Blog Posts tagged with: Hearing Loss

How to Protect your Hearing from Noise Damage

When we think about harmful noise levels that could damage our hearing most people think of gun shots, jet engines, or rock concerts. However, it is not only the loudness of the sound that could cause damage but also the amount of time you are exposed to it. Most people know that a brief, very … Continue reading 

Managing Listening Fatigue

December is often one of the busiest months of the year. Whether it’s prepping for company, keeping on top of holiday baking, or making an appearance at more parties than you can count, the festive season can be tiring. Add on the effort it takes to listen with a hearing loss, and you’re bound to … Continue reading 

Communicating with Someone with a Hearing Loss

Hearing loss presents many challenges for communication. Obviously, volume is an issue, but with properly programed hearing aids, volume can be corrected. Clarity is another issue – certain types of hearing loss can cause speech sounds to be distorted, meaning even with enough volume, the sound is not clear. Another problem is background noise – … Continue reading 

Preventing Falls

Preventing falls is a major concern for injury prevention. We know that regardless of age, even a mild untreated hearing loss can increase a person’s risk for falls. As we age, however, not only does the risk of falling increase, but the potential consequences can become more complex and long-term. November is Falls Prevention month, … Continue reading 

When Should You Have a Hearing Test?

Most people have their eyes tested every two years, their teeth checked every 6-12 months, and a checkup with their family doctor at least once a year. Unfortunately, many people are not in the habit of having their ears checked by an audiologist as often as they should. For some, this is because they are … Continue reading 

The Trouble with Background Noise

The most common issue for people with hearing loss is trouble hearing in background noise. Whether it’s struggling to hear in a noisy restaurant, or problems following a conversation with a group of people, background noise creates some challenges. First, the changes in your hearing system that cause a hearing loss can also lead to … Continue reading 

Healthy Heart, Healthy Ears

Your basic hearing system is made up of three main parts – your outer ear, your middle ear, and your inner ear. Of these three parts, your inner ear, or your cochlea, is the most complicated, since this is where physical movement from sound gets translated into signals that can travel along your hearing nerve … Continue reading 

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Not only does January mark the start of a new year, but January is also Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – a month to promote the understanding and awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Because this group of diseases largely affects older adults, it is important to consider the many age-related factors, such as … Continue reading 

Television Solutions

The television presents some unique challenges for people with hearing loss. Sitcoms and movies are more difficult than the news or game shows, because of the fast-paced speech and background noise. These issues are worsened by the fact that both speech and noise are coming from the same speakers, meaning the noise and speech are … Continue reading 

Why Two Ears Are Better Than One

Being diagnosed with a hearing loss can come as quite a shock for some. In many cases, the often slow nature of hearing loss means many people are not aware of any problem. Once this diagnosis sinks in, some people are surprised once again when they hear they need two hearing aids, not one. While … Continue reading