Thursday, April 23, 2015

What does hearing mean to people?



Hearing is many things for us.  We use it to communicate with one another.  We share ideas, thoughts and daily life activities through language.  This important skill, language, develops naturally just by over hearing others talk.  Newborns typically have their first word between 9-12 months of age without formal instruction.  Without hearing, speech and language need to be taught.

Hearing provides us information as to what is happening around us.  When we hear footsteps, we know someone is coming into the room.  We know where to look for the keys when we hear them fall off the counter.  It’s the sound of garage door opening that tells us a loved one is home.

Hearing helps to keep us safe.  The smoke detector, a kitchen timer, the siren of a fire truck provide information that helps keep us safe.

There are many sounds in our world that give us pleasure. The laughter of a son and the giggle of grandchild become cherished moments. The “ping” of a golf club hitting a ball, the “crack” the spoon makes when it breaks through a crème brulee, the “drip” of the melting snow, “rustle” of the newspaper all add to life.  

Hearing connects us to the world.  Without it, we would miss the sound of birds and the wind in the trees.
Hearing is usually taken for granted.  People often tell us, they didn’t realize all the ways hearing enhanced their lives.  Take good care of your hearing.  Use hearing protection around loud sounds.  Eat well, a diet high in fruits and vegetables and exercise helps to maintain healthy ears.  Take good care of your ears.


Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!
Jane Kukula, Au.D.Paula Webster, M.A.
 
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848440-205-8848Fax: 440-205-9818http://www.aacHEAR.org











 
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why do I hear some people better than others?



There are three main factors that impact your ability to hear and understand speech.
The first factor is the listener. How well do you hear?  Do you use hearing instruments if recommended?  Do you receive regular hearing care?  Are you able to see the face of the person talking?  Does he or she have your attention?  How far are you from the person talking?
The second factor is the speaker (the person talking).  Does he or she have a familiar voice?  Does the speaker project, and speak slowly and clearly.  Have you noticed it’s more difficult to hear someone with an accent?  The speaker’s expressions, body language, mannerisms and your interest in the subject play a role.

The third factor is the room.  Does it have high ceilings and hardwood floors? If so, there is likely an echo which decreases your understanding of words.  Loud background noise also interferes with your ability to communicate. All of these and more effect your ability to hear and understand. If you feel you are not hearing as well as you could, make an appointment.  Have your hearing and hearing instruments checked. 
 

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!
Jane Kukula, Au.D.Paula Webster, M.A.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848440-205-8848Fax: 440-205-9818http://www.aacHEAR.org












 
 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Is it typical for people to not realize what they can’t hear?




Yes, people rarely think about their hearing until there is a problem.  People often tell us, they didn’t realize all of the ways hearing enhanced their lives until they experienced a decrease in hearing.

We use hearing to communicate with one another.  We share ideas, thoughts and daily life activities through language.  This important skill, language, develops naturally just by over hearing others talk.  Newborns typically have their first word between 9-12 months of age without formal instruction.  Without hearing, speech and language need to be taught.

Hearing provides us information as to what is happening around us.  When we hear footsteps, we know someone is coming into the room.  We know where to look for the keys when we hear them fall off the counter.  It’s the sound of garage door opening that tells us a loved one is home.

Hearing helps keep us safe.  The smoke detector, a kitchen timer, the siren of a fire truck and more, provide necessary safety information.

There are many sounds in our world that give us pleasure. The laughter of a son and the giggle of grandchild create cherished moments. The ping of a golf club hitting a ball, the crack the spoon makes when it breaks through the top of the crème brulee, the drip of melting snow, and the rustle of newspaper all add to the quality of life.  

Hearing connects us to the world.  Without it, we would miss the sound of birds and the wind in the trees.  Have you ever counted the chirps of a cricket on a warm summer night?
Take good care of your hearing.  Use hearing protection around loud sounds.  Eat well.  A diet high in fruits and vegetables and exercise helps to maintain healthy ears.

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, Au.D.Paula Webster, M.A.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818




Thursday, April 2, 2015

Can nerve hearing loss be helped with hearing aids?












There are many common myths regarding what will and will not help hearing loss.  In the past, many people with hearing loss in one ear, with a high frequency hearing loss, or with “nerve“ damage,  may have been told there is no help for their hearing loss.  This may have been the case many years ago, but with all of the modern advances in technology, nearly 95% of those with "nerve" hearing loss, can be helped with hearing aids.
                                                          Healthy hearing nerves           Damaged hearing nerves                    
Another common myth you may hear is hearing loss is “common for his age”, hearing loss of any degree is going to have an impact on his life, no matter what his age.  I do realize that well-meaning professionals tell this to their patients every day.  It is the impact of that hearing loss that needs to be addressed.  Several things to look for are: 
  • Change in emotional and social behavior 
  • Isolation and withdrawal from family or social activities 
  • Frustration with communication situations

These behaviors can often be addressed by treating the hearing loss with the fitting of hearing aids.


While we are speaking of age, it is often felt that hearing aids make us look older.  Appearing older is clearly more affected by many other factors other than the hearing aids.  I have often felt that a hearing loss is much more obvious than the hearing instruments.
Hearing aids have an impressive list of potential benefits.  Encourage your father to seek a second opinion and to consider treatment for his hearing loss.  

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, Au.D.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848440-205-8848

Fax: 440-205-9818




























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