About Hearing Aids in Australia – Plus Tips on Use!

Sep 27, 2018 | Insurance, Life

A History of Hearing Aids

Stage I

This is the oldest stage for the development of the history of hearing aid devices and hand cupped behind the ear was like the first drop of water in the sea. There were also other devices, which were very large in size and having the bulky equipment. These devices had been just directing the direction of outer voice into the outer structure of the ear and producing the voice clearly. In the history of hearing aids, this step was the most primitive one.

Stage II

After ruling out of stage I devises the development in this stage was reached on a new horizon of progress. In l8th century different techniques were used to strengthen the power of feeble voice lead to another step in the history of hearing aids. The devices were like seashells and horns of animals etc., and human beings were likely to wear the bells in their ears to hear the voices. Amazingly many honorable people facing this problem had been not reluctant to wear such large bells like hearing devices. The developmental process of the history of hearing aids was continual.

Stage III

In l9th century no big deal was done with regard to the history of hearing aid devices. However, some common changes took place to assist the quality of hearing voice better. London Dome was one of such attempts, which were made in this direction. In this stage, the size of hearing aid devices became small and so looking nice. At the end of the stage carbon batteries with almost twelve hours maximum life period, were on the market, a remarkable step in the history of hearing aid devices.

Latest stage

Since the 20th century has begun many everlasting reforms were made in the history of hearing aid devices and it is developing until today. In the 1920s the first electric hearing aid was helping the people but the transistor invention in 1948 was like butter out of milk. With this invention, the history of hearing aid devices was touching high altitude in progress. In l984 digital technology occupied the whole market trend strikingly as far as the history of hearing aid devices is concerned.

 

What to know about hearing aids

For some people, it does take some time to learn to use their hearing aids properly. Hopefully, this is only a few weeks to start out with. Here are some more tips to help you as you go along.

  1.     Telephone conversations
  2.     Communication with others
  3.     Hearing aid maintenance
  4.     Getting around in public
  5.     Television and radio sounds – fine-tuning them

 

Telephone conversations

Telephone conversations are troublesome even for a hearing person because of misunderstandings. Ask your doctor for a recommendation concerning what would be the most effective manner for you to speak over the phone. For some, just having a program built into the hearing aid is enough. Some patients require a better amplifier than other patients do. For others, it is the type of microphone that will be built into the hearing aid that is the difference.

Communication with others

Communication with other people should not be hindered because of your hearing aid. Don’t let it stop you from participating in anything, socially. Even normal hearing people have a hard time getting all the information when more than one person is talking, so don’t stress out. Instead, pay close attention to the person who is talking, and if at all possible, try to move closer to them so that you can hear them more clearly.

Maintenance

Maintaining your hearing aid will help it last a lot longer, and make you a happier person because you won’t have to spend so much money so soon. Why not ask the audiologist to show you exactly what you should do to accomplish this?

  • For starters, keep your ears clean-don’t let the wax build up. If necessary, have them professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Some small tools will be given to you to use to open up the battery door on a daily basis to let the battery air out. Be sure to do so every day and use the tools as instructed.
  • NEVER wear your hearing device to bed.
  • Always take your hearing aid off above a soft surface, so that if it drops, it will not break. If necessary, get one of those kits that will rid your hearing aid of moisture. The silicones crystals absorb moisture, and when it is dry then you can put the battery back in.

Getting around in public

Getting around in public is not particularly difficult, but you will have to pay attention to what you are doing. Because some places have different acoustics, and that acoustics will affect how you hear, it will take some practice to understand how to manipulate situations in those types of places. Some examples might be in theaters or churches-they are large, and the sound can just resonate everywhere, and confuse you. It is possible, too, in some places such as theaters, to find assistance devices to help you out with hearing better while you are in that particular building.

Watching TV and listening to radio

Television and radio sounds can be fine-tuned, but in all honesty, most people with hearing aids find it far easier to simply try to get the general meaning of the conversation. If the television is on, make use of the closed captioning, it can be quite useful. Do keep in mind that people do talk quite fast, and it is sometimes difficult to keep up with them.