Many people are tempted to look for a quick-fix self-treatment when a hearing problem is detected because they assume it isn’t a big deal. However, even small issues can worsen over time, so having your hearing checked by a professional is crucial to your long-term health. Take a comprehensive hearing test While there are now […]
The Sounds of the Holidays
The winter holidays are a special and magical time, making the sounds we hear around us more meaningful and memorable. Music and movies, the sounds of the outdoors, and enjoying the company of friends and family are all an important part of this time of the year. Below is a list of a few holiday […]
The True Cost of Hearing Aids
The value of hearing aids, like many other products, is comprised of more than just the initial purchase price of the hearing aid itself. Choosing a premium quality hearing aid is a smart investment for numerous reasons. The components used in the manufacturing of top-quality hearing aids help provide you with a better quality of life […]
Firearms, Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss – What You Need to Know
As is the case with most new experiences, it can take some time for someone who has recently suffered from hearing loss to adjust to wearing hearing aids during day-to-day activities. This adjustment period can be especially challenging if the person wearing the hearing aids enjoys hunting or shooting firearms recreationally. The Impact of Firearm Noise […]
October is National Protect Your Hearing Month
Many of us go through our everyday lives without stopping to think about our hearing, which is why National Protect Your Hearing Month is so important. Awareness of the potential dangers of hearing loss is important because it affects a large number of people, and noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. However, once the damage is done […]
Allergies and Hearing Loss
The functions of your ears are intertwined with many other parts of the body, which is why the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies can impact your hearing. How allergies can impact your hearing If you suffer from allergies you’re most likely accustomed to dealing with a runny nose, congestion, and red, itchy eyes when the […]
How AI is Shaping the Future of Hearing Aids
You’ve undoubtedly come across artificial intelligence before, but did you know that AI-powered hearing aids can help personalize your hearing? The blending of artificial intelligence with hearing aid technology is changing what is possible for the millions of people in the world living with hearing loss. Integrated sensors connect your hearing to your overall health […]
Ruthies Story: A Caretakers Perspective
When you oversee caring for your parents, you want to make sure they receive the best care possible. We recently heard a story from Ruthie, a caretaker for her elderly mother, and wanted to share it. Below is her story about finding the best care for her mother and the impact good care had on […]
How Fireworks Affect Your Hearing
Independence Day is near once again, which can only mean one thing: fireworks season is about to kick into high gear. But for as festive and beautiful as fireworks can be, they also pose some significant risks. This is especially true when it comes to hearing-related issues, which is something that older adults are particularly […]
Better Hearing or Better Listening?
Hearing is a critically important sense for typical development of speech and language which carries us through the formative years of learning and socializing so unique to humankind. Loss of hearing can come from illness, heredity, noise exposure, among a variety of other causes. As we mature and approach retirement age, Age Related Hearing Loss […]
Loneliness, Social Isolation and a Pandemic, Oh My!
