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Overcoming Isolation: 3 Strategies to Coping With Hearing Loss

  • By Pacific Hearing Care
  • 27 Aug, 2016

Hearing Loss is Incredibly Widespread

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Age-related hearing loss is incredibly widespread. In fact, at least one third of all American adults between 65 and 75 have at least partially lost their hearing, and the number increases to half of all adults over 75.

In spite of the facts and statistics, though, it's easy to feel alone and isolated when you start to experience hearing loss. Losing one of your senses can make you feel cut off from the rest of the world. You could struggle to talk on the phone, understand what your loved ones are saying, or watch your favorite films and TV shows.

Devices like hearing aids can restore a lot of your former hearing, so if you experience hearing loss, the first step you should take is to visit a doctor and purchase a reliable set of hearing aids. Apart from investing in this key medical device, take the following steps to reconnect with the world around you. Age-related hearing loss doesn't have to isolate you when you apply these tips.

1. Let Your Family Members Know How You Feel

One of the most difficult aspects of hearing loss is losing the ability to communicate meaningfully with the people you care about the most. You
might worry that you're placing a burden on everyone else by constantly asking them to repeat themselves. Many people with hearing loss
eventually stop asking and just settle for not understanding background conversations.

Instead of withdrawing, try to tell your family members that you feel more alone when you can't understand what they're saying. Explain that you don't want to bother them, so you often miss out on crucial parts of the conversation.

Then, work with your family members to create strategies that will involve you in more conversations. You might ask family members to speak a
little louder than they normally would when they're around you, even if they're not talking to you directly. Or you might ask them to ensure they
make eye contact with you when they're addressing you so that you'll notice their conversation quicker.

Remember that it's okay to ask family members to go out of their way to catch your attention and ensure you can hear what they're saying-after
all, they love you and are usually more than happy to help you feel comfortable when you're around them.

2. Invest in Hearing aids for the Hard of Hearing

Your hearing aids are the most important piece of equipment you'll own for treating your hearing loss. The digital advancement in hearing aids provides superb sound quality where you'll enjoy the sounds of life. The latest technology provides background noise elimination to cut down on unwanted noise, directional microphones to enhance speech sounds, and blue-tooth technology to stay connected with other gadgetry.   With hearing aids, you will be at ease when hearing your spouse, friends, and children without having to say "what" again. 

3. Stay Involved With the Outside World

You can take several steps to make your home a more comfortable environment, but it's harder to transform the outside world. Many people
who lose their hearing eventually stop leaving the house as much as they used to; they worry about not hearing cars as they cross the road or
miscommunicating with grocery store cashiers during mundane interactions that used to seem simple.

Again, having a high-quality hearing aid will give you the confidence you need to continue your typical routines. With help from advanced
technology, you should be able to interact with most people the same way you did before you hearing loss.

You should also be aware of technology that exists to help the hard of hearing stay connected when they're out of their homes. For instance, some movie theaters have personal captioning devices that enable the user to benefit from closed captioning even when the screen itself isn't captioned.

Invest in Hearing Aids and Reconnect With the World

Hearing loss doesn't have to sever your ties to the outside world. Instead, along with investing in a good set of hearing aids, apply the tips above
to reclaim your sense of self and continue to interact with those around you.

If you need reliable hearing aids, get in touch with Pacific Hearing Care. Our goal is to match you with the right hearing aids so you can cherish
life's little moments and enhance your quality of life.

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By Pacific Hearing Care 13 Mar, 2017

Many people watch their grandparents and parents experience hearing loss as they age. When they start to notice symptoms of hearing loss in themselves, they begin to wonder about what the future holds.

Experiencing hearing loss can be unsettling and even frightening. Learning more about age-related hearing loss can help patients understand this health condition and how to manage it. Let's examine the answers to three of patients' most common questions.

1. What Causes Age-Related Hearing Loss?

We can hear thanks to hair cells in our ears that capture sound waves. Unfortunately, these hair cells are among the many parts of the body that can decline as we age. As they get older, many people's hair cells become damaged or even die, causing permanent hearing loss. This type of hearing loss can become increasingly worse over time.

Some people are more likely to lose their hearing than others. Genetics are one of the most common reasons to lose hearing, so if your parents lost their hearing, you likely will, too.

Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is very common. It's the second most common medical condition in older adults. In fact, about one in three Americans between ages 65 and 74 experience hearing loss.

2. Can It Be Prevented?

Genetic-related hearing loss can't be prevented. However, there are other factors that may contribute to hearing loss. These factors include frequent exposure to loud noise, smoking, and certain diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. Certain medications, including some chemotherapy drugs and excessive amounts of aspirin, can also cause hearing loss.

If you work in a loud environment around noisy machinery, take precautions to protect your hearing. You can wear ear plugs or other devices that dampen sound. You should also avoid loud rock concerts if possible.

Quitting smoking and living a healthy lifestyle may also help you prevent age-related hearing loss. If you take medications that cause hearing loss, talk to your doctor about a possible adjustment to your treatment plan.

Be aware that some types of hearing loss aren't necessarily related to age. Otosclerosis is a disease that affects the middle ear. Meniere's disease and autoimmune inner ear disease also affect the inner ear. If you notice symptoms like sudden hearing loss, dizziness, or ringing in the ear, see an audiologist for diagnosis and treatment.

3. Can It Be Cured?

Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss cannot be reversed. But it can be treated.

