Spring Cleaning And Hearing Aids

As we roll into March, perhaps you are starting to think about spring!  Maybe some of you have even started thinking about the annual ritual some call “Spring Cleaning”!

Spring cleaning is more than an activity — it’s a mindset. Beyond the dusting, de-cobwebbing, and cleaning behind furniture, what else could benefit from a deep dive? Your hearing technology.

The holidays and long winter months can throw even the best of us off our routines. Use that spring-cleaning urge to your advantage and include your hearing technology in your yearly cleaning binge. Here are five ways to get started.

Replace the Wax Filter

Your wax filter can only work well for so long. Eventually it develops a buildup of wax and debris. Once that happens, sound quality starts to suffer, and it’s time to replace the filter. Every style of hearing device is a little different; check out the instructions for yours (and the tools that came with it), check for buildup, and, if needed, replace the filter.

Replace the Dome and Tubing on RIC Devices

Receiver-in-Canal devices not only have wax filters, they also have a dome and tube that can develop wax or debris buildup. As with the wax filter, once buildup develops in the dome or tube, sound quality suffers. Get the tools that came with your devices, check your instructions for how to clean the dome and tubing, and, if necessary, replace them.

Check Your Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a cleaning system for your hearing devices. The most basic models remove moisture and dry out wax; other models also disinfect and deodorize your devices.

If you have a dehumidifier that uses a desiccant — a liner, pebble, disc, or brick that absorbs moisture — it also has an expiration or best-by date, beyond which it no longer has sufficient drying power. Check the date, replace the desiccant if needed, and jot down the nearest expiration date somewhere you’re sure to see it.

If you aren’t using a dehumidifier, you should be, especially if you live in a particularly humid environment. Your hearing devices — which are basically small computers — sit in or on your ear all day collecting oils, moisture, and wax. Like all electronic devices, moisture can corrode or degrade the components in your hearing devices. Dehumidifiers remove all that harmful moisture while you sleep!

Update Your Routine

The best way to make hearing aid spring cleaning quick and easy is by keeping up a daily cleaning routine year-round.

When you take your devices out for the night, wipe them free of moisture, oils, and earwax with a soft, dry cloth — don’t use water or cleaning agents such as alcohol. Be sure not to deposit debris into, for example, the microphone ports. Then use the brush that came with your devices to remove debris from the ports and openings, taking care not to insert the bristles into the sound outlet — you could damage the microphone.

Once a month, clean the battery contacts with a dry cotton swab, taking care not to bend the battery contacts. Also check the wax filter to make sure it’s still in good shape.

Clean & Check

No matter how diligent you are about cleaning your devices, the small ports and tubing will eventually trap wax and debris, leading to poor sound quality. You should have your hearing aids professionally cleaned and checked every few months — we want your devices working as well as possible for as long as possible. It’s also a great opportunity to get pointers, tips, and tricks if you’re running into problems in your daily cleaning routine!

Contact Us

If you have questions or need new hearing aids or service, contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  We are conveniently located at 2008 Broadway in Paducah, KY.  You can reach us by phone at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  At Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

 

 

Understanding Your Hearing Aid Batteries

One of the most annoying things that can happen with hearing aids is when you hear the tinny voice say “Low Battery.” But a lot of factors play into how quickly your hearing aid batteries are used. The quality of your hearing aid batteries can affect a lot of things: how long the batteries last before needing to be changed, the overall performance of the hearing aid, the sound quality of speech and even the quality of streamed audio.

To help you get the most out of your batteries, we’ve gathered together some things that can influence hearing aid battery life:

1. Your hearing loss. The greater your hearing loss, the stronger the amplification the hearing aids need to provide. The harder your hearing aids work to provide amplification, the faster the battery drains.

2. How often you use your hearing aids. Just like your cell phone battery drains the more you text or use social media apps, the quicker your hearing aid batteries will drain the more you use your hearing aids. More specifically, the number of hours and days you use your hearing aids play into how long you can go before changing batteries.

