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All Ears: If I have tinnitus, does it mean I also have hearing loss?
Posted by Kevin Amdahl, M.S. on May 10, 2019
Tinnitus is defined as “the hearing of sound when no external sound is present.” It is one of the most common complaints reported to hearing healthcare professionals. Certainly, tinnitus is associated with hearing loss. That doesn’t mean, though, that if one has tinnitus, hearing loss is also present. Why tinnitus and hearing loss typically...
Learning to hear again takes practice
Posted by Kevin Amdahl, M.S. on May 01, 2019
Purchasing hearing aids for the first time starts an individual on a path of rehabilitation similar to other conditions that require the person to learn a set of skills in a new way. Very commonly, a person with hearing loss has forgotten specific sounds both wanted (a loved one’s voice) and unwanted (noise) that an individual with normal hearing...
The secret to staying happy and healthy
Posted by Kevin Amdahl, M.S. on April 05, 2019
Open any magazine and you’re bound to find an article on how to turn back the hands of time. Posts on health and wellness are among the most popular on social media. Many of us hope to age gracefully and happily by looking and feeling our best. But is worrying about looking older delaying our decision to get hearing aids? If so, The Harvard Study of Adult...
Separating hearing aid fact from fiction
Posted by Kevin Amdahl, M.S. on April 01, 2019
Hearing and sight are arguably our two most important senses. Yet, if and when either starts to fail us (and both usually do as we age), we react to each quite differently. Look around at all the people with glasses, contacts, Lasik surgery or just cheaters, and it’s obvious that we have no problem or hesitation with treating vision issues. But when it...
Can treating hearing loss help prevent dementia?
Posted by Kevin Amdahl, M.S. on March 20, 2019
A study published in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, called dementia “the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century.” The study, conducted by The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care, noted that 50 million people have dementia worldwide — and that the number is expected to...
5 reasons to treat hearing loss
Posted by Kevin Amdahl, M.S. on March 04, 2019
So you’ve got a little hearing loss. What’s the big deal, right? It happens to almost all of us as we age. FACT: 37.5 million Americans 18 and older have hearing loss, including one out of every three, 60 and older. You can cope, you’ve decided. You’ll just turn the TV up a little louder. Ask people to speak up or repeat what they said....
Is ‘getting hearing aids’ on your honey-do list?
Posted by Kevin Amdahl, M.S. on February 11, 2019
Treating hearing loss has been proven to provide many benefits, like better hearing, improved communication and confidence, and reduced risk of cognitive decline, to name a few. But friends and family get to enjoy the benefits of their loved one wearing hearing aids, too. Some benefits, like closer relationships, less worry, and increased participation are huge....
Repeat after me: hearing loss is treatable
Posted by Kevin Amdahl, M.S. on February 04, 2019
Have you heard the saying, “it’s funny because it’s true”? This cartoon definitely falls under that category (though, admittedly, funny is a subjective concept). If you’re close to someone with hearing loss, it should at least resonate. We’ve all been there — acting as the translator…the repeater. If you have...
Do’s and don’ts of hearing aid battery care
Posted by Kevin Amdahl, M.S. on January 16, 2019
Hearing aids batteries keep our ears going! Here are some quick do’s and don’ts to get the most out of your hearing aid batteries. Do’s 1. Do let your batteries rest for one min after you pull the tab off and before you put into your hearing aid. 2. Do throw your battery away if your hearing aid gets wet. 3. Do carry extra batteries with you...
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