When it comes to hearing aids, many users wonder when to get an upgrade. Is it best to wait until they break down beyond usability? Or are there advantages to upgrading more regularly? The simple answer is that hearing aids, like anything that gets used daily, have a limited lifespan. They also advance quickly, with new models and features hitting the market every year.Below, we explore… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on January 26, 2018
For many, it’s tough to avoid coming into contact with loud noises. From noisy workplaces to mowing the lawn to rock concerts, after spending enough time in noisy environments without hearing protection, some people may begin to feel as though they’re hearing constant, phantom noises—even in completely silent rooms.This is known as tinnitus, which is the perception of sound when no noise… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on January 23, 2018
In August of 2017, the president officially signed a new over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid legislation into law. Whether or not you followed the story closely, there are a few important things to know about this bill, and how it will impact hearing care. OTC law: The short and sweet version The bill, officially known as the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, was… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on January 19, 2018
Each and every one of us encounters music on a daily basis, whether it’s that catchy commercial jingle, the radio playing in the waiting room of your dentist’s office, or your favorite melody you sing every night to your grandchildren. Music is everywhere, and research shows that – early Christmas tunes aside – this is a good thing. Check out these 5 mental and emotional benefits… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on January 17, 2018
If you’re like most hearing aid users, chances are you probably wouldn’t mind a little extra time between having to change your batteries. Here, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks that can help you increase the longevity of a charge. But before diving into what you can do, here’s a breakdown of what plays into your hearing aid battery’s lifespan. The staff at AARP have explained… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on January 8, 2018
For most people, the beginning of a new year is a time for reflecting and setting new goals to help make your life better in the coming year. But no matter who (or how old) you are, there’s one important lifestyle goal that needs to be on your resolutions list this year: healthier hearing. What exactly does the goal of better hearing look like? We assure you, it’s not as ambiguous as… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on December 29, 2017
Today in America, roughly 20 percent of the population have some degree of hearing loss. And of the 10 million between ages of 45 and 64, only 1 in 7 has taken steps to correct that loss with hearing aids. If you've recently joined that "1 Club," your life is about to change for the better. Once you've adjusted to your renewed hearing, make sure you're making the most of it — these tips… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on December 22, 2017
The holidays are officially in full swing – and what better way to get into the season than with holiday music? If you’re looking for a little holiday inspiration, look no further. We’ve got you covered with some great festive tunes. If you’ve never used Spotify to listen to music, don’t worry. A quick 15 seconds is all it takes to create a FREE account and enjoy millions of… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on December 13, 2017
The hearing aids of yesteryear didn’t offer much in the way of extra features – especially in terms of wirelessly connecting to your favorite devices. Fast-forward just a few years, and today’s technology offers a plethora of convenient and downright cool options for staying connected to all of your favorite electronics – from your iPad to your Android phone.So, what exactly are… Read More
Compare the market’s newest rechargeable hearing aids and see which model is the best fit for you.
Posted by Connect Hearing on December 6, 2017
The next generation of hearing technology offers a variety of options with advanced features and extras that far surpass their counterparts from even just a few years ago. These exciting new advancements have given today’s buyers more options than ever—especially when it comes to rechargeable models. Today’s rechargeable hearing aids offer both proven performance and a wide variety… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on November 28, 2017
You’ve no doubt heard plenty of common-sense advice about keeping your hearing healthy: wear ear plugs to loud events, take a break from noisy work environments, don’t use cotton swabs to clean your ears, etc. However, while hearing changes are a natural part of aging, your ability to hear is more complex—and connected to more factors—than just aging and noise exposure. Research… Read More
With food, festivities and family, Thanksgiving can get busy – and noisy – quickly.
Posted by Connect Hearing on November 21, 2017
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is on in the living room, the kitchen appliances are all hard at work preparing dinner in the kitchen, and your doorbell rings as guests begin to arrive for the celebration. Oh, the sounds of Thanksgiving! Research from the last decade shows that Thanksgiving is one of the most active holidays of the year. In 2016, 48.7 million people traveled at… Read More
Understanding loved ones who are hard of hearing can be difficult. These 9 tips can help.
