HEARING CARE TIPS: PROTECTING YOUR EARS IN A NOISY WORKPLACE

Hearing loss is a part of growing older for most people and can’t be prevented. However, the other form of hearing loss which is caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises, can be avoided with a little consideration and care.

Of all the physical health ailments faced by factory workers, hearing issues remain the most common. In fact, an estimated 1 billion workers in Australia are exposed to hazardous levels of noise at work.

Though people working in manufacturing factories or construction sites may get used to the loud and invasive noise over time, continuous exposure to the dangerous levels of noises while working in such environments can impair the quality of your hearing or lead to hearing loss.

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That said, stated below are some hearing protection tips for people exposed to a noisy work environment.

Carry your hearing protection to work daily

If loud noises are a regular occurrence at your workplace, equip yourself with specialised industrial earplugs or ear muffs to protect your hearing.

If you already have a hearing loss or are at risk of it, it is advisable to consult with a hearing professional to find a high quality, effective hearing protection solution that fits your work environment and your specific needs.

When it comes to hearing protection, there is a diverse range of assistive hearing devices out there including in-the-canal (ITC), in-the-ear, behind-the-ear and invisible hearing aids. Your hearing specialist will help you find the right solution based on the degree and type of your hearing loss and your workplace setting.

Get your hearing tested regularly

Factory and industry workers are always advised to visit their hearing specialist for regular hearing checks to assess their hearing.

Even if you don’t incur any potent signs indicating that your hearing is impaired, you want to consider having your hearing tested by a professional once in a while.

The earlier hearing issues are detected, the easier it is to control damage and prevent the condition from getting worse.

Be careful with listening to music

Many workers avoid ear plugs and put on iPods or other music devices to drown out loud noises in the background. This hearing protection practice can actually backfire.

Instead of listening to your favourite tunes through headphones or earphones at high volume to cover up the background noise, use noise-cancelling earphones, which reduce the overall strain on your hearing due to loud noise.

Do not insert anything inside your canal

Many factory workers stick cotton swabs or stick-like object into their ears to avoid loud noise without knowing that it can damage their hearing instead of protecting it.

Sometimes, such objects can go too far into the canal and puncture your ear drum or may create a build-up of ear wax and debris by pushing them further inside your canal. So, avoid putting anything in your canal and use only a protection suggested by your hearing professional.

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Remember that damage from noise-induced hearing impairment can’t be reversed. Adhere to the above-mentioned guidelines to protect your hearing in a noisy workplace and communicate and engage fully in your life.

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Don’t Fake that You Can Hear; Accept Your Hearing Loss

Coping with a little hearing impairment seems a lot easier than something significant like vision impairment. That said, it doesn’t come as a surprise that many people with impaired hearing choose to hide their condition.

But let’s get it clear. Though people may manage to get by a partial inability to hear without being open about their problem, hearing loss doesn’t necessarily have to be severe or profound to affect one’s life.

If overlooked or left untreated, even a mild hearing loss can impact on your day-to-day life, professional career, relationships and most importantly mental health.

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Hiding is not worth it

Asking someone to repeat themselves once or twice while talking over the phone might not seem like a big deal. Neither might be missing out on a few words in a family conversation.

But you can’t overlook significant consequences like low self-esteem, depression and affected job performance and relationships, which hearing loss contribute to over time.

Ask yourself, “Is hiding your hearing condition worth missing your favourite music and sounds or isolating yourself from people and social world?” “Is putting off getting your hearing treated worth the negative impact it leaves on the quality of life?”

NO.

Most people who stress about the stigma associated with hearing impairment and hearing aids, fail to realise that untreated hearing loss is actually more noticeable than hearing aids.

If you respond inappropriately in a conversation or miss a punch line of a joke, people might suspect your attention span, mental acuity or your ability to communicate effectively. The symptoms of hearing loss combined with consequences of “untreated hearing loss” can be life altering.

Acceptance is the first step toward improving your hearing

While you can’t completely restore your natural hearing ability with hearing aids, there are several hearing loss solutions that can significantly improve your hearing and quality of life.

