Does my hearing aid device need regular maintenance?

Yes, Absolutely! To keep your hearing aid in top condition, you are required to regularly maintain it. Daily hearing aid maintenance should include; a) Handling them carefully, b) Keeping them away from pets, and avoiding all airborne chemicals like aerosols (deodorants, perfumes, hairsprays). c) Hearing aids are not moisture resistant, so keep them away from saunas, pools, and showers. You must conduct your own maintenance program to assure their optimal performance. Before retiring to bed: (1) wipe off the hearing aid with a handkerchief or other soft cloth that will not shred, (2) inspect for wax and remove it if you find it, (3) brush the faceplate (the surface facing out of the ear) where the battery door and microphone are housed (this removes fine particles that can collect), and (4) open the battery door overnight to save power, and store aids in a container designed for moisture reduction. This will reduce the chances for breakdown.

How diagnostic for hearing assessment done?

Your doctor will diagnose hearing loss by asking questions about your symptoms and past health (medical history) and by doing a physical exam. He or she may find during a routine visit that you have some hearing loss. You will also have a physical exam of the ears . Your doctor will use a lighted instrument (an otoscope) and may find problems in the ear canal, eardrum, and middle ear, including: Earwax; An object or obstruction in the ear canal; An infection or fluid in the ear and an Injury to the ear. If your exam, history, or symptoms suggest a hearing problem, your doctor may do a standard hearing evaluation. You may be referred to an audiologist to do these tests. Depending on the suspected cause of hearing loss, you may also have other tests such as; a) Imaging tests such as a CT scan or MRI may be done when an injury or tumour is suspected. b) Auditory brain stem response (ABR) testing may be used to test nerve pathways in the brain if your doctor suspects an acoustic neuroma or another nerve problem. This test measures how well the nerve that helps you hear is working, and how fast sound travels along this nerve.

How can hearing loss be treated?

Treatment for temporary or reversible hearing loss usually depends on the cause of the hearing loss. Treatment for permanent hearing loss includes using hearing devices or hearing implants. Although you and your family may view permanent hearing loss as part of aging, proper treatment is important. Hearing loss may contribute to loneliness, depression, and loss of independence. Treatment cannot bring back your hearing, but it can make communication, social interaction, and work and daily activities easier and more enjoyable.

How long do hearing aid batteries last?

Hearing aid batteries usually last a week when the hearing aid is used most of the waking day, every day. If you experience short battery life, contact your hearing health care professional.

What types of hearing aids are available?

When selecting a hearing aid, you can select circuit and you can select size. Circuit options include: conventional, programmable, and digital. Size options are: BTE, ITE, ITE half-shell, ITC, and CIC.

Where should I go for hearing help?

If you suspect you have a hearing loss, you should speak with your medical doctor about it. More than likely, your doctor will recommend a hearing evaluation by a licensed hearing health care professional. The hearing evaluation will help determine where your hearing loss is and what would be your best options for help.

Why should I correct a hearing loss?

If you think you have a hearing loss, the best thing you can do for yourself and those around you, is to have a hearing evaluation to see if you are a candidate for hearing aids. You may not know what you are missing if you never give hearing aids a try. Better hearing makes listening less stressful and can improve relationships with friends and family.

How do I know if I am experiencing hearing loss?

Some symptoms of hearing loss include: problems hearing in crowds, difficulty with female or children’s voices, thinking people mumble, having to ask people to repeat, turning the television up louder than other people do, and family members telling you that you have a hearing problem. If you think you have a hearing loss, ask a family member if they have noticed you having difficulty and schedule a hearing evaluation.

Is my hearing aid covered by a warranty?

Yes absolutely. Almost all manufacturers’ hearing aids are covered by a warranty. A manufacturer’s minimum one-year warranty comes with every hearing aid. However, you are responsible for the cost of repairs when this warranty ends.

How do I know that the hearing aid device I am using is exact to my requirement?

