Archive for November, 2013

Top 10 Tips for Buying a Hearing Aid For Your Elderly Parents

When you are looking to buy a hearing aid it is easy to feel swamped by the sheer amount of information. There are so many different types of hearing aid available, unless you know exactly what your needs are it can seem like an impossible task.  Here is a guide as produced by the team at Your Hearing, which cover the ‘Top Ten Tips’ to buying a hearing aid.

1.Get a complete hearing test

Until you know the degree of your hearing loss and what is causing it, you won’t be able to do anything about it. Visit a qualified audiologist who will carry out a complete hearing test in a soundproof room. The consultant should then explain to you how severe your hearing loss is and what is causing it. They will also be able to tell you which kinds of hearing aids will work best. Your hearing aid can be programmed to work with your level of hearing loss, so it will pick up the frequencies that you are not hearing well and amplify them without increasing the volume of other sounds.

2.Take someone with you to your appointment

Having any kind of test is stressful, so it is always a good idea to take someone with you to an appointment. When you are worrying about the results it is easy to miss what your consultant is saying. This is even more likely when you may have a hearing loss. However, when you have a hearing loss it is tempting for others to speak for you. They are just trying to help you out in a difficult situation.  Explain to your friend before the appointment exactly what you need from them and whether or not it is ok to answer questions on your behalf. Keep control of the conversation by asking questions. Ensure that the person you take with you knows the questions that you want answered and ask them to clarify everything. You could also ask them to take notes so that you are clear on what is going on.

 3.Do your research

Once you know what is causing your hearing loss, look up the condition and do some research about it.  Will it stay the same over time or is it progressive? Can anything else be done to improve your hearing? Find out about the different kinds of hearing aid available which are suitable for your type of hearing loss.

 4   Make sure your provider is qualifiedWoman thumb up

It is essential that your hearing aid provider and audiologist are fully qualified. Ask about their membership of professional regulatory organisations like the British Society ofHearing Aid Audiologists and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is illegal for someone to practice as an audiologist without being registered with the HCPC.

 5  Know what you want from your hearing aid

There are many additional extras that you can buy for your hearing aid. These are all useful add ons which can help someone with hearing loss to lead the life that they are used to. However you need to make sure that they fit in with your lifestyle. For example, directional microphones are an excellent feature for those who are frequently in noisy environments, such as at work or socialising with friends. Telecoils for using telephones and wireless technology for using mobile phones and listening to televisions can make you feel like you are getting your life back. However, these can really increase your costs so think carefully before buying. Don’t get something, which you might not use very often or pay for something you don’t really need.

6   Shop around

It is a good idea to shop around when looking to buy a hearing aid so that you can compare prices and services. Most providers now have a website where you can look up their services or search for company reviews.  Find a company that you feel comfortable with and ask them lots of questions about the hearing aids that they offer and what they think would be best for you.

7   Request a demonstration

Many companies offer a free demonstration so that you can try the hearing aid out before you buy it. The aid can be programmed to your hearing loss and worn with a disposable mould or tip. It may feel strange at first and if you have had hearing loss for some time, the sound may take some getting used to. However it is essential not to feel rushed. You should also consider how easy the hearing aid is to use. If you have trouble with your hand dexterity, you may find the smaller hearing aids too difficult or fiddly to use. Remember that you are the customer, if you feel that you want to try something different or go away and think about it, then do so. Your hearing is too important to buy something on impulse.

8   Find out what’s included

At your appointment you should be offered a choice hearing aid type as well as some different brands. Ask questions about the features included with each one as well as optional extras. Only buy what you need and make sure that any extras are worth the money.

 9   Find out about aftercare and warranty servicing

Hearing aids are an expensive investment and you should always check exactly what is included in the warranty and aftercare service. If there is any feedback such as a whistling noise or crackling, or the sound just isn’t comfortable then go back for another appointment. Make sure that these follow up appointments are included in your aftercare package.

10  Trial period, money back offers

Many services offer a trial period where you can take the hearing aid home and have the option to return it if you are not satisfied with it. Find out how long this trial period is and whether or not there is a cancellation fee. Get everything in writing before you hand over your money.

Bio:  Paul Harrison has been in the hearing aid industry for over 15 years and in that time has worked at both manufacturer and retailer level.  Currently he owns YourHearing which has a network of 150 audiologists who offer hearing aids on a local level through home visits.


6 Top Tips To Help Your Elderly Parents Keep Warm This Winter

In days when we are all facing higher gas and electricity bills, it makes sense to many people to start looking at ways to keep warm and at the same time save on those winter heating bills.

