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

Can Middle Ear Infections Cause Hearing Loss?

Ear infections and hearing loss

A hearing loss can be the product of many factors, including the aging process, injury, prolonged noise exposure, and heredity. These culprits affect your auditory nerve causing a sensorineural hearing loss. An infection of the middle ear can also cause you to have a hearing loss. Infections in the middle ear cause an accumulation of… Continue reading Can Middle Ear Infections Cause Hearing Loss?

What is the Difference Between Hearing Amplifiers and Hearing Aids?

Hearing amplifier

Although the purpose they serve may seem similar, hearing amplifiers and hearing aids are two different devices. Yes, both can improve one’s ability to hear. However, hearing aids have a design tailored for people with hearing impairments and hearing amplifiers do not. The media tempts us to purchase hearing amplifiers while overlooking key differences that… Continue reading What is the Difference Between Hearing Amplifiers and Hearing Aids?

Don’t Believe These Common Hearing Aid Myths

Hearing aid myths

If you have a hearing loss and are considering hearing aids, then you are probably familiar with the numerous hearing aid myths and misconceptions. It is time to dismiss these myths and take care of your hearing. New technology and sleek designs are putting an end to these hearing aid legends while helping people hear… Continue reading Don’t Believe These Common Hearing Aid Myths

Genetic Susceptibility to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Signs of noise-induced hearing loss

Thirty-six million Americans have hearing loss. Exposure to noise is the culprit in one of three of these people. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the result of damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. These hair cells convert sounds that we hear into electrical signals that travel to the brain. If these cells… Continue reading Genetic Susceptibility to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Eating A Healthier Diet May Prevent Hearing Loss

Healthy diet and hearing loss

You may be familiar with hearing loss and its association with aging. Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss is a fact of life. However, this does not mean that you must sit back and accept a hearing loss. New research is indicating that a healthy diet is an easy way to help reduce the risk of hearing… Continue reading Eating A Healthier Diet May Prevent Hearing Loss

What You Need to Know about Sudden Hearing Loss

Sudden hearing loss

Unless you personally know someone who has experienced sudden hearing loss, odds are that you do not know much about it. In fact, many people have never heard of it at all. Most hearing loss occurs gradually over time, usually during a period of months or even years. This may be age-related hearing loss, or… Continue reading What You Need to Know about Sudden Hearing Loss

How “Tickling” the Ear Could Help You Age More Healthily

"Tickle" therapy - New study on re-balancing the Autonomic Nervous System

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but are your ears the windows to your autonomic nervous system? New research conducted at the University of Leeds has found that using the ear to send small electrical currents to the vagus nerve can stimulate the nervous system. For those over 55 years old, this… Continue reading How “Tickling” the Ear Could Help You Age More Healthily

Assistive Listening Systems And What They Can Do For You

Assistive listening systems

Assistive listening systems (ALS) are simple amplifiers that bring sound directly into the ear. They are designed to separate sounds, such as speech, from background noise, thereby improving the speech to noise ratio. These devices work by supplying amplified sound via a Bluetooth connection to headphones or hearing aids. So, what are the different types… Continue reading Assistive Listening Systems And What They Can Do For You

Study Reveals New Information about the Relationship between Antibiotics & Hearing Loss

Hearing loss and antibiotics

Modern medicine is often referred to as a miracle, and that is frequently true. We can now treat diseases and conditions that were once fatal to many, and new advances are made every day in the field of medicine. Antibiotics, vaccines, and other life-saving drugs are changing the world as we know it. However, modern… Continue reading Study Reveals New Information about the Relationship between Antibiotics & Hearing Loss