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Loneliness, Social Isolation and a Pandemic, Oh My!

The worldwide impact of implementation of unprecedented social distancing and limitations on social activities because of the COVID-19 pandemic may have helped control the spread of the disease but impacted older adults disproportionally.  In a report from May of last year Hwang and colleagues noted:  “…there is a high cost associated with the essential quarantine […]

COVID Linked to Hearing Loss, Tinnitus

Throughout 2020 COVID-19 had us hiding out at home, washing our hands, wiping down surfaces and masking up. Quite a bit wasn’t known for some time. We knew about flu-like symptoms and disturbances in smell and taste, but not enough about the full spectrum of effects. A year later now, evidence is emerging about symptoms of […]

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Are Men or Women More Impacted by Hearing Loss?

Most people know that older adults are more likely to develop hearing loss as a result of Age-Related Hearing Loss (ARHL), but does a person’s gender also have an impact on their chances of having hearing problems? Men are more likely than women to develop hearing loss Decades of research data have shown that, regardless […]

Is Your Hearing Aid Working for You?

If you have difficulty hearing and have taken the wise step to acquire hearing aids, one important job is to maintain them and be alert for problems that you may be able to solve at home. The longer you use hearing aids, the easier it is to realize just how important they are and how […]

Steps to Hearing Success

The following principles have been used by thousands of hearing aid wearers to successfully transition to better hearing health: Awareness We may not know what we haven’t heard because we didn’t hear it! Many of us don’t recognize the insidious onset of age-related hearing loss because it is not a sudden phenomenon. Family members and […]

How long should my hearing aids last?

Typically, hearing aids will last three to five years depending on usage, but various things can affect a hearing aid’s lifetime. Do you wear them all day every day? Do you live in a humid or dusty environment? Do you take good care of them? Hearing aids can function longer than five years, but many […]

A Home Run for Better Hearing

The sound of a baseball hitting a bat, wind blowing through the leaves on a tree, your mom’s voice saying, “I love you” are simple pleasures in life. During the little league season in 2018, hearing instrument specialist Andrew Roth of Hear for You in Amsterdam and Ballston Spa, NY was coaching and noticed a […]

Tracking Body and Brain Health with Your Via AI Hearing Aids

Can your hearing aids track how many steps you’ve taken?  Can they tell you how many hours you’ve used them or how well you’ve engaged in communication? This is now possible with the new Via AI and Thrive Hearing app. Now, you can easily manage aspects of your wellness with the simple press of a […]

New Audibel Technology

Breaking News — A Hearing Revolution Has Begun!   Introducing the New     The world’s first hearing aid to feature integrated sensors and artificial intelligence.   Imagine a hearing aid that can: • Measure body and brain health• Translate languages• Receive adjustments from your provider remotely• Stream music, TV and phone calls• Reduce background […]

Hearing Aid Feedback

Have you ever heard someone’s hearing aid buzzing and whistling? Nobody wants their hearing aids to whistle. Hearing aid feedback happens for two reasons: either the hearing aid doesn’t fit correctly or there is too much power. In both cases, sound from the hearing aid leaks out of the ear and is re-amplified by the […]

High Blood Pressure and Hearing Loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure, or hypertension. That amounts to nearly one in three adults; furthermore, another one in three adults are living with elevated blood pressure results that are below the level considered to be high blood pressure […]

Hearing Loss Studies: Life is Worth Hearing

Hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in the world. In the United States, 12 percent of the population, or 38 million people, have a significant hearing loss. Yet, only one out of every five people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wears them. Reduced hearing acuity can not only be […]

Verification and Validation: Are You Hearing As Well As You Should Be?

“Are you hearing as well as you should be?” seems like a simple question. Believe it or not, that is actually one of the hardest questions for my patients to answer. Typically, patients respond with, “I don’t know” or “How can I tell?” That is the main reason why verification and validation are some of […]

Hearing and Memory Loss

Did you know that your hearing, or lack thereof, can affect your memory? People with poor hearing often mistakenly feel that their hearing loss only affects their ability to hear other people. They do not realize that hearing loss has a far greater impact. Over the last ten years there have been numerous studies linking […]

Earwax and Hearing Loss

One of the most common causes of hearing loss is earwax, or cerumen, blocking sound from reaching the eardrum. This occurs when the wax is pushed back toward the eardrum or if the ears produce more wax than is needed. Earwax is also the most common cause of hearing aid malfunctions. A tiny amount of […]

Ask An Audiologist: What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is described as any abnormal ear noise and can arise in the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear or the brain.  It is not a disorder in and of itself, but rather a symptom and may be perceived as ringing, buzzing or humming. Some people describe it as a “clicking” or “pulsing” […]

Aural Rehabilitation Exercises

You have taken, or are planning to take, a wise first step, the investment in hearing instruments. Hearing aids help you to hear sounds which are interpreted by your brain. This brain stimulation is an important part of hearing health. The following aural rehabilitation exercises will allow you to increase brain stimulation and improve your […]

Sudden Hearing Loss

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), commonly known as sudden hearing loss, should be considered a medical emergency. As professionals, we train our patients to see their family doctor at the onset of a sudden hearing loss, and if the doctor can’t immediately see the patient, to go to their nearest emergency room. Why is treatment […]

Why Are Hearing Aid Prices So Different?

