The Importance of Auditory Rehabilitation




If you’re one of the hundreds of millions of people worldwide with auditory challenges, you know how inconveniencing it can be. The difficulty can range from minute hard-of-hearing symptoms to near-deafness, and it can advance from one stage to the next as we age. I can speak from experience — at 29, I’ve already begun to face daily hardships and the need to ask people to speak up multiple times. I worry for what’s next, but I keep a positive outlook and gladly discuss the need for rehabilitation with anyone who will — pardon the pun — listen.


Know Who To Speak WIth


The first thing you need to consider is who to get in contact with for more information. If you’re suffering from hearing loss of any kind, it can be tempting to ignore it and put off help for many years, especially if you’re uncertain what your options are. According to David Sack M.D., “Most people can benefit from therapy at at least some point in their lives. Sometimes the signs are obvious—but at other times, something may feel slightly off and you can’t figure out what it is.” This is a mistake; procrastination is rarely the best course of action, and it’s certainly unwise when it comes to our health. Be proactive! Seek out aid in a variety of ways, starting with the world wide web. A simple Google search for “local hearing loss help” will bring up as many as dozens of health centers featuring qualified professionals who can quickly and keenly diagnose the cause of your trouble.




Once you’ve scheduled an appointment, steel yourself for intensive testing. Hearing, like vision, involves a ton of tests. There are literally hundreds of possible reasons our sound comprehension can suffer, from obvious triggers like prolonged exposure to loud noises to more subtle and insidious triggers like white noise. Right now, what you need to know is that your new doctor will ask you all about your daily routine, so take some time before the appointment to think critically about it. Ideally, you’ll want to chart your activities from awake to in-bed for the week before your first check-up. This will give your doctor plenty to work with and help him or her to diagnose you. (And you’ll impress them with your resolve, too!)


Understand The Need


Now for the bulk of today’s blog post. It’s a little bit preachy, but you really do need to understand how vital it is that you get this looked into. Whether you face hourly struggles parsing sound or you’re just starting to notice a lack of complete auditory clarity, it’s never too late to get help. The simple truth is that hearing, like anything else physiological, gets worse with age. That’s not to say there aren’t newborn babies with hearing problems, because there absolutely are, and it’s a terrible shame. But you’re more likely to run into hardship the older you get. “People often avoid seeking medical care even when they suspect it may be necessary,” Jennifer M. Taber, Ph.D. and co-authors wrote. “Reasons for avoiding medical care were nuanced and highly varied. Understanding why people do not make it through the clinic door is critical to extending the reach and effectiveness of patient care.”

Along a similar note, early symptoms can and will increase with time. So no matter how young you are, if you’ve begun to realize that you can’t hear as well as you used to, you can bet that things will be worse five and ten years down the line. This is where my personal story comes into play. As I mentioned earlier, I’m only 29. A few years ago, a friend of mine was speaking to me in my house and I thought that he was whispering. I asked him to speak up. He looked at me, blank-faced and confused, and raised his voice. This happened again a few days later, and he finally said something about it. He told me that to the best of his knowledge he hadn’t been speaking any lower than usual that week and that I should get my hearing checked. He said it out of kindness, but I dismissed it out-of-hand. Over the course of the next year, this situation occurred numerous times with numerous people. I was in college at the time, and I found myself increasingly likely to sit closer to the front of the class because I couldn’t understand the instructor from farther back. I continued to ignore the telltale signs until a free medical examination was offered at my school.


Get Help Today




I was shocked by what I’d learned. My hearing ability had decreased by over 30% and I was firmly informed that I should have sought medical help the moment I realized something was amiss. We implore you to do the same. “More than 90% of newborns in the United States are now being screened for hearing loss,” Danielle S. Ross, PhD and co-authors said. Once a loss has begun, depending on the circumstances you can expect the issue to amplify relatively quickly. It’s a terrifying prospect, but what’s scarier is the thought of not doing anything about it until a great deal of damage has occurred. You have a better choice, so don’t let that happen. Even if you’re in a rut because you’ve already suffered a large amount of damage to your hearing, it isn’t too late. Schedule an appointment and start down the path to renewed clarity!

Now Hear This: The Future of Hearing Loss Treatment

We live in an amazing world. Medical breakthroughs occur everyday, and many of our leading researchers believe that the next 20 to 30 years will see the eradication of thousands of common ailments. It’s absolutely fascinating, but depending on the health issues which ail us, it might seem hard to believe. Despite advancements in technologies, those of us who suffer from hearing loss still don’t have a cure-all; the deaf remain deaf, and it seems like there’s no answer in sight.

“They certainly understand that they’re outsiders in the hearing world, and no matter how good their skills at speaking and lip reading, they may never completely fit in,” writes David Ludden Ph.D.




But help is on the way. Today we’re going to take a look at some truly cutting-edge solutions on the horizon in the field of aural rehabilitation. Keep tabs on these hot stories and in a few years you might just benefit from their widespread distribution!


An Upcoming New Drug Cocktail


For those with sensorineural hearing loss, an answer may be close in the form of an experimental drug. Thanks to researchers at MIT, a discovery has been made which links intestinal stem cells with the structural support cells located in the cochlea. What this means is that as stem cell research enters its next phase, it may be possible to acutely treat sensorineural deficiency — a big deal indeed, since there’s currently no true solution. And sensorineural hearing loss is one of the biggest sources of auditory frustration around; in America alone, 48 million citizens identify themselves as having hearing problems, and a large percentage of this is related to this particular type.