The worldwide impact of implementation of unprecedented social distancing and limitations on social activities because of the COVID-19 pandemic may have helped control the spread of the disease but impacted older adults disproportionally. In a report from May of last year Hwang and colleagues noted: “…there is a high cost associated with the essential quarantine […]
COVID Linked to Hearing Loss, Tinnitus
Throughout 2020 COVID-19 had us hiding out at home, washing our hands, wiping down surfaces and masking up. Quite a bit wasn’t known for some time. We knew about flu-like symptoms and disturbances in smell and taste, but not enough about the full spectrum of effects. A year later now, evidence is emerging about symptoms of […]
Tips for Selecting the Best Hearing Aid for You
Today’s hearing aids are more powerful than ever, and they’re also more customizable. Relying on microprocessor and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, today’s hearing aids are smaller, lighter and more discreet than ever before, plus they offer a wealth of adjustable and optional features that can ensure your hearing experience is tuned to your specific needs […]
Hearing Aids Trends in 2021
We all learned a few things in 2020. An invisible virus disrupted the lives of most of the world’s population. To stop the spread of the droplets in our breath, we were asked to wear masks that muffled speech and tossed our hearing aids to the ground when we removed them. Those of us struggling […]
How Treating Hearing Loss Impacts the Quality of Life
Hearing is a vital part of how we experience the world around us. All too often we take it for granted, focusing instead on the seemingly greater impact that vision provides. It is this attitude that prevents many people from seeking early treatment for hearing loss, not realizing how much it can improve their quality […]
The Impact of Technology on treatment of Hearing loss
Modern technology is often expected to do wonders for the 360 million people worldwide affected by hearing difficulties. When we see what can be done with implantable devices for diseases such as diabetes, cataracts, and heart rhythm abnormalities it is not surprising that we hold the hearing industry and specialists to such high standards. Compared to some […]
Hearing Loss in America – By the Numbers
Quick Statistics About Hearing About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.1 More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.2 Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report […]
Livio Edge AI honored with Innovation Award
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the most prestigious and well-known trade show in consumer electronics. Each year, revolutionary technology is put on display for many different categories. The Starkey Livio Edge AI has been honored with the Innovation Award for Edge mode. This feature uses artificial intelligence to listen to the environment and […]
Communicating with Hearing Loss During COVID-19
The introduction of social distancing and mask use during COVID-19 is turning worlds upside down. Luckily, the Livio Edge AI hearing aid can help.
A Home Run for Better Hearing
The sound of a baseball hitting a bat, wind blowing through the leaves on a tree, your mom’s voice saying, “I love you” are simple pleasures in life. During the little league season in 2018, hearing instrument specialist Andrew Roth of Hear for You in Amsterdam and Ballston Spa, NY was coaching and noticed a […]
Tracking Body and Brain Health with Your Livio AI Hearing Aids
Can your hearing aids track how many steps you’ve taken? Can they tell you how many hours you’ve used them or how well you’ve engaged in communication? This is now possible with the new Livio AI and Thrive Hearing app. Now, you can easily manage aspects of your wellness with the simple press of a […]
New Starkey Technology
Breaking News — A Hearing Revolution Has Begun! Introducing the New The world’s first hearing aid to feature integrated sensors and artificial intelligence. Imagine a hearing aid that can: • Measure body and brain health • Translate languages • Receive adjustments from your provider remotely • Stream music, TV and phone calls • Reduce background […]
Hearing Aid Feedback
Have you ever heard someone’s hearing aid buzzing and whistling? Nobody wants their hearing aids to whistle. Hearing aid feedback happens for two reasons: either the hearing aid doesn’t fit correctly or there is too much power. In both cases, sound from the hearing aid leaks out of the ear and is re-amplified by the […]
High Blood Pressure and Hearing Loss
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure, or hypertension. That amounts to nearly one in three adults; furthermore, another one in three adults are living with elevated blood pressure results that are below the level considered to be high blood pressure […]
Hearing Loss Studies: Life is Worth Hearing
Hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in the world. In the United States, 12 percent of the population, or 38 million people, have a significant hearing loss. Yet, only one out of every five people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wears them. Reduced hearing acuity can not only be […]
Verification and Validation: Are You Hearing As Well As You Should Be?
