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Do you feel like your hearing is not as good as it used to be? Maybe you're finding it harder to keep up with conversations, or maybe you've been avoiding social situations altogether because of the embarrassment of not understanding, or catching everything people are saying. Whatever the case may be, there's no need to remain in discomfort - addressing your hearing loss can lead to a much better quality of life through treatment and technology.

Modern hearing devices are one such example that could make all the difference in how well we communicate and understand what’s going on around us.  They give us confidence, and more connectivity than ever, meaning social isolation becomes a thing of the past.

In this blog post, we will discuss why investing in hearing aids is beneficial for those suffering from hearing loss.

Hearing aids are the most effective solutions for the majority of people suffering with hearing loss. They help to amplify sound specifically within the frequency range of speech, making it easier to hear what’s being said more clearly and accurately. Hearing aids can also reduce background noise and make understanding conversations in noisy environments much easier - a huge benefit for those who struggle with hearing words in busy places like restaurants, shops, or crowded social gatherings.

Modern technology is incredibly convenient and discreet. Some models are now small enough to fit completely behind your ear, or completely within your ear so they're barely noticeable when wearing them. Additionally, some come with Bluetooth technology that allows you to stream audio directly from your smartphone or other devices right into your ears! This makes listening to music, taking phone calls, watching videos, and more much, possible and enjoyable.

Is There a Link?

The UK's recent Public Health Lancet report, published in April 2023, has shed light on the importance of addressing hearing loss early in order to help reduce the risk of developing dementia. According to the report, those with hearing loss are at a significantly increased risk of developing dementia, with a 40% higher chance than those without hearing loss. 

While the cause of this correlation is still unclear, experts believe it could be due to a few factors. First, people with hearing loss may be socially isolated due to communication difficulties, leading to an increased risk for dementia. Additionally, hearing loss can damage the brain's auditory processing system and lead to changes in cognition that may increase dementia risk. Practice shows us that those whom leave a hearing loss unaided, demonstrate further decline when tested annually, and cognitive ability continues to decline.

The Lancet report also highlighted how noise-cancelling headphones can help reduce the effects of hearing loss by providing improved sound quality and clarity. They work by using special microphones and algorithms that detect outside sound and generate equal but opposite signals which cancel out background noise, allowing you to hear more clearly without any distractions. This helps improve listening ability in noisy environments and can decrease associated communication difficulties.

Working with a compassionate and knowledgeable Independent Audiologist, can lead to improved outcomes and better quality of life for those with hearing loss.

So, by addressing hearing loss early, there's good news all round: a reduced risk of developing dementia and the opportunity to enjoy improved hearing and quality of life. A Full Hearing Consultation will establish a baseline from which to monitor year to year. By booking a hearing test today we can take the first step towards better hearing and brain health.

For more detailed information, follow this link.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(23)00048-8/fulltext

Do I Have Hearing Loss?

Have you noticed that you struggle to follow a conversation, not quite catching everything, or need to turn up the TV volume more than usual? These could be signs of hearing loss. Other common signs include difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds, asking people to repeat themselves, constantly feeling tired or stressed after being in noisy environments, and feeling like others are “mumbling”. Is it them, or is it me? Have the BBC failed us again? Or is it us? 

Did you know that Presbycusis, a type of hearing loss associated with ageing, affects about 30 percent of adults aged 65-74 and 50 percent of those over 75 in the UK?  Furthermore, presbycusis generally starts to creep in around the age of 50 and onwards.  It increases incrementally over along period of time; so one generally doesn’t realise what is happening until it’s become worse.

The good news is that hearing loss can be treated most effectively with binaural (stereo) digital hearing aids. According to research, those who use hearing aids have a better quality of life, improved communication, and less cognitive decline. In fact, studies show that binaural digital hearing aids can improve speech understanding in noise by 60 percent versus no hearing aids and 38 percent versus monaural (one sided) hearing aids.

So don't let hearing loss hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest.

Take action and get the help you need today.

Why Early Treatment of Hearing Loss is Beneficial, maybe even crucial?

Early treatment of hearing loss is essential to prevent further decline of hearing capability. Studies have shown that early intervention can reduce the effects of hearing damage, and improve quality of life. Early diagnosis also ensures that potential causes of hearing loss are identified and addressed in order to prevent further complications. With early treatment, people with hearing loss can avoid experiencing difficulty understanding speech, having trouble engaging in conversations with family and friends, or missing out on important sounds like warnings or doorbells. They also won’t have to rely on lip-reading as much which can cause social anxiety or frustration.

