Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

 The consequences of untreated hearing loss are real. Since we collect sound with our ears and process the sound in our brain, over time and without hearing assistance, we can lose the ability to understand the spoken word. This documented process is called “auditory deprivation.”

When you think about a conversation with all the sounds, the inflection and tempo changes, it makes communication extremely complicated. When a hearing loss has been present and untreated, the ability to follow the conversation can become extremely difficult. Without receiving the appropriate stimuli, the brain stops processing sounds like background noise and it can no longer filter speech correctly. You may answer a question incorrectly, withdraw, smile and pretend you understood the conversation. This can be particularly troublesome when you are visiting the doctor, and important information is being relayed.

Our goal is to maximize your speech understanding in all listening situations. Hearing devices help to solve communication problems and they help to preserve and protect the brain’s ability to recognize speech.

Hearing loss ranks number three in terms of medical diagnosis behind hypertension and arthritis. Often called the invisible disability, hearing loss happens slowly over time and may go unnoticed for years. Although there is no cure for certain forms of hearing loss, many patients can be helped, especially when the problem is recognized early.” Wearing hearing aids have been shown to help preserve the remaining hearing and speech clarity.

If you think you may have hearing loss, the most important step is to have your hearing tested by an Audiologist. The results will identify which frequencies or pitches you do or do not hear. And, if you do have a hearing loss, getting help has never been easier and with today’s advanced technology-you will get clear, crisp, more natural sound.

5 Reasons People Don’t Wear their Hearing Aids

5 Reasons People Don’t Wear their Hearing Aids

  • Their hearing aids aren’t comfortable
  • Their hearing aids don’t meet their sound expectations
  • Their hearing aids are too difficult to care for
  • Their hearing aids are embarrassing
  • Their hearing aids stopped providing a benefit

It is important to see your Doctor of Audiology if you or a loved one are not wearing their hearing aids.  There are solutions for each of these problems.  Whether it is a different style to help with comfort, a programming adjustment to help with sound quality, rechargeable hearing aids to make it easier, a smaller hearing aid that will be more discrete, or a repeat hearing test to make sure your hearing loss is stable, wearing your hearing aid is important.  As studies have shown that wearing your hearing aid helps preserve word understanding as well as deter dementia.

Call us at Triangle Hearing Services, our Cary, NC office at 919-636-3006 or our Knightdale, NC office at 919-295-4655 if you are experiencing any of these problems.

Is an in-the-ear hearing aid right for me?

Is an in-the-ear hearing aid right for me?

The idea of an invisible hearing aid sounds like a “no brainer”, however, here are some PROS and CONS that come with a smaller hearing aid:

PROS: Discrete, may be easier to insert, less vulnerable to wind noise

CONS: Smaller batteries (shorter batter life and harder to change), not as much “power” as behind the ear hearing aids.

Your Doctor of Audiology will help you determine what is right for you, depending on your lifestyle, dexterity, budget, and degree of hearing loss. If you’d like to find out more about the pros and cons of all styles of hearing aids, please contact Triangle Hearing Services, our Cary, NC office at 919-636-3006, or our Knightdale, NC office at 919-295-4655.

6 Night-Time Necessities for the Hard-of-Hearing

6 Night-Time Necessities for the Hard-of-Hearing

Smoke Alarms
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Wake-Up Alarms
Door Lights
Phone Signalers
The Induction Loop

For people who are completely deaf, or who are unable to hear whatsoever when they take out their hearing aids, there are alarm systems that combine extremely loud alarms, blinking lights, and vibrators that shake your mattress.

If night time safety is a concern for either you or your loved one, please let Triangle Hearing Services, P.A. help you. Call our Cary NC office at 919-636-3006 or our Knightdale office at 919-295-4655.

5 Loud Noises That Could Damage Your Hearing

5 Loud Noises That Could Damage Your Hearing

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) occurs more frequently than you may think.  Factors that affect the occurrence of NIHL are the duration of the sound, the level of the sound and the proximity of the sound.  Any sound above 85dB can cause hearing loss after approximately eight hours of continuous exposure. However, if the noise level is 100dB, your hearing could be damaged in as little as 15 minutes.  Here are some common noises that may cause hearing loss.

  1. MP3 player/mobile devices at maximum volume (can reach up to 105dB)
  2. Music festival or concert
  3. Home Improvement Equipment (typically range from 110-140dB)
  4. Balloons (a single pop can reach up to 168dB)
  5. Gardening equipment (typically range from 85-100dB)

Safety Tips

  • Use hearing protectors.
  • If you are not the one using the device, move away from the noise.
  • Protect the hearing of any children near the device while it is in use.
  • If you find yourself without hearing protection, cover your ears with your hands.
  • If your mobile device or MP3 player has a volume control limit, a setting of 75dB is considered a safe listening level.

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to too much noise, please call our Triangle Hearing Services, Cary, NC office (919-636-3006) or our Triangle Hearing Services, Knightdale, NC office (919-295-4655) for a free hearing screening or a comprehensive hearing evaluation.

Can We Talk??

Can We Talk??

Here are some tips to communicating with a loved one, coworker, or friend who has hearing loss:
1. Shorten the Gap
Speech has less energy and clarity the further it has to travel. This is especially true when talking across the room or from room to room. In order to help your loved one hear better, get closer and close the gap.

2. Attention
Make sure to get the persons attention first. You can do this by saying their name, tapping them lightly on the shoulder, or waiting until you establish eye contact.

3. Face-to-face
Although the hard of hearing person may not solely rely on lip reading, they are gaining a lot of speech cues from seeing your face. Face-to-face helps them “fill in the blanks” of what they may have missed.

4. Limit the Distractions
Any excess noise will interfere with the persons ease of communication. Turn off televisions, radios, etc. to ensure the person can hear you clearly.

