HEARING AT THE THANKSGIVING TABLE

It’s no secret that hearing conversation at a crowded family dinner can be difficult – especially if you have a hearing loss. While Thanksgiving can be a great way to catch up with family and friends, it can prove challenging and tiring for people with hearing loss. Luckily, hearing aid technology allows you to be more in the moment at family gatherings. If you have hearing aids, it’s important that you wear them to your Thanksgiving dinner. You may think that with so much noise at a party or family dinner, hearing aids would just make things louder. But modern digital hearing aids aren’t simple sound amplifiers. They are designed to filter out the unwanted background noise and help you focus on speech.

Two hearing aid features in particular are put to work in crowds:

  • The Speech Enhancer- Widex hearing aids reduce noise by using a speech enhancer. This technology works to reduce background noise and helps you focus on what you need to hear.
  • Directional Microphones- directional microphones work to reduce the amount of noise allowed to enter your hearing aids. In noisy environments, like at a large family dinner table, the system will work to pick up the least amount of noise. If the noise is located behind you, your directional microphones will adapt to pick up sound from in front of you and dampen noise from behind you.

Here are some tips on helping your guests with hearing loss enjoy your party:

  • Background music- most everyone loves music. But with conversations of 20+ people, usually no one can hear it anyways. Consider turning down the background music – or turning it off completely when several guests are socializing at once. People tend to speak louder to be heard over the music, so your music may in fact make the party louder.
  • Dish Duty- hold off on cleaning the dishes until after your guests have left. For people with hearing loss, the clatter of kitchen dishes can distract from dinnertime conversation. Take time to enjoy your guests rather than worrying about the clean-up!
  • Seating-if you know that one of your guests has a hearing loss, seat that person at the center of the table closest to those with the quietest voices. It may also help if you sit next to that person, so you can help him or her to better understand the conversation.

Have the “hearing loss” conversation

 

Holiday gatherings are a good time to have “the conversation” with friends and loved ones. We’re talking about the conversation about hearing loss and getting hearing aids. If you think your loved one is unable to hear correctly, encourage them to get a professional evaluation. This is a great first step in helping someone realize they are missing the wonderful family conversations at holiday time.

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Lyric Hearing Aids Provide Constant, Consistent Sound Stimulation

Many of our patients tend to be curious about new hearing technologies and want to learn all they can. There is one hearing device that is relatively a new concept in hearing and is capable of offering many users a superior hearing experience. This device is known as the Lyric, and produced by the manufacturer Phonak. Read Full Article

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Why it is Better to Address Hearing Loss Sooner Rather than Later?

Addressing hearing loss early has its advantages. These include establishing a “baseline” to compare future tests for change, immediate enhancement of your quality of life, and helping protect against several health problems frequently linked to untreated hearing loss. The reason not to put off having a hearing test and seeking treatment is because we all actually “hear” with our brains, not with our ears. When we have hearing loss, the connections in the brain that respond to sound are likely to “reorganize” themselves. For many people, hearing aids are able to provide the sound stimulation needed for the brain to restore its connections for processing sound. As a result, the individual is able to better react to the sounds that they had been missing and cognitively process them into meaningful language. Read Full Article

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Why do I need clEAR Auditory Brain Training?

 Are hearing and listening the same thing?

Surprisingly, they are not. Hearing allows you to receive acoustic information (speech) while listening requires your brain to attend to and interpret speech. For example, once a speech signal enters your ear, your brain must rapidly process each word and hold that string of words in memory long enough to comprehend and make sense of its meaning. Not only must your brain distinguish each word from all other possible words, but it must invoke mental skills such as auditory memory, auditory attention, and auditory processing speech in order for you to engage successfully in conversation. Read Full Article

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5 MYTHS ABOUT NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS

Have you ever felt hard of hearing after a night at a concert? Do you have hearing loss after years of working in a noisy environment? Did a sudden loud noise make you lose your ability to hear out of one or two ears? If so, you may have Noise-induced hearing loss.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders.  Approximately 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to noise at work or in leisure activities.

While the root cause of this type of hearing loss may seem simple, there are many misconceptions about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. It’s time to set the record straight.

MYTH: Noise-induced hearing loss is immediately noticeable – While many people may experience temporary hearing loss after a loud party or concert, a damaged ear may not be immediately noticeable. Often, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is the result of years of exposure to loud noise, and isn’t noticed until a family member points out common signs of hearing loss.

MYTH: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss isn’t permanent – While Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is often  one of few types of hearing loss that CAN go away over time, it is often permanent. Start by resting your ears and giving yourself about 16 hours to recover. If you still experience hearing loss after this time then it is important to see your  Audiologist. 

MYTH: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss only occurs if you are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis – A one single exposure to explosions, gun shots, loud concerts and other sudden loud noises can cause noise-induced hearing loss. It is important to wear hearing protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud noise, even if it is just for a short amount of time.

MYTH: Only loud music can cause hearing loss – Your profession may be just as risky as your hobbies when it comes to causing hearing loss. Industrial noise is a leading cause of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.  A recent study by the United States Center for Disease Control showed that miners are the most likely people to have this type of hearing loss, due to acoustic trauma from daily noise exposure underground.

MYTH: Noise-induced hearing loss is not preventable – Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is the only type of hearing loss that is somewhat preventable. Make sure to wear proper ear protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud sounds, even if it is for only a short amount of time. Both custom and non-custom ear protection can be purchased.

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SUDDEN HEARING LOSS- DON’T WAIT!

 

Sudden hearing loss can be frightening and damaging if not treated immediately.  Some people suffer from this type of hearing loss and wait a few days or even weeks, hoping that it will recover on its own.  In some cases, this may occur but in many cases this does not happen; therefore, it should be given immediate attention for the best possible outcome. Read Full Article

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clEAR™ Offers a Customized Approach to Aural Rehabilitation

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LIVING WITH MILD HEARING LOSS

When it comes to health concerns, including hearing loss, people often wonder: how bad is too bad. How serious does a condition need to be before it goes from being an annoyance to something that requires medical attention? If you have mild hearing loss, you may think it’s not serious and can be ignored, at least for now. Read Full Article

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ENJOY THESE INTRERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOUR EARS AND HOW YOU HEAR

The human ear is an advanced and very sensitive organ of the human body. The ear’s function is to transmit and transduce sound to the brain through the parts of the ear: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Here are some interesting facts about your ears and how we hear. Read Full Article

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