August 2018

Three Reasons People Don't Wear Their Hearing Aids - And the Solutions

Three Reasons People Don't Wear Their Hearing Aids


you know that only around 20% of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them regularly?  It's amazing, but true (People don't war their hearing aids).  We work with patients all the time who have hearing aids but leave them out most of the time, or only wear them on special occasions.

At Thousand Islands Hearing, our goal is to bring better hearing solutions to everyone who passes through our doors.  But that's hard for us to accomplish if people don't use their hearing aids!  So today, we wanted to talk a bit about the reasons we hear for why hearing aids go unused, and how to solve those problems so you can enjoy better hearing all the time.


Three Challenges That Deter People from Using Their Hearing Aids

1. "It's a poor fit."

Probably the most common complaint we hear is that people's hearing aids aren't a good fit.  Either they are uncomfortable to wear for long periods, or they have a tendency to slip off of the ears.  This is entirely fixable!  Just bring your hearing aids to us, or any other hearing technology specialist, and you can have them re-fit to better suit you.  

2. "I can't hear much better with them."

There are a few reasons why hearing aids might stop working correctly.  At the most basic, they may simply need cleaning.  Is there anything -like earwax- clogging up the input holes?  It could also be electrical or mechanical problems with the hearing aids themselves.  Or, it's also possible that your hearing has simply changed. 

Hearing loss can change over time, and people sometimes periodically need new hearing aids.

Either way, the solution is to talk to your hearing aid specialist to have your current hearing aids examined for functionality.

3. "They sound weird."

At present, no hearing aid is going to 100% perfectly recreate natural human hearing.  (Although they're consistently getting better.)  However, part of this is an adjustment process.  The more you use your hearing aids, the less weird they will sound.  Your brain will adjust to them, and after a while, they'll start seeming more normal.
However, you need to wear them constantly for this to happen.  They will always sound weird if they're only used occasionally.

Need Help with Your Hearing Aids?  Call Us!

Thousand Islands Hearing is a local leader in hearing aid solutions.  For help, just make an appointment.


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Things to Expect During Your First Visit to A Hearing Clinic

Things to Expect During Your First Visit to A Hearing Clinic 

If it's your first time visiting a hearing clinic, it's understandable if you're a little nervous.  However, there's nothing to be worried about!  When you visit a hearing clinic like Thousand Islands Hearing, you'll be interacting with professionals who are dedicated to one thing: helping you hear better.

Your first visit will be an easy experience but should still be quite productive.  Here's what to expect.

The Four Main Steps When You First Visit A Hearing Clinic

1 - The Interview

Before anything physical happens, you'll have an interview with a specialist.  This is usually done in-person, although it might occasionally happen over the phone to save time.  You'll be asked about your medical history, and about the problems you're currently having with your hearing.

If you want this to go a little more smoothly, try to think beforehand about situations where you have issues with your hearing.  It can also help to bring a second party, like your spouse or a close friend, who may be able to add important information.

2 - The Physical Examination

Next, we look at your ears.  We'll talk you through the various parts of your ears and how they work, while examining your ears for any physical problems that might contribute to hearing problems.  This is all totally non-invasive and pain-free.

3 - The Diagnostic Tests

The next step is to evaluate how well you can hear.  You'll be given a series of simple tests, usually in a sound booth, that test the range of your hearing as well as your ability to hear specific frequencies.  This is just the ear equivalent to eye tests when you're getting glasses.  For best results, be as honest and accurate as possible.
The results of these tests will create a map of your hearing, telling your hearing specialists what to focus on.  It also becomes a roadmap to regaining your hearing!

4 - Discussing Solutions

Finally, you and your doctor will sit down and discuss potential solutions to your hearing issues.  You can have a friend or partner here as well, if you like.   Your treatment plan will always be entirely personalized, developed to help your specific issues as best as possible.

And that's it.  One consultation can lead to radically improved hearing.

Thousand Islands Hearing 

If you're suffering from hearing issues, don't let them get worse. Schedule an appointment with the Thousand Islands Hearing clinic today!

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Can Tinnitus be Cured? Learn About Tinnitus Treatment

Can Tinnitus be cured?

If you consistently hear ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in your ears, you may suffer from tinnitus.  Tinnitus is a hearing condition which is experienced by roughly 15% of the general public, according to the American Tinnitus Association, marked by persistent and often distracting sounds.

Tinnitus can take many forms, from being a mild inconvenience to a serious disruption that can make it difficult to function in day-to-day life.  In some cases, tinnitus may be accompanied by hearing loss, adding to the challenges faced by those with tinnitus.

Can tinnitus be cured?  Unfortunately, at this time, there is no cure.  However, there is still hope for people with tinnitus, and multiple options for tinnitus treatment


What Causes Tinnitus?

Fundamentally, tinnitus is caused by damage to the cochlea, a sensitive organ in the inner ear.  The cochlea is directly responsible for taking in exterior sounds and converting them into electrical impulses for the brain.

The most common cause of tinnitus is especially loud noises.  People who work with or around heavy machinery tend to be most at risk, but tinnitus can potentially develop from a single extra-loud event - even a rock concert!  Other things which can damage the cochlea include ear infections, a variety of medications, and TMJ disorders.  On top of that, psychological factors such as stress and fatigue can aggravate tinnitus.  It is a very complicated condition.

Basically, the reason that the answer to "can tinnitus be cured?" is "not yet" is that we do not currently have the science to repair damaged cochlea’s, and researchers do not entirely understand the factors which cause tinnitus to persist.


What Tinnitus Treatment Options are Available?

There are tinnitus treatment options, depending on your situation.  Because psychology plays a role in tinnitus, counseling can often be effective.  Additionally, if there is actual hearing loss accompanying the tinnitus, hearing aids can be of significant help.

One of the most promising new tinnitus treatments is sound therapy.  On-ear devices can deliver sounds specifically "tuned" to counteract the sounds produced by tinnitus.  Some believe that sound therapy can even be used to re-train the brain, so it ceases to hear tinnitus sounds.  These devices can also be paired with hearing aids for two-in-one treatment.


Thousand Islands Hearing Is Passionate About Tinnitus Treatments

If you suffer from tinnitus, we want to help! Please schedule an appointment to evaluate your case. 

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