The Hearing Protection

Why should hearing aids be fitted to the elderly sooner rather than later?

What causes hearing loss in the elderly?
Scientific research shows that, in addition to diseases of the whole body and ears, hearing loss in
the elderly is also related to the following:
“Aging” and the degradation of the auditory system.
Genetic factors.
External environmental influences such as long-term high intensity noise exposure and ototoxic
drug usage.
Should hearing aids be worn by the elderly?
Hearing loss in the elderly is usually thought to be an inevitable phenomenon of the aged, thus they
will silently accept hearing loss, but they will not accept wearing hearing aids to make their “aging”
visible to the public. Behind this phenomena is the difficulty of actively dealing with hearing aging
and developing the notion of rehabilitation.
The World Health Organization International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health
stressed the concept of “biological psychological social” in 2001, and disabled rehabilitation must
address relevant social issues. Hearing loss or hearing impairment impacts not only the physical
and mental health of the elderly, but also their quality of life, social contact, and, in severe cases,
their personal safety. In light of the prevalence of hearing loss in the elderly, we must actively
address the various issues caused by direct and indirect communication limitations caused by
hearing loss or hearing disability, as well as provide scientific and effective hearing rehabilitation
programs for the elderly with hearing loss or hearing impairment, and avoid passive isolation from
the surrounding communication environment.
So, how do we pick the best hearing aid ? First and foremost, we should actively schedule an
appointment with a competent otologist for a thorough otological examination, excluding disorders
that require treatment, and conduct hearing testing to assess the origin and extent of hearing loss.
Then, in order to maximize the effectiveness of the hearing aid, we should schedule an appointment
with a skilled hearing optometrist for hearing aid consultation and selection. It should be
emphasized that thorough audiological testing is required for accurate matching and the optimal
hearing aid effect. Obtain precise and reliable data on the degree of binaural hearing loss, give an
accurate matching scheme for hearing aids to conduct hearing compensation, and then release the
optimum hearing aid performance. In addition , no hearing aid is entirely described as a “senile
hearing aid.” Given the characteristics of deafness in the elderly, high-performance hearing aids are
more necessary to produce the greatest results. The output strength of the hearing aid cannot
accurately match the inconsistent characteristics of hearing loss at each frequency if the number of
frequency channels that can be modified by the hearing aid is too small. Some frequencies may be
overstimulated, while others may be understimulated, resulting in a bad user experience, increased
complaints, and even unpleasant feelings using the hearing aid.
Early fine hearing testing and the selection of high-performance hearing aids can not only enhance
audibility and avoid hearing loss in elderly hearing loss patients, but also improve frequency
analysis ability and temporal domain analysis capacity in noisy environments. Furthermore,
mastering the functioning of hearing aids is a crucial aspect of attaining the best listening effect.


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