Hearing Blog

Reach Out to Others with Hearing Loss

Over 37 million adults have hearing loss in the U.S. which means that you are not alone in your hearing loss journey. Whether you are just starting to admit the problem or are actively treating your hearing loss, you can benefit from meeting and speaking with others who share your condition. You might even be surprised to find a familiar face in the crowd.

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Why Hearing Well Makes You Feel Good

In the hearing care profession, we recognize that the impact of hearing loss on our patients is not always measured in decibels and represented on an audiogram. Hearing loss is also emotional and affects our mental health and quality of life. The longer hearing loss goes untreated the more our patients feel frustrated, angry and eventually many feel isolated.

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May is Better Hearing Month

Nationally, the month of May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Since 1927, hearing and speech communities have come together to raise awareness of why it is important to seek treatment. Today we wanted to focus on the facts about hearing loss and the importance of getting your hearing tested.

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Why the Brain Needs to Hear

Did you know that our audiologists like to remind patients that hearing is 10% ear and 90% brain? Our ears work to help capture and funnel sound to the brain which ultimately translates it into speech and familiar sounds. Our brains help us recognize sound and gauge different listening situations. The brain identifies and helps us ignore competing sounds when we are focused on the conversation in front of us.

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Hearing Aid Technology Today

Oftentimes, when we first meet with an individual, he or she has a pretty firm idea of not only what a hearing aid looks like, but also what it does. Many people think that hearing aids function only to amplify sound. In other words, hearing aids simply make sounds louder. That is one of our favorite “myths” to debunk because today’s hearing aids do much, much more than simply amplify sound to your ear.

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Why Professional Hearing Aid Cleaning & Care is Important

At your hearing appointment, before you leave with your new hearing aids, your hearing care professional demonstrates and discusses how to establish a daily care routine to keep your hearing aids working properly. In fact, you may be asked to describe your daily care and cleaning routine at later follow up appointments.

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Watching TV with Hearing Aids

Sometimes, even with hearing aids, you may still find yourself turning up the television volume. This can make watching TV with family difficult if those around you find the volume to be too high. Luckily, assistive listening devices can help improve your TV watching experience.

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Hearing Loss Is Also Emotional

When it comes to hearing loss, we often focus primarily on the physical aspects of the problem, but hearing loss also has an emotional side. If you have a loved one experiencing hearing loss, it is important to be mindful of what he or she might be feeling.

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Tips for Finding the Right Hearing Aid

Hearing aids may seem like simple devices. They have a microphone, amplifier and receiver to capture, strengthen and translate sounds and a battery that powers the entire system. Seems simple enough, but when you factor in the different types of hearing loss, hearing aid brands and your lifestyle needs, choosing the right hearing aid can be a daunting task.

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Men, Women & Hearing Loss

According to a recent article by AARP, men and women communicate about hearing loss differently which can affect how they cope with the problem. Studies found that women were twice as likely to disclose their hearing problem and make a suggestion to improve the listening experience.

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Why over the-counter hearing aids cost more long term

Recently, there has been a huge push to provide cheaper hearings aids to individuals. Most of these options are either mail order or over-the-counter (OTC) devices. The initial price tag may be less but, over the long run, mail order and OTC devices will likely cost you more.

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Make Hearing Protection a Habit

Whether you are young, old or somewhere in the middle, getting into the habit of protecting your ears from loud noises will help you hear better longer. Did you know that 10 million people in the United States have noise-induced hearing loss? Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by repeated exposure to loud sounds.

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What is an Audiogram?

When you first meet with a hearing care professional, one of the tools they will use to help diagnose and determine treatment for your hearing loss is the audiogram. The audiogram is a visual report of your hearing and it displays which frequencies you can hear and at what volume.

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Hearing Aid Cleaning Tips

Hearing aids are an investment in your health and well-being. Proper care and cleaning of your hearing aids allows you to hear at your best and reduce repair needs. Cleaning varies by hearing aid since each model has unique features but, in general, there are three areas of the hearing aid that need to be cleaned regularly – the receiver, the shell and the microphone.

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Think About Hearing Gain, Not Hearing Loss

When you hear the words "hearing loss", what sort of thoughts pop into your head? Many people think of aging, senior citizens and of clunky, big hearing aids, or worry what others will think of them. It is not surprising that most people do not want to admit they have hearing loss and that it can take seven to ten years for someone to consider wearing a hearing aid.

