If you feel you are missing out on sounds that people around you are not or if you feel you can not identify certain words during a conversation.
The inability of an individual to hear sounds up to an upper limit of 25dB in all frequencies is termed as hearing loss.
Depending upon the type of hearing loss, medicinal, surgical or rehabilitation through hearing aids can be recommended.
In cases where medicines or surgery is ruled out, hearing aids are the only treatment available.
Two types of Hearing aid technologies - digital and analog with modular (behind-ear models) and custom-made (in-ear models).
On the basis of the type and degree of the hearing loss, and the covering capacity of the hearing aids.
Proper maintenance includes cleaning, safeguarding against water exposure, handling the battery carefully (removing it when not in use to prevent discharge), and, for in-the-ear hearing aids, regularly changing the wax guard when it becomes blocked.
If you have a bilateral hearing loss then the answer is a compulsory Yes! For unilateral or single-sided hearing loss an individual is advised to wear a hearing aid on the affected side.
Yes! Nearly most of the models are available for trial. At Soft Hear we ensure a free, complete trial of all hearing aids.
The lifespan of digital hearing aids generally ranges from 5 to 7 years, depending on the care and maintenance they receive.
The hearing aid battery life depends on the battery size. A typical Completely in Canal (CIC) hearing aid battery may go up to 4-7 days and a Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aid may go up to 12-15 days.
Not by the digital hearing aids which are customized only for you, but yes, analog hearing aids certainly may further damage your hearing
Most of the high-end models are coming with water-resistant features, however, it is still advisable not to use them in water as there may be a battery discharge.
This may not be true in terms of sound processing abilities, however behind-the-ear models are much more popular since they can be made more powerful and also have longer battery life.
If you have hearing loss, you must use a hearing aid, be it any age.
With the use of hearing aids, a child may get the necessary stimulation of sounds which is required for his/her speech and language learning. Speech therapy is needed immediately in such cases.
A constant ringing noise or perception of it in the ear where there is the absence of any external noise.
In 80% of patients with tinnitus, usage of a hearing aid helps mask the tinnitus to a certain extent.
Tinnitus does not have any sure shot solution; however, there are tinnitus rehabilitation therapies that are conducted for patients.
Yes, only behind the ear hearing aids, provided your ear canal should be dry while using the hearing aids.
Wearing a good quality digital hearing aid can help stabilize the hearing loss to a maximum extent.
Absolutely! You must use a hearing aid if you have a loss to prevent any further damage. We always process sounds binaurally and hence if one side is affected then due to excessive stress on the other side there are chances that even the better ear can acquire a hearing loss. Moreover, since there is less stimulation in the affected ear, it will only worsen with time.
As per a survey, 1 in 10 people in our country suffers from hearing loss. However, there is ignorance within the community and people visit a doctor only when matters have become a lot worse.
Better use it only for the outer surface of the ear, inserting buds further in the canal can push wax deeper inside, which can cause damage to your tympanic membrane.
Excessive use of earphones at a high volume level can damage your hearing permanently. It is recommended that one should not use headphones for more than 20 minutes at >50% of the volume levels.