The History of Early Hearing Aids

With modern technology, hearing aids today go unnoticed. However, this was not always the case. The first hearing aid, created in the 17th century, actually went over the outer ear. These hearing aids were bulky and often caused the patient pain.

By the 19th century, cones were being used as hearing aids. The cones helped amplify sounds. Unlike the hearing aids of today, these hearing aids were not portable. At the end of the 19th century, patients began to Continue reading “The History of Early Hearing Aids”

Tips for Deaf People Who Live Alone

People who are hard of hearing or have completely lost their hearing can still function as normal members of society, despite the impairment. There are jobs, schools, an entire language devoted to deaf people and even resources that can help someone who can’t hear live a normal, healthy, productive life.

Some home resources for those living by themselves include installing and/or upgrading a home security system and safety features that can help deaf people be alerted of an emergency. These products include strobe light alarms, which replace the sound of an alarm with an extremely bright light. Neighbors will be able to see the light just as they would be able to hear a regular alarm siren go off when it’s triggered. Some strobe light alarms also have a siren, so they are both seen and heard. Visit for a complete list of home security options and to learn more tips that can help you live a safer lifestyle.

Amplifiers in phone handsets help those who cannot hear well adjust the volume so they can use a telephone. Hearing aids may already have amplifiers in them which can also help increase volume, and if hearing aids are worn they can either be taken out or left in while using a phone amplifier. Check with your phone or security company to see if they will install the equipment for free.

Hearing Aid Options for the Deaf

Audiologist Examination

Individuals with hearing loss can choose from an assortment of hearing aids. Discussing hearing aid options with an audiologist is the first step toward making a decision. The best type of hearing aid for an individual varies depending on the amount of hearing loss and other factors.

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids

A popular device for the hard of hearing are behind the ear aids designed for mild to profound levels of hearing loss. This device is custom-made with a nicely fitting earmold that sits at the back of Continue reading “Hearing Aid Options for the Deaf”

What Tools Are There for the Deaf

As technology advances, it is not surprising that tools are being developed to help men, women and children who are unable to hear or who have limited hearing. A wide range of tools are available to help individuals understand and communicate despite the challenges of hearing impairments.

Speech to text systems are tool that can help improve the ability to understand. When words are spoken to an individual or in a classroom setting, the tool will automatically type out the words so that the individual can read instead of hearing the Continue reading “What Tools Are There for the Deaf”

How Loud Noises Impact Hearing Damage

We live in a society punctuated by loud sounds – cars passing by, construction, music and other environmental noises can reach untold heights of noise. Few people really stop to think of how the sound they hear on a daily basis can affect their hearing, or how loud sounds can cause irreparable damage to their hearing over time.

Most noises are well within safe limits for your hearing; however, there are daily noises that can harm your hearing if you leave your ears unprotected. Any sound louder than 85 decibels can Continue reading “How Loud Noises Impact Hearing Damage”

Early Morning Traffic Tips for the Deaf

Deafness and Mobility

As the population is aging, more individuals are developing deafness. Deafness affects mobility of individuals due to safety concerns. Most geographic areas do provide driving licenses to deaf individuals. Often a deaf individual is required to have their condition listed on their driver’s license. This can assist law and emergency workers in various situations. The sense of sight gradually becomes heightened after hearing loss. While driving a deaf individual uses their keen sense of sight to be aware of traffic, flashing lights and potential dangers.I found some more Continue reading “Early Morning Traffic Tips for the Deaf”

Coping with Nighttime Obstacles When You Are Deaf

Being deaf, whether you were born this way or it occurred during your lifetime, is certainly a challenge. In the night, you are unable to hear a security system blare or an intruder breaking into the home. One of the ways to deal with this is to avoid living alone. When looking for your first apartment or house, consider getting together with a group of friends if you do not intend to be married or in a relationship any time soon.

Another option is to have a conversation with Continue reading “Coping with Nighttime Obstacles When You Are Deaf”

How Does Age Factor in to Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is called a cumulative condition, meaning it occurs slowly over time. There are many factors which can cause hearing loss including loud noise exposure, extended head phone usage, heredity, and age.

The reason age is so closely associated with hearing loss has to do with the structure of the inner ear. The area of sound conduction is called the cochlea, which contains pressurized fluid and tiny hair cells that transduce vibrations within the fluid. Hearing loss results from damage to these Continue reading “How Does Age Factor in to Hearing Loss”

Impact of Earphones on the Hearing

It’s a common occurrence to see people listening to an mp3 player. We don’t think there’s anything dangerous when someone is listening to music, Arkansas Home Security ADT, but is there really? When we listen to music through headphones, particularly ear bud headphones, we are unintentionally causing damage to our hearing. Any sort of loud music is bad for our ears, but the ear buds make the sound go down directly to our eardrums. Even at five hours of usage per week can cause permanent damage to the ear.

There are some ways we can listen to our music safely through earphones from our mp3 players.The whole story can be found at Keep the volume turned down. It’s a normal thing when we experience an increase in outside noise to want to turn up the volume, but this should be avoided. It’s common not to turn the volume back down once it has been increased. Limiting usage is important as well. Make sure to take breaks whenever possible.

With more and more people beginning to use mp3 players at a younger age, the number of hearing loss cases are on the rise. Many of today’s youth will begin to experience hearing loss by the time they are in their mid-twenties.