“Are you hearing as well as you should be?” seems like a simple question. Believe it or not, that is actually one of the hardest questions for my patients to answer. Typically, patients respond with, “I don’t know” or “How can I tell?” That is the main reason why verification and validation are some of […]
Hearing and Memory Loss
Did you know that your hearing, or lack thereof, can affect your memory? People with poor hearing often mistakenly feel that their hearing loss only affects their ability to hear other people. They do not realize that hearing loss has a far greater impact. Over the last ten years there have been numerous studies linking […]
Earwax and Hearing Loss
One of the most common causes of hearing loss is earwax, or cerumen, blocking sound from reaching the eardrum. This occurs when the wax is pushed back toward the eardrum or if the ears produce more wax than is needed. Earwax is also the most common cause of hearing aid malfunctions. A tiny amount of […]
Ask An Audiologist: What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is described as any abnormal ear noise and can arise in the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear or the brain. It is not a disorder in and of itself, but rather a symptom and may be perceived as ringing, buzzing or humming. Some people describe it as a “clicking” or “pulsing” […]
Aural Rehabilitation Exercises
You have taken, or are planning to take, a wise first step, the investment in hearing instruments. Hearing aids help you to hear sounds which are interpreted by your brain. This brain stimulation is an important part of hearing health. The following aural rehabilitation exercises will allow you to increase brain stimulation and improve your […]
Sudden Hearing Loss
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), commonly known as sudden hearing loss, should be considered a medical emergency. As professionals, we train our patients to see their family doctor at the onset of a sudden hearing loss, and if the doctor can’t immediately see the patient, to go to their nearest emergency room. Why is treatment […]
Why Are Hearing Aid Prices So Different?
Your family has been telling you over the last few years you need to get your hearing checked. Since then, you noticed you have been asking people to repeat themselves. You need to really strain to be able to understand conversations. The ringing in your ears appears to be getting louder. It seems like everyone […]
Howard Johnson & Patricia Johnson Testimonial
Greetings from the Johnsons: We have been pleased with the services and equipment we have received from Hearing Unlimited.
Hearing Loss and End-of-Life Care
“I know I should wear hearing aids, but why should I bother? I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be around!” We hear this kind of response all the time in our many offices. There is usually a moment of laughter and a casual disagreement of their objection. The truth, according to new […]
Welcome to Starting Hear – The official blog of Hear For You!
Thanks for visiting our new blog! In the days to come, we’ll feature useful information on a variety of topics related to better hearing and hearing care. The facts about hearing loss in America are stunning: 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 have hearing loss. 1 in 6 Baby […]
Ames Iowa Hearing Aid Testimonial – William N.
I can understand people talking better, and on telephone better, and radio/TV more clear, comfortable aids. William N., Ames, IA
Ames Iowa Hearing Aid Testimonial – Cecil O.
Need less volume on TV. At family dinners can hear most people. Used to hate to ask people to repeat. Your batteries fit better than some other brands and last longer. Cecil O, Collins, IA
Ames Iowa Hearing Aid Testimonial – Merlene W.
I like my hearing aids because I can now join in “appropriately” in our family discussions-not so many off the wall comments! Merlene W, Ames, IA
Ames Iowa Hearing Aid Testimonial – Robert C.
My hearing aids have restored the audio range thru improving comprehension of conversations. Greatly improve my ability to hear in various situations, one on one, conference (group), and auditorium locations. My wife no longer has to shout at me! Robert C, Ames, IA
Ames Iowa Hearing Aid Testimonial – Tanya M.
My aids are as close to what I had naturally in hearing quality. You can’t beat that. Tanya M, Boone, IA
Ames Iowa Hearing Aid Testimonial – Donna T.
I grab for my hearing aids the very first thing when I wake up in the morning. I live in a world of complete silence when not wearing my hearing aids. I am so very thankful for my hearing aids. Donna T, Story City, IA
Ames Iowa Hearing Aid Testimonial – Betty S.
The better hearing I enjoy has made a huge difference in so many ways. The times I can appreciate a good joke, conversations with family and friends, hearing birds sing, a more quiet home when people stop in to find no loud TV! It has enhanced life here at Northcrest Retirement! Betty S, Ames, IA
Ames Iowa Hearing Aid Testimonial – Darold P.
The difference hearing aids have made in my life are tremendous! My wife and children told me for over two years that I needed hearing assistance. I finally gave in and found out I should have listened because the aids have been a tremendous positive impact in my life. I can hear the pastor much […]
Welcome to Our Hearing Health Blog
Welcome to our Blog, an online forum designed to educate, illuminate, share your experiences with hearing impairment. We understand that addressing a hearing loss can seem to be an unnerving concept initially, and we would like to help ease some of your anxieties by making the process enjoyable and hassle-free. You may see some posts […]