Why students are at risk from hearing loss, get it checked!

Why students are at risk from hearing loss, get it checked!

Yes, really. As I’ve mentioned here before, people tend to have lots of assumptions about hearing aids and who wears them. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know by now that the range of people who wear hearing aids is about as broad as those who wear glasses. Modern Day Hearing Loss Teens today have about 30% more hearing loss than their parents did back in the 80s and 90s. The World Health Organisation says that over a billion teens and young adults risk hearing loss. An estimated 50% of you are risking it from audio devices while 40% are at risk from loud venues like clubs, bars and sports venues. As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t listen to your smartphone through your headphones for more than 60 minutes at over 60% of its maximum volume a day.   Turn It Down! Ever see that warning on your smartphone that alerts you that turning the volume up higher on your headphones may damage your hearing? How many times have you ignored that? As ever, prevention is better than cure. Turning your music down a little lower than you’re used to or wearing earplugs on a night out should be the first thing you do. Following these simple steps will ensure that your hearing stays great many years down the line. By the same token, getting hearing aids if you do have a hearing loss can prevent that hearing loss from getting even worse. If you’re concerned about your current hearing loss however, you should consider hearing aids. Hearing Aids – Why? Now that’s all the scary...
Thinking of escaping to some Winter sun? Don’t forget to take care of your hearing aids!

Thinking of escaping to some Winter sun? Don’t forget to take care of your hearing aids!

With the January sales offering some fantastic discounts, lots of us book our 2019 holiday at this time of year! If you are thinking of escaping the cold weather for some Winter sun, then we are very jealous! If you’re getting ready for your holiday this year, you might also be getting ready to pack your sunscreen, walking shoes or maybe even an extra thick jumper to keep out the cold depending on where you’re going. However, if you’re really looking to protect yourself, you might want to think about packing a pair of earplugs. You could try earmuffs but you might stand out like a sore thumb. Reducing noise is important since it contributes to stress as well as hearing loss. So be sure to protect your hearing if you’re heading to some of the noisiest cities in the world. Buenos Aires, Argentina With millions of people trying to get around the city, the real culprit of city noise is transport. With lots of running car engines, trains, traffic jams and of two major airports, the city regularly hits 80 decibels. It regularly surpasses the recommended 45dB and 55dB guidelines given by the World Health Organisation. The problem isn’t helped by the heat. The temperature means windows are often open and air conditioners are running on through the night. With traffic jams a regularl feature of the city’s roads, drivers often get into a habit of making liberal use of their horns. New York, United States The Big Apple, is one of the most common sites in any Hollywood movie or TV show. The police sirens, traffic, car...
Which type of hearing aid is best for your needs?

Which type of hearing aid is best for your needs?

There are so many different types of hearing out there that we thought we would give you a little explanation of the most popular types. Buying hearing aids for the first time can be more than a little confusing. It’s not exactly like buying a pair of socks or even a pair of glasses. What hearing aids you want will be dependent really on what is important to you: discretion, features, price or style. Below are the three main types of hearing aids. Behind the ear (BTE) As the name suggests, these types of hearing aids sit behind the ear as a little curved case. BTE aids are suited to you whether your hearing loss is mild or profound. The technology that makes these work fits inside that little curved case. The soft earpiece on the end of the tubing is what allows you to hear. This is called an ‘open fitting’ and is often less noticeable than a mould that fits into your ear. However, an open fitting fitting is only suited to you if your hearing loss is mild to moderate. If your hearing is more severe, you’ll have to have a BTE where the mould goes into your ear. Receiver in canal Sometimes known as receiver in the ear (RITE). These types of hearing aids are smaller than BTEs since part of the hearing aid sits inside the ear canal. This means they are often much more discrete and most RICs are classed as invisible. RICs tend to be the most popular types of hearing aids and are suitable for hearing loss ranging from mild all...
Supporting veterans with hearing and sight loss

Supporting veterans with hearing and sight loss

The Scottish Press have reported today that 3 charities are combining forces to attempt to improve the lives of veterans across Scotland. Age Scotland, Action on Hearing Loss and Scottish War Blinded have come together to urge veterans to get their hearing and sight tested. We here at Veritas think this is a fabulous campaign and welcome it with open arms! Exposure to loud noise Ex-servicemen and women who were exposed to loud noise are at particular risk of developing hearing loss. This could be from small arms fire, artillery, engines, other machinery or explosives. The sad truth is that many such people leave it too late to have a test. It is not just hearing loss that the charities are looking to combat though. Scottish War Blinded is a charity that supports many veterans with sight loss in Aberdeenshire. They provide a network of support and activities to help from isolation. The charity work with veterans to help them develop skills enabling them to live independently with sight loss. Now the charity has combined with Age Scotland and Action on Hearing Loss to get the message across to veterans that it is vital to have a hearing and sight check up regularly. The charities have vowed to help any veteran who needs help no matter how or when their hearing or sight loss occurred. Older veterans support Often, older veterans with sight and hearing loss often miss out on the wealth of support available to them. This is either because they are unaware it’s available or they don’t realise they count as a veteran. However, anyone aged 65...
Make booking a hearing consultation your 2019 resolution

Make booking a hearing consultation your 2019 resolution

If you’ve got a New Year’s resolution, it’s probably something to do with eating healthier, getting more exercise or finding some way to enjoy life just a little more. If it’s the last of these, you could certainly do worse than getting a hearing test. Here are three reasons why your 2019 resolution should be to book yourself a hearing test. Better hearing will make you happier The way hearing loss can affect your life often goes unnoticed at first. You may start missing auditory cues in conversation you used to take for granted before. Misunderstandings in conversations may become more regular and you may find yourself asking people to repeat themselves more often. This may not seem like much at first but eventually, people often find themselves unintentionally withdrawing from social situations to avoid these problems. On the flipside however, having good hearing will allow you to fully take part in conversations and social occasions. Those connections with other people are what keep us feeling happy and important to the ones we love. The earlier, the better Hearing loss can begin in your early thirties. As mentioned here a few times, it’s expected that the onset of hearing loss will continue to get earlier and earlier as millennials crank up the volume on their smartphones and other devices. The good news is that further hearing loss can be avoided by making simple changes. It’s as simple as reducing the volume on your device or wearing earplugs at loud events. So the earlier you get your hearing tested, the earlier you can take action or if need be, get...
Look after your hearing this New Year’s Eve!

Look after your hearing this New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, looking back over the year and thinking about what 2019 will hold. Like most celebrations though, it’s also a time to protect our hearing both for ourselves and our loved ones. If you’re out celebrating, keep in mind these precautions. This will ensure your hearing is as good next year as it is right now. Take breaks Audiologists generally recommend the 60:60 rule: listen to your mp3 player for no more than 60 minutes a day at 60% of the volume. Of course you can’t exactly do that when you are out and about on a night out. Therefore, if you at an especially loud event, try and take out time in a quieter place if you’re able. If you’re at a New Year’s Eve party with loud music, slip out for 15 minutes to the garden. This will ensure you’re away from the loudest parts of the party. If you’re in town or celebrating while watching the fireworks displays, you’re not going to be able to easily leave. Which brings us onto… Wear hearing protection this New Year’s Eve Earplugs and earmuffs are cheap, simple ways to make sure your ears don’t bear the brunt of the assault of celebrations. A pack of twenty earplugs can be picked up for a few pounds and earmuffs have the advantage of keeping your ears warm. They can reduce the levels of noise by 15 – 35 decibels. Fireworks approaching 145dB (the same as a gunshot) and a loud party or club at 100dB. Safe levels of noise are at about 85dB depending...

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