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Health Effects of Noise Pollution

Noise is just noise, right? You learn to tune it out and, unless it’s really loud, you don’t worry about it. You definitely wouldn’t worry about its effects on your heart — would you? As far back as 1972, awareness of the adverse health effects of noise pollution was so strong that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency passed the Noise Control Act to establish “a national policy to promote an environment for all Americans free from noise that jeopardizes their health and ... Read more

Lazy Ears

Question: Though I’ve been told I would benefit from hearing aids, I fear my ears will get lazy and lose their ability to hear at all. Answer: Actually, the opposite is true. When the ears are not hearing properly, they are not transmitting the sound to areas in the brain for understanding, so the brain’s function in these areas becomes reduced permanently. Over time, this has a negative impact on the ability to process understanding of words and speech sounds. It will be ... Read more

Better Hearing & Speech Month: 7 Accessories to Turn Up Your Tech

Have you heard? We’re celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month in May! In honor of the theme, “Communication for All,” here are seven hearing aid accessories to make sure you’re communicating and connecting your best with the people, places, and moments that matter in your life. Wireless Mic Conversations rock when everybody around the table can join in, but background noise at restaurants and other spaces can make that a tall order. Whether you’re having a one-on-one chat or hanging with a crowd, ... Read more

How can hearing aids assist me in a noisy restaurant or on the job?

Question: How can hearing aids assist me in a noisy restaurant or on the job? Answer: Most people do struggle to hear in noisy environments, even those with normal hearing. However, these are the places where hearing aids can really help most people. Newer hearing aid technology is designed to recognize speech and automatically adjust to reduce noise or enhance speech as much as possible. While noise cannot be eliminated, hearing aids are now better able to reduce noise than ever before. ... Read more

5 Ways to Support Your HEARing Health

The whir of a hummingbird. The warning of an approaching ambulance. The round of laughter after your deviously funny — and deftly delivered — wedding toast. That sublime guitar riff or soulful crescendo in your favorite song. As we celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month in May — and the theme, “Communication for All” — it’s a great time to remember the many ways hearing makes a difference in your life. And to help you maintain those connections that matter, we’re sharing ... Read more

What happens during a hearing test? I am nervous about having my first test next week.

Question: What happens during a hearing test? I am nervous about having my first test next week. Answer: There is really no reason to be nervous. From the moment you enter our office, our focus is on you, your comfort, and your well-being. Respectful of your time, our doctors call you back as quickly as possible and begin by discussing your history, your overall health, and any concerns you may have. Next, the doctor will do a painless inspection of ... Read more

April Is National Lawn and Garden Month

Celebrate by Protecting Your Hearing Spring has sprung, and so has the annual spring cornucopia of sounds: birds singing, children laughing, neighbors chatting — and lawn equipment. Maintaining your burgeoning plant life is a noisy affair. Once you’ve used the mower, leaf blower, chain saw, and string trimmer, your ears have put up with quite a racket. With noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) affecting one in four U.S. adults ages 20 to 69, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it might be worth exploring ... Read more

Hearing aids have been recommended for me, but I am getting by just fine without them. Why should I go to such expense?

Question: Hearing aids have been recommended for me, but I am getting by just fine without them. Why should I go to such expense? Answer: Let me explain why you may wish to consider the advice that doctors of audiology offer as their very best recommendation: Does "getting by" mean turning the TV up louder and asking others to repeat? If so, you are struggling and relying on others to assist you. Do you want to wait for hearing aids until ... Read more

Diabetes & Hearing Loss: What’s the Deal?

Are hearing impairment and diabetes connected? More than you might think. Hearing loss — which affects an estimated one of every five Americans — is twice as common among people living with diabetes, making healthy habits and regular hearing checkups all the more important for overall wellness. Some 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, a chronic metabolic disease that isn’t yet curable but can be managed. Controlling blood sugar is crucial to managing the condition, which, if uncontrolled, can lead ... Read more

If I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor have told me?

Question: If I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor have told me? Answer: Physicians rarely screen for hearing loss. Most people with hearing impairments hear better in quiet environments (like your doctor’s office) so it can be very difficult for your physician to recognize a hearing problem. However, more and more physicians are understanding the importance of hearing health to patients’ well-being and recommending these tests routinely. Our doctors of audiology are hearing professionals trained to review your hearing health history, examine ... Read more
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