A Brief History of Hearing Loss

It is estimated that over 5% of the world’s population, or 430 million people have disabling hearing loss. With advancements in hearing aid technology, there has never been a better time to have hearing loss. Understanding where we’ve been in the past with hearing loss, can give us an idea of how far we’ve actually come. Looking back on the …

Difficulties with Communication Could Signal a Hearing Loss

Difficulties with Communication Could Signal a Hearing Loss

Some of the most meaningful moments of our lives are shared with loved ones. Communication plays a pivotal role in connecting us with our family and friends. But what happens when communication breaks down? Difficulties with communication could signal a hearing loss.  Hearing in Noise Do you have a hard time following conversations? Maybe you’ve started asking people to repeat …

Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

As our towns and cities continue to develop and industrialize, we are faced with ever-more noise in our environment. Some of this noise falls well below the threshold necessary to induce hearing loss, yet even this consistently quiet sound can lead to negative mental health effects. Those who are consistently exposed to noise tend to have higher levels of anxiety …

Building Connections | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Building Connections | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

After the social transformations of 2020, many of us are looking forward to the summer of 2021 when we can take part in our favorite summer activities. The COVID-19 pandemic had many of us spending nearly all of our time at home, and the coming months are an opportunity to reconnect with our loved ones and to even meet some …

How Hearing Aids Can Change Your Life

How Hearing Aids Can Change Your Life

As the options for hearing aids include smaller and smaller devices, the benefits loom ever larger in our lives. Whereas the hearing aids of the past did do a lot to fill in the gaps in conversation, they still had some technical issues to work out. Older models tended to be quite large and bulky with batteries that needed to …

Treating Hearing Loss Supports Your Cognitive Abilities

Treating Hearing Loss Supports Your Cognitive Abilities

Hearing loss not only takes a toll on hearing capacity but also cognitive abilities. The ears and brain work to absorb and process incoming sound information. So the presence of hearing loss impacts the entire auditory system which consists of the ears and brain. Hearing loss affects over 48 million people and is the third most common chronic medical condition …

How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health

How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health

Along with hearing loss’s expected challenges, many other silent side effects come along when hearing becomes difficult. Navigating a world built for those with healthy hearing can be ostracizing at times, in addition to the simple logistical trials that come with trying to communicate with an impairment. For instance, a recent study showed that hearing loss is associated with a …

Q&A About Hearing Loss

Q&A About Hearing Loss

We all know there are “no stupid questions” – especially when it comes to our health. To ease some of your fears or reservations about scheduling a hearing exam or learning about hearing aids, we’ve decided to feature five common questions about hearing loss or hearing aids that you may have always wondered but been too afraid to ask. Are …

Improving Communication with Your Family

Improving Communication with Your Family

When a loved one has hearing loss, communication can be a struggle. They often ask you to repeat yourself, or they may just smile and nod along even if they have no idea what you said. It’s heartbreaking when communication breaks down. Your family relationships are some of the most important relationships in your life, so being able to communicate …

March 3 is World Hearing Day: Hearing Care for All

March 3 is World Hearing Day: Hearing Care for All

World Hearing Day 2021 is March 3! This yearly initiative by the World Health Organization is all about raising awareness of hearing loss and the effect it has on your life. This year, the theme is Hearing Care for All. It’s a global call to action for policy makers and individuals, raising awareness about hearing loss and how treating hearing …