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Monday, May 31, 2010

How to Care for Hearing Aids



Hearing aids play a very important role in the lives of those who are hard of hearing. If you have recently gotten hearing aids, it is important to ask your hearing instrument practitioner about how to care for hearing aids. However, here are some of the most basic things that you should know about how to properly care for your hearing aids in order to get the longest life out of them.

Instructions

- Never wear hearing aids when you take a shower, go swimming or in the rain without anything to cover your head. Moisture is known to cause damage to hearing aids. Although there may be situations in which moisture damage is unavoidable, it is often almost always preventable.

- Find out from your hearing instrument practitioner how your hearing aids need to be cleaned internally. It will really depend on the specific hearing aid model that you have chosen. Although you can find basic information online about how to do it, you should not attempt to clean a hearing aid internally until you have asked your hearing instrument practitioner about how to do it.

- Never forget to clean your hearing aids externally. You will do this by wiping off the hearing aids. A dry tissue or soft cloth are the best things to use. The best time to clean the exterior of your hearing aids is in the morning. The reason that you will want to wipe your hearing aids off every day is to get rid of any wax or oils from your body that may have collected on the outside of the hearing aids.

- Clean the ear mold of the hearing aid. The best time to do this is at night. All that you need to do is wipe it off with a dry tissue or soft cloth. Keep in mind that ear molds need to be matched up to the correct hearing aid, so it is best to only clean one at a time. Sometimes, you may find that wax or oils enter the ear mold of the hearing aid. If you have any questions about how to clean the ear mold, ask the hearing instrument practitioner.

- Ask your hearing instrument practitioner about a Dry Aid Kit. It is known to be one of the best ways to keep hearing aids protected from wax and moisture in the air.

Feel free to contact me if you would like some more information about your hearing aids!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hear at Home will be at the Diversity Health Fair!



DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR 2010

A combination of fun and educational activities, the Diversity Health Fair is a free community event that takes place each Spring. The first Diversity Health Fair took place in 2005 and it has since became the largest event of its kind in Canada. The 2010 Diversity Health Fair will focus on the theme of Healthy Living and Healthy Weight.

When visiting the Diversity Health Fair, you and your family will have access to a great deal of information in different languages about what is and how to adopt a healthy or balanced diet, how to control your weight, and strategies to enjoy daily physical activities. All of these are considered to be the best steps to prevent diabetes and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE :

- A VIP opening ceremony for all to enjoy
- Over 50 exhibitors (including Hear at Home)
- Health and dental screenings
- Cooking demonstrations
- Fitness demonstrations
- Live entertainment
- Kid's Activity Area
- Fabulous draw prizes
- and more!

GOALS OF THE FAIR:

- To promote healthy living and initiatives to BC’s diverse communities.
- To support and empower people to make changes in the way they eat and live.
- To provide health organizations with an opportunity to demonstrate to immigrant-serving agencies and the culturally - diverse public the programs they have in place which promote access to their health services.
-Enable Health Organizations and Community Service Agencies to meet one another and establish linkages to inform & promote current and future health care initiatives and needs.

Free Admission!

Saturday, May 29. 2010
10:00am - 4:00pm
Croation Cultural Center
3250 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC

I hope to see you there!

Hear at Home

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Apple Wins in Lawsuit on IPod Hearing Loss


In one of the dumbest lawsuits since the McDonald’s coffee spill felt ’round the world, Apple has won an appeals case relating to iPod-induced hearing loss. The Ninth Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a district court’s ruling that the plaintiffs in the case failed to prove that the iPod presents serious risk of hearing loss.

The case was brought by plaintiffs Joseph Birdsong and Bruce Waggoner who attempted to make the argument that Apple’s iconic MP3 player lacks adequate volume meters and noise isolation. They also argued that ear buds are designed to be stuck deep into the ear, increasing the risk of hearing damage.

So how bad are these guys’ hearing to inspire such a lawsuit? Not too bad at all, since their argument had nothing to do with their own hearing loss, just with the perceived potential for hearing loss. That minor detail didn’t stop them from making a run at a little Apple green, but it did stop the court from ruling in their favor. The appeals court found that the argument essentially belonged in an Apple suggestion box rather than court.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Understanding your Audiogram


The results of a hearing test are recorded on a chart called an audiogram. An audiogram is a graph with red O’s and blue X’s connected with little lines. The O’s represent the right ear and the X’s indicate the left. Marks near the top of the graph are an indication of better hearing while marks further down the graph denote worse hearing. Located across the top or bottom of the audiogram are frequency numbers ranging from 125 Hz, a very low tone, to 8000 Hz, a very high tone.

Along the side the graph a series of decibel (dB) numbers indicate loudness. Very soft sounds are at the top (-10 or 0 dB) and loud sounds (110 db) are located at the bottom. Zero dB does not mean that there is no sound. This level is merely the softest sound a person with normal hearing ability can perceive 50% of the time. A normal conversation usually occurs at about 55 dB on the decibel scale.

Looking at your audiogram you can tell which ear you hear better in, as well as how mild or severe your hearing loss is. You can also determine the frequencies at which you hear best and worst. The word tests will indicate test reliability and/or where in the hearing system you may have problems.

