Taking care of hearing aids in the summer

When the Heat Is On—Taking Care of Hearing Devices in Summer

Hearing instruments can be easily damaged by heat, moisture, dust or dirt. Knowing how to use and care for your hearing devices in the stifling heat of the Piedmont Triad can save you expensive repair or replacement costs, and thus protect your hearing technology investment.

Any drastic change in temperature, such as going from an air-conditioned house or office to the hot—and possibly humid—outdoors creates condensation. Such dampness can prevent a hearing device from working properly. Fortunately, there are easy-to-use tools available that can keep your device dry overnight while you are sleeping. The Dry & Store drying conditioning system is one example of an electrical appliance that removes moisture, kills germs, dries earwax, and deodorizes the hearing instrument.

Moisture is the primary cause of hearing aid failure during these hot and humid summer months. Since no hearing device is immune to problems that arise from moisture and humidity, prevention …

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Understanding Tinnitus—Probable Causes, Possible Treatments

While most of us have experienced a temporary “ringing in the ears” following a loud musical performance, Independence Day fireworks, or even illness, the condition usually goes away after a few hours, or at the most, a few days. However, for about two million Americans, this condition, known as tinnitus, persists on a daily or even hourly basis, affecting pleasurable activities, quality of sleep, work and social interaction. It may even signal a medical problem of the ear and should always be evaluated.

Sufferers of tinnitus often hear a ringing, buzzing, hissing, clicking, roaring or beeping, although there is no external or environmental sound creating it. Tinnitus is a condition that can be attributed to a range of causes including ear infections, foreign objects, wax in the ear or injury from loud noises. It can also result as a side effect of some medications or as a result of hearing …

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Hearing Aid Scams Target Hard-of-Hearing Seniors

As millions of baby boomers prepare to enter retirement age – nearly a third of them with sustained hearing damage – the Federal Trade Commission is cautioning hard-of-hearing seniors to practice awareness of common hearing aid scams.

Buying hearing aids online, through the mail or at a big-box discount retailer is risky, according to the FTC. Hearing aids need to be custom fitted and tested to make sure they work properly. The FTC goes on to provide guidelines for hearing aid contracts, emphasizing the importance of a 30- to 60-day trial period (a legal requisite in most states) and a clearly spelled out warranty.

Unfortunately, many people, particularly seniors, are the victims of negative experiences and overly aggressive approaches to buying hearing aids, with stories of confusing contracts or bait-and-switch schemes. Often, they’ll see an ad in the paper for a $300 hearing aid, but when they go to that …

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The Hearing Connection and Brain Power

According to recent studies by hearing care professionals, the link between hearing health and cognition is becoming more apparent. Though the ears detect sound, we need the brain to make sense of these sounds — to process and interpret what these sounds mean. When someone experiences hearing loss, the brain doesn’t receive the sound signal it is accustomed to processing. This is why people with hearing loss often find they are struggling and putting more effort into filling in the blanks. It’s tiring trying to keep up, and often people will find they simply don’t have the energy they used to have for everyday activities.

There’s no doubt that good hearing is important for maintaining quality of life, including healthy cognitive function. When hearing fades, oftentimes relationships suffer as well. Research shows that when hearing goes untreated, negative impacts can include a decrease in speech understanding, comprehension, and other cognitive …

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5 Medical Factors That Could Lead to Hearing Loss

While hearing loss is most commonly caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises — also referred to as sensorineural hearing loss — a number of medical conditions can lead to hearing impairment as well. Fortunately, some of these medical conditions are reversible, allowing hearing to become fully restored.

Current research is finding strong associations between hearing loss and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, smoking, obesity, and dementia. But many lesser-known conditions can impact your hearing health in potentially serious ways. Here are a few of them:

Blood Conditions

Poor blood flow is typically the result of circulatory system troubles and can restrict the flow of oxygen to the inner ear. Conditions affecting blood flow include sickle-cell anemia, diabetes, and heart conditions. Things like high blood pressure, hypercoagulability, and polycythemia can also cause bloodrelated hearing loss.

Infections

Meningitis, a bacterial or fungal infection of the brain and …

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Better Hearing for Your Safety

Attention Please!

Auditory signals are present constantly in everyday life. Numerous times a day we encounter telephone ringers, door bells, and smoke detectors. In emergency situations, auditory signals are frequently used to get our attention as well. Police, ambulance, and fire signals are good examples of these warning systems. For individuals with hearing loss, however, these signals can seem weak, and therefore the alert can be missed altogether. As we approach hurricane season and the threat of severe weather, The Hearing Clinic would like to remind you of the importance of being prepared for emergency situations. We all most likely have a checklist for emergencies that includes flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and canned food. How about a hearing check (evaluation) to ensure that you and your loved ones aren’t missing the common alerting signals?

“Sound voids” are moments during listening that lack clarity or understanding. A person that experiences these …

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Smoking and Hearing Loss: One More Reason to Kick the Habit

As we prepare to observe the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 20, it’s important to note that health professionals have known the dangers of smoking for decades — that smoking cigarettes contributes to lung cancer, throat cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, allergies, and other breathing disorders. Yet with all the solid statistical data in place, one out of every five Americans still puffs away daily.

However, a published report on Audiology Online from Western Michigan University indicates a strong link between smoking and hearing loss — yet another reason to kick the habit. According to a study including more than 3,000 people, smokers were nearly 70% more likely than nonsmokers to suffer hearing loss.

The first consideration is related to hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Nicotine and carbon monoxide may actually deplete oxygen levels to the cochlea (the auditory portion of the inner ear), which is bathed in …

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Manage Your Tinnitus in 2014

Are you or someone you know experiencing ringing in the ears? Have you been told that you need to “learn to live with it?” If so, you are not alone. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is severe enough to seek medical attention. Furthermore, approximately two million persons have tinnitus that is so debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives.

Defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present, tinnitus is often referred to as “ringing in the ears” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking sounds. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or changing frequencies. Because there are so many causes of tinnitus, it is important to be thoroughly evaluated to determine what exactly is causing the ringing. Many times people are told that tinnitus is …

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Stop Ringing in the New Year – Manage Your Tinnitus in 2014

You Are Not Alone

Are you or someone you know experiencing ringing in the ears? Have you been told that you need to “learn to live with it?” If so, you are not alone. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is severe enough to seek medical attention. Furthermore, approximately two million persons have tinnitus that is so debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives.

What Is Tinnitus

Defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present, tinnitus is often referred to as “ringing in the ears” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking sounds. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or changing frequencies. Because there are so many causes of tinnitus, it is important to be thoroughly evaluated to determine what exactly is causing …

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