Ready to live life large? Whether you are out sailing, biking or are on the ice, it is important to hear all the sounds of the nature. With the new WIDEX UNIQUE™ digital hearing aids you will be capable of hearing and enjoying all the sounds you will need to live life large. With the new WIDEX HEARING AID models, you will not only get one of the smallest hearing aids on the market – but also some of the best. Our new Wind Noise Attenuation feature removes unwanted sounds of wind and leaves you with the sound that matters – whether it is the sounds of the ocean waves or the birds in the trees. With the WIDEX HEARING AID behind-the-ear and in-the-ear hearing aids you can live life to the fullest.
Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss. Those are large groups of people, and it appears there is a lot of overlap between the two.
A recent study found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. Also, of the 86 million adults in the U.S. who have prediabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than in those with normal blood glucose.
Right now we don’t know how diabetes is related to hearing loss. It’s possible that the high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes cause damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear, similar to the way in which diabetes can damage the eyes and the kidneys. But more research needs to be done to discover why people with diabetes have a higher rate of hearing loss.
Since it can happen slowly, the symptoms of hearing loss can often be hard to notice. In fact, family members and friends sometimes notice the hearing loss before the person experiencing it.
Effects of Diabetes and Hearing Loss
Frequently asking others to repeat themselves.
Trouble following conversations that involve more than two people.
Thinking that others are mumbling.
Problems hearing in noisy places such as busy restaurants.
Trouble hearing the voices of women and small children.
Turning up the TV or radio volume too loud for others who are nearby.
What should I do if I suspect a hearing loss?
Seek help from hearing specialist like one of our audiologist who specializes in hearing problems. From a full hearing exam, you’ll learn more about your hearing loss. You will also be told what can be done to treat it.
Contact BHSS for a full hearing exam.
Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, swishing, clicking, or other type of noise that seems to originate in the ear or head rather than from an external source.
Tinnitus is not an illness itself but a symptom of other conditions, such as:
ear wax buildup
loud noise exposure
brain tumors or other tumors near the ear
blood flow problems
increase in pressure of the fluid surrounding the brain
temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
Symptoms of Tinnitus
The main symptom of tinnitus is hearing sound in your ears that is not due to an external source that no one around you can hear. The noise is often described as ringing, buzzing, clicking, or rushing. Hearing loss and dizziness may occur if the tinnitus is due to Meniere’s disease. Because tinnitus is due to other conditions that may require medical treatment, it should be evaluated by a doctor, especially if the tinnitus is only on one side, is sudden, or is associated with hearing loss.
Treatment of Ringing in the Ears
Treatment of ringing on the ears (tinnitus) depends upon the cause and may include medications, stress reduction techniques, biofeedback, lifestyle changes, tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), masking devices, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Home remedies are generally not recommended for tinnitus because they may not address the underlyng cause. The best way to prevent some cases of tinnitus is to avoid damage to your hearing, such as loud noise exposure. For many other causes there may be no way to prevent the accompanying tinnitus symptoms. There is currently no cure for most cases of tinnitus. Symptoms of tinnitus may come and go over time, and if you have had tinnitus it’s likely it will recur. While it may be annoying, most people can learn to cope with it. Stress, diet, and noise exposure may worsen symptoms.
After it has been determined that you are suffering from hearing loss in both ears (bilateral hearing loss) from a licensed hearing care practitioner or an audiologist, it’s important to remember why you should invest in two hearing aids instead of settling on just one.
If you relate your hearing loss to that of vision loss, while you may have a stronger loss in one eye than the other, you’re fitted with a
pair of glasses, not one lens.
Here are a few additional reasons to keep in mind before you talk yourself out of two hearing aids:
Better understanding of speech
Your brain can focus on the conversation you want to hear because selective listening can be achieved by wearing two hearing aids.
Studies show that 50% of people with ringing/buzzing in their ears, also known as tinnitus, report improvement when wearing two hearing aids.
Ability to tell direction of sound
While this is the last bullet listed, it is quite possibly the most important reason to consider two hearing aids for bilateral hearing loss. Our brain can determine the direction of sound by what is called “localization” WITH bilateral hearing.
Simply put, it allows you to hear from which direction someone is speaking to you. However, while we think localization is only important for just social gatherings, this ability helps you determine which direction traffic is coming from or where your kids/grandchildren are playing, potentially saving you from a traffic accident or keeping your kids/grandchildren out of a busy street.
