David Mason R.H.A.D Hearing Aid Audiologist Ampleforth, York.    Tel: 0800 612 7 812
0800 612 7812

David has now retired and has
handed over the business to
Mr Robert Donnan RHAD.

Please be assured that his service and commitment to his clients are in direct parallel with our own. He has recently opened a branch in Fulford, York and has a number of other highly useful resources that you may find useful in the future. This includes Micro suction.

You can have every confidence in his service and I'm delighted to say that he always treats people with consideration and commitment. If you are interested in the latest hearing instruments he will only be too pleased to organise a free trial.

David Mason - August 2016

www.rjdhearingcare.co.uk

York Hearing Practice, 92 Main Street, Fulford, YORK YO10 4PS

Freephone 0800 612 7812



Hearing and Hearing Aids

Q. What is Hearing Loss?

Hearing Loss is a reduction of audibility in sound such as speech and clarity. It can be a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you hear. Between the two extremes of hearing well and hearing nothing, there are many degrees of impairment. The terms used to describe the degree of hearing loss are mild, moderate, severe and profound. Most hearing losses are mild to moderate.

Q. What causes hearing loss?

The ear is a very complex organ comprising of three parts: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Hearing loss can result from damage to any of these three parts.

Causes of hearing loss in:

  • The outer ear
    Typical problems include accumulation of earwax and infections of the auditory canal.
  • The middle ear
    Perforation of the eardrum, infection or fluid in the middle ear and otosclerosis are the most common causes. Many outer and middle ear problems can be treated successfully with medication or surgery. In cases where treatment is not effective, remaining hearing loss can usually be helped by using instruments
  • The inner ear
    The majority of hearing problems result from damaged inner ear structures. Typical causes are the natural ageing process, excessive exposure to noise, medication that is toxic to auditory system and head injuries. As a rule, this damage cannot be reserved but can be largely overcome with hearing instruments.

Q. Can I prevent hearing loss?

You can certainly help reduce the effects of some hearing losses*, however most hearing loss diagnosed is due to the natural ageing process. Looking after your hearing is very important and steps can be taken to reduce certain types. If you think you may be suffering from hearing loss, ensure that you take the relevant steps to have your hearing tested by a qualified professional. Regular check-ups mean that you can be informed of exactly what is happening to your hearing as it can fade without you noticing it.

*One of the most common causes of hearing loss is excessive and consistent exposure to loud noise. This can result in severe loss and you may not notice it developing.

Steps you can take to lower your risk of noise-induced hearing loss include the following:

  • Reduce your noise exposure in prolonged periods
  • Avoid harmful situations.
  • Ensure that volume controls are at sensible levels.
  • Wear hearing protection when in noisy environments.
  • Use personal music players i.e. MP3 players sensibly.
  • Always use headphone’s when in noisy work environments.

Other Steps to take to help prevent hearing loss:

  • Your ears are self cleaning, never use cotton buds as they can be very damaging to the ear drum.
  • Check that prescribed medicine does not affect your ears.
  • Look after your ears when suffering from colds and flu, use decongestants and keep your ears warm.
  • Choose a professional qualified audiologist who you trust to check your hearing regularly.

Q. What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

The following signs could all indicate hearing loss:

  • Difficulty understanding people speak, especially when in noisy or busy environments.
  • Turning the TV or radio volume controls higher and louder.
  • Asking people to repeat their sentences or words.
  • Avoiding social situations.
  • Having trouble understanding speech in cars or when the speaker is not in direct eye-line.
  • Feeling stressed or tired after listening or speaking for long periods.
  • Not being able to clearly hear a child’s voice or birds singing

Q. How is hearing loss diagnosed?

If you think a hearing loss may be present the first step is to ask for an audiological assessment with a qualified hearing aid dispenser. This assessment will determine whether a hearing impairment exists and to what degree.

A human ear with normal hearing can detect a very wide range of frequencies from 20 Hz (very deep bass sounds) to 20,000 Hz (very high treble sounds). The standard hearing test concentrates only on the range of frequencies relevant for understanding speech: 250 Hz to 8000 Hz.

A hearing care professional tests hearing in a quiet test environment with a specially calibrated audiometer, using specific procedures. Each ear is tested separately since the extent of any damage may be different in each ear.

The hearing range of the test ear is compared to the normal hearing range. The key observations for the different frequencies are "at what level do I begin to hear the sound" and "at what level does the sound become uncomfortably loud". The result is presented in the form of an audiogram.

The hearing care professional can explain the meaning of the results and the effect of a particular loss on everyday life and communication, and provide information and guidance on the decision concerning hearing instruments.

Q. Will I have to let my hair grow long to cover my hearing aids?

It is not necessary to grow your hair long to cover your instruments. Radical changes in hearing aid design and technology means that your new instruments will become something you can be proud of. Your own personal style, lifestyle and of course budget will dictate which instrument you prefer. You will be amazed at the types of aids you can choose from, micro behind the ear products, or high performing discreet instruments that sit inside the ear. No-one need ever know you are wearing a device and you mean even decide to choose a colourful or high fashion product to show off!

Q. Can I get a hearing aid that filters out background noise?

Modern environments are often filled with bothersome noises like motors and fans. New Digital technology provides revolutionary features that analyze and recognise the acoustic characteristics of sounds that’s differ from speech and automatically reduces them. Users of instruments using this technology can listen in comfort even in environments with annoying noise.

However there is a caveat - please understand it is the combination of wearing a hearing aid regularly and for a little while for the brain to acclimatise itself to these new sound factors so just as your hearing loss took time to develop it will take a little time for you to re-acquire these skills.

It will not be instantaneous no matter what any advert states!


Q. Aren’t hearing aids too expensive for me?

Hearing instruments are much more affordable than you think! There will always be something available for your own personal budget and degree of loss. Please don’t rule out the option of buying a digital aid because you think they are too costly – visit the Buying a Hearing Aid section of my site.

Q. Do I need to wear my hearing aid all the time?

You need to use your instrument as much as possible to get maximum benefit. It may take some time adjusting to a new world of sound again but soon you will get used to hearing again.  You will benefit the most from your hearing instruments if you follow my advice. Each step will bring you closer to your goal of hearing well again. Through better hearing you will experience renewed confidence and an improved quality of life. By wearing your instrument regularly you are allowing your brain to get back the ability to UNDERSTAND, which it may have lost in the more demanding acoustic situations.



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