couple eating lunchHearing loss is common, but it doesn’t feel that way for someone coming to terms with the condition.

They may struggle to deal with a variety of emotions upon being diagnosed, including sadness, anger, anxiety and confusion.  There are many ways you can show a friend or family member that you are there for them during this tough time.

Get your hearing checked:  Go along to the audiologist with them and get your hearing tested as well. Not only is this a great way to show support, it may help detect gradual hearing loss that you have yet to notice.

hearing aidIf you’ve recently upgraded your hearing aids, what did you do with the old pair? If you still have them, the staff at Audio Help has a suggestion: donate them!

By donating used hearing aids, you are providing the gift of hearing to people throughout the world. Donated hearing aids are inspected to ensure they are fully functional before being cleaned and refurbished. They are then distributed to people in need around the world.

Devices that don’t work aren’t just thrown away. They’re either recycled or utilized for parts.

earache tinnitusMost people living with tinnitus know that the ringing sound in their ears isn’t at a constant level throughout the day.

Tinnitus is the perception of ringing in the ears when no external sound is present. Experienced by 24 million Americans, tinnitus may be present in one or both ears and consist of ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking sounds.

It is a symptom of an underlying condition, implying an auditory problem involving the ear, auditory nerve or parts of the brain that process sound. Tinnitus can be loud enough to interfere with the person’s ability to hear actual sound.

It can flow in peaks and valleys, increasing and decreasing in volume and sound at seemingly random times. The truth is these ups and downs may not be so random. Environment, diet and lifestyle choices can play a significant role in our tinnitus.

Because there are so many factors that can affect the volume, it can be difficult to pin down your triggers. Keeping a journal of when your tinnitus flares up can help you determine how to minimize it. It will also make it easier for you and your doctor to pinpoint the causes.

Heart health and hearing lossThe health of your ears is closely tied to that of your heart, as unlikely as that may seem.

It’s true. Tiny hair cells in the inner ear are particularly sensitive to proper blood flow. Inadequate circulation to the cochlea can diminish the quality of sound conducted to the brain.

Thus, any hearing loss could be a sign of cardiovascular problems caused by the heart not pumping enough blood throughout the body. Because of this connection, it’s important to take preventative measures to help improve both.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:00

Are There Mental Effects of Hearing Loss?

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older man playing chess on bench lonelyWhen a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, the first things you often notice are the frequency they ask people to repeat themselves and how loud the TV always is. While these are the most common issues, there are others to look out for as well.

Social Isolation

This is common among empty-nesters, baby boomers and seniors. People who don’t regularly interact with others may find it increasingly difficult to do so later in life, but this trait becomes more apparent if they are experiencing hearing loss.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), people with hearing loss are less likely to participate in social activities. Because of this isolation, they are more likely to develop depression or cognitive decline. 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:38

When Should I Upgrade My Hearing Aids?

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hearing aid from behind ear

If you wear glasses, you are accustomed to updating your glasses every year or two. Whether you need new lenses or want a fresh look, you typically don’t give it a second thought when updating your glasses.

But what about your hearing aids?

A properly maintained hearing device can be effective for 3-7 years. However, there may be times when it is necessary to upgrade earlier.

Monday, 29 January 2018 16:34

Warm, generous and creative

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Thank you for having Allison McVeety in your office. She is an excellent provider for me. We've now met twice. Her professional demeanor inspires confidence and I think that she has a gift for explaining things clearly.

Allison is warm, generous and creative and thorough in the way she demonstrates using the hearing device. She is interested in personalizing the functions that I will, actually, be most likely to use. Such a streamlined approach helped my learning.

Once mastery was determined, she even showed me how to stream music for the gym so that my workout is more enjoyable! Who knew?! She pointed out a glitch in the app so that I would be prepared if the battery was reading out 100% when, in fact, it may not be.

She is a great addition to your practice and I look forward to meeting with her again.

Gratefully,

Annie Boland, M.D., New York, NY

Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:11

Vestibular Services at Audio Help

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dizzinessIn addition to managing hearing loss and tinnitus, Audio Help is also able to assist patients experiencing issues with balance and dizziness. Dr. Jennifer Donath is certified by the American Institute of Balance and provides vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation services at Audio Help.

What is Vestibular Dysfunction?

The vestibular system centralizes around the inner ear and brain, and helps control balance and eye motion. This system can become damaged through illness, injury or the aging process.

rechargeable batteriesAt the end of 2017, nearly every hearing aid manufacturer provides rechargeable hearing devices. The experts at Audio Help explain why you can consider the rechargeable option if you’re in the market for new hearing aids.

Save Money on Batteries

After the initial investment of the new hearing aid and the docking station, you will not need to purchase additional batteries. It also saves you a trip to the store when all you needed was a package of batteries.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 12:50

Hear the New Year Right!

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Hear The New Year RightAs the New Year approaches, many begin to think about their New Year’s Resolutions, and changes that they want to make. Some of the top New Year’s Resolutions are quitting smoking, changing their diet, exercising more, or learning something new.

Another thing to consider when making changes for your health and wellbeing, are your auditory needs. Whether you are wearing hearing aids, are experiencing tinnitus, or don’t think you have any hearing issues at all; your hearing heath is a benefit to everyone around you.

Get Tested. A hearing assessment should be a part of your annual wellness exams, just as going to your primary care doctor, the dentist, or the eye doctor. Even if there isn’t a serious issue now, having a base line understanding of your hearing needs now will help you identify issues if things change.