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Research Connects Heart Disease, Hearing Loss

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

 

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You may want to take getting an annual hearing exam to heart.

Several studies have suggested there is a link between hearing loss and heart disease. More research is still needed to help determine what and why there is a link, but researchers have found there is a strong connection to those with low-frequency hearing loss and cardiovascular health.

“The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body,” Dr. David R. Friedland said in a written statement to the Better Hearing Institute. He has studied audiogram patterns and how they correlate to heart disease.

Hearing professionals have long known that hearing loss is often associated with other physical and mental health conditions.   Hearing aid wearers often report that wearing hearing aids improve their overall quality of life.

For more information on Friedland’s study, visit the Better Hearing Institute. For more information on heart disease and stroke, visit the World Heart Federation.

 

Don’t Ignore Family Member’s Hearing Loss

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

 

Talking to a friend or loved one with hearing loss can be frustrating, but there are things you can do to help.

Talking to a friend or loved one with hearing loss can be frustrating, but there are things you can do to help.

 

Hearing loss is a condition that is usually more frustrating for friends and family of the person who has hearing loss. They have to repeat things over and over. Communication, over time, might become near impossible.

Often there are obvious signs your loved one has hearing loss.

  • Over the last few years or months the radio or television volume keeps getting louder and louder.
  • You notice they aren’t responding to conversation or responding in incorrect ways to friends and family, especially women and children because they usually speak in higher frequencies where hearing loss often occurs first.
  • They just don’t want to be around friends and family as often as they used to. They stop wanting to go to restaurants or nosy environments (It is harder to hear in these types of situations because of the background noise make it almost impossible for someone with hearing loss to hear the things they want to hear.)

Ways You Can Help Address Hearing Loss

If you suspect your loved one has hearing loss, suggest that they get a hearing evaluation by a professional. Hearing professionals can offer tests and evaluation to determine if there is hearing loss, wax buildup or a more complex condition that needs to be evaluated by a medical doctor.

However, getting your loved one into see a professional might not be so easy. Your loved one may suspect they have hearing loss, but may not want to address it. Unaddressed hearing loss over time, can actually cause hearing and speech understanding to become worse. Once it does, it usually cannot be reversed.

  • Professionals recommend that when you talk to someone about the possibility that they have hearing loss, talk to them one-on-one about your concerns.
  • Explain how their possible hearing loss is impacting your relationship and how you may have noticed some of their habits have changed.

To explore in more depth how to talk to someone you suspect might have a hearing loss, visit the Better Hearing Institute for more practical suggestions for breaking through to someone who resist seeing a professional.

Hearing screenings and consultations are always free at Hearing Aid Express. Call any of our locations today to set up an appointment.

ReSound Hearing Aid App Puts You In Control

Monday, July 15th, 2013

It seems we can do everything with smartphones. Now, you can even control the volume and programs on your hearing aid. ReSound Control is  an app that lets you make hearing aid adjustments to ReSound wireless hearing aids (the ReSound Verso and ReSound Alera).To use the app, you must have a Unite Phone Clip+.  ReSound wireless hearing aid users can visit the company’s website to download the app if they have an Apple iPhone 3GS or newer phone that runs iOS 5 or later.  There is also an app for Android smartphones running version 2.3 or later.

The ReSound Control app works through the ReSound United Phone Clip+, an optional accessory that is sold seperately that helps users hear better on phones.

Wireless hearing aids feature Bluetooth technology to stream sounds directly to your hearing aids. Resound’s Verso and Alera hearing aids also work with optional TV streaming and portable mini microphone devices.

To find out more on the latest in wireless hearing aids, call any Hearing Aid Express office for a free screening and demonstration. Find a nearby location, here.

For a quick video on the ReSound Control App, visit this video.

If you already have ReSound Verso or Alera hearing aids, you can download the app here.

Study Finds Hearing Loss Leads To Health Declines

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

 

Maintaining your hearing health may help keep you out of the hospital.

Maintaining your hearing health may help keep you out of the hospital.

A new study finds that aging adults with hearing loss are more likely be hospitalized, be inactive and depressed.

Over 1,100 men and women over the age of 69 were surveyed over a four-year period and tested by teams with Johns Hopkins and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Study results indicated that those with hearing loss were 32 percent more likely to be admitted to a hospital 36 percent more likely to have prolonged stretches of illness or injury, 57 percent more likely to have stress, depression or a bad mood for more than 10 days.

