Optimum Audiology - Benefits of Using Hearing Aids

Benefits of Using Hearing Aids

Hearing aids, at face value, help us hear better. Although they will not restore hearing fully, they help provide a fuller range of sound, clarity and improve how one hears. Untreated hearing loss is an isolating and frustrating experience. The World Health Organization estimates that around 50 million Americans live with hearing loss. Of that population, around 80% could benefit …

Optimum Audiology - Tips for Choosing a Hearing Aid

How to Choose a Hearing Aid

Today there are many types of hearing aids available to meet the needs and personal preferences for those with hearing loss. Technology has developed so much that one can find a hearing aid that best suites one’s personal lifestyle. Once your audiologist determines the degree of your hearing loss, the wide and sometimes confusing selection on the market can be …

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Hearing Aid Care Tips: What to Do When Your Hearing Aid Gets Wet

Hearing Aid Care Tips: What to Do When Your Hearing Aid Gets Wet You’ve heard it before – one of the worst things for your hearing aid is water and moisture. Like most electronics, hearing aids depend on being dry to operate at their best. Even a bit of moisture (like perspiration) can cause damage to your aid. It’s important …

Optimum Audiology - What to Expect at a Hearing Test

What to Expect at a Hearing Test

What to Expect at a Hearing Test People who have hearing problems tend to wait on average seven years before getting their hearing checked.  But as with many medical problems, the earlier you find it, the better chance you have of a positive outcome.  If you wait too long, you may not realize that damage has been done to your overall …

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Talking to Your Loved One About Hearing Loss

Talking to Your Loved One About Hearing Loss Open any book on successful marriages and they will always say that the most important thing to work on is communication. But what if one person has hearing loss? In a recent study about hearing loss, 48% interviewed admitted their marriages have suffered because of their spouses hearing loss. Communication breaks down …

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May is Better Speech & Hearing Month!

Better Speech and Hearing Month (BSHM) takes place every May, as an effort to raise awareness about communication disorders. BSHM is organized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) to share resources and encourage Americans to take the steps toward better hearing health. To celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month, Dr. Kristi Mendoza of Optimum Audiology has planned a …

Bluetooth Hearing Aid Technology

According to the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association the number of Americans with a hearing loss has doubled in the past 30 years. The average time a person is identified as significantly hearing-impaired to getting their first set of hearing aids is typically seven years. Now the audiology industry hopes to help people solve this problem sooner with new hearing …

Pros and Cons of Custom vs Universal In Ear Monitors

Custom fit in-ear monitors (CIEMs) These are earphones that are custom-made and custom-fitted to the user’s ears. • Offers best sound quality • Long-term comfort • Highest noise isolation • Most manufacturers offer artwork and other customization options• Typical lead time is 1-4 weeks • Requires ear impressions • May require re-fits (see CIEM Fit section at bottom of page) …

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Introducing Relax, Starkey Hearing Technologies’ New Tinnitus Relief App

With an estimated 50 million Americans experiencing tinnitus, Starkey Hearing Technologies is proud to introduce Relax. This new app is designed to help provide personalized relief to people suffering from tinnitus and encourage them to seek help from you, the hearing professional.Relax is a comprehensive tinnitus education and self-management tool that includes 12 different relief sounds. All 12 relief sounds …

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Hearing Impairment, Cognitive Decline, and Amplification

Multiple studies have indicated that hearing loss may be a significant factor with regard to cognitive decline in older adults. Although speculative, perhaps the association between hearing loss and cognitive impairment could both be the result of an underlying common pathology such as vascular disease or inflammation. Other explanations include variations of mechanistic hypotheses such that hearing loss leads to …