techniques and treatments may be of help, depending on the cause.
Some of the most common include a sound of crickets, buzzing, hissing, whistling, and high-pitched ringing. Other types of tinnitus include a clicking or pulsatile tinnitus (the noise accompanies your heartbeat). The most common type of tinnitus is known as subjective tinnitus, meaning that you hear a sound but it cannot be heard by others.
What Causes Tinnitus
Tinnitus is not a disease in itself but rather a reflection of something else that is going on in the hearing system or brain.
Probably the most common cause for tinnitus is hearing loss. As we age, or because of trauma to the ear (through noise, drugs, or chemicals), the portion of the ear that allows us to hear, the cochlea, becomes damaged.
Current theories suggest that because the cochlea is no longer sending the normal signals to the brain, the brain becomes confused and essentially develops its own noise to make up for the lack of normal sound signals. This then is interpreted as a sound, tinnitus.
This tinnitus can be made worse by anything that makes our hearing worse, such as ear infection or excess wax in the ear.
Tinnitus caused by ear trauma is usually noticed in both ears, because both ears are usually exposed to the same noises, drugs, and other influences. Loud noise exposure is a very common cause of tinnitus today, and it often damages hearing as well. Unfortunately, many people are unconcerned about the harmful effects of excessively loud noise from firearms, high intensity music, or other sources.
Depression is a frequent side effect of tinnitus. The constant noise, combined with the loss of the ability to concentrate and a feeling of helplessness can have a significant effect on your emotional health.
People suffering from depression often find themselves on a downward spiral, finding it harder and harder to pull themselves back out as it gets progressively worse. Since tinnitus is frequently a manageable and potentially curable condition, a lot of support and help is available for those suffering from it.
Counsellors, therapists and advocacy groups exist to help you coexist with your tinnitus. If you think you are experiencing tinnitus but are still unsure, contact a hearing care professional today.
Medical Treatment for Tinnitus
In the majority of cases, tinnitus is caused by damage to the hearing organ. In these cases, there is normally no need for treatment other than reassurance that the tinnitus is not being caused by another treatable illness. In the very rare instance where the tinnitus is extremely bothersome, there are a number of treatment options.
Some of the most helpful include antianxiety or antidepressant medication and sometimes maskers-small devices like hearing aids that help to block out the sound of the tinnitus. For people who are bothered by tinnitus only when trying to sleep, the sound of a fan, radio, or white noise machine is usually all that is required to relieve the problem.
Most people with tinnitus find that their symptoms are worse when under stress, so relaxation techniques can be helpful.
• Avoiding caffeine is advised, as it may worsen symptoms.
• Biofeedback may help or diminish tinnitus in some patients.
• Avoid aspirin or aspirin products in large quantities.
• Hearing loss worsens the effect of tinnitus.
Depending on the type of tinnitus, symptoms will tend to come and go over time. Although there currently is no cure for the condition, a combination of hearing aids, counselling, sound therapy and coping techniques may be effective in controlling your symptoms.
Find way to reduce stress, and protect your hearing from additional damage from noise exposure. Stress level, diet, and exposure to noise can worsen tinnitus. Maintain a positive outlook for managing your condition and surround yourself with supportive people who will help you cope.
Many people find their tinnitus annoying but can learn to adapt without difficulty.