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Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

Often when we first meet with a patient, they have struggled with hearing loss for many years. They may have not wanted to admit their hearing loss due to the stigma around wearing hearing aids. That first appointment is filled with many questions and concerns. We work with each patient to help them come to terms with their hearing loss and to help them develop a plan for better hearing going forward.

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Caring for Your Hearing Aids this Winter

One of the best ways to keep your hearing aids functioning properly is to keep them dry and away from water. This is not only true in the summer months but also during the winter. During the winter months, condensation can build up when hearing aids are exposed to extreme temperature changes – very cold to very warm. Plus, outdoor winter activities can still cause sweat.

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Experiencing the Arts with Hearing Loss

With Winter here, we find ourselves looking to movies, plays and art for respite during chilly days. Unfortunately, when you have hearing loss you may be hesitant to attend a performance or tour. Shari Eberts, a popular hearing loss blogger, provided this perspective in a recent interview, “sometimes people with hearing loss avoid cultural events like lectures, concerts, and plays for fear they will not be able to enjoy the experience.

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How Your Hearing Affects Your Spouse

After 20, 30 or maybe even 40 years of marriage, you may have seen it all, but are you still hearing it all? Communication is an important part of any relationship and helps couples strengthen their connection to each other. When one spouse has hearing loss, communication can decline and frustrations can build.

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Benefits of Two Hearing Aids

Like a pair of glasses to treat vision impairments, hearing aids can also work as a pair. When you have hearing loss in both ears, there are clear benefits to wearing two aids.

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Strategies for Hearing Better

The best way to deal with hearing loss is to speak to a hearing care professional about hearing solutions for your specific needs. Here are some additional strategies for hearing better when hearing loss is a problem for you.

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Give yourself the gift of hearing

As we enter the season of giving, take a minute to think about your hearing health and the greatest gift you could give yourself. 15% of adults in the U.S. report some trouble with hearing. Hearing loss is a normal part of aging. Maybe you noticed difficulty following the family conversation at Thanksgiving dinner? Maybe you feel nervous about an upcoming holiday gathering at work? Don’t let your hearing loss keep you from enjoying your friends and family this season. Now is the perfect time to meet with a hearing care professional to talk about your hearing health.

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Trade Your Old Hearing Aids for New

The holiday season is upon us. Now is the perfect time to make sure you are hearing at your best. Between December 6th and December 8th, all Clifton Springs Hearing Center locations will offer Cash for Clunkers! Trade in your old hearing aids and upgrade to new ones.

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Benefits from the shape of our ears

The outer ear that we see is called the “pinna”. The pinna is made of mostly skin and cartilage, and its shape allows us to gather sounds. The pinna is pointed slightly to the front so we hear best the sounds we are facing. The sounds behind us do not travel as well around the ear ridges and this allows us to better focus on the sound we are turned toward. Interestingly, the ridges and folds on the external ear help us to alter the frequencies of the sound and help with sound location.

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How common is hearing loss?

Are you experiencing noticeable hearing loss? Maybe you miss the doorbell ringing? Perhaps you notice family member frustrations when you ask them to repeat? Or, maybe you can no longer have a side conversation with your spouse when the television is on because the volume is too loud? Whatever scenario you are experiencing, you are not alone in your hearing loss.

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Common myths about hearing aids

Hearing aids improve the quality of life for our patients. People who wear hearing aids report to us that they are more active, happier and more connected to friends and family because of their improved hearing abilities. Despite the benefits of hearing aids, many people still carry some common misconceptions or “myths” about hearing aids. It’s time to debunk some of these myths.

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Most Common Types of Hearing Loss

Not all hearing loss is the same. There are many different causes and symptoms of hearing loss. That’s why it is important to get checked out if you are experiencing any difficulty in hearing whatsoever.

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Facts About Earwax

Blocked earwax is the most common cause of hearing loss. This can happen if wax is pushed back toward the eardrum or if the ears produce more earwax than is needed. Symptoms of impacted earwax include earache, feeling of fullness in the ear, a sensation that the ear is plugged, and tinnitus. Your ear may also itch, have an odor, or emit a discharge.

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Annual Check-Ups – Don’t Forget Your Ears!

It seems perfectly natural to go to your annual physical at your doctor’s office or to get your teeth checked and cleaned every 6 – 12 months, but what about your ears? When it comes to hearing health, there’s a tendency to overlook preventive care. A physical exam, preventive dental care and annual vision tests are common, hearing tests should also become part of an annual, regular, health checkup.

