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  • COVID-19 and Your Hearing - What's the Connection

    Back-to-back updates on coronavirus continue as we mark one year with the pandemic in the US. As we learn more about the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, our understanding of the impact it has on our health has increased significantly.

  • What is Ally's Act?

    We’re often told that the bounds of our imagination impact our own limitations. Many of us have dreams and desires and a wish to see real change. When we’re kids, our dreams truly seem limitless. Oftentimes as we grow up, so does our own inner-voice. The one that says “that’s not realistic.” Unfortunately, our inner voice often wins out. The result is that we lose motivation and feel that we’re never going to make a difference.

  • 6 Tips to Improve Your Hearing Health

    At this time of year, many of us are committing to improving our health and overall wellbeing. In this current time of increased stress and anxiety, focusing on our wellbeing just makes sense!

  • Diabetes and Hearing Loss- What is the Connection?

    Around 30 million Americans today have diabetes. Of these, 90-95% have type 2 diabetes which can develop at any age.

  • What is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

    In the United States, approximately 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can occur at any stage in life; from infants who are born with hearing loss up to elderly adults who suffer from gradual hearing loss.

  • Halloween Hearing Safety Tips

    Halloween is the perfect time of year to indulge our spookier desires. The darkening nights call for horror movie marathons. Trick and treating and haunted houses give us the fright we’re looking for.

  • Can an Ear Infection Cause Hearing Loss?

    Estimates show that 5 out of 6 children will have an ear infection by the time they are 3 years old. Ear infections are more common in children, however adults can also be at risk of an ear infection.

  • Are Hearing Loss and Learning Disabilities Connected?

    Over 5% of the world’s population lives with disabling hearing loss. That’s roughly 466 million people! In terms of hearing loss and learning disabilities, it is estimated that one in ten people with a learning disability also live with moderate to severe hearing loss or hearing impairments. Unfortunately, in many cases, hearing loss or other auditory impairments go unnoticed or undiagnosed in individuals with learning disabilities. But why?

  • Common Causes of Hearing Loss

    It’s estimated that almost 40 million Americans over the age of 18 report some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can happen at any stage in life, from those born with a hearing impairment up to the elderly who may experience age-related hearing loss.

  • Common Ear Friendly Nutrients

    Karen Salmansohn summed it up. “Eating healthy food fills your body with energy and nutrients. Imagine your cells smiling back at you and saying: “Thank you!”

  • Can Hearing Loss Impact Your Earning Potential?

    Hearing loss is the 3rd most common health condition in older adults. It is estimated that 20% of Americans, that 48 million people, have a hearing loss. Of these, approximately only 35% are 65 years of age or older. Despite how common it is, many adults will wait up to 10 years before seeking treatment.

  • Are Hearing Loss and Hypothyroidism Linked?

    Did you know that our ability to hear can be an indicator of our overall health? Our auditory system is a sophisticated network of nerves, blood vessels, bones and muscles. When one of the components of our auditory system isn’t working as it should, our ability to hear can be affected.

  • Four Reasons Your Ears Feel Clogged

    Do you feel as though your ears are clogged? If you feel as though your ears are clogged, blocked or “full”, there could be a number of causes. While a clogged ear may not be painful, it can be annoying. In addition, you may be experiencing difficulty hearing, or sounds may be muffled.

  • Top Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss

    It’s estimated that approximately 65 million people, or 20% of Americans, report a degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can happen at any stage in life, from those born with a hearing impairment up to the elderly who may experience age-related hearing loss.

  • Communication Tips When Wearing A Face Mask

    Coronavirus is causing us to adjust to a new normal. Many states have started lifting their stay-at-home orders. As a result, safety measures are being implemented. These are designed to help slow the spread of Coronavirus.

  • Can Hearing Loss Increase Your Risk of an Accident?

    It’s estimated that in the United States, 1 in 3 Americans between the ages of 65-74 experience hearing loss. For many, impaired hearing is seen as a natural part of the aging process. However, hearing loss can affect people of any age.

  • Coping with Hearing Loss During a Pandemic

    We’re living in unprecedented times. Governments around the world have been trying to stem the spread of COVID-19. In the U.S., this has meant stay-at-home orders, working remotely for those able to and wearing masks.

  • What is Noise Induced Hearing Loss?

    April 29th, 2020 marked the 25th Anniversary of International Noise Awareness Day. International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) aims to raise awareness of the effects of noise on the health and welfare of individuals and populations worldwide.

  • What is a Hearing Aid Compatible Phone?

    We’re living in unprecedented times. It’s estimated that one third of the global population are under restrictions as governments try to stem the spread of COVID-19. For over 1 billion of us, that translates into a “lockdown.” People are advised that they should not be leaving their home unless it is essential. This virus is likely to indefinitely change our world.

  • Can High Blood Pressure Affect Your Hearing Health?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1 in 3 adults in the United States have high blood pressure. A further 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. have prehypertension. Prehypertension is blood pressure that is measuring as higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be classified as high blood pressure.

  • What is Hearable Technology?

    Technology has played a big part in many of our lives. Entertainment, fitness, and medicine are just a few industries that have been revolutionized by technological advances.

  • Ways to Identify Hearing Loss

    Up to 48 million Americans are affected by some degree of hearing loss, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. Approximately 22% of American adults are exposed to dangerous noise levels, putting them at risk of noise induced hearing loss. Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate; it can affect both young and old.

  • Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA)

    Hearing loss is estimated to affect up to 50 million Americans. When left untreated, hearing loss impacts more than just the ability to communicate. Studies have shown hearing loss can impact one’s mental health, cause cognitive problems, increase anxiety levels, and more.

  • Does Smoking Increase the Risk of Hearing Loss?

    Smoking cigarettes is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Smoking affects almost every organ in your body, can cause diseases, and has negative implications on the overall health of a smoker in general.

  • New Year's Resolution: Get A Hearing Assessment

    Did you know that an estimated 38% of Americans plan to make a New Year’s resolution? Getting more active, saving more, and health are all common resolutions.

  • Hearing Loss & The Holiday Blues

    The holiday season is a time of year where friends and family come together. Shopping, eating, decorating and travel are just a few of the seasonal activities that can bring us together. For many of us, the holiday season is a time of great happiness and joy.

  • Top 5 Gifts for Someone with Hearing Loss

    The holidays are just around the corner, so you’re probably thinking of gifts to get your loved ones. Some people are very easy to buy for, but then there are those who have you wracking your brain for gift ideas. If you have a loved one with hearing loss, why not get them a gift that they can use? To make your choice easier, here are our top 5 gifts for someone with hearing loss.

  • Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner with Hearing Loss

    Thanksgiving is a time of celebration. It’s a time to gather with friends and family and reflect on what it is that we’re thankful for. Between the great food and warm atmosphere, it’s not surprising that Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many of us.

  • 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.

  • 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.