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A Brief History of Hearing Loss

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

An estimated 48 million people in the U.S. have some degree of hearing loss. This is nearly 1 in 5 people, making hearing loss the third most common, chronic, medical condition that people experience today. Though hearing loss is pervasive, it is often undertreated. Hearing loss usually happens gradually so it can take some time for people to notice changes …

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Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Technology is making life easier. From smartphone apps to computers, smartwatches to Fitbits, we use digital technology every day. Hearing aid technology is also going digital, and it’s revolutionizing how we hear.  Analog Hearing Aids Before digital hearing aids became the norm, hearing aids relied on analog processes. Analog hearing aids convert sound waves to electrical signals for processing. Then …

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Preparing for Emergencies with Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. Emergencies can happen when we least expect them, so we recommend planning ahead. Whether there’s a state-wide emergency like a blizzard, a tornado, a flood or a fire, or a local emergency in your neighborhood, here’s everything you need to know about preparing for emergencies with hearing aids. Why …

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Common Hearing Aid Problems & How to Fix Them

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

If you have hearing aids, you know how helpful they can be and what a brilliant world of sound they can deliver to your ears. That value they bring to your life means that you might feel like you’ve been left stranded when something goes wrong. In most cases, hearing aids do their job effectively day in and day out, …

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Hearing Aids Are Found to Improve Depressive Symptoms

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

With over two thirds of people over 70 years of age experiencing some form of age-related hearing loss, it is a remarkably common condition. Yet, did you know that hearing loss is highly associated with symptoms of depression and other mental health challenges? Indeed, the rates of depression among those with hearing loss are much higher than among their counterparts …

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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing aids are an important treatment for those of us who suffer from hearing loss. They keep us more active and more engaged with the world around us, and that translates to better health and better well-being over time. But how do we know when our hearing aids are no longer doing the job we need from them? Much in …

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Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids   

In Hearing Aids by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing aids have become much more sophisticated in the last twenty years. Today’s devices are smaller, more reliable, and more powerful in all respects. Almost everything in our world has been taken over by digital technologies, and hearing aids are no different. However, there are still some hearing aids out there that use analog amplification methods. But does digital always …

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Working with Hearing Loss

In Hearing Aids by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

For most people, hearing loss starts in the years when they are still working. Eleven per cent of people between the ages of 50 and 59 have hearing loss. The figure more than doubles between the ages of 60 and 69 (to approximately 25 per cent). Impaired hearing undoubtedly affects productivity and performance. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, Untreated …

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Unilateral Hearing Loss: Living with Hearing Loss in One Ear

In Blog, Expert Information, Hearing Aids, Informative by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Having a hearing loss in one ear is more common than people realize. This condition is known as unilateral hearing loss or single-sided deafness (SSD), depending on the severity of hearing loss. While the degree of hearing loss can vary widely, a permanent unilateral hearing loss exists when an individual has a hearing loss across frequencies in only one ear, and …

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Hearing Aid Accessories to Make Your Life Easier

In Blog, Expert Information, Hearing Aids by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Your hearing aid is designed to make your life easier. From cleaning and maintenance to technology and lifestyle, finding the right hearing aid accessories can make your hearing experience even better. Hearing Aid Cleaning & Maintenance Accessories Regular cleaning, along with routine maintenance from your audiologist will keep your hearing aids working properly for longer. There are a few common tools that …