Posted by Connect Hearing on November 13, 2017
Communication is a two-way street. When one of the individuals has hearing loss, communication can prove difficult. Hearing aids can help, but if the listener does not use hearing technology, here are 9 tips to help improve communication with a loved one who is hard of hearing.Reduce background noiseWhen talking to someone with hearing loss, try to reduce any background noise as much as… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on November 8, 2017
Clocking your daily miles on the golf course or treadmill aren’t the only ways to stay active as you age. One great (and tasty) way to add some sizzle to your social life is to try the newest food trends!From egg yolks to vegan burgers, there are a lot of fun new concepts out there simmering. Head out to your favorite local eatery and decide for yourself whether these new food crazes… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on October 30, 2017
From the redwood forest to the streams of North Carolina, there’s no shortage of amazing sensory experiences between the east and west coast. Here are five amazing sounds that are worth taking a detour to hear while traveling the U.S.Add them to your bucket list, travel itinerary, or a sporadic day of adventure. The sounds of nature Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve,… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on October 23, 2017
October is National Protect Your Hearing Month (also known as Audiologist Awareness Month) —and it’s also a great time to get the facts on just what causes hearing loss, as well as what you can do to prevent it.Hearing loss affects approximately one-third of adults 61 to 70 years of age and more than 80 percent of those older than 85 years, according to the AAFP.And it’s… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on October 20, 2017
If you already have hearing aids, you may think you do not need to get your hearing tested. However, hearing loss prevention and treatment don’t end once you have a pair of devices, and that means keeping up with your regular hearing tests.Hearing health changes over time, which means your hearing aids may need to change, too. Annual hearing tests and bi-annual hearing checkups can help… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on October 11, 2017
Your physical health and your hearing abilities are more closely tied than you might realize. Staying active—especially during your golden years—delivers many benefits: physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.But what’s the best way to choose an enjoyable physical activity that fits your lifestyle and hearing abilities?Below, we’ll talk about the connection between your… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on October 6, 2017
If you are one of the 50 million Americans who lives with tinnitus, sleep may not come easily to you. Tinnitus is among a number of factors that cause sleeping difficulties among Americans that may require specific treatments for full relief. Read on to learn more about different ways to cope with and treat tinnitus, so you can get a good night’s sleep.What is tinnitus?If you experience the… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on September 27, 2017
You love being a grandparent and you love your grandchildren. You especially love their inquisitive nature and all of the interesting questions they ask you, like:“Why is the sky blue?” “What happened to the dinosaurs?” “What are those things in your ears?”Your local natural history museum may be better suited to help explain that happened to the dinosaurs, but here are a few… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on September 18, 2017
Summer is winding down and the fall season is finally upon us. For most of us, sandals, shorts, and T-Shirts will be replaced with boots, sweaters, and scarves. Use this change of season to show off the latest fall fashions with your hearing aids.Hearing aids and fall fashion over 50 Whether or not you’re a hearing aid-wearer, there are plenty of ways to play with this fall’s unique… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on September 13, 2017
From taking in the sights and sounds of the beautiful Midwestern summers to enjoying your golden years on the Atlantic coast, no matter where you’re soaking up the sun, it’s important not to forget to take care of your hearing aids when temperatures rise. Just like cell phones, laptops, and other electronics, many hearing aids are susceptible to damage from water, sweat, debris, and… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on September 8, 2017
You probably already know the common causes of hearing loss – aging, loud noises and even your work environment frequently do damage to your ears. However, there are other causes you may be less aware of that could be impacting your hearing health. Below, we’ve listed nine surprising causes of hearing loss – and what you can do to steer clear of them. … Read More
Learn about what causes it, and discover what you can do to treat it.
Posted by Connect Hearing on September 4, 2017
When you hear sounds, you usually know which direction they came from, because sounds reach one ear microseconds before it reaches the other ear. However, when you experience hearing loss in one ear – otherwise known as unilateral hearing loss – your ability to locate the source of a sound, understand conversations in noisy environments, or even tune out background noise is greatly… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on August 30, 2017
Hearing loss can have a wide range of possible causes and can occur in the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and sometimes even the auditory nerve. Whether it’s due to age, too much loud noise, or certain types of illnesses, just about all of us will experience temporary or permanent hearing loss during our lives. While many types of hearing loss aren’t reversible, there are… Read More
Upgrading hearing aids doesn’t mean sacrificing quality for affordability.
