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You Have New Hearing Aids – Now What?

Congratulations on your first set of hearing aids! A wonderful new world of sound awaits you! Keep in mind that new hearing aids may require a short transition or adjustment period. A little effort on your part and a positive attitude will go a long way.

Success with hearing aids relies heavily on personal motivation. Learn about the care and maintenance your hearing aids require so you feel comfortable handling and wearing them daily. Getting into a new routine of wearing your hearing aids may take a little time. Be patient as you adjust to how your hearing aids sound and how they feel.

Hearing involves more than just our ears

Our brains interpret the sounds we hear. Prior to your hearing aid fitting, you were not hearing optimally. It’s likely been awhile since you heard sounds at a normal hearing level. When your hearing aids correct your hearing loss, sounds might seem unnatural at first since you aren’t used to hearing them. Be patient as you learn to adjust to hearing sounds the way you should. Your brain may need a little time to get reacquainted with the parts of speech you’ve been missing.

Practice makes perfect

Talk with your hearing professional about activities and exercises aimed at improving your hearing. You can find several fun, interactive online games that have been clinically developed and designed to speed up the acclimation process and enhance your experience wearing your new hearing aids. With a little practice and extra training, you can improve auditory memory, attention and recognition of speech in noise.

If it takes a little while to get used to wearing your first set of hearing aids, be patient with yourself and set realistic expectations. Your new hearing aids will soon make listening easier and more enjoyable, and you’ll begin to appreciate all the benefits that wearing hearing aids brings.

If you are thinking about hearing aids, we hope that you will contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  Tim Harmon and our experienced staff at here to help.  You may reach us by phone at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or you may CLICK HERE to contact us.

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5 Myths About Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Have you ever felt hard of hearing after a night at a concert? Do you have hearing loss after years of working in a noisy environment? Did a sudden loud noise make you lose your ability to hear out of one or two ears? If so, you may have Noise-induced hearing loss.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, Approximately 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to noise at work or in leisure activities.

While the root cause of this type of hearing loss may seem simple, there are many misconceptions about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. It’s time to set the record straight.

MYTH #1 – Noise-induced hearing loss is immediately noticeable.

While many people may experience temporary hearing loss after a loud party or concert, a damaged ear may not be immediately noticeable. Often, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is the result of years of exposure to loud noise, and isn’t noticed until a family member points out common signs of hearing loss.

MYTH #2 – Noise-Induced Hearing Loss isn’t permanent.

While Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is often is one of few types of hearing loss that CAN go away over time, it is often permanent. Start by resting your ears and giving yourself about 16 hours to recover. If you still experiencing issues, consider downloading a consumer guide to hearing your best.

MYTH #3 – Noise-Induced Hearing Loss only occurs if you are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis.

One single exposure to explosions, gun shots, loud concerts and other sudden loud noises can all cause noise-induced hearing loss. It is important to wear hearing protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud noise, even if it is just for a short amount of time.

MYTH #4- Only loud music can cause hearing loss.

Your profession may be just as risky as your hobbies when it comes to causing hearing loss. Industrial noise is a leading cause of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.  A recent study by the United States Center for Disease Control showed that miners are the most likely people to have this type of hearing loss, due to acoustic trauma from daily noise exposure underground.

MYTH #5 – Noise-induced hearing loss is not preventable.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is the only type of hearing loss that is preventable. Make sure to wear proper ear protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud sounds, even if it is for only a short amount of time.

At Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, our goal is to help you have the best hearing possible.  Prevention is always the best way to keep your hearing.   When that is no longer an option, Purchase Ear Technology is here to help.  If we can be of assistance to you, give us a call at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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Get To Know Tim Harmon of Purchase Ear Technology In Paducah

Born and raised in Western Kentucky, Tim Harmon (BS, HIS) began fitting hearing instruments in 1983. In 1986, at the age of 24, Tim was the youngest person ever to be awarded a franchise by the industry’s leader at that time. Over the years, Tim has been awarded numerous times for outstanding hearing healthcare service — including the coveted “Platinum” award for achieving 100% in patient satisfaction, and superior performance in digital instrument programming. For the last 8 years, Tim worked side by side with the regions largest group of Ear Nose and Throat Medical Doctors/Specialists as their primary dispenser of hearing instruments.

