What is sensorial hearing loss?

Sensorial hearing loss is probably the most common and well-known form of hearing loss.  Sensorial hearing loss has been the subject of a lot of research and there is a wide range of treatment options available. Sensorial hearing loss is frequently associated with the aging process and most people will experience some sensorial hearing loss in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Sensorial hearing loss is the name given to hearing loss that occurs in the cochlea. The cochlea is a [...]

What is conductive hearing loss?

There are 4 main types of hearing loss. It’s important to distinguish between them because each type will have a different impact and will require different treatment options.  As the name suggests, conductive hearing loss indicates some sort of blockage or damage that prevents sound travelling to the inner ear.  Conductive hearing loss can affect anyone but it is not as common as certain other types of hearing loss. The good news is it’s also usually the easiest to treat. [...]

Can I use the same hearing aids as my friend?

You may really like the look of the hearing aids your friend or a family member is wearing. And, naturally, you may ask yourself if you could use the same brand and model hearing aid too. Maybe your friend is replacing their hearing aids and you may even be wondering if you could use the old ones. After all a hearing aid is just an amplifier isn’t it? In fact, hearing loss varies a great deal from person to person. [...]

What if my hearing aid is damaged or lost?

Modern hearing aids are complex, intricately engineered electronic devices. Rough handling can damage them and it can be easy to lose the tiny devices too. So, what can you do if your hearing aid is damaged or you lose it? According to the insurance industry, 28% of claims for damaged hearing aids occur because the devices have been dropped while another 15.4% of hearing aids claims are the result of someone stepping on the hearing aids. You might be the really [...]

Do hearing aids work with mobile phones and tablets?

We live in a world where making connections through mobile devices is really important and that’s especially true for hearing aid wearers. There’s lots of talk about connectivity but how do you know your hearing aids will work with your mobile phone or tablet?  Until quite recently, it was almost impossible to get hearing aids to work directly with mobile phones and tablets. This meant you had to remove your hearing aid to listen to music through an earbud or [...]

How much improvement can I expect with hearing aids?

Hearing loss is rapidly becoming epidemic and there’s a good chance it already affects you or someone you love. The good news is that hearing aids have been shown to benefit some 80% of those people with hearing loss. The question many people ask is just how much improvement can I expect with hearing aids? It’s hard to quantify exactly how much any one person will benefit from hearing aids because it depends on a number of factors including: Degree of [...]

I can hear—why do I need hearing aids?

Do you often ask yourself “why do people keep telling me I need hearing aids when I can hear”? It’s highly likely you have hearing loss and you’re not alone. Hearing loss is not only a normal part of the aging process but is increasingly a problem for young people too.  But many people with mild hearing loss refuse to get hearing aids and just live with the difficulties. In fact, researchers estimate that some 86% of Americans over the [...]

Common challenges adjusting to hearing aids

So, you need hearing aids and you’re wondering what are the common challenges that people face adjusting to hearing aids. Adapting to hearing aids does involve a learning curve and some people may find the process more challenging than others.  Parents of very young deaf children for example may face some unique challenges helping their children adapt. Likewise, the elderly or those who have put up with their hearing loss for a long time may also face some challenges. However, the [...]

Hearing loss and cognitive decline

There are very clear links between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Hearing loss also increases your likelihood of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Scientists are still not sure about how this connection works but a large number of studies support this conclusion. Cognitive decline is where a person’s memory and thinking skills deteriorate.  A certain degree of brain shrinkage appears to be a normal part of the aging process but there are a range of conditions and lifestyle choices that may [...]

How long do hearing aids last?

Modern technology is constantly transforming hearing aids and making them better and better. But as with any electronic device that offers so many technically advanced features, users want to know just how long their hearing aids will last? The answer depends on a range of factors including how well you maintain and look after your new hearing aids, how many hours a day you use them and the make and model. The short answer is, hearing aids, in most cases, [...]