Steps to Hearing Success
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by Living Sounds
1y ago
The following principles have been used by thousands of hearing aid wearers to successfully transition to better hearing health: Awareness We may not know what we haven’t heard because we didn’t hear it! Many of us don’t recognize the insidious onset of age-related hearing loss because it is not a sudden phenomenon. Family members and friends can watch out for each other and have supportive conversations about good communication strategies, including self-awareness of our hearing capabilities. Once we know that there may be difficulty with our hearing, initial steps to compensate may be initi ..read more
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Understanding Different Hearing Loss Tests
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by Living Sounds
1y ago
Whether at home or in a doctor’s office, there can be numerous tests that used to find out if you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss. Here are a number of common tests that are used today to determine a person’s level of hearing loss. Self-Tests You Can Perform at Home Generally, these tests fall under the category of “screening,” which are considered a preliminary step to determine if more thorough examinations are necessary. Some of these screening procedures aren’t considered formal tests, but simply involve monitoring certain situations that could potentially be signs of hearing ..read more
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Why You Need to See a Hearing Specialist Instead of Self-Treating
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by Living Sounds
1y ago
Many people are tempted to look for a quick-fix self-treatment when a hearing problem is detected because they assume it isn’t a big deal. However, even small issues can worsen over time, so having your hearing checked by a professional is crucial to your long-term health. Take a comprehensive hearing test While there are now some online or store-bought hearing tests, they simply can’t tell you everything about your hearing. When you visit a hearing specialist, you will be given a comprehensive hearing examination Suitable for fitting the advanced hearing aids of today.  Beyond providing ..read more
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Why Upgrade Your Hearing?
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by Living Sounds
1y ago
If you are aware that you are having difficulty hearing, it’s probably time for an upgrade.  Don’t let the word “Upgrade” be a cause for anxiety, there are simple things that can give your ability to communicate a boost. Simple Things: Good communication practices are often not practiced, especially at home with familiar communication partners.  Listening is an active process and requires more than one person to make it work!  When making a phone call, would you start talking before the phone was answered?  Of course not.  verbal communication is similar, we need to g ..read more
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The Sounds of the Holidays
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by Living Sounds
1y ago
The winter holidays are a special and magical time, making the sounds we hear around us more meaningful and memorable. Music and movies, the sounds of the outdoors, and enjoying the company of friends and family are all an important part of this time of the year. Below is a list of a few holiday sounds that signal the time year and that we always look forward to. The Sounds of the Season The light whisper of crackling logs in the fireplace, the ringing of silver bells, the sound of unwrapping presents, and lively conversation around the dinner table are all things associated with this time of ..read more
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What Should I Expect at My First Hearing Appointment?
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by Living Sounds
1y ago
Being proactive with your hearing health is a great help to your general well-being. With all medical appointments, it’s helpful to know what will happen before you arrive for your appointment. Procedures vary from one professional office to another, but here’s a general idea of what you might expect during your first hearing appointment. Filling Out Paperwork Just like with any other medical appointment, you’ll be asked to fill out a series of forms before we perform any tests or procedures. Some of the more common information questions might cover: Insurance information Your medical history ..read more
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Allergies and Hearing Loss
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by Living Sounds
1y ago
The functions of your ears are intertwined with many other parts of the body, which is why the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies can impact your hearing. How allergies can impact your hearing If you suffer from allergies you’re most likely accustomed to dealing with a runny nose, congestion, and red, itchy eyes when the pollen begins to spread. But what you may not be prepared for is for those same allergens to affect your hearing. Hearing experts believe that the histamines produced by exposure to allergens can also cause conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is ..read more
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How Does Hearing Loss Impact Your Brain?
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by Living Sounds
1y ago
Can hearing loss be a contributing cause of dementia? A body of research has found that older people with moderate to severe hearing loss had a risk of almost 60 percent of developing cognitive impairment.(Lin and Albert, 2014; Yuan et al, 2018) Later studies have been looking into whether the use of hearing aids can delay or prevent these problems. As is the case with many studies linked to dementia, it’s difficult to pin down exact causes of dementia because the human brain has already been damaged by the time the symptoms begin to arise. What’s the Connection? Scientists are tryin ..read more
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How Often Should You Tune Up Your Hearing Aid?
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by Living Sounds
1y ago
If your hearing aid doesn’t seem quite as effective lately, you might need a routine check-up. Just like going to the dentist or taking your dog for a wellness checkup, you and your hearing aids need periodic check-ups for best performance. The best way to make sure you’re hearing everything you should is to practice these techniques at least once a year: Schedule a hearing check and conformity evaluation Our hearing can change over time, and a delicate piece of technology like your hearing aid can lose some of its sharpness at the same time. Make an appointment with your audiologist for an an ..read more
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