Your family has been telling you over the last few years you need to get your hearing checked. Since then, you noticed you have been asking people to repeat themselves. You need to really strain to be able to understand conversations. The ringing in your ears appears to be getting louder. It seems like everyone […]

Hearing Loss and End-of-Life Care

“I know I should wear hearing aids, but why should I bother?  I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be around!” We hear this kind of response all the time in our many offices.  There is usually a moment of laughter and a casual disagreement of their objection.  The truth, according to new […]

Welcome to Starting Hear – The official blog of Hear For You!

Thanks for visiting our new blog!  In the days to come, we’ll feature useful information on a variety of topics related to better hearing and hearing care.      The facts about hearing loss in America are stunning:   1 in 3 people over the age of 60 have hearing loss. 1 in 6 Baby […]

Welcome to Our Hearing Health Blog

Welcome to our Blog, an online forum designed to educate, illuminate, share your experiences with hearing impairment. We understand that addressing a hearing loss can seem to be an unnerving concept initially, and we would like to help ease some of your anxieties by making the process enjoyable and hassle-free. You may see some posts […]

The Connection Between Hearing Health and Overall Health

  Did you have your hearing tested during your last annual exam? Most doctors do not provide routine hearing screenings as part of an annual physical exam. However, the link between your hearing health and overall health is so strong that many people are rethinking skipping over this often overlooked part of your health. Hearing […]

Hearing Loss and the Holidays

It’s the time of year everyone enjoys- The holiday season. The holidays are a time of togetherness, a time to share in beloved family holiday traditions that have been around for generations. Turkey and stuffing aside, one of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions for my family was always the Thanksgiving Day football game. While the Detroit […]

Hearing Loss and the Holidays

It’s the time of year everyone enjoys- The holiday season. The holidays are a time of togetherness, a time to share in beloved family holiday traditions that have been around for generations. Turkey and stuffing aside, one of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions for my family was always the Thanksgiving Day football game. While the Detroit […]

Audibel A3i, Our Made for iPhone Hearing Aid, Wins International Award

Fourth Consecutive Year Product Designs Have Been Recognized. Starkey Hearing Technologies, one of the world’s leading hearing technology companies, is proud to announce that Audibel A3i, its Made for iPhone® hearing aid, has been honored with a red dot award: product design 2014. This is the fourth consecutive year Starkey Hearing Technologies has won this […]

What is the Best Hearing Aid for You?

What is the Best Hearing Aid for You? There is nothing more important to the manufacturers of hearing aids and hearing healthcare professionals than your satisfaction with their product and services. The industry is people-oriented in that it allows significant interaction and communication between the person with the hearing loss and the hearing healthcare professional […]

When a Loved One Resists Help for Their Hearing Loss

When we think of helping a loved one with hearing loss who declines use of hearing aids, we often think of how important it is to repeat ourselves, speak clearly, speak louder or interpret what others say if they cannot hear the message. But when we do these good deeds for loved ones with a […]

You’re getting older. Are your listening demands decreasing?

Activities and lifestyle are important considerations for potential hearing aid users because of the variability in listening environments that they may encounter. Individuals who work or have active social lives may be more likely to benefit from advanced hearing aids and added features like directionality and noise reduction than individuals with less social lifestyles in […]

Staying at the top of your game

We feel our best when we do our best. At the top of our game is where we all want to be. This is as true in the workplace as it is on the basketball court. But to stay at the top of your game at work and in life, you need to stay primed […]

Tinnitus And What To Do About It

Brian Secemsky, M.D.   The Curbside Consult: My Ears Are Ringing! Posted: 09/11/2012  5:15 pm  This past week, I was hanging out at a café with my good friend Molly doing what I do best: complaining.  Because Molly happens to be a doctor of audiology, I decided to customize my generic and drawn-out rants to […]

The World’s Leading Hearing Researchers Gather in Lake Tahoe to Discuss Their Findings

8/21/2012 Starkey Hearing Technologies’ Researchers Present at Bi-Annual IHCON Meeting Minneapolis, Aug. 9, 2012 – Starkey Hearing Technologies, one of the world’s leading hearing technology companies, is proud to announce that company researchers authored and collaborated on more than 12 posters and presented several lectures at the International Hearing Aid Research Conference 2012 (IHCON) held […]

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