Thursday, February 26, 2015

Listen


Take a few minutes to really stop, quiet your mind and “perk up” your ears.  What do you hear?

The “hum” of the furnace, song of the birds, melting of the snow, drip of the coffee maker, rattle of the newspaper, sound of your grandson’s voice as he talks on the phone, tumbling of the clothes in the dryer….  These are just a few of the sounds that contribute to our everyday lives.

Now think about those sounds that make you smile.  Laughter, music, conversation with family and friends, sharing a story, enjoying TV and movies may all bring a smile to your face.  Difficulty with hearing has a negative impact on all of these and more.

What situations do you find the most challenging?  Having a conversation in a noisy restaurant, hearing the minister at church, understanding your children, talking on the telephone, collaborating with colleagues, attending a large meeting or convention can all be quite frustrating with hearing difficulties.  When hearing is compromised, often we “hear” but are not able to “understand”.  This may result in a great deal of anxiety, misunderstanding, anger, hurt feelings, aggravation and even self-ridicule. 

Following a course toward positive solutions can be life changing.  A comprehensive hearing evaluation is the first step.  Together with your audiologist, appropriate choices will be made to obtain the proper solution for you.  Today’s technology provides excellent options for addressing these issues.  The goal is to gain an increase in speech understanding, while perceiving a more natural sound quality, in a variety of situations.
Listening and Hearing, with the assistance of this incredible instrumentation, will help you to understand and experience all of what life has to offer. 






Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!





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Mentor, Ohio 44060
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

How do I choose the right hearing aids?


You play the most significant role in assuring satisfaction with hearing aids.  In order to be happy with your hearing aids, your needs, desires and expectations must be met.  You and your audiologist can address your communication issues and develop strategies for improving them.  Here are some suggestions for improving your chances of being fit with the right hearing aids.

  • Identify your own personal needs
  • Make a list of situations where your hearing loss has been a problem, i.e., restaurants, church, at work etc.
  • Describe difficult situations:  i.e., the telephone, TV, communicating with family, movies, meetings, church, small groups, listening to young children, large conferences

Other factors to consider include:

  • The degree of your hearing loss
  • Size and condition of your ears
  • Your ability to manipulate the instruments and batteries
  • Your individual lifestyle

A positive attitude with realistic expectations about your hearing aids will improve your chances for a successful hearing aid fitting! Today’s digital technology allows for smaller instruments, improved noise and feedback management and automatic features. Extended wear instruments are also now available.  All instruments are programmed and fine tuned to meet your individual needs by the audiologist.
Be patient, ask questions and work closely with the audiologist who is fitting your hearing aids. Discover a whole new world of wonderful sounds.  Are you interested in learning about the latest technological advances in hearing instruments?  Schedule an appointment for a complete Audiological Evaluation with an Audiologist





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  Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!



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Mentor, Ohio 44060
Phone: 440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Is there a connection between hearing loss and heart disease?


Yes, the Better Hearing Institute reported that recent research confirms, there is a link between hearing and cardiovascular health.  There is connection between sensory hearing loss and heart disease.  Dr. Friedland of the Medical College of Wisconsin is one of the researchers whose findings most recently support this connection.  His studies suggest hearing loss may be an early indicator of heart disease.

 

Dr. Friedland also suggests tracking hearing ability over time could potentially be a screening measure for cardiovascular disease.  He stated, The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow and it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here (in the ear) earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.” 

 

The Better Hearing Institute also reports that tracking hearing over time may help monitor heart health.  Studies suggest that decreased low-frequency hearing, may be a particularly sensitive indicator of heart disease.

 

Here are four heart-healthy reason to have a hearing evaluation:
 

  1. Six decades of research points to the heart/hearing health link
  2. The ear may be a window to the heart
  3. The same lifestyle behaviors that affect the heart impact hearing
  4. Addressing decreased hearing ability improves quality of life and helps reduce stress
     
If you have heart disease or if it runs in your family, you may want to have regular hearing checks. Call to schedule an audiologic assessment to establish a baseline for your hearing.



Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!


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Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848440-205-8848
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Why do people resist having a hearing check?





