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Hard time hearing in noise? Here's why
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on December 09, 2021
There are many signs of hearing loss — but one of the first signs that your hearing is going is if you can hear fine in quiet environments yet struggle to hear in noise. Here’s why. Even for people with normal hearing, noisy settings can be tricky to navigate when trying to make out speech. That’s because we all use contextual cues during...
Hearing aid perception vs. reality
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on December 03, 2021
Hearing and sight are arguably our two most important senses (despite taste getting a lot of attention these past 18 months). Yet, if and when either starts to fail us — and both typically do as we age — we react to each very differently. You can tell by all the people with glasses, contacts, Lasik surgery or cheaters that we have no problem or...
Hearing loss treatment and the role it plays in dementia prevention
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on November 18, 2021
A 2017 study, conducted by The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care, called dementia “the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century.” But you don’t need a study to tell you that. Ask friends and loved ones of the estimated 50 million people worldwide who have dementia (there’s a...
Types of hearing loss
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on November 04, 2021
Three of the most common hearing loss questions and their answers If you’re like us, you like to get to the bottom of any ailment you have. When you know what the exact issue is, you waste less time and anxiety and going-down-a-rabbit-hole Google searches wondering what it might be. And, because you know what you’re dealing with, you can address the...
How to encourage a loved one with hearing loss to seek help
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on October 14, 2021
It’s been proven that — left untreated — hearing loss can have a negative effect on our quality of life. Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to decreased cognitive function, higher incidences of hospitalizations, falls and depression, and increased risk of social isolation and dementia. Those studies don’t take into account how...
How to know if you have hearing loss
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on October 01, 2021
Not sure if you have hearing loss? That’s not uncommon. Hearing loss symptoms are subtle and typically emerge slowly. It frequently takes years for people to realize they have hearing loss. Also, we simply don’t test our hearing enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that “less than half of adults who reported...
Could earwax be causing my hearing loss?
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on September 23, 2021
Since earwax seems to be a popular topic these days (don’t ask us why, but earwax cleaning videos are trending on social media), we thought now was a good time to answer this FAQ. Can earwax cause hearing loss? A lot of things can cause hearing loss. Noise exposure. Aging. Certain medicines. And yes, too much earwax. But earwax alone is rarely the only...
Hearing aids may positively effect the rates of cognitive decline
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on September 08, 2021
Today’s blog makes for a rare good news/bad news/good news blog. The first good news is that more of us are living longer than ever. Let’s toast to that! The bad news is, as our population increasingly ages, the rates of dementia increase right alongside. The World Health Organization (WHO) has the number of people currently living with dementia at...
12 reasons you should test your hearing
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on August 13, 2021
After the past year of living socially distant and behind masks, we think reconnecting is more important and coveted than ever! Unfortunately, it’s also more challenging for those of us with hearing loss — which is the biggest reason why 2021 should be the year to test your hearing and treat it if it turns out you have hearing loss! But just in...
12 reasons to get Livio Edge AI custom rechargeable hearing aids
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on July 15, 2021
If you’ve been holding out on getting hearing aids because you were waiting for something that didn’t scream “hearing aid!” while also offering unheard of sound quality and high-tech, life-just-got-way-easier features, well then you know how the next paragraph begins. Hold out no longer and check out Livio Edge AI custom rechargeable...
Regular hearing checkups are a good idea
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on July 02, 2021
If you’re proactive about your health and well-being — and more of us are today than ever before — then you may already test your hearing regularly. But if you don’t and you want to know why you should, keep reading. Benjamin Franklin famously said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Even if you don’t...
Why two hearing aids are better than one
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on June 18, 2021
Ok, try this: Cover one eye with your hand and look around. Notice how clarity, depth perception and spatial awareness are affected? It’s not much different with our ears. Just as we use both eyes to see our best, our two ears work together to help us hear our best. That’s why it’s usually recommended — even if hearing loss is...
I have hearing loss - now what?
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on June 03, 2021
What to do if you think you have hearing loss Most people who have hearing loss aren’t born with it. Instead, hearing loss creeps up on us over time, usually caused by exposure to loud noises, aging, or some combination of the two. Statistics show that the prevalence of hearing loss doubles for every decade of life, which explains why one out of three...
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