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Asking for Hearing Loss Help

Asking for help can be one of the hardest things we do as humans, but when you have hearing loss asking for help is important. We often see patients struggle with hearing loss alone even when there are many benefits associated with reaching out for help. Below are a few ideas of where to seek help and why.

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Tips for Supporting Someone with Hearing Loss

When a loved one or friend is diagnosed with hearing loss, your first thought may be how can I help. The road to better hearing is not always easy and your loved one’s support network can be critical to their success.

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Back to School with Hearing Loss

Summer sure can fly by and that means soon it will be back-to-school time for many kids. As parents across the country check-off supply purchases on their school lists, parents of children with hearing loss have additional preparations to make this time of year. If your child has hearing loss here are some tips to prepare for school this year:

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Surprising Tips for Hearing Loss

From mobile phone apps to room seating arrangements, these hearing loss tips may be surprising to you but can make a world of difference for hearing your best. Here are some hearing loss tips that might surprise you!

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Summer is Sunnier with Good Hearing

Who doesn’t like sunny, summer weather? Summer is a time to get outside and enjoy the warmer days with friends and family. But, for people with untreated hearing loss summer may be just another lonely season. Untreated hearing loss is a factor for causing feelings of loneliness and even social isolation. Good hearing health is important for communication and good communication helps us stay connected to family and friends, warding off loneliness.

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Watch the Game and Protect Your Hearing

The summer season is brimming with outdoor events. Sporting events like baseball and soccer, music concerts and festivals and of course fourth of July fireworks may find their way onto your summer calendar. Your ears, not just your eyes, are important for enjoying these events to the fullest.

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Tinnitus 101

According to the U.S. National Health Institute, nearly 10% of Americans experience Tinnitus - that is about 25 million people. With Tinnitus, an individual hears a constant noise that no one else can hear. Often times it is a buzzing, ringing or even a swooshing sound. In recent years, different celebrities from actor William Shatner to musician Pete Townshend of The Who have shared stories about their own experience with Tinnitus.

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Your Hearing, Your Choice

When it comes to treating hearing loss, today there are more options than ever before to help you hear your best. In most cases, it is really your choice when it comes to features and personalization.

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The Meaning of a Sound

The sound of ocean waves may bring you back to a special vacation memory. The sound of a can of soda opening in a nearby room may make you feel thirsty. The sounds of grandchildren playing, a favorite song on the radio or a friend’s laughter can all bring real joy to your life.

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Tips for Enjoying Music with Hearing Loss

Listening to music can be relaxing, exciting and can even transport you back to a happy memory from the past. Difficulty with hearing and enjoying music is a common problem that our patients speak up about when their hearing health declines.

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Happening in Hearing Health

What’s happening in hearing health? Today let’s look at current news articles that remind us of the importance of protecting our hearing health and seeking help to treat hearing loss.

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Having the Talk: Hearing Loss

Sometimes it is the job of a spouse, relative or close friend to have the talk about hearing loss with the person they care about. Today, we share some tips to help start the discussion. While hearing loss only gets worse with time, many people still tend to ignore it for a number of reasons.

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Talking to Grandchildren about Hearing Loss

Grandchildren are ones of life’s most precious gifts. They bring laughter and energy into our lives... and at times many questions, which can include what are those things in your ears. Here are some tips about how to talk and educate your grandkids about hearing loss.

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Hearing and Understanding Are Not the Same

While some say seeing is believing, in the world of hearing health, hearing is not always understanding. It is easy to think of hearing loss as just that a complete loss of hearing and sound, but with many types of hearing loss the change is gradual and subtle at first. This gradual decline starts to affect not just the sounds we hear but the sounds we understand.

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There’s an App for that Hearing Aid

There’s an app for that! Today’s modern hearing aids are complemented with powerful smart phone apps that help us navigate changing listening environments, personalize settings on the fly and even request support. As smart phones have become an everyday device for most, changing your settings has never been more discreet.

