How loud will the new high speed train be?

Whilst reading through our daily news we came across this story from the BBC – How loud will the new high speed train be?

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Link between hearing loss and dementia?

American researchers announced last week that they may have discovered a link between hearing loss and dementia. As with all types of research, more studies need to be carried out over a period of time but initial results suggest that with a person suffering from a hearing loss who has taken no action, dementia can be accelerated or hightened by the associated reduction in cognition, understanding and social interaction that is normally associated with the hearing impaired. A key point of the study which should be taken into account is that having hearing loss was not thought to be the cause of dementia rather that one is more likely to develop it than some one of a similar age who does not show signs attributed to hearing loss. It is also important to note the study suggests the greater the level of hearing loss, the greater the likelihood of dementia developing becomes.

The study did not state whether the advancements in digital hearing aids as a method of treating or ‘aiding’ hearing loss sufferers, lowered or removed the chances of developing dementia. Many audiologists believe that this could be the case. We join the discusison and think it would be a fair argument to say that the use of modern digital hearing aids could help reduce the coming about and/or the level of dementia someone may experience? It may be that if hearing aids are used early before signs of dementia begin to develop then this may prove to be a solution. 

Research certainly needs to be carried out on a larger scale but one thing is for sure – modern hearing aids designed to support those with a hearing loss almost instantly talk of the improvement in their everyday life, social engagement etc. Hearing loss is one of those problems that people tend to ignore and as a result can lead to other illnesses/disabilities – the main contributing factor to this is the thought of being seen as old.

The original story and reporting for the research can be found here:

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/261/13/1916.abstract

Hearing Aid Device Can Now Be Invisible !!!

A rechargeable battery, a signal processor and a microphone making up the Otologics ‘’Carina’’ is a remarkable middle ear implant device which can now be implanted under the skin, making the device invisible and your hearing perfect.

These are connected to a tiny electromagnetic vibrator which is positioned inside the mastoid bone behind the ear and attaches to the hearing bones. There is nothing on the outside of the head and the ear canal is left open.

The South of England Cochlear Implant Centre (SOECIC), based at the University of Southampton worked on Denise Westgate, 49, from Havant in Hampshire for the first time to see if the device works or not. Mrs Westgate lost her hearing when she was six and because of a closed right ear canal, she couldn’t wear a conventional hearing aid.

 

She said: “I was nervous being the first person to undergo this operation but the difference it has made to my life is enormous. Suddenly there is all this sound that hasn’t been there before, something as simple as the sound of water when I am washing my hair or the sound of my husband’s lighter’’.
Sarah Flynn, from the SOECIC said: “The main advantage of this approach is to bypass the external ear canal and deliver mechanical vibration directly to the hearing bones, avoiding the side effects of ear moulds.”

The new implant is suitable for people with moderate to severe hearing losses who are unable to gain benefit from conventional hearing aids because of ear canal infections, allergies to ear moulds or a closed ear canal. Also you don’t have to worry about your old hearing aids being knocked off or damaged or getting wet. You can now leave the new device on overnight and can swim and shower with it in place.

 

Tinnitus Awareness Week 4-11th February

Tinnitus Awareness Week

The campaign, is supported by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is aimed at encouraging more awareness of tinnitus among the general public

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Tinnitus Aids

Naturcare: Aids tinnitus sufferers in getting a restful night’s sleep by playing digital recordings of real, natural sounds

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Care tips for your hearing aids

General advice

It is important to treat your hearing aids with care. People who look after their hearing aids regularly generally keep them in working order for many years after they purchase them and minimize the liklihood of problems occuring during everyday use. Hearing aids may be well built and feel like they are made from resiliant material, but they cannot withstand improper use. Below, you will find a few valuable care tips.

Protect your hearing aids from dirt and debris

Always make sure that your hands are thourougly clean and dry before handling your hearing aids. The microphone input is very small and can become blocked through improper handling.  This area should be kept clear all the time, it is recommended to clean it on a daily basis after use.

Remove your hearing aids before showering bathing or swimming. Due to the high ambient humidity, you should not leave the devices in the bathroom. Clean your ears occasionally before inserting the hearing aids.

Keep it dry

Moisture and condensation build up can lead to the electronics in your hearing aids becoming damaged. We recommend taking out the the battery from your heairng aids during the night, leaving the battery compartment open. Use a special drying aid kit like this one form keephearing.co.uk

Keep the hearing aids out of harms reach 

Store your hearing aids out of the reach of children and pets. Removed but not deactivated devices emit high sounds that may be aggravating to some dogs.

