Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

There are numerous misconceptions about hearing loss that contribute to the stigma associated with the health condition. Hearing loss is one of the fastest-growing health concerns today and it is often underdiagnosed – having multifaceted effects on overall health. Debunking common myths is an important way to gain a greater understanding of hearing loss, support seeking treatment, and practice preventative measures. Fiction: Hearing loss only impacts older people. Fact: Hearing loss affects people of all … Continue reading “Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss”

Prescription Hearing Aids vs OTC Hearing Aids

Prescription Hearing Aids vs OTC Hearing Aids

If you already know that you have hearing loss, then you are well aware of the toll it can take on your ability to communicate with others and enjoy the sounding world. However, you might wonder what is the right step to take toward getting assistance. With the wide range of options available, it can seem quite daunting to know how to begin. You might have heard about sound amplifiers and over-the-counter hearing aids. Some … Continue reading “Prescription Hearing Aids vs OTC Hearing Aids”

Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

New Year’s resolutions are all about priorities. Although you might want to do it all this year, you can’t achieve all your goals at once. Many of us select one or two resolutions to put down on paper so that we can make a clear priority of these items instead of the overwhelming picture of everything at once. The problem, though, is deciding what to prioritize this new year. Among all the aspects of health … Continue reading “Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!”

Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

One of the truisms you might have heard about hearing loss is that there is nothing that can be done to cure it. Although research is underway to discover if regenerating the cells of the inner ear might be possible, it is true that the current state of the art cannot repair or restore these cells once they are damaged. Knowing that hearing loss is irreversible might make you think there is nothing you can … Continue reading “Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew”

Investing in Your Health Treating Hearing Loss

Investing in Your Health: Treating Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss not only reduces hearing capacity but also has widespread effects on daily life. It often strains relationships, communication, social connections, and overall health. Treating hearing loss drastically enhances health and wellness which are foundational to enjoying and engaging in your daily life! Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss Untreated hearing loss has a range of effects that can take a toll on daily living and overall health. Hearing impairment that remains untreated is … Continue reading “Investing in Your Health: Treating Hearing Loss”

Talking about Hearing Loss Why Your Disclosure Method Matters

Talking about Hearing Loss: Why Your Disclosure Method Matters

If you have hearing loss, there are plenty of ways others can help maximize your hearing during conversations. But this requires disclosing your hearing loss with those around you so that they are aware and can contribute to creating accessible environments. Though this may sound simple, it can be challenging for people to share information about their hearing health. When you miss something that has been said or need clarification, what do you do? It … Continue reading “Talking about Hearing Loss: Why Your Disclosure Method Matters”

October is Protect Your Hearing Month

October is Protect Your Hearing Month

What is the last time you noticed your ears ringing after an event? This common way to understand hearing damage might be a temporary experience that goes away by the morning. However, sometimes that persistent sound can be a sign of permanent damage. You might notice this ringing after walking out of a loud concert or sporting event into the relative quiet of the parking lot or city street at night. You might not notice … Continue reading “October is Protect Your Hearing Month”

All About Tinnitus

All About Tinnitus

Do you ever hear a ringing or buzz in your ears? The technical term for this is tinnitus and is actually a condition which affects an estimated 32 percent of the U.S. population, according to National Center for Health Statistics studies. Tinnitus is defined as the the sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of any external sound. This means that the sound is being perceived from inside your mind. Symptoms can come and … Continue reading “All About Tinnitus”

Veterans and Hearing Loss

Veterans and Hearing Loss

The boom in audiology in the 1940s is a direct result of an overwhelming number of combat veterans returning from World War II reporting a substantial hearing loss. The advancements in warfare technology meant louder military environments than previously experienced. Unfortunately, further advancements and expansion of these technologies over the ensuing decades have done nothing but increase the rates of noise-induced hearing loss for military personnel. Noise-induced hearing loss Most commonly associated with loud professions, … Continue reading “Veterans and Hearing Loss”

Occupational Hearing Hazards

Occupational Hearing Hazards

Occupational Hearing Hazards Hearing loss is one of the most common medical problems in the United States, affecting one-third of persons over 65 and half of those over 75. Hearing loss is caused by various factors, including the normal aging process and exposure to loud sounds. When we are subjected to unsafe amounts of noise, either in a one-time incident (gunshot, explosion, etc.) or over time, such as in occupational settings, we can develop noise-induced … Continue reading “Occupational Hearing Hazards”