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1. Hearing Muscles Need Exercise Too
Time and again we’ve heard about the importance of exercise, and yet most of us are not very good at keeping it. We keep putting it off. We don’t want to do it. We wake up in the morning tired and continued to lay in bed. We don’t want to get up and exercise and worse to get up early.
This procrastination can be likened to those people who have hearing loss who knows it should be checked out but just keeps putting it off.
Are there consequences?
Similar to exercise, consequences can be pretty much the same. People who exercise on a regular basis typically lead happier, healthier lives, because exercise releases endorphins in our brain and help us to improve the way we feel about ourselves. It’s all about the image that we perceive ourselves to be and who we are and how we present ourselves to the world and the same thing can be said about hearing loss. If we don’t exercise our hearing we miss out on the benefits that we could be getting that normal hearing people are enjoying.
Oftentimes when people notice they have a problem with hearing they think they can get by okay without going for a checkup. What they do not be realized is their slow withdraw. This especially holds true to those belonging to the over 30 age group.
- Exercising our hearing means bringing in all of the sounds that we used to get and hearing all the subtleties that we used to hear. It is a must to get on top of our hearing loss and attack it as soon as we know that there’s a problem. This can slow down the growth of the problem or prevent more complications from piling up.
- Reducing noise also helps. We notice more and more people on airplanes are starting to get some of the hearing protection just because they want to block out the noise that’s in the cabin of the airplane. Society is certainly becoming aware of the fact that noise is a problem. People now are wearing noise reduction headphones to listen to their music. Even very young people realize “I don’t want to listen to that anymore.” Noise is a problem and they’re taking strides to block out some of that noise.
This is an interesting part of the technology of hearing instruments now, the ability to block out some of the noise so that you can hear the voice spectrum better.
Most importantly, people should not wait until they feel they have a volume issue. When they start to notice that the clarity of speech is not where it ought to be, immediately seek help. This should be an emergency call when they really need to seek treatment for a hearing test.
2. Hearing exercise means stimulating the brain
We hear in our brain that is why when doing hearing exercise it means constantly stimulating the brain. When hearing loss is not treated it is not the cochlea or the hearing organ that get’s damaged.
What happens is auditory deprivation meaning the part of the brain that needs to be exercised is not reached. What is affected is the brain’s ability to hear and separate and distinguish between sounds.
But the brain is a super organ that has incredible plasticity. It can be retrained to listen to sounds differently. Once stimulated with the right amount of amplification we see great benefits in the audibility and detection of speech awareness. You’ll notice dramatic changes once test results are recorded. Essentially the earlier hearing loss is countered by hearing exercise, the better.
Another amazing thing that the brain is capable of is its ability to turn things on and off. Say, someone, suffering from hearing loss for 10-15 years would not get an instant fix. Nothing is instantaneous. There is always an adjustment period that includes a couple of tweaks and making some changes.
To illustrate the benefits of stimulating the brain, there’s this article about one of the conductors of the Boston Pops orchestra. He has a six-year-old son who has a severe hearing loss, but he did not get amplification until the age of six. Now this is the father of a conductor of one of the greatest symphonies of our country, but for some reason the article goes into detail, they didn’t seek amplification for his son until the age of six and he made a particular comment that his son said one day while they were walking through the woods, “Daddy, the birds chirp.” He had seen birds all his life but never knew they made noise.
Sometimes you wouldn’t believe what amazing the things people are missing out and they don’t even realize they’re missing out on them.
3. Who Is At Risk For Hearing Loss?
For many people, something as simple as having their hearing ability routinely checked is a scary thought – almost like it is for most of us to go to the dentist once every six months. There are well over 30 million Americans with some hearing loss.
Everyone else is at risk of acquiring a hearing loss at some point in their life.
4. What are the risks of not correcting a hearing loss
5. Programming your Hearing Aid
In today’s advanced world, hearing aids offer advanced features designed to provide the most natural, personal and comfortable listening experience possible. Proper hearing aid programming requires a certain level of expertise and was only be attempted by a licensed hearing professional.
But now, a lot of the hearing aids available in the market already offer personal programming. These digital hearing aids can be connected to the computer where one is capable of adjusting frequencies and compression bands. You are able to adjust the way things sound and able to manipulate distortion.
Programming is challenging. Sometimes an ear that has been damaged can actually distortion and create problems in understanding. At times when one has amplification in one particular frequency range, maybe it got amplified in the low frequencies, thus everything gets distorted. It takes some degree of experimentation. You can try lowering the gain in the area that caused the distortion and you can lift the gain up in the frequencies that provided more clarity – whatever works to get everything clear. It can be anything.
There are a million things that can be adjusted and it can get really complicated with these hearing instruments. But because these gadgets have become so sophisticated what was impossible 5 years ago is just commonplace right now. Technology has made things so convenient that programming hearing aids can be done remotely and in real time. The client’s gadget can be tweaked wherever he or she is. You do not have to send the client to a certain place nor require him or her to visit your clinic. You can get your client’s reaction as it occurs.
This is a hearing revolution in the face. Things are changing fast as hearing aids are replaced and used more and more. They no longer stay in drawers and everyone’s doing their home works.