Hearing aids stimulate brain activity

A hearing aid does more than help you hear. It also helps your brain remember the sounds you cannot hear without your hearing aid.

On average, it takes 10 years for people with hearing loss to finally do something about it. Many people are simply waiting for the hearing problem to go away. This rarely happens.

Untreated hearing loss affects your quality of life, but it also affects the brain’s ability to remember common everyday sounds because the hearing channels are no longer effectively used.

When the hearing nerves lose their function and no longer channel sound signals to the brain, the brain ‘forgets’ the sounds over time and becomes unable to understand them.


The brain centre for hearing stores sounds and noises for up to three years following the onset of a hearing loss. But after about seven years the memory becomes weaker and weaker.

Therefore, it is important to have your hearing tested and hearing aids fitted when you find that you are losing some of your hearing. Once you have a hearing aid the hearing processing resumes supplying signals to the brain.


If the fitting of a hearing aid is seriously delayed, however, not even a hearing aid will be able to transform the incoming sound signals into understandable information. This means that the brain no longer recognizes ordinary everyday sounds and noises, such as the hum of the refrigerator or the computer. The brain must learn to hear all over again.

Siemens (Signia) Styletto

Siemens Styletto

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.

Styletto Worn on ear

Second Customer fitted with Resound LiNX Quattro rechargeable hearing aids

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The ReSound LinX Quattro is Mr Tan Lian Aik’s first pair of hearing devices.

He and his wife have been very satisfied with the quality of the devices, as well as the services provided by the Amazing team.

In Amazing Hearing Centre, we strongly encourage our patients to come in for half year reviews and annual hearing assessment. These assessments are free of charge/ included with the purchase of hearing aids.  This is to ensure that you will have the best hearing quality with the hearing aids purchased in our centers.

GN ReSound Denmark

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The ReSound history dates back to 1943. Since then, ReSound has been a dominant player in the hearing aid industry.

ReSound provides excellent sound by offering innovative hearing solutions that combine original thinking and design with solid technology – all based on deep audiological insight and understanding of hearing aid users.

ReSound RIE hearing aid on ear

GN ReSound hearing devices are suitable for children, young adults and elderlies in all stages of hearing loss, available in the form of: RIE (Receiver-In-Ear) , CIC (Custom in Canal), BTE (Behind-the-Ear).

  • Rechargeable or Battery Operated
  • Smartphone Compatible
  • Volumes and Programs Control with ReSound App
  • Tinnitus Relief/Management
  • GPS Tracking on Hearing Aids
  • Ultra power devices suitable for patients with severe to profound loss

Hearing aids slow dementia by ‘75%’, new study finds

According to a new study from UK,  wearing hearing aids slow dementia by up to 75%.

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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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Untreated Hearing Loss Link to Dementia and Falling

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.

Falling
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.

Solutions

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.

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.

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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.

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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.