A Maine Law Requires Private Insurers To Cover Cost of Hearing Aids

New law in Maine about hearing aid coverage

Hearing aids are ingenious, high tech devices providing a better quality of life for millions of Americans. It seems like the list of features available on hearing aids is getting bigger each year, as is the price tag. A basic set of hearing aids costs between $1500 and $3500 and this is on the low… Continue reading A Maine Law Requires Private Insurers To Cover Cost of Hearing Aids

Mimicking The Brain’s Ability To Distinguish One Voice From Many With New Hearing Aid Technology

Our brains ability to hear individual voices in noisy environment

The brain does a fantastic job of picking out individual voices in noisy environments. This process, known as the cocktail party effect, is a remarkable human ability. This aptitude for understanding speech in the presence of noise is challenging for a person with hearing loss. Advanced hearing aids have trouble deciphering speech in noisy environments.… Continue reading Mimicking The Brain’s Ability To Distinguish One Voice From Many With New Hearing Aid Technology

How to Prevent Losing Your Hearing Aids (And What to Do If You Misplace Them)

When was the last time you lost your keys? Your wallet? The TV remote? What about your hearing aids? You might think you would never lose something so necessary and valuable as your hearing aids, but many people do! One audiologist, Dr. Melissa Danchak, AuD, noted that she typically sees an average of three people… Continue reading How to Prevent Losing Your Hearing Aids (And What to Do If You Misplace Them)

Degree of Hearing Loss vs. Degree of Hearing Access

For audiologists, one of the basic foundations of training is the concept of the degree of hearing loss. By assessing the degree of hearing loss in a person, the audiologist is able to predict communication outcomes in both adults and children. A person’s degree of hearing loss can range from mild to profound. By assessing… Continue reading Degree of Hearing Loss vs. Degree of Hearing Access

Is there a link between hearing loss and behavioral disorders in children?

According to the World Health Organization, hearing loss affects over 34 million children worldwide. Hearing loss has a significant effect on the language development of these children. While most hearing professionals educate the families of children with hearing loss about the language and developmental effects of hearing loss, they often do not discuss behavioral challenges.… Continue reading Is there a link between hearing loss and behavioral disorders in children?

Great Advice For Traveling With Hearing Aids

The weather is starting to change, and the urge to hit the road is upon us. Everyone loves a vacation, including those with hearing problems. With planning and preparation, a hearing-impaired individual can avoid problems with hearing aids and enjoy their holiday to the fullest. Handling busy airports, hotels, and tourist attractions will be no… Continue reading Great Advice For Traveling With Hearing Aids

Researchers Find Link Between Premature Death & Hearing Loss

If someone were to ask you what challenges a person with age-related hearing loss might encounter, what would you say? Miscommunications? Difficulty in social situations? Science has shown that untreated age-related hearing loss can have even more serious effects than these. A growing body of research demonstrates the connection between untreated hearing loss and increased… Continue reading Researchers Find Link Between Premature Death & Hearing Loss

Advancements in Hereditary Hearing Loss

Have you ever wondered why so many of your family members experience hearing loss around the same age? This pattern may not just be a simple coincidence but may actually be the result of a common problem called hereditary hearing loss. Since many forms of hearing problems are caused by genetics, researchers have been working… Continue reading Advancements in Hereditary Hearing Loss

Children With Hearing-Impairments Can Sing Their Way To Better Communication Skills

According to Miguel de Cervantes novel Don Quixote, a person who sings will frighten their ills away. While it may not be true that music can chase away evil spirits, It is true that music has great therapeutic value. Music, especially singing, has a powerful effect on our health. The therapeutic value of music, especially… Continue reading Children With Hearing-Impairments Can Sing Their Way To Better Communication Skills

Connecting Chronic Noise Exposure With Cardiovascular Disease

In 1910, the Nobel Prize Winner Robert Koch suggested that a time will come when we will have to fight noise as aggressively as we fight cholera and other disorders. The effects of noise are cumulative, building up over the course of a lifetime. This slow, gradual increase makes detecting hearing loss difficult until it… Continue reading Connecting Chronic Noise Exposure With Cardiovascular Disease