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What Should You Know About Hearing Tests?

by rayovac15, May 2016

A hearing test can let you know if you need hearing aids

Hearing loss is among the most common medical conditions in the United States. More than 48 million of us have significant hearing troubles in one form or another. Those struggles can affect anyone — young and old alike — regardless if the loss is caused from genetics, trauma, illness, the environment or old age. If you’re concerned that you or your loved ones might have hearing loss, then it’s important to get tested by a hearing professional. A hearing professional will determine if you have hearing loss through a hearing screening, and what kind of loss you’re experiencing with a hearing evaluation. This is done by measuring your ability to hear sounds that reach the brain through the ear canal. Our bodies decipher sound by tuning into vibrational frequencies that happen in air, liquid or solid materials. These vibrations create sound waves, which have certain frequencies and amplitudes based on the speed and height of the vibrations. If a sound wave is vibrating fast, then it has a high pitch. And the height size of the sound wave dictates how loud that sound manifests. Most hearing tests use an audiometer to create specific sound waves at particular vibrations to see if and what you’re able to hear.

Online Hearing Tests

Waiting to treat hearing loss can lead to other issues.  Adults might not be able to safely operate a car or heavy machinery, hear people at work, or meaningfully converse with loved ones. Failing to treat hearing loss in children can hamper their social skills, set them back in school, and harm their cognitive and physical development. Diagnosing hearing loss is a painless experience, and it doesn’t take much time. Plus there are various online hearing tests that offer questionnaires to evaluate if visiting a hearing professional is recommended. Individuals that are interested in an easy in-home hearing screening can try those offered by the Better Hearing Institute and Healthy Hearing. Both organizations offer options that are fast, easy and offer good insight for you and your hearing professional — should you book an appointment.

Hearing Screening vs. Hearing Evaluation

If you do make the appointment then there are two different test categories your hearing professional will likely perform. The first is a hearing screening, which is a quick, cost-effective preliminary exam that checks your hearing to determine if further testing is necessary. If your screening results show that you need further testing then you move on to the second category: a hearing evaluation. This is an in-depth assessment of your hearing to investigate what type of hearing loss you have, how severe it is and what the best treatment options are.

Hearing Loss Treatment

Once your hearing professional determines what type of hearing loss you have, the next step is figuring out what treatment options are available. If your hearing loss is conductive, which happens when something stops sound from reaching your inner ear, then you often have three options: medicine, surgery or hearing aids. If you’ve been diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, which is when the hearing nerve isn’t working as intended, then you’re likely looking at hearing aids or surgery. And if your audiologist says you have mixed hearing loss then your best options are medications, hearing aids or a cochlear implant. Hearing aids are among the most common solutions. The devices are highly customizable to fit whatever your needs are, and you’re able to make them as visible or invisible as you’d like. Your hearing professional will be able to recommend particular brands or features, and consult on hearing aid care.  For all you need to know about hearing aid batteries, be sure to visit our hearing aid resource center.

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Hearing Loss Detection in Children

by rayovac17, July 2013

When the stork arrives and you are holding your newborn in your arms for the first time, your new child’s hearing ability may not be the first thought that pops into your brain. But I’m sure your baby’s health does. Checking your newborns hearing is just as important as checking for ten fingers and ten toes.

Children who have undetected hearing loss might not gain the cognitive abilities that are needed for learning, or may not be able to acquire normal speech and language. Children with hearing loss may be extremely stressed out because they may not understand why it is harder for them to learn simple material.

Babies should get their hearing checked before they are even one month old. Technology now allows hearing screenings on children a few hours after they are born. Most states even require hearing testing on newborns before they are to leave the hospital. If your child has hearing loss, you should consider the use of a hearing device or other communication options by 6 months of age. 

Rayovac offers the longest lasting hearing aid batteries in the world, in sizes 10, 13, 312, and 675. We also have a cochlear battery specifically made to meet the needs of patients with cochlear implants. As well as our ProLine hearing aid batteries, which are the #1 choice of hearing care professionals. All of our hearing aid batteries are mercury free.

Early hearing loss detection is crucial when it comes to speech, language and learning in young children. In the event your child does need hearing aids, let Rayovac be there for all your hearing aid battery needs. 

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Rayovac Hearing Aid Batteries: Making the World Hear Better

by rayovac18, February 2013

History is a funny sort of thing. Certain unforgettable moments rise to the surface – world wars, political scandals, the discovery of new lands. So many other events sink below the surface, waiting to be discovered by curious minds. Those little buried gems add up to great richness. We’d argue that this richness includes Rayovac’s impact on the hearing-impaired world through a commitment to high performance batteries for hearing aids.

The Rayovac minds that filed patent on the first vacuum-tube hearing aid did so in 1937, the same year that Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Atlantic, the Hindenburg burst into flames, Hitler’s tyranny was unfolding, and pre-WWII unrest was beginning to stir in Asia. America was in the thick of the Great Depression. Needless to say, it’s no surprise that our patent filing wasn’t splashed across the front pages.

Still, that’s where Rayovac’s deep roots with the hearing-impaired world began. Those roots continue to keep us passionate when developing new battery for hearing aid technology. In 1963, nearly 30 years after the patent was filed, Rayovac opened its first facility dedicated to producing the best hearing aid battery that money could buy. In 1989, another facility was opened in the U.K., giving consumers worldwide the chance to try Rayovac batteries. Rayovac’s accomplishments in the hearing aid industry have been well documented. Check out the timeline below and view the illustrious history yourself. More...

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