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In the Loop: Get the Most out of Your Hearing with Hearing Loop Technology

In Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

If you have hearing aids, you might be accustomed to using them to orient yourself to the world on your own. By simply amplifying the sound of the acoustic environment, you can do a lot to improve hearing ability and communication. However, raising the volume on the world also amplifies background noise. Not only will you hear the sounds of interest to you, but you …

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Hypothyroidism & Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Related Diseases, Research by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

The body is a complex web of connections and cause-effect relationships. Although medical and human sciences have discovered a lot about the inner workings of these relationships, much remains to be learned about how one part of the body affects another. In fact, seemingly disconnected parts of the body can be quite dependent on one another, particularly when you consider larger mechanisms that cause indirect …

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The Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

If you are in the market for a new pair of hearing aids, you might be interested to know what new features are available. Although the older models of hearing aids were effective at the basic task of sound amplification, the latest devices come with a wide range of features. These features include Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) that can transform the sound of the world …

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Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test for World Alzheimer’s Month

In Ear Health by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Do you have someone in your life in need of a hearing test? People put off getting hearing tests for many reasons. Some legitimately don’t realize they might have hearing loss. With a steady decline in hearing ability over the years, that process might have been so incremental that they didn’t notice that certain sounds are no longer audible. Others resist getting a hearing test. …

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How to Read an Audiogram

In Ear Health by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

If you have noticed that you are having trouble hearing, then you are in need of a hearing test. This exam can take several forms, but the most common type is called pure tone audiometry. This exam works to assess which types of sounds are more difficult for you to hear than others. An examiner will have you sit down and listen to a series …

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Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

In Ear Health, Hearing Aids by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing aids come with a wide variety of features and options today, and you might feel overwhelmed by the possibilities. When you start to look around at hearing aids, the list of features grows and grows, and it can be difficult to sift through the many options you find. When it comes to your aids, you will want to begin by making sure that the …

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Avoiding NIHL at Your Favorite Sporting Events

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Causes, Hearing loss Prevention, Hearing Protection, Tips & Tricks by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

It can be an exhilarating feeling to attend a sporting event live. Most of us don’t make it out as often as we wish, because there is nothing like being surrounded by the cheering fans, the sweet smell of concession stands, triumphant music, and that swelling feeling when your team scores! However, it’s important to be cautious when it comes to your hearing. Sports arenas …

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Acknowledging the Experience of Hearing Loss

In Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing loss often comes on slowly and so subtly that it often goes on for years without any acknowledgment. Subtle signs may be present but it’s far easier for many to push them aside and go on living. However, this doesn’t mean that the negative effects of hearing loss aren’t affecting you.  Living in Denial at Home Many live in denial about their hearing loss …

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The Aging Brain & Exercise, Diet, Sleep, and Hearing

In Brain Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Lifestyle & Leisure, Research by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

We all know having hearing loss affects how we communicate. Constantly having to ask people to repeat themselves can be exhausting and frustrating. However, hearing loss has far-reaching effects. Did you know that hearing loss also affects how our brain ages? An Aging Brain and Dementia Dementia is a grouping of neurodegenerative diseases classified by the impedance of two or more brain functions, such as …

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Hearing Aids vs. Hearing Amplifiers

In Hearing Aids by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Perhaps you have seen a commercial for a hearing amplifier lately. These ads come up time and again, promoting a cheap and easy way to assist your hearing. They promise to do what hearing aids do at a fraction of the cost. Commercials can pop up on daytime television, in mailers, and in big box stores, promoting these devices as a safe, easy, and affordable …