Are Two Ears Better Than One?

If you have hearing loss in both ears (bilateral hearing loss), then you are most likely a candidate for two hearing aids. Research has shown that when only one hearing aid is worn, the unaided ear tends to lose its ability to hear and understand. Participating in conversation is more enjoyable with both ears because you have better speech understanding, … Read More

Hearing loss can Cause Communication Failures in Medical Setting

It was not uncommon for older adults to report mishearing a physician or nurse in a primary care or hospital setting, according to a study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Medical errors are higher among older patients and failure in clinical communication is considered to be the leading cause of medical errors. A previous study reported that improved … Read More

Hearing Loss Facts

encouraging a loved one to get a hearing test

More than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, according to February 2013 released by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, a large majority of those who need hearing help fail to do so. Hearing loss population is growing. Here are some startling hearing loss facts to consider: Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have a … Read More

Movies theaters and hearing loss

Going to the movies can be challenging for people with hearing loss. Two challenges are the sound in the movie theater can be deafeningly loud and the dialogue too soft. If you have access to be able to change programs on your hearing aids, a program, to cut down background noise can be set aggressively to help. Or, you might … Read More

Emergency Preparation for People with Hearing Loss part 2

Your hearing loss doesn’t have to put you at a disadvantage during an emergency. With community support, planning and preparation, you can have peace of mind knowing you’ll stay safe and informed during any emergency. Create an emergency network: friends, family, caregivers, neighbors or a coworker pick at least two people that everyone can communicate with during an emergency and … Read More

Emergency Preparation for People with Hearing Loss part 1

Emergency Preparation for People with Hearing Loss part 1 Everyone should have an emergency / disaster plan. However, most don’t include hearing loss or their hearing aids. Between blizzards, wildfires, terrorist attacks, earthquakes there is no place in the country safe from potentially devastating natural disasters. Different disasters have different plans. Earthquakes, you might want to Velcro your hearing aids … Read More

Vitamins for Hearing Improvement

vitamins for hearing improvement

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps improve circulation. The inner ear depends on good circulations to stay in good health. Vitamin C is an antioxidant believed to help keep your immune system strong to help fight off infections in the middle ear. Vitamin D is good for your three middle ear bones. Studies are being done with Vitamins A, … Read More

Hearing loss is not always from noise

A healthy heart will give you better hearing. If your heart, arteries and veins are not working properly, bad blood flow to the inner ear can contribute of hearing loss. Studies show that people with diabetes is more likely to have hearing loss. More research needs to be done, but we believe that the glucose in the blood may damage … Read More

What you don’t know may hurt you!

Hearing loss is a more serious problem than just not being able to hear. Hearing loss comes on so gradually one might not even notice. Studies have shown that hearing aids could delay or prevent dementia by improving patients hearing. Hearing loss has also been directly linked to falls. Walking, talking and listening all at the sometime takes a lot … Read More

Hearing But Not Understanding

things to consider when selecting hearing aids

I was recently visiting with my cousin. She said she can hear just fine but in background noise she cannot understand most of the words. She was hearing but not understanding. This is typical of a high frequency hearing loss. Most people associate hearing loss with deafness. However, it is common for people to understand speech and hear well with … Read More