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Hearing loss and depression — is there a link?
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on July 01, 2022
We don’t need clinical evidence to understand that hearing loss can lead to depression. It's the transitive property of addition brought to life: if a=b and b=c, then a=c. a. If you’re experiencing hearing loss, there’s a good chance you’ll purposefully minimize or avoid social situations (because hearing is a challenge which makes...
More people over 70 have hearing loss than don’t
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on June 16, 2022
As humans age, numerous things become inevitable. Our hair will gray. Our bones will weaken. Dinners will be eaten earlier. And our hearing abilities won’t be what they once were. In case seeing-it-with-your-own-eyes isn’t enough to convince you that this future holds true, statistics like today’s hearing fact should. Research shows that more...
Enjoy hands-free phone conversations — using your hearing aids
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on June 01, 2022
Can you enjoy hands-free phone conversations with your current hearing aids? If those current hearing aids are Evolv AI, then the answer is yes! We’re excited to announce the newest feature in our already feature-packed Evolv AI hearing aids — 2-Way Audio. With 2-Way Audio, the microphone in your Evolv AI hearing aids pick up and can stream your...
Hearing aid use associated with positive cognitive health results
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on May 17, 2022
Several studies have concluded that “untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by 50%.” This link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline has been a growing topic of discussion in the medical world for a while now — our own Dr. Archelle Georgiou even discussed it in a recent podcast. We know definitively that many...
Can ear infections cause hearing loss?
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on May 04, 2022
Hearing loss can be caused by several different factors including aging, injury, noise exposure, and even heredity. Those factors affect the auditory nerve, causing sensorineural hearing loss, which is the most common type of hearing loss. But there is a second, less common type of hearing loss, known as conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss affects...
The best place to get hearing aids
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on April 15, 2022
Until recently, if you wanted to be treated for hearing loss or get hearing aids, you had one choice — see an audiologist or other licensed hearing healthcare professional. Today, the options have definitely gotten more complicated, with online-only retailers, big-box stores, and numerous new or unexpected companies now advertising hearing loss...
Hearing loss can lead to social isolation
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on April 01, 2022
Loneliness and social isolation have been getting their fair share of attention lately. For good reason. Covid has made both more prevalent. And both are increasingly linked to numerous physical and mental health issues, including: • 50 percent increased risk of dementia • 32 percent increased risk of stroke • 29 percent increased risk of heart...
How loud and for how long is key to avoiding noise-induced hearing damage
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on March 17, 2022
Exposure to loud noise is the second leading cause of hearing loss — after aging. It’s also one of the only causes that are preventable. We can’t do anything about aging or heredity. But we can minimize our exposure to noise, or at least take steps to protect our hearing. As a society, we’ve come a long way in taking hearing protection...
Why can’t I hear well in the car?
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on March 04, 2022
When people find out I’m a hearing professional, they’ll often ask me some version of the following: “I can’t hear the kids in the backseat when we’re in the car. They’re trying to tell me about their day or ask me questions, but all I can do is nod and smile. Is there anything I can do to hear better in the...
Untreated hearing loss leads to increased healthcare costs
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on February 18, 2022
For those who need convincing that hearing aids are worth the investment, today’s hearing statistic is one data point among many that should help convince you they are. A recent investigation on healthcare cost trends concluded that older adults with untreated hearing loss used healthcare services more — and subsequently spent more on healthcare...
Hearing care services are important to hearing aid satisfaction
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on February 03, 2022
The best place to buy new hearing aids has always been and probably will always be in person from a hearing professional. Hearing-care services are almost always bundled in with the cost of hearing aids when you buy them from a hearing professional. That’s because hearing professionals know that getting used to wearing hearing aids takes time, practice and...
How to properly clean your ears
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on January 18, 2022
Cerumen, commonly known as earwax, is key to a healthy ear. It collects dirt, debris and bacteria, preventing unwanted foreign bodies from entering the ear. It has lubrication properties to keep the ears from getting dry and itchy. And, it acts as an antifungal and antibacterial, helping to fight infections in and around our ears. But, let’s face it,...
Tips for getting used to wearing new hearing aids
Posted by Fred Hawkins, Hearing Instrument Specialist on January 04, 2022
OK, think back to a year or so ago. Remember when you would go to a matinee and then after, when it ended and you left the theater, the daylight would overwhelm you temporarily? Well, the same thing happens when you first start wearing hearing aids. Your brain has gotten used to the quiet. It hasn’t received proper noise signals for as long as you’ve...
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