2011 Newsletter Archive

Fall 2011

Here’s the Latest from Hampden Hearing Center
We appreciate your continued support and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Hearing Loss and Dementia
Investigators from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine published the findings in the February 2011 issue of Archives of Neurology.  According to the researchers, “for individuals older than 60 years, more than one third of the risk of dementia was associated with hearing loss.”

Your Hearing Aids’ Source of Power
Every hearing aid has a microphone, an amplifier and a miniature speaker.  Most of today’s hearing aids also have sophisticated microprocessors—basically a miniature computer.

Don’t Let This Happen to You
The refusal to take advantage of help available in the form of devices such as hearing aids and eyeglasses is the second most common mistake older adults make in caring for their health.

Save Money: Get Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can be expensive, but not getting help for hearing loss can cost even more.

Cell Phones for Hearing Aid Users
Some hearing aid users have difficulty using cell phones, even if their hearing aids have telecoils that amploify the phone signal.

Summer 2011

Update: Hearing Aid Tax Credit
This Bill would provide up to $500 in tax credit toward the purchase of each hearing aid, available once every five years.  The tax credit would be available to individuals aged 55 or older, dependents of taxpayers, or taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is below $200,000.

Summer Hearing Aid Reminder
Although modern hearing aids are much more resistant to moisture problems than in the past, moisture can still cause hearing aid malfunction—especially in the summer.

Directional Hearing Aids: Understanding Speech in Noise
Did you know that your ears are directional?  If you look in the mirror (or at the person next to you),  you’ll see that the shape of our ears block some of the sound coming from behind, while collecting sound coming from the side and front.

Tactics to Improve Listening and Hearing
Hearing tactics means changing the environment to make it easier for you to understand people.  That means that you plan ahead, marshal your resources, and engage the “enemy”—the difficult communication situation.

If You’re Going to the Hospital…
A hospital stay is stressful for anyone. If you have a hearing loss, the normal stress of the hospital setting can be intensified by the communication difficulties caused by the hearing loss.

What’s My Role: The Hearing Partnership
In our last issue we wrote that good hearing care is a partnership between you and us—and the more important partner is you.

Spring 2011

Our Hearing Healthcare Partnership
Our job is to work with you to make sure you’re hearing as well as possible.

Quick Hearing Check
Do you have a family member or friend who has not acted to improve his or her hearing? Encourage that person to take the Quick Hearing Check created by The Better Hearing Institute.

Automatic Hearing
If you have a hearing loss, you have to pay close attention, you have to concentrate, and you have to use some of your “brain power” to figure out what someone said. All this takes effort and energy, and you just can’t do it all day long.

Does Your Doctor Look for Hearing Loss?
Family physicians can play an important role in identifying hearing loss in adults. Unfortunately, many physicians don’t screen for hearing loss.

Keep Your Hearing Healthy
As you know, we encourage you to schedule regular hearing check-ups. That’s because it’s not unusual to have small changes in hearing.

Quieter TV Commercials Are on the Way – Finally!
Viewers have complained for decades that television commercials are too loud, often abrasively louder than the programs they’re sponsoring.

Be It Ever So Humble…
People often complain about how noisy some restaurants are. True enough—but your own home can also be a very noisy place.

Winter 2011

Advances in Hearing Aid Technology
Hearing aids can now communicate with each other instantly—and completely wirelessly.

You and Your Hearing Aids: Clarity and Comfort
Old-fashioned hearing aids were simple devices, such as the “ear trumpet,” that simply made sounds louder.

Check Your Smoke Alarm
The typical smoke alarm produces a high-pitched tone, which is the pitch where most people with hearing loss have the greatest hearing loss.

Teen Hearing Loss May Be Increasing
Two large studies of hearing involving several thousand adolescents between 12 and 19 years old found a significant increase in hearing loss between 1988-1994 and 2005-2006.

A Golf Story
Three men, each with untreated hearing loss…