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For older people, health problems are common. For many people, hearing aids are the only way to deal with this problem.
Otolaryngologists say that hearing aids are necessary for 10% of the population. Let's dispel the main myths associated with hearing aids.
Hearing aids are harmful to general health. Usually, devices of this kind are checked by the Ministry, the settings and hearing are checked, all contraindications are taken into account. So there will be no harm from a device purchased from a pharmacy and supplied with the necessary certificates.
When using the device, the patient will acquire hearing comparable to healthy. The hearing organ does not immediately adapt to the device. Someone needs only a few days for this, while others - a couple of months. There are cases when patients require special classes with a deaf teacher or hearing aid for additional adjustment of the device in accordance with the needs and characteristics of the individual. It is important to remember that the less time has passed from the moment of hearing loss to prosthetics, the better the results of correction will be. In this case, the brain and hearing are inactive for a short time, so they will be able to quickly adapt to the assistant apparatus.
The hearing aid should be worn only on the "weakest" ear. When doctors give indications to wear hearing aids in both ears, then these wishes should be fulfilled and two devices should be purchased at once. If financial opportunities do not allow this, then it is better to wear the hearing aid on the ear with better audibility.
To prevent hearing impairment, you should wear the device periodically, not constantly. Sometimes a hearing aid is prescribed for children, it has been noticed that a child who rarely wears a device or even refuses to use it begins to lag behind in development from his peers. With a decrease in hearing, the intelligibility of audible speech begins to decrease, which leads to disturbances in the nervous system.
A persistently poor hearing condition will no longer worsen, so there is no need to rush to purchase the device. Diseases come to a person with age, many of them directly affect hearing loss. This applies, for example, to osteochondrosis, problems with human vessels, etc. If a person always wore a hearing aid only on one ear, then he cannot use it on the other. To improve hearing in such a situation, it will take a lot of patience and time, often you have to resort to surgical intervention. There is also a risk that over time the perceived sounds will be distorted even more, so you should not delay purchasing the device when doctors recommend it.
Elderly people do not need to purchase a high-quality device, as it will be difficult for them to use. It may be best not to make such an acquisition at all. People at this age, as a rule, have not only hearing problems, but also chronic diseases of the neurovascular system. This leads to an uncomfortable perception of loud speech and sounds in general, but if the disease is started, even painful sensations and a decrease in the intelligibility of audible speech may appear. That is why it is recommended to choose a high-quality device. It is generally believed that anyone who is able to eat independently will be able and will learn to use such a device.
Expensive devices are not subject to damage. It all depends on how the person will use their hearing aid. If you drop it periodically, don’t take it for cleaning and maintenance, don’t dry it, and also neglect personal hygiene, then sooner or later the most expensive and initially reliable equipment will break down.
The device embarrasses people, which is why not everyone gets it. In fact, those around them will pay much more attention to people who constantly ask and shout back. This behavior annoys everyone much more. In addition, these types of devices are offered today that hide either directly in the ear, or behind it. Today, the prejudice associated with hearing aids is a thing of the past. The apparatus is often perceived to be as necessary an accessory as glasses.
If the device whistles, then it is broken. The device must certainly be attached tightly to the ear canal using a custom-made earmold. Ideally, this pad serves for a rather long time, it is anti-allergenic, does not distort sound, does not press or rub the skin, helps to ventilate the ear and equalize the pressure of the eardrum. In case of incorrect installation of the earbud or its low quality, the very whistles that the person attributed to the device are possible.
After use, the device can always be returned. The return of the device back to the store is governed by the Consumer Protection Act. For example, in Ukraine, according to its provisions, a hearing aid of proper quality cannot be returned or exchanged.
Hearing aids can restore lost hearing completely or restore it to normal levels. No hearing aid can restore damaged hearing to normal levels. After all, the device cannot perform the functions of an ear with its most complex nervous system. The work of the apparatus is reduced to amplifying sounds to such a level that a person can receive benefits and pleasure from this. Good hearing will help improve the communication capabilities of the owner of the device.
Hearing aids will solve all the issues in human communication. Unfortunately, this has not been achieved, although the evolution of devices is quite long. Hearing aid wearers still experience problems during conversations, due to the presence of background noise that interferes with full communication.
Such devices will generally destroy the remnants of hearing. Hearing aids are individually matched to the specific hearing loss. Therefore, the risk of further damage is minimal. In addition, you should follow some simple rules that will help to minimize risks - the device must be well made, correctly selected and worn. In addition, the constant use of such a device leads to the fact that the organ of hearing and the brain are being trained. They process the incoming information, training and thereby maintaining their skills.
If the device is small, then it uses more advanced technology. Today, modern technology is used in both large and small devices. There are two types of hearing aids, ITE and BTE. The use of a device that is invisible to a stranger depends on the level of hearing loss, and it is not necessary that the miniature device that works for one person will work for another.
For some types of hearing loss, such hearing aids are not effective at all. Gone are the days when people with certain hearing problems, for example with high frequencies, were told that there was no effective help for them. Today, modern hearing aids are able to help at least 95% of cases of this kind.
There is no way to fit a hearing aid for babies. Doctors allow babies to use hearing aids from one month of age. Early hearing tests are common today to detect problems even at that age. Technology is helping toddlers fill these gaps.
It doesn't matter where to buy your hearing aids. Nowadays, you can often find lucrative deals on the purchase of hearing aids on the Internet, but this approach is undesirable. After all, by doing so, the buyer will deprive himself of an appointment with a professional audiologist, who will be able to competently assess the degree of hearing loss, recommend the appropriate type of device and give instructions on its further use.
Hearing testing before purchasing a device is a long and expensive undertaking. Usually, hearing is tested at a specialized center. For this, tonal audiometry is used, which is a simple and painless procedure. The person is asked to recognize sound signals of different volume and frequency. The result is a tonal audiogram, which is an individual characteristic of hearing. It is on the basis of this inexpensive analysis that further selection of the hearing aid is made.
The use of a hearing aid is justified only as a last resort, it is better to use medication or perform an operation. Hearing loss in 90% of cases is associated with damage to the inner ear, this problem, unfortunately, is irreversible, it is also called sensorineural hearing loss. In this case, you cannot do without hearing aids, because neither surgery nor medications will help.
Hearing aids amplify all sounds in the same way, so it is difficult to parse speech directly. This problem is solved in devices of the latest generations, which have learned to separate speech from other noise interference, amplify it and suppress unnecessary sounds. These hearing aids make it much easier to understand speech, especially in difficult situations (crowded and noisy rooms).
A good device is too expensive for an ordinary person. Today, the development of microtechnology has made such a leap that digital devices are available to people with average incomes. Do not forget that a properly selected and high-quality device is an excellent investment in improving the quality of your own life.