2013 Newsletter Archive

Fall 2013

What’s In Your Mailbox?
Are you getting a lot of ads in the mail with “special offers” to try hearing aids? There seem to be more of these promotions lately, offering special “deals” on the latest in hearing aid technology.

Communication Tips and Your Medical Care
Poor communication is a leading cause of errors in medical diagnoses and treatments, according to a report in a leading medical journal (Journal of Internal Medicine).

Why Don’t My Batteries Last Longer?
Although today’s mercury-free hearing aid battery has more than twice the energy as just a few years ago, there is still a tradeoff between hearing aid size and battery life and between hearing aid features and battery life.

Healthy Heart, Healthy Hearing
The most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are noise exposure, aging, familial history and diseases of the ear.

What’s Your Favorite Program?
Back in the “old days,” hearing aids had a single program. They amplified the same regardless of the sound around you.

Global Humanitarian Hearing Health Care Efforts
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified hearing loss as a serious worldwide health issue and estimates that more than 300 million people in the world have significant untreated hearing loss.

Summer 2013

Internet Hearing Aid Sales
We’re occasionally asked about mail order and internet hearing aid sales.

Has My Hearing Gotten Worse?
One of the most common complaints we hear when someone comes in for a hearing check-up is, “I think my hearing has gotten worse.”

Suggestions for Family and Friends
Most people don’t understand what it’s like to have a hearing loss. Even if they want to be helpful, people who have normal hearing can’t know what it’s like to hear but not understand, or to hear well in one situation but not in another.

The New York Times on Hearing Loss – Again
New York Times health columnist Jane Brody once described hearing loss as “a hidden disability, often not obvious to others or even to those who have it.”

Summer Travel Tips
These suggestions should make your summer travels more enjoyable.

Spring 2013

See Less, Hear More
According to one study, people with impaired vision are able to localize sound in space better than people with normal sight.

Hearing Loss in the News
Hearing health received a lot of attention in the media during the past year. This isn’t surprising, since hearing loss is one of the three most common health issues in this country.

Tips for Hearing Aid Users
Older hearing aids needed repair more frequently due to ear wax getting inside the instrument.

Your Healthy Hearing Check-up
Regular hearing health check-ups ensure that you’re hearing as well as possible.

Hearing Loss in Infants and Children
Even a mild hearing loss can affect a child’s speech and language development, make it more difficult to understand what family members are saying, and interfere with performance in the classroom.