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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 …

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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 …