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Can Hearing Aids Prevent Cognitive Decline?

May 12, 2016
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In 2013, Johns Hopkins University researcher and epidemiologist Dr. Frank Lin directed a study which was the first to investigate the potential consequence of hearing loss on cognitive function. Volunteers with hearing loss took recurring cognitive assessments, used to evaluate memory and thinking skills, over the span of six years. Hearing tests were also carried ... Read More

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A Short Guide to Hearing Aids

April 07, 2016
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Hearing aid guides are not uncommon, but most are not exactly reader-friendly, either. Most are generally too lengthy or complicated, resulting in more confusion rather than less. My guess is that you’re less interested in the physiology of hearing or in the particulars of acoustical engineering and much more interested in identifying the most appropriate ... Read More

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What Makes Modern Digital Hearing Aids Better?

March 25, 2016
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Technology changes quickly: in 2005, the average 40-inch flat screen television would have cost you more than $1,500. Today, 10 years later, you can find a 40-inch flat screen TV for around $230. The same has happened with hearing aids, although it’s more likely to escape our recognition. We notice that TVs become larger, better, ... Read More

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How Hearing Aids Can Keep Your Brain Young

February 25, 2016
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Photo credit: flickr Saad Faruque Twentieth-century neuroscience has uncovered something rather amazing: namely that your brain can change itself well into adulthood. Whereas in the early 1900s it was assumed that the brain ceased changing in adolescence, we now understand that the brain responds to change all through life. Neuroplasticity To appreciate how your brain ... Read More

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Getting the Most Out of Your New Hearing Aids

February 11, 2016
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Congratulations—you’re set to join the millions of Americans who have found out how utilizing hearing aids can make life more exciting and fulfilling. Shortly, you’ll be hearing sounds you’ve long forgotten about, engaging in stimulating conversations, and listening to music with enhanced discernment for each instrument. But before you can get to all that, you’ll ... Read More

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5 Reasons To Choose a Hearing Aid Over a PSAP

February 04, 2016
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You have most likely seen the commercials. The ones advertising PSAPs, or personal sound amplification products, assuring a boost to hearing for as little as 20 dollars. It appears to be a fantastic deal—especially in comparison to the significant price tag of a hearing aid. The reality is, it’s not so much a great deal ... Read More

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The Real Cost of Hearing loss

January 21, 2016

The Real Cost of Hearing Loss If you had the opportunity to prevent or lessen the risk of cognitive decline as you grew older, how much would you be willing to pay for it? What would you say to 15 dollars per week? That’s about the cost of an expertly-programmed pair of hearing aids, which ... Read More

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A Short History of Hearing Aids

January 14, 2016
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We may take it for granted that our hearing aids are barely detectable, can be managed with our smartphones, and can discern between speech and background noise. What we might not realize, however, is that those features are the products of 400 years of research, design, and refinement. Even as early as 5 years ago, ... Read More

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Start the New Year With These 5 Healthy Resolutions

January 07, 2016
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Picture your life in 2016 with half the stress and double the energy. Who wouldn’t wish for that? While virtually everyone aspires to improved health, it’s not a secret that the majority of health-related New Year’s resolutions fail. We have the tendency to set resolutions that are too difficult or too complex—all in the name ... Read More

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10 Surprising Facts About Hearing Loss

December 24, 2015
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Quick question: how many individuals in the United States are suffering from some amount of hearing loss? What is your answer? I’m willing to bet, if I had to guess, that it was well short of the correct answer of 48 million individuals. Let’s consider one more. How many people in the US younger than ... Read More

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