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Hearing Aids and Hobbies

Wearing hearing devices all the time can lead to a feeling of restriction. With new technology and expert fitting, you don't have to stop going about your normal life. Hearing loss can be isolating but wearing hearing aids helps make up for it by helping you hear more clearly. When you go for a walk outside, you can't hear the birds and animals because they are too far away. But if you have hearing aids, then you will be able to hear the birds and animals. You might not be able to see them, but when you use your camera [...]

Differences in Types of Hearing Impairments

Hearing loss is a condition that affects many people in the United States. We need to learn about all different types and what they do so we can help them recover as quickly as possible. Out of the many people in the world with hearing problems, Americans comprise approximately 48 million of these. One type of hearing loss is noise-induced which happens when you have been exposed to very loud sounds for a long time. Noise-induced hearing loss gets worse over time and happens gradually. But hearing loss can happen quickly. This type of hearing loss is caused by things [...]

Protecting Your Hearing Health

Hearing loss cannot be reversed in most cases. This is why it is important to protect your hearing while you can. Your ears are very sensitive organs and they can be easily damaged by too much noise. That is why it is important for you to wear ear protection to keep your hearing safe. First off, depending on what you are doing, get a pair of ear plugs or earmuffs. You can use them when you are around any loud sounds including concerts, sporting events, or even vacuuming at home. If you work in an occupation that routinely requires exposure [...]

Hearing Protection

Noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible and should be considered a serious issue. Loud noises, such as those in the workplace or at concerts can lead to tinnitus (ringing), which often leads to permanent damage of one's ability to hear for long periods of time. It is important that we learn how loud volumes affect our ears because noise induced hearing loss can even cause people who are not knowingly exposed to these high levels still suffer from this acoustic injury! It might be difficult to make out what level of noises should be considered unsafe. As a rule of thumb, [...]

Wearing Hearing Devices Properly

Getting new hearing instruments can require you to be a bit patient so that you can grow accustomed to your new hearing world.  Over time, hearing loss eliminates several sounds which suddenly reappear as a result of wearing hearing aids, thus these sounds can take some time to get used to.  It is common to feel a sense of exasperation over the initial period, but over time you can work with your audiologist to help you adjust your hearing device settings and help you regain your optimal sense of hearing.  Here are some recommendations that can help you adjust to [...]

Sleeping with Tinnitus

You have been tossing and turning for the past hour, but that annoying buzzing in your ears refuses to stop! This is a normal night for those dealing with tinnitus.  Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure that you get a restful night’s sleep despite having tinnitus. Tinnitus can disrupt your day’s routine due to the constant buzzing or ringing sound within the ears.  It may distract you from your work or the task at hand, and may rob you of sleep at night.  A few simple measures can help you get some sleep while dealing effectively with [...]

The Maestro with Hearing Damage

We listen to his musical melodies to this day.  He was a genius when it came to music.  He composed beautiful pieces of music that have survived over generations.  Most importantly, he was deaf! Yes, we are talking about none other than Ludwig von Beethoven. Beethoven was a brilliant musician as well as a talented composer who was born in the month of December in the year 1770.  Even though he was very successful as a musician, he began to suffer from hearing damage that began in his 20’s.  Unfortunately, his hearing damage progressed to deafness due to his own [...]

The Audiologists of Hearing Aid Express

In Texas, there are three groups of people who are legally allowed to dispense hearing aids: Audiologists, Licensed Dispensers and Medical Doctors. While all Licensed Dispensers (including Board Certified Dispensers) fit hearing aids, not all Audiologists do. Some of them practice audiology in other ways, such as aural rehabilitation, balance treatments or screening newborn children. Audiologists and Doctors of Audiology have to be licensed in Texas to dispense hearing aids. In addition to their schooling they also take continuing education classes to help keep their skills fresh. Audiology has traditionally been a Master’s Degree program. In the past few years [...]

Waterproof Hearing Aids

Are there waterproof hearing aids? Hearing aids have to have some sort of opening for the microphone so that sound waves can get inside.  Once inside, the computer chip in the hearing aid processes the signal (adjusting for noise, different frequencies and so on) and delivers the modified sounds to your eardrum. Because there must be an opening for sound waves to get in to the aid there are no hearing aids that are completely waterproof (meaning you can’t store them in a bowl of water!).  There are some new hearing aids that are surprisingly water-resistant. What’s the problem with [...]

Focus on Unitron Hearing Aids

Unitron hearing aids are among the industry leaders in assistive hearing loss technology.  We proudly offer a wide variety of products from this manufacturer, which is among one of the fastest-growing hearing aids manufacturers in the world. Unitron Moxi & Unitron Moda II The Unitron Moxi has a unique, innovative design consisting of two parts.  A tiny receiver is placed in the ear canal, which is connected to a case which hides behind the ear.  This design allows the Moxi to provide excellent hearing enhancement at an affordable price.  The Unitron Moda II has a similar design, and both products [...]