Benefits to Keeping Hearing Aids Functioning, Despite Pandemic

During the pandemic, the safety restrictions placed on senior living facilities, and seniors in general, have severely limited or eliminated social interactions with family and peers. This type of isolation can produce changes in communication and can lead to anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, during this time older adults who have been successful hearing aid users may be using their hearing … Read More

Hearing Loss and Heart Disease

As we age, two major health concerns are heart disease and hearing loss. Aside from COVID-19, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, while hearing loss is one of the most common health concerns older adults face, affecting about 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 who have disabling hearing loss. This rate increases … Read More

Understanding Your Insurance Benefits

We’re just a couple of months into the new year, so you may not have had the chance to use or check out your insurance benefits, especially as they relate to hearing aids. But if you’re still trying to figure your benefits out, Associated Audiologists has created a special guide to help called “Your Guide to Insurance and Hearing Aids.” … Read More

As You Age, You May be at Increased Risk of Falling

According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, one of the leading health concerns for people over the age of 60 is falling, which is often related to balance problems. Each year millions of adults fall and one in five of those falls leads to serious injury, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control.  One of three adults 65 or … Read More

Infant Sound Machines—Is There Any Danger to Hearing?

Not much is as comforting or as peaceful as a sleeping baby, but getting a baby to sleep can sometimes be a challenge. Older parents may remember sitting their baby near the clothes dryer or running the vacuum cleaner to drown out environmental sounds that often wake a sleeping baby, like a barking dog or doorbell ringing. Today, many parents … Read More

Is the Pandemic Making Tinnitus Worse?

According to an article published in The Hearing Review, new research reveals that tinnitus, a common condition that causes the perception of noise in the ear and head, is being made worse by COVID-19 – as well as the measures helping to keep us safe, such as isolation and social distancing. The study of 3,103 people with tinnitus was led … Read More

New Study Points to Dancing As Key to Balance and Fall Prevention

Dancing is about more than having fun—it’s about being active, especially as we age. And now, there’s another good reason to kick up your heels and cut a rug—dancing can help prevent falls! According to the results of a meta-analysis published in JAMA Open recently, the researchers pooled data from 29 controlled studies involving more than 4,200 healthy persons over … Read More

Start the New Year Off Right with a Hearing Evaluation

With the holidays behind us, did you notice you had more problems than usual hearing friends and family, especially on Zoom or conference calls?  Or have you had trouble hearing the television and you’ve found the volume creeping up? Has it been more difficult to hear or understand others when they are wearing masks? If so, you might want to … Read More

Measuring the Impact of Hearing Loss on Life

How do you measure the impact of hearing loss on life?  According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), one way is to calculate disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). These are the number of healthy years lost due to a disease or other health condition. For a condition like hearing loss, it doesn’t mean that a person dies … Read More

Number of People with Hearing Loss to Increase

According to researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, in 2020, 55 percent of adults with hearing loss are 70 or older. In just 40 years, by 2060, that rate will jump to 67 percent. The researchers projected future hearing loss using data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Clearly, hearing loss is a common problem in … Read More