While we know loud noises aren’t good for our hearing, we may not realize the toll it can take on other aspects of our health.
What qualifies as “loud?”
One thing to keep in mind: A typical conversation is about 50 decibels. Being exposed to sounds of 85 decibels for eight hours can cause permanent hearing loss. Louder levels can cause hearing loss more quickly: 100 decibels only take 15 minutes to cause damage; 110 decibels can cause permanent impairment immediately.
Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Arizona in Scottsdale offers the following information about the effects these sound levels can have on our
One of the best ways to beat the heat of the Arizona summer is with water – lots of cool, blue water.
What feels refreshing to the body doesn’t feel so good to the hearing aids, however – excess moisture is one of the main problems for your listening devices. It can cause problems whether you’re swimming, boating or at the water park.
Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Arizona in Scottsdale offers the following tips to both beat the heat and protect your hearing aids this summer:
Safe storage: Whenever you know you’ll be in or around the water, remove your hearing
May is the perfect time to resolve to improve communication in relationships affected by hearing loss.
Why? May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a time designed to raise awareness about the challenges of living with hearing loss and effective strategies to improve communication. This year, the month’s theme is “Communication Across the Lifespan.”
Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Arizona in Scottsdale encourages both those with hearing loss and their friends and family to work on strategies improving communication. The following measures can improve relationships with loved ones and our quality of life by making communication easier and more effective.
Types of Hearing
When it comes to listening experiences, there are plenty of problems to be solved – mostly related to difficult hearing environments full of background noise. Oticon’s OPN S, a cutting-edge hearing aid, doesn’t play by the traditional rules of listening experiences. Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Arizona offers the following information about this special hearing aid that’s among the Oticon devices available at our three Scottsdale offices.
The OPN S has a number of features that help mimic the normal hearing experience, such as:
360-degree sound experience: Advanced technology helps the wearer hear relevant sounds and speech in any direction, putting
For whatever reason, people tend to overlook single-sided hearing loss more than they would a hearing deficit in both ears.
They may avoid the issue, saying they simply have a bad side or downplay the serious nature of the situation.
Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Arizona encourages you to seek treatment for single-sided hearing loss because it could be a sign of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL).
How Does SSHL Occur?
More than 90% of hearing loss is of the sensorineural variety, meaning the inner ear’s tiny hair cells have been damaged. Once this occurs, the resulting hearing loss is permanent because the cells
Although tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is a common problem experienced by one in five people, there are many misconceptions about the issue and its treatment.
Audiology & Hearing Aid Center in Scottsdale, Arizona hopes to clear up the many myths surrounding tinnitus, which is a symptom of another condition such as age- or noise-related hearing loss, injury to the ear or a circulatory system disorder.
Here are some common misconceptions (and truths) about tinnitus:
It means hearing loss is imminent: Because the perceived ringing or buzzing in the ears can make it difficult to hear other sounds, tinnitus is considered a
People living with hearing loss don’t have to be subjected to a lifetime of poor listening experiences.
In addition to treating hearing loss with hearing aids or cochlear implants, auditory training is a “brain training” technique for the ears that can boost listening ability. The formal listening program helps increase one’s perception of speech by “training” the brain to listen more effectively, even in noisy environments.
Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Arizona in Scottsdale offers the following information about auditory training and how it can improve listening experiences for those with hearing aids.
These formal listening programs are generally recommended for those individuals
Finding just the right gift for someone can be stressful.
We want to pick out something that shows we truly appreciate the person, know what they’re into and took the time to select a gift that will improve their life in some fashion.
Pretty ambitious stuff, right?
Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Arizona offers the following suggestions on the best gifts to buy for loved ones with hearing loss.
These wireless devices resembling earbuds can help users hear better, connecting to smart devices and phones to aid in the listening of music, phone calls, telecoils, FM loops and more. Not necessarily marketed to those
People with hearing loss are certainly aware of it. People without hearing loss may not be able to fully understand it.
The “it” is that there is a definite emotional effect or cost to hearing loss. Even with hearing aids, not being able to truly feel a part of things that our friends and family without hearing loss take for granted can leave us feeling isolated, sad or even depressed. These feelings can hit those with hearing loss particularly hard during the holidays.
Sometimes, hearing “Never mind, I’ll tell you later” after we ask for clarification – perhaps repeatedly – feels like
The science of hearing is constantly improving, being made better by technological advances used by many hearing aid manufacturers.
Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Arizona would like to highlight some of the remarkable Bluetooth capabilities made by hearing aid manufacturers we carry.
The Opn is one of the world’s most popular hearing aids, and for good reason. Fast enough to keep up with your brain’s ability to hear, the Opn improves your ability to understand speech by up to 30 percent as it processes sound in a 360-degree soundscape. Its Tinnitus SoundSupport helps manage the ringing and buzzing sounds while you’re able