Social isolation because of hearing loss may explain the physical, mental declines and cognitive defects. In turn, it may lead to more illness and hospitalization, said senior study investigator and Johns Hopkins otologist and epidemiologist Frank Lin, M.D., Ph. D.

Hearing loss may have a profoundly detrimental effect on older people’s physical and mental well-being, and even health care resources,” he said “Our results underscore why hearing loss should not be considered an inconsequential part of aging, but an important issue for public health.”

As many as 27 million Americans over age 50, including two-thirds of men and women aged 70 years and older, suffer from some form of hearing loss, according to Lin.

Study participants were tested for hearing loss from 2005 to 2006 and again from 2009 to 2010.

Call Hearing Aid Express at (800)-348-2018 to schedule a free hearing screening and get on the road to better hearing.

For more information on this study, visit Johns Hopkins.

 

Get Free Hearing Screening During National Men’s Health Week

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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The Better Hearing Institute is urging men to get their hearing tested during National Men’s Health Week, which runs from June 10 – June 16.

Hearing professionals urge adults age 65 plus to get an annual hearing evaluation. Because hearing loss happens gradually and over time, your hearing can change from year to year. Often people with hearing loss may not even realize the extent of the problem. It is common for a person’s loved ones to notice an issue first.

Several studies have shown that hearing aids help those with a hearing loss lead more active lifestyles and have a better quality of life.

“For decades, research has shown an association between unaddressed hearing loss and a whole range of physical, mental, and emotional conditions—from depression, anxiety, and strained relationships to cognitive decline, difficulty learning new tasks, and even falling,” according to a BHI release. “A national BHI study, in fact, uncovered income loss as an under-recognized consequence of leaving hearing loss unaddressed. People with untreated hearing loss, the study found, lose as much as $30,000 in income annually, depending on their degree of hearing loss.”

But the use of hearing aids was found to reduce the risk of income loss dramatically—by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those whose hearing loss was severe to moderate, according to the BHI study, which also found that people with severe hearing loss who do use hearing aids are twice as likely to be employed as their peers who do not use them.

If you suspect you have hearing loss, call a Hearing Aid Express professional today for a free hearing screening. You can make an appointment online by visiting, http://http://hearingaidexpress.com/appointment-form/

For more on men’s health month, visit http://www.menshealthmonth.org/

For more information on the Better Hearing Institute, visit http://www.betterhearing.org/

Hearing Aid Express Celebrates Kingwood Grand Opening

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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Hearing Aid Express is now open in Kingwood.

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Hearing Aid Express in Kingwood is located at 1247 Kingwood Drive, in  the same shopping center as Stein Mart.

The grand opening celebration starts Monday, Feb. 4. Hearing Aid Express, one of the largest independently owned and operated practices in Texas, opened its 11th location at 1247 Kingwood Drive.The office is easily accessed from Interstate 59 and is in the same shopping center as Stein Mart and Palais Royal.

A grand opening celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4-Feb. 8 at the new location.Texas residents can get a free screening for a free amplified phone through the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP), meet Licensed Dispenser Bill Boatman, tour the facility and get coupons worth $1,000 in savings for new hearing aids.

“We are very excited to open our Kingwood office, our sixth in the Houston market,” said Brad Brumback, President and CEO of Hearing Aid Express. “Kingwood is a great community and the new location will add more convenience to our growing number of customers in the Kingwood and Humble areas.”

Hearing Aid Express has helped hearing impaired Texans for more than 20 years, with 11 offices in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

The company is a long-term member of the Better Business Bureau, is a registered provider for Medicaid, STAP and coordinates the Hearing Benefits Program for the Texas Retired Teachers Association. Hearing Aid Express has more than 70 different hearing aid models from multiple manufacturers at numerous price points. Battery prices are 50 cents each, the same price for 20 years.

For a free consultation and screening,  please call 281-348-0001

Don’t Let Hearing Loss Ruin The Holidays

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The holiday season can be a nightmare for someone with a hearing loss. Dinners, visits with grandchildren and crowded family gatherings can all be experiences that cause someone with hearing loss to act like Scrooge. That’s because these situations can  be very difficult for someone with a hearing loss.

