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Audio Help Hearing Centers is proud to announce that we now offer our patients Oticon Opn, a breakthrough hearing aid. This device is the world’s first Internet-based hearing aid, and offers two wireless communication systems. Let the audiologists at Audio Help determine if Opn is right for you. Call 888.832.9966 today to schedule a consultation at one of our 4 premier locations in Manhattan and Scarsdale, NY.
Traditional hearing aids use directionality – a method that closes down all sounds except for speech coming from the front of the wearer. This “tunnel” effect has serious limitations. When the brain doesn’t get the information it needs to adequately assess the listening
Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from hearing loss. If you’re one of those people, but don’t know about all the benefits hearing aids offer, or you want to upgrade your existing device, the audiologists at Audio Help are here for you.
Audio Help has 4 locations in Manhattan and Scarsdale, offering New York City area residents the best hearing health solutions available. Call 888.832.9966 for more information on the benefits of hearing aids and schedule your consultation today!
Once hearing loss is identified and addressed, your personal and professional life improves, as does your overall health. Here are 4 more benefits hearing aids offer.
“Would you mind repeating that?”
Hearing loss isn’t just an ear issue – it’s a quality of life and health issue. Untreated hearing loss can have serious consequences.
A decrease in hearing sensitivity is associated with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. The National Council on Aging found that 4,000 adults with untreated hearing loss – those not wearing hearing aids – had significantly higher rates of psychosocial disorders.
Hearing loss also contributes to diminished cognitive function. Your brain processes incoming sound signals so that you can understand them. If you have hearing loss, your brain has to work harder to understand degraded sound signals, so other tasks like memory and comprehension suffer.
A study at Johns Hopkins found that cognitive decline was 41% greater in seniors with hearing loss. The study also identified a link between the degree of hearing loss and the risk of developing dementia – those with severe hearing loss are five times more likely to develop dementia.
In our offices, we often hear the question, “What’s the difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser?” Understanding this distinction is an important component of treating your hearing loss. The main difference is education.
A hearing aid dispenser must meet minimum educational requirements and obtain a license. An audiologist is a doctor – a degreed professional extensively trained in the hearing sciences.
At Audio Help – located in Manhattan, the surrounding boroughs, and Scarsdale, New York – we employ only the best Doctors of Audiology to meet all of your hearing loss needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment at 888.832.9966. And read on to see why an audiologist provides the most comprehensive care.
An audiologist is:
Trained to diagnose, treat and monitor hearing and balance system disorders.
Trained in anatomy and physiology, cochlear Implants, amplification devices, acoustics, electrophysiology, and auditory rehabilitation.
Educated with an undergraduate and doctoral degree in audiology (8 years of study total).
Supervised prior to state licensure and national certification.
The audiologists at Audio Help are all New York State Licensed and constantly improve their educations to ensure our patients receive the best possible care.
By contrast, a hearing aid dispenser is:
Licensed ONLY in audiometric testing.
Authorized to ONLY sell and fit hearing aids.
Required to ONLY hold a high school diploma or 2 years of college study.
A licensed hearing aid dispenser holds the minimum education necessary to protect the safety and health of the patient.
The audiologists at Audio Help are highly-trained, licensed, and degreed professionals. They have the extensive training necessary to assess and diagnosis your hearing loss, and fit and adjust your hearing aids. We guarantee the best available treatment plans for our patients.
Call 888.832.9966 today to schedule an appointment in one of our 4 offices in Manhattan and Scarsdale, New York. Contact Audio Help today if you have additional questions about how a licensed and certified audiologist can better assist with all of your hearing needs.
You hear them every day; dogs barking, street traffic, sirens, and even the occasional jack hammer. What you may not know is the impact they may have on your hearing.
If you’ve noticed that the sounds of the city aren’t as loud as they used to be, you may be suffering from hearing loss. To have your hearing checked with one of our skilled Audiologists, schedule your hearing screening at one of our 4 locations across New York City, Manhattan and Scarsdale, today.