The most common solution is a hearing aid, an amplifying device that fits in or behind your ear. Some people feel embarrassed to wear hearing aids because they believe it calls attention to their hearing loss. However, modern hearing aids are much less noticeable than hearing aids in the past. Some hearing aids fit directly in your ear canal, so other people won't even know it's there.

If you would like to try hearing aids, see a hearing care specialist. He or she can test your hearing and fit you with your preferred hearing aids.

A variety of assistive listening devices can also improve your quality of life. For example, there are devices that amplify the sound of your phone or your television.

More aggressive medical solutions include cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing systems. These devices improve your ability to register sound, but they are only prescribed for people with severe hearing loss.

Age-related hearing loss can occur gradually, so you might not notice it's happening at first. If you struggle to hear during conversations or find yourself turning up the TV or radio volume more than usual, see a hearing specialist.  He or she can help you find the right hearing solutions for you.

By Pacific Hearing Care 30 Jan, 2017
By Pacific Hearing Care 11 Jan, 2017
When you start to lose your hearing, suddenly a simple phone call or conversation becomes intimidating. Hearing aids are your first source of
help, but is there anywhere else you can turn?

Today, there are many apps that can support hearing aids and make your life easier. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Phonak RemoteControl App

With this app, you can control the volume, settings, and other features of your Phonak Venture and Belong hearing aids. It's compatible with both Android and iOS. It also has a demonstration mode so you can learn exactly how it works.

2. Siemens touchControl

Have you ever wanted to control your hearing at the touch of a button? With the touchControl app, you can easily control your Siemens hearing
aids. You can adjust the volume and even adjust the bass or treble of what you hear.

3. Signia easyTek

Like Siemens touchControl, Signia easyTek allows you to adjust your hearing aids through your smartphone. This makes controlling your hearing aids simple and subtle, especially during social situations. When you use your smartphone to control your hearing aids, other people will assume you're just checking your phone.

4. ReSound Smart App

Do you wish your hearing aids adjusted to fit your current surroundings? They can with the ReSound smart app. The app comes with different
settings, such as "restaurant" and "outdoor." You can set your hearing aids to fit these settings so you can tune out sounds you don't want to hear. Plus, when you listen to music or radio, you can set the media at a different volume than other sounds. You can also locate missing hearing aids through this app.

5. Oticon ON

The Oticon ON app can control more than your hearing aids themselves. It can also control other devices through your hearing aids. For
example, you can set your lights to turn off when you turn your hearing aids off. You could even set your hearing aids to let you know when
someone knocks on your door.

6. Widex Com-Dex

With the Widex Com-Dex, you can control your hearing aid settings from your smartphone or smart watch. You can also stream music through
your hearing aids. You can even answer calls through your hearing aids so you can easily hear the person on the other side of the line.

7. TruLink Hearing Control

TruLink Hearing Control learns to adjust your hearing aid settings based on where you are. It allows you to change settings when you're in a new
location, and it saves those settings for when you return to that location. It also streams music from your iPhone or iPad and reads emails and
texts to you through your hearing aids.

8. Relax by Starkey

Many people with hearing loss also deal with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. This app helps relieve tinnitus by playing soothing sounds at your
desired volume and frequency. Available sounds include rainforest, ocean waves, and babbling brook. The sounds can play through your hearing aids or through ear buds.

9. miniTek Remote App

Like other hearing aid remote apps, the miniTek allows you to control your hearing aid from your smartphone. It also allows you to connect to
audio devices like MP3 players, laptops, TVs, and even game consoles. This makes the miniTek Remote App a great choice for teens and
anyone who uses several different technological devices.

Not only do these apps improve your hearing experience, but they also help you do things you couldn't do without them, such as adjust
background noise and control other devices. Talk to a hearing aid supplier for help choosing and downloading these apps.
By Pacific Hearing Care 27 Aug, 2016
Have you ever had a problem that you tried to ignore? Perhaps you wanted to deny its existence, or you just didn’t have time to deal with it at the moment. Many people experiencing hearing loss have those feelings about their hearing changes, so it becomes a sensitive subject to discuss.

Talking to loved ones about hearing loss can be a daunting task. To help you understand how to support loved ones experiencing hearing loss, we’ll cover some basic tips below. As you learn more about the best ways to approach your loved ones, you’ll be able to help them seek assessment and treatment.
By Pacific Hearing Care 27 Aug, 2016

You might associate hearing loss with getting older, and this condition does often happen to people once they reach a certain age. But more importantly, experts have found a link between hearing loss and dementia in the elderly across the US, including those who live in Hawaii.

According to recent research, scientists have found that hearing loss and changes in the brain are directly correlated.
By Pacific Hearing Care 27 Aug, 2016
Age-related hearing loss is incredibly widespread. In fact, at least one third of all American adults between 65 and 75 have at least partially lost their hearing, and the number increases to half of all adults over 75.

In spite of the facts and statistics, though, it's easy to feel alone and isolated when you start to experience hearing loss. Losing one of your senses can make you feel cut off from the rest of the world. You could struggle to talk on the phone, understand what your loved ones are saying, or watch your favorite films and TV shows.

Devices like hearing aids can restore a lot of your former hearing, so if you experience hearing loss, the first step you should take is to visit a doctor and purchase a reliable set of hearing aids. Apart from investing in this key medical device, take the following steps to reconnect with the world around you. Age-related hearing loss doesn't have to isolate you when you apply these tips.
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