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DO HEARING AIDS MAKE MY HEARING WORSE OVER TIME?

Roberta Singer

Does hearing aid use make my hearing worse over time?
This is a question asked by new hearing aid candidates. Hearing aid use actually improves listening skills and in fact enhances the ability of the brain to interpret speech over time. Unaided hearing thresholds are not affected by wearing properly fit hearing aids.

Tinnitus got you down?

Roberta Singer

There are ways to help! High pitch tinnitus has traditionally been the most difficult to help. Now there are products with high frequency boost that can reach and mask the most troublesome highest frequency "ringing" sounds. Hearing aids allow you to hear comfortably while masking the annoying sounds produced internally. Relax and enjoy the sounds of life!

HEARING AID TAX CREDIT REINTRODUCED BY SENATORS

Roberta Singer

From The Hearing Review (January 12, 2017)
Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have reintroduced the bipartisan Hearing Aid Tax Credit (S. 48) which, if enacted, would provide a $500 credit or $1,000 credit (if two aids are necessary) to people of all ages who need a hearing aid to address their hearing loss. For more information about the bill, visit: www.hearingaidtaxcredit.org.   At this website you can also send a letter to your senators urging them to support this legislation. 

Need an idea for Holiday Gift or Anniversary Present? See what one couple did!

Roberta Singer

By Liane Kupferberg Carter December 18 at 8:00 AM (Washington Post)

My husband, Marc, and I celebrated our 35th anniversary this year. Did we mark the milestone by scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef? Zip-lining through the rain forest in Costa Rica? Rafting the Colorado River?

Nope, nope and nope.

We got His and Hers hearing aids.

I’m 62; he’s 64. Our lifelong love of rock concerts, cranked-up stereos and bass-heavy boomboxes has taken its toll. For the past year we’ve been having too many Emily Litella moments. Recently we were driving past a row of new houses when Marc said, “Look at all the silver towels.”

I craned my head. “What?” He pointed. “Right there.”

I looked for laundry flapping in the breeze. “Where?”

“There.”

“WHERE?”

Annoyed, he waved at the roofs. “Right there!” he shouted. “Don’t you see the solar panels?”

Oh. Never mind.

Hearing aids are now a boon to us both at work. Conference calls and meetings are easier to navigate and less fatiguing.

Ambient noise in restaurants has become less challenging. While our dinner companions whip out smartphones to show off photos of new grandkids, we discreetly pull out our iPhones to adjust for voice direction, noise reduction and wind rustle.

Hearing aids aren’t perfect. As good as they are, they can’t fully replace what you’ve lost. We still have  moments. Even though I know Creedence Clearwater Revival is singing, “There’s a bad moon on the rise,” lately it sounds suspiciously like “There’s a bathroom on the right.”

Or maybe it just indicates a whole different problem.

 

Hearing Aids Can Be a Life Changer

Roberta Singer

Matthew Solan, executive editor of Harvard Men's Health Watch, states on 11/25/16 that 1/3 of men age 65 could benefit from hearing aids.

Chalk one up for exasperated women everywhere. Odds are the older men in their lives actually don’t hear them and need a hearing aid. Some estimates suggest that by age 65, about one-third of men need hearing aids. However, only half of this group wears them.