If you have any further questions please call Hear at Home at 778.840.7203

Thursday, May 20, 2010


10 FUN FACTS ABOUT HEARING

1. Fish do not have ears, but they can hear pressure changes through ridges on their body.

2. The ear’s malleus, incus and stapes (otherwise known as the hammer, anvil and stirrup) are the smallest bones in the human body. All three together could fit together on a penny.

3. The ear continues to hear sounds, even while you sleep.

4. Sound travels at the speed of 1,130 feet per second, or 770 miles per hour.

5. Dogs can hear much higher frequencies than humans.

6. Ears not only help you hear, but also aid in balance.

7. Snakes hear through the jaw bone and through a traditional inner ear. In essence, snakes have two distinct hearing mechanisms, which helps them hear and catch prey.

8. Sitting in front of the speakers at a rock concert can expose you to 120 decibels, which will begin to damage hearing in only
7 1/2 minutes.

9. Thirty-seven percent of children with only minimal hearing loss fail at least one grade.

10.Male mosquitoes hear with thousands of tiny hairs growing on their antennae.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tinnitus



The Facts on Tinnitus

Tinnitus (or "ringing in the ears") is sound or noise that no one but the person with the condition can hear. The noise can be constant or come in short bursts, lasting for long periods of time or just briefly. The sound can be loud or soft, can change in pitch and can be heard in either one or both ears. Each person who has tinnitus can probably describe it in a different way.

The causes of tinnitus aren't completely known or understood and reasons can't always be found. In many cases, though, the sounds can be caused by illnesses or injuries such as:

- Heart disease or high blood pressure
- Infections in the ear or sinuses
- Drug side effects
- Blows to the head
- Hearing trauma such as exposure to loud noises
- Hearing loss
- Objects lodged in the ear canal or a build up of ear wax
- Dental problems
- Certain types of tumors

Symptoms and Complications of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is, by definition, a subjective ringing or tingling in the ear that can only be heard by the person experiencing it. The noise can be described in many ways: a humming, buzzing, ringing, whistling, clicking, throbbing, or roaring.

Many people with tinnitus also have lost some or most of their hearing. In some cases, it's the hearing loss that ends up causing the problem.

The worst part of tinnitus is that it can be very annoying and difficult to live with. A soft ringing sound might not be too bothersome to most, but some people hear very loud sounds over long periods of time or sounds that go away, only to return just as they get used to the silence again. This can affect sleep, concentration, and quality of life.

Diagnosing Tinnitus

If you think you have tinnitus, your doctor may send you to an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) to be assessed. You'll probably undergo a hearing test and might be sent for CT or MRI scans of the head to see if the source of the noise can be traced.

You'll be questioned on your medical history, medications you take, any history of head trauma, whether you're exposed to loud sounds, and even whether you smoke. Your doctor may ask if you're under more stress than usual, because sometimes depression or stress can bring on these episodes. It's also possible that a visit to the dentist may be recommended to see if a problem with your jaw is contributing to the situation.

Treating and Preventing Tinnitus


Treatment of tinnitus depends very much on the cause. Because tinnitus is usually a symptom rather than an illness, treating the initial cause should help get rid of, or at least lessen, the sounds. Treatment could be one of the following:

- Antibiotics for infections
- Removing obstructions or wax from the ear canal
- Changing drugs or dosages
- Treating certain neurological illnesses
- Surgery to correct joint problems
- Counseling for stress or depression
- Dental work

For the most part, tinnitus usually goes away by itself, without treatment, and is permanent in only 25% of all cases.

When the cause of tinnitus can't be found, or if the cause is something that can't be fixed, there are some things that can be done to try to live with it. Whether or not this is necessary will depend on how loud and persistent the sound is, how annoying it is to the person, and if it's disturbing their daily life.

Some people with severe tinnitus use a technique called masking, in which a device is worn, much like a hearing aid, which provides a soothing or pleasing sound. This hides the annoying ringing or humming. The sounds can be different for each person. For example, some people may prefer to listen to the outdoors - bird calls, falling rain, or waterfalls. In some cases, masking can "train" the brain not to hear the annoying noises and, after a while, the device might not be needed all the time.

Other people don't need constant masking but use this technique when they're trying to fall asleep, concentrate, or rest. For this, they might use radios, CD players, or even household appliances like fans or air conditioners (this type of background masking is called "white noise").

Sometimes tinnitus is caused by hearing loss. A hearing test can determine if this is the case and whether a hearing aid might help. Often the aid will sharpen what's supposed to be heard and end up drowning out or hiding the unwanted sounds.

If you suffer from tinnitus, it's important to stay out of situations that can make it worse. This means avoiding noisy places and keeping music at a reasonable level. Some doctors recommend staying away from caffeine and smoke, as these can irritate tinnitus.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

BRAIN FITNESS for SENIORS of ALL Cultures

Community Group Program of North Shore Neighbourhood House


This brainbody stimulation program assists seniors in our community to be active and involved for improving health and overall wellbeing.

Trained Volunteer Mentors (active seniors) act as one-to-one support buddies of seniors in our community programs, currently held at John Braithwaite Community Centre, and North Shore Neighborhood House.

Qualified instructors lead the groups in doing specialized Brain Gym exercises that are adapted for seniors stimulating Brain activities to enhance memory, thinking skills, and learning of self-management tools for release of tension due to stress.

Enjoyable interaction is encouraged along with monitoring of individual abilities and needs.

For yourself or someone you think would benefit call : Lori Wall, Program Coordinator
Phone: 604.987.8138 Ext 211