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Hearing Health Resolutions for 2018

Taking time at the beginning of a new year to make resolutions is a tradition that dates back for centuries. It’s the perfect time to rethink your habits and do things a little better than you did the year before.

For most people, health is at the top of their list. They try to eat better, work out more and generally take better care of their bodies.

We’d love to suggest that this is also a great time to have your hearing assessed and resolve to change some of your hearing habits.

But where to start? We’ve got a few suggestions….

Your initial assessment will be able to determine if and to what degree of hearing loss you night be experiencing.

A simple and painless hearing assessment can reveal whether or not your hearing has deteriorated and if so, what you can do to prevent it from deteriorating further.

Your hearing care professional will go over the results of your assessment and make recommendations for your next steps…this could mean a medical referral, hearing aid devices, or other devices that can greatly improve your quality of life.

Be cognizant of loud environments and use ear protection.

When it comes to concerts, theaters, and even mowing the lawn – the high decibel levels involved with these loud environments can damage your hearing more quickly than you may realize. But you don’t have to avoid the fun altogether if you just remember to use hearing protection.

Practice Safe Listening

Safe listening isn’t just about how loud things are – it also takes into account how often and for how long you are listening.  To be safe, limit the volume, the duration and the frequency of any intense listening situation. This one is especially geared towards anyone who uses earbuds or over-ear headphones regularly.

Changes to your diet can help your hearing health.

Anything rich in Vitamin D or Omega-3 Fats help strengthen blood vessels throughout the body and especially in the ear’s sensory system.

Antioxidants limit free radicals in your body, which can damage the nerve tissue in your inner ears.

Magnesium, commonly found in bananas, potatoes, artichokes, or broccoli, has been shown to provide additional protection against noise-induced hearing loss.

Check maintenance medication for their effects on your hearing.

There are something like 200 different medications, including cancer-fighting drugs and antibiotics that can affect your hearing. In some cases, your physician may be able to recommend a different medication that won’t cause hearing loss.

If you already use hearing aids, schedule a checkup to make sure they are working as well as they can for you.

All hearing aid devices need a tune-up every now and then. As your hearing needs change, the settings on your hearing devices will need to change also. The best way to handle this is a visit to your health care professional.

There is no better time to change your habits than the start of a new year.

We’d love to help you improve your hearing and by extension, your quality of life. Give us a call and schedule a consultation today!

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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Top Hearing Loss / Hearing Aid Apps of 2017 / 2018

Modern technology is one of the perks of living in 2018. The capabilities of hearing aids are better than ever, and many even work in conjunction with apps on your smartphone.

If you aren’t utilizing these apps to enhance your listening experience, you might be missing out on some tools that not only help you hear better, but also make life a little easier.

There are apps for everything – from helping you hear better to making your tinnitus more bearable. We compiled this list to help you get started in the right direction.

These are the best apps that have come across our radar in the past year.

TapTap

This app is available for iPhones, and it basically turns your phone into a device to alert you to all kinds of noises.

It gets your attention by vibrating in response to certain sound signals, such as a honk, alarm, or shout.

WhiteNoise

The constant ringing of tinnitus can really become tiresome. With a white noise app, you can select pleasing sounds like rain, or waves on a beach to distract your brain from the normal effects of tinnitus.

Tinnitus SoundSupport

In fact, one of our favorite hearing aids, the Oticon OPN offers a built in solution for this – Tinnitus SoundSupport is a sound generator integrated into Oticon Opn hearing aids. It offers a variety of sounds, from soothing ocean-like sound to steady white noise. You can adjust the volume level of relief sounds directly on the hearing aid or via the Oticon ON App.

Hearcules

Hearcules is a really neat app that helps people avoid prolonged exposure to loud noises.

It actually tells you that you’ve been there too long and it’s time to leave or put on some hearing protection.

Tunity

Sometimes the biggest complaint our loved ones have is that we have the television turned WAY up. Tunity connects your TV to your hearing aid – and even if it’s muted, you can hear the television!

Oticon ON

One of the great things about the Oticon OPN hearing aid is the Oticon ON app that works in conjunction with your hearing aids. The Oticon ON App enables you to control your hearing aids, choose what you want to hear and adjust the sound.

The App offers a “find my hearing aid” search feature, links to user instructions and low battery notification.

AVA

This app is amazing. Created by a group of deaf developers, it can caption ANYTHING right on your smartphone. TV, Movies – even the conversations going on around you. It’s perfect for business meetings, hanging out with friends…anything.

It’s free for up to five hours a day, just because they want as many people as possible to be able to use it. You can pay a monthly fee to get unlimited time, though.

Our list is by no means exhaustive, but these are some apps that are available right on your phone (through google play or the app store) we feel can really change the way you interact with your world.

If you already use hearing aids, schedule a checkup to make sure they are working as well as they can for you.

If you haven’t made the leap yet, stop in for an assessment and let us help you determine what type of device would be best for you.

Technology makes all the difference for those who suffer with difficulty hearing clearly, take advantage of it as much as you can!

We’d love to help you improve your hearing and by extension, your quality of life. Give us a call and schedule an assessment today!

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!

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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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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High-Tech Solutions for Hearing Loss

Do you have hearing loss? Maybe. Imagine if you could hear and remember better with less effort and stress on your brain. Wouldn’t life be easier if you had solutions to help you recall what people say? Good news! The latest hearing aids do just that.

How prevalent is hearing loss?

The answer is that many people have hearing loss and could benefit from using hearing aids. It could be you or a loved one.

Did you know?

  • One in three adults age 65 and above experience some form of hearing loss.1
  • Older adults who use hearing aids show reduced depression symptoms and improved quality of life.1
  • 60% of our military personnel return home from overseas with hearing impairment2, often as a result of noise exposure.
  • One in five teenagers has some level of hearing loss.2
  • Only 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening.3

Are you one of the nearly 50 million Americans4 with some degree of hearing loss? (If you aren’t sure, then it might be time for a hearing assessment.*)

Innovative solutions and advanced devices

Today’s hearing aids include very advanced hearing devices with innovative options. Their minuscule size, coupled with hair-toned color options, provides true discreetness. There are exciting new features that will change the way you think about and use hearing aids, including features that:

  • Automatically adjust to different soundscapes
  • Enable you to listen to multiple speakers, even in noisy environments
  • Connect directly to the internet, your smartphone or television via Bluetooth® and wireless capabilities

Most noteworthy, some models offer a convenient, new rechargeable+ unit that saves hundreds of dollars on disposable batteries annually.

Do I have hearing loss?

The first step is to identify your needs.* This involves:

  • Hearing assessment*, complete with baseline and familiar voice tests
  • Otoscopy exam of your ear canal (hearing loss may be from earwax)
  • Live demonstration* of the latest hearing aid technology

In addition, you can learn about the products through a demonstration.

Could your solution lie with high-tech hearing aids?

Our professional team is happy to discuss your needs and solutions that make sense for your lifestyle, habits and budget. Most of all, we want you to feel comfortable with solutions for your hearing loss. Rather than guess, we welcome you to call (208) 519-4552 to make an appointment today.

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