Take Precautions to Prevent Slips and Falls this Winter

how to prevent slipping on the ice this winter

In the United States, about one in four adults (30%) age 65 and older, report falling each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  This results in about 30 million falls each year. While not all falls result in an injury, about 38% of those who fall reported an injury that required medical treatment or restricted their activity for … Read More

How Hearing Aid Accessories Could Help You Hear Better

different types of hearing aid technology

Public spaces, such as auditoriums, one-on-one conversations, watching television and listening to phone calls or music can all present listening challenges. That’s where hearing aid accessories come in. Hearing aid accessories and devices can bridge the gap between you and the sound source by eliminating the effects of distance, background noise, and reverberation, bypassing challenging acoustics—sending sound directly to your … Read More

Breakthrough Hearing Aid Technology for Today

new hearing aid technology

Want hearing aids that connect to your smartphone and have directional microphones? Or what about hearing aids that stream music, movies, and conversations directly to your ears?  Today’s hearing aid technology was only a dream a few years ago–now it’s reality. There are literally hearing aids to help almost every patient, no matter what your listening needs or budget. Here … Read More

Why It’s a Good Idea to Treat Hearing Loss Early

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When you go to dinner in a busy restaurant, do you have problems hearing your conversation partner? Are you turning the volume up on your television or radio louder and louder? Do you struggle to hear on the phone? These all are common symptoms of hearing loss. It’s a widely recognized fact that individuals with hearing loss often don’t or … Read More

Is There a Cure for Tinnitus?

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According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), over 45 million Americans struggle with tinnitus, or ringing in their ears, making it one of the most common health conditions in the United States. Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of an external sound source. Tinnitus can take on any number of characteristics and is usually a sound that … Read More

Does Medicare Cover the Cost of Hearing Aids?

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Even though age-related hearing loss is most common among individuals 65 and older, ironically, if you have original Medicare, you usually pay 100 percent of the costs associated with routine hearing exams and hearing aids. However, if your physician orders testing because he or she suspects you may have a medical condition requiring treatment that can be diagnosed with a … Read More

Your Benefits—Use ‘Em or Lose ‘Em!

effectively using your flexible spending account

According to healthcare.gov, if you have a health plan through your job, you can use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for copayments, deductibles, some medications, and some other health care costs, including hearing aids. Using an FSA also can reduce your taxes. How does an FSA work? All year long via your employer’s plan, you have a designated … Read More

Apps to Help You Hear Better

smart phone hearing aid apps

If you go to the App store on your cell phone and search for hearing apps, you’ll find everything from decibel meters to hearing tests to apps that claim to improve your hearing. But how do you know if an app will help you? Here we highlight two apps that many people with hearing challenges are finding helpful. Stream Live … Read More

Challenging Listening Environments

hearing loss challenging barriers

If you have a hearing loss, you likely have more difficulty understanding speech in challenging listening environments, like noisy restaurants or at parties, even when you are wearing your hearing aids. There often are three main barriers to improved understanding for anyone with a hearing loss:         Distance from the signal of interest (speech, music, etc.)   … Read More

Is There a Connection Between Hearing Loss, Cognitive Decline and Hearing Aids?

relation between cognitive decline and hearing loss

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, hearing loss affects 48 million Americans today. If current trends continue, the number of individuals with age-related hearing loss worldwide will swell to 580 million by 2050. Also by 2050, the number of adults with dementia is expected to grow to 131.5 million worldwide, a substantial public health challenge. A number of … Read More