More Research that Wearing Hearing Aids Could Prevent Dementia

In promising new research from the University of Melbourne, Australia, scientists tested the use of hearing aids in almost 100 adults aged 62-82 years with hearing loss to see if wearing hearing aids may delay cognitive decline in older adults and improve brain function. Cognitive decline is associated with hearing loss, which affects about 32 per cent of people aged … Read More

Focus on Listening for Better Hearing & Speech Month

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of audiologists and speech-language pathologists in diagnosing and treating hearing and speech-language disorders. The recognition is sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). For 2020, the theme is “Communication at Work.” At Associated Audiologists, we see the impact that good … Read More

Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer of the Ears

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 4 million Americans are diagnosed with the most common form of skin cancer each year, basal cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. Though we don’t treat skin cancer at Associated Audiologists, because we are constantly examining patients’ ears for hearing loss, we discover and … Read More

How a Professional Audiology Practice Can Help You Hear Your Best

Though over-the-counter hearing aids are set for availability later in 2020, buying hearing aids without the expert guidance of a doctoral-level audiologist may be risky. In fact, most professional organizations advise consumers to get a comprehensive hearing evaluation from a professional practice before making such a purchase. And while many people may think they are capable of choosing which hearing … Read More

Why Buying Cheap Hearing Aids is a Bad Idea

It’s a fact that “cheap hearing aids” is one of the most popular phrases searched on the web when it comes to hearing aids. But “cheap” is a relative term. What’s cheap to one person may seem expensive to the next. So here are some things to consider if you’re in the market for hearing aids. It’s not realistic to … Read More

How to Protect Your Hearing

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for hearing loss. Once your hearing is damaged, it’s permanent, and though hearing aids can help you hear again, your hearing will never be the same as it once was. In most cases, hearing loss may occur from years and years of exposure to loud noises, say mowing the yard each week, or from one loud … Read More

How to Make Hearing Aids Last Longer

Hearing aids can be a significant investment in your health. Evidence continues to mount that they reduce the risk of depression, cognitive decline and social isolation. But how long should you expect your hearing aids to last before it’s time to buy a new pair? According to national statistics, most hearing aids have an average lifespan of three to five … Read More

What’s the Advantage to Medicare Advantage Plans if You Wear Hearing Aids?

advantages of medicare hearing aids

Recently, in the Kansas City area market we have seen an increase in the number of patients who are enrolling in Medicare Advantage (Medicare replacement) plans. Unfortunately, many individuals do not understand how their plans work, especially as it relates to hearing aids. Here is some information from the website that helps further explain these plans. Medicare Advantage Plans, … Read More

Should You Bring Your Family to Your Audiologist’s Appointment?

a family going to see their audiologist

Many people are very private about their medical care, and don’t want to share any information about their conditions or treatment. But when it comes to hearing loss, you might want to re-think that position. Many audiologists point out that it’s a good idea to bring those closest to you, whether that’s family or friends, to your appointment. Why? Because … Read More

Hearing Loss is Associated with Increased Fall Risk

Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. There are many contributors to falls. Individuals may not be able to see well or their reflexes might not be as sharp as they once … Read More