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Product Spotlight - Phonak Lyric

Lyric is the world’s first and only 100% invisible, 24/7 wearable, shower-proof, for months at a time hearing aid. Lyric hearing aids are comfortably placed in the ear canal without the need for surgery or anesthesia. Once placed, Lyric can be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months at a time, during daily activities like sleeping, exercising and even showering.

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Hearing Aids Are NOT Like Glasses

How many times have you heard the comparison that hearing aids are to ears what glasses are to eyes? There’s a stigma associated with hearing aids that doesn’t exist for glasses. While glasses have become fashion accessories, hearing aids are still anything but cool... despite being equipped with next generation features and technology.

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Are Your Ears Ready for Football Season?

As the Summer comes to an end and we gear up for the football season, consider purchasing some ear plugs before heading out to the stadium. What? Ear Plugs? At a football stadium? Yep, that’s right. The loudest crowd roar ever recorded at a football stadium was a whopping 142.2 decibels. That’s louder than a jet engine taking off right next to you.

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How to Prepare for Your Appointment

You made an appointment, you’re ready to take that dreaded first step, but now you’re wondering what to expect from that first appointment with your audiologist. Here’s how we recommend preparing for your visit.

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Product Spotlight – ReSound LiNX

One of the biggest complaints we hear from patients with hearing loss is that hearing aids do not provide natural sound. The good news is that next generation devices such as ReSound LiNX2 have come a long way in providing a more natural listening experience. These hearing aids are focused on the comfort of the wearer to make hearing effortless, the way nature intended.

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Protect Your Hearing with Power Foods

Did you know that certain foods play a critical role in your hearing health? The reason is largely due to their mineral content. There are certain minerals that work to protect your hearing, just as other vitamins and minerals promote a healthy and functioning body and mind.

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How the World Hears

The Hear the World Foundation recently studied and compared the listening habits of people around the World, focusing on the USA, China, Brazil, Switzerland and Germany. 1,000 people between the ages of 16 and 55 were surveyed. The results provided interesting insights into hearing awareness and the occurrence of noise-induced hearing loss and Tinnitus.

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Talking to a Parent About Hearing Loss

It is pretty typical for someone with hearing loss to go through 7 years of denial before seeking help. For the family members and friends of this individual, it can be very frustrating to have communication challenges and witness their loved one withdraw deeper and deeper into social isolation.

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New Product Spotlight - Oticon OPN

At Clifton Springs Hearing Center, we are proud to be able to offer our patients the latest advancements in hearing technology. The new Oticon OPN™ hearing aid device offers just that. Unlike other modern hearing aids on the market that create an artificial listening experience, Oticon OPN is engineered to better support how the brain processes sound, providing a much more natural type of sound.

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Hearing Aids and Balance

Did you know that spatial awareness has a lot to do with our ears? A study conducted by John Hopkins University revealed a link between hearing loss and balance. Those with hearing loss were more likely to suffer a fall. The reason for this is that the brain uses our eyes and ears together to understand the physical environment around us. When there is a disruption to this visual and/or auditory information, our spatial awareness is also disrupted.

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Tinnitus on the Rise in Adolescents

Tinnitus, known as “ringing in the ears”, is becoming a growing health concern among teens and children. Listening to loud music and going to clubs and parties is putting adolescents at risk of permanent ringing in their ears.

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Tips for Traveling with Hearing Loss

Traveling can be a daunting and stressful experience even if you don’t have hearing loss. Plan ahead to reduce unforeseen circumstances and ensure that your trip goes smoothly. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Fun in the Sun? Protect Your Hearing Aid

Your skin is not the only thing you should protect from the Sun. Did you know that the performance of your hearing aid is affected by temperature and other environmental factors?

During the Summer months, take care to protect your hearing device from water, oil, sweat, salt and sand. Popular Summer activities at the beach or the pool can damage or destroy hearing aids by corroding contact points and clogging tubes.

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Is that Firecracker Worth It?

What is Independence Day without fireworks? It’s like Thanksgiving without turkey or Christmas without Santa Claus…. and while no one will say that Thanksgiving dinner is good for you, at least the discomfort is only temporary. Sadly, we cannot say the same about the aftermath of a fireworks display.

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Factors Affecting the Lifespan of a Hearing Aid

The average lifespan of a hearing aid is between 3 and 7 years, but you should think of your hearing aid like a car. There are many different factors that determine how long it will last for, including how hard you run it and how well you take care of it.

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Hearing Loss and Cell Phones

While hearing technology is getting smarter and is synching with smartphones in particular, the burning question is whether smartphone usage is actually having a negative impact on your hearing? Researchers at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, claim that it does.