The best way to find out is to speak to your audiologist and get a hearing assessment done. This way expert can help in better identifying your hearing aids as per the exact requirement of your hearing severity.

Does therapy offers a better scope to treat the severity of my hearing problem?

Therapy will work for you but the key to making it work is to find the right therapist for you. At Elkon Hearing Centre we have expert therapist. The therapy we helps you to set long and short term goals, and then your therapist will help you to figure out how you can achieve these goals.

How can counselling with experts help me in my hearing problem?

TCounselling in most cases helps you learn how to live with hearing problem. Most counselling programs in our centres have an educational component to help you understand yourself better. Some counselling programs also will help you change the way you think about and react to your hearing problem. Counselling help you deal with the daily chores of life in a positive manner.

How can I know which kind of instruments fits me the best?

The best way to get a correct instrument as per your needs is to first speak with your audiologist about options that will best offer you help.

What should I consider when buying a hearing aid?

The type of hearing aid devices recommended for users will greatly depend on the nature and extent of hearing loss and the size and shape of the outer ear and canal as some conditions (e.g ear drainage) may prevent a person from wearing hearing aids that block the ear or canal. Aesthetic considerations play a large role for some wearers who may prefer wearing nearly invisible aids, while others prefer an aid that although visible blends with their skin tone. Small hearing aids (ITCs or CICs) also have tiny batteries and those with limited dexterity or sight problems may find these difficult to operate. It is beneficial to examine the hearing aids’ warranty stipulations and consider insurance options for your device. Trial periods to ensure the person is happy with their purchased product can be useful to the customer, but it is best to ask whether or not there will be a charge if it is returned. A purchaser must also consider repair options and whether you can access a loaner during times of reparation. Assistive listening devices are compatible with certain aids, so it is best to determine what functions will be needed to ensure that the aid has the capabilities that will suit the user both now and in the future.

Will hearing aids devices improve my hearing?

Hearing aids are equipment that offers many benefits. While not perfect, they can bring about significant improvement. Hearing aids equipment such as – Programmable analog provide excellent assistance. More so – Digital instruments offer audiologists additional modification capability to improve performance in many different situations. Thus, depending on your loss and severity, multiple microphones may significantly improve discrimination and localization in both noisy and quiet situations.

How can hearing loss be treated?

An appropriate hearing loss treatment often depends on its cause. Hence the need for correct evaluation and assessment of hearing which help experts to recommend appropriate treatment.

What are the primary causes for hearing-loss?

There are many factors that cause hearing loss. The three primary causes, or types of hearing loss are:

  1. Conductive,
  2. Sensorineural, and
  3. Mixed hearing loss.

What information can be found in my health record

health record is created any time you see a health professional such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, or psychiatrist. You could find the following in your health record:

  • Your medical history and your family’s medical history
  • Labs and x-rays
  • Medications prescribed
  • Alcohol use and sexual activity
  • Details about your lifestyle (smoking, exercise, recreational drug use, high-risk sports, stress levels)
  • Doctor/nurse notes
  • Results of operations and proceduresGenetic testing
  • Research participation
  • Any Information you provide on applications for disability, life or accidental insurance with private insurers or government programs
  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Number
  • Financial information such as credit cards and payment info

Who has access to my health records

Many more people than you would ever want, including people outside the health care industry.

  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies especially if you receive Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, SSI, Workers Comp or any local, state or federal assistance
  • Employers
  • Banks, Financial Institutions
  • Researchers
  • If you are involved in a court case, your health records can be subpoenaed and available to the public
  • Marketers
  • Drug companies
  • Data miners
  • Transcribers in and outside the U.S.
  • Many health websites collect information about you

Can my personal health information be used and disclosed without any notice to me or without my informed consent at the time of treatment

Yes.

The Amended HIPAA Privacy Rule states only that you must receive a Privacy Notice telling you how your personal health information will be used and disclosed. Section 164.520(c) (2) (i) (A).
Privacy Notices are often mistaken for consent forms, but they are simply notices telling you what will happen to your medical records.

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