Hearing Impairment

As you already know, we are trying to bring out as many problems as possible regarding disabled people. We are not doctors, not even close, but this problem is a basic one, so we found a lot of information that helped us understand how this could be solved.

However, the solutions we provided may not be the only ones. These are just the ones that we thought of. For example, at the “Sidewalk Accessibility” problem, we posted only one solution, but it is possible that there are others too. Well, when we talk about “Hearing Impairment”, we can’t just make up solutions. Here’s what the doctors already found:

“For people with sensorineural hearing loss, the condition is permanent.

This is because once the sensitive hair cells in the cochlea (the coiled, spiral tube inside the inner ear) are damaged, they cannot be repaired and remain damaged for the rest of a person’s life.

However, if your hearing is impaired, various treatment methods can improve your quality of life.

Hearing aids

If you have a hearing impairment, you may be able to wear a hearing aid. A hearing aid does not cure a hearing impairment, but it increases the volume of sound entering your ear so that you may be able to hear things more clearly.

A hearing aid is an electronic device that consists of:

  • a microphone
  • an amplifier
  • a loudspeaker
  • a battery

Modern hearing aids are very small and discreet and can be worn inside your ear. The microphone picks up sound which is made louder by the amplifier. Hearing aids are fitted with devices that can distinguish between background noise, such as traffic, and foreground noise, such as conversation.

Hearing aids are not suitable for everyone. For example, they may not be effective if you have profound hearing impairment. Your GP or audiologist (hearing specialist) will be able to advise you about whether a hearing aid is suitable for you.

If a hearing aid is recommended for you, an audiologist will take an impression of your ear so that the hearing aid will fit you perfectly. The hearing aid will be adjusted to suit your level of hearing impairment. You will also be shown how to use and care for it.

After your hearing aid has been fitted, you will have a follow-up appointment three months later.

There are several types of hearing aids like: behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids, completely in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids, body-worn (BW) hearing aids and also bone conduction hearing aids.

Cochlear implants

Cochlear implants are small hearing devices that are fitted behind your ear during surgery.”

Sign language

“A sign language (also signed language) is a language which, instead of acoustically conveyed sound patterns, uses manual communication and body language to convey meaning. This can involve simultaneously combining hand shapes, orientation and movement of the hands, arms or body, and facial expressions to fluidly express a speaker’s thoughts.”(Sign language on Wikipedia)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s