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.

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
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Learn more about ReSound hearing aids at our outlets

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.

First Customer fitted with Resound LiNX Quattro rechargeable hearing aids

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Mdm Lim Mui Eng has been with Amazing Hearing Centre since 2015. She is the first patient in Singapore to be fitted with the new Premium-Plus ReSound rechargeable hearing aids, Quattro.

She can now converse very well with her nephew and maid. The new Quattro hearing aids are very suitable for elderlies with hand tremors as there’s no need to open battery doors, as compared to older hearing devices.

Fill up the form below to have a trial set of Quattro!


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.

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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%.

Hearing aids placed on ears

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.

听力下降 大脑反应力也下降

你身边的朋友也会这样吗?

 

老人因为听不见,与别人交流容易误解,逐渐产生怕听错、怕说错的自卑心理,日久变得很少参加社会活动,朋友邻居聊天也不愿意参与,甚至跟家人也很少说话,性格显得孤僻不合群,给人留下“老年痴呆症”的印象。

对这样的老人,佩戴助听器很有助益,能帮助他们恢复与朋友、家人的互动交流。 这是很明显的变化,经常遇到。

 

听力下降 大脑反应力也下降

长期听不到而没有及时诊治的老年人会出现明显的反应能力下降,这种情况不少见。

一位平常可以说中英文的华裔老先生多年来为严重耳背困扰,在医师帮助下配戴了一副助听器,能再次听到声音让他非常高兴。但几个星期复诊时,他诉说了一个令他困惑的现象。

原来,老先生每周日去教堂做礼拜,却发现即使戴着助听器,对牧师讲的话,他“只能听得见声音,却听不懂。”而多年前听力正常时,并没有这个问题。

听力检查发现,老先生的反应能力只有正常水平的40%左右。很多人几年或十几年听不到声音,大脑不能得到声音的有效刺激,对语言的理解慢慢变得不敏感,也就是反应能力下降了。即使佩戴了助听器,也很有可能发现接电话、看电视仍然有困难,特别是别人语速较快时,会感觉听得见声音,却听不懂别人说什么。

这位老先生的情况该怎么办呢?

就算花再多钱、配再贵的助听器,也很难使反应力改善,只能请别人慢慢讲话,才有可能理解。当他与老先生尝试用中英文分别对话时,发现慢语速中文会让老先生听懂。

 

戴助听器的最佳时间

因听力问题主动求诊者较少,人们似乎对此有抗拒心态。 据统计,因听力问题就诊的平均拖延时间有7到10年之久。

正确的做法是越早佩戴助听器越好。研究证实,配戴助听器能减缓因听力障碍而致的记忆力、学习力和注意力等的下降速度。并且,听力问题随着年龄增长可能逐渐加重,如果在年纪比较轻时就开始使用助听器,容易掌握,使用起来很方便,对保持听力清晰度也有好处。

很多人拖延配戴助听器,是因为不知如何选择。李博士介绍,全世界有很多著名助听器生产商,每个厂家的助听器设计可能不同,有不同的针对人群,如老人、年轻人或小孩。同一品牌的助听器未必适合所有人,这需要有经验的专家根据病人的听力损伤特点,才能作出合适的选择。

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.