Situations with a lot of background noise like holiday music and multiple conversations occurring in the same room can make it nearly impossible to hear. It’s also hard for someone with a hearing loss to understand the voices of children and women.

Here are a few other signs you might have a hearing loss:

 Turning the television volume up louder than others in the room.

 Avoiding social situations or asking others to repeat themselves frequently.

 Hearing, but not understanding.

The holidays don’t have to be miserable. If you are experiencing any of these situations or think you may have a hearing loss contact our professionals today for a free hearing screening. After all, you deserve to enjoy the holidays just as much as anyone. Request an appointment today by clicking here .

Hearing Aid Express Now Open In Georgetown

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Hearing Aid Express is celebrating the grand opening of it’s newest location in Georgetown, Texas.

The new office is located at 1102 South Austin St. Suite #106 in historic downtown Georgetown. It is on the northwest corner of South Austin and West University in the same center as UPS. The office is easily accessed from Interstate 35.

A grand opening celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 – Aug. 24 at the new location. Texas residents can get a free screening for a free amplified phone through the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP), meet Licensed Dispenser Mysti Hodges, tour the facility, receive a free package of hearing aid batteries and get coupons worth $1,000 in savings for new hearing aids.

“We are very excited about our new Georgetown office,” said Brad Brumback, President & CEO of Hearing Aid Express. “With hundreds of current customers in the Georgetown area, this office will allow us to serve those clients while offering hearing healthcare to a whole new group of people.”

We are also celebrating the grand opening with special offers that can be redeemed at any of our 10 locations. To see these specials offers, visit http://hearingaidexpress.com/georgetown-grand-opening/

Call any of our locations today for a free hearing screening.

ReSound Introduces New Budget Hearing Aids

Monday, August 13th, 2012

ReSound, a technology leader in hearing aid solutions, has launched ReSound Vea, a brand new line of hearing aids for budget conscious consumers.

ReSound Vea delivers superior sound quality and speech understanding in noise. The advanced features of Vea are based on ReSound’s latest technology, enabled by its Range chip. Warp processing and Dual Stabilizer II DFS deliver superior sound quality, while adaptive directionality, wind noise reduction and Noise Tracker II improve the patient’s hearing in noise.

“Compared to competing products, ReSound Vea has a huge advantage in the areas of adaptive directionality and reduction of both wind noise and background noise,” said Kevin Mensink, VP of Marketing, ReSound.

Vea also offers greater fitting flexibility, which means better ability to customize the gain in the hearing instrument to the patient’s individual hearing loss. Vea is treated with iSolate nanotech to ensure the same level of durability and protection against moisture, sweat and cerumen that is available on high-end ReSound models.

“At the end of the day, someone buying ReSound Vea is looking for a reliable hearing aid that delivers speech understanding in dynamic listening environments – without feedback and at a decent price,” said Jennifer Carlson, Commercial Product Manager, ReSound.

For more information on ReSound Vea, call your area Hearing Aid Express.

Tinnitus Treatment Now Featured In Wireless Hearing Aids

Monday, December 5th, 2011

ReSound’s wireless hearing aid, the Alera, is now available with a tinnitus treatment option.

Tinnitus causes ringing in the ears and affects about 15% of the world’s population.  It is the most prevalent physical condition reported by military service members and veterans.

The Bluetooth Alera TS combines an advanced hearing aid with a Tinnitus Sound Generator. The technology is used to administer sounds that make the disturbing tinnitus noise less noticeable, drawing your attention away from it. Over time, it can help retrain your brain to not notice the tinnitus even when you aren’t wearing the instrument.


“This kind of sound therapy when combined with informed counseling is recognized as a highly effective way of managing tinnitus,” said Michael Piskosz, M.S., ReSound.

The cause of tinnitus is unknown, but more than 80% report a significant or satisfactory improvement in tinnitus symptoms after using the Tinnitus Sound Generator feature, studies show.

The Alera also uses accessories to play sound wirelessly from your television, phones and computer directly into your hearing aids. It is available in custom, receiver in the ear and remote microphone styles and is available in three different technology levels.

“These people now have a flexible solution, and no longer have to live with tinnitus interrupting their daily lives,” Piskosz said.

To learn more about the Alera TS or to have a free demonstration, call a Hearing Aid Express office today.