Who Has Tinnitus?

With more than 45 million Americans struggling with tinnitus, it’s one of the most common health conditions in the United States, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA). In fact, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control conducted its last National Health and Nutritional Examinations Survey, the CDC included several questions on tinnitus to determine the full scope and severity … Read More

Making Sense of the Latest Legislation

When it comes to hearing healthcare, there’s been little help in the past as far as financial support for those on Medicare, and current legislation limits access to the services provided by audiologists. However, there are several pieces of legislation in the works that could one day change that. Here’s an update. Expanding Medicare to Hearing According to the Academy … Read More

Audiology Awareness Month

If you think you might have a hearing loss, there are lots of ways to find out—from online hearing screenings to free in-person screenings to hearing checks at work. All of these screenings can give you an indication of whether you have a hearing loss, but their limitation is that they are only screenings. They aren’t comprehensive hearing evaluations, and … Read More

How to Prevent Hearing Loss

Return to Normal Means Return to Noise There just might be one thing you haven’t missed that much since the pandemic began—noise. Before the nationwide shutdown in March 2020, America was one noisy place, emersed in the constant hum of traffic and machinery 24/7. But when the pandemic hit and everyone was sent home to quarantine, it was surprising how … Read More

On Medicare? Options for Hearing Aids

Recently, President Joe Biden proposed spending $3.5 trillion over the next decade on climate change, health care and family-service programs. Included is that proposal is an expansion to Medicare that would cover hearing care, as well as dental and vision. For millions of Americans, this would be a huge financial relief because original Medicare doesn’t provide coverage for these services. … Read More

Bothersome Tinnitus Associated with Mental Health Problems

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of an external sound source. It can take on any number of characteristics and is usually a sound that only you can hear. You can experience tinnitus that varies from soft to loud and from low to high pitched. People describe their tinnitus in a number of ways, including a buzzing, … Read More

Are Hearing Loss and Physical Functioning Connected?

An article published recently in JAMA Network Open asked an intriguing question that many of us may not have considered when it comes to our hearing: Is hearing impairment associated with poorer physical function, reduced walking endurance, and faster decline in physical function? Most of us wouldn’t think that our ability to hear and our ability to remain physically active … Read More

The Great Debate: Rechargeable vs. Disposable Batteries

It’s only been about four years since the first rechargeable hearing aids hit the market, and since that time, they’ve become increasingly popular with consumers. After all, many people are interested in conserving energy and doing as much as possible to preserve the planet. Rechargeable devices seem “greener” and consumer friendly. But before you jump on the “rechargeable bandwagon,” think … Read More

Do You Suffer from the Cocktail Party Effect?

Over the past year, you’ve probably had little reason to be at events where there are crowds or groups due to the pandemic. But as the economy opens back up and as you go to crowded restaurants or events, you may begin to notice you’re suffering from what’s known as the “cocktail party effect.” That’s when you have a hard … Read More

Protect Your Hearing Aids from Heat and Humidity

What’s one of the biggest enemies of hearing aids? The answer is simple—moisture. Why is that a problem? A hearing aid is a small, digital device that has a shell consisting of a thin, but durable plastic shell. Inside the hearing aid shell is some of the world’s smallest digital equipment. Hearing aids allow sound to be picked up, processed, … Read More