Common challenges adjusting to hearing aids

So, you need hearing aids and you’re wondering what are the common challenges that people face adjusting to hearing aids. Adapting to hearing aids does involve a learning curve and some people may find the process more challenging than others.  Parents of very young deaf children for example may face some unique challenges helping their children adapt. Likewise, the elderly or those who have put up with their hearing loss for a long time may also face some challenges. However, the [...]

Hearing loss and cognitive decline

There are very clear links between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Hearing loss also increases your likelihood of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Scientists are still not sure about how this connection works but a large number of studies support this conclusion. Cognitive decline is where a person’s memory and thinking skills deteriorate.  A certain degree of brain shrinkage appears to be a normal part of the aging process but there are a range of conditions and lifestyle choices that may [...]

How long do hearing aids last?

Modern technology is constantly transforming hearing aids and making them better and better. But as with any electronic device that offers so many technically advanced features, users want to know just how long their hearing aids will last? The answer depends on a range of factors including how well you maintain and look after your new hearing aids, how many hours a day you use them and the make and model. The short answer is, hearing aids, in most cases, [...]

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

We live in a world that is getting louder and it could be damaging your hearing. We are surrounded by noise at work, through personal entertainment devices (your own and other people’s), on the commute, at bars, restaurants and concerts. So just how loud is too loud for the health of your hearing? Research indicates that hazardous noise levels in the workplace are a problem for at least 30 million people in America each year and that 25% of those [...]

What is hearing aid connectivity?

The words, ‘hearing aid connectivity’ are bandied around a lot but what do they actually mean? We live in an ‘always on’ world where the ability to connect to technology is highly valued but what are the real world benefits for hearing aid users? In simple terms, hearing aid connectivity refers to the ability of your hearing aids to connect to other electronic devices such as smartphones or a TV. Not so long ago you used a cord to connect [...]

What is a lithium-ion rechargeable battery?

What is a lithium-ion rechargeable battery? Are they better than other battery types? What impact does this technology have on hearing aid development? And what does it mean for you as a hearing aid user? We explore the impact lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology is having on hearing aid development and what the advantages and disadvantages are for you. As with Smartphones, battery size, life and resilience have proven to be enormous challenges for hearing aid manufacturers and a bugbear for [...]

Do cheap hearing aids work?

The best modern hearing aids are packed with technically advanced features and innovative tools to enrich your life and daily communications. And, yes, some of the premium models can seem expensive. That’s why many people ask an obvious question. Do cheap hearing aids work? Are cheap hearing aids any good? Many people still believe the myth that hearing aids are overpriced but most reputable hearing manufacturers produce various hearing aid models with a range of prices to make them affordable. [...]

Is hearing loss hereditary?

Is hearing loss hereditary? It’s an important question to ask, especially if you have a family history of hearing loss and you have concerns about your children’s hearing health. The reality is that around four in every 1,000 babies are born with hearing loss according to the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Hereditary factors play a role in at least 60% of those cases. But not all genetic hearing loss shows up at birth. Some inherited hearing [...]

Will I need time to adjust to my hearing aids?

Yes, it takes time to adjust to hearing aids. That’s because hearing is a complex operation involving the ears, nervous system and brain. It’s difficult to predict exactly how long it will take for you to adapt to your new hearing aids because the way each person hears and processes sounds is uniquely individual. It can take up to 4 months to feel fully comfortable with your new hearing aids. During this adjustment period you may need a number of [...]

How do I choose the best hearing aid for me?

Hearing aids are no longer limited to a one-size fits all solution. With so many models, styles and technology levels it’s worth taking the time to choose the best hearing aid to meet your lifestyle needs and to suit your hearing loss. Finding the right audiologist is an extremely important step in this process. A good audiologist will take the time to help you clarify your listening requirements and explain how particular brands and models might be more suited [...]