Hearing Loss, Job Performance and Income

Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but they are hesitant to do anything about it.  There are various reasons that they don’t seek help.  Unfortunately, many people wait years or even decades, to get their hearing checked.  During those years of putting it off and ignoring their problem, auditory deprivation can start to raise its ugly head.  With auditory deprivation, the individual’s ability to understand amplified speech deteriorates because of inadequate auditory stimulation.  Also, a study done last year at Johns Hopkins revealed a strong link between hearing loss and dementia.  People should not ignore the early signs of hearing loss.

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More on Auditory Deprivation

Audiologists and otologists have known for several years that if hearing loss goes MeAudiometerFullSizeuntreated for too long, a phenomenon called auditory deprivation occurs. Auditory deprivation is a decrease in a person’s ability to understand speech clearly because of a lack of adequate auditory stimulation.

Most audiologists check their patient’s word recognition during the initial comprehensive hearing evaluation.  The word recognition test assesses the patient’s ability to repeat words presented to them at a comfortable listening level which is usually at a level high enough to compensate for their hearing impairment. When a patient scores very low on the word recognition test, it is often because of auditory deprivation. The reversibility of auditory deprivation has been a source of dispute among researchers.  However, we know that hearing aids have helped in preserving word clarity.

The first study to document auditory deprivation was in 1984 by Silman and Silverman of City University of New York. The study followed hearing impaired adults who had an equal amount of hearing loss in both ears, but only wore one hearing aid. The study found that the patients’ hearing thresholds for pure tones decreased the same amount in each ear over time, but that the ability to understand words decreased significantly in only the ear without the hearing aid. This study suggests that both ears be fit with hearing aids as soon as possible after a hearing loss is diagnosed to prevent auditory deprivation. Since that time, numerous investigations and studies worldwide have supported the initial findings.

Business group meetingThe good news is that when identified early and treated quickly, individuals with hearing loss have better success with hearing devices and preserve their having ability to understand speech for the remainder of their lifespan.  The longer a person delays seeking help, the greater their chances of having poor speech recognition.  It is very sad when someone comes into the office too late.  Their word recognition scores are very low and then they are very disappointed that speech is not clear even with new hearing aids.

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“We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.”

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Induction Loop Systems for Hearing Impaired

This is a good article in induction loop systems if you have no idea what they are.  hand to earInduction loop systems can be a great help for someone wearing hearing aids.  It almost like putting the speaker’s voice directly into your ear canal thereby increasing the signal to noise ratio dramatically.  Click on link below.

http://www.medel.com/blog/what-is-an-induction-loop/

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Improve Your Hearing and Improve Quality of Life!

According to the Better Hearing Institute, research shows that hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental, and emotional health conditions, and that peopleFamily who address their hearing loss often experience better quality of life. Eight out of 10 hearing aid users, in fact, say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids such as from how they feel about themselves to the positive changes they see in their relationships, social interactions, and work lives.

Business group meetingWhen people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they often improve their job performance; enhance their communication skills; increase their earnings potential; improve their professional and interpersonal relationships; stave off depression; gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives; and better their quality of life.

Here are five little-known facts about today’s hearing aids:

  1. They’re virtually invisible. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, providing both natural sound quality, and discreet and easy use.
  2. They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes. Recent technological advances with directional microphones have made hearing aids far more versatile than ever before—and in a broad range of sound environments.
  3. You can enjoy water sports and sweat while wearing them. Waterproof digital hearing aids have arrived. This feature is built into some newly designed hearing aids for those concerned about water, humidity, and dust. This feature suits the active lifestyles of swimmers, skiers, snowboarders, intensive sports enthusiasts and anyone working in dusty, demanding environments.
  4. They work with smartphones, home entertainment systems and other electronics. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now the norm. That means seamless connectivity—directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes that are just right for you—from your smartphone, MP3 player, television and other high-tech gadgets.
  5. They’re always at the ready. A new rechargeable feature on some newly designed hearing aids allows you to recharge your hearing aids every night, so they’re ready in the morning. It’s super convenient —and there’s no more fumbling with small batteries.

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Quandary of Hidden Disabilities: Conceal or Reveal?

Should you reveal your hearing disability during a job interview?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/business/quandary-of-hidden-disabilities-conceal-or-reveal.html?_r=1&

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