Apart from the obvious solution of putting more clothes on, which can work ok for the top half of the body, it often leaves the legs and feet feeling the chill and can lead to potential circulation problems as the blood tends to thicken in the colder air. Heating

1. Switch suppliers

Looking at bills firstly, as this is a concern for many, the UK Government has suggested switching supplier, many people simply don’t want the hassle of this, with the potential for it not going to plan putting many off, and the expectation that savings may not be actually worth it another reason.

Switching supplier may be right for some people, particularly if you are on the standard tariff and you have been a customer a while, it takes some research and it’s a good idea to ask friends and family deals they have found. If switching is not for you then there are other ways.

2. Only heat the rooms they need

Another idea is to assess the rooms you are actually using and heat these as they are being used. Traditional central heating will heat the whole house, and there will be rooms that are not used for days and nights that you are effectively paying to heat! So as an alternative, you may use a small portable heater and use it in the rooms you are actually using.

3. Turn down radiators

The other obvious solution is to turn down radiators in rooms you are not using, therefore saving money on the boiler not having to circulate to as many rooms.

4. Wear clothing in layers

Clothing can be effective, try to wear more layers of thin fabrics, a good use for summer T-shirts to build up a base Layer of insulation. As mentioned before, it is the legs and feet that are important as this is where circulation problems can occur. So go for another pair of socks and if you do have the opportunity, try raising the legs to further aid your circulation. The act of doing this in the day will increase your circulation and with that will come more warmth.

5. Boost circulation

An electric circulation enhancer is a great device for additional circulation benefits as it can boost the circulation and get blood flowing faster in the veins and muscles promoting a feeling of warmth and reducing aches and pains, search on Google for further information.

6. Keep moving

General movement can also help to fend off the cold, this does not necessarily mean going to the gym, but just getting up and walking every 3o minutes can warm and stir up the internal body heat that will last for up to an hour after, free and well worth it.

Author Bio.
This article was written by Andrew Atkinson managing director of UK online retailer of Mobility Products Mobility Smart; you can find information on the company at


How Do You Know That Your Loved-One Is Receiving the Right Care?

Everyone at some point in life will face a very important decision. Who will care for our aging parents when they are no longer able to care for themselves? At this point families must decide if their care would be best served by at home or in a facility that specialises in this field. There are many various types of facilities that can be considered.

Most care homes for older people will show you around the place so families can see firsthand where their loved one would be taken care of and what the facility has to offer. It is wise to take advantage of this to help you make the right decision. Your decision should be made based on the answers to the statements below; does the facility give the level of care you want for your loved one? old-people-beauty-care

What to look for

As you look around pay close attention to these things:

  • Unpleasant odours
  • Overall cleanliness throughout the building
  • The tidiness or lack of it in the residents’ clothing
  • The number of staff to residents
  • The overall atmosphere of the place i.e does it feel peaceful or gloomy?
  • Look over the daily menu.
  • Inquire about daily activities i.e. what type of therapies, physical activities, church services or crafts are available?
  • Observe the way staff are interacting with residents

It is important to choose the type of facility that is able to meet the needs of your loved one. Here are some choices that are available. The bottom line is how much care is necessary for the older person to be comfortable and content? Here are a few of the more common ones:

Independent Living

Residents have their own individual apartments. They live fairly independently, with some options applied here. They can choose to have some light housekeeping, prepared meals, or even special activities to keep life interesting. Some have security, others do not. Residents have very little supervision and are free to come and go as they please. Some may even still drive and go to work.

Assisted Living

This type of care takes a step up in services and costs vary greatly. Here residents have assistance with many daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, medications, and general daily activities. The services are tailored to each individual’s needs with the level of supervision varied according to the need. Generally residents have a call button to get help and in most cases residents still have the freedom to come and go as they please.

Skilled Nursing

Generally called nursing homes, a higher level of medical care is needed here. Meals and activities are basically the same as the facilities listed above, but with much more supervision and assistance. Residents will vary in their abilities. Some will be completely bedridden while others are able to move about. Security is important to keep residents safe.

Memory Care

These facilities are specially prepared to care for dementia. Everything offered here is on a much greater hands on scale. There are more staff per resident. Security is important to prevent residents from leaving or getting lost.

Over all the guidance and care of your loved ones is in your hands. Be vigilant and observant and be a part of the plan. We must be their advocate to watch over and make sure they are safe and getting the best care we want them to have.