Making Better Choices During Better Hearing and Speech Month

It’s no secret, but your hearing health matters! Especially in May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month. It means the difference between hearing the most important parts of the conversation, such as medical information, dates, prices or can’t-miss work-related details and missing vital information. At other times it may mean not hearing every story your grandkids want to tell you about their busy days. Maybe it’s something someone wants to whisper for your ears only. Whatever your circumstances, you deserve to hear well!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Every May the hearing care community gets the word out that it’s important to focus on hearing wellness. This year professionals such as the team at Treasure Valley Hearing & Balance advocate for individuals to get their annual hearing assessment – if only to check against future testing – and to learn about hearing wellness.

Five things you can do to improve your hearing wellness

As part of your overall wellness, it’s important to focus on your hearing. That means much more than just getting your ears checked. It means investing in yourself in other ways. Here are some general dos and don’ts to consider this May:

  1. Use hearing protection – it’s key to preventing hearing loss. Avoid loud noise and if you will be around places with excessive volume, wear earplugs or other protective gear. Especially if your plans include concerts or explosives, such as fireworks. If you are not sure how loud something is, you can download a decibel app on your cellphone.
  2. Eat well and go bananas! Just as carrots are famous for helping vision, did you know that potassium is linked to auditory wellness? Other good things to eat include foods high in folic acid, such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus – and organ-meats, like liver.
  3. Don’t use Q-tips in your ears. If you grew up hearing “don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ears,” continue to heed that advice. The inner ear canal is sensitive.
  4. Be active. Exercise helps hearing. There’s a positive link between cardiovascular health and hearing acuity in recent studies.
  5. Know how well you hear! Make sure you have an annual hearing assessment. If you discover you have hearing loss, you aren’t alone. Some 48 million Americans1 have hearing loss. Even more have tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Don’t be afraid to address hearing loss

Untreated hearing loss is linked with higher instances of dementia and depression, and it is linked to lower household income, if untreated.1 That’s why it’s important to use hearing aids, if warranted. Hearing well makes communication easier and allows individuals to communicate with confidence.

Can’t make it in May? Hearing wellness matters all year long

While Better Hearing and Speech Month is celebrated in May, we believe your hearing wellness matters all year long. Whether you need your hearing aids cleaned or want to help with handling a loved one’s hearing loss, we’re there to help address your hearing needs. Call (208) 519-4552 to make an appointment to make a no-obligation appointment.

1 Hearing Loss Association of America.

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Educational Seminar with Lunch: Hearing Loss and Dementia

Treasure Valley Hearing welcomes you to join us for a special event in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association. Hearing loss and dementia have been linked in numerous studies. Learn more about how taking positive steps to improve hearing wellness can reduce the risk of dementia for yourself or a loved one. If you have been putting off seeking solutions to hearing loss, it isn’t too late to take action. Please join us as we explore the connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline, and discuss ways to slow down this process.

May 9th at 11:00 am

Location: Scentsy

2901 E. Pine, Room 221

Meridian, ID 83642

Reserve your spot by calling 208-938-3777


Christine Bubb, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Idaho Chapter

Jacquie Elcox, Treasure Valley Hearing

Complimentary Lunch!

Treasure Valley Hearing and our co-sponsor the Alzheimer’s Association are pleased to welcome you to lunch. To reserve your space – and so we have enough food – please call 208-938-3777.

Do you have a loved one with hearing loss and dementia? Are you experiencing symptoms of hearing loss?

It’s important to address symptoms of hearing loss. If you are experiencing any of the following, we hope you will make an appointment for a complimentary hearing assessment. Do you:

  • Have trouble understanding conversations, or have to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Feel more forgetful than you used to?
  • Want to learn more about the difference between “normal aging” and dementia?
  • Have difficulty processing rapid speech?

Know the facts about hearing loss and dementia!

Here are a few things we will be discussing at our lunch. Did you know:

  • Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States?
  • People with untreated hearing loss are 2-5 times more likely to develop dementia?
  • Research supports early hearing care intervention for reduced risk of cognitive decline and better overall health?
  • People with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking help?

This is just the start. To learn even more and hear about what you can do to protect yourself, reserve your spot to join us for this educational luncheon. Call 208-938-3777 to RSVP.

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The World Health Organization’s Message for World Hearing Day 2018

Hear the future and prepare for it” is the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) message for World Hearing Day 2018. To that end, Treasure Valley Hearing & Balance advises everyone to take care of their hearing health.

