Tinnitus – Personal Perspective — Lynn Thaler

I was born with inner ear deformities, which caused me to suffer hearing loss at a young age. I started wearing hearing aids when I was twelve. I’ve had so many surgeries on my ears that I lost count years ago. The surgeries allowed me to maintain my hearing and help prevent the frequent ear infections […]

via Tinnitus – Personal Perspective — Lynn Thaler

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I know my television is too loud.I can tell my stereo is playing too loud.I keep on asking those with whom I communicate with to repeat themselves.I’m the customer in a bar asking the bartender to lower the music just so I can hear the conversion from the next table beside me.Two thirds of American over the age of 70 is experiencing Tinnitus ear, professionals in this field say, and we all might be them. We must find ways to help

The number one reason most of us haven’t is because of the high cost of hearing aids: just about $2, 500, and sometimes— and in many cases some us will need a pair. One can now understand why less than 30% of those affected by hearing are wearing aids

Medicare refuses to provide for many products that the elderly need. Dental care is on my list of exemption which does not make any sense whatsoever; however base on the 1965 Medicare law which prevents the insurance companies from covering the cost of hearing aids is a strong contender.

Nevertheless it’s encouraging to observe developments in recent times that might help to make Tinnitus ear devises more affordable with easier service access.

■ The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in October announces recommended federal actions that will decrease the cost of hearing aids, spur technology innovation and increase consumer choice options.”

One suggestion from the council is that the Food and Drug Administration allows hearing aid for those with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss, to be sold without the need to be prescribed— this is something that almost every state is against.

 

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What is Tinnitus Ear

I recently read an article which describes having Tinnitus ear as a symptom rather than a condition. The article went on to describe Tinnitus ear symptom as you been able to hear that which others cannot hear. I think there are many cases where this might be true but not in all cases.

The article went on to say that Tinnitus is common amongst elderly people which I would agree with although younger people are now been affected by Tinnitus more than before. The article then went on to state the obvious that Tinnitus is either in one ear or the other (Obvious) where else? The writer states that the number one reason tinnitus was found more in elderly people could be as a result of their life style.

The writer further states that the sound individuals were hearing were different from individual to individual. The sound he describes was that for some it was more like music with the majority experiencing hissing and whistling or maybe even a whistling sound. The writer claims that this does not affect the individual daily life. (Really)?.

What was striking about the article was the fact it pointed out that according to the American Tinnitus Association that over 50 million people living in the United States are suffering with tinnitus ear.

I have to disagree with the writer where in the article it is stated that this is a top priority in the medical community. The fact that well over 50 million are been affected simple shows that very little is been done. Although there is no known cure this should be the reason this should be given priority.

I believe that because it is not seen as life threatening the governing bodies does not see the urgency to find a cure not knowing that those who are affected by this in many cases it a matter of life and death because of the serious effects it has on the individual live.

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Tinnitus Ear

An estimated 45 million Americans are suffering with Tinnitus.

Let’s look at age-related hearing loss. A report on Tinnitus (hearing health)from an accreted source the  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine put the prevalence at more than 45 percent of those aged 70 to 74, and on those over 85 ,

What is striking though is that very little is done about it. Lest than 20%of those with Tinnitus Ear use hearing device .The reason for this is the high price of $2500 and more for a good hearing aid device, and most cases some people need more than one .Reason number 2 is the lack of Medicare reimbursement, Medicare do not provide coverage because of some law that was created in 1965 .

In order to try and make hearing aid within the reach of most individuals the National Academies and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology have suggested a number of steps .

But while wait those of us that are experiencing mild to moderate hearing loss should consider using alternatives hearing aids that are inexpensive : personal sound amplification products, or P.S.A.P.s. They are inexpensive and deliver on their promise too.

What’s good about this you don’t need an audiologist to obtain a P.S.A.P. You can find these been advertised in magazines or in pharmacy or you can buy them on the internet.

Because the Food and Drug Administration does control them they are not compel to stick to certain design or performance standard or labeling that applies to the device. This lack of regulation may speed up innovation as F.D.A. approvals can be a lengthy process creating lots of confusion. “The current market is pretty much a free-for-all,” said Dr. Frank Lin, an otolaryngologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a member of the National Academies committee.

“Some P.S.A.P. companies are very good, founded by former hearing aid executives and engineers,” Dr. Lin said. “The devices you see in Walmart for 40 bucks are terrible.”

How to determine which P.S.A.P.s are the best ones? Johns Hopkins a audiologist, did an electroacoustical tests on numerous devices that are been sold on the internet, testing everything from their output or gain (translation: volume), frequency ranges and clarity, these are the most important factors when trying to help those affected by hearing loss to hear better.

He went beyond to test those with moderate to mild hearing loss. (This is  not recommend for those with severe hearing loss.)

His experiment was done by placing individuals in a central location with noise in the back ground; he then compared their hearing with different P.S.A.P.s to determine which hearing device is best suited.

More than 29 participants were tested by Dr. Reed so far he and his partners were satisfied with the P.S.A.P.s.

The Soundhawk, which operates with a smartphone, performed almost as well as the hearing aid, with a list price of $399. The Personal Sound Amplifier: CS50+made by Soundworld Solutions, and the Bean T-Coil, from Etymotic, worked nearly as well and list for about $350.

The researchers also tested the MSA 30X, available at drugstores for $30, and found it actually increased distortion. “A pure waste of your money,” Dr. Reed said.

Dr. Lin’s research group is conducting two pilot studies that fit patients with P.S.A.P.s, and “we’re seeing very positive results,” he said.

Dr. Reed will present his findings at the International Hearing Aid Research Conference next month.

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