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The Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss on the Job

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jul 16, 2018 9:53:00 AM

If you suspect that you may have hearing loss, you’re not alone. Of the nearly 40 million people in the United States with hearing loss, the majority are still in the workforce. And more than 10 percent of full-time employees have a diagnosed hearing problem, according to EPIC Hearing Healthcare’s, “Listen Hear!” survey. Another 30 percent suspect they have a problem but have not yet sought treatment. And still another study revealed that hearing loss is actually common among forty-somethings - people who are in the prime of their careers.

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Topics: Hearing loss, coping with hearing loss

Introducing Widex EVOKE: The World’s First Truly Smart Hearing Aid

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jul 9, 2018 11:51:25 AM

Our hearing is a sense most of us take for granted - until we begin to lose it. And, as many people who have hearing loss will tell you, duplicating the ear’s natural ability to constantly adjust to a wide range of sounds and listening environments is a challenge. Keeping up with hearing in an always-changing environment requires a hearing aid that can adapt and adjust seamlessly.

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Smart Ways to Protect Your Hearing

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jun 21, 2018 11:19:00 AM

Believe it or not, Kansas City is filled with sounds loud enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss - noises like cars racing around the Kansas Speedway, crowds cheering at the Kansas City Chiefs games, or concerts at the Sprint Center where the volume “rocks” the rafters, and your ears.

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Conditions Commonly Connected to Tinnitus

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jun 20, 2018 4:44:30 PM

Tinnitus, or ringing in your ears, is an extremely common condition, affecting more than 50 million Americans. But if your ears are ringing, you can’t just assume that’s the extent of the problem. According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), sometimes tinnitus can be a symptom of an underlying health issue. For that reason, it’s important to see an audiologist who specializes in diagnosing and managing tinnitus and its related conditions.

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The Advantages of Comprehensive Audiology Care

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jun 5, 2018 11:41:00 AM

With the largest team of doctoral-level audiologists in the Midwest and six locations to serve you, Associated Audiologists is the area's leader in caring for your hearing, and so much more!

What makes Associated Audiologists different? Unlike many area practices, we’re not focused on selling you hearing aids. We’re focused on taking care of you and your hearing, whether than means helping diagnose a problem with dizziness/balance, tinnitus/sound sensitivity, or referring you to a subspecialist for treatment (otologist or neurotologist).

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Why the Diagnosis of “Vertigo” Can Be Misleading

Posted by Associated Audiologists on May 25, 2018 9:23:00 AM

We often see patients who have been diagnosed with vertigo, but aren’t sure what that means for their health, or how it’s best treated. The definition of vertigo is the perception of the room spinning. Many patients, when experiencing any form of dizziness, will visit a physician. This may be a neurologist, primary care, urgent care, orthopedist, cardiologist, or even the emergency department. Dizziness can be scary. It is not uncommon for someone to visit the emergency department because they fear they are dying or having a stroke.

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Topics: Dizziness & Tinnitus

Who You Should See for Your Hearing and Why

Posted by Associated Audiologists on May 15, 2018 9:42:00 AM

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a great time to learn more about the hearing professionals you should see if you suspect you’re having problems hearing. Here’s the rundown on the importance of each professional, and how they help you hear your best.

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What You Need to Know about Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Posted by Associated Audiologists on May 8, 2018 11:58:00 AM

There’s been a lot of talk lately about rechargeable hearing aids, especially a new model called BEYOND Z™ from Widex. Though this technology is state-of-the-art, it’s not for everyone. Let’s take a quick look at what you should know when considering a rechargeable hearing aid.

How Do Rechargeable Hearing Aids Work?

Rechargeable hearing aids like the BEYOND Z use rechargeable silver zinc micro-batteries. These hearing aids use the lowest amount of energy of any rechargeable. All rechargeable hearing aids can be recharged overnight, just like your phone, but in the case of the BEYOND Z, it also accepts traditional zinc-air batteries, so if you run out of charge, traditional batteries can be used as a backup power source. If you already have BEYOND hearing aids, an audiologist can retrofit them to be rechargeable by changing the battery door for a fee.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing problems, hearing loss

Hear Better on a Budget

Posted by Associated Audiologists on May 3, 2018 12:22:22 PM

 

Because hearing loss impacts more than 48 million Americans, hearing aid cost poses a potential barrier to care for some patients. On the other hand, numerous studies have confirmed the connection between untreated hearing loss and increased risk for cognitive decline, memory loss, falls, depression, anxiety and social isolation. So while you might wonder if you can afford hearing aids, you also might ask if you can afford to do without them? Here’s what you can you do if you suspect you have a hearing loss, but have budget concerns:

Schedule a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation with an Audiologist

A diagnostic hearing evaluation performed by a doctoral-level audiologist can confirm whether you have a hearing loss, as well as determine the best type of treatment or hearing aid. The evaluation also provides a baseline measurement and may identify any underlying medical issues that may be contributing to your hearing loss, or that might require a referral.

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Address Your Hearing Loss with Style

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Apr 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Hearing aid styles and technology can be confusing, even if you have been wearing hearing aids for years. Please keep in mind that our job as doctoral-level audiologists is to guide you through this selection process, so be sure to ask questions and take notes as you weigh your options. Hearing aids are an important investment in your health and well-being.

Technology Comes in Lots of Shapes and Styles

A common misconception is that a specific hearing aid technology can be purchased only in certain styles. The technology refers to the computer chip and signal processing that you are purchasing. The style refers to the type of shell that houses the technology. That means the smallest style isn’t necessarily the most expensive or the best.

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Topics: coping with hearing loss, living with hearing loss, hearing aid technology, hearing aid cost

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