Take action for hearing health on World Hearing Day

On World Hearing Day, March 3rd, 2018, Treasure Valley Hearing & Balance hopes to encourage more people to be mindful of their hearing health.1 Based on statistical projections, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that the prevalence of hearing loss is set to increase globally, and this World Hearing Day discusses how preventative measures could help curb the rise. With more than 5% of the global population already affected by disabling hearing loss2, now is the time to raise awareness and address why people do not recognize the signs when they are affected.

Causes of hearing loss

Many things can cause hearing loss – both in and out of our control. The most common include:

  • Exposure to excessive noise
  • Genetic causes
  • Complications at birth
  • Certain infectious diseases
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Certain medications
  • Aging2

Approximately 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes.2 Although not all hearing loss can be prevented, we can take action to take better care of our ears, such as wearing ear protection when working with loud machinery. More importantly, we can pay more attention to our hearing and seek advice from an expert if we have any concerns.

Hearing loss can be a slow process, so it can be difficult to read the signs of deterioration, and in many cases, is easily ignored. In comparison to loss of sight, hearing loss is not always noticeable. Many people have a vision test annually to maintain eye health. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the same precautions for their ears, because hearing is as important as sight.

Knowing the signs of hearing loss

One key element to maintaining hearing health is paying attention to the early signs of hearing loss, such as:

  • Having the television or radio consistently at a loud volume
  • Struggling to follow conversations (especially in noisy environments such as restaurants)
  • Asking people to repeat themselves often
  • Withdrawal and isolation to avoid tough listening situations
  • Repositioning to point your ears toward sound
  • Not hearing the phone ring, the doorbell or sirens

Untreated hearing loss can be detrimental

Our professionals urge you to address the symptoms of hearing loss. We advise you begin with a professional hearing assessment* to eliminate guesswork. Untreated hearing loss can cause serious long-term conditions, especially later in life, so we implore everyone to maintain their hearing care now.

Hearing loss has a number of side effects. Untreated, hearing loss can cause people to withdraw from socializing and lead to feelings of isolation and depression. Several studies have concluded that hearing loss contributes to the early onset of dementia, including the recent study authored by the Lancet Commissions on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care.3 Addressing hearing loss is key to remaining cognitive and socially active.

Hearing loss is widespread – and growing

According to the WHO, approximately one third of people over 65 years of age are affected by disabling hearing loss2 and are potentially at risk of affecting their overall health if untreated. With the number of people aged 65 and above predicted to have doubled in 2050 compared to today4, age-related hearing loss is almost certainly a contributing factor to the increasing prevalence of hearing loss. That’s partially why the WHO’s slogan for 2018 is “Hear the future and prepare for it.” Now is the best time to act.

How can you take action on World Hearing Day?

Just by reading this to educate yourself, you are taking an important step. If you have concerns about your hearing, or have someone in your life who shows signs of hearing loss, make an appointment for a free, no-obligation hearing assessment* so you can learn more about your individual needs. Call (208) 519-4552 for more information.

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Hear in Pink

Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer that affects American women. This is an important statistic to Oticon, and to us. Because we care so much about this particular topic, we want to join with Oticon to help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Last year, they were able to raise $100,000 to support non-profit breast cancer organizations. This year, they are donating funds raised to the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC).

For the months of September and October, Oticon is once again donating proceeds from a portion of all sales of the special edition pink Oticon Opn™ and all Oticon Opn hearing aids to NBCC to help find a cure.

This is exciting because you have the opportunity to upgrade your device and raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness all at the same time.

But why switch to Oticon Opn anyway?

Oticon Opn is a revolutionary device that lets you hear everything around you. Traditional hearing devices only focus on the sounds right in front of you. So, if you aren’t looking in the right direction, you will be missing something.

Additionally, Oticon Opn processes sounds faster, gives you better speech understanding and makes it generally easier to listen. Without the extra effort to actually hear what’s going on, your brain has more of a chance to actually remember what you heard.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a new device, why not now?

Give us a call and schedule an assessment.  Any Oticon Opn device you choose will help the cause.

We can’t wait to help you gain a better hearing lifestyle.  Here at Treasure Valley Hearing & Balance,  we are committed to better hearing and committed to you! Contact us today and schedule an appointment.

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