3. What you do with your hearing aids. Hearing aids at their simplest provide you with the ability to hear lost frequencies better. When you add on cool capabilities such as wireless streaming of phone calls, music and movies, you also increase the battery drain. Wireless streaming can increase the drain rate by up to 300 percent. Furthermore, if you use FM or looping technology, you could see a 100 percent increase in drain rates.

4. If your hearing aids include tinnitus technology. Tinnitus can be an ongoing bother for many. Today’s hearing aids often include tinnitus technology designed to help provide relief from tinnitus symptoms. This is typically done by using sound to mask the symptoms. When your hearing aids work to battle tinnitus, they are adding to their overall workload, thereby increasing the use of the hearing aid batteries.

5. The weather. As the seasons change and bring hot and cold temperatures, humidity or snow, your hearing aid batteries may function differently. Two big weather factors that can impact battery life include humidity and temperature.

  • Low humidity can cause higher battery drain due to batteries drying out faster.
  • High humidity can result in moisture issues that lead to swelling, leakage and reduced battery life.
  • Low temperatures can shorten battery life as voltage can dip and deplete earlier, especially for users who work outside in the winter months. [A side note: Our hearing aids can function in -40 degrees Fahrenheit]
  • High temperatures can affect battery performance when temperatures start to hit between 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit and/or when humidity is greater than 50 percent.

6. How far above sea level you are. Your elevation can impact hearing aid battery life. Higher altitudes may cause batteries to reach their endpoints sooner due to reduced oxygen in the environment. Users living in higher altitudes will most likely experience faster battery drains, and if you are flying with a battery that is already low, you may see it drain faster.

7. Did you remember to take the battery out at night? Leaving batteries in your hearing aids when not wearing them drains their life faster. Remember to remove before drying overnight or when not in use.

If you have more questions about hearing aids batteries, please contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY.  You can give us a call at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us today.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

Winter Storm Warning For Hearing Aid Wearers

Whether you love winter or just tolerate it, cold weather is hear. Did you know changes in temperature can have an impact on your hearing aids? However with a little bit of prep work and awareness, you can ensure that a walk in a winter wonderland won’t expose your units to long-term damage. Here’s what you should know about cold weather and hearing aids.

Beware of moisture

Hearing aids themselves are built to withstand temperature extremes. It’s not necessarily cold or hot that may lead to problems, it is the moisture generated in and behind your ears during winter activities that is the culprit. When you are out in the cold, your body generates heat. Once you go into a warm house, that heat can turn to condensation. Both in-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids can be damaged due to perspiration.

If you know you’ll be out in the cold for a while, it’s a good idea to check your hearing aids when you go inside. Check for condensation and open the battery door to allow moisture to escape. No matter what the weather, it’s always a good idea to leave your hearing aids open overnight to allow moisture to evaporate. If moisture appears often, invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier to keep your units working properly.

Bundle up

To reduce the chances of exposing your hearing aids to moisture, it’s important to stay warm when you’re outside. A hat, scarf or earmuffs can protect your hearing aids from snow, rain or sleet. If you’re exercising outside, a sweatband can help wick away moisture. More strenuous outdoor activities such as skiing or sledding can increase perspiration, so it’s recommended you remove your hearing aids before participating.

If you do remove your hearing aids before winter activities, store them in a dry, warm place. Do not keep them in your car’s glove compartment or in your pockets.

Batteries and the cold

Hearing aid batteries like cool, dry places, not the cold of the outdoors. Your batteries are just as susceptible to cold weather as your hearing aids. Keep them dry and away from temperature extremes (and never keep them in the refrigerator). As mentioned earlier, opening the battery compartment when you come inside from the cold not only allows moisture to evaporate; it prevents moisture from building up on the batteries and contacts. Prolong battery life by removing them every night.

Winter is a time of outdoor fun. Temperature changes from cold to warm or warm to cold doesn’t have to expose your hearing aids to potential damage. A little preparation and know-how means you can enjoy the season without worrying about your hearing aids.

If you have questions or if we can help you with your hearing aids, CONTACT US at Purchase Ear Technology.  You can reach us by phone at (270) 558-3996 or stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

Tips For Winter Hearing Aid Wearers

Tips For Wearing Hearing Aids In Winter

The cold weather brings some potential issues for people with hearing aids. If you wear hearing aids, these tips from Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah may help reduce your worries.

