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Adjusting to Hearing Aids
Getting used to change takes time. Hearing aids are no exception. While some new hearing aid users report an almost immediate adjustment to hearing aids, most people need a few weeks to get used to this new way of hearing. Having realistic expectations can help  you stay on the path to long-term hearing health.What should you expect?New hearing aid wearers are often surprised by the many… Read More
We Review the New Phonak Audéo B-R: Rechargeable Hearing Aids Are Here!
We Review the New Phonak Audéo B-R: Rechargeable Hearing Aids Are Here!
Rechargeable hearing aids have been at the top of hearing aid wearers’ wishlist for years. Last month, Phonak brought this technology to the public for the first time with the new Audéo B-R rechargeable hearing aid. Available in 3 technology levels and nine color options, the B-R combines an easy-to-use rechargeable interface with top-of-the-line hearing technology and sleek,… Read More
Do I Really Need an Annual Hearing Test?
Wondering if you're overdue for a hearing check-up? Health professionals recommend getting a baseline hearing test by the time you reach adulthood and an annual hearing test after age 55. Here's why:Hearing Loss Usually Goes Undetected Until It's SeriousNo one wakes up one day thinking, "My hearing just isn't what it was this time last year." Instead, most people wait to get their hearing… Read More
Phonak Bolero V: A Patient’s Review
Phonak Bolero V: A Patient’s Review
Patient Dick Riddle of Wisconsin recently contacted Connect Hearing to share his experience wearing the new Phonak Bolero V-50 hearing aid. After wearing hearing aids for more than 30 years, Dick says he's never been as impressed with technology before. We're honored to be able to share his words below.I’ve been wearing hearing aids for more than 30 years and have never had one help as much… Read More
How to Clean Your Ears (And How NOT To)
How to Clean Your Ears (And How NOT To)
Ears are self-cleaning organs. Don’t believe it? That’s no surprise considering there’s an entire industry devoted to having you believe otherwise. From drugstore cotton swabs to spa-provided ear candling services, you have many opportunities to hand over money for potentially dangerous substitutes for something your body does just fine on its own.Read on to learn more about how your ear… Read More
5 Easy Ways to Prevent Childhood Hearing Loss
5 Easy Ways to Prevent Childhood Hearing Loss
March 3rd marks World Hearing Day, an effort by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise public awareness of hearing loss and hearing health. This year’s theme, “Childhood hearing loss: act now, here is how!”, highlights the 32 million children with hearing loss worldwide and aims to raise awareness of the importance of early hearing loss detection during this critical period… Read More
Connect Hearing Heads to Haiti
Connect Hearing Heads to Haiti
HEAR Haiti volunteers clean hearing aids in the deaf community of LévêqueDay one on a HEAR Haiti trip means immersion: not just in the culture of Haiti, but in that of Deaf Haiti (the term used to refer to the nation’s community of people with all levels of hearing loss).As part of a team of nine Sonova volunteers, Connect Hearing’s Jody Pogue and Haley Kurzawa began their work in Haiti… Read More
Holidays with Hearing Loss: 12 Tips for Families
Holidays with Hearing Loss: 12 Tips for Families
The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year - or the most stressful! For people with hearing loss, the season's gatherings often mean struggling to connect with friends and family through tables of competing conversations and clattering dishes.Whether you have hearing loss or are hosting someone who does, there are a number of things you can do to help everyone stay connected during… Read More
5 Everyday Jobs Where Workers Are Losing Their Hearing
5 Everyday Jobs Where Workers Are Losing Their Hearing
Noise exposure is the world’s leading cause of hearing loss - but it hasn’t always been. Before the industrial revolution, humans’ exposure to loud noise was limited to the occasional storm or large gathering. But today, many of us need only head to work to experience noise loud enough to cause serious hearing damage.The noises don't have to be extremely loud, either. Just 85… Read More
Helping People Hear with Red Bird Mission: Jody & Julius’s Story
Helping People Hear with Red Bird Mission: Jody & Julius’s Story
In August, Connect Hearing’s Jody Pogue and Julius Mariano joined a team of volunteers with the Hear the World Foundation to bring audiological aid to the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, KY. Here is their story.Beautiful but isolated, Appalachia’s Bell, Clay, and Leslie counties are among the poorest in the United States. Hit hard by the decline in the coal industry, between 30 and 40 percent… Read More

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