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The Dog Ate My Hearing Aid!

Surprising Ways People Lose Their Hearing Aids

Adapted from an article written by Debbie Clason, staff writer for Healthy Hearing

 

Americans spend an average total of 2.5 days every year looking for lost belongings such as remote controls, cellphones, car keys and eyeglasses, a survey by getpixie.com indicates.

A curious dog looks at the camera

The biggest reason for hearing aid loss?
The family dog uses them as a chew toy.

And while two-thirds of us annually spend as much as $50 to replace these items, the cost can be much higher for those who lose their hearing aids.

“It’s not as uncommon as you might think,” says Dr. Melissa Danchak, AuD. “We usually see three or more people per month who lose their hearing aids. In January, I counted eight people who lost them.”

Good Hearing Aid Habits Are Key

“Generally, people lose their hearing aids because they don’t develop a routine,” she said. “When I’m dispensing the hearing aids, I first tell them to wear their hearing aids all their waking hours. If they’re in their ears, they’re less likely to lose them. If the hearing aids are placed in their box/charger when they are removed, they won’t get lost. Developing good habits is important to prevent loss.”

That means taking a few extra steps, even if you’re tired and want to take a nap. It’s easy to knock the aids off a side table or counter and into the sink. Women should consider keeping a designated hearing aid container in their purses so they have a recognizable container to put them in when they take them out when not at home.

Those who don’t follow this advice often lose their hearing aids—or find them in the most unlikely places.

 

Hearing Aids End Up In The Strangest Places

Hearing aids have been known to accidentally fall out of the ears, too. One patient told Dr. Danchak he found his hearing aid several months later in the bottom of his dishwasher while another said she retraced her steps and found her hearing aid in a parking lot. Remarkably, both units were unharmed and continued to work properly.

But the biggest reason for hearing aid loss is because the family dog uses it as a chew toy. “That’s what we see the most often,” Dr. Danchak said. "The biggest thing I stress is to put the hearing aids in a safe place when they’re not in your ears— especially if you have a dog. You may not have a dog, but if you visit a family member and they have a dog, remember that and be conscientious. And make sure the container closes really well. You don’t want your pet swallowing any part of a hearing aid.”

Watch Your Batteries, Too

The tiny button batteries found in hearing aids and plenty of other devices can be tempting to pets and little children. If you suspect a child has swallowed a battery, immediately call the battery National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 800-498-8666.

What To Do If You Lose Your Hearing Aids

Of course, even the most diligent people can lose a hearing aid. If it happens to you, don’t look forever. Although most homeowners’ insurance does not cover hearing aids, your devices are covered if they're under warranty for loss. And while replacement costs can be inconvenient, restoring your prescription sooner rather than later is important to your hearing health.

Dr. Danchak states, “How long they look for it depends on the circumstances,” Dr. Danchak said. “If they lost it at home, I tell them to give it a week before they replace it. If they lost it out and about, they should probably replace it immediately.”

It's important to develop good habits about storing your hearing aids when they’re not in your ears, make sure they fit securely, and talk to your hearing health professional about any issues you may be having. Good hearing health habits begin with a hearing health practitioner you can trust and scheduling an annual hearing evaluation.

 

Done With Dizziness?

 

 

Dizziness is a term people use to describe a variety of sensations. Symptoms such as vertigo, disequilibrium, lightheadedness, and spatial disorientation can all be described as dizziness. However, each symptom and their description offer unique insight into the problem as well as the possible cause.

Before treating your dizziness, it is important to determine the cause of your dizziness. It is often best to contact your family physician and describe your symptoms to him or her. Your description may include how long the symptoms last, as well as movements, positions, situations, or times that seem to cause the symptoms to start, or to make them worse. Pay attention to new or associated symptoms that occur around the same time as the dizziness such as headache, ringing in the ear(s), changes in hearing, pressure in the ears, or increased sensitivity to light or sound.

Rarely, dizziness is a medical emergency. If you experience slurred speech, confusion, difficulty swallowing, or the inability to walk, dial 911 or see a physician immediately.

The majority of dizziness complaints are the result of inner ear (vestibular) disorders. Typical complaints of vestibular disorders include vertigo, nausea, unsteadiness, and visual blurring with head movement. Vascular (blood flow) disorders such as blood pressure changes are another common cause of dizziness. Typical symptoms of vascular disorders causing dizziness include feeling faint or lightheaded and transient loss of balance, often made better by lying down and sometimes made worse by standing quickly.

Some causes of dizziness resolve on their own, and others can be easily treated. For example, the most common cause of dizziness is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV can often be effectively treated in one office visit. There are many sensitive tests and effective treatments for most causes of dizziness. Your family physician can help you decide if you need additional evaluation with a vestibular specialist such as an ear, nose, and throat physician or an audiologist.an Audiologist?

 

Source: www.howsyourhearing.org

 

World Hearing Day 2019

 

World Hearing Day is held on March 3rd each year to raise awareness

of how to prevent hearing loss and to promote ear and hearing care across the world.


 

 

Four Reasons Why You Should Never Leave Hearing Loss Untreated

Hearing loss can severely affect your quality of life in many ways.

Here is why you should treat the problem as soon as you become aware of it.

 

Suffering, but not treating hearing loss will lead to far-reaching impacts on the quality of your life. If you think you can get by while your hearing is slowly declining, it’s important to realize in how many different ways problematic hearing can affect your health.

A previous study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and mentioned in a Health24 article indicates that hearing loss can lead to conditions like depression and serious injury.

The World Health Organization also increased the disability weight of hearing loss, when it became clear what a deep-seated impact untreated hearing loss can have on people's lives.

Dr Chrystal Chalmers an audiology specialist and owner of North State Audiological Services, has heard a variety of excuses from patients over the past 30 years. She always responds that ignoring hearing difficulties will not make them go away.

If you suspect that your hearing is deteriorating, here is why you should have it looked at as soon as possible:

 

1. Hearing aids can make a vast improvement to your life

If you are embarrassed to wear a hearing aid and think that it will brand you as “disabled”, don’t be. There should be no stigma attached to hearing aids – and in many cases they are hardly noticeable, unlike years ago. If the cost of a hearing aid is something you are worried about, speak to your medical aid advisor about different types of treatments that could work for you.

 

2. Untreated hearing loss affects your brain directly

A recent study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that brain atrophy can be directly linked to auditory difficulties. This means that the areas of the brain that are used for processing sound literally shrink, leading to even more difficulties in comprehending speech and with other cognitive skills.

The sooner you correct hearing loss, the sooner you can halt the atrophy in the brain. “As hearing ability declines with age, interventions such as hearing aids should be considered not only to improve hearing but to preserve the brain,” said lead author Jonathan Peelle, research associate in the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine.

 

3. Untreated hearing loss can affect your social life and relationships

The more people struggle to hear conversations, the more they tend to avoid social interaction altogether. Children who experience hearing loss at a young age can also distance themselves from their peers. Hearing loss can also affect your relationship with family and friends as you struggle to articulate your feelings, making you feel frustrated and embarrassed. A recent study found that 73% of individuals with hearing loss, and 41% of their relatives, believed their family relationships improved once they started wearing hearing aids, according to My Hearing Centers.

 

4. Untreated hearing loss can affect productivity and income

In a precarious economy and work environment, it’s important to be as productive as you can. Hearing loss can severely affect productivity and concentration if left untreated. If you work in an environment where safety plays an important role and your hearing is affected, not disclosing or treating your condition may lead to serious injury.

 

Source: Health24.com

Marelize Wilke

 


 
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