Tim is a member of Faith Center Church of Paducah where he serves in a leadership role. He is happily married to his wife, Tanya, who is a Murray State and Vanderbilt graduate, and who has also been serving the medical community for more than 15 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Tim and Tanya are both busy and active in raising their two sons Will and Jude.

Tim has been known for years to reach the highest standards in quality patient care.  Known for his “personal touch” with each patient, giving each patient visit a professional feel, but with a down home touch. In Tim’s words,”…Yes they are patients, but more than that…they are family!”

Tim currently serves hearing clients from across Western Kentucky from Purchase Ear Technology offices centrally located in Paducah, KY.  Please feel free to contact our office for hearing aid services in Paducah, across Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois and Southeastern Missouri.  You can reach us by calling (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.

 

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10 Tips For New Hearing Aid Users

When using a hearing aid for the first time, the experience can be a bit confusing, especially if your hearing loss came about gradually over several years. There are sounds you probably haven’t heard (or heard clearly) in quite some time, and your brain needs to readjust to interpreting those sounds. Here are 10 adjustment tips for first time hearing aid users.

  1. Give yourself time.

Many people say to not compare your hearing aids to your glasses, and for the most part, they’re right. You immediately see sharper images when you put on a new pair of eyeglasses, but hearing aids take some time to get accustomed to. Don’t expect your brain to remember how to hear, identify, and interpret every sound instantly. Hearing aids may even feel a bit odd at first on your ears, don’t be alarmed if you need to wear them for a few days, or even weeks, before they become comfortable.

When you first put on your hearing aids, sit in a quiet spot at home. This will allow you to get used to the new sound quality in your living space. There will probably be a number of noises that may seem unusually loud at first–such as the hum of the air conditioning, the clock ticking, or the beeping of your microwave oven–but this because you haven’t heard these sounds properly in some time. This is completely normal. Your brain is just getting reacquainted with these sounds.

  1. Start small.

Re-acquiring your hearing skills takes practice. When you’re using a hearing aid for the first time, start by wearing them for only a few hours at a time. If it gets to the point where you feel exhausted or overwhelmed you can remove them, but try to wear them a little longer every day. The longer you wear them, the better you’ll get at identifying sounds, interpreting voices, and focusing on what you’re hearing.

  1. Read aloud.

Prior to getting hearing aids, you may have been told to “stop shouting” from time to time. It’s natural to begin talking loudly when you experience hearing loss, but now you can properly regulate your own volume. A good way to get in the habit of this is by reading to yourself while wearing your hearing aids. It not only helps you determine the appropriate volume for speech, but it also will help you get better at recognizing the sounds of words and speech again.

  1. Pair reading and listening as often as possible.

Whenever you are reading a book, read along with the matching audio book. When enjoying television, watch with closed captioning. Reading along while you listen will help your brain further get reacquainted with associating sounds, words, and speech. Little things like this can make the hearing aid adjustment process a bit faster.

  1. Enlist the help of family and friends.

Loved ones can be really helpful during the hearing aid adjustment process. First, these visits can give you an opportunity to practice speaking comfortable in a group. This will help your brain relearn the associations between sounds, words, and nonverbal body language.

Try to practice with people you know well, since these familiar voices are the easiest for your brain to identify and interpret. Your loved ones also can help you adjust by setting the television at a comfortable volume to their ears, giving you the chance to listen and adjust to these new volumes. You shouldn’t be turning the volume on your television higher than a person without hearing loss would, or you could further damage your hearing.

  1. Keep a hearing journal.

Keep track of and write down any noises that you hear that bother or irritate you. If your clock’s ticking seems too loud and starts to annoy you after a couple days, make a note of it. If you still struggle to hear conversations in a crowded restaurant, write it down. By keeping track of your hearing struggles, you can later discuss these issues with a hearing aid specialist.

  1. Keep realistic goals.

Think about phone conversations. Even with the best phones, there is still that subtle difference to the sound as a voice is transmitted over a phone line or via cellular signal. The same goes for the sounds you hear with your hearing aids.  You’re going to experience those sounds a little different through hearing aids than you remember experiencing them before hearing loss. That’s okay! Celebrate the improvements to your hearing, even if it’s not exactly the same as before.

  1. Don’t adjust the volume too much.

Hearing aid technology has advanced. Quality hearing aids adjust to different listening environments, so you shouldn’t need to manually adjust your hearing aids much. When wearing hearing aids for the first time, it may be tempting to turn down the volume when you are going into a loud restaurant or turn it up when walking into a library.