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The Future is Smarter, Digital Hearing

Hearing aids have never been “cool”, not by a long-shot...... but you might be surprised to know that modern technology is making hearing technology trendier – and dare we say “sexier”?!

Gone are the days of the big and clunky beige models that make you think of your grandparents. Enter tiny, discreet and sleek wearable technology. Yup, that’s right, hearing aids are now known as “wearable tech” in an attempt to escape the age-old stigma associated with them. Heck, if you’re one of those people who’s really into the latest technology, you might want to get one of these devices regardless of whether you have a hearing loss or not!

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The Impact of Screen Time on Communication Development

Children as young at two are using tablets and other “screens”, shows a recent survey conducted by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). The survey polled 1,000 parents of children ages 0 to 8. More than two-thirds of the respondents said their 2-year-olds are using tablets, more than half said they use smart phones, and one in four indicated their 2-year-olds are using some form of technology at the dinner table.

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Top 10 Noisiest Professions

Approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job. Up to 60 percent of workers in certain fields experience hearing loss by age 50.

According to the National Institute of Health, sounds below 75 decibels are considered safe. Prolonged exposure to sounds greater than 85 decibels will result in hearing loss over time. Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable. If you work in a noisy profession, you should take steps to protect your hearing.

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Speech & Language Development in Children

In recognition of Better Hearing & Speech Month, we’re taking a look into how speech and language develop and what milestones you should look for in your child’s development. Early recognition and intervention are key when it comes to treating communication disorders. Below is a hearing and communicative development checklist courtesy of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association.

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Every May, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) runs its Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) campaign to raise awareness about communication disorders. During May, ASHA and the hearing care industry as a whole encourages Americans to get a hearing test and start on the road to hearing better.

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7 Myths about Hearing Loss

When a new patient comes into one of our offices, they usually have a fixed idea of what it is like to wear a hearing aid and, quite often, they are simply not ready to take the next step to hearing better. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, only one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one. While hearing technology has evolved significantly over the last ten years, perceptions about hearing loss have remained stuck in the past. Below are some common misconceptions that still exist about hearing loss.

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Headphone-Induced Hearing Loss On The Rise

About 1 in 20 US adolescents has hearing loss. And it’s mostly self-induced. Today’s kids have no idea that the loud music they’re blasting into their ears is causing lasting damage. As much as 20% of high school students have permanent ringing in their ears (Tinnitus). While baby boomers talk about loud rock concerts destroying their hearing; experts believe that hearing loss will be more prevalent among the MP3 generation.

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Hearing Loss and Stress

We're constantly hearing about all the negative health implications resulting from stress, but did you ever think of hearing loss being one of them? Well, it's true.

April is National Stress Awareness Month. While it is normal to experience some stress in life, it's important to note that excessive stress can wreak havoc on your health.

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Why See an Audiologist?

Did you know that 80% of people with a hearing loss go undiagnosed? With only 13% of physicians screening for hearing loss, it’s important to take matters into your own hands.

The audiologists at Clifton Springs Hearing Center are experts at explaining how hearing loss and hearing damage occur and the long-term impact of hearing loss. We are able to test people’s hearing and analyze their results quickly, professionally, and accurately. We also sell and service hearing instruments, and listening devices that help improve overall quality of life. We work hard to provide on-going patient care as we work with you to adjust and monitor your hearing aids to make sure you are getting the best hearing healthcare possible.

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The True Cost of Hearing Aids

So you’ve started to develop a mild case of hearing loss, the good news is that you have many options in hearing aids. The bad news is that you have many questions on where to start. Your first question you have to ask yourself should be: “How much do hearing aids cost?”

Once you find out the answer to these common question, you may be shocked. The average price for a mid-level pair of hearing aids can range from $4,200 to $4,500. That’s without all the bells and whistles. Yes, there are less expensive hearing aids priced at $700 on TV, magazines and retailers like Ebay and Walmart, but it depends on the level of quality and options you need to manage your hearing loss.

So, why does a pair of hearing aids cost so much? Well, there’s a few factors that go into the cost...

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Mind Games for Your Ears

Numerous games exist for the purpose of challenging your physical fitness and improving the strength of your mind; what we don’t hear a lot about are games that challenge us to keep our hearing sharp.

Research has shown that hearing loss is related to key areas of the human composition, such as our mental and physical health. Stress reduction and calming techniques, a walking regimen, and cycling, yoga as well as simple everyday physical routines can contribute to strong blood and oxygen circulation that keeps your ears and brain fit.