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Enjoy Spring Sounds Again

The spring season is a time of excitement as the air warms around us, grass becomes green again and tree leaves begin to bud. Who hasn’t come across an early blooming crocus, daffodil or tulip and stopped and stared in surprise. It is amazing that whether this is your first spring or eightieth, the excitement the spring season brings is definitely contagious.

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What Is Fact or Fiction about Hearing Loss?

While there are many facts about hearing loss there are also many ideas that are simply fiction. Because hearing health is important to our long term well-being and overall health, it is important to know faction from fiction. Today, let’s look at two common ideas that are fiction.

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When to Contact a Hearing Health Professional?

With some health issues it can be pretty clear when it is time to contact a medical professional, but hearing loss can be different. Today, we will share the signs that can tell you when it is time to contact a hearing health professional.

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Why Our Ears Are So Sensitive?

Today let’s look at the science behind why our ears are so sensitive. According to Science Daily, the human ear can detect sound-wave-induced vibrations of the eardrum that move by less than the width of an atom and the ears are so sensitive that they can also detect vibrations a million times less intense than those that our sense of touch can detect. Now that is sensitive!

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Navigating the Hospital with Hearing Loss

Even a planned hospital visit is cause for worry whether we have hearing loss or not. Hearing loss can make communicating under stress even more difficult. Here are some tips to help you navigate the hospital better with hearing loss.

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Hear this News

Read the latest hearing health news, including risk factors for hearing loss and how to seek help and which award-winning actresses also have hearing loss.

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Public and Ridesharing Transportation Tips with Hearing Loss

How to get from point A to point B is an everyday question. Today, there are many options to get to your destination. When you have hearing loss it may seem daunting to hop on a public bus or train or to hail a ridesharing car via an app, but with these tips you can feel more confident.

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An Earful on Aging

When you first think about how to stay active as you grow older, physical fitness and healthy nutrition may be the two must-dos that are on the top of the list. While fitness and diet are very important for aging well, it may surprise you that maintaining good hearing health is also important and good hearing health helps us stay active and engaged as we age. Here are a few reasons why.

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Why Does Hearing Aid Style Matter?

Did you know there are different types of hearing aid styles and each one serves a different role depending on the needs of the patient. Here is a list of common types of hearing aids.

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Telephone Tips to Hear Conversations Better

Sometimes a simple phone call turns out to be the best part of your day. The telephone whether the “old fashioned” land line or a smart mobile phone plays a crucial role in keeping us connected to friends and family across the country and even down the road. In a world of fast-moving technology changes and increasing options to communicate, for many of us, the telephone or mobile phone is still our primary way to reach out to others, which makes the ability to hear well crucial for success.

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Reducing Noise at Home

Unless you have kids running around the house loudly playing, you might be pressed to think of specific items in your house that are noisy or may operate at high decibel levels. Just like you might wear ear protection at work if your occupation includes high levels of noise or at a concert or sporting event to protect your hearing, at home we should also be mindful of our noise exposure. Here are some tips to reducing noise at home.

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Hearing Your Best Means Living Your Best

Hearing loss is a common health condition, but people often endure it for many years before seeking help. There are a number of reasons for not seeking treatment but the reasons to seek treatment far outnumber. Why is that? Because hearing your best means living your best.

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Signs of a True Hearing Aid

There are many “hearing aids” on the market today to choose from, but true hearings aids stand out and make a real difference to your hearing health. Learn the signs of a true hearing aid.

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Advice about Hearing Tests

Because hearing health is so important to physical and emotional well-being especially with age, a little advice now can go a long way to helping you hear and feel better later.

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Hearing Health by the Numbers

Did you know that hearing loss is the second most prevalent health issue in the world? According to the Hearing Health Foundation, the number of people with hearing loss is more than those with Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and diabetes combined. Hearing loss is more common than most people think. Unfortunately, monitoring hearing health regularly is not usually a priority for most people.

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Tips when you and your spouse have hearing loss?

