Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. Our modern lifestyle is constantly exposing us to noise pollution, be it at work or at recreational activities – that leads to a decrease in the average age of when hearing loss occurs. In 2015, The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe sounds levels especially from prolonged exposure to personal audio devices, clubs, concerts and noisy workplaces.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss impacts not only the older generations but the younger generations as well. Occupational health doctor Dr. Abed Onn stated that hearing loss is one of the top 3 occupational diseases in Malaysia alongside lower back pain and upper limb muscular disorders.
Hearing loss in adults can either be inherited or acquired by time;
• Physiological ageing process will cause progressive hearing deterioration of hearing (presbycusis).
• Impacted earwax.
• Ear infection such as fluid accumulation behind the eardrum (Middle Ear Effusion)
• Prolonged exposure to loud noise (Noise-induced hearing loss)
• Ototoxic (ear-damaging) drugs that harm the inner hair cells.
As we age, we lost many physical abilities like chewing & digesting, lack of agility, poorer memory, eyesight and hearing quality. Hearing loss impacts our day-to-day functions, communications and relationships with our loved ones and family. Many seniors with hearing loss experience disconnection, isolation and spiralled into depression. Improved hearing definitely means improved quality of life. According to research, 90% of Malaysians with hearing loss do not use hearing aids in spite of the potential physical and psychological consequences it may have on their lives. The most perceived hearing device is costly or wearing them means one must be ‘old’ and ‘disabled”. Some also think that hearing loss is part of ageing and therefore ignore the problem.
Why Nessa’s Hearing Aids?
Nessa presented the future of hearing care solutions to suit modern lifestyles, which essentially addresses three key areas: “Stigma, Convenience & Cost”. Nessa is also the first hearing care provider to offer testing and hearing aid fitting and adjustments remotely from the comfort and convenience of any location you may be in. Customers have unlimited support from Audiologists at the comfort of their home and dedicated call centre support by Hearing & Lifestyle Advisors. This makes it easy, enjoyable and convenient for customers.
With world-class hearing devices made in Denmark, the hearing aids provided by Nessa are co-designed with Apple, made for TV and made-for-iPhone. Nessa’s hearing devices are light and comfortable, weigh 3 grams and are as small as a 10-cent coin. They are almost invisible when worn. This would address any stigma for anyone resistant to wear a hearing aid.
Steve Yap, actor/model has tinnitus since 10 years ago which affected his work and day-to-day life. Steve’s mother also suffered from hearing loss and dementia. Steve has found it difficult to communicate with his mum and consequently, both felt frustrated. All these changes for the better after his mum started using a pair of hearing aids from Nessa, which helped to improve communications between mother and son and restore some happy family dynamics.
Hearing Loss in Infant or Children
The signs of hearing loss in children can vary according to their age. Although it is not common some infants may have some hearing loss at birth. In most of the cases, babies diagnosed with hearing loss have a delay in receptive (comprehension) and expressive (speech) skills. By 12-month-old, most babies understand a lot of what they hear and see. If hearing loss is detected early and appropriate intervention is provided to the babies, the hearing-impaired babies would have same speech and language development milestones as their peers with normal-hearing.
Hearing care tips:
• Avoid using any tools (e.g cotton buds & metal stick) to clean your ear
• Use a dry towel to clean your outer ear area after taking bath
• Do not apply any ointment (e.g olive oil) into your ear
• Avoid being exposed to loud noises for long periods of time
• Seek audiological management if you feel any reduction in hearing
For more information, please logon to www.nessa.my or call 1800281180