One simple application that can be done at home, forces you to intentionally focus on sound by setting up various noises such as TV’s, radios, or even a dripping water faucet in different rooms and then comfortably distancing yourself in order to zero in on the various noises to identify and clarify...

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Keep Your Hearing Safe this Winter

When Old Man Winter arrives, he can either bring a light dusting, or he can come at us like a heavy, arctic blizzard. Either way, it’s important to always have the essentials: Coat, scarf, gloves, and ear protection in a hat or earmuffs. Many everyday events and situations during the winter months can have a real effect on your ears and hearing.

Hats and earmuffs are no longer a fashion statement, they serve a purpose and will help you out in the long run when it comes to your hearing. Here are some ways the winter season can affect your hearing and how to protect it...

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Hearing in the New Year

The new year is right around the corner and along with a new vow for a happier, healthier you. Quitting some of your vices, making a move to eat better or exercise more? Why not add hearing aids to your list?

With their shrinking sizes and advancing technological features, hearing aids have become increasingly difficult to see. Discreet sizes and connectivity features aren’t the only positive aspects of hearing aids. Additional benefits include...

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Diabetes And Hearing Loss

Many people are not aware that hearing loss is associated with Diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association "A recent study found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don't have the disease. Also, of the 86 million adults in the U.S. who have prediabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than in those with normal blood glucose".

Taking time to see an audiologist for regular hearing screenings and knowing the signs of hearing loss can protect your hearing. We need your help spreading the awareness! If you know somebody who has Diabetes, then please have this conversation or share this blog post!

To hear what you’ve been missing, contact the Hearing Aid professionals at Clifton Springs in the Canandaigua, NY, Pittsford, NY, and Clifton Springs / Rochester NY area today...

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Sudden Sounds Create Long-Term Memories

How can sudden sounds create instant memories when it takes weeks to learn things in school?

It turns out that hearing and memory are improved when part of our brain called the locus coeruleus scans information coming from the senses, detects a threat, and triggers a “fight or flight” response.

At such times the heart rate increases, adrenaline is released into the bloodstream, senses are sharpened, and memories are more easily formed. Sounds heard only once may be remembered a long time and can later trigger a survival response, even at very low volumes...

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Daily Hearing Aid Care Tips

Your hearing aids are complex devices that require regular care and maintenance. This is especially important if you want your hearing aids to continue working well....

  • Don’t forget to turn off your hearing aid and open the battery compartment when you’re finished with them for the day
  • Gently wipe down your hearing aids with a soft cloth after removing them.
  • Check your hearing aid for wax daily.
  • Test your device batteries every few days.
  • Keep your hearing aids in a dehumidifier at night; and in a cool, dry area during the day.
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Hearing Aid Decorations

Getting children to wear their hearing aids can be a difficult task. So, why not try decorating them?

Rather than fighting, let your kids customize their hearing aids. From tube twists to charms and safety cords, your little ones can make their devices something they’re proud to show off.

Below you’ll find a list of interchangeable accessories they can add to their hearing aids.

Tube Riders: These charms clip to the tubing of BTE hearing aids. Available in a wide variety of shapes and colors, the charms are easily changeable. But they do pose a choking hazard and are not recommended for children under three. For more information, visit the tube riders website here...

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Do's & Don'ts of Hearing Aid Care

Properly caring for your hearing aids isn't hard to do, but a little reminder won't hurt. Check out our list of Hearing Aid Do's and Don'ts in the infographic below.

For additional device maintenance or to schedule your appointment, contact our office in Canandaigua, Pittsford, or Clifton Springs...

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Apps for Hearing Loss

Smartphones are constantly making our lives better. The entire Internet is at our fingertips and we have applications for every topic imaginable- even hearing loss.

At Clifton Springs Hearing Center in Pittsford, New York, we have found even more applications for Android and Apple operating systems that can improve your life or the life of someone you know...

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Music and Your Ears

Listening to music at high volumes for extended lengths of time can cause noise-induced hearing loss. It’s important to practice safe listening techniques at home, in the car, at concerts, or while listening to your MP3 player or smartphone accessories.

Here are a few tips to keep your ears safe...

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Sounds of the Holidays

Everyone has sounds they treasure during the holidays: the jingle of sleigh bells, crackle of the fireplace or even the harmonies of carolers. But living with untreated hearing may be robbing you of the sounds you once loved.