More than one third of people ages 65 to 74 have hearing loss and by age 75 and older almost half of all people have hearing loss. Hearing loss is very common as we age, so there can be occurrences when both spouses have hearing loss together. This can present interesting challenges, so here are some tips to think about.

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Hear the Sleigh Bells

“Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing, ring-ting tingle-ing, too” We are all familiar with the opening lines of this classic holiday song, but for some people the sounds of the season are lost due to untreated hearing loss.

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Hearing Health in the News

Read about what is in the news about hearing loss, including hearing loss in the latest box office hit and recent sign language initiatives by American companies.

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Better Conversations around the Dinner Table

Conversations are important to developing friendships and deepening ties with family members. During the holiday season we can find ourselves more frequently conversing around the dinner table with friends and family.

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How the Ears Impact Our Social Lives

When you think about the activities in your social life and the factors that cause you to be active or not, energy level, amount of free time, location of friends and family and overall health may be the first factors that come to mind. Ears are probably not on the list, but they should be. The ears, more specifically the auditory system and hearing health, play a key role in helping us stay active socially.

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Where to Find Information about Hearing Loss

When we first sense a problem, in today’s world, we might reach for our mobile phone or computer and ask Google. Type in the word “hearing loss” and many search results pop up but which have the best information. Here are some great resources for hearing loss information.

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Keep Hearing Aids Out of the Drawer

Have you ever been in a middle of a conversation and had to reach into a nearby drawer to pull your hearing aids out? With hearing loss, hearing aids are key to being able to regain your hearing and capture sound to communicate.

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Hearing Loss and the Blues

Our hearing is an important sense. It allows us to communicate and connect with others and enjoy the world around us. When hearing health starts to decline our ability to listen and communicate also declines.

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Product Spotlight: ReSound LiNX Quattro

At Clifton Springs Hearing Center, our hearing care professionals are proud to offer patients the latest in top hearing aid technology. ReSound recently released the new ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aid. ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids offer richer sound quality, unrivaled direct streaming, more support and personalization, and an advanced rechargeable solution.

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Who is at Risk for Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is more common than you think. According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), over 50 million Americans experience some form of Tinnitus. That is about 15% of the population. Today let’s learn more about the condition and who is at risk for Tinnitus.

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Better Hearing Starts with a Click or Call

Did you know that taking back control of your hearing health simply begins with a click or call? That’s right. Scheduling an audiology appointment online or calling a hearing center to speak with professionals to make an appointment is the first important step. That click to make an appointment or call should be celebrated! You are taking action to learn more about your hearing problems and the solutions that could get you back on track.

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Children and Headphones

While listening to loud music has always been part of life, especially for children and teens, today with the advent of smart phones and tablets, children have more choices from music to games and video – all mostly accessed with headphones or earbuds. All this choice means that children can find themselves using headphones and earbuds frequently.

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Exercise Your New Hearing Aids

It comes as a surprise to most of our patients that hearing aids are not like glasses. A new hearing aid user doesn’t just put in the hearing aids and magically regain all the sounds lost. Because it can take up to 10 years before a person seeks out help for hearing loss, many sounds are lost and the brain even can redirect unused hearing connections to other tasks.

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Tips for Enjoying a Movie

Everyone likes to go see a movie now and then. When you have hearing loss visiting a movie theater can be difficult if you are not prepared. Here are some tips.

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Good Hearing Helps with Aging

We can’t escape the aches and pains that can come from aging but maintaining good hearing health can help us tackle the challenges and opportunities of growing older better. Here are some examples.

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Back to School & Hearing Loss

Hearing clearly and communicating well is important for learning at any age. As children of all ages gear up for another school year, here are some important reminders.

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What are Invisible Hearing Aids?

Hearing aid technology has changed significantly since the early days of the old fashion ear trumpet. Today’s hearing aids are even much, much more advanced than hearing aids from 20 even 10 years ago. Not only do today’s hearing aids provide more sound clarity, personalization and control, but hearing aids come in even more size and style options than ever before. In today’s market the term “invisible hearing aid” or “Invisible-in-Canal” can be found on any of the major hearing aid manufacturers’ websites. But what does invisible mean?

