World Hearing Day 2021

World Hearing Day 2021 marks the launch of the World Report on Hearing, presenting a global call for action to address hearing loss and ear diseases across the life course.

The theme of the World Hearing Day is Hearing care for ALL! Screen. Rehabilitate. Communicate

The World Hearing Day 2021 and the World Report on Hearing present a global call for action to address hearing loss and ear diseases across the life course.

The key messages of World Hearing Day 2021 target:

For policy makers:

The number of people living with unaddressed hearing loss and ear diseases is unacceptable.

  • Timely action is needed to prevent and address hearing loss across the life course.
  • Investing in cost effective interventions will benefit people with hearing loss and bring financial gains to the society.
  • Governments must act to integrate person-centered ear and hearing care within national health plans for universal health coverage.

For the general public:

  • Good hearing and communication are important at all stages of life.
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be avoided through preventative actions such as: protection against loud sounds; good ear care practices and immunization.
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be addressed when it is identified in a timely manner and appropriate care sought.
  • People at risk of hearing loss should check their hearing regularly.
  • People having hearing loss (or related ear diseases) should seek care from a health care provider.

 

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GETTING HEARING AID

Our team of Doctors Of Hearing understands that hearing loss can interfere with your quality of life, often causing distress and discomfort. For this reason, we ensure that all our clients receive the highest quality of care and attention to help you to find the best solution to manage your hearing impairment easier. We believe life is lived best when it’s a natural and effortless flow. This means we take anything that holds you back to heart and will always strive to help you connect to a life without limitations. We have devoted years in advancing lives through our manufacturing partners into technical innovations that are inspired by Organic Hearing philosophy, placing you at the centre of everything we do because hearing and hearing care is as individual as a fingerprint.

We are conveniently placed to help clients of all ages.

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Below is a breakdown of what you can expect during your hearing journey:

STEP 1: THE CONSULTATION
During the first stage, we will spend some time discussing the difficulties you are having with your hearing, your lifestyle, any underlying conditions and we will take time to understand your listening needs, goals and expectations.

STEP 2: THE HEARING TEST
We then examine your ear with video otoscope (wireless camera inserted in your ear). At this point we are looking at the health of your ear, the ear canal and the ear drum, we are also looking for any obvious obstructions such as wax or infection, as a patient you will be able to see your ear canal projected on the big screen and consultant audiologist will explain to you. If wax is found we remove it safely with an ear irrigator, if infection is found we may have to refer you a consultant Ear Nose & Throat Specialist (ENT).

Next, we perform hearing test with Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA) to produce your Audiogram. The hearing test involves you wearing headphones and pressing a button in response to a series of pure tone beeping sounds, this gives us all of the information needed to advise you on the type, degree and nature of your hearing loss.
NB, when it comes to assess hearing loss in children, we perform different series of tests called Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE), & Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR).

STEP 3: EXPLAINING YOUR RESULTS AND PROVIDING RECOMMENDATIONS
We take the time to explain your hearing test results.

At this point we decide whether you simply need a checkup in 12 months for a hearing retest or if we feel that you would benefit from using hearing aids, we will talk to you about the most appropriate option for you from the full range of hearing solutions available in our centres. We will take the following into account:

  • Your technological requirements.
  • Size and shape.
  • Rechargeable & Bluetooth connectivity in hearing aids.
  • Hearing aid styles.
  • Comfort.
  • Price.

STEP 4: CHOOSING AND FITTING YOUR HEARING AID
You can expect your hearing aid to be fitted within 2-3 days after your test depending on the style of hearing aids dispensed. At the fitting we will program your hearing aids to your exact requirements. Once complete, you can then take your hearing aids home.

STEP 5: USING YOUR HEADING AID
It is a good idea to get used to wearing your hearing aids in a familiar and comfortable situation, such as at home with the family. Once you are used to wearing your hearing aids you can wear them all the time apart from when sleeping or bathing.

You may notice several things when you start using your hearing aids:

Speech, music, television and background noises will sound louder and clearer
Consonants such as ‘s’, ‘t’ and ‘ch’ will be more defined
Your own voice will also sound different, this is something that you adapt to over time

FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS, FINE TUNING & AFTER CARE
Following your fitting, you will be invited for a follow-up appointment where we can discuss any necessary adjustments to the sound quality. It is a good idea to make a list of anything you notice you would like adjusting in advance. During this appointment we will discuss how you have been getting along over the last 4 weeks. We can then make fine tuning adjustments to your hearing aids to further personalize the sound for you. These adjustments can make all the difference in the long run and help you get the most from your hearing aids.

For more information speak to one our hearing professionals today

Hearing is a big part of a child’s development

Hearing is a big part of a child’s development

We start to develop language from the moment we are born. So, the earlier hearing loss is detected and treated, the better. The best hearing aids, tools and techniques and your acknowledging support together – create a better future for your child.


The importance of sound
Language is learned through exposure to sounds. Children pick up words they hear in their environment. But not only language development is dependent on your child’s ability to hear. Their listening skills also influence their ability to learn to both read and write and it greatly influences their social skills as well.

To develop spoken language, children must be able to hear speech clearly and also to hear themselves. If your child’s hearing loss is left untreated, their basic language development will often be delayed. As your child grows, they face a range of challenges during different stages of their lives, from infancy through the school years and beyond. Their hearing loss will impact their life differently in the transition from being in the security of your home to being on their own in challenging environments such as school, sports and other social activities.

The brain develops as your child grows
Many parents believe that hearing aids will restore their child’s hearing. Unfortunately, they cannot. But they can help improve your child’s quality of life and they are critical to learning. With today’s technology, children can be fitted with hearing aids within the first few crucial weeks or months after birth.

 

We learn throughout our lives. From the moment we are born, we learn by observing and imitating our parents, family and friends. Later on, as we attend school, get a job and lead active lives, we continue the learning process. Children with hearing loss can live lives that are just as full and productive as other children. They just need additional support when learning.
The first step to using hearing aids.

In order to develop full, rich, verbal language, children must be able to tune into the speech sounds around them. It is critical to be able to hear as much as possible during all waking hours. Just as you rely on light in order to move around confidently and fully understand and enjoy all of the activities going on around you, your child relies on their hearing aids to help them get the most from their surroundings to support their language development.

Helps development of essential brain structures
Even children with mild or minimal hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids, because the amplified sound produces stimulation and supports growth of the auditory centers of the brain. These brain structures are best developed and become most interconnected when a child is very young. This is important for a child’s vocabulary: Often a child’s vocabulary quadruples between his first and second birthday. Which is why it is important to get hearing aids as early as possible.

 

 

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