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 Medicare.gov 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

What Is Tinnitus and What Can You do for it?

How you can treat tinnitus

According to the American Tinnitus Association, millions of Americans experience tinnitus, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 15% of the general public, more than 50 million Americans, experience some form of tinnitus. Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome, chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have … Read More

Pros and Cons of Bundling vs. Unbundling — Which Pricing Model is Best?

Whether we realize it or not, almost every day we experience the concept of “bundled vs. unbundled” pricing. Here’s an example. If you buy a car loaded with all the options that not only includes the cost of the vehicle, but also includes oil changes and tire rotations for the first 50,000 miles, that’s an example of bundled pricing. You … Read More

Battery Basics for Hearing Aid Users

power one mercury free high level hearing aid batteries

For most people who wear hearing aids, hearing aid batteries are an absolute necessity. They keep your hearing aids powered up and in top working condition. Recently, Hearing Tracker, an online resource, surveyed 1,000 hearing aid users about their hearing aids and battery usage. Here are some highlights: The average hearing aid user reports wearing their hearing aids 13 hours … Read More

What’s the Problem with Earwax?

problems with earwax

From the time you were old enough to bathe on your own, your parents probably taught you that an important part of hygiene is keeping your ears clean. But did they teach you the correct way to clean your ears? And what happens if you don’t clean them? Is there really any danger to a build-up of excess earwax? Let’s … Read More

Why You Should Check Your Hearing

hearing tests can determine whether you have hearing loss

When was the last time you had your hearing checked? If the answer is “Never,” you’re long overdue.  Actually, newborns are now checked for hearing loss while in the hospital, and many children have a basic hearing screening when starting school, or perhaps throughout their school years. But once we reach adulthood, we often forget about our ears and ignore … Read More