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Dementia a Real Risk With Hearing Loss

If you think of hearing loss as just an inconsequential part of getting older, you’re not alone. The truth is, however, that the condition can strike even the youngest among us — more than one in 1,000 babies screened has some form of hearing impairment, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data — and it can trigger other health problems, too. Take cognitive decline, for example, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Research has ... Read more

What are some recent advancements in hearing aids?

Question: What are some recent advancements in hearing aids? Answer: That’s a great question! We often say these are not your grandfather's hearing aids! Think of the dramatic improvements in cell phones and TVs in recent years, and you can begin to imagine: High tech devices that almost eliminate the feedback of past hearing aids. A Bluetooth device that streams your TV, radio and phone directly into BOTH hearing aids for hands-free convenience. Technology that enables ease and comfort of conversations in noisy environments. More power ... Read more

How does treating hearing loss help me stay youthful and active?

Question: How does treating hearing loss help me stay youthful and active? Answer: Addressing hearing loss is one of the best ways to improve quality of life and keep a youthful pace. First, many hearing devices sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal or behind the ear—hardly visible at all. Second, newer hearing aids make it easier to hear sounds and people from all directions while blocking background noise. You miss very little in your environment! Third, hearing aids now interface with phones, home ... Read more

Earwax Dos & Don’ts. Hint: Hold the Cotton Swabs!

Earwax, that yellowish-brown goo, might inspire an “Ick!” or two, but managing it the right way can make a difference in your hearing health. Here’s a primer on why you have earwax and what to do about it. Why is earwax in your ear? Earwax, or “cerumen,” results from secretions by the ceruminous glands in the outer ear canal. The secretions help lubricate the ear canal and help maintain an acidic environment that curbs harmful bacteria and fungi. Life without earwax would be a ... Read more

Why is it better to treat hearing loss sooner rather than later?

Question: Why is it better to treat hearing loss sooner rather than later? Answer:There are many good reasons. Perhaps, the most compelling is the fact that our ears transmit sound to the brain for processing which results in understanding. Without such stimulation to the brain of soft everyday sounds, changes to the brain can occur. Lack of stimulation can manifest itself in many forms, from poor word understanding and distortion of sound to possible effects on memory. You can easily see the ... Read more

Will wearing a hearing aid behind my ear interfere with my glasses?

Question: Will wearing a hearing aid behind my ear interfere with my glasses? Answer: It should not interfere. You may hear your glasses click next to your hearing aids as you put them on or remove them, but they do not interfere. Many people who wear glasses also wear hearing aids with no problems. Wireframe temples on glasses fit nicely with behind-the-ear hearing aids for a less bulky fit. When removing your glasses, always use two hands to pull forward rather than ... Read more

My hearing aid isn’t working. What can I do to fix it?

Question: My hearing aid isn’t working. What can I do to fix it? Answer: A few things you can try are: 1) Insert a fresh battery. Leave the sticker off of it for two minutes before putting it into the hearing aid. 2) Check the sound port of the aid for earwax that might be preventing sound from coming through. Gently remove the wax with your metal wax loop or brush. Or you can replace your wax guard screen with a ... Read more

What does it mean when my hearing aid starts beeping?

Question: What does it mean when my hearing aid starts beeping? Answer: Beeping can mean several things, and the cause depends on how your hearing aids were programmed for you. It could mean that your battery is getting low. When one battery is weak, change the other one at the same time. This keeps them on a schedule so that you’re not changing the batteries too often. We provide complimentary batteries (usually for 3 years) when you’re fitted with new hearing aids. ... Read more

Helping the Community Hear

What do smoking, heart disease, medications, or even hospitalizations have to do with hearing? What really goes on in a hearing test? Our own Dr. Patti Thigpen, audiologist and owner of Thigpen Hearing Center, takes listeners behind the scenes of hearing care — Don’t miss the cool sound booth! — in her recent WGNS Radio interview. Hear the full radio interview on WGNS, or check out the audio directly below.   Full Interview   Short Clip Read more

Wouldn’t I know if I had hearing loss?

Question: Wouldn’t I know if I had hearing loss? Answer: Hearing loss symptoms usually come on very slowly, but they also can arise suddenly. Common indications include requiring frequent repetition; having difficulty following conversations; thinking that other people sound muffled as if they are mumbling; having difficulty hearing in noisy situations like conferences, restaurants, malls, or meeting rooms; and having trouble hearing women and children. Other indications are answering or responding inappropriately in conversations, reading lips or intently watching people’s faces when ... Read more
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