Are you ready for the sounds of summer? Here are some Summer Hearing Tips You Should Know. Make sure they are not too loud! Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common types of hearing loss – and it is mostly preventable. Here are some tip to keep your ears healthy and protected this season.
- Concerts: Outdoor concerts are a great way to celebrate summer, but they can be a great way to ruin your hearing as well. Pack a few earplugs the next time you head to a summer music festival or concert. This is especially important for children, who are extra vulnerable to noise-induced hearing loss.
- Lawn equipment: It’s important to keep your lawn in shape, but it’s also important to keep your ears in shape too. Sound from lawnmowers can reach 107 dB, which is well above the 90 dB limit at which prolonged exposure can lead to hearing loss. Those are some Dangerous Decibels! Wear ear protection while mowing the lawn. Headset-worn ear protection can be found at your local hardware store.
- Swimming and water sports: Widex hearing aids are designed to be water resistant, but they aren’t entirely waterproof. You can have them on in the rain or on a sailing trip – but take them off when you swim. If you take them off at the beach or pool, make sure to keep them in a case where they are protected and cannot get lost.
- Sweat: Summer is a time for sun – and sweat. Luckily, your hearing aids are designed to handle sweat and daily moisture. To keep them in top shape, consider the DRY-GO UV drying station.
- Sunscreen: It is important to protect yourself from the sun this summer. Be careful with your hearing aids when applying sunscreen to your ears, though. While hearing aids are designed to be protected from most elements, it can still be a sticky situation if you get too much sunscreen on them.
Common Sense and Courtesy in Communication by Paul Rook
Some years ago a young couple came to the office each complaining that the other couldn’t hear. Hearing tests revealed that both had normal hearing. If both had normal hearing, then why were there complaints of poor hearing? Many times poor hearing, or poor communication, may actually be the result of a poor listening environment. Fortunately, there are at least four things that you can do to improve communication.
Four Ways To Improve Communication
Be in the same room with the person with whom you are speaking. The acoustics of speech change with distance and space, usually for the worse. Informal measurements have shown that the level of speech can drop by 20 decibels just by going through an open door and speaking on the other side of a wall. For a person with mild hearing loss this scenario could translate into an impossible situation for effective communication.
Face the person with whom you are speaking. This allows for speech reading. More than just a gift possessed by a few special people, speech reading allows the listener to pick up visual cues that help distinguish special meanings of words or one word from another. People with hearing loss increasingly use speech reading as their loss becomes worse. Another advantage in facing the speaker is acoustical. Informal measurements have shown as much as 7 decibel drop in speech level when the speaker turns away from the listener.
Reduce or eliminate background noise. We’re not talking about freight trains or loud mufflers. So called everyday sounds, for example, the television, car radio, dish washer, disposal, or running water can greatly impair effective communication, especially for those with a high frequency loss. When necessary, another solution is to go to a quiet room.
Get the listener’s attention. Frequently overlooked, attention is of paramount importance. A normal hearing person who is focused on the task at hand may not hear the speaker. The problem is compounded when the listener has a hearing loss, even if wearing a hearing aid.
These are four suggestions for improving communication for people with normal and abnormal hearing. Perhaps you can think of others in your daily life.
Paul D. Rook, M.S.
Blount Hearing and Speech Services
Here are a Few Tips on How to Protect Your Hearing Aids this Summer!
Wondering How to Protect Your Hearing Aids in the Summer!? Summer is a time for sun-and SWEAT! It’s important to keep your hearing aids protected from moisture. Even though most of today’s hearing aids are water resistant, they are not water proof. Sweat is considered highly detrimental to hearing aid technology because of its salt content. Should salt enter any part of the aid, it can corrode the internal components and cause the hearing aid to malfunction or many times die. It’s important to be as conservative with moisture as possible. Here are some tips for keeping your hearing instruments working in top shape this summer:
Sweat/Moisture and Hearing Aids:
Ear Gear: A simple inexpensive solution to protect your behind-the-ear hearing aids from sweat, moisture and dirt. Ear Gear is a small neoprene sleeve that covers the hearing instrument to wick away moisture and protect it from other harmful elements in the air. They are acoustically transparent so they won’t affect the performance of what you hear. You can order Ear Gear in a wide range of styles and colors from our office or online at www.gearforears.com. Ask your audiologist about the appropriate size for your hearing instruments.
