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Hearing Loss Can Make for a Frustrating Holiday Season
Posted by Doug Haws on December 17, 2012
The sounds of the holidays, joyous music, lively conversation and family gatherings are a cherished part of every holiday season. If a loved one has trouble hearing in crowded, noisy situations or suffers any degree of hearing loss, the holidays may lose some of its luster. A person with hearing loss symptoms may have difficulty hearing the higher pitched tones...
Helping Caregivers Identify Symptoms of Hearing Loss
Posted by Doug Haws on December 03, 2012
In honor of National Caregivers Month this December, we are offering caregivers of all kinds a helpful list for the most common signs of hearing loss, as well as information about hearing loss treatment. Family members are often the first to recognize that a loved one has hearing loss, but the symptoms may appear gradually and be difficult to detect. Even...
Common Myths About Wearing a Hearing Aid
Posted by Doug Haws on November 16, 2012
For many it takes years of struggling with misunderstanding speech in conversations, not hearing in noisy social settings and difficulties listening on the phone before they seek help with a hearing aid. Yet several days of strife may have been averted had a hearing aid been pursued earlier. Today many objections exist around hearing aids that prevent people from...
Hunting for the Causes of Hearing Loss: Preventing Hearing Loss with Sportsmen
Posted by Doug Haws on November 02, 2012
The arrival of fall brings a sense of anticipation to sportsmen and women who enjoy hunting. Chances are you started thinking about the season some time ago and maybe even made a checklist of everything you'll need before heading out to the woods. New gun case? Check. Goose call? Check. Hearing protection? Not on the list? If you haven’t used hearing...
Top Questions to Ask About Your Hearing Test
Posted by Doug Haws on October 19, 2012
Many adults have not had a hearing evaluation since elementary school and may not even remember the experience. Today's hearing exams are thorough and designed to identify and diagnose even mild hearing loss. After gathering a health history, the hearing specialist will conduct an ear exam with an otoscope to check for obstructions, infections or other medical...
Comparing Hearing Aid Features
Posted by Doug Haws on October 05, 2012
With the rapid advancement in hearing technology it can be a bit tricky to keep up and understand what features are important to your hearing aid purchase. We want to help those conducting research on available hearing aid options and review various features. The following sections contain explanations for all of the feature categories that may be important for...
Hearing Loss on the Rise in Teens
Posted by Doug Haws on September 21, 2012
Hearing loss in teenagers is on the rise and recent reports about the increase in hearing problems among teenagers serve as a reminder that one can experience difficulty hearing at any age. Early hearing loss treatment is key to minimizing long-term impact for children, teens and seniors alike. However hearing loss symptoms may vary greatly between different age...
3 Common Myths About Hearing Loss
Posted by Doug Haws on September 07, 2012
Today there are over 32 million Americans who suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Yet only a small percentage of these individuals have sought a professional to have their hearing checked and receive a hearing aid, if needed. Having a hearing test is easy and free and can put you on a path to re-connecting with missing sounds through better hearing. Too...
Ringing in the Ears? Understanding Tinnitus
Posted by Doug Haws on August 24, 2012
For many, there are no sounds of silence. Instead even the quietest of moments, such as sleep, can be filled with buzzing, humming or ringing sounds. This condition is called tinnitus and according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders it effects nearly 25 million Americans. Presently no treatments are available to cure this...
Did You Know? Statistics on Hearing Loss
Posted by Doug Haws on August 10, 2012
Having a hearing loss today is not as uncommon as one may believe. However it seems as if seeking treatment is less likely to occur with those who do have a hearing loss. The following statistics from the Better Hearing Institute below illustrate this gap between those with hearing loss and those who seek care. We have been able to care for numerous individuals...
Tips for Helping a Loved One
Posted by Doug Haws on July 20, 2012
When a friend or a family member has difficulties with hearing loss it can be equally frustrating for those in contact with the individual to communicate. Oftentimes the individual with a hearing loss finds ways to deal with their hearing loss difficulties without seeking the appropriate treatment and possibly hearing aids. This common behavior causes frustration...
Proud to Fit American Hearing Aids
Posted by Doug Haws on July 04, 2012
This Fourth of July we want to take a moment to honor those who have served our country and sacrificed to protect our freedom and the freedom of generations to come. Without them, U.S. citizens and companies may not be able to develop and provide new products and services that can better the lives of our own citizens. We take great pride in providing our...
