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How do hearing aids work?

How do hearing aids actually work? What makes them so effective at helping people with hearing loss hear more clearly and naturally? These are really important questions that most people will ask when thinking about getting their first hearing aids. Let’s explore how modern technology transforms a hearing aid into so much more than just an amplifier with a loudspeaker attached. All modern hearing aids still feature these essential components: Microphones Amplifier Computer chip Loudspeaker Battery In simple terms, the microphone picks up sounds, the [...]

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Can hearing loss be treated with surgery or medicines?

Many people hope their hearing loss can be cured through surgery or drugs. We would love to say that there is a miracle cure or a magical silver bullet for hearing loss. However, surgery or drugs are effective in only around 5% of hearing loss cases. Whether or not surgical intervention can cure your hearing loss depends on your specific type of hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is one type that is often treatable with surgery. Conductive hearing loss [...]

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Hearing Loss and Demographics

Many people assume that hearing loss is something that affects only old people. But hearing loss is no longer exclusive to the elderly. In fact, at least 65% of people with hearing loss are younger than 65 years old. So, why is this? One reason is that we live in an increasingly noisy society. The millennial generation in particular spend ever-longer hours immersed in noisy technology, personal entertainment devices, and ear-splitting nightclubs and restaurants. The WHO (World Health Organisation) is even [...]

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What are the most common causes of hearing loss?

Our ability to hear and understand sound is an extraordinarily complex process. A wide range of issues can cause hearing loss at any point in that process but the most common causes of hearing loss include: Aging Excessive noise Ear infections Injury to the head or ear Birth defects or genetics Reactions to drugs Not all hearing loss is permanent but seeking urgent expert advice is always vital if you want to preserve your hearing. If you are concerned about your hearing you should visit an [...]

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If I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor tell me?

Many people expect their doctors to be mind readers or even psychic in their ability to magically identify what’s wrong with them. And when it comes to hearing loss some patients think “if I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor tell me?” There are some important reasons why your doctor might not detect your hearing loss. To begin with, doctors frequently lack the resources, including time and training, to accurately assess your hearing problem. Some of the reasons why your [...]

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Common Signs of Hearing Loss

What are common signs of hearing loss? Hearing loss is more common than you might think. Unfortunately, many people suffer from hearing loss and aren’t even aware they have a problem. So, what are the common signs of hearing loss and why don’t people realise they have a hearing problem? For most people hearing loss is a gradual process especially when it’s age-related. Nearly one in three people aged 65 experiences a gradual decline in hearing sensitivity. Between the ages of [...]

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Why do I need two hearing aids?

Some people look at the price of hearing aids and ask, ‘why do I need two hearing aids?’ With two hearing aids you will generally enjoy a range of benefits that include hearing quality and comfort as well as mental health. And the benefits of wearing two hearing aids usually far outweigh the cost of your investment. For some people, one hearing aid is sufficient. For example, people who have hearing loss in only one ear usually benefit from a [...]

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Will hearing aids help with background noise?

Are you having problems understanding speech against background noise? It’s a common problem for most people with hearing loss. Coping with background noise has also traditionally been a real technical challenge for older style hearing aids. Fortunately, modern technology is making exciting changes to the way hearing aids adapt and respond to background noise. Older style hearing aids were sometimes ineffective because they used omni-directional microphones that amplified everything. So, if you were in a restaurant and trying to have [...]

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Will hearing aids restore my hearing?

Some 10% of Canadians suffer from hearing loss. Fortunately, most of those people will gain enormous benefit from wearing hearing aids. But one question we hear frequently is ‘will hearing aids restore my hearing to normal?’   The answer is, ‘no, a hearing aid cannot restore your hearing to normal or cure your hearing loss’. But a hearing aid will go a long way to restoring normal hearing levels for many of those activities you may have been missing out [...]

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How to Interpret Hearing Test Results

When you complete a hearing test your audiologist will hand you the test results in the form of an audiogram. The graphs, crosses, circles and lines may look a little confusing at first but the test results are really not that daunting. And understanding your hearing test will help you make really well-informed decisions about the best treatment for your needs. What then does a hearing test measure and how do you interpret the results? Your audiologist may conduct a [...]