Be Prepared

The old scout motto applies to hearing aid wearers this time of year. It’s not so much the cold that is the problem; it’s the changes in temperature when you come into a warm building from the cold outside.

Keep spare batteries on hand. Sometimes the winter cold drains your batteries faster than normal. If you have spare batteries, you can be assured you won’t be without your hearing aids.

Cover your head (and ears). It’s important that your hearing aids stay dry, so wearing a hat, scarf or earmuffs is imperative, especially in the snow, sleet or rain. Moisture one of the leading reasons for hearing aid repairs.

Protect your hearing aids. If you’re an avid skier, love snowmobiling, or play other winter sports, it’s vital to safeguard your units. With these and other energetic winter activities, it’s best to remove your hearing aids and store them in a warm, dry place. That way they are not exposed to excessive moisture due to perspiration and precipitation.

Banish Moisture

The condensation that occurs when you go from cold to warm can cause moisture in your hearing aids, including inside the unit itself, as well as the battery compartment.

Wick away perspiration. Wear a hat that helps absorb rather than create moisture (a breathable material) during vigorous outdoor activities such as exercise or shoveling snow. If you have behind-the-ear hearing aids, consider hearing aid sweatbands that absorb moisture and keep out dirt and dust.

Let your hearing aids breathe. Once you’re inside, remove your hearing aids and wipe them down. Open the battery compartment and check for condensation. Sometimes a quick wipe around the battery compartment with a cotton swab will absorb moisture.

Consider a hearing aid dehumidifier. When you take out your units for the night, open the battery door and allow evaporation. Many people find a hearing aid dehumidifier helpful to remove moisture and extend the life of the hearing aids.

Know The Symptoms Of A Malfunctioning Hearing Aid

  • Because moisture is the number one reason for hearing aid repairs, these problems can occur with exposure to snow, sleet or rain:
  • Hearing aid is dead or produces no sound. Dry off the hearing aid and replace the battery.
  • Weak sound or intermittent sound. The earmold may have moisture inside. Clean your hearing aids. In behind-the-ear models, check the tubing for moisture.
  • Crackling or static sound. Wipe the units and allow to dry, preferably in a dehumidifier.

If any of these problems persist, give us a call at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!

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Common Problems Hearing Aid Users Face

If you have hearing aids, you might have run into a couple of problems since purchasing them. Hearing aids are technical devices, and that means that there is always a risk that something is going to go wrong. In this article, we’re going to be looking at some of the common problems that hearing aid users face, so read on if you would like to learn some useful troubleshooting techniques.

VOLUME TOO LOW

One of the most common hearing aid problems is that the wearer has said the volume is too low. Now, there could be a few reasons for this. First, you should always check that the volume dial is turned up because it is always possible that you accidentally turned it down while you were asleep or something.

If you know for sure that the volume is turned up, then you might want to consider booking an appointment with your Paducah area audiologist, Time Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology. This is because your hearing may have declined further since you got the hearing aids, which is why the volume now sounds too low. We can will can help with a hearing test, and let you know what the issue is.

The hearing aids may just have a fault in them, which means they will need a repair. But make sure it’s not the other two options we just mentioned before you send them off for one.

HEARING WHISTLING

If your hearing aids are whistling in your ears, then try taking them off and putting them back on again. It might simply be the case that they are not interested properly. If this doesn’t work, then try turning down the volume. If you are certain that they are inserted correctly and then you turn the volume down which eliminates the whistling, there might be too much sound leaking through the vent. If this is the case, then the fit may need to be adjusted by your audiologist, so you are going to need to book an appointment with them.

SOUND IS DISTORTED

The first reason that the sound might be distorted is if the battery is corroded. If it is, then you need to replace the battery which should fix the issue. If this isn’t the case, then you may want to consider whether the hearing aids could be damaged. Have you done anything recently that is different from normal? If so, this could have damaged them, and if not, then it’s likely been caused by something else. It might be the case that you can’t figure out what the problem is, and that is when you should take it to your audiologist to get checked out.