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How to Reduce the Impact of Noise

The world is filled with noise. Many times loud noises cannot be avoided especially when they are experienced on-the-job, but repeated exposure can cause noise-induced hearing loss. Hearing protection is a key way to protect your ears from noise. Let’s look at noise you may experience at work and at home and how hearing protection is important.

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Hearing Health Shouldn't Be Ignored

Did you know that good hearing health goes well beyond our ears? Good hearing health influences brain function, emotions, energy and well-being. Unfortunately, hearing health is most likely the last thing on most people’s minds until the problem is severe. Hearing loss is typically gradual for most people and often times not recognized.

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How to Refer a Family Member to an Audiologist

Untreated hearing loss goes beyond our ability to hear well. Hearing loss can affect our mood, our energy and our relationships with others. When a family member has untreated hearing loss all those around him or her can feel it too. Frustration and even tempers can run high over time. If you feel a family member may have hearing loss, here are some tips to help refer him or her to an audiologist.

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Debunk Hearing Loss Myths

Sometimes hearing loss goes untreated because we harbor certain “truths” about the condition that are in fact only myths. Today let’s debunk several hearing loss myths.

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Why it is Important to Recognize Noise

Sure, we all recognize when a really loud noise hits our ears such as a train zooming by, a firework explosion or the roar of the crowd at a game, but we don’t always take notice of the frequency of our exposure to loud sounds. The frequency of our exposure to noise can also impact our hearing health over time. As our Dr. John Salisbury points out, “with a loud explosion, you know what has happened to cause the trauma, but with other forms of noise-induced hearing loss, the damage is more subtle. It develops slowly.”

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Benefits of Smart Phone Use with Hearing Aids

Smart phones just like hearing aids have come a long way. Today it seems like our smart phones can do just about anything. If you wear hearing aids, your smart phone is a great tool to help you hear your best no matter the listening situation.

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What Should Adults do about Fluid in the Ears?

The common ear ache is mostly caused by fluid in the ears. More specific fluid trapped in the middle ear region which lies behind the ear drum. The middle ear is a busy component of the adult auditory system. Not only does it turn sound into mechanical vibrations for the inner ear to interpret, but it is also important for equalizing the pressure in your head. For the most part the middle ear is filled with air, but sometimes fluid gets trapped.

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How to Protect Your Ears

With summer in full swing, it is a good time to talk about how to protect your ears from noise exposure. Did you know that repeated exposure to sounds at 85 decibels or higher can damage your hearing? Here are some examples of the decibel levels of common noises from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Hearing Loss & Emergency Preparedness

A bad weather event and fire alarm can create an adrenaline rush in just about everyone as the rush is on to take action and stay safe. Poor hearing health can make it hard to react quickly and stay informed of news and information. Today let’s take a look at tips for being more prepared for emergency situations when you have hearing loss.

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The Tiny Hair Cells Important for Hearing

One of the most interesting aspects of the anatomy of the ear is that some of the tiniest parts have the biggest jobs. Today we are going to look at the tiny hair cells in the inner ear and how too much damage from noise can lead to noise-induced hearing loss.

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How Today’s Mobile Apps Improve Hearing

Today’s modern, digital hearing aids offer better sound and a more comfortable fit than hearing aids of the past. With smart hearing aids, most manufacturers also offer mobile apps to help you gain even more control of your listening experience. Here are some examples of how today’s mobile apps help to improve your hearing.

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Celebrate Better Hearing Month

There are many sounds to celebrate during Better Hearing Month. Unfortunately, poor hearing health causes us to lose our ability to hear everyday noises such as singing birds, and eventually, lose those special sounds such as a giggle, a whisper and good conversations with friends and family members. Hearing loss is a chronic condition that typically comes on gradual, and when left unchecked, a decline in hearing health can add up to a big problem.

