Author Archive | Keith Taylor

My Favorite Cubs Fan

Mavis

At 106 years young, my long time client and friend Mavis is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. Here she is earlier today wearing her Cubbie blue and testing her new hearing aids. Better hearing is crucial for Mavis. She is legally blind. She can’t see the Cubs playing on TV — but she can listen to the action and root for her team.

As Mavis explains, “My hearing is really important to me. Since I can’t see well, I depend on my hearing aids for almost everything I do. They are such a blessing.” “GO CUBS GO!”

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Risk-Free, no-cost, hearing aid trial

Whether you are thinking about trying hearing aids for the first time, or want to sample the newest technology, Flex:Trial is for you!

Other hearing aid trial programs require you to pay for the hearing aids in advance and then go through the process of obtaining a refund if you’re not satisfied.  With Flex:trial there is no upfront cost – and no fear of getting stuck with hearing aids you don’t like.

In fact, the risk is all ours!  Learn more — watch our video:

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Improve Your Hearing Aid Performance

Inevitably it happens to all hearing aid users — your hearing aids just don’t work as well as when they were new.  This happens for different reasons.  Sometimes it is because your hearing has changed.  Sometimes it is because skin particles, earwax or moisture interfere with your hearing aid’s microphone or speaker.  Sometimes it is because your hearing aids no longer fit your ear snugly and comfortably.

When this happens and your hearing hearing aids are no longer performing properly for your hearing needs — it is common to think about purchasing new hearing aids.  Of course, sometimes it is a great idea to upgrade to the newest hearing technology.   However, what many hearing aid users don’t realize is that poor performing hearing aids can often be significantly improved by professional cleaning, repair and reprogramming.

At Hearing Help Express we are experts with all brands and models of hearing aids aids.  If your hearing aids are no longer performing to your satisfaction, we can usually make significant improvements in performance via cleaning, repairs, programming changes and software updates.  We can do this for most hearing aids — even if you didn’t purchase them from us!

Before you decide to purchase new hearing aids, first let us try and improve the performance of your existing hearing aids.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the results!

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Hearing aids give a great return on the investment

Research shows that the rewards can be substantial. In fact, identifying and addressing hearing loss has been shown to positively influence virtually every aspect of an individual’s life, helping people personally, professionally and even financially.

Investing in professionally fitted hearing aids could bring a greater return on your investment than you ever imagined.

Using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90-100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65-77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss, according to a Better Hearing Institute (BHI) study. People with untreated hearing loss lost as much as $30,000 in income annually, the study showed.

Ongoing research shows a link between hearing loss and dementia, leading experts to believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia.

A Johns Hopkins study showed that people ages 40-69 with even just mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. The intensive listening effort demanded by unaddressed hearing loss may take cognitive resources away from what is needed for balance and gait, experts have suggested.

When people with hearing loss use hearing aids, many feel more in control of their lives and less self-critical, BHI research shows.

Hearing aids can help reduce the prominence of tinnitus by amplifying background sound. Just taking the focus off the tinnitus can provide relief for many people.

Research shows that using hearing aids can help improve interpersonal relationships. In one BHI study of people with hearing loss, more than half of the respondents said using hearing aids improved their relationships at home, their social lives and their ability to join in groups.

Addressing hearing loss really is a smart buying decision.

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Free Hearing Aid Test Drive

Try before you buy!

It’s no fun committing to something when you don’t feel certain about it. We want you to be sure that hearing aids are right for you. That’s why we let you take home and try out hearing aids programmed with the exact technology for the actual situations you need them. You decide if it works for you – before committing to buying.

Watch the video below to learn more about our Flex:trial™ program that lets you bring a pair of hearing aids home to try out before you commit to buying anything.

 

Don’t Wait — Call Today to Learn more about Flex:trial™

Call: 800-496-3202

 

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Teenagers and Hearing Loss

earphonesHearing loss is the fastest growing health problems in the U.S. for young people. Why?  Because of the popularity of personal electronic devices that deliver loud sounds directly into the ear canals.

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 12.5 percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 19 suffer from hearing loss as a result of using ear phones/buds turned to a high volume. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that exposure to sounds at 85 decibels of volume can cause damage to your hearing in less than eight hours. Most MP3 players with earphones can reach 85 decibels of volume at only 70% of peak volume.  When played at full volume MP3 players can typically create 100 decibels or more of volume which can cause permanent hearing damage in less than 15 minutes of listening.

In addition, ear buds exacerbate the danger of loud sounds because they are typically pushed directly into the ear canal where the loud sounds are not buffered by air.  Without the resistance of air to reduce some of the energy of the sound waves, the loud sounds are more likely to cause damage to hearing.

Listening to loud music is not the only danger to hearing.  Even most adults don’t realize how loud and damaging sounds can be when played through earphones or earbuds.  This can be especially dangerous for anyone that uses earphones while operating loud equipment such as a lawn mower.  Lawn mowers typically run around 90 decibels of volume.  In order to hear your music or audio book or podcast, you may not realize that you’ve turned the volume to 95 decibels or more.

The good news is there are small adjustments teens and any of us can make to reduce the chance of a hearing loss. Some simple things include switching to headphones instead of earbuds, taking breaks and listening at lower volume levels. If others can hear the music, it’s too loud.  And, if you do work around loud equipment, protect your hearing with earplugs.

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No more hearing aid stigma?

Hearing Aid_In Ear_CanalIn today’s world everywhere you look, you see people using electronic devices coupled to their ears.  Headphones, ear-buds, blue-tooth receivers, and electronic earplugs are so common place that you don’t even think twice when you see someone wearing them.  Yet, when it comes to hearing aids it is not uncommon for people to worry about what other’s will think if they start wearing them.

People mistakenly think hearing aids will make them look old.  What they don’t realize is that in today’s world almost nobody notices hearing aids anymore, especially with all the sleek, modern styles and tiny sizes.  In fact, not hearing well and making mistakes in understanding conversations will make you seem much older than wearing hearing aids possibly can.

Want more evidence?  A new study recently published in October 2014, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology found that “the hearing aid effect (negative stigma of wearing hearing aids) has diminished, if not completely disappeared, in the 21st century”.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25405843?dopt=Abstract

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Hearing aids may improve balance

Balance

A new study from the Washington University in St Louis found that hearing impaired individuals improved their balance when they used their hearing aids.

According to Timothy E. Hullar, MD, professor of otolaryngology at the School of Medicine. “The participants appeared to be using the sound information coming through their hearing aids as auditory reference points or landmarks to help maintain balance. It’s a bit like using your eyes to tell where you are in space. If we turn out the lights, people sway a little bit — more than they would if they could see. This study suggests that opening your ears also gives you information about balance.”

https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/27773.aspx

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