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Technological Improvements in Hearing Aids Help the Hearing Impaired

BY: arina makey | Category: Health | Submitted: 2010-06-25 20:36:27
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Do you like listening to Canadian geese in flight? Through the last memories of summer, have you watched and followed with your eyes and head the birds as they swirl above you? These pleasant sounds as well as many others will be lost to over 50 million people who are experiencing loss in hearing. There are many things around you that may not consider to be bad for your hearing, according to many audiologists, things like, vacuum cleaners, leaf blowers, and lawn mowers. This list also includes concerts and sports events.

Lists as long as your arm of common appliances have been made by audiologists. Permanent hearing loss has been the case for many Americans, but they are in the market for a brand new generation of devices for assisting your hearing issues.

Whatever your age or lifestyle, you will likely experience some hearing loss. Even those who are rich and famous may be effected. Actors, actresses, sports stars, and even presidents have had to deal with it. They have each addressed their loss of hearing by using hearing aids to assist them.

The top sensory damaging disorder in Americans is loss of hearing. The most common type of permanent loss of hearing is called sensorineural or hearing loss due to nerve damage. While this is caused by any number of things, this condition can be aided with a hearing aid. While there are over 1,000 different hearing aids on the market -- including those that sit inside the ear canal and those with directional microphones -- two come highly recommended.

When it comes to children one of the largest cause for temporary hearing loss is ear infections and the parents and caregivers of these children have spent more than $1 billon each year. There are encouraging and exciting new advances in newborn testing, says one otolaryngologist. It used to be that hearing tests were only done on small children when there was an obvious problem, but today's tests allow doctor's to test earlier and more accurately, helping children enjoy the full range of sound.

Tiny hairs located in the cochlea respond to loud/soft stimulus by giving off their own otoacoustic emissions. The growth and narrowing is something that can be gauged, emitting sound waves that are hard to detect. The ability to hear higher frequencies can be diminished as age increases, and despite this being a very common type of issue, it also receives the least amount of study. Around 50 million US citizens suffer from ringing in their ears, or tinnitus, every year, which can also be related to the loss of hearing.

Many peoples causes of hearing loss has nothing to do with their age. Many audiologists will advise you that hearing loss is a product of the way that Westerners live their lives. In his clinic, they have witnessed plenty of people who reveal that their hearing loss is a direct result of Western living. Our work settings, stereo systems, hair dryers, snowmobiles, our vehicle's decibel levels, vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers all contribute to hearing loss in a gradual, effectual way.

You may not even notice when your hearing loss starts to happen. What's an easy way to test your hearing? A lot of times, you won't notice until you start to lose the ability to hear what people are saying, and you can't hear high pitched sounds anymore. In attempt to hear anything you may find yourself tilting your head, favoring one ear over the other. Also, it can scare people away from interacting with others. Being able to distinguish sounds within a crowd is a function negotiated by the inner ear and the brain and it has not been totally replicated with the use of a hearing aid. Your sense of hearing is incredibly precious, and we often take it and the things we hear in the world for granted.

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