But to benefit from a hearing solution, you need to first accept your condition.  Here’s how to accept your hearing loss.

A: Allow yourself to recognise the loss of hearing and the consequences you’re dealing with.

C: Communicate to others about your problem to seek their support and assistance.  

C: Commit to improving your quality of life by getting your hearing assessed and finding the right hearing solution.

E: Explore different practices and exercises to boost your hearing abilities.  

P: Partner with hearing loss community and interact with other people with hearing impairment.  

T: Treat your condition. There are several choices when it comes to hearing aids such as Phonak, Starkey and Siemens hearing aids. To seek the optimal solution and expert assistance and advice, turn to an experienced audiologist.

A: Assist yourself. Let people you meet for the first time know you have a hearing problem. Remind them to be a bit louder and face you when speaking to you. Make a strategic seating arrangement for yourself when visiting a restaurant or someone’s house.

N: Never pull yourself away from social gatherings and activities because of your hearing loss or hearing aids. Most people get supportive once you tell them about your problem.

C: Connect with your hearing professional if you feel any discomfort while wearing your hearing aids.

E: Expect difficulties along the way even with your hearing solution. Keep a positive attitude towards difficulties to drive a seamless hearing experience.

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If you’re dealing with a hearing loss, don’t wait. Get your hearing treated today!

 

What to Do After Buying Your First Pair of Hearing Aids

So, you got your first pair of hearing aids. Congratulations!

You are about to improve your quality of life by enjoying sounds and experiences you had been missing out on due to impaired hearing.

But success with hearing aids call for a little patience and effort on the part of the user. Keep in mind that hearing aids require a short adjustment period for the user to get acquainted with their device and get the most value from their investment.

Here are some tips that will help you get used to your device and make the acclimation process as smooth as possible so that you can enjoy listening from your new hearing aids for years to come.

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Speak with your hearing healthcare professional

Ask any questions and doubts you have regarding the use and function of hearing aids during your appointment. Inform your hearing practitioner in case you feel any discomfort or pain after wearing hearing aids. Advanced hearing devices can be modified to ensure comfortable fit and appropriate listening.

Be patient and cooperate

Hearing loss in most cases develops gradually over time. Since the sounds around you have been muted for years due to your hearing impairment, it can be a bit difficult for your ears and the brain to adapt to these sounds once you start wearing a hearing aid.

There could be certain unfamiliar noises that can sound overwhelming or louder when you are using hearing aids. Consider turning down the volume or move away from a noisy environment if possible until you get used to such sounds and your device.

Get into the habit of wearing hearing ads every day

A quick and effective way to get used to your hearing aid is wearing it every day, everywhere – in the church, theatre, auditorium, concerts or when on the phone. Also, position yourself toward the speaker while wearing hearing aids so that you can hear them clearly.

Furthermore, do not hesitate to seek help and support of your family, friends and people around you during the acclimation process.

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The Last Word

The first few days with your hearing aids will decide whether you will continue to use your device or not. Keeping patience while following the abovementioned tips can help speed up the acclimation process and enhance your experience with hearing aids.

Moreover, to ensure a seamless hearing experience with your device, it is necessary to find the right hearing aids for your hearing condition. HASSA being one of the leading Adelaide hearing clinics, offers a wide range of discount hearing aids from popular brands such as Starkey, Phonak, Widex and Unitron. Consult with the expert team of HASSA to seek an optimal hearing aid solution and advice on hearing care.

 

How to Make the Most Out of Your Holidays with Hearing Loss

Holidays are about family gathering, dinners and parties. But for the hearing impaired, it can be the most stressful and challenging time of the year.

Typically, any festive ambience would have a noisy background that can create challenging listening situations for the hearing impaired.

However, with the following tips, you can make your holidays less demanding and more pleasurable.

