Hearing loss can signal cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, studies find

July 17, 2017 • In The News

Researchers have identified hearing loss, verbal fluency and hospitalization as new factors that can provide clues about cognitive health and aid in early detection of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Spotting signs of cognitive decline is especially important, experts say, because drug treatments and prevention strategies are most effective at the earliest stages of dementia. Read […]

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I enjoy watching television with closed captioning. Is there anything like that for the telephone?

July 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

New technology offers options for better results on the telephone. A captioned telephone can be substituted for your landline phone.  Even if you don’t have a landline phone, if you have high speed internet access, you may use a special amplified phone called Caption Call. The Caption Call phone prints the words on a display screen, […]

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Welcome Patients of Audiology and Hearing Services of Longmeadow

June 19, 2017 • News

Dear Friends, As you may know, Megan Schneider recently announced her retirement and the closing of her practice, Audiology and Hearing Services of Longmeadow. We offer congratulations to Meg and we wish her all the best as she begins this new chapter in her life. We are writing to introduce our practice to you. Hampden Hearing Center […]

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Are two hearing aids better than one?

June 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

You should discuss your hearing needs with your audiologist, to determine your best treatment plan. Generally, an individual with hearing loss in both ears will get the most benefit from using devices in both ears. Our brains depend on signals from both ears to tell the direction from which sound is coming, to understand in […]

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I use hands-free Bluetooth technology in my car to talk on the cell phone. Is that technology available in hearing aids?

May 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

Bluetooth connectivity to hearing aids has been available for several years, but you needed a body-worn device called a Streamer to relay the sound from a cell phone or other audio device to the hearing aids. Now, hearing instruments have built-in wireless Bluetooth technology, so you may stream sound from your mobile phone or other […]

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Does health insurance cover hearing aids?

April 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

Some health insurance plans reimburse for all or a portion of the cost of medically-necessary hearing aids and services, with certain restrictions. Medicare does not cover any costs related to hearing aids. Some MassHealth plans pay for the devices, batteries and related professional services. You should call the telephone number on the back of your […]

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Meet Eddy the Ear

March 24, 2017 • News

CaptionCall is proud to introduce Eddy the Ear – the ‘ear-resistible’ star of their new video series, Conversations with Eddy the Ear. This series of entertaining short video segments is created to help people be more ‘ear-responsible’. CaptionCall provides this entertaining, educational tool to help you better understand hearing loss, and to encourage you to work […]

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My dog ate my hearing aid. What should I do?

March 1, 2017 • Ask the Audiologists, Newsletter

Unfortunately, dogs love to eat hearing aids! If, despite your efforts to keep your devices stored securely, your dog got a hold of one, collect all the pieces and notify your audiologist… and your veterinarian! Hearing aid manufacturers are sometimes able to repair devices that appear to be totally destroyed. If the aid is damaged […]

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Does Your Doctor Look for Hearing Loss?

February 12, 2017 • Newsletter, Winter 2017

The authors recommended that physicians screen for hearing loss during routine physical examinations of their patients over the age of 55.

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$9 Million NIH Grant to Study Adult Hearing Loss

February 5, 2017 • Newsletter, Winter 2017

The project will investigate a hormone treatment for adult-onset hearing loss, one of the most common conditions in the over-60 population.

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