Talking about Hearing Loss: Why Your Disclosure Method Matters

Have you been finding it hard to understand people recently? Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves and have trouble hearing certain pitches? Hearing loss can sneak up on the best of us and can be hard to accept.  One important step in dealing with your hearing loss is accepting you have a problem. Only then can you …

Investing in Your Health: Treating Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is not rare, especially as you age. It is estimated that hearing loss affects 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 in the US alone. While it may be tempting to think of hearing loss as only an ear issue, this condition, if ignored, can affect so many aspects of your entire health. In the case …

Veterans and Hearing Loss

Although hearing loss can affect anyone, particularly seniors, some recently gathered statistics demonstrate that veterans have higher rates of hearing loss than others. These facts about veteran hearing loss may come as no surprise considering those veterans who have served in loud training simulations and actual armed combat. Indeed, hearing loss and its cousin tinnitus are the top two health …

Occupational Hearing Hazards

If you are employed in a large heavy industrial site, no doubt you are familiar with the workplace protocols for hearing protection. Any workplace of that size and scale must take measures to protect the hearing of its employees, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a subdivision of the United States Department of Labor, has been tasked with …

Tips for Driving with Hearing Aids

Without even thinking about it, we use thousands of auditory cues every time we drive. Obviously we hear horns honking and sirens coming, but we might also hear the engine of another car in our blind spot, or a bicyclist’s handlebar bell approaching to make a turn. We even hear squeaks and rattles coming from our own cars which help …

What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation

Scheduling a hearing consultation is a major step in being proactive about your health! Congratulations on making the decision to address any hearing concerns you have. Learning more about hearing health and taking action can truly improve the quality of your life. To prepare for your consultation and feel as comfortable as possible, knowing what to expect and ask during …

What to Expect at a Hearing Test

Whether you are sure you have hearing loss, suspect you might, or even if you haven’t noticed a change in hearing ability at all, it’s always a good idea to get your hearing tested at regular intervals. Early intervention might clue us in to lifestyle changes that can prevent further hearing loss, and treatment such as hearing aids can keep …

Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

Todd’s father retired a few years ago from his job at a foundry in Indiana. He always wore earplugs at work, but lately he seems to have a hard time keeping up with family conversations. Todd is also noticing that the television is often uncomfortably loud when Todd visits him. While they talk, he asks Todd to repeat himself over …

How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

Being Present with Our Partners Picture yourself on a typical Saturday morning. You and your partner are sitting and looking out a window with some tea or coffee, watching the scene in the backyard. A blue jay alights on the hopper feeder and your partner says, “Look at that!” But you hear, “Purple bat!” You know they’re not saying, “Purple …

Recognizing the Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic ailments affecting Americans. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 48 million Americans have a hearing loss, including 17% of our adult population. Hearing loss is not difficult to diagnose, but many people live with hearing loss for years before receiving a diagnosis and pursuing treatment …