Decades of research point to a link between heart and hearing health. Raymond H. Hull, PhD, professor of communication sciences and disorders in audiology and neurosciences at Wichita State University, and Stacy R. Kerschen, Au.D., conducted an analysis of 84 years of work from scientists worldwide on the link between cardiovascular health and the ability to hear. Their work, which reviewed 70 scientific studies, confirmed a direct link. The findings of their analysis also suggest that hearing loss may be an early sign of heart disease.
When you think about the things that are bad for your heart, you probably think about habits like smoking, overeating, or lack of exercise. Now you can add another risk factor to that list - noise.
Hearing aids do just that - they “aid” you in hearing better - but even with the latest technology, hearing aids have limitations. Public spaces, such as auditoriums, one-on-one conversations, watching television, and listening to phone calls or music can all present listening challenges.
Did you know that if you wear hearing aids you could be streaming conversations with friends and family directly from your smartphone to your hearing aids? And your favorite television programming and music could be delivered directly to your ears hands-free, too? And even better, you could be the only one who could hear all of this? Thanks to the newest digital hearing aid technology, it’s possible to connect to your many electronic devices hands-free and hear better.
The Audiology Patient Choice Act (H.R. 2276/S.2575) would provide Medicare patients with direct access to a doctoral-level audiologist without a referral from a primary care provider. This would streamline access and care for many patients, reducing wait times for appointments and the need for, and hassle of, additional paperwork.
If you’ve ever wondered whether you should purchase hearing aids at a big box store/warehouse like Costco or Sam’s Club versus a professional audiology practice, we’ll break down the important aspects in this article. Like many purchases we make in life, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons, and make a well-informed decision.
One major barrier cited as a reason for not getting hearing aids is the cost. Entry-level hearing aids at a professional audiology practice, such as Associated Audiologists, range from $675 to $3,200 per ear. Hearing aids in this price range are custom-fit by a doctoral-level audiologist.
As a consumer, you may not know that there are two different ways to fit and program hearing aids. One is to use the default manufacturer’s setting, also called the first-fit setting. This means the provider essentially takes the hearing aids out of a box and puts them in your ears without performing additional programming or testing to be sure they are working as they should.
The first-ever placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial of hearing aid outcomes published in the American Journal of Audiology shows that older adults benefit from hearing aid use.