Why Do Masks Make it Difficult to Communicate?

As necessary as they are for our collective health, face masks can make conversation a little more complicated — or at the very least less pleasant — for everyone. When facial expressions vanish underneath two layers of cotton and lipreading becomes impossible, persons with hearing loss have severe communication issues. Human speech is similarly reduced in loudness and clarity when … Read More

How Often Should I Get a Hearing Test

When we are asked how often a hearing test is needed, our response is usually “it depends.” It’s an important question because the first step toward recovery and continuing hearing health services is understanding your hearing capacity. Let’s take a look at the various hearing categories that could necessitate more frequent testing.  Guidelines for hearing testing for the average person … Read More

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May has been Better Hearing and Speech Month for the past 79 years. This month, the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) focuses on communication issues, including hearing loss. It offers audiologists and hearing specialists resources to help spread the word on better hearing health. ‘Building Connections’ is the theme of Better Hearing and Speech Month this year. As we … Read More

How a Heart-Healthy Diet Supports Better Hearing

The wide-ranging benefits of a heart-healthy diet are commonly known: more energy, strengthened immune system, improved blood flow, enhanced wellness, etc.  These benefits can significantly reduce the development of various medical conditions: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc. A heart-healthy diet can also reduce the risk of developing hearing loss, the third most common chronic condition that people navigate today. Hearing … Read More

5 Tips for Video Calls and Group Chats for Hearing Loss 

Video calls and group chats have become integral to how we keep in touch with family and friends. Virtual communication has become incredibly common, especially during this pandemic era where face-to-face interactions have been restricted. It has allowed us to stay connected with loved ones easily. These modes of communicating can also present specific challenges for people with hearing loss … Read More

Tips to Help Your Hearing Aids Last Longer

Hearing aids are an investment in your health and well-being. These small devices can help you hear conversations and connect with loved ones. They also improve your quality of life. However, hearing aids require some specialized care and cleaning to work effectively. Here are some tips to help your hearing aids last longer and perform better. Cleaning Your Hearing Aids … Read More

March 3rd is World Hearing Day: Hearing Care for All!

World Hearing Day is a global campaign that focuses on hearing care and actions to address hearing loss. Started by the World Health Organization (WHO), this campaign promotes public hearing healthcare policy, shares best practices, and emphasizes the ways hearing health can be prioritized. This year’s theme is hearing care for all which calls on policymakers to invest in cost-effective … Read More

How Does Telemedicine Work?

Telemedicine, also known as telehealth, provides people with healthcare virtually. It refers to accessing healthcare services via various online platforms that connect patients with their healthcare providers. Though these technologies are not necessarily new, telemedicine has become increasingly common during the pandemic. With Covid-19 overwhelming the health care system, telemedicine has allowed people to still receive services that otherwise could … Read More

Work & Leisure Activities that Could Contribute to Hearing Loss

We absorb varying levels and types of sound throughout the day. From commuting to work (or working from home), to listening to music, completing household chores, and taking walks; noise is part of daily life. Did you know that some of these activities can contribute to hearing loss?  Hearing loss is the third most common, chronic condition that people experience. … Read More