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  • Causes of Hearing Loss

    In the last few decades, researchers have made tremendous advancements in hearing technology, even for the most profoundly deaf. In most cases, hearing loss is now a treatable condition, providing new opportunities for people, and their families, touched by a hearing loss diagnosis. In this article we look at the main causes of hearing loss.

    The condition is probably more common than you might think. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the most prevalent disabilities for newborn babies, as well as aging baby boomers. Approximately one of every 1000 infants and one in three people over 60 have hearing loss. It can occur before birth or over a lifetime, and affect only one ear, or both.

    To understand what makes hearing loss such a common condition, let’s look at how the ear works and see what causes hearing loss.

    The ear is a pretty amazing bit of Mother Nature’s engineering. It’s made up of three parts: The outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. All three parts work together to turn sound into something the brain can translate.

    Sound is made up of vibrations in the air. The ear captures these sound vibrations, and then converts them into electrical signals that are received, interpreted, and understood by the brain. Hearing loss occurs when any of the three parts of the ear is damaged, or prevented from functioning properly. Hearing loss is grouped into two categories: congenital (hearing loss that’s present at birth) or acquired (hearing loss that happens after birth).

    Causes of Hearing Loss

    Congenital Hearing Loss Causes Acquired Hearing Loss Causes
    Drug or alcohol abuse during pregnancy Aging process
    Genetic factors Chickenpox
    Gestational diabetes Ear infections
    Preeclampsia Encephalitis
    Prematurity Flu
    Rh incompatibility complication Head injury
      Noise exposure
      Ototoxicity (damage caused by medications)


    Hearing Clinics Covering Slough, Farnham Common, Marlow and Maidenhead

    If you live in the Slough, Farnham Common, Marlow or Maidenhead areas, please talk to us if you think you may have a hearing loss. We will arrange a confidential appointment where we will test your hearing and advise the most suitable course of action.

    At Help in Hearing we carry out hearing tests in a friendly and comfortable environment using the latest testing equipment. Hearing tests require concentration but are not painful. We will discuss your lifestyle and medical history related to your ears and hearing in depth.

    Contact us if you would like to arrange an appointment.

  • Coloured Hearing Aids have got the Cool Factor!

    An article we read recently about a little girl who wanted pink hearing aids so she could have “fairy ears,” got us thinking about what people want from their hearing aids. In this article we talk about coloured hearing aids.

    Many people like to decorate their hearing aids or experiment with colours and prints. The choice of a bold colour hearing aid gives them uniqueness and, for younger adults, a cool factor that acts as a fashion statement. Showing that hearing aids can be fun and can attract attention can help in situations when the person does not want to wear them or perceives them as old fashioned and boring. Manufacturers around the world have started the trend of offering a wide choice of colours, personal prints, cartoon characters or any other design the wearer demands.

    Hearing aid designs to match the taste of the wearer

    Often children’s hearing aids are adorned with flowers, butterflies, tiger prints or a smiling SpongeBob. The choice is unlimited and every design may be modified to match the taste of the wearer. Regardless of the type – in the ear or behind the ear, the device can be bright pink or turquoise green. Some companies, such as Phonak, even provide different stickers that can be attached to the hearing device to give it a personal touch. After wearing it for a while, you can easily replace with a new one.

    For those who like extravagance, though, there are even braver and more fashionable options such as Swarovski crystals or having a corresponding design of the hearing aid and mobile phone.

    Hearing aids with excitement and personality

    Regardless of the choice of colour, however, discreet or brighter, the important thing is to feel comfortable with your device and have the functions and features that you need. Choosing a colour could add a note of excitement and personality and can transform the hearing aid from an unwanted inconvenience into a cool and attractive accessory.

    You can read the original article that prompted this blog here: “The Secret Deafie: The girl who wanted coloured hearing aids (and wasn’t allowed to have them)

    If you need hearing aids and want to choose something that gives you the cool factor, talk to us about coloured hearing aids. We have a range of aids from leading edge hearing aid manufacturers such as Widex and Phonak and can discuss the options most suitable for you.