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Ear is the new wrist
Posted by Ken Knaszak on December 21, 2020
Stick it in your ear — why the ear is a smart place to put a fitness tracker Health and fitness trackers are now commonplace in our digital lives. As we strive to stay healthier and live longer, we look to these body-worn gadgets to tell us how were doing with our daily exercise goals, and as a gateway to our overall health and wellness. Wrist-worn...
Posted by Ken Knaszak on December 10, 2020
Made for face masks Face masks have unequivocally been a good thing when it comes to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. But they present challenges when trying to communicate with others. Especially if you or the person you’re communicating with has hearing loss. Face masks muffle speech and block important lip-reading cues. Both are key to...
All Ears: How often should I replace my hearing aids?
Posted by Ken Knaszak on November 23, 2020
Today’s hearing aids are more sophisticated than ever before. They utilize the most advanced microelectronics, wireless radios, and computer processors, and they are built to exacting specifications to offer the best hearing possible. This includes being as resistant to moisture, dust and dirt as a high-tech instrument that sits in your ear all day can be....
Four ways hearing better can help you age better
Posted by Ken Knaszak on November 11, 2020
We all want to stay healthy and happy as we age. Exercising and eating right are two obvious things we can do to help. But did you know hearing our best has a big impact, too? Here are four ways hearing your best can help you age your best. Hearing your best helps keep you social When we hear clearly and without limitations, it’s easier to be engaged,...
Have you seen our Via Edge AI custom rechargeable hearing aids?
Posted by Ken Knaszak on October 23, 2020
If we say so ourselves, our new Via Edge AI custom rechargeable hearing aids are pretty great. But we’re biased. So we won’t blame you if you want a second opinion. How about this one? Youtuber and audiologist, Dr. Cliff Olson, recently called them “the most significant innovation we have seen in the hearing aid world since 2018.”...
Can treating hearing loss help stave off cognitive decline?
Posted by Ken Knaszak on October 13, 2020
We all want to maintain our mental sharpness as we get older. Dementia, Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline are conditions everyone hopes to avoid. A growing body of research has shown that hearing loss plays a role in our ability to stay mentally sharp as we age. In fact, in a 2018 review of the research, it was concluded that untreated hearing loss...
Can COVID-19 cause tinnitus or hearing loss?
Posted by Ken Knaszak on September 25, 2020
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, brings with it a host of health concerns. Most of these symptoms are respiratory in nature as reported by the CDC; shortness of breath, coughing, sore throat . However, there is some concern that the coronavirus may cause some neurological symptoms as well. In a study of 214 patients with varying degrees...
Seven reasons to treat your hearing loss early
Posted by Ken Knaszak on September 10, 2020
Hearing loss is typically gradual, and therefore, often something we adapt to over time. We might not notice it for months or years. However, age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults, so experiencing hearing loss is not uncommon. Approximately one in three people in the United States between the...
Simple hearing aid troubleshooting tips you can do at home
Posted by Ken Knaszak on August 24, 2020
Like any high-tech device, hearing aids may occasionally become fussy. Not to worry – most issues can be solved easily and at home. Below are some of the most common calls we get at our Support line, and the simple troubleshooting tips you can do to fix them from the safety of your home. If you experience one of the following problems: • Loss of...
Why you should wear your hearing aids every day, even if you are sheltered at home!
Posted by Ken Knaszak on August 11, 2020
Many wearers of hearing aids view them as communication devices. They are! Really great ones! Communication is often the primary function that we ask hearing aids to fill in our lives. But it is also thoughtful to note that your hearing aids are also brain activators, emergency alert notification tools, and connectivity devices! That’s why hearing...
Stress relief tips and tactics
Posted by Ken Knaszak on July 29, 2020
During these uncertain times of COVID-19, many of us are feeling increased levels of stress — whether it’s stress about our health or the health of a loved one, stress about our finances or job, the future of the economy, or...(fill in your own stress here). Just know that these feelings are all completely valid. You’ve likely seen more media...
Hearing loss, talking loudly and COVID-19
Posted by Ken Knaszak on July 06, 2020
By now we should all know that infectious pathogens — like COVID-19 — can be transmitted from person to person through coughing and sneezing. But did you know it may be transmitted simply by talking, too? In a study published in May in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that normal human speech produces thousands...
Do’s and don’ts of living with tinnitus
Posted by Ken Knaszak on May 20, 2020
Over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus — or ringing in the ears. When you first realize you have tinnitus, it can be difficult to know what to do. Here is a starter list of dos and don’ts for people dealing with tinnitus. Do’s 1. Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate or...
Noise is the antithesis of the best sounds ever
Posted by Ken Knaszak on May 11, 2020
The best sounds ever relax us, entice us, evoke fond memories, and force smiles on our faces. They are the opposite of noise. Noise — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — can cause bad things, like stress or anxiety or depression or high blood pressure. Especially if you are regularly exposed to it without hearing...
Even subtle hearing loss can alter the brain function of young adults
Posted by Ken Knaszak on April 30, 2020
In 2018, assistant professor Yune Lee and his research team at Ohio State University monitored the brain activity of study participants 18 through 41 years of age as they listened to increasingly complex sentences. The team was hoping to measure if human brains work harder to comprehend more complex messages. What they unexpectedly discovered, instead, was that...
Hearing loss increases the risk of accidental injuries
Posted by Ken Knaszak on April 09, 2020
An analysis of data from the National Health Interview Survey found that, over an eight year period (2007 – 2015), people who reported that they had “a lot of trouble” hearing ended up being twice as likely to have an accidental injury — both at work and leisure — as people who reported no trouble hearing. While the study...
The inability to distinguish sounds is a form of hearing loss
Posted by Ken Knaszak on March 20, 2020
The National Safety Council’s Safety + Health magazine recently published an article about ototoxicants, chemicals that can cause hearing loss and balance issues. In the article, warnings were shared from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about which industries have higher exposure risks to these chemicals — and how the adverse...
Should you treat or ignore your hearing loss?
Posted by Ken Knaszak on March 11, 2020
Should you treat or ignore your hearing loss? The decision to treat or ignore hearing loss should not be taken lightly. Why? Because hearing loss plays a significant role in many issues that impact our quality of life, including five important ones: 1. Mental health 2. Physical health 3. Income and career 4. Personal safety 5. Relationships and social...
Five things you should know about tinnitus
Posted by Ken Knaszak on February 07, 2020
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. That’s over 15 percent of the U.S. population, or nearly one in every six of us. So what is this condition that affects so many people — and what can tinnitus sufferers do about it? We cover the basics here. 1. What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the...
Hearing loss impacts memory and comprehension
Posted by Ken Knaszak on January 28, 2020
Readers of the publication Trends in Neurosciences will already know today’s fact. For the other 99.9 percent of us, though, it is definitely interesting. According to a story in the June 2016 edition, research has confirmed that “even relatively mild levels of hearing loss” can lead to cascading negative effects on the brain. Those effects can...
Wearing hearing aids can reduce the risk of cognitive decline
Posted by Ken Knaszak on January 22, 2020
Research by Johns Hopkins and other institutions have linked cognitive decline and even dementia to hearing loss for reasons you can read about here. One study found that older adults with hearing loss experience a 30-40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities than peers with normal hearing. But a 25-year-long study published in 2015 found that hearing aid...
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