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What is mild hearing loss?
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on October 08, 2019
Mild hearing loss may sound, umm, mild, but it’s quite the misnomer. Professionals classify any hearing thresholds between 25-40 dB to be a mild hearing loss. But short of measuring your hearing loss precisely, how can you tell if you have mild hearing loss? People with a mild hearing loss tend to be able to hear speech when someone is speaking close...
Is hearing loss avoidable?
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on October 02, 2019
Instead, I am going to write about what you can do to avoid the second-leading cause of hearing loss — noise-induced hearing loss. Did you know that one in four U.S. adults have noise-induced hearing loss? That’s a lot of people (at least 40 million)! The good news is that you can protect your hearing in most situations. And if you practice good...
How wearing hearing aids can help enhance your safety
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on September 20, 2019
You already know that hearing aids can improve hearing and communication. But did you know they can also enhance safety? Several studies have confirmed what many hearing healthcare experts and their patients already knew — that using hearing aids improves quality of life, and can provide the wearer with an increased sense of safety and independence. Here...
Why it's important to check your hearing regularly
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on September 04, 2019
We are all concerned about our health and well-being! Benjamin Franklin once said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Whether it is diabetes, cancer, heart disease or hearing loss, we have become increasingly more focused on stopping illness through preventative healthcare. It’s one reason why we’re living longer and why, if...
Can I wear my mother's hearing aids?
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on August 07, 2019
Can I wear my mother’s hearing aids? I hear versions of this question often. A family member has passed and someone else wants to use their hearing aids. Or a friend is upgrading their hearing aids and has offered their current pair to you. Seems like a good idea, but it is not quite as simple as slipping on a pair of shoes. Let’s talk about some things...
Five tips for maintaining hearing aids in hot weather
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on August 01, 2019
Five tips for maintaining hearing aids in hot weather With summer here, it’s a good time to remember that hearing aids, like most high-tech devices, are susceptible to excess heat and moisture. And while Starkey hearing aids are more durable than most — thanks to our proprietary Surface™ NanoShield moisture-repellent system — keeping these...
Subtle hearing loss in young adults can alter brain function
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on July 08, 2019
Research found that young people with subtle hearing loss are altering their brain function in ways typically only seen in older adults. As a result, they could be paving the way for dementia. Researcher Yune Lee and his team monitored the brain activity of study participants 18 through 41 years of age as they listened to increasingly complex sentences. The team...
Can hearing aids help with hearing loss in one ear?
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on July 01, 2019
Yes – hearing aids can help A LOT. Why? Because we are meant to hear with two ears. Binaural hearing (hearing with both ears) is essential for hearing in noise, maintaining our natural perception of loudness, and it is how we effectively localize or maintain spatial awareness and feel immersed in our surroundings. So even if you feel you can “get...
At the gym, turn up the beat, not the dB!
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on June 13, 2019
Have you set a goal to get healthier this year? Are you going to the gym or perhaps a workout class a few times a week? Congratulations on setting your goal and taking steps to reach it! With the rising popularity of fitness classes and niche workout gyms, loud music goes in parallel with the workout, sweat, and pounding heart rates. However, instructors and...
“I can hear but I can’t understand”
Posted by Matthew J. Brown on June 03, 2019
One of the first things people with hearing loss observe is “I hear people fine, but I don’t understand what they are saying.” This is a consistent complaint of individuals who are experiencing the effects of a “sloping high frequency hearing loss.“ What’s happening and why do so many have this complaint? Hearing loss...
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