Additionally, early intervention may help slow down age-related cognitive decline as research shows a link between untreated hearing loss and speed of cognitive decline. 

Treatment may also reduce depression risks associated with hearing loss.

With modern technology, people with hearing impairments can access the soundscape of their environment and live a full life. Hearing aids and cochlear implants are some of the tools used to treat hearing loss and improve one’s quality of life. It is important for those who suspect that they may have hearing loss to seek the help of an Independent Audiologist, who can accurately assess and diagnose hearing problems.

The right treatment plan tailored to specific needs can help improve one’s overall quality of life and ensure that they participate in conversations without difficulty. Even those with mild hearing loss should be aware of the potential consequences of leaving it untreated.

Hearing loss can be a frustrating and isolating experience, but did you know that early treatment is not only beneficial but also potentially crucial? 

Again, with early intervention, negative impacts can be reversed and even prevented altogether by seeking treatment early.  You can improve your overall quality of life and maintain your independence. Don't sit in silence and miss out on valued conversations and relationships.

Take the first step towards better hearing and seek help today. Your future self will thank you.

Feel The Benefit

Have you ever wondered how wearing hearing aids can benefit your life?

According to recent data from the UK, over 11 million people suffer from hearing loss, and a large majority of them can benefit from the use of hearing aids. Studies show that wearing hearing aids can significantly improve communication, leading to better relationships with loved ones and increased social participation. Indeed, individuals who use hearing aids report a higher quality of life and increased self-esteem.  Something I come across often in my own hearing-care practice is that people have lost their spark and self confidence, they have gone on to retreat, rather than seek a solution, and have literally suffered in silence.  Good technologies are now financially accessible and a good Independent Audiologist will know exactly what will and won’t work for you out in the real world.

Moreover, the latest digital hearing aids are now so advanced that they provide excellent sound quality for a fraction of the price it used to cost.

Features like noise reduction, feedback cancellation, directional microphones, and tinnitus suppression have revolutionised how we hear and communicate. With this technology, you can take control of your hearing health and enjoy a fuller life with less effort.

You may also want to consider pairing your hearing aid with a device such as a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. This will allow you to stream audio directly to your device and control the volume, giving you complete control over your hearing experience. You can also use it as a hands-free device for phone calls and other activities.

Finally, make sure to consult with an audiologist who specialises in digital hearing aids before making any final decisions. A good audiologist can provide valuable advice on which type of hearing aid is best suited for your individual needs and lifestyle. Digital technology has changed the way we hear, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the most out of it! With the right tools and guidance, you can take back control of your life and enjoy sound again like never before.

So, why wait? Take charge of your hearing health today and reap the countless benefits of wearing hearing aids.

Common Myths About Using Hearing Aids

Many people tend to avoid getting hearing aids due to certain myths that they believe to be true. One common myth is that hearing aids make you look old. However, this is certainly not the case. Many modern hearing aids are small and discreet, and some are even designed to be virtually invisible. If we can take a minute to look at this objectively, then; how many kids and adults do we see wandering around with Air-Pods or Wired Stereo Headsets, it just doesn’t matter anymore. It’s the ‘age of communication’ and we can wear “Hearable's” and fit in with the rest of them.  Personally I remember having to wear glasses when I was in junior school, and I hated it, you got picked on for that. Fast forward a few years and now kids want glasses as a fashion piece, even though they don’t even need correction. Manufacturers literally make lenses with 0 magnification now. How things change…

Another myth is that hearing aids are uncomfortable, but with advancements in materials, & technology, the latest hearing aids are created to fit comfortably, maintaining functionality, style, and make a world of difference in your quality of life. 

Finally, some people think that hearing aids are expensive and therefore not worth the investment. Wrong.  The value comes in the sheer weight of Research and Development conducted by niche manufacturers over decades. 

As time has gone on, this technology is now within reach and accessible to more people than ever. These days many hearing aid providers offer several affordable options that can still have a profound effect in your ability to hear clearly and make conversations easier.

Wearing hearing aids brings JOY to you in reconnection with loved ones, listening to music or sounds of nature, simple things like hearing the bird song again, running water in the garden, and enjoying simple conversations with the people around you. 

