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  • Buyer Beware: Buying Hearing Aids from Retail Stores vs. Licensed Audiologists

    Last year congress passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. That made it possible for adults to purchase FDA regulated hearing assistance devices from stores. However, the most important components are missing from that interaction: a hearing assessment and hearing aid fitting by a hearing professional or audiologist.

  • Safety Tips for Hearing Impaired Trick-or-Treaters

    Halloween is a time for making memories, having fun, and celebrating fall. Make sure that the holiday is a treat by staying safe. We have compiled some safety tips for hearing impaired trick-or-treaters so that everyone can enjoy the sweet holiday.

  • Can Your Diet Help Prevent Hearing Loss?

    Everyone knows that eating healthy is good for you, but can your diet help prevent hearing loss? There are a couple studies that show that a healthy diet really does help stave off hearing loss. Although hearing loss becomes more common as we age, these studies show that certain diets which feature more healthy foods can reverse ailments like inflammation and high blood pressure, which can have a negative effect on hearing. Read on to find out more about the details of these two clinical studies.

  • How to Protect Your Ears during the Cold and Flu Season

    The cold and flu season is coming. Everyone is familiar with the dreaded symptoms of a cold or flu, but did you know that those symptoms can include hearing loss? The hearing loss associated with a cold or flu generally comes as a result of the congestion build up in the sinuses and ears. Like the other symptoms, the hearing loss is usually temporary but can add to the misery of being sick.

  • Fall and Winter Travel Season: How to Prepare to Travel with Your Hearing Aids

    As fall is about to arrive, many people begin to make plans to travel during either the fall of winter seasons. If you wear hearing aids, that means making sure that they are safe during your travels and that you can hear all of the important travel instructions for whatever mode of travel you are taking. Learn what steps to take to protect your investment in your hearing aids and have one less thing to worry about with proper planning.

  • Can Hearing Aids Help Improve Your Relationship?

    Did you know? August is National Romance Awareness Month! As such, we are talking about hearing aids and relationships. As you know, hearing loss can interfere with communication, one of the main building blocks in a relationship.

  • 5 Tips & Tricks for When Your Hearing Aid Gets Wet

    No matter what you do, accidents can still happen. That’s why the hearing experts at Hearing, Balance & Speech Center have compiled a few tips and tricks on what you should do if your hearing aid gets wet. Remember, if you hearing aid device still does not work properly after you try the following suggestions, your hearing care provider can help you determine whether repairs are needed or if you need a new hearing aid.

  • 10 Things You Shouldn't Do With Your Hearing Aid(s)

    Your hearing aids are not only valuable and an asset for your hearing, they are an important investment. That makes learning how to keep them safe and working optimally very important too. Here are 10 things you shouldn’t do with your hearing aid(s).

  • Hearing Aid Buying Guide

    When you come in to one of our Hearing, Balance & Speech Center locations, we will assess your hearing needs and review available options with you. We will recommend the hearing aids which best fit your hearing needs and lifestyle. We carry hearing aids from all leading manufacturers including Oticon, Phonak, and Starkey.

  • Protecting Your Hearing During Summer Activities

    Summer is synonymous with fun. We are here today to make sure that your ears stay safe the whole season long. Summer time mean hot temperatures, plenty of swimming, the concert scene is jumping, and fireworks are flying high. Follow our 6 tips to keep your hearing protected during these summer activities that could put your ears in danger if you don’t take precautions.

  • Exploring the Connection between Our Hearing and Our Brains

    Most people think that we hear with our ears when in actuality, it is our brains that process and decode the sounds that come through our ears. This process is called auditory processing. That means that when someone has a hearing impairment it forces the brain to work harder to try to decode and process the sound to make sense of it. It is believed that the extra work this process causes it part of the reason that there is a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline.