Top 10 signs of hearing loss – Lost, now found

14 04 2017

signs of hearing loss

The first signs of hearing loss

I was born hearing as far as I know. I often suffered from ear infections, and I lost some hearing. However, this was on the lighter side in my early years, I would sometimes miss certain words and sounds.

I, my parents, teachers, and even my main doctor were oblivious to this. I was just a kid, I had no idea, I thought I was okay, especially since in the hearing world there is the common phrase, “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that.”

Despite the fact I said this quite often, I was simply told to focus and pay attention.

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11 interesting facts about hearing aid devices

13 04 2017

hearing aid devices

Did you know as early as the 13th century people with hearing loss were using hollowed-out horns from animals as primitive hearing devices?

The first ‘official’ mention of hearing aids ever recorded was in a book published by an Italian physician / scientist in 1588. In the book, he wrote about hearing aids made from wood, shaped like the ears of animals known to have superior hearing.

Isn’t it amazing how far technology has come? The first wearable hearing aid was developed in 1938 by electronic manufacturers in Chicago. But it took another 20 years to create a hearing aid that could completely fit behind the ear.

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The surprising truth about tinnitus success stories

11 04 2017

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Searching for tinnitus success stories

Tinnitus and success stories – would you put the two together?

Searching the internet, you will find many articles discussing the issues around tinnitus from minor or daily frustrations to more serious issues such as behaviour disorders like anxiety, depression, or insomnia.

With all this negative information it’s easy to understand why so many people find it difficult to manage if we find ourselves overwhelmed. When we first realise that we may be experiencing tinnitus we often go online to find more information about the condition, unfortunately when we do this we often get freaked out by the horrible stories that can be found online.

If you are someone that hasn’t experienced anxiety, depression, insomnia etc it can be a very difficult topic to start reading about and relating to your own life.

Tinnitus sufferers often say this is one of the worst things they could have done in the early stages of realising they have this condition as it had a negative impact on how they managed tinnitus.





The limitations and benefits of hearing aids

6 04 2017

benefits of hearing aids

The limitations and benefits of hearing aids – The real story

Hearing aids cannot magically restore a person’s ability to hear; rather they aid you in hearing better.

Hearing aids have been shown to improve a users’ quality of life, specifically improving communication in relationships, as well as providing the user with a sense of control.

However, as with most things in life, there are benefits and limitations to wearing hearing aids.

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How to sleep with tinnitus sounds

4 04 2017

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Tinnitus sounds and sleep don’t mix

As a tinnitus sufferer, you may be surprised to hear that many people with this condition actually find sleep as a time of escape, that said unfortunately, there are still many people who find sleeping with tinnitus sounds is very difficult of a night.

Everyone will experience some type of sleeping issue throughout their lifetime and it’s important to understand that there are many reasons why you may be experiencing sleeping issues. The 4 most common reasons why people have sleep issues are;

Insomnia

Causes of insomnia include:

  • Behaviour disorders
  • Prescribed medication
  • Health issues
  • Bad diet

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The pain and the pleasure of captioning telephone calls

3 04 2017

captioning telephone calls

Is captioning telephone calls necessary?

Today, it’s difficult to imagine not having a telephone or a mobile phone. On this day in 1973, the first mobile phone call was made in New York. The Motorola mobile phone used was bigger than a brick. It was 9 by 5 inches and weighed over 2 pounds. The talk time on this phone was only 30 minutes, and it took 10 hours to recharge.

Today, the smallest mobile phones will fit on your key fob. Technology has moved fast in 44 years. The top smartphones offer a glittering array of features such as iris and fingerprint scanning. Packing in more and more features, the top phones are getting bigger – often at the cost of a shorter battery life – and can cost as much as a cheap car.

With all these advances in technology, you’d think one group of people who can’t use the phone would be well served: deaf people. Mobile phones have been a boon for deaf people as they can now send text messages and use Whatsapp. But when a deaf person needs to interact with a hearing person, it suddenly becomes a different ballgame. There are 70 million deaf and hard of hearing people worldwide who have difficulty using telephones. Say hello to captioning telephone services.

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Deaf News – Living with hearing loss

1 04 2017

living with hearing loss

Good morning! We have a sunny morning here in London UK and I hope you’re starting to see spring appear where you are. There’s nothing like a bit of warm sunshine to lift our spirits. It’s time to put your feet up for this week’s read with a cuppa.

I came across a couple of interesting articles this week which I thought I’d share; A quick-start guide to understanding my hearing loss and The dark-and-dirty secret of people with hearing loss.

Did you know you can contact the emergency services without actually speaking to them? You just dial a number. I had no idea this service existed, find out more here.

I have read about ‘cures for hearing loss’ for the last 30 years. Another one has popped up, regenerating hair cells in the inner ear. I won’t be holding my breath!

My favourite article of the week was a gift from Jon Morrow: 7 life lessons from a guy who can’t move anything but his face.

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Cochlear implant pros and cons

31 03 2017

boom cochlear implant pros and cons

7 cochlear implant pros and cons that will make you think

Many people assume that when you get a cochlear implant, you are “cured” of deafness. This is complete nonsense. It just doesn’t work that way. A deaf person receiving a cochlear implant remains a deaf person; they don’t miraculously become a hearing person. There are many cochlear implant pros and cons to consider before committing to the operation.

Being deaf is not an illness that needs to be cured. It’s true that cochlear implants (CIs) can help some severe or profoundly deaf individuals improve their way of communicating in the hearing world. However, not everyone has positive experiences; some deaf people actively protest the use of CIs.

Many people in the deaf community resent cochlear implants for the effect it has on the hearing people in their lives. When a deaf person gets a CI, and it works to a certain degree, their friends and family assume they can stop putting in the effort to effectively communicating with them, because you can hear now right?

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Bad lip reading jobs

29 03 2017

bad lip reading in chamonix

Do bad lip reading experiences exist?

I often get asked “What is forensic lip reading?”.

When a lip reader is lip reading, they are usually doing this in real life, face to face, watching a person’s lips, facial expressions, eyes, gestures, body language, and using context to clue themselves into the topic, so that they can understand another person. Many factors affect the lip readability of a person so the outcome is never a perfect translation. If enough of the factors affecting lip reading are present in a meaningful enough way, it all comes together beautifully to make sense to the skilled lip reader.

Forensic lip reading (or speech reading) is the simple transition of the skill of lip reading from real life to media, lip reading CCTV or video clips. Reading lips in 2D is much harder than reading lips in real life 3D because so many clues are missing. This makes for a bad lip reading experience for the lip reader. So many people assume, just because our lip readers can read lips, we can lip read anything you send us. We get so many videos that are #FAILs when we see them. So how can we make this a better experience for the lip reader?

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Don’t let tinnitus symptoms control your life

28 03 2017

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Managing tinnitus spiking

Living with tinnitus for some years I’ve come to realise some days are far better than others, from constant ringing to near silence. Managing tinnitus symptoms can be one of the most difficult things as a tinnitus sufferer.

Just when you think you’re starting to manage tinnitus, you can be hit with a sudden buzz that may last several days.

This is called tinnitus spiking. Often when I speak with sufferers the common theme is that the noise can be dormant some days and high pitched the next.

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