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Untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of falling
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on December 19, 2022
If you are an older adult or have a parent, grandparent, or friend who is not as sturdy on their feet as they once were, you’ve probably thought about or talked about falling. Falls are some of the most frequent injuries suffered by older adults. They can be the scariest, too. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for...
Caring for hearing aids in colder weather
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on December 05, 2022
In places where it gets cold, it can be tough on a lot of things: automobiles, fingers and toes, and our psyche. But it doesn’t need to be hard on hearing aids, so long as you keep in mind a few things to do — and not do — when wearing hearing aids in cold weather. Five do’s Be careful when removing hats and scarves to avoid pulling...
Adults should get regular hearing checkups
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on November 21, 2022
If the human body came with Care & Maintenance instructions, today’s recommendation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) would certainly be on them. It’d be right in there to have your teeth cleaned and checked annually; visit your general practitioner for physicals and blood work; get vaccinated from diseases; exercise;...
National Family Caregivers Month
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on November 03, 2022
Observed every November since President Clinton signed a proclamation in 1997, National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the millions of people in the U.S. who compassionately and humbly care for parents, siblings, neighbors, and community members. Grandparents, and older friends and relatives—particularly—need and benefit...
It’s National Protect Your Hearing Month
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on October 19, 2022
You know that when a cause has an entire month dedicated to it, it must be important. For years, October has been National Protect Your Hearing Month. Why? Because hearing isn’t just important — hearing is essential! Hearing plays a huge role in our physical health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life. The sound of laughter, music, the...
Hearing loss is more common than you think
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on October 04, 2022
Because we’re a hearing technology company and our business is singularly focused on helping people hear the best they can, the statistic above — that hearing loss is the United States’ third most common chronic physical condition and is more prevalent than diabetes or cancer — isn’t surprising to those of us. We’re plenty...
Hearing aids can affect certain chronic illnesses
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on September 21, 2022
In 2018, a team from the University of Michigan studied a group of older adults who reported they had severe hearing loss to see if hearing aid use impacted how they use our health care system. Some in the group treated their hearing loss with hearing aids, while others did not. Knowing that hearing aids can be a significant investment, the team was curious to...
Hear better — age better
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on September 02, 2022
Don't we all want to stay healthy and happy as we age? And we all know many of the obvious ways to do it — like exercising, eating right, not smoking and getting enough sleep. But did you know our hearing also plays a role in healthy aging? Since September is Healthy Aging Month (bet you didn’t know that?), we thought we’d share four ways...
Everything you need to know about swimmer’s ear
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on August 19, 2022
Summer is upon us and now, more than ever, we’re looking forward to enjoying outdoor activities — particularly water sports! Unfortunately, with water sports, we also see an increase in swimmer’s ear. What is swimmer’s ear? Swimmer’s ear is an infection found in the outer ear canal, the area that extends from the outer ear...
Hearing aids are linked to a lower risk of falls
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on August 05, 2022
Falls are some of the scariest and most frequent injuries suffered by older adults. According to the CDC: One quarter of people over 65 falls each year Three million older people go to the ER each year for falls One in five falls causes a serious injury Falls account for over $50 billion in medical costs each year There are many reasons why older...
It’s better to treat hearing loss sooner
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on July 15, 2022
A few years back, a New York Times article pleaded that the treatment of hearing loss needs “to be taken much more seriously.” Much of the article’s basis for that plea were the numerous mental and physical health consequences of letting hearing loss go untreated, including increased odds of depression, falling, emergency room visits, and, of...
Hearing loss and depression — is there a link?
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on July 01, 2022
We don’t need clinical evidence to understand that hearing loss can lead to depression. It's the transitive property of addition brought to life: if a=b and b=c, then a=c. a. If you’re experiencing hearing loss, there’s a good chance you’ll purposefully minimize or avoid social situations (because hearing is a challenge which makes...
