Noise Levels for Babies – When Sounds Become Too Loud

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao The pain threshold of a human ear is at 120 decibels (dB) and any sound above 85 dB can already cause hearing loss. A baby’s auditory faculty is more sensitive than the hearing of an adult and therefore has a lower level of tolerance to excessively loud sounds. Parents should be aware…

Delayed Speech Development in Children

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao  One of the most exciting moments of parenthood especially for first-time parents is when a child begins to utter syllables and eventually speaks his/her first word. Eager moms or dads usually record a milestone such as this to preserve the heartwarming memory. However, speech and language disorders may impede children from joining…

Live Speech Mapping (LSM) and Hearing Aid Fitting

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao  Live speech mapping (LSM) is used by audiologists to confirm whether your hearing aids are properly programmed for your specific needs or still need adjustment. LSM can indicate the audibility of important sounds and signals such as speech, thus leading to less post-fitting visits and convenience on the part of the patient….

Hearing Loss Due to Aging: How It Happens

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reveals age as the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults who are between 20 and 69 years of age, with the greatest incidence of hearing loss in the 60 to 69 group. Image source: Senior Health 365 Presbyacusis refers to the…

Bilateral Hearing Loss in Children: Helping Them Cope Up

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Dealing with children suffering from hearing loss requires longer patience and deeper commitment, given the level of dependence they place on adults. A child with bilateral hearing loss, which refers to hearing loss in both ears, may be more sensitive and prone to tantrums, not to mention the possibility of speech difficulty,…

Differentiating Hearing Aids from Sound Amplifiers

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Sound amplifiers can help individuals hear sounds that are far away from the listener or at low volume better. However, people sometimes mistake them as substitute for hearing aids because they are relatively cheaper and are readily available in the market. Plus, they do the task well if a person’s purpose is to watch TV…

The Latest Trends in Hearing Aids

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The global market for hearing aids has underwent many changes for the past years and similar to what every industry strives for, companies have continuously made efforts to improve their services by first offering a wide variety of hearing aids customers can choose from. Basically, hearing aids can be classified into three types: In-The-Ear (ITE)…

Understanding the Signs of Hearing Loss

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For individuals who were born without hearing defects, it is not always easy to accept the truth if they begin experiencing cases of hearing difficulty. In most situations, unless confirmed by an audiologist, people tend to ignore the warning signs and so the condition is left untreated and worsens over time. Below are just some…

The Classroom as a Learning Environment for the Hearing Impaired

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Children who are deaf or who are diagnosed to be suffering from hearing impairment usually have difficulty coping with the real world. If not properly guided, they might become insecure, develop lower self-esteem, and distant themselves from family and people in general. Hence, educators of the deaf have a great responsibility in…

Putting Importance on the Hearing Aid Fitting Process

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Individuals with hearing difficulty require correct diagnosis and management for them to be able to identify the best possible solution to their condition. The fitting process plays a vital role in ensuring that they will be able to maximize the use of hearing aids as they go out of the doctor’s office…

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