The researchers hope to begin major testing in the next year. Like any drug, the tests will be rigorous. It could be several years before this is ready for distribution, but if it all goes as planned, it will be a significant milestone in the medical world and it might just help us to get back to hearing crystal-clearly.


Gene Therapy




Similar to the proposed drug cocktail, ongoing gene therapy experiments aim to treat issues around the cochlea. The overwhelming majority of hearing loss issues worldwide involve the degradation (and eventual death) of inner ear “hair cells”. They’re not really hair follicles, but when looked-at up close with a microscope, they rather look like it! What happens is that as these cells break down, either through age or genetic misfortune, our ability to comprehend sound waves diminishes.

“”Not long ago, this was science fiction. But today, gene editing is possible, and recently it has become much easier with new technologies such as genome sequencing and Crispr. These are helping to develop practical, clinical applications,” writes Marty Nemko Ph.D.

The good news is that researchers are currently undergoing the world’s first cellular regeneration therapy experimentation involving cochlear disability. There’s an excitement and a cautious optimism in the marvelous results posted thus far, and a real hope is in the air that gene therapy can and will bring a gradual end to many forms of hearing loss. Again, it will be a while before we can regularly reap the benefits of this painstaking research, but it promises to improve our quality-of-life considerably once it’s ready for rollout.


Next-Generation Hearing Aid Technologies


It will be awhile before these two groundbreaking medical experiments yield help on a wide scale, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great products on the market right now that can make a sizable difference. Hearing aids have come a long way over the past few decades, and while the price for the best can be somewhat steep, they’re worth every penny.

“Dr. William House surgically inserted the first cochlear implant in 1961. Most considered his idea to tap into a deaf person’s auditory nerve radical and invasive. Today, thousands of formerly deaf patients around the world now have the ability to hear because of cochlear implants,” writes Jeffrey Pickens Ph.D.

You can think of improvements in the hearing aid industry somewhat like televisions. Remember back before HDTVs were sold when the best anyone could hope for was a big, fuzzy picture? Massive televisions were considered a status symbol, but picture quality was never amazing. Nowadays, young folks can hardly fathom what they’re seeing when their parents and grandparents bust out the standard-definition fare, and new HDTV models are made every year which make the older ones look like dinosaurs, too.




Of course, at the end of the day a TV is a TV. But when it comes to hearing loss, it’s all the more pivotal that our hearing aids deliver great sound. Here’s where my analogy makes sense: the past few years of hearing aids have often used the “HD” moniker to denote that they’re a definite cut above what came before them. These devices can cost several thousand dollars, but there are many very solid models in distribution for a fraction of that. $500 can afford you a more crystal-clear sound pickup than the earlier models could have ever hoped to achieve. Those who make this kind of purchase can expect much improved aural clarity; in fact, many people who don’t even believe that they have any sort of hearing loss have tested the products and come away impressed.  It’s a bit like buying a Bose for your eardrums. You’ll have a tough time going back to stereo.


Hearing Aid Updates 2017

You may have been wearing that hearing aid for several years now and probably experienced some issues related to its functions. The question to ask yourself now is, “should I upgrade mine?”

You should consider an upgrade if you are experiencing any buzzing and whistling sounds, you are having trouble hearing on the phone, and your hearing aids do not function as good as they used to before. It is better to change your hearing aids than continue using them.

This year, we have the newest innovations, latest concepts, and radical designs in hearing aid technology that can give you a run for your money! You can check the following hearing aids online and in the market for the specific price:

LiNX 3D Hearing Aids




This is a very impressive 3D hearing aid that is “made for iPhone”. This device boasts the following interesting features:

  • You will have 50% more improvement in speech identification in any kind of environment
  • You will have 80% more hearing of the sounds around you
  • You will have 40% better speech understanding in a noisy and crowded location


Signia- Pure 13 BT Primax Hearing Aids



The company called Signia, formerly known as Siemens, introduced a new and interesting concept for hearing aids. This particular model is their first “Made for Iphone” innovation. They claim the following revolutionary features in the world of hearing:

  • It delivers top connectivity
  • Provides industry leading hearing care
  • Good energy consumption and battery life which means less battery changes for you
  • Connection between wearers and their hearing care professional is possible
  • Three levels of technology
  • This will be the “first telehealth supported hearing aid” in the market
  • iPhone motion sensors for better hearing in specific situations
  • High definition technology for binaural hearing



Unitron- Tempus Hearing Aids


Unitron came up with the newest and smallest rechargeable hearing aid. This model has five technology levels which aim to deliver improved conversations for wearers.

These five technology levels will let you hear automatically in every kind of conversation even with a noisy background. It will also help you focus on speech that is coming from different directions.

Phonak- Virto B-Titanium Invisible Hearing Aids


This is Phonak’s newest concept in hearing aid design; they made use of medical grade titanium for its outer shell, making it first time a manufacturer used this specific kind of metal. It was used to create the most discreet hearing aid or should we say the smallest one in the market.

It features three kinds of receivers, which will enable you to cover hearing loss better than before. It has larger vents that can benefit you with less occlusion especially, if you have low frequency hearing capability.

The metal titanium is radically strong, which made it possible for Phonak to make the design thinner and slimmer but still robust. It is said to be an almost invisible hearing aid that has a very good fit in the ears.