Caring for a Loved One With Hearing Loss

Sometimes, love can put you in tough situations, and when someone you love begins to show signs of hearing loss things can get tougher than ever. When people lose their hearing, they More »

The Emotional Impact of Hearing Loss

No-one who has not experienced the devastating effects of hearing loss can understand them fully. If your hearing has become severely impaired, psychological and emotional impacts are a natural consequence of your More »

Obesity and Hearing Loss

Obesity causes increased risks of hearing loss according to a study published in the American Journal of medicine. We may think that hearing loss as we age is unavoidable, but it is More »

Causes of Non-Genetic Hearing Loss in Babies

When a baby is diagnosed as suffering from hearing loss, various risk-factors are investigated in order to determine the cause. Obviously, genetic factors can play a significant role, but in their absence, More »

The Herpes Simplex Virus and Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss may affect adults and new-borns. There are two types of herpes simplex virus – and the type 1 form doesn’t even have to be sexually transmitted. You More »

 

Caring for a Loved One With Hearing Loss

Care-Giving_for_Hearing_Loss

Sometimes, love can put you in tough situations, and when someone you love begins to show signs of hearing loss things can get tougher than ever. When people lose their hearing, they are often in a type of denial, and even once they’ve accepted their loss, they’re often reluctant to investigate treatment options, so the first thing you need to do is:

  1. Ensure that treatment options are explored

Make sure that your loved one visits a hearing center in order to determine if anything can be done to help them hear better. That’s particularly difficult to do when you’re caring for an elder. Try making an appointment for them and telling them calmly but firmly that they will be going. Point out the importance of checking whether anything can be done to limit the impact of hearing loss on their lives.

A good hearing specialist will be able to tell you if there are things you can do to help accustom your loved one to any devices that might be used to improve his or her hearing. Find out what you can do to make things easier for them.

  1. What if they still can’t hear well or the damage is permanent?

Think about it from your loved one’s perspective. All of a sudden, they’ve been thrust into a lonely world where the simple act of communication with other human beings becomes a difficult and even embarrassing problem. Think of the psychological implications. You may find that the person shows their feelings of isolation and loss by becoming withdrawn, depressed and avoiding interaction with others. What can you do?

Find ways to show your love and support. Look for ways to improve your communication with the person who is suffering from hearing loss and keep family and close friends informed so that they can use your techniques too. Depending on how profound the hearing loss is, you may have to help out with simple tasks like answering the phone and stay close during times when the hearing impaired person is in situations where they have to deal with strangers who may not understand their problem.

  1. Improving communication

Face the person when you are speaking them and try to limit background noises that could interfere with their hearing. Whatever you do, don’t shout! Speak clearly, a little more slowly than usual and a little more loudly, but don’t yell. If you need to repeat yourself, try using different words. A pen and paper should be used as a last resort. Although there may be times when you feel impatient, don’t allow it to show. The person who is trying to hear you is probably more frustrated than you are!

  1. Don’t help out with things they can do for themselves

This yet another tough situation to deal with, but the hearing impaired person should become accustomed to dealing with day-to-day situations. This will help them to build their confidence and become as independent as possible.

Helping out with things that they’re afraid to try but could possibly do for themselves isn’t doing your hearing impaired loved one a favour. You’ll just make them more nervous of dealing with other people and more dependent on you. When you aren’t around, they will feel isolated and even panic stricken. The more things your loved one can do for him or herself, the better it is for them.

Screening Babies for Hearing Loss

Hearing Test on Baby

What is the Process and Why is it so Important?

New mothers have to spend so much time at hospitals and clinics having this or that examination during pregnancy and after birth that they might begin to wonder if it’s all necessary. Let’s look at the reasons why early diagnosis of deafness is so vital to a child’s development and how the testing is done.

An Overview of Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implants

If you’re hoping that a cochlear implant will restore hearing, you’re in for a disappointment. Although an implant can create a simulacrum of hearing by providing a representation of sounds and can make it possible for a hearing impaired person to understand speech, it is far and away not the same as restoring hearing. So how does it work?

The Emotional Impact of Hearing Loss

Emotional Impact of Hearing Loss

No-one who has not experienced the devastating effects of hearing loss can understand them fully. If your hearing has become severely impaired, psychological and emotional impacts are a natural consequence of your situation. Do not be ashamed to discuss this with a doctor or counselor, and make use of the support of family and friends.

Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

Choosing the right hearing aid is a big decision. Once you’ve got it, you have to live with it – or else try a different aid and incur additional expense. Knowing what types of hearing aid are available and what factors to be on the lookout for will help you to make an informed decision that suits your specific situation.

Obesity and Hearing Loss

Obesity and Hearing_Loss

Obesity causes increased risks of hearing loss according to a study published in the American Journal of medicine. We may think that hearing loss as we age is unavoidable, but it is clear that there are risk factors that we can actually do something about. Keeping active and keeping our weight within healthy limits can help to preserve our hearing.

Causes of Non-Genetic Hearing Loss in Babies

Checking Babies Ears

When a baby is diagnosed as suffering from hearing loss, various risk-factors are investigated in order to determine the cause. Obviously, genetic factors can play a significant role, but in their absence, non-genetic causes for hearing loss will be investigated.

The Herpes Simplex Virus and Hearing Loss

Herpes Virus (HSV-2)

This type of hearing loss may affect adults and new-borns. There are two types of herpes simplex virus – and the type 1 form doesn’t even have to be sexually transmitted. You can pick it up from someone else’s cold sores! The Type 2 form of herpes is sexually transmitted, but it can also cause mouth sores.

Common Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults

Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults

There are more than 100 factors that can cause hearing loss in adults. However, some of these are very rare. In this article, we will examine some of the more common causes of hearing loss in adults. Note: if you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, consult your doctor. The most common cause of all is earwax build-up, but you should on no account attempt to clean out the sensitive ear canal yourself.

Auditory-Verbal Therapy VS Auditory-Oral Approach

AuditoryVerbal

If one of your children suffers from hearing impairment, you will want to choose the best therapies that allow him or her to enjoy a normal childhood and develop into a normal adult. If you’ve heard these two terms used, you may wander what the difference is and which approach would best suit your child.