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Be strategic with your seating arrangement

When at a holiday event you can expect the noise levels to be very high, making it difficult to communicate. To facilitate your hearing:

  • Try to sit at the end of the table so you don’t have to focus on multiple group conversations going on either side of you and can enjoy your conversation as well as meal.
  • When in home, try to avoid the kitchen area and spaces near the TV while in a restaurant setting, sit away from the bar or kitchen.
  • Always try to pick a corner or a booth when a loud music is playing in the background.
  • Move to a quiet spot in the house if you think the background is too overwhelming to carry out a one-on-one conversation with an individual.
  • When going out to attend a party, arrive early to find a spot from where you can see people’s faces and interpret their facial expressions and cues.

How about a holiday buddy?

Having a companion to accompany you to a holiday gathering or party can help you keep up in conversation and have an enjoyable experience.

  • If you are at a sit-down dinner, buddy up with a family member who you share a good bond with.
  • Make sure you pick someone whose speech is clear and easy for you to understand in a loud setting.

Additional Considerations

  • Don’t be shy about your condition. Remind your family, friends and new people you interact with that you have a hearing difficulty. They will try to be more attentive when you speak and speak in a way that helps you understand easily.
  • Notify your host of your hearing and seating arrangement needs which will make it convenient for your to socialise.
  • Though you are certain to have a music playing on in a holiday setting, don’t hesitate to ask your host to turn the volume down during your meal so that you can enjoy conversations on the table better.
  • Schedule an appointment with one of the Adelaide Hearing providers to get your hearing aid checked. A professional will assess everything from your hearing aid batteries to device settings to optimise your hearing aid for the best holiday hearing experience.

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Don’t let another holiday season be affected by your hearing loss. Follow these considerations and tips to get the most out of your hearing and make a holiday experience to cherish for a lifetime.

Tips to Help Children Develop Healthy Hearing Habits

While parents tend to get their children’s teeth and eyes on a regular basis to ensure good dental health and eyesight, hearing is often overlooked as a health concern.

However, hearing has a significant role to play in the development of your child’s language, learning and speaking skills.

Here are a few things you can do to develop good hearing habits and promote good hearing health in your children.

Choose hearing-friendly toys

There are a variety of toys that whistle, play loud music and make sounds. While the noise of most of these toys is harmless, some are simply annoying and can harm your child’s hearing with exceptionally high noise levels.

  • Beware of toys louder than 85 decibels.
  • You can check a toy’s ear-friendliness using a sound level metre.
  • You can also determine sound levels of a toy by holding it 12 inches from your ears. If you flinch, the toy is too loud and unsafe for your child’s hearing.

Lower the volume everywhere

Your little one’s ears are exposed to a variety of sounds and noises every day from the TV, radio, computer, music player, traffic, ringing doorbell, ringing phone, screaming siblings and their own sound or music-based toys.

  • Adjust the volume for all devices at half of their maximum setting.
  • Get your child used to listening or playing their devices at a low volume even in a noisy environment.
  • Limit the volume and usage time on your kids’ headphones and music player.

Encourage the use of hearing protectors

Protecting your child’s hearing doesn’t necessarily mean to restrict them from attending music concerts, shows and shooting events that promote loud noise and have loud environments.

Rather, you can ask your children to wear noise-dampening earphones, earplugs or earmuffs while they are in a significantly noisy environment.

  • Start young to get your child make this a habit.
  • You can set examples by using hearing correction device yourself.
  • Explain them how using hearing protection can help them enjoy the sounds they like while protecting their ears.

The Bottom Line

Your child’s hearing health is as important as their dental health and oral hygiene. Start young and create awareness about hearing problems, specifically noise-induced hearing loss while encouraging your child to develop habits that promote hearing health in your children.

Furthermore, get your child’ hearing tested early to make sure they get proper care and treatment in case diagnosed with hearing loss. If your child is already hearing impaired and uses hearing aids, make sure you visit your audiologist once in a while to optimise the performance of their earring device. While all the advanced hearing solutions like Siemens Hearing Aids, Starkey SoundLens and Phonak AutoSense OS technology provide the hearing impaired with a hassle-free hearing experience, it is important that you consult your audiologist to find the right solution for your needs.