Keep in mind that you may have simply switched your hearing aid to a different setting by accident, so do be sure to check that this hasn’t happened before your appointment.

ADJUSTING TO HEARING AGAIN

If it’s your first-time wearing hearing aids, you’ll have to get used to hearing all the sounds you have been missing. From the hum of your refrigerator to the birds chirping, you may feel immersed in sound when you begin wearing hearing aids.

Luckily, your audiologist will help you adjust to your hearing aids in phases. To start, they will have you wear your new devices for set increments of time, like an hour or two to begin and then a break. As you become accustomed to hearing again, they will increase the amount of time you wear them until you can leave them in all day without problems.

They will also likely schedule a follow-up appointment with you two weeks to one month after your hearing aid fitting, to ensure you are getting the most comfortable experience out of wearing your devices. This allows them to talk to you about any potential issues you’ve had hearing and make any minor adjustments to provide you with the most natural listening experience.

To help with your follow-up appointment, consider keeping a small journal of your hearing aid experiences. Whether you’re noticing background noise too frequently or simply fear you don’t understand their full capabilities, your audiologist will be able to make minute changes to improve your experience as well as walk you through the proper maintenance and cleaning routine.

Whether you are looking at hearing aids as a new option or you already have hearing aids, Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah is here to assist you.  If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, you can give us a call at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  At Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

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Tips To Persuade A Loved One To Try Hear Aids

The realization that you can no longer hear properly is difficult for any person to accept. Unfortunately, many people continue living without hearing aids and struggle through their daily lives rather than accepting their new reality.

In fact, only 30 percent of adults 70 years and older who could benefit from hearing aids use them. For younger adults between 20 and 69 years old, only 16 percent of those that could benefit from hearing aids use them.

It can be difficult to watch a family member struggle with hearing loss denial, knowing that hearing aids could help them. If you have a loved one that refuses to try hearing aids, consider using these approaches to convince them to see an audiologist.

Research Cost Options

One of the first objections to wearing hearing aids is the cost. A quality hearing aid usually costs over $2,000, though it’s a small investment for recuperating hearing abilities. In fact, those with hearing loss that don’t use hearing aids make about $20,000 less annually than those that have hearing loss and do use hearing aids.

There are also many payment options available. Medicaid is required to cover hearing aid costs for children and will also cover hearing aids for seniors that qualify. Some private insurance also covers part of the hearing aid cost.

Reach Out to Friends With Hearing Aids

Another great way to learn how you can reframe a loved one’s mindset about hearing aids is by reaching out to other friends that have hearing aids.

Most people that finally use hearing aids are quite satisfied with them. A recent study showed that 82 percent were satisfied with their hearing aids, suggesting that modern hearing aids are both effective and comfortable.

Therefore, having someone that has experienced hearing loss and found renewed freedom in hearing aids is a wonderful resource for your loved one.

This person can also teach you how your loved one feels right now and give you the tools to answer objections.  For example, ask them how hearing aids improved their emotional wellbeing and social health. They may also be able to tell you how they wished friends approached them when pitching hearing aids and how they would have done it differently.

Dispel Misconceptions

Hearing aids have improved dramatically in recent years. Hearing aids of previous eras were much bulkier than the current technology available. Show your loved one the new hearing aids that are now nearly invisible.

Know the Facts

Before talking to your loved one about trying hearing aids, be sure to educate yourself on the topic first. This will help you provide answers to objections and strengthen your case.

Show them that hearing aids are proven to delay cognitive decline. A study done by the University of Maryland shows that hearing aids help with brain function and memory.

Another study showed that wives that experience hearing loss are likely to spread depressive symptoms to their husbands, suggesting that hearing aids may increase the quality of a marriage.

Other studies show that hearing aids can decrease a person’s risk of dementia.

Speak with your loved one objectively and understand the full benefits of hearing aids before having a conversation.

Set a Good Example

One of the best ways to persuade a loved one to try hearing aids is to set a good example and emphasize hearing health yourself. Make a point to get your hearing tested regularly and wear ear protection whenever you’re exposed to loud noise.