I grew up in the country, and as a child living in the middle of nowhere, I found the silence to be boring. At least until winter rolled around and I was able to hear my favorite sound of the season - falling snow.

The conditions had to be perfect, but on a night with no wind, I would make my way out into the field, close my eyes, hold my breath and listen. The delicate twinkling sound of snowflakes landing was magical.

Knowing I was not the only one with a favorite seasonal sound, I decided to ask around the office to see what other people had to say. Below is a list of the most popular answers...

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Celebrities with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss isn’t limited to the average blue or white collar worker, It's a problem that touches millions around the world. Here are a few celebrities who also experience hearing loss...

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Hearing Loss and Your Job Search

Looking for a job can be stressful.

But throw hearing loss into the equation and you’ve got even more to consider.

When should you reveal your hearing loss? Should you address it during an interview? How do you make sure you have the accommodations you need?

Here are some answers from the Hearing Loss Association of America...

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Untreated Hearing Loss: What Are You Giving Up?

So your ears don’t work like they used to. Big deal, right?

You just have to turn up the television a little bit to hear it. Maybe ask people to repeat themselves a few times.

No need to get a hearing aid. You’re doing just fine.

That could be true. You could be living with only minor inconveniences now. Maybe you only miss parts of conversations or your favorite sitcom.

But before you know it, those little annoyances could turn into big problems...

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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

If you’re on Medicare and need hearing aids, you may wonder whether you’re covered. Will your hearing aids be free, or will you have to cover part or all of their cost?

The short answer is that Medicare does not cover your hearing aids, and you will be responsible for 100% of the cost. If you’re on a Medicare Advantage Plan (A private insurance company approved by Medicare that often covers more than original Medicare does) it may extend coverage to your hearing aids.

Original Medicare does, however, cover hearing screenings if they are ordered by your doctor to diagnose and treat a medical condition. Medicare does not cover routine hearing screenings.

If your hearing aids are not covered, however, you’re not out of luck. Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of styles at a many different price points, so you’re sure to find something in your budget.

Need hearing aids? Come into Clifton Springs Hearing Center today...

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Don’t lose the voices you love

“When you lose your voice, you lose a piece of who you are.”

Those are the words of Vashti Ross. But they won’t be her last.

Ross, 39, has ALS, a life-threatening condition that could take her ability to speak. But thanks to voice banking, she’ll continue to communicate with her loved ones in her own voice far after she can no longer speak.

Voice banking is a system that allows patients to record their own voices as they say frequently-used phrases. When they can no longer speak, they’ll play these clips using a computer, simulating actual conversation. Ross records phrases like “I love you” and- her trademark saying- “Seriously, seriously,” so she’ll always be able to communicate and her loved ones will always be able to hear her familiar voice.

Put yourself in the shoes of one of Ross’ family members. What would it be like to no longer hear your daughter’s infectious laugh, or your sister’s favorite corny joke?

That’s what hearing loss does. It robs you of some of your favorite parts of your favorite people. You lose a piece of who they are...

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Get Clearer Calls with Hearing Aids

These days, we all use our cell phones nearly every day. But wearing hearing aids can present unique challenges for cell phone users. Used together, the two can create a buzzing noise that makes hearing calls difficult.

Luckily, Federal Communications Commission regulations now require cell phone manufacturers to make more hearing aid-friendly devices with features that reduce static and interference. There are also hearing aids designed specifically for cell phones as well as accessories to help improve your cell phone experience. If you wear hearing aids, here are some of your options...

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Celebrate Better Hearing Every Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Audiologists across the country and hearing aid manufacturers like Oticon (who published handy hearing loss prevention tips) are using this month to educate the public about the signs of hearing loss in conjunction with this year’s theme, “Identify the Signs.”

Every day, we’re subjected to hundreds of sounds louder than 85 decibels (the recognized limit for safe hearing) – from a noisy construction site to a hairdryer. Noises like these can cause noise-induced hearing loss, irreversibly damaging our hearing. So, you may be suffering from hearing loss and not even know it.

So this month, why not take a few minutes to do a self-check of your own hearing?

Only an audiologist can perform an extensive evaluation to determine the type and severity of hearing loss and design a plan for treatment. But recognizing your symptoms can give you the boost you might need to make that initial appointment.

Here are a few indicators of hearing loss from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Identify the Signs website...

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Show Friends How You Hear

You know what they say: “You can’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.”

The same goes for hearing. You can’t judge a loved ones with hearing loss until you know how they hear the world.

