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Tim Steele, Ph.D., FAAA, President, Associated Audiologists

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Hearing and Balance are Critical Senses for Healthy Aging: Senators Roberts and Moran Should Follow Jenkins and Yoder to Improve Access to Audiology Services for Medicare Beneficiaries

Mobility and communication are essential for healthy aging.1,2 As an audiologist, I see first-hand the difference that diagnosing and treating hearing and balance problems make in the lives of my patients. Not only are these patients healthier, but they are happier, safer, and enjoy a better quality of life with greater independence.

Hearing loss and balance disorders are significant public health concerns that contribute to increased fall risk. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury and injury-related deaths in the elderly.3 If left untreated, hearing loss can also lead to social isolation, depression, and an increased risk for cognitive decline, including dementia.4,5

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Topics: Hearing Support, hearing loss, hearing aids, hearing problems,

Technology and Communication Strategies to Help You Hear for the Holidays

Posted by Tim Steele, Ph.D., FAAA, President, Associated Audiologists on Oct 20, 2017 10:30:00 AM

 

With family gatherings, work parties, special musicals and worship services, the holidays can be a frustrating time for someone with untreated hearing loss and those closest to them.

In fact, some individuals find it so difficult to interact with family and friends at this time of year, they decline social invitations. This can be isolating, and long-term participation restriction has been associated with depression and even dementia.

Download our guide to life-changing advancements in hearing aid technology

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Topics: Hearing Support

See an Expert to Diagnose and Treat Hearing Loss

 

If you had a tooth with a painful cavity, you wouldn’t try to fill it yourself; you’d go to a dentist. Likewise, if your leg was broken, you wouldn’t try to set the fracture yourself. You’d go to a hospital emergency room where you’d expect to see an orthopedic surgeon or an emergency room physician skilled in setting fractures.

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Topics: Hearing loss

Audiologists Provide Expert Care

 

October is Audiology Awareness Month, a great time to bring awareness to what audiologists do, who we can help, and how.

First, what is an audiologist?

An audiologist is a degreed professional who specializes in the diagnosis and non-medical treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders.

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Act Now to Take Advantage of Year-End Hearing Health Savings

 

With 2017 nearly in the rearview mirror, it’s a great time to take stock of your medical expenses and investigate your hearing health care options. As you do, consider these three questions:

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Topics: Hearing loss

10 Essential Questions to Ask When Purchasing Hearing Aids

 

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New Research Sheds Light on Benefits of Hearing Aids

 

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Take Your Hearing to the Next Level

 

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Topics: Hearing Technology

Hearing aids are a smart investment in your health

There’s no argument that hearing aids can be a big budget item, but when compared to other consumer electronics, they are an important investment proven to impact job performance, quality of life and health. If you have hearing loss, they are something you should not live without. So let’s compare the expense of hearing aids to something most of us think we can’t do without, a smartphone.

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Topics: Hearing Aids, hearing aid cost, hearing aid expense, hearing aid affordability, does insurance cover hearing aids, hearing aid technology, Hearing Technology

The real cost of hearing loss

Every day, we see patients at Associated Audiologists who have measurable hearing loss, but who may be hesitant to invest in the hearing aid technology they need to hear their best. What they may not consider is that the real cost of hearing loss goes far beyond the immediate price of the hearing aid technology or the audiologist’s evaluation.

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Topics: Hearing loss, Audiologist, Hearing Aids

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