A research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that more than 5% of the entire world’s population, or roughly 466 million people, are suffering from hearing loss. Out of them, 10% of individuals have severe-to-profound hearing loss. The study further estimated that by 2050, over 900 million people – one in every ten people – will suffer from hearing loss.
Severe-to-profound hearing loss can occur at any age, a person can either be born with it or suffer it from early childhood, or it may even progress with age. This disability on the rise with the number of people suffering from it increasing. However, most people aren’t aware of what this disability is about and how they can combat it.
In this article, we have focused on imparting information regarding severe-to-profound hearing loss, including what it is and how the best hearing aids can help you cope with this disability
What is Severe-to-Profound Hearing Loss?
According to WHO, if the quietest sound you can hear with your better ear is between 60 and 80 decibels, your loss is severe. It will be at least 80 decibels if your loss is profound. The term severe-to-profound hearing loss refers to a disability that causes people only to hear very loud speech or sounds.
People who have severe hearing loss are unable to hear speech at conversational levels, and people affected by profound hearing loss can only perceive sounds as vibrations. The degree of hearing always varies depending on the different pitches of each sound; however, the best hearing is mostly in low pitches.
While this definitely a tough condition to live with, however, there are multiple coping strategies that people can adopt to make the situation better.
We’ve provided a couple of recommendations in this article:
Coping Strategies For Severe-to-Profound Hearing Loss
A noisy environment can get extremely overwhelming if you have severe-to-profound hearing loss. Hence, it’s recommended to find a quiet corner around your surroundings.
While these coping strategies are useful for temporary situations, hearing aids are the ultimate answer. For the longest period, hearing aids weren’t strong enough to meet the demand of people suffering from severe-to-profound loss. However, with the latest technology and invention, Oticon brings to hearing aid solutions that can help you experience a life full of sound and joy.
While these techniques can help ease the confusion and chaos that is created due to severe-to-profound hearing loss, the only solution that can genuinely help people suffering from this condition are hearing aids. A hearing aid is a small electronic device that is worn either in or behind the year. This device receives sound through a microphone, which then converts the sound waves into electrical signals. These signals are then sent to an amplifier which increases the strength of the signal and sends them into the ear of the individual through a speaker.
With the introduction of new technology, we at Oticon have launched multiple advanced hearing aids that help people suffering from severe-to-profound hearing loss with high-quality voice. In this article, we have highlighted the best Oticon hearing aids in 2020:
Best Hearing Aids For Severe-To-Profound Hearing Loss
Hearing aids for people with severe-to-profound hearing loss are known as power or super power hearing aids.
1) Oticon Xceed
It’s common for people suffering from hearing loss to rely on hearing aids to conduct everyday conversations. However, even with hearing aids, if several people are talking at the same time, it becomes extremely difficult to make sense of the conversation. To address this issue, we at Oticon have introduced a revolutionary technology, which is integrated into the Oticon Xceed. With the support of this device, people who have severe-to-profound hearing loss will be able to actively partake in lively conversations without having to rely on guessing and lip-reading.
Given below are the benefits of using Oticon Xceed:
360° access to speech
Oticon Xceed is the only powerful hearing aid on the market with an open sound experience. So now it takes less listening effort to be part of conversations even with several people.
Restrict Whistling Sounds
Feedback is an annoying sound that usually occurs when something or someone comes close to your hearing aid. Oticon Xceed prevents it from happening and lets you enjoy clear speech with significantly reduced whistling.
Always Stay Connected
Connect wirelessly to any modern smartphone and a wide range of accessories.
Proven BrainHearing™ Technology
BrainHearing technology in Oticon Xceed scans your surroundings 100 times per second to provide:*
• Better speech clarity
• Reduced listening effort
• Improved short-term recall
2) Oticon Opn S Mini RITE Power
Opn S offers the simplicity of rechargeable batteries, the groundbreaking open sound experience, and outstanding connectivity to other devices. This discreet hearing aid comes with a sleek and stylish charger and long-lasting rechargeable batteries.
1. Speech understanding on par with normal hearing
Studies prove Oticon Opn S users experience speech understanding at the same level as people with normal hearing.
2. A 360⁰ sound experience
Oticon Opn S comes with improved technology, giving your brain access to relevant sounds around you.
3. Break free from disposable batteries
A stylish, rechargeable solution you recharge at night for a full day of hearing.
4. Easy wireless connectivity
Oticon Opn S offers simple, wireless connectivity to your favorite devices.
5. No more whistling
OpenSound Optimizer technology detects and prevents annoying whistling before it even happens.
Suffering from a disability like severe-to-profound hearing loss can have a deep impact on the lives of the patients. With hearing aids that have advanced technology, you can enjoy all the benefits that come with the ability of clear listening. A hearing care professional can check your hearing and determine which is the best hearing aid for you!
Book an appointment with your local hearing care professional today!