Hearing Awareness Seminar 8th December 2018

Hearing Awareness Seminar 8th December 2018

Amazing Hearing Centre would like to thank everyone for the fantastic attendance at our first hearing awareness seminar at OG Albert Complex. We are especially grateful for Professor Yuen Heng Wai for joining us as the main speaker of the event.

ENT Professor Dr. Yuen talks at OG Albert Hearing Loss
ENT Professor Dr. Yuen Heng Wai at OG Albert
Grace our Audiologist giving talk at OG Albert Hearing Aids
Grace Yu, our GN ReSound Audiologist talking about hearing aids
Our managing director Rodney Tan and ENT professor Dr. Yuen Heng Wai
Our managing director Rodney Tan and ENT professor Dr. Yuen Heng Wai
Learn more about ReSound Denmark hearing aids at our outlets.
Learn more about ReSound hearing aids at our outlets

Hearing Aids vs. Cochlea Implants

Hearing devices differs from hearing implants in the way they work.

Hearing aids receive and amplify sounds to a volume which allow the wearer to hear.

hearing aids singapore cochlea implant
Hearing implant and sound processor

Hearing implants require surgery and are inserted under the skin behind the ear, with additional audio processors worn outside. This processor picks up sounds from the environment and convert them into digital information for the implant. Implant then sends electrical signals to the inner ear (cochlea), stimulating the nerve fibers which in turn send information to the brain.

In general,

  1. Hearing aids are recommended for people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss, or when the patient has conductive hearing loss- where sounds cannot be transmitted through the ear canal effectively.
  2. Implants are recommended for those with severe to profound loss, or when hearing aids are no longer sufficient for the patient.

There are an estimated of 300 to 400 hearing implant users in Singapore, hearing aids users in the tens of thousands.

GN Hearing Introduces World’s First ‘Premium-Plus’ Hearing Aid: ReSound LiNX Quattro™

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.

resound quattro ReSound LiNX Quattro rechargeable hearing aids

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Pre-retirement and your hearing health

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.

Hearing Aids for Teenagers

How common is hearing loss?

32 million children around the world are affected with hearing loss.

Approximately 1.4 to 5 out of every 1000 children are born with hearing loss, while 60% are due to preventable causes.

Childhood hearing loss is often identified during newborn hearing screenings that are performed 24-48 hours after birth. However, some children who pass these screenings show signs of loss, as they grow older.

1.1 billion people between the ages of 12-35 are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings with 12.5% having permanent damage.

The most popular hearing aid for children is a behind-the-ear hearing aid with an added ear mould for comfort and stability.

Resound Up Smart Hearing aids use a unique sound processing strategy: Surround Sound by ReSound. No matter what kind of hearing loss your child has, Resound Up Smart hearing aids deliver the clear, consistent sound that is important for acquiring language and learning skills.

Amazing Hearing Centre is currently offering 20% off for all Resound Up Smart Hearing aids for teenagers from 12 to 18 years old.

Hearing Aids Batteries

Hearing Aids Batteries

Hearing Aid batteries come in 4 common sizes, most manufacturers use an industry standard color code on their zinc air tabs and packaging.

Battery Life*

  • Yellow, Size 10: 7 days with 8 hours of daily usage
  • Orange, Size 13: 14 days with 8 hours of daily usage
  • Brown, Size 312: 10 days with 8 hours of daily usage
  • Blue, Size 675: 21 days with 8 hours of daily usage

*Please note that battery life also depends on the type of amplification used in your hearing aids.

Our batteries are priced at $6 per pack of 6 pieces. Customers that purchase hearing aids from our centers are entitled to $5 for a pack of 6 pieces.

Feel free to bring your hearing aids along so that our professionals can identify the correct battery size for you.

Rechargeable Hearing Aids

ReSound LiNX Quattro rechargeable hearing aids

Forget about batteries

Introducing 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.

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.

First patient fitted with these hearing aids. 

Available for demonstration in all outlets.

 

A simple guide to Hearing Aids

  1. Hearing assessments are conducted in soundproof booth to ensure accurate audiogram results.
  2. Our professionals will recommend the best type of devices for your hearing loss levels.
  3. 50 types of GN ReSound, SONIC Innovation and Siemens (Sivantos) digital hearing aids are available in our hearing centres.
  4. We provide all kinds of hearing aids, which includes hidden, rechargeable, comfortable, water-resistant, smartphone compatible and powerful hearing aids.
  5. Our hearing devices have an international warranty of up to 4 years.
  6. To ensure a smooth hearing journey, fine tuning reviews and cleaning will be conducted periodically. We work closely with manufacturers in Singapore for after sales services.
  7. We also provide yearly hearing assessments to monitor your hearing loss progress, these are free lifetime.

Drugs that can cause Hearing Issues

Unknown to most people, one of the common causes of hearing loss are medicine. Ototoxicity is the term health professionals use for medications and supplements that cause hearing loss.

These medications damage the delicate hair cells in the inner ear responsible for hearing and balance in the process, and can lead to temporary or permanent damages. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), there are currently more than 200 medications and chemicals known to cause hearing loss and balance disorders.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

    1. Antibiotics -Ototoxic drugs, e.g. Aminoglycosides, to treat serious infections such as meningitis. Transported into the inner ear which blocks potentially harmful elements in the blood from damaging its delicate hair cells.

 

    1. Diuretics- Treat edema, glaucoma and high blood pressure. Possibly causes temporary hearing loss and tinnitus.

 

    1. Chemotherapy drugs, Cisplatin, a platinum-based chemotherapy to treat bladder, ovarian, and testicular cancers, side effects includes tinnitus, vertigo to temporary and permanent hearing loss.

 

  1. Anti-inflammatory drugs, Aspirin, acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). Research found increased risk of hearing loss with regular consumption.

The risk of ototoxicity increases as the drugs accumulates in our body. If you are taking any of the drugs stated above, we recommend a complete hearing assessment and work with your health practitioners to monitor any changes.