More people over 70 have hearing loss than don’t
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on June 16, 2022
As humans age, numerous things become inevitable. Our hair will gray. Our bones will weaken. Dinners will be eaten earlier. And our hearing abilities won’t be what they once were. In case seeing-it-with-your-own-eyes isn’t enough to convince you that this future holds true, statistics like today’s hearing fact should. Research shows that more...
Enjoy hands-free phone conversations — using your hearing aids
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on June 01, 2022
Can you enjoy hands-free phone conversations with your current hearing aids? If those current hearing aids are Evolv AI, then the answer is yes! We’re excited to announce the newest feature in our already feature-packed Evolv AI hearing aids — 2-Way Audio. With 2-Way Audio, the microphone in your Evolv AI hearing aids pick up and can stream your...
Hearing aid use associated with positive cognitive health results
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on May 17, 2022
Several studies have concluded that “untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by 50%.” This link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline has been a growing topic of discussion in the medical world for a while now — our own Dr. Archelle Georgiou even discussed it in a recent podcast. We know definitively that many...
Can ear infections cause hearing loss?
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on May 04, 2022
Hearing loss can be caused by several different factors including aging, injury, noise exposure, and even heredity. Those factors affect the auditory nerve, causing sensorineural hearing loss, which is the most common type of hearing loss. But there is a second, less common type of hearing loss, known as conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss affects...
The best place to get hearing aids
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on April 15, 2022
Until recently, if you wanted to be treated for hearing loss or get hearing aids, you had one choice — see an audiologist or other licensed hearing healthcare professional. Today, the options have definitely gotten more complicated, with online-only retailers, big-box stores, and numerous new or unexpected companies now advertising hearing loss...
Hearing loss can lead to social isolation
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on April 01, 2022
Loneliness and social isolation have been getting their fair share of attention lately. For good reason. Covid has made both more prevalent. And both are increasingly linked to numerous physical and mental health issues, including: • 50 percent increased risk of dementia • 32 percent increased risk of stroke • 29 percent increased risk of heart...
How loud and for how long is key to avoiding noise-induced hearing damage
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on March 17, 2022
Exposure to loud noise is the second leading cause of hearing loss — after aging. It’s also one of the only causes that are preventable. We can’t do anything about aging or heredity. But we can minimize our exposure to noise, or at least take steps to protect our hearing. As a society, we’ve come a long way in taking hearing protection...
Why can’t I hear well in the car?
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on March 04, 2022
When people find out I’m a hearing professional, they’ll often ask me some version of the following: “I can’t hear the kids in the backseat when we’re in the car. They’re trying to tell me about their day or ask me questions, but all I can do is nod and smile. Is there anything I can do to hear better in the...
Untreated hearing loss leads to increased healthcare costs
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on February 18, 2022
For those who need convincing that hearing aids are worth the investment, today’s hearing statistic is one data point among many that should help convince you they are. A recent investigation on healthcare cost trends concluded that older adults with untreated hearing loss used healthcare services more — and subsequently spent more on healthcare...
Hearing care services are important to hearing aid satisfaction
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on February 03, 2022
The best place to buy new hearing aids has always been and probably will always be in person from a hearing professional. Hearing-care services are almost always bundled in with the cost of hearing aids when you buy them from a hearing professional. That’s because hearing professionals know that getting used to wearing hearing aids takes time, practice and...
How to properly clean your ears
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on January 18, 2022
Cerumen, commonly known as earwax, is key to a healthy ear. It collects dirt, debris and bacteria, preventing unwanted foreign bodies from entering the ear. It has lubrication properties to keep the ears from getting dry and itchy. And, it acts as an antifungal and antibacterial, helping to fight infections in and around our ears. But, let’s face it,...
Tips for getting used to wearing new hearing aids
Posted by Brian Smith, Au.D. on January 04, 2022
OK, think back to a year or so ago. Remember when you would go to a matinee and then after, when it ended and you left the theater, the daylight would overwhelm you temporarily? Well, the same thing happens when you first start wearing hearing aids. Your brain has gotten used to the quiet. It hasn’t received proper noise signals for as long as you’ve...
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