Why Background Noise Matters

Background noise is a constant issue for people with hearing aids. It’s one of the areas in which large hearing aid manufacturers spend millions of dollars on research and development for their products. It’s not just an annoyance, though. Research shows that background noise can have an impact on the

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Hearing Aid Awareness Month

An astounding statistic is that nearly 70 percent of people with hearing loss do not seek treatment or see an audiologist about getting fitting for hearing aids, despite the fact that doing so could significantly improve their lives. May is hearing aid awareness month, so if you know someone who

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Sound Amplifiers versus Hearing Aids: What’s the Difference?

It seems like every time you turn on the television, there’s another advertisement for products that help you hear better. These devices, called personal sound amplifiers, help you hear low-volume sounds or sounds that are far away. The ads are compelling, and sometimes misleading. Despite what they say, hearing amplifiers

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Is There a Link between Hearing Loss and Depression?

In most cases, hearing loss isn’t a life-threatening condition. Still, there’s growing evidence that it can negatively impact an individual’s health, including their mental health. Researchers at The National Council on Aging surveyed more than 2,000 adults age 50 and over with hearing impairment who did not wear a hearing

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Are There “Invisible” Hearing Aids?

One reason people hesitate to get a hearing aid is they think it will make them look “old.” Today’s hearing aids are a far cry from the ones your grandparents used to wear. There are now a variety of styles, including hearing aids that can’t be seen when worn deep

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What Are the First Signs of Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is typically a slow and gradual process. You usually don’t wake up one morning and discover your hearing isn’t as good as it used to be. The primary cause of hearing loss is damage to tiny hair cells in the inner ear that send sound information to your

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How Common is Hearing Loss with Aging?

We depend on our senses, like hearing, for everything we do in life, but it’s easy to take the ability to hear for granted until it becomes hard to understand what people are saying to you. Hearing loss becomes more common with advancing age. In fact, over 30% of adults between

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What to Expect from a Hearing Instrument Specialist

Instead of seeing an audiologist for every hearing appointment, many people will be referred to a hearing instrument specialist for the fitting of hearing aids or other hearing devices. Hearing instrument specialists (also known as hearing aid specialists) help people get the right hearing device for their needs. They have experience

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Hearing Aid Fitting – What You Need To Know

Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, your hearing professional will program them, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. The hearing professional will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change

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Earwax and Heavy Metal: Is That The Cause of Hearing Loss?

When someone realizes that their hearing is declining, it’s only natural to want to understand why. Should we have heeded our mother’s advice and turned down “that loud music” or could something else be causing the issue like an earwax buildup or, possibly, even an infection? If you are facinghearing

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