Fotolia 38870563 Subscription Monthly XLSome might perceive hearing loss as a normal part of the aging process, but recent findings suggest that hearing plays a more important role in brain health than previously thought.

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, hearing problems are a national epidemic, affecting more than 48 million people nationwide. More alarmingly, a recent study has linked hearing loss to an increased risk of cognitive problems, like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Two-thirds of Americans in their 70s have hearing loss, and their risk for cognitive decline only escalates as their hearing becomes worse.

Read more: Hearing Aids Might Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Decline

Brain Hearing- resizeAll summer, Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, AL, has offered the latest in hearing aid technology, the Oticon Opn. Our patients love their Oticon hearing aid devices for a wide variety of reasons.

Oticon’s “BrainSmart” technology considers the way wearers process sound, which mainly occurs in the brain. The Opn hearing aid reduces listening effort by 20%, improves retention by 20% and boosts speech understanding by 30% – even in challenging listening environments.

It’s also the first Internet-connected hearing aid on the market. The “If This Then That” (ITTT) network enables wearers to connect the Oticon Opn to the Internet, iPhone and Android phones and other Internet-connected devices. 

Read more: Stay Connected with the Oticon Opn Hearing Aid

Physicians Hearing 2016 Best of the WireGrass Winner

You voted us the Best Hearing Aid Provider!

Thank you for voting for us! It's an honor to be amongst the Best of the Wiregrass nominees and winners, we're proud to have been voted Best Hearing Aid Provider for the 17th year in a row.

We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing excellent hearing health care to the Dothan, AL community, and we appreciate you trusting us with all your hearing healthcare needs.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 Wiregrass winners!

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With the breeze freshening and the leaves falling, it’s that time of year again to remind those who enjoy shooting sports to cover their ears. This particularly applies to individuals with existing hearing loss and hearing aid wearers who need to preserve the healthy hearing they have left.

Dove season in mid-September marks the beginning of the hunting year for most recreational shooters in the South, and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is reminding us to stay safe in the field.

In fact, small game like birds have some safety challenges that the other big hunting seasons don't, like deer and turkey.

"There will be a lot of hunters in one place," says AL Hunting Education Coordinator Marisa Futral. "The birds come in fast and there are usually a lot of people shooting at the same time. This can increase the chance for mishaps, including hearing loss risks."

Read more: Protect Your Hearing During Hunting Season this Fall

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It’s that time of year again – the Best of Wiregrass 2016 is in full swing! Why should you choose Physicians Hearing Center as the BEST audiology provider in the region? We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons to vote for us in 2016:

  1. We’ve been providing top-notch hearing healthcare to the Dothan, Alabama, area since 1977. 
  2. Our extensive hearing aid selection. 
  3. We offer a 60-day risk free trial on your new hearing aids.

    Read more: Top 5 Reasons to Vote for Physicians Hearing Center