You also may want to try to hear faint sounds from far away or hear in a way that normal ears can’t. By doing this, though, you are not only interfering with the hearing aid adjustment process, but you are also running the risk of further damaging your hearing.

  1. Take advantage of telecoil technology.

Hearing aids now have the ability to wirelessly connect with other electronic devices with what is called “telecoil technology” or “telecoil mode.” Hearing aids with this capability can be linked to cell phones, computers, microphones, audio systems, and other compatible electronics so that the sounds being emitted (like the voices on a cell phone) can be sent directly to your hearing aid, further improving the clarity with which you hear these devices.

  1. Be patient.

When it comes to offering helpful tips for first time hearing aid users, we cannot stress this enough: the new hearing aid adjustment process takes time. You need to be patient with yourself and your hearing aids. And with time, you should grow accustomed to hearing again.

If you are considering hearing aids, we hope you will give Purchase Ear Technology a call at (270) 558-3996 or stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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10 Tips To Make Hearing Aid Batteries Last Longer

Hearing aids are getting more and more advanced. With all the extra processing power and new features in today’s hearing aids, you can typically get 3-10 days off a single battery. Why is the life of a hearing aid battery so unpredictable, where one battery may last a week, and another just two or three days? Much depends on your amount of hearing aid use, streaming, and how you care for your hearing aids.

Still, there are steps you can take to maximize the life of your batteries and optimize the performance of your hearing aids.

Here are 10 tips to get the most out of your hearing aid battery:

  1. Let the battery “breathe” for 3-5 minutes. After removing the tab from the battery, let the battery sit for 3-5 minutes before installing it in your hearing aid. This “activation” time allows air to reach the materials inside the battery and activate them.
  2. Wash your hands throughly before changing batteries. Grease and dirt on the batteries may damage the hearing aid. Also, grease and dirt can clog up the air pores in the battery.
  3. Open the battery door at night. When you’re not wearing your hearing aid, turn it off or open the battery door to minimize battery drain. Leave the battery compartment of your hearing device open at night so moisture can escape. Doing so will keep the battery from corroding and damaging the hearing aid.
  4. Use a hearing aid dehumidifier. A hearing aid dehumidifier will help absorb moisture out of your hearing aid and battery. This will allow the battery power to be used more efficiently. The dehumidifier is also a great place to store your hearing aids.
  5. Remove the batteries entirely if you won’t be using the device for an extended period of time. This also helps to avoid corrosion and damage from trapped moisture.
  6. Check the expiration date on the batteries. The further out the batteries are, the fresher they are. Over time, batteries will drain slightly while sitting on the shelf. Ideally, you should buy batteries that have an expiration date a year or further from your purchase date.
  7. Use the oldest pack of batteries first. The newest packs will have the furthest expiration date than your older packs of batteries. You want to ensure that you use the oldest batteries first, so that you are getting the most life out of them.
  8. Keep the stickers on the battery. The sticker tab on the battery keeps the battery “fresh.” As soon as the sticker is removed, the battery is activated and starts draining. You want to make sure you don’t peel the sticker tab off until you need to use that battery.
  9. Keep the batteries in a cool dry place. Storing new, unused batteries in extreme temperatures can cause the battery to drain/have a shorter life.
  10. Invest in a rechargeable battery hearing device. Rechargeable hearing aids and batteries are starting to come out into the market. Rechargeable batteries allow you to charge the battery at night and get a full day’s worth of use. Rechargeable batteries need to be replaced on a yearly basis. If you’re interested in the new technology, give Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.

For hearing aid batteries or for any other hearing aid needs, we hope you will contact us at Purchase Ear Technology.  You can reach us by phone by calling (270) 558-3996, visit our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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How Wearing Hearing Aids Can Enhance Your Safety

You already know that hearing aids can improve hearing and communication. But did you know they can also enhance safety? Several studies have confirmed what many hearing healthcare experts and their patients already knew — that using hearing aids improves quality of life, and can provide the wearer with an increased sense of safety and independence. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Improved balance. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine found that adults performed better on balance tests when wearing hearing aids. This study supports the idea that treating hearing loss (with properly fit amplification) might help reduce the risk of falling.
  2. Increased awareness. Hearing is an important sense for environmental awareness and preventing accidents. Hearing aids can help an individual detect hazards in their surroundings, such as automobiles, sirens, and pets. Hearing well can also help you recognize where a potential danger may be coming from. Addressing changes in hearing will help you be alert and hopefully stay safe during your daily activities.
  3. Enhanced safety. Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to an increased risk of safety issues including accidental injuries, injuries at work and more frequent and longer hospitalizations. Using hearing aids can provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones by decreasing safety risks and delivering an enhanced sense of security.

