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What health conditions are associated with hearing loss?

Question: What health conditions are associated with hearing loss? Answer: As we wrap up May and Better Hearing Month, it is important to bring awareness to the direct effect hearing health has on your overall health. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to increased risk of cognitive decline, dementia, depression, falls, and social isolation. Those with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes are at increased risk for hearing loss and should be tested. Additionally, cigarette smokers have been shown to be 70% more ... Read more

How have hearing treatment options changed?

Question: How have hearing treatment options changed? Answer: May is Better Hearing Month and we want you to know about the improved hearing treatment options now available. New technology and specialized care provided by Doctors of Audiology help train the brain to listen, hear, and understand – all of which are key to improving communication. High definition sound quality in hearing aids and Bluetooth compatibility to wirelessly access TV, cell phones, and more are now available. There are also ... Read more

How common is hearing loss? Why promote a Better Hearing Month?

Question: How common is hearing loss? Why promote a Better Hearing Month? Answer: The prevalence of hearing loss in the U.S. is high. During the month of May, we are promoting Better Hearing Month to educate and encourage treatment for hearing loss. Did you know: Hearing loss is the 3rd most common chronic health condition among seniors 1 out of 3 adults over 65 has hearing loss. 3) Hearing loss contributes to social isolation, dementia, and depression Every day, 1 in 1000 newborns are ... Read more

What is Better Hearing and Speech Month About?

Question: What is Better Hearing and Speech Month About? Answer: For over 75 years, May has been designated as Better Hearing and Speech Month. It is a month-long campaign to highlight and address the difficulties those with hearing loss face every day. It is an opportunity to provide education, resources, and activities to promote early diagnosis and treatment options. In fact, this week we are kicking off Better Hearing Month with a gift for our patients: Drop by our office to pick ... Read more

I wear hearing aids, but sometimes still struggle to hear clearly in restaurants and other places where there is a lot of background noise. Can I do anything to help this?

Question: I wear hearing aids, but sometimes still struggle to hear clearly in restaurants and other places where there is a lot of background noise. Can I do anything to help this? Answer: While hearing aids certainly improve your hearing, noisy situations may still remain a challenge at times, as they do even for those with normal hearing. Since we actually hear with our brain, it makes sense that we need to exercise it for these difficult situations. There are hearing exercises ... Read more

What do I need to know about hearing protection gear for children?

Question: What do I need to know about hearing protection gear for children? Answer: A hearing-protection device should be specifically designed for a small child’s ears and head. It needs to fit well in order to work properly. It should also withstand a child’s rough use. Most will have built-in limiters for volume to remove the guesswork about unsafe sound levels. These devices can come in the form of earbuds that can be connected to their mobile music devices or they ... Read more

What Should I Do If I’m Suddenly Not Hearing in One Ear?

Ask An Expert Question: What should I do if I wake up and realize I’m suddenly not hearing in one ear? Answer: There may be several reasons for this, such as impacted earwax in the canal, middle-ear fluid or congestion, sudden viral attack to the hearing nerve, vascular causes, autoimmune disease, or even involvement of a growth pressing on the acoustic nerve. Sudden hearing loss is a medical emergency that affects about 50,000 people per year in the U.S. Given its uncommon nature, ... Read more

Where Should I Start If I Want to Evaluate the Ringing in My Ears?

Ask An Expert Question: Where should I start if I want to evaluate the ringing in my ears? Answer: It is essential to identify the underlying cause of your tinnitus (ringing in the ears) before devising an appropriate treatment plan. In most cases, there is something that can be done to help. Some experience full relief, others partial relief, but all gain a better understanding of what may be causing the noise they are hearing. The first step is getting a comprehensive evaluation ... Read more

What Kinds of Batteries are Recommended for Hearing Aids?

Ask An Expert Question: What kinds of batteries are recommended for hearing aids, and what is the typical battery life? Answer: Most hearing aids require zinc-air batteries, which can last from three days to three weeks, depending on their size and usage. Each battery is packaged with an adhesive tab that must be peeled off prior to use. Once removed, oxygen mixes with the zinc oxide to activate the battery. It’s recommended to wait up to one minute before inserting it in the ... Read more

Which Hearing Aid is Right for Me?

Ask An Expert Question: Which hearing aid is right for me? Answer: This is a question you and an experienced audiologist should discuss based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle needs, and budget. If finances are tight, then basic-level hearing aids promise better performance than the highest-level hearing aids from a few years ago. They use new technology that is scaled down to be more affordable. However, if finances allow, premium-level technology promises the most enhanced fidelity and the most powerful digital ... Read more
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