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Choose Complete Hearing Health Care

Did you know that maintaining good hearing health goes beyond the every now and then stop at the hearing test in the mall or online? It goes beyond getting an amplification accessory so you can hear phone conversations a bit better or the television. Our hearing system is complex and essential to our health and well-being.

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Tinnitus: Supporting a Loved One

Tinnitus affects millions of Americans. Tinnitus is a constant ringing, buzzing or even swooshing noise that only the person suffering from Tinnitus can hear. Symptoms can be moderate to severe and periodic or chronic.

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Modeling Good Hearing Health Practices

As parents and grandparents we set the habits in our children and grandchildren that help them care for their bodies and minds to maintain their health. Whether it is as simple as brushing teeth after every meal or washing hands or more complicate matters such as hearing health, the practices we instill from a young age can stay with a child into adulthood. There are many ways you can model good hearing health practices for your children.

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Hearing Health in the Workplace

Hearing health is essential to a productive career and on-the-job focus. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASLHA) finds that more companies recognize that hearing health is key to overall employee health and have programs to reduce noise-exposure, promote screening and build general awareness.

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Why Do Sounds Seem Muffled?

Have you ever woken in the morning and feel like your spouse’s good morning wish suddenly sounds muffled? Maybe you feel a bit of fullness in the ears, or maybe you just got off the airplane and are surprised your ears still seemed plugged hours later.

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The Best Hearing Aid Is the One that Works for You

Hearing aids are an investment in your quality of life, but the number of hearing aid types, styles, brands and price points can sometimes feel overwhelming. Today’s post is a reminder that the best hearing aid is the one that works for you and your lifestyle.

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What Is the Middle Ear?

The ear is divided into three parts the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Today let’s look at what parts make up the middle ear, its functions and common problems. The middle ear starts at your eardrum, the tympanic membrane, and runs to the oval window. You cannot see your middle ear, but you may have felt it during an airplane landing.

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Support from Family and Friends Matters

It is common for a loved one with untreated hearing loss to distance themselves from family members and friends as frustration grows. But once he does seek out help for hearing loss - support from family and friends will be the key to helping him on his journey to better hearing. From processing information, to building confidence or maybe just listening, your loved one will certainly need your help.

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Important Hearing Aid Care Reminders

Hearing aids are tiny devices packed full of advanced technology. Proper care means that your devices will function better and longer. These hearing aid care reminders are easy to forget in the rush of daily life.

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Tips for Better Conversations in a Restaurant

One of the most difficult listening environments often mentioned by our patients at appointments is listening to conversations at a restaurant. Restaurants are filled with noise from the music and the clatter of plates to the hum of the many conversations taking place at the surrounding tables. All of these noises compete with each other which can make following the conversation at your table very difficult. Here are some tips to help you hear better and enjoy a night out!

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Tips to Build Confidence with Hearing Aids

Hearing aids come with all sorts of pre-conceived notions that influence how our patients might feel when they receive their first pair. Hearing aids will make me look old; they will be bulky, uncomfortable; people will treat me differently if they find out. These types of negative worries can reduce confidence with using and wearing hearing aids. When patients have low confidence, we find that they wear their hearing aids less and this only their hearing health to get worse instead of better.

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The Early Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing well is important to good physical and mental health as we age. Unfortunately, we don’t often recognize the early signs of hearing loss and the problem can go untreated for many years. Below are the most common early signs of hearing loss.

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Hearing Aid Accessories Can Help

Today’s hearing aids are small, powerful devices, but at times certain listening environments and situations can still be difficult. Luckily, there are great hearing aid accessories that can help.

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Hearing Aids Encourage a Can Do Spirit

“I can do that!” How good does this statement make you feel when you are confronted with a new task or experience? Did you realize that when someone has untreated hearing loss everyday situations become more difficult, and instead the statement that most often comes to mind is, “I can’t do that.” As listening and communicating becomes harder, people with untreated hearing loss are less active and withdraw from family, friends and their community.