When to Get a Hearing Aid

Watching a loved one struggle with hearing loss and stubbornly refuse to accept hearing aids is difficult. Ideally, they should get a hearing aid as soon as test results indicate they could benefit from one. However, the choice is ultimately theirs to make, and if your loved one or parent refuses to get hearing aids, it’s not your responsibility to force them. Try using these tips and then leave the decision up to them.

At Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY, we are here to help.  If you have questions or if there is a way you think we can help your loved one, give us a call at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

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Healthy Hearing In The New Year

As we are a couple weeks into 2021 we wanted to see how your are doing on your New Year’s Resolutions. This past year taught everyone what an important role basic communication plays in our lives. That’s why we hope you will continue to do everything you can to stay connected to your community in the new year. That can start with resolving to make sure you and your loved ones are hearing well.

Keeping hearing resolutions is easier than other resolutions!

Many of the most common resolutions are difficult to keep up with. Some people struggle each January to lose weight or quit smoking. Others want to get more exercise or maybe even downsize and live better in 2021.

Tips for better hearing

We have 5 easy tips that will help you make a big impact on your hearing health with minimal effort.

Protect your ears from loud noises: You may not realize what types of noises and sounds can actually cause permanent hearing loss. Many people already know that loud concerts, gunshots, fireworks, airplanes and machinery are loud enough to cause damage; however, there are unlikely culprits.

How loud is too loud? Noise levels over 85 decibels can become dangerous, especially over long periods of time. You can download a smartphone app that will let you know how loud an environment you are in. When you use it, you will realize that power tools, vacuums, lawn mowers or even restaurants can be loud enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss if you are exposed for extended periods of time. Spend a little time looking into options, and you’ll find that there are lots of ways to prevent hearing loss.

Turn down the volume when using media: Another cause of noise-induced hearing loss is listening to media through earphones. Most newer devices give you a warning alert when the level is too high and we encourage you to pay attention to it. This applies to any sound listened to through headphones, including phone calls, music or other entertainment. If you find yourself constantly turning the volume up past 60% in order to hear through your headphones, then consider speaking with a professional hearing care provider.

Exercise: This is a common New Year’s resolution; however, exercising isn’t just for weight loss! Studies have shown that you may be able to exercise your way to better hearing when you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Yoga and other fitness programs have been shown to promote healthy hearing.

Eat healthy: Just like exercising, eating right is another popular New Year’s resolution. In fact, research shows that a healthy diet also helps preserve your hearing as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Do what you can to prevent dementia: This year, the Lancet published new research that stated that addressing hearing loss can help lower the risk for developing dementia.

See your hearing professional regularly: If you are concerned that you are experiencing any hearing loss, then resolve to make an appointment to come see us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.

Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY.  For more information or to schedule and appointment, CLICK HERE or give us a call at (270) 558-3996.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Relationships

Hearing loss is an intensely personal health issue, which means many people living with hearing loss find it hard to see how their hearing affects others, especially those closest to them. Untreated hearing loss can really hurt your relationships with friends and family, sometimes without you recognizing the impact your hearing loss is having on others.

Communication is the key to understanding how hearing loss can hurt your quality of life and why it is such an important health issue to treat. Communication is a two-way street. In order for a conversation to make sense, both parties have to understand each other and feel they are being understood. Hearing loss affects your listening comprehension and can make communicating with others a frustrating and difficult process for everyone.

Look At Your Communication Network

Take stock of the people you consider to be your closest friends and family. How do you communicate with them? If you mostly talk in person or over the phone, do you feel you can talk about topics that are interesting and important to you? Can you understand them when they talk to you? Have you been honest about your hearing challenges when you talk to them? If so, how do they respond?

These are just a few questions to help you start to understand that while you may be the person living with untreated hearing loss, its effects can damage more than just yourself. Unaddressed hearing issues corrode friendship and partner relationships, and even close family bonds by replacing communication with exasperation.

