By: Emily Steffel, Au.D. Each style of hearing aid requires slightly different maintenance but there are several things that are common to all hearing aid types. Every day you should wipe the hearing aids off whenever you take them out of your ears. You should use a clean dry lint-free cloth or a clean dry tissue; do not use tissues
By: Emily Steffel, AuD There are many aspects of a person’s life that may be affected by potential hearing loss. Some common warning signs of possible hearing loss include increased difficulty hearing in noise. Do you seem to have more difficulty understanding other people when out at restaurants or at parties with many people around? Another sign is avoidance
By: Emily Steffel, Au.D. When deciding to purchase hearing aids it can seem overwhelming with so many choices. There is no definitive “right” answer or perfect choice. However, there are a few key things to think about. First, think about your daily lifestyle. Do you work/hobby doing tasks where the tube or wire of a behind-the-ear hearing aid could
By: Margaret Christiansen, Au.D. Audiologist The idea of getting hearing aids can be overwhelming! If it’s a new venture for you, it can be a difficult step to make. There are advertisements bombarding you right and left, you worry about the expense, you worry about what if you don’t like your hearing aids, who do you go to, etc.
1. You have noticed difficulty hearing, understanding speech, or following the flow of conversation and/or find yourself mentally exhausted at the end of the day. 2. You no longer enjoy social events, make excuses to avoid going out, feel like you are sometimes looking in on your life from the outside, or feel isolated from others. 3. You have tinnitus;
Q: What’s new in hearing aid technology? There are three main “new things” in the world of hearing aids. First, there are hearing aids that utilize rechargeable batteries rather than the traditional disposable batteries. The use of rechargeable batteries can be very beneficial for patients if: they have reduced vision, making seeing the battery or battery door difficult; if they
At first thought, this seems like it would be an easy answer… you need hearing aids when you have trouble hearing. In reality, this is a question many people ponder. For most individuals, hearing loss occurs very gradually, over the course of many years. Because of the slow nature of these changes, hearing difficulties can creep up on a person.
With the passing of the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, the FDA will be creating a category for Over the Counter (OTC) hearing aids by 2020. This means that within several years, some form of hearing aid will be available over the counter. The intent of this class of hearing device is it will be suited for
Q: Am I at risk for hearing loss? What can I do to lower my risk? A: Everyone is at risk for hearing loss. Hearing loss can be caused by many factors; genetics, birth defects, diseases, medication effects, physical trauma, and noise exposure trauma. Some of these factors you really cannot change, plan for, or prevent. For example no one
Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease. Approximately 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss. While age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss, you may be surprised to know that over half of Americans with hearing loss are under the age of 65. In response to this significant public health