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Ear is the new wrist
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on December 15, 2020
Stick it in your ear — why the ear is a smart place to put a fitness tracker Health and fitness trackers are now commonplace in our digital lives. As we strive to stay healthier and live longer, we look to these body-worn gadgets to tell us how were doing with our daily exercise goals, and as a gateway to our overall health and wellness. Wrist-worn...
Made for face masks
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on December 02, 2020
Face masks have unequivocally been a good thing when it comes to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. But they present challenges when trying to communicate with others. Especially if you or the person you’re communicating with has hearing loss. Face masks muffle speech and block important lip-reading cues. Both are key to understanding speech. Add in...
All ears: How often should I replace my hearing aids?
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on November 17, 2020
Today’s hearing aids are more sophisticated than ever before. They utilize the most advanced microelectronics, wireless radios, and computer processors, and they are built to exacting specifications to offer the best hearing possible. This includes being as resistant to moisture, dust and dirt as a high-tech instrument that sits in your ear all day can be....
Four ways hearing better can help you age better
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on November 04, 2020
We all want to stay healthy and happy as we age. Exercising and eating right are two obvious things we can do to help. But did you know hearing our best has a big impact, too? Here are four ways hearing your best can help you age your best. Hearing your best helps keep you social When we hear clearly and without limitations, it’s easier to be engaged,...
Have you seen our Livio Edge AI custom rechargeable hearing aids?
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on October 16, 2020
Have you seen our Livio Edge AI custom rechargeable hearing aids? If we say so ourselves, our new Livio Edge AI custom rechargeable hearing aids are pretty great. But we’re biased. So we won’t blame you if you want a second opinion. How about this one? Youtuber and audiologist, Dr. Cliff Olson, recently called them “the most significant...
Can treating hearing loss help stave off cognitive decline?
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on October 02, 2020
We all want to maintain our mental sharpness as we get older. Dementia, Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline are conditions everyone hopes to avoid. A growing body of research has shown that hearing loss plays a role in our ability to stay mentally sharp as we age. In fact, in a 2018 review of the research, it was concluded that untreated hearing loss...
Can COVID-19 cause tinnitus or hearing loss?
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on September 16, 2020
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, brings with it a host of health concerns. Most of these symptoms are respiratory in nature as reported by the CDC; shortness of breath, coughing, sore throat . However, there is some concern that the coronavirus may cause some neurological symptoms as well. In a study of 214 patients with varying degrees...
Seven reasons to treat your hearing loss early
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on September 03, 2020
Hearing loss is typically gradual, and therefore, often something we adapt to over time. We might not notice it for months or years. However, age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults, so experiencing hearing loss is not uncommon. Approximately one in three people in the United States between the...
Simple hearing aid troubleshooting tips you can do at home
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on August 18, 2020
Like any high-tech device, hearing aids may occasionally become fussy. Not to worry – most issues can be solved easily and at home. Below are some of the most common calls we get at our Support line, and the simple troubleshooting tips you can do to fix them from the safety of your home. If you experience one of the following problems: • Loss of...
Why you should wear your hearing aids every day, even if you are sheltered at home!
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on August 03, 2020
Many wearers of hearing aids view them as communication devices. They are! Really great ones! Communication is often the primary function that we ask hearing aids to fill in our lives. But it is also thoughtful to note that your hearing aids are also brain activators, emergency alert notification tools, and connectivity devices! That’s why hearing...
Hearing loss, talking loudly and COVID-19
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on July 15, 2020
By now we should all know that infectious pathogens — like COVID-19 — can be transmitted from person to person through coughing and sneezing. But did you know it may be transmitted simply by talking, too? In a study published in May in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that normal human speech produces thousands...
Stress relief tips and tactics
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on July 01, 2020
During these uncertain times of COVID-19, many of us are feeling increased levels of stress — whether it’s stress about our health or the health of a loved one, stress about our finances or job, the future of the economy, or...(fill in your own stress here). Just know that these feelings are all completely valid. You’ve likely seen more media...
Do’s and don’ts of living with tinnitus
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on May 19, 2020
Over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus — or ringing in the ears. When you first realize you have tinnitus, it can be difficult to know what to do. Here is a starter list of dos and don’ts for people dealing with tinnitus. Do’s 1. Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate...
Noise is the antithesis of the best sounds ever
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on May 08, 2020
The best sounds ever relax us, entice us, evoke fond memories, and force smiles on our faces. They are the opposite of noise. Noise — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — can cause bad things, like stress or anxiety or depression or high blood pressure. Especially if you are regularly exposed to it without hearing...
Even subtle hearing loss can alter the brain function of young adults
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on April 16, 2020
In 2018, assistant professor Yune Lee and his research team at Ohio State University monitored the brain activity of study participants 18 through 41 years of age as they listened to increasingly complex sentences. The team was hoping to measure if human brains work harder to comprehend more complex messages. What they unexpectedly discovered, instead, was that...
Hearing loss increases the risk of accidental injuries
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on April 02, 2020
An analysis of data from the National Health Interview Survey found that, over an eight year period (2007 – 2015), people who reported that they had “a lot of trouble” hearing ended up being twice as likely to have an accidental injury — both at work and leisure — as people who reported no trouble hearing. While the study...
The inability to distinguish sounds is a form of hearing loss
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on March 17, 2020
The National Safety Council’s Safety + Health magazine recently published an article about ototoxicants, chemicals that can cause hearing loss and balance issues. In the article, warnings were shared from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about which industries have higher exposure risks to these chemicals — and how the adverse...
Five reasons why you should not ignore hearing loss
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on March 02, 2020
Does this sound familiar? Either you or someone you know is just starting to deal with hearing loss. But instead of taking it seriously, you brush it aside. You can cope, you’ve decided. You’ll just turn the TV up a little louder. Ask people to speak up or repeat what they said. And really, the quiet can be kind of nice, right? “Why should I...
Five things you should know about tinnitus
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on February 03, 2020
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. That’s over 15 percent of the U.S. population, or nearly one in every six of us. So what is this condition that affects so many people — and what can tinnitus sufferers do about it? We cover the basics here. 1. What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the...
"I can hear, but I can't understand"
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on February 03, 2020
One of the first things people with hearing loss observe is “I hear people fine, but I don’t understand what they are saying.” This is a consistent complaint of individuals who are experiencing the effects of a “sloping high frequency hearing loss." What’s happening and why do so many have this complaint? Hearing loss involves...
Wearing hearing aids can reduce the risk of cognitive decline
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on January 17, 2020
Research by Johns Hopkins and other institutions have linked cognitive decline and even dementia to hearing loss for reasons you can read about here. One study found that older adults with hearing loss experience a 30-40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities than peers with normal hearing. But a 25-year-long study published in 2015 found that hearing aid...
Hearing loss impacts memory and comprehension
Posted by Valerie S. Graham, MS, CCC-A, FAAA on January 03, 2020
Readers of the publication Trends in Neurosciences will already know today’s fact. For the other 99.9 percent of us, though, it is definitely interesting. According to a story in the June 2016 edition, research has confirmed that “even relatively mild levels of hearing loss” can lead to cascading negative effects on the brain. Those effects can...
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