We are often asked this question. The answer is complex.  People resist seeking help for different reasons.  Hearing difficulties are much more then not hearing or mishearing.  It affects one’s inner being, impacting self esteem, self worth and how one perceives oneself.  Admitting to hearing loss is admitting that there is something wrong or imperfect about oneself.

Hearing loss is typically gradual, sneaking up on people.  People rarely have total deafness.  With partial hearing loss people hear some things well, mishear others and completely not hear something else.  This makes it hard to for one to realize they have a problem. 

It’s more than just a hearing issue.  Taking responsibility for one’s hearing and communication involves a willingness to admit to having trouble.  Men tend to see decreased hearing ability as weakness.  Women see it as a cosmetic issue.

Seeking help means your dad will have to change his behavior.  Change is hard; it’s has been safe relying on those who love and care for him to repeat, interpret, take responsibility for phone calls and provide him needed information.
Talk with your dad about what he stands to gain.  Communication is also important to relationships.  Lack of good communication causes relationships to deteriorate, negatively impacting the ones we love, family, friends, even coworkers. These relationships are good reasons to seek help.  With hearing technology, your dad can find more enjoyment in family, connect with co-workers, engage in social situations, and find pleasure in music and the outdoors again.







Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!


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Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fatigue and hearing loss


Fatigue, following communication in a noisy place can be common with a severe hearing loss.  As you know, your hearing difficulty has a significant impact on communication.  Without a doubt, hearing technology can and does make it possible for you to attend social activities. Without the devices, you would not be able to participate. 

Conversation in noisy places such as a restaurant, can be challenging.  Noise adds extra difficulty for hearing.  Under these conditions, you work harder to hear than anyone else.  You are actively listening, and concentrating on the speaker.  You’re sorting out words from the background noise.  You’re applying what you know about the topic to aid your understanding of what was said.  All this takes extra energy on your part.  Expending extra energy can make you tired.

Plus, after gathering what was heard, lipreading information, and applying your knowledge of the subject, you need to put the information together to make sense of it.  It’s like putting puzzle pieces together.  This takes an extra second or two.  So at times, you may feel you are a step behind in the conversation.
When you know you will be in a noisy environment, plan ahead.  See if the group will meet when the restaurant is less busy so there will be less noise.  Ask for a table in the corner where it will be quieter.  Try to get a good night’s sleep the night before.  Most importantly, have a good time, you can rest when you go home.




Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!


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Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hearing loss and withdrawal




Hearing loss can have a significant impact on our emotional, physical and mental well being. Those with hearing loss are likely to experience a number of emotions.  Often,
the frustration and embarrassment of being unable to hear and understand conversation may lead to withdrawal and isolation from social situations.

Concentration and active listening can also be very tiring, contributing to fatigue.  This becomes a vicious cycle:  If we are fatigued, it is difficult to pay attention, which results in understanding even less of what is being said, causing anxiety and physical tension.  This type of exhaustion can often lead to depression.
When you recognize someone is beginning to withdraw from social interaction is an indication he/she could be having trouble hearing.  A complete hearing evaluation would answer questions regarding his hearing and the benefit he would receive from use of hearing aids.  It is important to recognize these other implications of hearing loss.







Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!


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Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Untreated hearing loss

Untreated hearing loss has been known to have a significant impact on the quality of one’s life.  A multitude of emotions surround those with hearing loss.  To name a few:  sadness, anger, frustration, embarrassment, feelings of inadequacy, isolation, loneliness and loss of concentration.  Often these feelings can lead to exhaustion, withdrawal and depression.

Treatment of hearing loss, with the fitting with hearing aids, has been shown to improve:

  • Earning power
  • Communication in relationships
  • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
  • Ease of communication
  • Emotional stability
  • Physical health
  • Group social participation

Additionally, treatment for hearing loss also reduces anger and frustration in relationships, feelings of anxiety and paranoia, depression and self-criticism.  Research by the National
Council on Aging has demonstrated that hearing aids clearly are associated with impressive improvements in the social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being of those with hearing loss.  Being fit with hearing instruments has the potential to positively change your life. Hearing the wonderful sounds of life: the laugh of a grandchild, bird song, the crackle of the fire, crunch of the snow under foot, conversation with your family and the television set.  Start the year off right, call to schedule a complete Hearing Test to determine if hearing instruments will be helpful to you.






Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818






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