The Benefits of Wearing Hearing Aids You’ve Never Heard Of

The Benefits of Wearing Hearing Aids You’ve Never Heard Of

When it comes to communication, hearing is our most important sense — it allows us to gather auditory information during normal day-to-day activities. Hearing not only allows us to socialize, communicate at work, and talk with our loved ones, but it also warns us of potential danger. When our hearing is impaired, it affects our ability to locate where sounds are coming from, and it affects the brain’s ability to know where your body is in proximity to the sounds around you.

Through a process called localization, a person subconsciously uses their hearing to identify the origin of a detected sound, as well as their distance from that sound. The auditory system uses several cues for localization, many of which are affected by a hearing loss.

When the delicate hearing organs in the inner ear are damaged, our ability to detect softer sounds — to understand what those sounds are …

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How Sporting Events Hurt Your Hearing

How Sporting Events Hurt Your Hearing

Since before Marshawn Lynch created the Beast Quake in the Seattle Seahawks’ 2011 season, loud stadiums have become a source of pride for fans. But with stadium noise exceeding safe decibel (sound pressure) levels, it’s also a source of hearing loss.

Cheering fans can push decibel levels well into the hundreds. At these levels, it only takes 1 to 15 minutes for the sound to damage your ears.

The damage done to your ears by exposure to loud noise is dependent upon the decibel level and the length of time you’re exposed. Repeated exposure to sound levels above 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. One symptom of hearing loss is tinnitus, or a ringing in your ears.

Football isn’t the only sport that puts fans at risk, though; from vuvuzelas to referee whistles, unsafe noise levels are common at sporting events. According to the Centers for Disease …

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How to Know When You Need a Technology Upgrade

How to Know When You Need a Technology Upgrade

Technology changes: 10 years ago, flip phones were a big thing with the cell phone crowd. Now it’s smartphones, which offer capabilities so much more vast than anything flip phones could ever do. Smartphones make our lives easier in a number of ways and have replaced a lot of other devices because they are convenient, can save us time, and often serve many purposes in our daily lives.

Hearing aids have had a similar trajectory. The technology has gotten more advanced, so new hearing aids have much more to offer than older technology. Are you still using the “flip phone of hearing aids”? If so, it may be time for an upgrade. Here are three signs that you could use a technology update.

YOUR HEARING HAS CHANGED

The human body has many regenerative properties, but lost hearing can’t be repaired. Hearing loss is permanent, and as time goes on, age-related …

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Misconceptions about hearing loss

7 Misconceptions You May Have About Hearing Loss

1) Personal sound amplifiers are the same as hearing aids.

These amplifiers were created for recreational activities, increasing overall volume rather than adapting to your environment the way hearing aids do. These devices can actually damage hearing rather than help it.

2) If I needed help with my hearing, I would know.

Hearing loss is gradual; often people live with it for years without realizing it, allowing their hearing to continue to decline.

3) It makes no difference where I go to get my hearing aids.

In order to treat something properly, you need a proper diagnosis. A trained audiologist can create a customized treatment plan and help you through each step in the process. Treatment isn’t a one-time transaction.

4) Hearing aids are just an ugly reminder of old age.

Hearing loss is more noticeable than a hearing aid. New technology means countless fits for …

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headphones and hearing loss

How Headphones and Earbuds Affect Your Hearing

Tune In to Your Hearing

Media and music are more accessible than ever, making earbuds and headphones essential. With the rise in technology use, it’s no surprise that there’s a rise in hearing loss. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one in eight people in the U.S. (13%) ages 12 years and older has hearing loss in both ears.

What Hertz Your Hearing

The decibel level (sound pressure) and length of exposure determine how much damage is done to the ears. Loud music destroys the fine hairs that stimulate the auditory nerve fibers, which carry sound data to the brain. Damage to these hairs is permanent, resulting in hearing loss. Typically, 85 decibels (a bulldozer idling, for example) is where the damage begins.

Listen and Learn

Listening style affects hearing damage. A common habit among earbud wearers is to turn up …

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