3 Good Habits of Smart Hearing Aid Users

Though hearing aids are an effective and preferred treatment to hearing loss and impairment, you might not feel very good about your appearance and experience when you first start using one.

However, the first few days of using your device have a lot to do with your satisfaction and success in the matter.

To help new users get acquainted with their device and drive satisfaction, we have listed three common habits of smart hearing aid users that will definitely make your life better.

They have their cake and eat it too

Hearing aids are a boon to those with impaired hearing. A smart hearing aid user acknowledges the opportunity they have been provided to improve their condition with hearing aids and thus make sure to exploit the device to the fullest.

Even though a hearing device might make new users feel self-conscious, it is imperative that your wear them all day long and not just occasionally, in specific environments to reap maximum benefit out of your investment.

They own it positively

Hearing loss leaves a significant emotional impact on many and becomes a source of low self-esteem for them. If you are one of those people, it is natural to feel reluctant to open up about your condition in public.

But know that the long-term advantage you miss out on by not owning your condition can make you feel more regretful than the short-lived relief you experience by hiding your hearing problem.

A smart hearing aid user will always have people around them informed about their condition and benefit from cooperation of surrounding people and an improved hearing experience.

They take good care of their device

Hearing aids don’t come with the promise of restoring your hearing completely, but when used and taken care of appropriately, they can contribute to a much better quality of life for the hearing impaired.

Smart hearing aids users realise the fact and treat their device to special care from cleaning hearing aids regularly to checking hearing aids batteries, to ensure smooth function and a hassle-fee experience.

Furthermore, if you suspect anything wrong in its function or feel a negative difference in your experience, it is important to consult with your hearing health practitioner.

Conclusion

If you’re a new hearing aid user, follow these effective habits of smart users and you will be surprised at the difference these small practices bring to your hearing aid experience, hearing condition and of course your lifestyle.

It is also advisable to employ regular audiology visits in your daily care routine to ensure high performance of your device. The are many adelaide hearing providers out there that offer reliable hearing repairs. Count on one that has a reputation for offering quality products and hearing assessment service to benefit in the long run.

Signs You Need to Visit Your Audiologist Immediately

There’s much more to audiology than hearing assessments. While we don’t usually think of visiting an audiologist unless we experience significant hearing impairment, there are times when a consultation with an experienced audiologist can provide you with necessary care for good ear health.

Listed below are common signs that indicate you need to see an audiologist.

Tinnitus

Constant, unexplained ringing or buzzing and many other sounds in the ears can be indicative of the medical condition, tinnitus which can affect your hearing. Not only is tinnitus annoying and troublesome, but it is also linked with hearing loss.

Earwax Blockage

Though earwax serves as a natural cleanser and have antibacterial and antifungal proprieties, excessive build-up of earwax around the eardrum can take a toll on your hearing.

A little earwax is normal and beneficial for your ear health but if you notice excessive amounts of earwax around your ears, you must book an appointment with your audiologist. If you experience a ringing, hissing or whistling in your ears, get your hearing tested by a professional audiologist and find a suitable solution for your problem.

Routine Check-up

Just as you care about your dental and eye check-ups, it is important to get your ears tested once a year. Hearing loss doesn’t occur overnight. It takes years to gradually grow over time and thus may not be easily noticed by the affected person.

By ensuring a yearly hearing assessment, you can spot a hearing problem before it gets worse and cause damage to your health. Leveraging their extensive experience and knowledge, an audiologist can offer your valuable advice on how you can keep your ears in good condition and improve your quality of life.

When it comes to Hearing Aids, Trust Only Professionals

If you are dealing with any of the signs, the next thing you want to do is see an audiologist. Visiting a hearing healthcare professional early in the process will prevent your situation from getting worse.

Make sure the audiologist you consult has the right experience and expertise to thoroughly asses your hearing and suggest a suitable treatment to suit your specific problem. In case, the treatment involves getting hearing aids, and you are considering buying from an online source of hearing aids Australia, you would want to count on a supplier that is known for their reliability and integrity and have a good reputation in amongst several Adelaide hearing clinics.