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Hearing Aids Can Affect Certain Chronic Illnesses

In 2018, a team from the University of Michigan studied a group of older adults who reported they had severe hearing loss to see if hearing aid use impacted how they use our health care system. Some in the group treated their hearing loss with hearing aids, while others did not.  Knowing that hearing aids […]

Hear better — Age Better

Don’t we all want to stay healthy and happy as we age? And we all know many of the obvious ways to do it — like exercising, eating right, not smoking and getting enough sleep.   But did you know our hearing also plays a role in healthy aging? Since September is Healthy Aging Month (bet you […]

Everything You Need to Know About Swimmer’s Ear

Summer is upon us and now, more than ever, we’re looking forward to enjoying outdoor activities — particularly water sports! Unfortunately, with water sports, we also see an increase in swimmer’s ear.    What is swimmer’s ear?   Swimmer’s ear is an infection found in the outer ear canal, the area that extends from the outer ear […]

Hearing aids are linked to a lower risk of falls 

Falls are some of the scariest and most frequent injuries suffered by older adults. According to the CDC:  One quarter of people over 65 fall each year  Three million older people go to the ER each year for falls  One in five falls causes a serious injury  Falls account for over $50 billion in medical […]

It’s better to treat hearing loss sooner

A few years back, a New York Times article pleaded that the treatment of hearing loss needs “to be taken much more seriously.”  Much of the article’s basis for that plea were the numerous mental and physical health consequences of letting hearing loss go untreated, including increased odds of depression, falling, emergency room visits, and, […]

Hearing loss and depression — is there a link? 

We don’t need clinical evidence to understand that hearing loss can lead to depression. It’s the transitive property of addition brought to life: if a=b and b=c, then a=c.  If you’re experiencing hearing loss, there’s a good chance you’ll purposefully minimize or avoid social situations (because hearing is a challenge which makes socializing less fun).   […]

Enjoy hands-free phone conversations using your hearing aids

The newest hearing aid feature enables hands-free phone conversations Can you enjoy hands-free phone conversations with your current hearing aids? If those current hearing aids are Arc AI, then the answer is yes! We’re excited to announce the newest feature in our already feature-packed Arc AI hearing aids — 2-Way Audio. With 2-Way Audio, the microphone […]

More people over 70 have hearing loss than don’t

As humans age, numerous things become inevitable. Our hair will gray. Our bones will weaken. Dinners will be eaten earlier. And our hearing abilities won’t be what they once were. In case seeing-it-with-your-own-eyes isn’t enough to convince you that this future holds true, statistics like today’s hearing fact should. Research shows that more than two-thirds […]

Hearing aid use is associated with positive cognitive health results

Several studies have concluded that “untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by 50%.”   This link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline has been a growing topic of discussion in the medical world for a while now — our own Dr. Archelle Georgiou even discussed it in a recent podcast.  We know definitively […]

Can ear infections cause hearing loss?

Hearing loss can be caused by several different factors including aging, injury, noise exposure, even heredity. Those factors affect the auditory nerve, causing sensorineural hearing loss, which is the most common type of hearing loss.   But there is a second, less common type of hearing loss, known as conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss affects […]

The Best Place to Get Hearing Aids

Until recently, if you wanted to be treated for hearing loss or get hearing aids, you had one choice — see an audiologist or other licensed hearing healthcare professional. Today, the options have definitely gotten more complicated, with online-only retailers, big-box stores, and numerous new or unexpected companies now advertising hearing loss solutions. Here’s the […]

Hearing Loss can Lead to Social Isolation

Loneliness and social isolation have been getting their fair share of attention lately. For good reason. Covid has made both more prevalent. And both are increasingly linked to numerous physical and mental health issues, including: 50 percent increased risk of dementia 32 percent increased risk of stroke 29 percent increased risk of heart disease Higher […]

Why can’t I hear well in the car?

When people find out I’m a hearing professional, they’ll often ask me some version of the following: “I can’t hear the kids in the backseat when we’re in the car. They’re trying to tell me about their day or ask me questions, but all I can do is nod and smile. Is there anything I […]

Untreated hearing loss leads to increased healthcare costs

For those who need convincing that hearing aids are worth the investment, today’s hearing statistic is one data point among many that should help convince you they are. A recent investigation on healthcare cost trends concluded that older adults with untreated hearing loss used healthcare services more — and subsequently spent more on healthcare — […]

Hearing care services are important to hearing aid satisfaction

The best place to buy new hearing aids has always been and probably will always be in person from a hearing professional. Hearing-care services are almost always bundled in with the cost of hearing aids when you buy them from a hearing professional. That’s because hearing professionals know that getting used to wearing hearing aids […]

How to properly clean your ears

Cerumen, commonly known as earwax, is key to a healthy ear. It collects dirt, debris and bacteria, preventing unwanted foreign bodies from entering the ear. It has lubrication properties to keep the ears from getting dry and itchy. And, it acts as an antifungal and antibacterial, helping to fight infections in and around our ears.  […]

Tips for getting used to wearing new hearing aids

OK, think back to a year or so ago. Remember when you would go to a matinee and then after, when it ended and you left the theater, the daylight would overwhelm you temporarily? Well, the same thing happens when you first start wearing hearing aids. Your brain has gotten used to the quiet. It […]

Hard time hearing in noise? Here’s why

There are many signs of hearing loss — but one of the first signs that your hearing is going is if you can hear fine in quiet environments yet struggle to hear in noise. Here’s why.  Even for people with normal hearing, noisy settings can be tricky to navigate when trying to make out speech. […]

Hearing aid perception vs. reality

Hearing and sight are arguably our two most important senses (despite taste getting a lot of attention these past 18 months). Yet, if and when either starts to fail us — and both typically do as we age — we react to each very differently. You can tell by all the people with glasses, contacts, […]

