Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor During Your Annual Physical

Are you due for your annual physical appointment? Visiting your primary care doctor on an annual basis is good practice to ensure that you receive any screenings you need, to bring your doctor up to date on any changes in your health over the last year, to discuss any needed updates to your treatment, and …

6 Reasons to See a Hearing Professional If You Are Considering Buying Over-the-Counter Hearing Devices

For a few years now, we have all been told that over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids are right around the corner. In July 2021, President Biden signed an executive order allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter. While the goal of making hearing devices more accessible is a great one, OTC hearing devices are …

8 Insights Into How Your Family Feels About Your Hearing Loss

If you have hearing loss, you may feel like your family members don’t understand your hearing challenges. You may feel that they never will understand your challenges unless they experience the same challenges for themselves. However, there is more to the story. While you certainly face challenges due to hearing loss, so do your partner …

New Study Shows Association Between Migraines, Hearing Loss, and Tinnitus

Do you struggle with migraines? Do you have ringing in your ears? If so, you are not alone. A new study has found an association between migraines, hearing loss, and tinnitus. First, let’s briefly review each of these conditions. A migraine is a type of headache that can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing …

4 Simple Steps to Protect Your Hearing Aids This Summer

Summer will be here before you know it! Whether you’re planning to spend your summer by the ocean, in the mountains, or somewhere in between, this season can bring new challenges for keeping your hearing aids safe and clean. Here are some activities and hearing aid care to keep in mind so you can enjoy …

Hearing Loss and the Five Stages of Grief

Grief is a deep emotion. You may associate grief with serious losses like the death of a loved one or with major life changes like a divorce. However, grief can come into play when you experience loss of any kind, including hearing loss. Understanding the grieving process may help improve self-awareness and can allow you …

How Your Brain Can Understand One Voice in a Crowded Room

It’s a situation we have all been in many times before: a crowded, noisy room where we are trying to listen to just one person talking. Perhaps you have experienced this at a family party, or maybe you find yourself in this situation fairly frequently at a busy restaurant. Whatever the specific situation may be, …

New Medicare Hearing Benefits Added to the Build Back Better Bill and Passed by the House of Representatives

Good news! In November 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Build Back Better Bill (H.R. 5376) that includes several hearing-related provisions. If enacted, this bill would add coverage of treatment services offered by audiologists for the first time in Medicare’s history. This marks a great stride in offering hearing …

Can I Program My Own Hearing Aids?

If you wear hearing aids, you probably know that from time to time, they need to be programmed. Whether you are getting the right fit on new hearing aids or need to adjust the programming after some use, you might want to simply do it yourself. Although a hearing aid professional should always be the …

Should Hearing Tests Be Mandatory?

Do you know how often you should be getting your hearing tested, particularly once you are over the age of 55? A February 2020 study of 2,000 UK adults found that those over the age of 55 believed they should have their hearing checked every three years, yet the average amount of time since they …