If you or a loved one are experiencing any signs of hearing loss, we encourage you to contact Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  Give us a call at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY  42001 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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6 Tips To Deal With A Family Member’s Hearing Loss

Someone in your family has a hearing loss. It’s hard on them, but for sure it’s hard on you too. Hearing loss tends to affect not only the hearing-impaired, but also the people close to them. How do you deal with all the frustrating moments when you’re trying to talk to them, but they just can’t hear what you’re saying?

We’ve got some ideas. Check out the advice below from Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.

  1. Be supportive

It takes an average of seven years from the time a person discovers their hearing loss till they actually get hearing aids. It’s a long and winding journey, where the person with hearing loss slowly learns to accept that they need a hearing aid.  It’s a big thing. And it’s not easy admitting it to themselves and everyone around them. So be patient and be supportive.

There are many ways to support your family member. Hug them and show them you care. Practice new communication strategies. Go with them to a hearing care professional and ask questions. Help them choose the right hearing aid. Explore assistive listening devices that could be relevant to them and help them set them up.

  1. Forgive and forget

When you’re talking to someone with a hearing loss, it’s easy to get into a situation where you just want to shout instead of repeating yourself again (and again).

Remember that no one is intentionally trying not to understand you. It’s just that they can’t hear you as well as a normal hearing person. So, take a deep breath and be patient. Forgive and forget. And repeat the message once more.

  1. Rephrase

Every hearing loss is individual and unique. When your family member can’t hear what you’re saying, it’s possibly because some frequencies are inaudible to them. Raising your voice won’t help and comes off as more aggressive. Try to rephrase your sentence and speak more clearly (not louder!).

  1. Take responsibility

When you’re trying to deliver a message, you can’t assume that the receiver will hear you perfectly. Take responsibility for your own words. Make sure they are understood as intended by whomever you’re talking to – instead of getting upset that they can’t hear you. That goes for anyone, hearing loss or no hearing loss. A good starting point is making sure that the person can see your face while you’re talking and that your mouth isn’t covered.

  1. Insist on the hearing aids

Your family member knows there’s a reason they have got hearing aids. And if you don’t wear them when you’re around people who want to talk to you, then what’s the point? Insist that they put on their hearing aids before you talk to them. Most of the time it will save a lot of frustration on both sides.

 

Remember that insisting doesn’t mean shouting and getting impatient before your family member has even had a chance to put on their hearing aids. You know your family member best, so choose the right way to explain that you want them to put their hearing aids on in a way that resonates with them. Being kind and patient goes a long way.

If your family member with a hearing loss hasn’t got hearing aids yet, start by helping them take a free online hearing test. If there are indications of a hearing loss (which there probably are!), be supportive and go with them to see a hearing specialist like Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah. A hearing care professional will make a thorough analysis of the hearing loss and help your family member figure out how to cope – most likely by recommending a hearing aid.

  1. Get professional help

If it becomes too hard to communicate with each other in your family, you can get help from a hearing care professional like Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  We can teach you the best strategies for communicating in your family. Plus, it’s easier to accept advice on this delicate subject from a hearing professional than from someone you’re emotionally connected to.

Ready to talk with your Paducah area hearing specialist?  Give Purchase Ear Technology a call at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY  42001, or CLICK HERE to contact us.  We are here to help!

 

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The Human Hearing Range – What Can You Hear?

The human hearing range is a description of the pitches and loudness levels a person can hear before feeling discomfort.

There are a variety of sounds in our environment, ranging from faint sounds like birdsong and rustling leaves to louder sounds like music, yelling, and industrial noise. This human hearing range is called the audible range.

Loudness and pitch

The human hearing range depends on both the pitch of the sound – whether it is high or low – and the loudness of the sound. Pitch is measured in Hertz (Hz) and loudness is measured in decibels (dB).

For a person with normal hearing, when it comes to pitch the human hearing range starts low at about 20 Hz. That’s about the same as the lowest pedal on a pipe organ. On the other side of the human hearing range, the highest possible frequency heard without discomfort is 20,000Hz. While 20 to 20,000Hz forms the absolute borders of the human hearing range, our hearing is most sensitive in the 2000 – 5000 Hz frequency range.