5. No need to Yell
Talking louder may not necessarily make it easier for the person to hear you. Instead of raising your voice, make sure to talk clearly and slowly.

6. Rephrase, don’t just repeat
If the listener still did not hear what you said, try rephrasing instead of repeating. Giving the information in a different order will help them fill in what they missed.

7. Know your audience
By understanding that someone with hearing loss requires more effort to follow a conversation, particularly in noise or in a group of people, will help you be a better communicator.

8. Be Patient
It will be a process for anyone to adjust to hearing with hearing aids. Be patient, especially in the beginning as they may need “breaks” more often.

Feel confident with the super discreet Phonak Virto™ B-Titanium

Feel confident with the super discreet Phonak Virto™ B-Titanium

Did you know that the smallest ever Phonak in-the-ear hearing aid is custom made from medical grade titanium? This innovative hearing aid fits your ear perfectly and provides excellent hearing performance!

We are excited to introduce the super discreet Phonak Virto B-Titanium, the next big thing in custom-made hearing aids.

Call Triangle Hearing Services to learn more about the Titanium hearing aid at our Cary, NC office 919-636-3006 or our Knightdale, NC office 919-295-4655.

11 Hearing Aid Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

11 Hearing Aid Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Hearing Aid Myth 1. Hearing aids are only for old people-or they’ll make me feel old.

Hearing Aid Myth 2. Hearing aids are big, bulky, and unsightly.

Hearing Aid Myth 3. Hearing aids are only for people with severe hearing loss.

Hearing Aid Myth 4. I can’t afford hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Myth 5. Hearing aids make everything sound too loud.

Hearing Aid Myth 6. Hearing aids can’t help with my tinnitus.

Hearing Aid Myth 7. I only need one hearing aid because I only have hearing loss in one ear.

Hearing Aid Myth 8. Hearing aid salespeople are charlatans.

Hearing Aid Myth 9. Follow ups aren’t necessary; they’re just a way for audiologists to charge me more money.

Hearing Aid Myth 10. Hearing aids will work perfectly right away, like putting on a pair of glasses.

Hearing Aid Myth 11. If I don’t like my hearing aids, I’m stuck with them. It’s a big decision and I won’t know if I’m making the right one until it’s too late.

Read the full article here;  http://www.hearinglikeme.com/11-hearing-aid-myths-you-shouldnt-believe/  To discuss these “myths” with a Doctor of Audiology, please contact our office
919-636-3006 for an appointment!

Hearing Loss Causes Social Isolation and Depression

Hearing Loss Causes Social Isolation and Depression
How many times have you gone to a family function, maybe a birthday party or a wedding, and found yourself sitting in the corner watching from afar because conversations are difficult due to your hearing loss. You hear sounds, and see people’s lips moving, but the sounds are muffled, or not clear. You just can’t seem to make out the words being conveyed. As a result, you become frustrated and think to yourself, “It’s just what happens when we get old.” You, in a sense, become isolated..

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Sound familiar?

We often times hear of stories of isolation, such as the man, who we’ll call “Mark” to keep in line with confidentiality laws, who stopped playing Bridge with his church group because it became too difficult to hear his fellow Bridge-mates. He became depressed and stated he didn’t want to go anywhere and didn’t care to have company because of the frustration that arose out of half-heard conversations. Continually saying, “Huh?”, “Can you repeat that please?”, and “What did you just say?” were more annoying than the company themselves (most often).

I’m happy to report that “Mark” discovered hearing aids after his daughter, we’ll call her Molly, contacted our Cary, NC office. He’s now the proud owner of Phonak’s newest product, the rechargeable hearing aid. Molly realized how sad her father was becoming and worried the depression would never go away. She quickly realized her father was hearing again, and happily, when he said yes to a long overdue visit with a friend over coffee at the nearby IHop.

Yes. We grow old (if we’re lucky). And yes, we do loose our hearing

In a recent survey, The American Academy of Audiology (AMA) reported, “A survey of 2,300 hearing impaired adults age 50 and older found that those with untreated hearing gloss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia, and were less likely to participate in organized social activities, compared to those who wear hearing aids.”

Hearing aids are an effectively proven way to help with depression and isolation. If you’ve been to our office, you’ve probably seen this stand up in the front lobby.

If you’ve read it carefully, it re-iterates exactly what the AMA has conveyed about depression and isolation.


The Solution
You’ve discovered the problem, and realize the symptoms that go along with it. Depression and isolation….so how do we combat it?

To put it plane and simply…with hearing aids.

Hearing aids, weather they’re from Phonak, Oticon, or the like, are beneficial. The Technical power of a hearing aid is another blog post all together. However, we already know the power of a hearing aid, socially, and emotionally.

Call our office today and schedule an appointment in our Cary or Knightdale offices to have your hearing tested and evaluated today. An entire world is out there waiting to be heard.

Still skeptical? See of our video reviews here.

Rechargeable Hearing Aids: The Phonak Audeo B-R

Rechargeable Hearing Aids: The Phonak Audeo B-R

Although hearing aid technology has seen many changes over the years, rechargeable hearing aids have remained at the top of many hearing aid users wish lists.  Until now, they either did not exist or were poorly designed.  Phonak recently launched the first hearing aid to feature lithium-ion batteries, the Audeo B-R.  Utilizing this type of battery enables the hearing aid to be lighter weight, faster charging, and hold more charging cycles than traditional battery types.  The Audeo B-R Rechargeable can get 24 hours of use on a single charge and up to 4000 battery cycles. The top three advantages seen by users so far are 1. Ease of use 2. Hearing performance and 3. Charge any time.

Please visit either of our Triangle Hearing Services locations (Knightdale and Cary, NC) for a demonstration and more information today!!!