We all have a friend or relative with some degree of hearing loss. And sure, it may be annoying when they crank up the volume of the TV to an ear-splitting level, or when they ask you to repeat yourself several times. But before you get angry, try their hearing on for size.

A few websites offer simulators that recreate how people with different types of hearing loss hear sounds.

I spent some time on the Hear-It online hearing loss and tinnitus simulator and was shocked at the way the same music track sounded across different levels of hearing loss. My mother suffers from tinnitus, and when I clicked on the representation of that condition, I couldn’t believe how the constant buzzing and popping drowned out the music.

It made me question every time I got frustrated when she asked me to repeat myself.

If you have a loved one with hearing loss, it’s definitely worth your time to try the simulator and hear what they hear.

And if you are suffering from hearing loss, it might help you realize how you could be hearing down the road without treatment. When you come into Clifton Springs Hearing Center, we’ll perform a series of tests to find the best treatment options for you, so you can finally hear what you’ve been missing. Contact us today to make an appointment...

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Spring Clean Your Hearing Aids

Spring is just around the corner. You can almost hear the birds chirping, the rain dripping, and the lawnmowers humming.

Oh, you can’t hear that?

It might not be your hearing. It might be your hearing aids. When’s the last time they were properly cleaned?

If it’s been more than three months, they’re probably due for a good cleaning. As spring rolls around, we often take on the dirtier nooks and crannies of our houses and cars. But you may not realize your hearing aids could use the same attention.

Unlike your house, though, this probably isn’t a job you can take on yourself. Your hearing aids are delicate instruments and should be cleaned by an expert audiologist to avoid damage and increase performance.

At Clifton Springs Hearing Center, we offer comprehensive hearing healthcare, including professional hearing aid cleanings.

Bring your hearing aids in for a professional cleaning and don’t miss any of those spring sounds...

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Could be reversible

You know to protect your hearing. Once any amount of hearing loss is gone, you can’t get it back.

Turns out, that might not be as true as was once thought.

A new study from Stanford Medical School found that noise-induced hearing loss caused by loud blasts could be reversible if treated immediately. The study, performed on mice, found that loud blasts did not shred the cochlea, as previously thought. Instead, they damage the hair and nerve cells that send sound signals to the brain. If certain medications were used immediately, the damage to mice could be reversible.

So what about humans? The study has not been performed on them yet. But there’s hope that sudden noise-induced hearing loss can be reversed for them as well. That’s great news for people whose jobs bring them into contact with frequent loud noises, like military personnel. Sixty percent of those wounded in service have hearing loss, ear drum injuries, tinnitus, or a combination of those, mostly from IEDs.

So, don’t make it a habit of hanging out around explosives. Wear hearing protection around all noises above 80 decibels. But know hope could be on the way for many for whom noise-induced hearing loss is nearly unavoidable.

And if you think you’re suffering from hearing loss, come into Clifton Springs Hearing Center for a hearing test...

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5 Tips for Wearing Your Hearing Aids in Winter

Dropping temperatures can affect your hearing aids! Impending cold weather calls for a bit of extra protection for your hearing aids, and also your hearing in general. Follow these simple tips to help your hearing aids (and your ears!) stay safe this winter...

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How To Wear Earbuds Safely

Today, a staggering amount of teenagers have some form of hearing loss. It is reported that one in five teens suffers from hearing loss – which is about 30% more than they did in 1980’s and 1990’s. Many experts believe that this is due in part to increased use of headphones. Though teenagers are often a group targeted for always being “plugged in”, the lessons that can be learned about smart headphone use are important for everyone to know...

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Audiology Awareness Month!

Did you know that over 36 million American adults experience some degree of hearing loss? This is a staggering number and what’s even more shocking is that over half of that population is younger than age 65...

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Blind Cave-dwelling Fish Are Also Mostly Deaf

A recent report from the publication, Biology Letters has concluded that blind cave fish who spend their lives in the dark have lost much of their ability to hear. Out of the species studied, it was found that two species could not hear high-pitched sounds at all. Study co-author Daphne Soares of the University of Maryland College Park was surprised. She expected them to hear far better than fish that dwell on the surface...

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Chronic Diseases That Affect Hearing Loss

You don’t have to be 80 years old or a longtime fan of arena rock to experience hearing loss. While it’s true that life events and cumulative exposure to loud noise can damage hearing, hearing loss can also co-exist with other problems...

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What is Glue Ear?

