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You're Wearing a Hearing Aid? Introducing Invisible-In-Canal Hearing Aid Options

As a hearing professional, I always find that I am noticing people wearing aids in public situations, such as at sporting events or the airport. Mostly, because it’s my profession, but also because hearing aids of the past have been so big and noticeable, and I put great emphasis on the word PAST.

With today’s latest hearing aids, many new options are available that are invisible* to the eye when worn. The exact level of invisibility depends on the size of your ear canal, but, for many, these invisible-in-canal size hearing aids will help those with hearing losses receive the benefits of wearing a hearing aid without having it known to others, even their closest colleagues or friends. The most significant of these new invisible-in-canal products is called SoundLens, made by Starkey.

Having a hearing loss is not something that anyone gets excited about. However, with the right attitude and approach, it can actually be a very manageable condition to care for. In my years of caring for those with hearing loss, I have seen time and time again people make remarkable improvements by simply dedicating themselves to getting the most out of wearing a hearing aid. With hopes of similar outcomes in the future I am sharing 5 simple steps to better hearing for you or a loved one to use.

Top 10 List for Buyers

Buying a hearing aid is an important decision on many levels as it is an investment in both money and time. However, the benefits one can gain from improved hearing will outweigh those investments on a daily basis. Therefore it is important to take the right approach in shopping for a hearing aid to ensure you or a loved one get the optimal solution for improving hearing capabilities. At Hearing By Design we offer this top 10 list of tips for anyone planning to buy new hearing aids, as well as our always complimentary appointments to get started.

Can Better Hearing Help Delay Dementia?

Today, dementia afflicts one in 10 Americans over 70 years in age, and that number is projected to substantially increase over the next few decades. According to a FoxNews.com article, Could Hearing Aids Delay dementia?, a recent series of studies conducted at John Hopkins Medicine have revealed that treating hearing loss may provide some benefit in slowing the dementia process, especially in individuals over 60 and older with signs of moderate hearing losses or worse. While the study does not indicate that hearing aids can prevent dementia, it does bring up some interesting points on how achieving better hearing through hearing aids may help delay the dementia process and lessen the impact.

With the rapid advancement in hearing technology it can be a bit tricky to keep up and understand what features are important to your hearing aid purchase. At Hearing By Design we want to help those conducting research on available hearing aid options and review various features. To do so, the following sections contain explanations for all of the feature categories that may be important for getting the optimal hearing aid that meets your hearing loss and lifestyle needs.

How the Open Road Can Harm Your Hearing

There’s not much better on a nice day than opening the car windows or putting down the top on a convertible. However, precautions should be taken to avoid harming your hearing at the same time while enjoying the wind in your hair on the open road. According to a Better Hearing Institute online article, recent tests were conducted for driving different types of convertibles at highway speeds as it relates to potential harm to hearing. The finding indicated that 80% of the cars produced noise exposure of 85 decibels, a level harmful to hearing if sustained for a lengthy period of time.

A List for Caregivers

In honor of National Caregivers Month this November, we are offering caregivers of all kinds a helpful list for the most common signs of hearing loss, as well as information about hearing loss treatment. Family members are often the first to recognize that a loved one has hearing loss, but the symptoms may appear gradually and be difficult to detect. Even professional caregivers can confuse the signs and symptoms of hearing loss with other conditions, missing opportunities for early diagnosis to minimize the long term impact of hearing problems.

Proud to Fit American Hearing Aids

We want to take a moment to honor those who have served our country and sacrificed to protect our freedom and the freedom of generations to come. Without them, U.S. citizens and companies may not be able to develop and provide new products and services that can better the lives of our own citizens. We at Hearing By Design take great pride in providing our community members with the hearing care they deserve. We are also proud to sell hearing aid products made by Starkey, an American company.