Hearing loss is one of the most common medical issues among mature adults. Medical professionals have said that out of those over the age of 60 nearly one in three adults suffer from some sort of hearing loss. Though sometimes not seen as a serious medical illness, hearing loss can be incredibly stressful on an individual. If you or a loved one is suffering from a hearing impairment it may be a good idea to start including some of the tips below into your daily routine. By implementing these techniques you will likely not only understand others better, but also be able to improve your socializing that may have been affected by your hearing loss. (more…)
Though cochlear implants were developed in the 1960’s they only started to gain much of their popularity over the past decade. With growing popularity came fears that these implants would have a negative impact on the deaf community. However, over time these fears subsided and today cochlear implants are widely accepted in the deaf community as a great option for the hearing impaired (especially children). (more…)
Hearing aids aren’t exactly an item you often think of as being able to buy and sell secondhand. However, if done the proper way buying and selling hearing aids can prove profitable and save you money. Below are a few tips that will help you go about the buying and selling process properly. (more…)
Families who have a deaf loved one know just how tough finding a great school for the deaf in their area can be. Schools for the deaf have always been specialty schools and can be hard to come by in a given area, often entailing a long commute for family members. Like any family, the main goal of schooling is to not only have their child gain a great academic education but also ensure that they gain the social skills needed to succeed in the “real world.” Thus, finding a great school doesn’t mean just finding a school, but rather finding the right school to fit your loved one’s needs. (more…)
Today one in fourteen individuals ages 29-40 suffer from hearing loss. The generation older than these individuals, the Baby Boomers, has one in five individuals dealing with hearing loss on a daily basis. The millions of individuals who fall victim to hearing loss understand firsthand just how stressful completing “simple” life tasks can be. However, hearing impairment not only can take a toll on how one experiences daily activities, but also can make romantic relationships and sex suffer. Many individuals try to blame various other aspects of their lives for their dwindling, uneventful sex life. However, what they don’t realize is that the solution to this issue may be lying right within their ear. (more…)
For years those who have suffered from hearing impairment have relied on bulky, troublesome behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid devices that are not only bothersome, but also often inefficient. These devices can be bulky, very noticeable, and often times are known to develop annoying feedback. However, new hearing aid devices have recently hit the market and offer those with hearing impairment a much more efficient, discreet option. These new aids are much smaller than the traditional device and fit within one’s inner ear. These products are crescent-like in shape and offer discreteness, comfort, and much more efficient technology overall. Below are some of the newest, highly acclaimed devices in the market today. (more…)
Question: My hearing aids have worked for many years, but recently they haven’t been as effective. Is it time for a cochlear implant?
Answer: You may want to consider a cochlear implant if you have severe hearing loss or if you have trouble understanding speech while wearing your hearing aids. If your hearing aids are no longer effective, a cochlear implant may help you hear better. Check with a hearing specialist or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) for further evaluation. (more…)
It’s accepted by millions of individuals every year that their eyesight has worsened and they will need to wear glasses or contacts daily. However, when it comes to losing one’s hearing it is interpreted as a completely different situation. For whatever reason, hearing loss is stereotyped as being something that occurs to only very old individuals who are slowly beginning to weaken. (more…)
As we age, there’s no doubt we will experience deterioration of many biological functions. One of the most common to fade as we age is our hearing. In fact, hearing loss at younger ages is becoming even more common. The “Journal of the American Medical Association” recently reported a rise in hearing loss among teens. You’ve heard all the suggestions for protecting your hearing: avoid loud music, don’t use cotton swabs in your ear, take caution around lawnmowers and other loud equipment, etc. but what if you heard there was a magic pill to alleviate the potential for hearing loss? Would you take it? Well, we can certainly not attest to the existence of a medical panacea. We can, however, tell you how certain supplements in the form of vitamins and minerals can potentially preserve and improve hearing functions. (more…)
With the great variety in the cell phone market today, the choice of which phone to get is difficult. If you wear hearing aids, the choice can be just as difficult, though in a different sort of way. Once you think you’ve found the phone of your dreams, your bubble is burst by its incompatibility with hearing aids. The good news is that as technology advances, the number of hearing aid compatible cell phones is increasing. Before you head to the store in search of your next phone, do a little homework to save yourself some time.