When do you need a hearing aid?
Aging is one of the common reasons for hearing loss. However, according to the research by the Johns Hopkins Institute and National Institute of Ageing, the sensors with hearing loss are at the risk of developing dementia. The link between the two conditions is yet to be corroborated, but the medical investigators believe that the strain of recognizing and decoding the noise over the years may overwhelm the brain, causing hearing loss and making them vulnerable to dementia. However, using hearing aids after diagnosing hearing loss may prevent dementia.
When should you start using a hearing aid?
A very few of our visiting patients realize they have a hearing problem. Often, they assume people have started speaking softly. If you sense that you are finding it challenging to hear almost every person you are talking, then it could be the sign of hearing loss. The other symptoms of hearing loss are listed below:
- Asking people to repeat what they had said
- Complaining that people are speaking too softly
- Finding it difficult to hear when people whisper.
- Finding it troublesome to understand the sound from the audio equipment in the movie theatres, plays, and other public events.
- Finding it challenging to follow the conversion in the group.
- Finding it challenging to understand what the person in the separate room is saying
- Trouble talking on the phone
- Straining to hear conversations
- Having difficulty in understanding group conversations
Behind the Ear hearing aids, (BTE)
Hearing aids have the microphone elements sitting behind the ear, and the receiver is connected to a thin tube leading to an ear-mould. These type of hearing aids are large and are less susceptible to the damage caused by wax or moisture.
In the canal (ITC)
Hearing aids are small with limited manual controls. These are merely half the size of the ear and requires a few days for the patient to acclimate to operate.
In the ear type (ITE)
Custom made and fit the patient’s ear. The equipment enables the patient to regulate the power and the volume.