Sensitivity to Sound as We Age
31Aug, 2019

Sensitivity to Sound as We Age

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Why is it that young people are able to enjoy a loud rock concert or dance club, while older people will find it intolerable? In addition to the social, cognitive, and other psychological factors that might predict why a person is more likely to enjoy loud sound at an earlier age, a recent study has discovered clinical evidence for the reality. Neuroscientists at Western University in Canada documented that older people are more sensitive to sound. While younger people are able to acclimate to the amplitude, or volume, of sound […]
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The Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids
27Aug, 2019

The Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids

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In the earlier years of hearing aid technology, it was common to fumble with multiple devices. A person wearing hearing aids might hear the phone ring and suddenly scramble to take out their hearing aids. Turning up the volume all the way on the telephone might not have been enough to make the caller audible, but hearing aids were not compatible with the close connection to the phone. If a person with hearing loss were to try wearing hearing aids while talking on the phone, a number of problems might […]
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When to Get New Hearing Aids
17Aug, 2019

When to Get New Hearing Aids

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For those who have become accustomed to wearing hearing aids, it is possible to forget you are wearing them at all. After years of use, you may be quite comfortable with the amplified sound offered by your existing hearing aids, and you might not even notice the times when they leave you wanting more. Hearing aids tend to be a big investment, so it is possible to rely on their functionality for as long as possible. Although you might feel that your hearing aids are doing their job for you, […]
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Osteoporosis and Sudden Hearing Loss
25Jul, 2019

Osteoporosis and Sudden Hearing Loss

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Understanding hearing loss often means looking at the relationship between hearing challenges and other health issues. Contemporary research is showing previously overlooked connections between hearing loss and other chronic health conditions. One example of this new knowledge is recent large-scale medical studies from Korea and Taiwan that have found a significant link between osteoporosis and the onset of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. What Is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease where bone mass is reduced and bone strength weakens. It is associated with aging and can cause unexpected bone fractures. When […]
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Hearing Aids Keep You Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy
20Jul, 2019

Hearing Aids Keep You Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy

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The old adage goes, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” but bedtime isn’t the only factor contributing to our health and quality of life. Studies are finding that using hearing aids offers similar benefits to your well-being. Research has shown that people who treat their hearing loss with hearing aids earn more, are physically healthier and have a better quality of life than those living with untreated hearing loss. How can so much hinge on your hearing? Your hearing health is tied […]
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Comorbidities of Hearing Loss
18Jul, 2019

Comorbidities of Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions in the population today, and yet, few people understand the impact hearing loss can have on their overall health. One huge factor is that untreated hearing loss often exists alongside other chronic health issues, called “comorbidities”. Some comorbidities may arise directly from hearing loss, while others are more likely to be contributors to hearing impairment. The possibility of comorbidities means it is important to look at a person’s larger health picture when treating hearing loss. Encouragingly, addressing hearing loss […]
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How to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear
8Jul, 2019

How to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

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Swimming holes, hot springs, and creeks, oh my! It is that time of the year again when there are enough sunny days to potentially squeeze in a swim or two in the Portland area. It’s also the time of the year when many families decide to take vacations to warm and sunny destinations where swimming is most certainly high on the priority list. Although taking a relaxing dip on a hot day is exciting for most, some may be a bit timid for fear of experiencing swimmer’s ear. Luckily, there […]
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Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Sense of Balance
1Jul, 2019

Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Sense of Balance

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  Scientists have long understood the importance of our ears in our balance systems. There are three loops located in your inner ear that are all responsible to sensing certain movements. One senses up and down movements, one recognizes side to side movements, and one identifies tilting movements. These sensors in our inner ear along with our eyes and joint and muscles receptors all work in tandem to help us keep our balance.   We understand that our ears play an important role in our balance system, however, does our […]
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21Jun, 2019

Hearing Aids vs. Hearing Amplifiers

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Oftentimes, clients will use the terms hearing aids and hearing amplifiers interchangeably. While this is understandable, it is important to note that hearing aids and hearing amplifiers are two very distinctive devices. Below we will outline the commonalities and differences between hearing aids and hearing amplifiers. What are Hearing Amplifiers? Hearing amplifiers are also called personal sound amplification products or PSAPs. These devices are defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as “wearable electronic products that are intended to amplify sounds for people who are not d/Deaf or Hard […]
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