DRY-GO UV: Drying and cleaning at the touch of a button. Small, portable, and easy to use, the DRY-GO UV helps your hearing aids perform at their best. This unit dries and sanitizes hearing aids and earmolds in just 3 hours. Daily use results in improved acoustic performance,
better reliability, and better ear hygiene. The DRY-GO UV protects your hearing investment so you can enjoy greater peace of mind. Call our office to order your DRY-GO UV.
Many summer activities revolve around the water. Whether you are spending a day on the lake or the beach it’s ok to wear your hearing aids. Just remain mindful that it only takes a small splash of water or an unsightly slip into the water to hurt your investment. Remain aware of your surroundings and bring a small travel case with you to protect your hearing aids while you go for a dip in the water!
Sounds of Summer – Make sure they are not too loud!
Are you ready for the sounds of summer? Make sure they are not too loud! Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common types of hearing loss – and it is mostly preventable. Here are some tips to keep your ears healthy and protected this season.
• Concerts: Outdoor concerts are a great way to celebrate summer, but they can be a great way to ruin your hearing as well. Pack a few earplugs the next time you head to a summer music festival or concert. This is especially important for children, who are extra vulnerable to noise-induced hearing loss.
• Lawn equipment: It’s important to keep your lawn in shape, but it’s also important to keep your ears in shape too. Sound from lawnmowers can reach 107 dB, which is well above the 90 dB limit at which prolonged exposure can lead to hearing loss. Those are some dangerous decibels! Wear ear protection while mowing the lawn. Headset-worn ear protection can be found at your local hardware store.
• Earbuds: Listening to music while taking a walk or a run is a great way to make being active more enjoyable. Just be sure you don’t have the volume level too loud. You should be able to have a conversation with someone 3 feet from you with ease. You should never listen to music while mowing the lawn or working with power equipment. This requires you turn the volume up OVER the already loud output of the machinery. If you are guilty of this, you are damaging your hearing. Instead, you should be wearing hearing protection!
Maryville, Tennessee is a city that sits at the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains and is packed with history and fun facts. The City of Maryville gives a small town feel to a population of more than 27,000 Tennesseans. Many people may not be familiar with Maryville, Tennessee unless they pass through on their way to Knoxville, which is about 15 miles up the road. But Maryville holds its own against the 3rd largest city in Tennessee. Blount Hearing and Speech Services has three interesting facts you may not know about the City of Maryville, Tennessee.
- Home to the 12th oldest college in the South: Maryville College
Southern and Western Theological Seminary was founded in 1819, and the name was later changed to Maryville College, though it continues to maintain an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Maryville College is a nationally ranking institution of higher education that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation in partnerships.
- Ruby Tuesday Headquarters
In 1998, the causal American dining restaurant chain decided to make Maryville, TN it’s home new home. Now just located 15 miles from Knoxville, TN where the business was founded in 1972 by Samuel E. Beall, III.
- Drive-In Movie Theater (Blount County)
Maryville, Tennessee has the only Drive-In movie theater in Blount County. This restored drive-in theater has a single screen that comes to life on the weekends.
Want to know more about the Maryville, Tennessee? Visit, Maryvillegov.com
“Summer, Summer, Summer Time” Who doesn’t love the summer months? There are so many wonderful things like warm weather, outdoor activities, barbeques, pools and vacations, but for people who wear hearing aids, summer means extra maintenance and care.
During the summer months, keeping your hearing aids dry will be the biggest challenge. The accumulation of moisture in hearing aids can be caused by humidity in the air, perspiration, or accidental splashes of water at the pool. Although it will be a challenge to care for your hearing aids, here’s a few ways to help you keep them dry and working properly.
- Remove your hearing aids when exercising outside or if it is raining.
- Keep your hearing aids in a protective case and out of direct sunlight when you’re not wearing them.
- Leave the battery door open at night to allow dry, fresh air to move through the hearing aid and remove moisture.
- Clean your hearing aids daily before putting them in your ears. Moisture build up in warm environments are a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Apply sunscreen, lotions or sprays completely before putting in your hearing aids. The oils in these products can damage your hearing aids.
- Remove your hearing aid before any activities in or around water.
- Store your hearing aids in environments where heat and moisture can’t build up.
Summer should be fun and stress-free, so if you keep these tips in mind your hearing aids will survive another season.
If you need hearing aid repair or replacements, Blount Hearing and Speech Services in Maryville, Tennessee is ready to assist you today. Call 865-982-8557 to schedule an appointment.