You May Have Your Father's Hearing
Posted by Doug Haws on June 15, 2012
Baldness, freckles...hearing loss? Yes it seems we can inherit many of our parents’ traits, whether we truly want them. While we have known for years that different conditions such as baldness, high blood pressure and poor eyesight can have genetic origins, recent studies have revealed more information into the genetic causes of hearing loss in many...
How the Open Road Can Harm Your Hearing
Posted by Doug Haws on June 01, 2012
There’s nothing better on a nice day than opening the car windows or putting down the top on a convertible. However precautions should be taken to avoid harming your hearing while enjoying the wind in your hair on the open road. According to a Better Hearing Institute online article, recent tests were conducted for driving different types of convertibles at...
Can Better Hearing Help Delay Dementia?
Posted by Doug Haws on May 04, 2012
This week starts the first day of Better Hearing & Speech Month throughout the country. As a part of this annual recognition of hearing care we want to share some important insights into the impact that untreated hearing loss can have. While hearing loss may be a hidden impairment for many, the effects over time on one’s quality of life and overall...
Hearing Aid Technology Has Come a Long Way
Posted by Doug Haws on April 20, 2012
As today’s hearing aid sizes get smaller and the technology gets more powerful, it is amazing to consider how much hearing aids have progressed over the past decades. A fun website to visit to see these technology advances is www.hearingaidmuseum.com. This site is filled with information and pictures of old hearing device relics that provided the best...
You're Wearing a Hearing Aid?
Posted by Doug Haws on April 06, 2012
Introducing Invisible-In-Canal Hearing Aid Options As a hearing professional I always find that I notice people wearing aids in public situations, such as at sporting events or the airport. Mostly because it’s my profession, but also because hearing aids in the past have been so big and noticeable, and I put great emphasis on the word PAST. With...
Buying New Hearing Aids-Top 10 List for Buyers
Posted by Doug Haws on March 23, 2012
Buying a hearing aid is an important decision on many levels as it is an investment in both money and time. However, the benefits one can gain from improved hearing will outweigh those investments on a daily basis. Therefore it is important to take the right approach in shopping for a hearing aid to ensure you or a loved one get the optimal solution for improving...
Get Amp'ed for Better Hearing
Posted by Doug Haws on March 09, 2012
Not everyone is ready for a hearing aid - we understand that. On average, a person will wait 5 to 7 years before making a hearing aid purchase after initially recognizing hearing loss symptoms. Many get by with various mechanisms such as lip reading or standing on a certain side to favor a better hearing ear before getting the benefit of a hearing aid. Factors...
Tips for Traveling with a Hearing Loss
Posted by Doug Haws on February 24, 2012
Traveling can be fun and exhausting given today’s rigorous security procedures. Add in struggles with a hearing loss and it can become even more daunting of a challenge. To help in this process, the Transportation and Security Administration have recently provided some helpful tips on their website for traveling with a hearing loss. Their suggestions refer...
Put an End to Volume Wars
Posted by Doug Haws on February 10, 2012
Imagine no longer having to strain to hear the television or radio. Imagine not having to upset your friends or spouse by keeping the television at a high volume just to be able to hear a show due to hearing loss difficulties. With today's hearing aid technology, these aspirations have now become a reality. We are excited to introduce Audibel's new wireless...
5 Steps to Better Hearing
Posted by Doug Haws on January 27, 2012
Having a hearing loss is not something that most people get excited about. However, with the right attitude and approach, it can actually be a very manageable condition to care for. In my years of caring for those with hearing loss, I have seen time and time again people make remarkable improvements by simply dedicating themselves to getting the most out of...
A New Year for New Ears
Posted by Doug Haws on January 13, 2012
With every New Year’s celebration we make a firm pact with ourselves for the coming year to be better in our diet and health. With our many resolutions, how often have you considered recapturing the sounds that you may be missing due to hearing loss? Whether it is the birds chirping outside of your window or family conversation in a restaurant, there may be...
Welcome to Your Hearing Care Blog!
Posted by Doug Haws on January 02, 2012
With all of the confusion and conflicting messages that exist today around the impacts of hearing loss, what hearing aids can and cannot do and the process for purchasing a hearing aid, we want to provide insights to help clear up these topics. By doing so, we hope to help more individuals suffering from hearing loss difficulties feel comfortable in getting the...
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