With modern technology, hearing aids can also be tailored to the specific environment you are in. Different settings can be selected  for use in a noisy restaurant or a quiet home, making conversations more enjoyable and comfortable.  Also comfort settings may be an added bonus if the family are getting carried away and you do want some piece and quiet…

With all of these benefits, it's easy to see why investing in hearing aids is so important. Whether you're looking for a basic or advanced solution.

Don't let myths prevent you from improving your hearing and your life. Explore the benefits of hearing aids and consider wearing them to enhance your daily experiences.

Tips for Choosing the Right Hearing Aid for You

Choosing the right hearing aid can be a difficult task, but with the right guidance, it can be an enjoyable experience. At Tailor-Made HearingCare, we understand the importance of finding a hearing aid that is comfortable and works for your specific needs. That's why we take the time to explain the COSI (Client Oriented Scale of Improvement) in audiology - a tool used to measure the improvement of your hearing aids based on your individual goals. 

When selecting a hearing aid, be sure to consider factors such as the size, style, features, level of technology, and connectivity to your other devices.

Different styles of hearing aids offer different levels of comfort and convenience. Behind-the-ear (BTE) devices are the most popular form of hearing aid as they are discreet, comfortable and provide excellent sound quality. Quad microphone arrays help us determine the origin of sounds and give us a 360 degree sound experience as intended in the first place.

Other options include in-the-ear (ITE) devices which are slightly less visible and can be customised to fit the shape of your ear canal. Then we have in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids that are smaller further, and for some hearing losses tiny and virtually invisible versions IIC may be an option for you.

No matter what style you decide on, it’s important to purchase a device with the most up-to-date technology, from an Independent Audiologist whom supports you over time with a solid after-care plan. The best results are found when a customer works with an audiologist collectively over an extended period of time, where “tweaks”, adjustments, and modifications can be made. We can be accurate, but we’re always seeking precision.  With a full testing battery and modern testing equipment, we can programme hearing aids with more precision than ever before.

At Tailor-Made HearingCare our experienced and approachable team will work with you to find the perfect hearing aid that provides the best sound quality and amplification for your lifestyle, at a price that fits your budget. 

We believe that everyone deserves to hear better, so we make sure our clients are provided with the best possible options available at any given time.

Whether you're looking for something simple or advanced, we'll provide you with all the information and support you need to make an educated decision.

Let us help you hear the sounds you've been missing out on.   

We hope that by providing a comprehensive evaluation, fitting, follow-up and continuing After-Care services, we can ensure that your journey towards better hearing is collaborative & successful.

At Tailor-Made HearingCare, we understand that when it comes to finding the right solution for your hearing aid needs, there can be a lot of variables involved. That's why we are committed to providing personalised support and guidance tailored specifically to you and your individual preferences. Whether this is your first time buying a hearing aid or if you're looking for something more advanced, our knowledgeable staff will take the time to listen to your concerns and provide detailed consultations on which type of devices would best suit your needs.

What’s Next?

In conclusion, research increasingly suggests that hearing loss can increase the risk of developing dementia , depression, and other cognitive impairments.

Early diagnosis is key to preventing these issues and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Having early access to treatment and support is essential for addressing the associated complications caused by Hearing Loss.

With advances in technology and growing awareness about hearing loss, using hearing aids has now become easier and more enjoyable than ever before.

There are many myths about using hearing aids, but these can all be debunked with education and open conversations about hearing health. Ask the questions, get the answers.

When making the decision to use a hearing aid, it is important to consider all factors such as ease of use and comfort levels. Overall, investing in a quality hearing solution will not only improve your life, but it will improve the life of your loved ones too. By enabling yourself to be more engaged in conversations you will also protect your “brain health”.

If you suspect you may have a hearing issue or wish to know more regarding potential solutions available to you, please don’t hesitate to book into see us – we’re here to help.

Book Your Free Hearing Test

To book an appointment to see our audiologist at our clinic in Willerby, West Hull please phone today on 01482 654111. We can also give you an instant referral to an ENT specialist if you are struggling to get an appointment with your own doctor.

 163 Kingston Road, Willerby, HU10 6AP

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Thursdays, 11:00am - 19:00pm
Second Saturdays, Monthly 11:00am - 16:30

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