May 16 kicks off Tinnitus Awareness Week, and so it only seems fitting that we dedicate time to an issue that affects roughly 20 million adults. For such a broad-reaching issue — one of the most common health conditions throughout the United States — tinnitus is often misunderstood by Americans.
It’s like a scene from a surreal dream: It’s another normal day and you’re in a crowd, walking down a busy sidewalk, when suddenly you hear a piercing, painful sound. You halt your steps to cover your ears, cringing in discomfort, and look around for the source of the disruptive noise, expecting people around you to be reacting similarly. Except they aren’t. They’re still walking, seemingly oblivious to the bothersome attack you’re experiencing.
Imagine that you’ve just installed new windows in your house. One morning, you’re in the kitchen making coffee, and gust of wind hits the house. Your entire kitchen window pops out of its frame, falling to the floor. What on earth? you think to yourself. These windows are brand-new, how can they possibly be faulty?
When people are considering purchasing new hearing aids, two of the most common questions we hear are, how much do hearing aids cost, and will my insurance cover them? Because every insurance plan differs, insurance coverage for hearing aids is a complex topic best addressed individually, but here are five tips to keep in mind:
My mother gave me a priceless gift for Christmas. It’s a photo of me in high school, leaning closely to talk to my Great Grandmother. It reminded me of the influence that she had on my career and life. She had profound hearing loss. As a child I was always intrigued by her hearing aid and have always been fascinated by intricate gadgets and electronics.
It’s been a great year to be an audiologist. In the past 18 months, we’ve seen an explosion in the technology available to help individuals with hearing loss. We now have access to brand new devices that many of us only dreamed of previously. The new ReSound LiNX falls into this category, along with the new Widex Dream.