Posted by Connect Hearing on August 25, 2017
Some things in life deserve an upgrade. Your wardrobe, your car, your hearing aid. Yes, even your hearing aid needs an upgrade from time to time. Hearing aids, especially high quality hearing aids, are worth the upgrade. You may be hesitant to make the investment, which is understandable, but upgrading your hearing aids is easier and more affordable than you may think! … Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on August 21, 2017
Many people put off their hearing health because they fear the cost of treating hearing loss will be too high, but the truth of the matter is putting off treating your hearing loss can cost you more over time. From increased medical bills to decreased quality of life, hearing loss effects more than your ability to hear and understand others. Here are just a few of the hidden costs of… Read More
This quick guide will give you the information you need to feel empowered and prepared.
Posted by Connect Hearing on August 16, 2017
Experts recommend making regular visits to your audiologist, or hearing care professional, a part of your medical healthcare regimen, regardless of age and whether or not you already wear hearing aids. While it’s normal to feel unsure of what to expect from your first visit to your audiologist, we’re here to assure you your appointment is nothing to be apprehensive about. This… Read More
It is important to make hearing exams a part of your annual check-up list at every age.
Posted by Connect Hearing on August 11, 2017
You make an appointment with your doctor for a yearly check-up. You make an appointment with your dentist for a bi-annual teeth-cleaning, but what about your hearing? Do you schedule an appointment every year to get your hearing checked by a professional?Health professionals recommend getting a baseline hearing test by the time you reach adulthood and an annual hearing test after the age of 55… Read More
A look at hearing loss through the generations
Posted by Connect Hearing on August 7, 2017
When it comes to hearing health, research shows members of every generation experience the effects of hearing loss. Connect Hearing’s infographic, Hearing Loss Among Age Groups, details hearing health statistics for a variety of age groups. Hearing loss is common – more common than you might think. Almost one in four adults who reported excellent to good hearing already have… Read More
Hearing loss is treatable, but many people don’t even realize they’ve experienced hearing loss.
Posted by Connect Hearing on July 28, 2017
Hearing loss is very treatable, but many people don’t even realize they’ve experienced hearing loss until years after it has begun. In fact, a study done by the CDC revealed that one in four adults who reported having good or excellent hearing actually had measurable hearing loss. Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, regular professional hearing screenings go a long way in… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on February 17, 2017
Effective communication skills are essential to life in the office. So what do you do if you’re having trouble following along in meetings or find yourself asking people to repeat themselves all day long – in other words if you suspect you’re one of the estimated 1 in 8 American workers with hearing loss?As with other workplace challenges, a little strategy can go a long way. Take a day… Read More
Posted by Connect Hearing on April 4, 2016
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 ears… Read More
12 Rules for Making the Most of the Holiday Season
Posted by Connect Hearing on November 19, 2015
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
These guidelines will help you decide when to invest in new technology.
Posted by Connect Hearing on March 18, 2015
If you’re already a hearing aid wearer, you know hearing aids are a significant investment, but don't let the cost of hearing aids deter you from purchasing one because there are multiple ways to finance the cost of your hearing aid. All Connect Hearing aids are covered for three years under warranty and can last much longer with good care and maintenance. As with any piece of… Read More
Expert tips for new hearing aid wearers.
Posted by Connect Hearing on February 10, 2015
Congratulations! You just purchased your new hearing aids or upgraded to a new pair. Hearing aids can dramatically improve your way of life, but chances are nothing feels natural when it comes to your new way of hearing. You may even be wondering if you are properly using your hearing aids or not.Don’t worry, you probably are. But with any new change comes a period of adjustment, so be… Read More
Discover the truth about why audiologists usually recommend two hearing aids.
Posted by Connect Hearing on January 7, 2015
We get this question from clients regularly. Often, their hearing specialist has recommended two hearing aids and they ask whether the benefit outweighs the increased cost. The answer is usually yes. One hearing aid simply can't do the work of two. This can also hold true even if you only experience hearing loss in one ear.The reason comes down to the way our auditory system is… Read More