Understand Isolating Behavior

Social isolation and hearing loss often go hand in hand, with untreated hearing loss guiding our behavior patterns away from social interactions. Since comprehension problems are difficult and uncomfortable, people with hearing loss often report that activities that they once enjoyed now seem difficult and confusing.

Allowing your problems with hearing to alter your behavior often happens slowly over time, especially as untreated hearing loss can progress and worsen. At first it may be turning down a dinner invite because you know the restaurant is too loud to hear in, or not picking up the phone because you can’t keep up with the conversation. Gradually, these choices come to seem like the comfortable ones. You aren’t treating your hearing loss; you are simply trying to avoid having to face it and this hurts yourself as well as those who care about you.

Succumbing to isolation has very real ramifications for your physical and mental health. Social isolation has a severe effect on cognitive health. People who are isolated run a far higher risk of developing dementia and experiencing severe cognitive decline than those with strong social networks. Isolation also takes a toll on mental health. In many cases isolation goes hand in hand with depression and anxiety. In fact, untreated hearing loss elevates the risk of all these conditions: hearing loss left unchecked and unaddressed increases your risk of isolation, depression, anxiety and dementia.

Treat Your Hearing Loss

So far, we’ve been looking at some of the consequences of untreated hearing loss, especially the ways in which hearing loss can hurt you and those around you in unexpected ways. Fortunately, you can proactively address hearing problems before they alter your relationships.

If you’ve noticed changes in the way you hear, your first step is to get your hearing tested. At Audiology Associates of Redding our hearing tests combine a comprehensive analysis of your ability to hear along with personalized care to make sure we find hearing solutions that work for you. A hearing test will precisely identify if hearing loss is present and to what degree.

When you receive a diagnosis of hearing loss, don’t think of it as an issue you can put on the back burner. The earlier you treat hearing loss, the easier it is to adapt to treatment and using treatment devices like hearing aids can minimize other health risks associated with hearing loss as well as further damage to your hearing and cognitive processes. Also, treating hearing loss early helps you maintain your relationships with your partner, your friends and you family by making communication easier and more enjoyable. Remember, treating hearing loss isn’t just about helping yourself, it ensures you can stay close with the people you care about most.

At Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, we are here to help.  Tim Harmon and his staff can test your hearing and help you make the personal decision about the best options for you.  For more information or to schedule and appointment, give us a call at (270) 554-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

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A New Year’s Resolution For Your Hearing

Hearing health might not seem like the most common focus for your new year’s resolutions, but making your hearing a priority can truly be beneficial to your long-term health overall. In fact, hearing is related to your sense of balance, has been linked to cardiovascular health and has a significant effect on cognitive function. Despite the fact that hearing loss is extremely common, many Americans make decisions every day that can cause permanent damage to their hearing. Don’t hurt your long-term hearing health due to lack of awareness. This year, make these five resolutions to protect the longevity of your hearing:

  1. Get your hearing tested

Even though more than 30 million Americans experience some level of hearing loss, fewer than one-third of people with this condition have ever used hearing aids, according to the National Institutes of Health. A common misconception is that hearing loss happens to old people when in fact, the majority (65%) of the people that need hearing aids are younger than age 65! For adults age 69 or younger, according to the NIH only about 16 percent of those with hearing loss in this age group have used hearing aids. One of the reasons for this trend is because many people are hesitant to have their hearing tested or admit they’re having a problem. If you’re above 50 years of age, it is recommended that you have your hearing tested every three years. So, New Year’s Resolution idea number one: Make your hearing health a priority this year by scheduling a hearing screening with Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY.

  1. Start wearing hearing protection

If you’ve gotten in the habit of mowing the lawn without wearing proper hearing protection, make a point of using earplugs this year. Noise levels above 85 decibels causes permanent hearing damage, and lawn mowers, leaf blowers and weed eaters can all produce noises above this threshold. In fact, gas lawn mowers are listed at emitting approximately 106 decibels, well above a volume that’s safe to be exposed to for a long period of time.