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Product Spotlight: ReSound Rechargeable Hearing Aids

At Clifton Springs Hearing Center, we are proud to be able to offer our patients the latest advancements in hearing aid technology. Now you can enjoy the superior sound quality and speech recognition of the ReSound LiNX 3D™ hearing aid in a convenient rechargeable option.

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What is Listening Fatigue?

We all know how the body tires from exercise, but you can also tire after an active day of listening, especially when you have hearing loss. This is often referred to as listening fatigue. Hearing is not just about your ears. Your brain plays an important role in interpreting conversation, and when you have hearing loss, the brain’s job is even harder.

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The Best Way to Cope with Hearing Loss

We have all done it, placed our hand around our ear and “cupped” it to try to hear something better. If you have hearing loss, cupping your ears will not help long term. In fact, there are a lot of coping strategies that those with hearing loss use that don’t help. Let’s look at a few and then dive into what the best strategy is when you have hearing loss.

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Hearing Aids Are Cool Too

Have you ever noticed that people love to give a compliment when they see someone they love with a new set of eye glasses, but rarely do they give a compliment about a new set of hearing aids? In fact, a common compliment about new hearing aids is typically around how discreet they are, but there is so much more. Today let’s flip the conversation and talk about why hearing aids are cool too!

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Tips for Holiday Driving with Hearing Loss

December is here and so too is the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Many of us find ourselves in our vehicles driving more this month visiting family, friends and, of course, completing all those errands that come with this busy time of year. Keep in mind these tips to stay safe on the road.

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The Holidays and Hearing Loss

During the holiday season we gather with family and friends, maybe feast around the table or have a night out at restaurant or party. Regardless of what you do, it is a time of coming together to celebrate and communicate. You may be surprised to find out that during the holiday season it is common for family members to realize that someone they love has hearing loss.

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Break These Bad Habits by Getting Your Hearing Tested

People often delay seeking treatment for hearing loss. In fact, it is common to wait 7-10 years before getting treatment from a hearing care professional. That is a long time to wait, and it also gives us many years to develop several bad communication habits that we use to cope with deteriorating hearing.

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Have You Noticed a Change in Hearing?

Age-related hearing loss or Presbycusis can occur gradually as you grow older. It is actually one of the most common conditions for older people. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 75 have hearing loss. Over 75 years of age and the numbers increase, nearly half of adults in this age group have a form of hearing loss.

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The Key to Happiness: Your Ears

According to a Harvard study the key to happiness in life is good relationships. The study found that having someone you can rely upon benefits your nervous system, brain health and overall emotional well-being. To build meaningful relationships, good hearing is essential and here is why.

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Tips to Help Kids & Teens Care for Hearing Aids

Hearing aids open up the world for children with hearing loss, but it does take time, care and practice to properly adjust to and maintain their devices and to manage their hearing health. Here are some tips for children from infants to teens.

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Working with an Audiologist Matters

There are many options on the market today that claim to help with hearing loss. Some of these new options, such as over-the-counter (OTC) or mail-order, amplify sound and may seem less expensive, but that is not true for most people. Your hearing health is critical to your overall health and requires more than just louder sound. That is why it is important to work with an audiologist or hearing care professional.

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Do Hearing Aids Whistle?

Modern hearing aids have come a long way since the days of your grandparents. Hearing aids are no longer big and bulky but discreet and customized. Today’s hearing aids offer better sound, more control and come in many styles to match your lifestyle. The issue of feedback has also greatly improved.

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How Hearing Loss is Linked to Dementia

Our audiologist, Dr. John Salisbury, likes to remind patients that hearing is 10% ears and 90% brain. When hearing declines, not only do your ears miss out, but your brain and cognitive functions can also suffer.

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New Technology Provides Tinnitus Relief

Buzzing, swooshing and chirping in the ears are common noises heard by those with tinnitus. This ever-present noise can affect concentration, hearing and even sleep. Nearly 50 million people have tinnitus which is often caused by noise exposure. Tinnitus can also occur due to the natural aging process, and there is also a strong link between tinnitus and hearing loss.

