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Hearing Loss Can be Exhausting

Do you ever feel drained after a day, even though you have not been participating in any physically challenging activity? Do you find yourself exhausted simply after having conversations with your friends and coworkers? Do you need to strain in order to catch parts of the conversation? Hearing loss could be at the root of all your problems. Imagine trying to read a sentence when parts of the sentence are missing: “j s  l ke t is!” In case you were wondering what you just missed out on, it reads “just like this!” Simply trying to figure out what the [...]

When Your Hearing Aids Need Professional Cleaning

Cleaning your hearing aids is an important part of taking care of your hearing investment and helps keep them in good working order for much longer! Hearing aids make our lives so much smoother by providing us with a more organic hearing experience.  However, daily wear and tear, sweat and dirt take its toll on these delicate devices, which is why they need to be cleaned properly and regularly. Daily maintenance can easily be done at home, but for deep cleaning, it is best to rely on the professionals Like any other electronic device, hearing aids also function at their [...]

Monitoring your Child’s Headphone Use

Hearing loss can occur to anyone at any point in their lifetime. In America, hearing loss affects around 34 million people.  Your children may be in equal danger of encountering noise-induced hearing loss as anyone else in your family.  In fact, recently there has been a sharp rise in the cases of childhood loss of hearing.  Parents often spend so much time worrying about their safety but they often overlook a major threat to their child’s auditory health: unsafe headphone use. It is often a common complaint of every parent: “are you listening to me?!” Most of the times, be [...]

Hearing Loss Has a Preventative Solution for all ages

It's not only the elderly suffering from hearing loss, anymore. Loud volumes are affecting the younger generation, too. The elderly population is generally who we think of when it comes to hearing loss, when in reality, a significant number of young adults also experience this. In America, one in every ten individuals spends time listening to personal audio devices at unsafe volumes. This can cause irreparable damage to their hearing. Young individuals love listening to their music at louder volumes. Ever wondered why? A recent research indicates that there are three primary reasons as to why people in the younger population [...]

LiNX Quattro released from GNReSound

When it comes to hearing Layers of Sound™, having hours of rechargeable battery life, and a super-powered chip, the newly-released ReSound Quattro has you covered. Sound Processing ReSound has taken the popular LiNX 3D and redesigned the sound processing package. Now, it provides extra strength in the signal and use of the microphones. Sounds are passed to the amplifier without being altered. You get richer sound quality due to higher input levels. That also means softer sounds are clearer and louder sounds are fuller without distortion. New Chip Quattro’s new chip is now 100% faster at processing, has 100% more memory, [...]

Hearing Aids Get Wet?

Take the steps below to help ensure your hearing aid isn't completely damaged. Saving Hearing Aids When They Get Wet Did your hearing aids get wet? This can be very stressful.  Over 48 million people in America use hearing aids to improve their hearing.  Some users are so comfortable wearing their hearing instruments that they sometimes forget to remove them prior to taking a shower or going swimming.  This can result in water getting into the hearing aids! This causes anxiety because of the potentially damaging effect of moisture on the delicate inner circuitry of hearing aids. In case [...]

One-Sided Hearing Loss

Being able to determine the direction of sounds is diminished with one-sided hearing loss. Loss of hearing is a condition that can occur with varying degrees of severity and can be one-sided.  This may sound strange, but it is not an unusual occurrence.  People with hearing damage in only one ear can have either regular hearing in the other or can have varying degrees of hearing loss in their other ear as well. How can you tell if you have one-sided hearing loss? A few ways you can tell are: You are unable to locate the source of [...]

Surprising everyday sounds that cause Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Facts about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Author | American Academy of Audiology A concert is a great place to suffer from Noise-Induced hearing loss. Approximately 40 million American adults may have hearing loss resulting from noise exposure.[1] Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells found in the inner ear.  Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear (sound energy) into electrical signals that travel to the brain.  Once damaged, our hair cells cannot grow back, which results in permanent hearing loss. Hearing protection decreases the intensity, or loudness, of noise and [...]

Listening Fatigue is Real

Author | American Academy of Audiology What is Listening Fatigue? Hearing loss leads to communication difficulties.  To maintain optimal understanding, listeners with hearing loss must allocate more cognitive resources, or brain power, to listening than do listeners without hearing loss. This increase in cognitive resources required to listen to speech has been referred to as an increase in listening effort. Cognitive resources are not unlimited; using additional cognitive resources to listen leaves fewer resources available for other tasks. For example, to maintain optimal understanding in a challenging situation, persons with hearing loss may need to shift more resources from other ongoing [...]

Ototoxicity and Hearing Loss

Author | American Academy of Audiology Up to 80% of adults have hearing loss after chemotherapy[1] Ototoxicity refers to damage to the hearing and/or balance organs that occurs after exposure to medications or chemicals that affect the inner ear.  Ototoxic medications can damage hearing, balance, or both. • Hearing System Sounds travel from the outer ear through the ear canal and eardrum, through the middle ear, and finally to the hearing organ located in the inner ear.  From here, sounds are converted into neural impulses that travel to the brain. The ears are fully formed at birth but mature through childhood. [...]