How to Support a Loved One with Hearing Loss Who’s in a Nursing Home

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While hearing loss can affect anyone at any age, it most commonly affects older people. According to one estimate, “70% to 90% of elderly residents in long-term care facilities have some degree of hearing impairment.” Despite how common hearing loss is for elderly people who live in nursing homes, many workers don’t know how to
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What Happens at a Follow-Up Audiology Appointment?

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While you might think that your initial hearing aid fitting is all that’s needed, your follow-up audiology appointment is equally important. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that you have a follow-up appointment six to 12 weeks after your initial hearing aid fitting. Issues can arise during that time that were not noticeable during
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Studies Show Hearing Aids Can Lead to Fewer Hospital Visits in Older Adults

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Have you experienced a fall that landed you in The Hospitals of Providence recently? It turns out that treating your hearing loss may be the key to preventing a future injurious fall. We review how the hearing and balance systems are connected, why hearing loss can lead to a fall and what the studies show
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4 Benefits of Pairing Your Hearing Aids with Your Smartphone

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Hearing aid technology is always expanding and evolving. Many modern hearing devices allow you to pair with your smartphone to improve your listening experience, among other benefits. Discretely Adjust Hearing Aid Settings You can use a mobile app to adjust your hearing aids quickly and without anyone noticing. This gives you much more control over
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What Does the Microchip in Your Hearing Aids Do?

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Hearings aids work by amplifying speech and sound, helping the wearer distinguish these important sounds from background noise. But have you ever thought about what is inside these powerful devices? Continue reading to learn more about what the microchips inside your hearing aids actually do. How Hearing Aids Work In order for a hearing aid
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An Audiologist Visit Can Address These Reasons for Not Wearing Your Hearing Aids

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A 2020 study by the University of Manchester revealed that a whopping 20% of people who own hearing aids do not actually wear them. This is alarming because, left untreated, hearing loss is associated with an elevated risk of loneliness, social isolation, anxiety, depression and dementia. Another study from 2013 found the most common reasons
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Investing in Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know About Warranties

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Hearing aids are a valuable investment in your health and well-being. They are also small, fragile and regularly exposed to elements that might be harmful to them. Thankfully, when you purchase hearing aids, they come with a warranty. However, the length of the warranty may vary from 1-3 years depending on the model. Let’s go
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Step-by-Step Guide to Clean Your Hearing Aids

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Figuring out the best hearing aid for your unique degree of loss is only half the battle; proper hearing aid upkeep is key to keeping you connected. While many recommend having your hearing aids professionally cleaned and serviced a few times a year, there are plenty of steps you can take at home to help
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Hold on to Your Hearing: The Best and Worst Places to Store Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids are a valuable investment in not just your hearing, but your overall physical, mental and emotional well-being. Among the many benefits of hearing aids are: Decreased feelings of depression, anxiety and anger Decreased risk of dementia and cognitive decline Improved balance and decreased risk of falls Improved ability to focus Increased social interactions
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How to Best Care for Your Hearing Aids

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Finding the right hearing aids can be a life-changing experience. They allow you to maintain your connections with others, participate in all the activities you enjoy, and improve the quality of your life. When you find the right pair, making sure they are properly cared for is essential to ensure they last longer and provide
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