Deafness and reduced hearing in babies and small children can be caused by accumulation of fluid behind the ear. In babies, the consistency of the fluid is watery and thin. If the fluid grows progressively thicker, this can result in a condition called glue ear, otitis media with effusion or serious media (SOM)...

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Protect Your Ears While Swimming

Summer’s almost here! As the weather warms up and school lets out, you might be among the hoards hitting the beach or splashing in the pool. But after swimming all day, your inner ears may feel as if they’re filled with water. It usually drains on its own, but if the water remains there for several days, it can be more than just annoying. It can become the perfect environment for bacteria, leading to an infection called swimmer’s ear. That’s a condition marked by redness, swelling, itchiness and pain when pressure is placed on the ear...

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Untreated Hearing Loss - How it Affects Your Loved Ones

The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is special. As a grandparent, you provide unconditional love, a sense of family, history and tradition. When you take the opportunity to read to them, play with them and teach them new skills, you help contribute to their sense of well-being and security...

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Treat Hearing Loss Early

On average, people with symptoms of hearing loss wait six years before seeking treatment. A few of the reasons for their reluctance...

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Finding Balance

Although audiological treatment relies heavily on amplification, hearing improvement is more about finding the right balance between technology and physical abilities. Since the brain responds better to natural sounds than artificial ones, audiologists strive to boost sound signals enough so that the individual can hear them, but not too much as to distort them. The video below, from Oticon, goes into more detail...

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Sounding the Alarm

In Greek mythology, sirens lured unwitting sailors to their doom. In real life, however, brave men and women follow sirens, knowing full well that danger may lie ahead. But there’s another risk they might not be considering, even if they hear it all the time...

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Finding the Support You Need

Support groups help people overcome a variety of challenges. From emotional trauma to drug and alcohol addiction, these groups offer dialogue and interaction between people who share common a struggle...

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Apple Offers More Ways to Connect

The company that revolutionized the personal listening device is making waves in the field of audiology. Apple’s iOS 6, coming this fall, will be compatible with “Made for iPhone” hearing aids, and a handful of new patents offer an exciting glimpse of things to come...

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Winning with Hearing Loss

The U.S. women’s basketball team took gold this year at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Although the entire team has earned a round of applause, Tamika Catchings definitely deserves some added praise because she competed not only with the players on the court, but with her hearing loss as well...

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Hearing-Impaired Olympians Going For The Gold

Some people are born fighters. When a challenge comes their way, they tackle it head on. And that’s just what these U.S. Olympic athletes do. Not only have they risen to the top of their game, but they’ve done it despite their everyday struggles with hearing loss...

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Childhood Hearing Loss: Superheroes and Overcoming Adversity

Being a parent is tough enough, but when your child has hearing loss that job becomes even more difficult. Children are already predisposed to a certain kind of loneliness. Their vocabulary is limited, making it hard for them to articulate their thoughts and be understood. There’s also a long list of other things they can’t do yet, and adults are often reminding them of these limitations...

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Are You Feeling Off-Balance?

Hearing loss puts you at a disadvantage in a variety of ways. It increases your risk of fatal illnesses such as heart and kidney disease. Hearing loss also facilitates the onset of psychological disorders, including dementia and depression, and lowers your overall quality of life. And now there’s another negative to add to that list...

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Better Hearing Month

It’s easy to take your hearing for granted; that is, until it’s gone. May is Better Hearing Month and, in recognition, Clifton Springs Hearing Center is pleased to provide helpful information on hearing protection. Here are some steps you can take to prevent hearing loss and continue to hear well for many years to come...

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Headphones: The New Hearing Danger

Although iPods and earbud headphones have given us the freedom to listen to music at our leisure, they also increase the risk of hearing loss. Studies have shown that a whole generation is being exposed to dangerously high sound levels through personal listening devices...

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Hearing Loss Linked to Chronic Diseases

Hearing loss may be affecting more than just your hearing. Even if you think you’ve got a handle on your hearing loss, there’s a good chance that it could be linked to other serious medical conditions. A 2010 study conducted by the Better Hearing Institute, showed that both physical and psychological factors create a strong correlation between those suffering from hearing loss and a tendency to have or develop chronic diseases...

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Do Hearing Aids Improve Quality of Life?

We can admit that hearing aids actually work, but do they really make a big difference in your life? Can’t you just deal with hearing loss without any treatment? The research speaks for itself. In a 2007 study of thirty patients, a resounding eighty-percent reported a significant benefit to using hearing aids with all patients stating that they benefitted in some way from the technology...

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