  1. Buy safer headphones

Do you listen to headphones during a noisy morning commute or in other loud environments? If your system for hearing music over background noise has been to just crank up the volume, odds are you’re doing serious damage to your hearing health. Research shows the maximum volume on a pair of Apple stock earbud-style headphones is more than 100 decibels. Be warned! Exposure to such volume will cause damage in 15 minutes or less. To protect your hearing, it’s not only important to turn down the volume when listening to music, but it would be wise to invest in noise-canceling headphones that block outside noise so you won’t absentmindedly max out the volume. Focus on protecting your hearing this year by resolving to purchase headphones that are better for your ears.

  1. Make heart health a priority

Studies have linked heart health to hearing health and indicate good circulation has an overall positive effect on hearing. On the other hand, poor blood flow in the inner ear has been linked to hearing loss. Therefore, not only does taking care of your heart help protect your hearing, but a hearing screening (resolution No. 1) may also be able to pick up on cardiovascular abnormalities. Exercising regularly is a great resolution for anyone to set for the New Year, and it’s a nice bonus that making physical activity a priority can benefit both your cardiovascular and auditory health.

  1. Protect your ears

If you’re an avid athlete, make sure this year that your ears are protected when you go out and get physical. If you participate in winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding or ice hockey, wear warm ear muffs or a hat under your helmet to fight off infections and avoid the development of bony lumps and growths in the ear canal from the cold called Surfer’s Ear.

If you are concerned about hearing loss, for yourself or someone important to you, contact Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.

If you want to learn more about how your hearing works, hearing loss and hearing aids or how hearing aids work, we can help. Give us a call at Purchase Ear Technology at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

 

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Why It’s Important To ALWAYS Wear Your Hearing Aids

If you are like most people in the world, you have probably spent a lot of time at home in the last few months. It seems that “normal life” grounded to a halt when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and since then, many of us have been spending more time than usual in our homes. All of the places we regularly go—gyms, stores and shopping centers, restaurants, salons, and even many workplaces—have been closed.

If you are a hearing aid user and have been spending a lot of time at home lately, you may be tempted to not wear your hearing aids as often. This may be especially true if you live by yourself. After all, hearing aids are used for communication, right? So, if you are staying home and have no one you need to communicate with, it might seem unnecessary to use your hearing aids.

The truth, however, is that you should continue wearing your hearing aids, even when you are at home alone. Here are just a few reasons why this is so important:

Hearing aids stimulate your brain.

Even if you are not leaving your house much, or perhaps especially if you are not leaving your house much, you want to continue to stimulate your brain.

In one study that followed 639 adults for almost 12 years, a research team at Johns Hopkins found that untreated mild hearing loss doubled a person’s risk for dementia. Those with untreated severe hearing loss were at even greater risk—they were 5 times more likely to develop dementia than those with normal hearing.

Hearing the incidental sounds that happen in your home every day helps to keep your brain active and processing sound. Even if you are not communicating directly with anyone on a daily basis, wearing your hearing aids will help to activate your brain.

Hearing aids enable you to connect.

Even if you are not seeing people face-to-face much these days, your hearing aids can still help you stay connected. If you have a phone call or video call with a friend or family member, your hearing aids will enable you to better communicate with them.

Many modern hearing aids can also connect to devices like smartphones, tablets, and TVs. This allows you to stay up to date on the latest news and information that you might otherwise miss. Furthermore, if you have Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids, you can use them to directly connect to phone calls, FaceTime calls, video chats.

You might be distanced geographically from your friends and family at this time, but that does not mean you cannot communicate and connect with them!

Hearing aids are essential to your safety.

You are much better able to hear alarms and sirens when you are wearing your hearing aids. This makes it important to your safety—and the safety of others—that you continue wearing your hearing aids at home.

Plus, there are some sounds around your home that you are not sirens or alarms, but they might be important to your safety and the safe functioning of your home. If you are not wearing your hearing aids, you might miss these noises, such as an unusual noise being made by a home appliance or your car.

Wearing your hearing aids is important to your health and safety, even when you are at home. To learn more about the benefits of using hearing aids, we invite you to contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY. We are conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY  42001.  Give us a call today at (270) 554-3024 or CLICK HERE to contact us today.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

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