Avoid contact with hairspray or make-up

Body care products like hairspray and make up are made up of  fine particles or powder which can block the microphone input and volume controls. Remove your hearing aids before using personal body care products.

Keep your hearing aids in a safe place

When your hearing aids are not in use, it is best to keep them in the drying kit. Always carry the hearing aids in their case to protect them from damage and dirt. If you don’t use your hearing aids for a while,  remove the batteries.

Care Line

In order to function like new as much as possible, your hearing aids need to be kept clean all the time. Clean the devices with a soft, dry cloth. DO NOT use alcohol, solvents or cleaning agents. Special care products for your hearing aid are available from www.Keephearing.co.uk 

Rayovac Hearing Aid Batteries

 

Rayovac Batteries, are proud experts that are committed to advancing the beauty of hearing through technical innovation in battery development.  They offer various box sizes including 10 card packs x 60 cells and even x120.  Battery sizes for heairng aids include 312, 13, 10 and 675.  http://www.rayovac.eu/

Here are some tips:

Although hearing aid batteries are very affordable, the following tips are designed to prolong their usable life allowing you to get the many benefits that coming with using your hearing aids.

Increasing Your Hearing Aid Batteries Life:

1. When you are not using your device, switch it off – There will be times when you won’t require your hearing aid(s). When you remove them, remember to switch them off to save battery life.

2. Use hearing aid batteries which are specifically designed for hearing aids – Companies which specialise in batteries for hearing aids, such as Rayovac, and Pure cell, strive to manufacture products that work for hearing aids. You get reliable highly efficient batteries which can maintain high power levels and meet your needs.

3. Keep your hearing aids safe – As with any batteries extreme temperatures can drain them quickly. To avoid this keep them stored at room temperature in a protective case or draw when you are resting.

4. Compare prices – Prices will vary wherever you go but with the help of the internet you can find excellent deals.  Do not feel that your hearing aids will only take the batteries your supplier provides .

If you follow the simple rules above you can save more and enjoy life.

One last thing…Hearing aid batteries should be disposed of by a safe, environmentaly friendly method, in fact some supermarkets provide disposing facilities for all types of batteries.

New study says driving convertibles can damage your hearing

Source autoblog.com

Please visit this address to view the ffull story

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/01/07/new-study-says-driving-convertibles-can-damage-your-hearing/

Apple iPhone Great for Hearing

http://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/hearing.html

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Hearing Aid Technology

Hearing Aids... whats all the Tech about?

The recently released ReSound Alera is packed with modern technology, but how does your average hearing aid user know if all the modern gizmos are worth the hefty price? Thanks to Keephearing.co.uk, you will soon be able to see a comprehensive review next to their hearing aid prices.

For someone in the market or just doing a general price comparison, this will mean countless hours saved. After a quick look at the chart and an e-mail, you can quickly find a hearing aid that suits your needs, not to  mention great advice.  If you are considering a hearing test read this article.

Keepheairng.co.uk aims to educate and provide honest and competitve pricing for everyone who need hearing aids.

Keeping people hearing better is the Keephearing Ltds motto.  Just look at their website for helpful information (http://www.keephearing.co.uk). Visitors can learn about hearing loss, research digital hearing aids and purchase essential hearing aid accessories online.

Keep It Down!!

We know that success of a restaurant depends on things like good food, attentive staff, clean environment etc. but did you ever notice that the ability to hear your companion without shouting is also very important. The noise levels in many restaurants reach the threshold of pain. This usually happens in restaurants with plaster walls, tiled floor and hard sealing as they make the sound waves bounce everywhere which in turn produces sound pressure level comparative to the ones produced by a jet engine.

This problem of noise is being addressed in several different ways. Fabric covered walls lower the volume of the sounds carpeted floors suck up sound but in addition, we now have hearing aids which can be set to a range of listening environments – including noisy restaurants. The three main devices for this purpose are:

1) Directional microphones which consist of two microphones working together to reduce unwanted noise in your environment. The front microphone amplifies what you want to hear, such as your friend across the table at a restaurant. The back microphone picks up “noise” occurring behind you and instead of amplifying it, reduces it to improve overall comfort and your ability to hear what you want to hear.

2) Automated noise reduction which automatically detects “noise” present in your environment and reduces the level of the noise while still amplifying speech you want to hear.

3) Anti echo technology in various hearing aid devices deals with sound waves which bounce off the hard surfaces to create echoes that hinder hearing in all customers, not just those with hearing loss.

So now, with the help of hearing aids you can enjoy both, a fantastic meal and a good company.