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10 tips to protecting your hearing

September 19, 2023

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the only preventable cause of hearing loss. When exposed to loud sounds, it may feel like you are adjusting to them over time, but your ears and brain, unfortunately, will not. Once you lose your hearing from exposure to loud sounds, it will not recover (though it can usually be treated). Noise-induced hearing loss is typically gradual — by the time you notice it, it is often too late to prevent ...

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Why do people speak so loud

September 13, 2023

Have you ever been out to a nice restaurant … relatively little background noise; and someone is speaking exceptionally loud?  You look around and wonder what in the world is going on.  You can see them sitting at the table…but still can’t figure out why they are speaking so loudly.  We have all been in the situation where someone seems to be yelling.           Maybe you are sitting in church and very clearly you can ...

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Identify the best cell phone for your hearing aids

September 11, 2023

Technology just keeps evolving.  Everywhere we look people are becoming more connected.  Not just with a Smart TV but with Smart Homes.  Google Hub can connect your lights, thermostat, music and more.   You can unlock the door on your house with your smart phone if you have the right type of lock.  You can survey the contents of your refrigerator with your smart phone too.  And really, that’s just a few things to make ...

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Hearing aids must be maintained

September 8, 2023

Inside of all hearing instruments are certain components.  Some instruments may have a few more components than others, however; they all must have certain features to process sound.   Most things in life last longer and perform better if they are serviced and maintained.  Hearing aids need to be maintained. To break down the "simple" functioning of your hearing instrument let’s look at it.   Every hearing Instrument HAS to have five main components.   First, there ...

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How loud is to loud

September 6, 2023

Hearing Protection… do you use it?   Many people use gas or battery-operated hand tools.  Even though big chain saws can run off a rechargeable battery, they are still loud.   Tools, guns, motors, may be deemed as “toys” for all ages; and with continual use can cause hearing loss.   Many items emit sound pressure levels that can lead to damage of your hearing.  If you use your tools, or toys and your ears hurt or ring ...

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How common is hearing loss?

September 4, 2023

If you’re wondering how common hearing loss is, the research is plentiful and paints a crystal-clear picture: Hearing loss is highly prevalent. In fact, it is the third most common health issue for older adults.1 According to the World Health Organization, 20 percent of the global population, or 1.5 billion people, have hearing loss. That number is only rising, projected to reach 1.9 billion by 2030 and 2.5 billion by ...

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The future of wellness tracking is in the ear

August 17, 2023

Hearing is a vital part of our overall health and well-being, as it plays a key role in both our physical and mental health. But did you also know that the ear is one of the best and most accurate places to track movement and monitor our health? Even more so than the wrist, where many of today’s health and fitness trackers are worn. It’s true! Why ears are better for activity trackers ...

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Could it just be earwax

August 14, 2023

Hearing aids break down for many reasons.  They sit in warm moist environments for hours on end.  Electronics really don’t like humidity.  One of the most obvious reasons for a hearing aid to stop working appropriately or die completely is ear wax.  I will get patients who will come in and state the aids simply are right.  When we show them the wax that we get out of the hearing aids or out of ...

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Don't wait for an eternity!

August 11, 2023

HOW ARE YOU HEARING?  Is it as good as it should be.  Are you taking care of your brain?  We have all heard the saying, “good things are worth the wait.’  Many people go for years before they will find the courage and take the step toward better hearing.  If asked; many will say they are getting by just fine.  In reality…they really believe it too.  After all, you don’t really know if ...

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Don't go half way

August 9, 2023

When you set out to do a project… most of us attempt to do the task correctly.  We strive to make it right.  We have an appreciation of how things are supposed to be done and the satisfaction that comes from that finely finished task.  Well, the same is true when utilizing a hearing health care professional and deciding on technology levels to help you with your communication needs.  The numbers are in.  The onset ...

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