Studies have revealed that 1 in 3 people over 60 is living with life-diminishing hearing loss, and most of them wait 5 to 15 years before seeking treatment. The worst part is that the longer they wait, the more they miss, and the harder it can be to adjust to hearing aids.
However, living with untreated hearing loss also takes its toll on other parts of your brain, resulting in an increased risk of Dementia and overall cognitive decline.
The Hearing Loss & Dementia Link
Studies have shown that cognitive abilities of people with hearing loss, between the ages of 75 and 84, decline at a faster rate than those with normal hearing. Between 30 to 40% faster!
If your brain is spending all of its time trying to process reduced sounds, it places less emphasis on retaining other processes like memory and thinking. This overall strain has been attributed to brain atrophy, or a loss of neurons and their connections. Having this atrophy in the sound processing area of the brain can lead to isolated processing, rather than group processing, in brains of those with treated hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Treatment Results
In a recent study by assistant speech-language pathology professor, Jamie Desjardins, Ph.D., it was discovered that when having participants with untreated hearing loss use hearing aids for two weeks, their working memory, selective attention, and cognitive processing significantly increased.
"Think about somebody who is still working and they're not wearing hearing aids and they are spending so much of their brainpower just trying to focus on listening. They may not be able to perform their job as well. Or if they can, they're exhausted because they are working so much harder. They are more tired at the end of the day and it's a lot more taxing. It affects their quality of life," said Desjardins.
What This Means
If left untreated, your hearing loss can lead to serious emotional and social consequences, reduced job performance and diminished quality of life, as well as interference with brain processing, because so much energy is put toward understanding speech.
At Audio Help, we believe in giving back to the Scarsdale and Manhattan communities. Rather than putting your old hearing aids into a drawer to gather dust, bring them in and let us put them to good use.
We want to help spread the word about hearing loss, so we partnered with the Lions Club and will be accepting hearing aid donations at any of our four locations.
What is Lions Club Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP)
The objective is to establish an international hearing aid recycling program to promote collection, restoration and distribution of donated hearing aids to people who are unable to afford treatment. With nearly 275 million people worldwide, the Lions Club also promotes hearing impairment awareness campaigns, hearing screenings, and projects and camps for the deaf and hearing impaired community.
How You Can Help
All you need to do is drop off your clean, gently worn hearing aids to one of our offices in Manhattan or Scarsdale, New York. We’ll place the finishing touches and send them off to the Lions Club Hearing Aid Recycling Program.
We accept all types and styles of hearing aids for adults and children, and your donation may be tax deductible.
Trade them in to receive $1000 off your next purchase of hearing aids! Additionally, you will receive a $25 AMEX gift card for your contribution. We encourage patients with back up hearing aids that they no longer use to consider donating to this great cause. Thank you in advance for your philanthropic efforts!
You are cordially invited to our friends and family grand opening event celebrating our new Columbus Circle location. Visit any four of our locations at Columbus Circle, Park Avenue, White Plains, or Scarsdale to help us celebrate. Don't forget to check out our great offers below!
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Do you hear a ringing, buzzing or hissing noise? Caused by a condition called Tinnitus, it affects more than 50 million or roughly 3% of the United States’ population.
Tinnitus can be caused by stress, high blood pressure, excessive earwax, loud noise exposure, or poor jawbone alignment. Although some may easily ignore it, for others it can cause sleepless nights and interfere with your work, hobbies, and other daily activities.
If you have been diagnosed with Tinnitus, you may want to know more about your condition. To find the answers to our most frequently asked tinnitus questions, consult our “What Can I Do About Tinnitus” download, below.
After a visit to our Park Avenue, Scarsdale, or Chelsea Village office, depending on your hearing evaluation results, you may order your first pair of hearing aids. Once your custom-fit devices arrive and you take them home, it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed.
New hearing aids can do great things for your mental health and social life, but they also take a bit of adjustment before you’re used to them.Follow the tips below to make your transition time stress-free.