Hearing Loss and Hearing Instrument Technology with Narration

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Bay Area Hearing Services, Inc.:

Bay Area Hearing Services, Inc. Kristen N. Carmeans President/ Hearing Instrument Specialist Hearing Loss And Hearing Instrument Technology

Hearing Loss Facts::

Hearing loss does not equal deafness. One in every ten (36 million) Americans has hearing loss. (As baby boomers reach retirement age starting in 2010, this number is expected to rapidly climb and nearly double by the year 2030.) The prevalence of hearing loss increases with age, up to 1 in 3 over age 65. Among seniors, hearing loss is the third most prevalent, but treatable disabling condition, behind arthritis and hypertension. Hearing Loss Facts:

Hearing Loss in America:

While the vast majority of Americans (95%) with hearing loss could be successfully treated with hearing aids, only 25 % (6.35 million individuals) currently use them. Only 5% of hearing loss in adults can be improved through medical or surgical treatment. Hearing Loss in America

Types of Hearing Loss:

Sensorineural hearing loss ( or nerve-related hearing loss ) involves damage to the “hair cells” or nerves in the inner ear. Almost all sensorineural hearing loss can be effectively treated with hearing aids. Types of Hearing Loss “Hair Cells” inside Cochlea

Types of Hearing Loss:

Conductive hearing loss involves the outer and middle ear that may be caused by blockage of wax, punctured eardrum, birth defects, ear infection, or heredity, and often can be effectively treated medically or surgically. Types of Hearing Loss Normal Ear Drum Ear Drum with Impacted Cerumen (Wax)

Types of Hearing Loss:

Mixed hearing loss refers to a combination of conductive and sensorineural loss and means that a problem occurs in both the outer or middle and the inner ear. Types of Hearing Loss

What Causes Hearing Loss?:

Noise. Noise-induced hearing loss can affect people of all ages. Over time, the noise experienced at work, during recreation, or even common chores (such as using a power lawn mower) can lead to hearing loss. Genetic factors are thought to cause more than 50% of all incidents of congenital hearing loss in children. Age. In age-related hearing loss (presbycusis), changes in the nerves and cells of the inner ear that occur as you get older cause a gradual but steady hearing loss. This kind of loss is always permanent. Earwax buildup or an object in the ear. Hearing loss because of earwax is common and easily treated. What Causes Hearing Loss?

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Injury to the ear or head . Head injuries can also damage the structures in the ear and cause a sudden hearing loss. Ear infection , such as a middle ear infection ( otitis media ) or an infection of the ear canal ( otitis externa or swimmer's ear). Childhood diseases. (Measles, Mumps etc.) Fluid in the middle ear after a cold or the flu , or after traveling on an airplane.

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Otosclerosis , a condition that affects the bones of the middle ear. Acoustic neuroma , a noncancerous tumor on the nerve that helps people hear. Ménière's disease . Ménière's disease may result in temporary or permanent hearing loss. Noncancerous (benign) growths in the ear canal.

Common Type of Hearing Loss:

Common Type of Hearing Loss

Audiogram with Speech Sounds:

Audiogram with Speech Sounds

If you don’t use it you lose it!:

If you don’t use it you lose it! Auditory Deprivation :Deterioration in speech discrimination ability without lessening of sensitivity. In other words, “As one experiences a long-standing hearing loss, you begin to ‘forget’ many of the sounds that are essential for speech understanding.

Hearing Aid Myths and Facts:

Hearing Aid Myths and Facts Myth: My grandmother hated her hearing aids so I know they must be horrible… Myth: Hearing Aids are too expensive! Myth: Hearing Aids are uncomfortable and I won’t like wearing them. Fact: Today’s Hearing Aid technology is better, more reliable and more accurate than ever Fact: Hearing aids have a wide price range and very reasonable payment plans to fit almost any budget. Fact: Hearing Aids come in a variety of style options and are so small and lightweight you hardly feel them.

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Myth: You can save time and money by buying hearing aids online or by mail order. Fact: By working with a hearing care specialist, you are purchasing professional care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aid is selected and that proper programming of the hearing aid is completed . Other professional care includes: Hearing evaluation Referral for medical treatment (if needed) Proper Hearing Instrument selection Verification of fit of hearing aid Instruction in how to properly use and maintain the hearing aid Follow-up care and support Repair services Rehabilitation services

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Myth: A hearing aid will damage your hearing. Myth: Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary. Fact: A properly fitted and maintained hearing aid will not damage your hearing. Fact: We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assists us in noisy settings, provides natural sound quality and better speech understanding.

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Myth: The invisible hearing aids worn in the ear are the best hearing aids to purchase. Fact: There are several styles of hearing aids, and all are “state of the art.” What is most important is that you purchase a hearing aid that accommodates your hearing loss and your listening needs. Just because your friend uses a particular hearing aid style does not mean you have to (or should) use that style. Your friend's style of hearing aid may be a totally inappropriate prescription for your needs. “Open Fit” “Full Shell”

Not Your Grandmother’s Hearing Aid!:

Not Your Grandmother’s Hearing Aid! (Hearing “Trumpets”)

Hearing Aid Size Comparison:

Hearing Aid Size Comparison Many styles are not much bigger than a dime! RIC (Receiver in Canal) CIC (Completely in Canal)

Hearing Aid Styles::

BTE (Behind the Ear) RIC (Receiver in Canal) CIC (Completely in the Canal) ITC or ITE ( In the Canal or In the Ear) Hearing Aid Styles:

Hearing Aid Features::

Digital Signal Processing Adaptive Noise Reduction Directional Microphones Feedback Cancellation Nano Coating (Moisture Protection) Automatic Adjustments Remote Control Charger Low Battery Indicators and Alert Tones Wax Guard Hearing Aid Features:

Financial Assistance:

If you are a Texas resident and are currently employed or need hearing aids to work you may qualify for assistance through DARS. 1-800-628-5115 or [email protected] If you meet the income guidelines you can qualify for assistance through the Starkey Hear Now Foundation - 1-800-328-8602 or www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org If you just need a monthly payment plan Care Credit can help. They offer up to 12 months with 0% interest and extended payment plans from 24 to 60 months. www.carecredit.com or (800) 677-0718 Financial Assistance

Bay Area Hearing Services, Inc.:

914 FM 517 Rd West Ste 101-B Dickinson, TX 77539 (281) 534-6689 office Email: [email protected] Website: www.bayareahearingservices.com Please feel free to contact me with any further questions or if you would like to schedule a hearing evaluation and consultation for yourself or a loved one. Thanks! Bay Area Hearing Services, Inc.

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