As far as loudness is concerned, humans can typically hear starting at 0 dB. Sounds that are more than 85dB

How loud is it

Surprisingly, there are sounds that even humans with the best hearing can’t hear. We can’t hear the sound of a dog whistle, but a dog can because dogs have a much large hearing range than humans do. Lower frequency sounds like the roar of a wind turbine are also out of the human hearing range and are often felt as vibrations rather than heard as sound.

Hearing ranges for people with hearing loss

When you have a hearing loss, your hearing range changes. For most, a hearing loss will begin by affecting the upper pitches of the human hearing range. Birdsong, certain speech sounds, and instruments like flutes and piccolos are difficult to hear for most with hearing loss.

To figure out your specific hearing range, a hearing professional will perform a hearing test and plot your results on an audiogram. An audiogram is a chart that shows the results of your hearing test. Your hearing test results are plotted on a graph and then compared with that of a person with normal levels of hearing. Hearing professionals use the audiogram to establish your hearing loss and as a tool for fitting hearing aids.

To find out your level of hearing, a hearing professional will play a series of beeps and ask you to raise your hand or press a button when you can hear them. The professional will usually start with a level you can hear and then turn down the volume each time until you can’t hear it. The professional will then repeat this with sounds of lower or higher frequencies.

This test shows your hearing “threshold” or the point where you can’t hear any more. This threshold is plotted for both your ears as two separate lines on your audiogram.

Your audiogram can tell you a lot about your hearing, including the frequencies you can hear and the volume you can hear them at. This is important to know because each sound you hear has a certain frequency. Birdsong has a higher frequency while tubas have a lower frequency.

Next steps

Think that your hearing range isn’t perfect? Give us a call at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah for a full hearing examination.  Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology can determine whether or not there are hearing the sounds that you are supposed to hear and recommend a course of action if you do have a hearing loss. To schedule a hearing test, give us a call at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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Hearing Facts: What Is The Cocktail Hearing Effect?

How can you hear what someone is saying at a crowded party – even when they are halfway across the room? It’s all about the cocktail party effect.

The cocktail party effect refers to the ability of people to focus on a single talker or conversation in a noisy environment. For example, if you are talking to a friend at a noisy party, you are able to listen and understand what they are talking about – and ignore what other people nearby are saying. It’s basically a form of aural eavesdropping.

By wearing two hearing aids, particularly two digital hearing aids that can communicate together instantaneously, people with hearing loss can fight the cocktail party effect. The interaction between the pair simply helps users better determine the location of a sound.

The cocktail party effect was first described by Colin Cherry, a British scientist, in the early 1950s. Cherry conducted a series of experiments to determine how people listen.

In the first, he played back two different messages (voiced by the same person) through both ears of a set of headphones. He then asked the participants to write down one of the messages. After some effort and concentration they could, eventually, separate one of the messages from another.

The real surprise, though, came in the second series of experiments. Here, the participants were played one message to the left ear and one message to the right ear (again voiced by the same person). Suddenly, they could separate the messages from each other – and even shift their attention between the two.

Want to learn more about how Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah can improve your hearing?  Give us a call today at (270) 558-3996, visit our office at 2008 Broadway, Paducah KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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11 Reasons You Should Have Your Hearing Tested

Hearing loss happens. It’s the third most common health problem in the U.S., according to WebMD. Hearing loss is also very treatable – and more successful when started early. If you suspect you have hearing loss, why not find out for sure?

  1. A hearing test is painless and takes less than an hour.
  2. Hearing loss may be an early warning sign or red flag for other health conditions including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  3. If your hearing test shows your hearing is normal, you can tell your friends to get off your back.
  4. The Mayo Clinic recommends baseline hearing tests for adults.
  5. Untreated hearing loss increases your chance of developing dementia.
  6. Most hearing clinics serve free cookies and coffee.
  7. Untreated hearing loss increases your chances of falling.
  8. Treating hearing loss with hearing aids is proven to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
  9. Untreated hearing loss is known to contribute to depression and social isolation.
  10. Hearing loss treatment has been shown to improve earning power.
  11. Because you’re proactive about your health and care about your quality of life.

Think you may have hearing loss? Find out for sure by scheduling a hearing test with Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  To schedule a hearing test, give our office a call at (270) 558-3996 , stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY  42001 or CLICK HERE to contact us.