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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.

Put an End to Volume Wars

Imagine no longer having to strain to hear the television or radio. Imagine not having to upset your friends or spouse by keeping the television at a high volume just to be able to hear a show due to hearing loss difficulties. With today’s hearing aid technology, these aspirations have now become a reality. At Hearing by Design we are excited to introduce Starkey’s new wireless hearing aids, 3 Series.

Understanding Tinnitus

For many, there are no sounds of silence. Instead, even with buzzing, humming or ringing sounds. This unfortunate condition is called tinnitus and, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, it has affected nearly 25 million Americans to date. Presently, no treatments are available to cure this condition.

Tips for Helping a Loved One

When a friend or a family member has difficulties it is as hard for those in contact with the individual as it is for the person themselves to communicate. Oftentimes, the individual wia hearing loss is apt to find ways to deal with their hearing loss difficulties without seeking the appropriate treatment and, if needed, a hearing aid. This common behavior still causes frustration for those who care for the friend or family member. To help avoid these challenges we want to provide some guidance for helping someone suffering from hearing loss take the right action and seek the treatment they may need.

Tips for Traveling with a Hearing Loss

Travel, while exciting, can also be an exhausting task given today’s rigorous security procedures. Add in struggles with a hearing loss to the process and it can become an even more daunting challenge. To help in this process, the Transportation and Security Administration has recently provided some helpful tips on their website for traveling with a hearing loss.

Top Questions to Ask

Many adults have not had a hearing test since grade school and may not even remember the experience. Today’s hearing examinations are thorough and thoughtful, designed to identify and diagnose even mild hearing loss. After gathering a health history, the hearing specialist will conduct an ear exam with an otoscope to check for obstructions, infections or other medical conditions that might affect hearing. If there is no medical reason for hearing loss, the hearing specialist will perform a series of tests, including an audiogram, to discover the cause of any hearing problem.

You May Have Your Father’s Hearing

Baldness, freckles…hearing loss? Yes, it seems we can inherit many of our parents’ traits, whether or not we truly want them. While we have known for years that different conditions such as baldness, high blood pressure, poor eyesight can have genetic origins, recent studies have revealed more information into the genetic causes of hearing loss in many individuals.

While your hearing loss may seem insignificant now, it's impacting more than you think:

Your Family From frustration at repeating things over and over to sadness at seeing you isolate yourself from the people and activities you love, your family suffers the consequences of your hearing loss also..

Your Safety A car horn. An ambulance siren. The fire alarm. Hearing loss can cause you to miss important signals that alert you to danger — and put those you care about at risk.

Your Happiness What things aren’t you doing, enjoying or experiencing because you can’t hear to your full potential? Hearing loss isn’t just a nuisance — it’s a quality of life issue.

Your Work If you’re missing important information on phone calls or in meetings, you may be missing opportunities to grow and increase your value to employers.

48 million Americans—or nearly one in five, age 12 and older—experience hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication.

It's the third most common condition in older Americans! In fact, 50% of adults 75 and older have hearing impairments, and 1 in 6 Baby Boomers Struggle with hearing loss.

Starkey Hearing Foundation is about bringing understanding between people through caring and sharing.

We believe caring develops trust and by sharing we find our humanity. We believe by growing engagement in this cause that we can increase tolerance and respect for life. Our goal is to pursue our mission with commitment so that future generations can live in a world with more caring and Peace.

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Asking people to constantly repeat themselves or responding inappropriately draws more attention than wearing today's stylish hearing aids.

Custom fit to each person, invisible hearing aids rest in the second bend of the ear canal, making them virtually undetectable to others. They are designed to be removed daily to promote good ear health.

People tend to wait 5 to 7 years between First experiencing symptoms and seeking help.

Over time, reduced stimulation to your ears and brain can actually impair the brain’s ability to process sound and recognize speech. The more speech recognition deteriorates, the more difficult it is to recover. When you can’t hear what’s going on around you, your mental sharpness suffers.

The sooner you take action, the sooner you put a stop to the negative effects of hearing loss, and the sooner you begin to regain sharpness, confidence and control.

  • Asking others to repeat themselves
  • Having trouble hearing women's and children's voices
  • Having trouble hearing on the telephone
  • Feeling more irritable or depressed
  • Avoiding social situations that were once enjoyable
  • Having difficulty following a fast-moving conversation
  • Missing important information in meetings
  • Being told by others that you have hearing loss