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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,

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

Six Signs of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Apr 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

An analysis from the Centers for Disease Control suggests at least 10 million (6 percent) adults in the U.S. under age 70 - and perhaps as many as 40 million adults total (24 percent) - may have noise-induced hearing loss based on their hearing test results.

The study also found 19 percent of young adults aged 20 to 29 had hearing loss in one or both ears. This finding reinforces the fact that young adults also need to be aware of the risk of hearing loss from loud noise.

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Topics: noise-induced hearing loss, hearing loss, hearing aids, hearing problems,

Could You Have Hidden Hearing Loss?

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Apr 9, 2018 12:44:46 PM

If you hear well in a quiet room, or when talking one-on-one with a friend or family member, but have problems hearing when the television is on in the background, or you’re trying to carry on a conversation in a crowded restaurant, you may actually have a condition that’s recently been described as hidden hearing loss, or HHL.

Why HHL Is So Hard to Diagnose

“As audiologists, patients often come to us because th

ey have problems hearing in noisy environments,” explained Tim Steele, Ph.D., FAAA, President, Associated Audiologists. “This may be their first symptom of hearing loss. But, sometimes when we test their hearing using an audiogram, the gold standard for hearing testing, their hearing test appears to be normal.”

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Topics: Audiologist, coping with hearing loss, hearing loss, hearing aids, hearing problems,

Why You Should Change Your Mind About Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Apr 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Frequently, people don’t see the value in treating hearing loss early on, or sometimes even at all. But new research into the connections between wearing hearing aids and dementia is changing people’s minds, literally!

Studies have shown that older adults with untreated hearing loss have a higher incidence of fall- and accident-related death, social isolation, and dementia than those without hearing loss.

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Topics: hearing loss, hearing aids, hearing problems,

Do Hearing Aids Help With Tinnitus?

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Mar 26, 2018 11:32:57 AM

According to the American Tinnitus Association, ringing in your ears, or tinnitus, is overwhelmingly connected to some level of hearing loss. Most people develop tinnitus as a symptom of hearing loss, caused either by age, long-term hearing damage, or acute trauma to the auditory system. According to the general scientific consensus, hearing loss keeps fewer sounds from reaching the brain. In response, the brain undergoes changes in how it processes different sound frequencies. Tinnitus is the product of these changes.

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Topics: Hearing Aids, tinnitus, hearing aid technology

Does Stress Contribute to Tinnitus? Anxiety and Tinnitus

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Mar 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you suffer from ringing in your ears, or tinnitus, keeping stress levels down and inducing relaxation may help you cope better with your tinnitus, promote better sleep, improve your concentration ability, and reduce anxiety and tension.

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Topics: tinnitus

Ringing in Your Ears and Why Should You Pay Attention to It

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Mar 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), tinnitus affects approximately 50 million Americans to some degree, usually as a sound that only you can hear. People often describe their tinnitus as buzzing, ringing, white noise, crickets chirping and/or a roaring sound. Although these descriptions are typical, each individual’s experience can be different, and is an important clue that you need to pay attention to your hearing.

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Topics: tinnitus, hearing aids, hearing problems, hearing loss

Two New FDA-Approved Tinnitus Treatments - Associated Audiologists

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Feb 27, 2018 10:55:43 AM

Tinnitus, a persistent and annoying ringing sensation in the ears, is one of the most common, yet frustrating audiological conditions many patients face. In fact, according to the American Tinnitus Association, as many as 2 to 3 million people cannot function “normally” on a day-to-day basis due to their tinnitus.

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Topics: tinnitus

Hearing Aids with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & Other New Technology

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Feb 19, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 

Did you know you can take your hearing to the next level using recent advancements in hearing aid technology and by adding assistive listening devices and accessories?  Here are three recent innovations that can improve your performance with hearing aids, and enhance your listening experience.

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Topics: Hearing Aids, hearing aids, hearing problems, hearing loss, hearing aid technology

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