Hearing loss treatment and the role it plays in dementia prevention

A 2017 study, conducted by The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care, called dementia “the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century.” But you don’t need a study to tell you that. Ask friends and loved ones of the estimated 50 million people worldwide who have dementia (there’s […]

Types of hearing loss

Three of the most common hearing loss questions and their answers If you’re like us, you like to get to the bottom of any ailment you have. When you know what the exact issue is, you waste less time and anxiety and going-down-a-rabbit-hole Google searches wondering what it might be. And, because you know what […]

How to encourage a loved one with hearing loss to seek help

It’s been proven that — left untreated — hearing loss can have a negative effect on our quality of life. Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to decreased cognitive function, higher incidences of hospitalizations, falls and depression, and increased risk of social isolation and dementia. Those studies don’t take into account how ignoring hearing loss […]

How to know if you have hearing loss

Not sure if you have hearing loss? That’s not uncommon. Hearing loss symptoms are subtle and typically emerge slowly. It frequently takes years for people to realize they have hearing loss. Also, we simply don’t test our hearing enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that “less than half of adults who […]

Could earwax be causing my hearing loss?

Since earwax seems to be a popular topic these days (don’t ask us why, but earwax cleaning videos are trending on social media), we thought now was a good time to answer this FAQ. Can earwax cause hearing loss? A lot of things can cause hearing loss. Noise exposure. Aging. Certain medicines. And yes, too […]

12 reasons you should test your hearing

After the past year of living socially distant and behind masks, we think reconnecting is more important and coveted than ever! Unfortunately, it’s also more challenging for those of us with hearing loss — which is the biggest reason why 2021 should be the year to test your hearing and treat it if it turns […]

12 reasons to get Via Edge AI custom rechargeable hearing aids

If you’ve been holding out on getting hearing aids because you were waiting for something that didn’t scream “hearing aid!” while also offering unheard of sound quality and high-tech, life-just-got-way-easier features, well then you know how the next paragraph begins. Hold out no longer and check out Via Edge AI custom rechargeable hearing aids. Custom […]

Regular hearing checkups are a good idea

If you’re proactive about your health and well-being — and more of us are today than ever before — then you may already test your hearing regularly.  But if you don’t and you want to know why you should, keep reading. Benjamin Franklin famously said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” […]

Why two hearing aids are better than one

Ok, try this: Cover one eye with your hand and look around. Notice how clarity, depth perception and spatial awareness are effected?  It’s not much different with our ears. Just as we use both eyes to see our best, our two ears work together to help us hear our best. That’s why it’s usually recommended […]

I have hearing loss – now what?

What to do if you think you have hearing loss Most people who have hearing loss aren’t born with it. Instead, hearing loss creeps up on us over time, usually caused by exposure to loud noises, aging, or some combination of the two.  Statistics show that the prevalence of hearing loss doubles for every decade […]

Can hearing loss be restored?

The quick and frank answer to the question, “Can hearing loss be restored?” is no, once hearing is lost, you cannot restore it to how it was. But notice the “how it was” part of that answer. That’s because, while you can’t go back to the way you used to hear, you can still absolutely […]

Golf and hearing loss: why golf is a great sport for the hearing impaired

Jordan Fuller, over at Golf Influence, explains why golf is a perfect pastime for those with hearing loss.   Having optimal hearing is important when playing a round of golf, although golfers who wear hearing aids may find them to be more frustrating than not being able to hear what’s happening around them. There is good […]

Why do my ears feel plugged?

If you’ve ever flown, you most likely know the sensation of your ears plugging up. Irritating, right? Here’s why that happens. The most common reason for ears to feel clogged or plugged is due to something called Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (Eustachian is pronounced “You-Station”). The Eustachian tube connects the back of the nose to the […]

Should you get a hearing test?

Do you ever feel like the people you’re talking to are mumbling or speaking too quickly? Are you having to ask others to repeat themselves frequently? Or maybe you’re struggling to follow a conversation when there is background noise?  If so, these could be indicators that you have a hearing loss.  It’s not uncommon for […]

Hearing loss, talking loudly and COVID-19

By now we should all know that infectious pathogens — like COVID-19 — can be transmitted from person to person through coughing and sneezing. But did you know it may be transmitted simply by talking, too? In a study published just this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that […]

Video conferencing tips for those with hearing loss

Face masks are now an everyday accessory, “staying in” is the new “going out,” and you guessed it, video chatting is a necessary element of our social fabric and remote work. It’s all part of the new normal.  For those with hearing loss, these changes haven’t been as seamless. As you or a loved one […]

Top ten things you can do with your smartphone-connected hearing aids

Today’s hearing aids are more sophisticated than ever! One of the greatest advances in hearing aid technology is the ability to pair them to a variety of smartphones, including Apple iPhones and several Android handsets. The connection between smartphones and hearing aids brings a long list of incredible benefits. Here is my top 10 list […]

Five things you should know about earwax

When you hear the word “earwax”, you might immediately think YUCK! But, did you know that earwax actually plays an important role in the health of your ear? I’d like to share some facts about earwax and the part it plays in a healthy ear. 1. Earwax is not YUCK at all  In fact, earwax is […]

The hearing aid that detects falls and sends alerts

If you’re an older adult — or care for someone who is — falling is likely high on your list of worries. And for good reason. According to the National Council on Aging1: • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall-related injury.• Falls are the leading cause of fatal […]

One in five with hearing loss feel lonely and it’s affecting their health

Loneliness has typically been thought of like most other human emotions — fleeting and virtually harmless. While short periods of loneliness may not have negative effects, prolonged loneliness is toxic and increases the risk of dying by 26%. In fact, loneliness is as harmful to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases […]