Consumers today have access to an unprecedented array of hearing aid styles, technology levels and options. This is great news in terms of tailoring a solution to your hearing loss, lifestyle and preferences. However, all of these options can overwhelm the average consumer.
You have an inkling that something is wrong with your hearing. But it’s not always bad. For example, perhaps you can clearly hear and understand a friend who’s visiting you at home. But in a busy restaurant, it’s almost impossible to have the same conversation. Like a lot of other health conditions, hearing loss comes in various types and degrees, and no two people experience it exactly the same way.
Chances are you’ve probably heard of both an Audiologist and an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) Doctor, but what’s the difference between the two and when should you see each one?
Each year in October, we observe National Protect Your Hearing Month, an optimal time to raise awareness about the importance of preventing noise-induced hearing loss.The ability to hear well is vital for a lot of good reasons. It may stave off adverse health conditions, such as depression, dementia and injury-causing falls. It’s also essential for effective communication.
Tinnitus is frequently caused by an underlying health condition, although the exact cause may be difficult or impossible to diagnose. But even without a precise diagnosis, a large percentage of people can find relief from tinnitus. On its website (www.ata.org), the American Tinnitus Association offers several tinnitus management tips, including:
There’s no doubt about it, hearing aids are expensive. That’s part of the reason why only 1/3 of adults who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them1. But, a 2016 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery suggests that the cost of untreated hearing loss may actually be more than cost of hearing aids.
An estimated 15% of American adults have hearing loss, but less than one-third of those who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them, in part because of cost. It turns out that hearing loss left untreated has far-reaching health, emotional, and financial costs for individuals and society. But there are ways to find savings to treat hearing loss within your FSA and HSA healthcare spending accounts.
As summer begins to wind down, individuals are maximizing their time by enjoying the last of their favorite summer activities and with the transition to fall upon us, we're excited to partake in our favorite events like football games, hiking, hunting and apple picking. However, unwise lifestyle choices can certainly lead to negative consequences, affecting both health status and on-the-job performance.
About 30 million people experience tinnitus, according to the American Tinnitus Association — making it likely that it affects you or someone you know. Yet, as common as it is, tinnitus is widely misunderstood.