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  • Hearing Loss Support for Veterans

    Roughly 20% of Americans report some degree of hearing loss. That would be almost 65 million people who encounter some sort of hindrance to the way they live their daily lives.

  • Why Do Scary Sounds Frighten Us?

    Why do scary sounds frighten us? If sounds are just vibrations in our ear, why do some cause such physical reactions? Click to learn more.

  • High Frequency Hearing Loss On The Rise In Younger Demographics

    High frequency hearing loss, sometimes referred to as high-pitch hearing loss, is one of the more common types of hearing loss. The definition of high-frequency hearing loss provided by Mosby’s Medical Dictionary is a “loss of ability to hear high-frequency sounds, most commonly associated with aging or noise exposure.”

  • Hunting and Hearing Loss - What You Need to Know

    When it comes to preserving our health, we often times forget that day to day life experiences and even hobbies or events can have a negative impact on our bodies if we’re not taking the proper precautions. The ways in which our decisions and jobs can affect our health are countless, but when we choose to take part in hobbies or pastimes that may have a severe impact on us, we have some choices to help be proactive and help protect our bodies and minds.

  • Hearing, Balance, Speech Center Aids ‘the Primary Sense’

    Natan Bauman, Ed.D., M.S., Eng., FAAA, an audiologist, inventor, and founder of Hearing, Balance and Speech Center, 171 Grandview Ave., was inspired by the words of Helen Keller, who once said she would choose to have her hearing if she could regain one of the two senses she was denied in life.

  • How is Robotics Helping People With Hearing Loss

    Our society has been revolutionized by technology. Nowadays there’s a gadget for just about everything, from entertainment to academics and even helping us monitor our physical well-being. The hearing industry is also benefiting from advances in robotics. Look at hearing aids for example, their functionality and sophistication has grown tremendously in the past few decades. Today, we’re taking a closer look at how robotics is helping people with hearing loss.

  • How to Cope with a Hearing Loss Diagnosis

    Hearing loss is estimated to affect one in three people between the ages of 65-74 in the United States. For those over 75, approximately half have some difficulty hearing. Some people see hearing loss as an inevitable part of the aging process, while others refuse to accept that they are having trouble hearing.

  • The Link Between Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

    Not everyone who has a hearing loss will suffer from tinnitus, but it isn’t uncommon for those who have tinnitus to have hearing loss as well. Research is helping us understand why tinnitus happens, but how are the two conditions linked?

  • Features for Hearing Impaired

    If you have a hearing impairment, finding a cell phone that’s right for you can be problematic. Background noise can make it difficult for you to hear the conversation, and some hearing aids can experience interference with cell phones.

  • Protecting Your Hearing Aids When You're Playing Sports

    It’s important for mental and physical wellbeing that we all stay social and active. If you have a hearing loss or wear hearing aids, you may feel more reluctant to get out and be active. Having concerns that your hearing aids may get damaged is sensible, but there are ways that you can keep your valuable aids safe. In fact, you will find your awareness and performance is often improved when you do wear your hearing aid.

  • Is There A Connection Between Dementia and Hearing Loss?

    During the month of June, our focus is brought toward Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness. Many professionals such as the Hearing Loss Association of America are convinced that ‘hearing loss may increase the risk of cognitive problems and even dementia.’ In this blog, we ask is there a connection between dementia and hearing loss?

  • When Should You Get Your Hearing Checked

    Do you ever suspect that your hearing isn’t quite what it used to be? Do you find yourself missing parts of the conversation? Perhaps someone has mentioned to you that you should get your hearing checked. Here are 6 signs you should get your hearing checked.

  • Tips for Communicating with Hearing Loss

    May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and the theme for 2019 is ‘Communication Across the Lifespan’. Hearing loss can make communication difficult, but it doesn’t have to! To help you communicate across the lifespan, here are our tips for communicating with hearing loss. These tips work if you have a hearing loss, or if you’re communicating with someone with a hearing loss.

  • How Can Treating Hearing Loss Help Your Mental Health

    In the United States, estimates from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) show that approximately 28.8 million American adults who could benefit from using a hearing aid are not using one. Outside of impaired hearing, untreated hearing loss has wider effects on an individual.

  • International Noise Awareness Day - Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

    April 24th is International Noise Awareness Day. It’s purpose is to encourage people to be aware and to do something about bothersome noise in the workplace, at home and at play. Noise is a daily and increasingly inescapable threat to our hearing and our health.

  • Can Allergies Cause Hearing Loss?

    It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. If you are one of them, you may already be dreading a stuffy nose and itchy eyes with the changing of the seasons. Unfortunately in many people who suffer with allergies, their hearing can also become reduced. (But, they may or may not be aware of this.) This happens mainly because of congestion and swelling impacting auditory function.

  • Anxiety Disorders and Hearing Loss

    Have you ever felt anxious about an upcoming situation because of hearing loss? Perhaps you’ve been laughed at for repeating something at a social gathering, or you feel unable to stay in a hotel for fear of not hearing a smoke alarm in the night.

  • How to Save Money on Taxes with Hearing Aids

    It’s that time of year, where many of us are wading our way through tax forms. As the April 15th tax deadline grows closer, you may be pulling together the final details including receipts for your deductions. But are you potentially missing an important tax deduction? If you wear hearing aids, you could be.

  • Why Should You Get Your Hearing Aid Cleaned By A Professional

    A hearing aid is an investment that can change your life. To ensure the longevity of your device, proper maintenance and care goes a long way. At least a portion of a hearing aid sits inside the wearer’s ear. Therefore it’s only natural that sweat and earwax will accumulate.

  • Tips for Caring for Your Hearing Aids in Cold Weather

    During winter, your hearing aids need special care and handling just like any other electronic devices. In order to protect your hearing aids, you should limit your exposure to extreme temperatures and follow our other tips for caring for your hearing aids in cold weather. Even if you don’t live in a place where it gets very cold, you can benefit from our hearing aid tips.

  • New Year, New Resolution: Focus on Hearing Health

    Do you make new resolutions every New Year? If you do, you should consider thinking about your hearing health when making your list. Your hearing is precious and many people only truly appreciate it after it’s gone. Here are 5 tips to help you focus on your hearing health this year and into the future.

  • Is Hearing Loss Always Permanent?

    Is hearing loss always permanent? You might be wondering this very question, especially if you have noticed that your hearing ability has declined recently. We rely on our hearing more than we realize. There are different types of hearing loss, and the good news is that not all hearing loss is permanent. However, if you are experiencing any type of hearing loss (especially if it is sudden), then it’s vital to have it checked out by a hearing professional immediately. Temporary hearing loss can become permanent if left untreated.

  • Enjoying Holiday Parties with Hearing Loss

    If you are dealing with hearing loss, you don’t have to miss one minute of the holiday festivities. We have a plan of action for you and tips to set yourself up for success at all the holiday parties, dinners, and gatherings this season. We will show you how to enjoy holiday parties with hearing loss.

  • What's the Difference Between an Audiologist vs. ENT?

    There are some differences and similarities between an audiologist and an ENT, or an ear, nose, and throat doctor. Just in case you were wondering, we are here to clear it up and answer the question, “what’s the difference between an audiologist vs. an ENT”? When should you visit one over the other?

  • 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.