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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 …

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When Should I Upgrade My Hearing Aid?

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

If you’ve had your current hearing aids for several years, it may be time to upgrade. Changes in your hearing or outdated technology may leave you with a hearing experience that is more frustrating than it has to be. If any of the following statements are true for you, it may be time to upgrade your hearing aid. My hearing …

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Can I Wear Hearing Aids During Exercise?

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

First-time hearing aid wearers are often concerned that their hearing aid will dictate what they can and cannot do. Even seasoned hearing aid wearers still wonder about the impact that their favorite sports and hobbies will have on their hearing aids. Fortunately, most modern hearing aids are much more robust and resistant to dust and moisture than the hearing aids of the …

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Disposable vs. Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries

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

Millions of Americans use hearing aids and know what a wonderful tool they can be. In fact, research has shown that treating hearing loss with these devices can positively impact health, relationships, and communication. But, as wonderful as hearing aids are, the reality is that a good hearing aid is an investment and proper maintenance is vital. That’s why it’s important to …

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Phonak Lyric Hearing Device: What It Is, What It Does, and Who It’s For

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

We all know how much technology has evolved over the last decade, and hearing aid technology certainly hasn’t been left behind. Hearing aids are more capable than ever before to provide clear, natural sound without the bulk or hassle of the hearing aids of yesteryear. One of the most astonishing advancements in hearing technology is the Phonak Lyric hearing device. What …

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Resolve for Healthy Hearing in 2019

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

Still deciding what your New Year’s Resolution will be for 2019? Why not resolve for healthy hearing? The benefits of healthy hearing are truly astonishing. Studies have shown that being able to hear properly can increase physical activity, improve mental sharpness, and increase social activity. In a way, healthy hearing can help you accomplish all of those other New Year’s Resolutions, too! …

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Managing Your Hearing Loss Through the Holidays

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

Festive family traditions, visits with relatives, and of course delicious seasonal treats – for many people, the holidays are the best time of the year! However, for those living with hearing loss, the holiday season can be a time of frustration, anxiety, and social isolation. After all, it is hard to feel included in a conversation if you can’t hear …