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Guess what? You probably have hearing loss!
Posted by Tom Smith, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist on December 01, 2016
According to the National Academy on an Aging Society, hearing loss is one of the most common health conditions experienced by males 75 and older. Hearing, like all our senses, declines as we age, and can often be exacerbated by exposure to loud noises, other health issues, medications and more. It can quickly impact our ability to understand speech, respond to...
Can I Wear an Invisible Hearing Aid?
Posted by Tom Smith, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist on November 02, 2016
Q: I was told I can’t wear an invisible hearing aid. Does that sound right? A: Starkey Hearing Technologies has been building custom hearing aids — the kind that fit inside your ear rather than behind it — for decades. In fact, they are the largest manufacturer of custom hearing aids in the world. This expertise led them to create the...
How will a hearing aid improve my quality of life?
Posted by Tom Smith, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist on October 07, 2016
Treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve: Communication in relationships Intimacy and warmth in family relationships Ease in communication Earning power Sense of control over your life Social participation Emotional stability Hearing aids can provide valuable benefits to improve your quality of life in a number of important ways. They can...
What Causes Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
Posted by Tom Smith, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist on September 01, 2016
90% of all hearing loss is sensorineural (pronounced “sensory-neural”), which is hearing loss caused by damage in the inner ear (cochlea) or to the nerve pathway from the inner ear to the brain. Below are the most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss. Aging: As you age, hearing loss is pretty much inevitable. Noise Exposure: Firearms, heavy...
When Will My Hearing Aids Need Repairs?
Posted by Tom Smith, Hearing Instrument Specialist on August 01, 2016
It is not uncommon for hearing aids to require some degree of service each year, which is why they are sold with warranties and repair coverage. But just how often each person’s hearing aids will need repair is difficult to predict. That’s because variables like usage, care, and even your lifestyle come into play. Are you active? Do you work in an...
What Wearers Are Saying About Our Newest Hearing Aids
Posted by Tom Smith, Hearing Instrument Specialist on July 01, 2016
In March, we introduced our new hearing aids: Muse, Halo 2 and SoundLens Synergy. Built off an entirely new software platform and featuring our new, cutting-edge operating system, these are the first hearing aids ever designed to process music, speech and everyday sounds uniquely and simultaneously — in fact, they’re the first to process music and...
Posted by Tom Smith, Hearing Instrument Specialist on June 01, 2016
Hearing loss is more than difficulty understanding speech and hearing sound. It also makes you extremely tired; listening takes a lot of effort and energy. People with normal hearing don’t really think about the fact that listening can be fatiguing and frustrating. The Better Hearing Institute estimates that societal costs of untreated hearing loss result in...
3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids
Posted by Tom Smith, HIS on May 02, 2016
“Immediate difference in clarity.” “The quality and performance is really beyond anything I’ve seen.” “Patients have experienced a significant improvement in sound quality when comparing hearing aids, even to recent technology.” “Patients have noticed improvement when listening to music and improvement for clarity of...
Introducing Muse: Hearing Aids Made for Life
Posted by Tom Smith, HIS on April 14, 2016
It’s been proven, hearing health is directly connected to overall health and wellbeing. Studies have also shown that hearing aids can positively benefit those with hearing loss. Introducing Muse hearing aids. Featuring hearing technology made for the next generation of hearing aid wearers, Muse offers a variety of styles, clarity and comfort in noise,...
Hearing Help: Why You Should See A Professional
Posted by Tom Smith, HIS on March 01, 2016
Hearing loss is commonly referred to as an invisible health condition, and early warning signs are often overlooked. Unlike other medical conditions, you can’t physically see the signs of hearing loss. Often the most difficult step in improving your hearing is recognizing you need help. Hearing loss can develop at any age and can be caused by a number of...
How To Tell Others About Your Hearing Loss
Posted by Tom Smith, HIS on February 01, 2016
“It’s noisy in here.” “The wind is really strong.” “Your phone keeps breaking up and dropping your voice.” “Can you stop mumbling please?” We’ve all used these excuses before, and we've all learned that down the line, they really don’t do us any good. Admitting you have a hearing loss...
Help A Family Member Get Their Hearing Tested
Posted by Tom Smith, HIS on January 04, 2016
When you begin to notice a family member struggling with their hearing, it’s instinct to want to jump in and help. But how do you be an advocate without being pushy or invasive? Here are some helpful tips to help encourage your family member to get their hearing tested while respecting their feelings. If you are noticing signs that a family member or friend...
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