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Benefits of the Different Types of Hearing Aids

The best in hearing aid technology is definitely not one-size-fits-all. In fact, hearing aids come in different types, and the different types of hearing aids are made to benefit patients according to their hearing loss and lifestyle needs.

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Tips for Adjusting to New Hearing Aids at Work

When you take charge of your hearing health, communication will improve at home, with friends and at work, but you should also expect a period of adjustment as you get used to your new hearing aids. Here are some tips specific to the work-day that can help you make this transition.

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New Hearing Aid Technology Changes Lives

Hearing aids are more sophisticated than ever before. New hearing aid technology offers our patients more options to hear their best and stay engaged in their communities. Many of the newest hearing aids come with smart technology which allows you to program settings that adjust automatically to your specific listening environment, such as home, church or even restaurants and concerts.

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The Benefits of Better Hearing

Sometimes we all need a reminder of the benefits of taking action. That is especially true for those with hearing loss. Did you know that people with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking help? A lot of life takes place in those seven years that you could be missing, because you are not hearing your best.

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Ears Are Important for Balance

We have all experienced a little dizziness. Did you know that a key component of our balance system is our ears? The American Speech Hearing Association gives us a breakdown of how it all works.

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Savvy About Hearing Loss

How savvy are you about getting your hearing tested? Hearing loss is a common condition but often goes undiagnosed. One of the first steps to getting treated for hearing loss is to make an appointment for a hearing test. Check out this Q&A about hearing tests and expand what you know.

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How to Choose a Hearing Aid

One of the best things about today’s hearing aid technology is that patients have more choice. Hearing aids come in all sizes, fit and even colors. They address different individual lifestyle needs, and with the addition of smart technology, they offer even more personalization than ever before. How do you choose? Here are some tips.

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Conductive vs. Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss are two common types of hearing loss. Let’s discuss what each of these terms mean. Conductive hearing loss is the loss of sound due to problems located in either the middle ear or the outer ear.

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Be Mindful of Noise

Boom! Bang! Many celebrate America’s Independence Day by attending a fireworks display. As we gaze up to admire the colors, we should also be mindful about protecting our ears from the noise. Noise tolerance varies by person but one thing is for sure: loud noises affect our hearing.

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Why is Hearing Harder in a Noisy Place?

It is difficult for most people to hear well in a noisy environment. Restaurants, family gatherings and even our workplaces can be filled with background noise masking the sounds we want to hear. For those with normal hearing, the brain works to filter out the background noise, so we can focus on the conversation. The brain also uses contextual clues to fill in any gaps. This all becomes more difficult with hearing loss.

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That Hearing Problem Could Be Hearing Loss

Hearing loss actually starts out as a hearing problem for most people. It comes on gradually. First, you might not hear the birds chirp in the morning or the sound of the wind blowing your favorite wind chime on a summer day. These small changes may go unnoticed for quite some time. Next, your hearing problem progresses as voices become more muffled.

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What Causes Tinnitus?

Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from varying degrees of tinnitus according to the American Tinnitus Association. Tinnitus symptoms may include ringing in the ears or even humming, whooshing or buzzing sounds that only the individual can hear. Tinnitus can make sleeping, concentrating and hearing harder. Tinnitus is not a disease but actually a symptom of damage to the auditory system. Let’s look at what causes tinnitus.

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New Product Spotlight – ReSound LiNX 3D™

At Clifton Springs Hearing Center, we are proud to be able to offer our patients the latest advancements in hearing aid technology. The new ReSound LiNX 3D™ hearing aid device is just that. With the ReSound LiNX 3D, your hearing aids will adapt to you instead of making you adapt to them.

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Talk to Teens about Protecting Their Hearing

As the school year winds down, many teens are probably starting to anticipate summer fun with friends, hanging out at the beach, vacations with family and, of course, no homework. What they are probably not thinking about is the importance of protecting their hearing. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that recent studies have found that one in six adolescents have high frequency hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is caused by exposure to loud noises and many believe the rise in headphone and earbud use may be part of the problem.

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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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