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“Do I need two hearing aids, or can I get by with just one?” This question is one I hear quite frequently from patients with hearing loss in both ears. Personally, I understand their point of view: why invest in two hearing aids if one will suffice? However, as an audiologist, I know the benefits of wearing hearing aids in both ears, and I’m happy to share my knowledge with you. The following are several benefits of wearing hearing aids in both ears. Sound Localization Our brains rely on information from both of our ears to determine where sounds areContinue reading “One Hearing Aid or Two”
“Give a little whistle!” If you’ve ever watched Disney’s Pinnochio, you are likely familiar with the song that Jiminy Cricket sings, titled, “Give a Little Whistle.” In the movie, this whistle is a cry for help. If you wear hearing aids, chances are you have heard them whistle at some point or another. This sound is called feedback, and while it can be normal, it can also be your hearing aids’ “call for help.” Feedback is simply the result of a sound being picked up by the microphone and amplified, causing the noise to “loop,” or repeat. This is theContinue reading “Top 4 Reasons Your Hearing Aids Whistle!”
May signifies an exciting time of the year for audiologists around the world. Flowers are blooming, the air is growing warmer, and Better Speech & Hearing Month has just begun. I thought long and hard about what topic I would cover during this important month. Many people know that hearing aids improve communication and promote cognitive health by allowing the brain access to important sounds, but did you know that patients also benefit from using Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)? ALDs can make a world of difference for individuals with hearing loss because of the following valuable features. Induction Loops orContinue reading “Features of Assistive Listening Devices”
Researchers are constantly improving hearing aid performance and appeal. One of their goals is to reduce background noise to make focused listening easier. To accomplish this task, researchers have undertaken a new study investigating the use of brainwaves in improving speech understanding in noisy environments (Geirnaert et al., 2020). Hearing aids with this technology might be able to identify and amplify the primary speaker while dulling unnecessary voices and background noise. This function will drastically and amazingly improve hearing aid efficiency. Though hearing aids do not currently possess this brainwave technology, they are fit with some other sophisticated features, includingContinue reading “Hearing Aids of the Future”
The majority of people in the United States have had a pet at some point. Some didn’t have pets until they were older, and others have had pets throughout their lives and cannot imagine living without an animal companion. Dogs keep us active by requiring exercise and care. Cats comfort us when we’re lonely – even their purring has been known to have healing effects. Pets can greatly benefit our health and emotions, and their benefits often become clearer as we age. Yes, pets are wonderful! They truly bless us. But then the day comes when you can’t find yourContinue reading “What You Don’t Know About Pets and Hearing Aids”
Over the years, metal hip replacements have been found to cause hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance issues. Though issues may not occur shortly after the replacement, after some wear or corrosion of the chrome or cobalt individuals may experience damage in the auditory system.[i] Even though the metal is localized in the hip, over time, small metal ions can travel into the blood stream and cause problems in other parts of the body, such as, the cardiovascular system, visual system, motor-sensory system, and the auditory system.[ii] In addition to these issues some patients also have issues with their psychological functionContinue reading “Could your hip implant be causing your hearing loss?”
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Every new year is a new chapter in our lives—an opportunity to meet goals and self-improve. One of the ways you can improve this year is by using your hearing aids more regularly. If your hearing aid use is inconsistent, consider the following reasons why you should resolve to wear your hearing aids every day. To Increase Cognitive Function When individuals are fit with hearing aids for the first time, they often report that sounds are very loud. Their brains have become so accustomed to their mild hearing loss that normal hearing comes across as sharp and piercing. To adjustContinue reading “The Benefits of Regular Hearing Aid Use”
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