Gift of Hearing

Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air! It’s that time of the year where you show your significant other how much they mean to you by giving them gifts or planning a nice date. While these are all nice gestures, make sure to also focus on the day’s true meaning: reconnecting with your significant other.

If you or your partner has untreated hearing loss, the two of you may not be able to communicate like you did before. If hearing loss has weakened your emotional connection, carving out time to strengthen your communication skills is especially crucial.

Read more: Give the Gift of Hearing this Valentine’s Day!

Fotolia 178024211 Subscription Monthly XXLMore and more people have trouble hearing. With one in ten people in the United States having a hearing loss, there are young adults with hearing loss, from mild to profound. Young people are especially at risk, as they often use headphones at a loud volume. 

According to a 2011 study carried out by the New York City Department of Health, one in four young New York adults aged 18-44 reports hearing loss and hearing problems are found in 23% of people who use headphones at a high volume at least five days a week for four hours a day. 

These studies show that listening to music at high volumes for extended lengths of time can cause noise-induced hearing loss. It’s important to practice safe listening techniques at home, in the car, at concerts, or while listening to your MP3 player or smartphone accessories.

Read more: Hearing Loss and Young Adults

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

Holidays and Hearing LossThe holiday season is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. However, if you or someone you love suffers from hearing loss, the holidays can be difficult.   It’s often common for a loved one to feel self-conscious about their hearing loss or even deny their need for hearing aids. 
Sometimes people with hearing loss often forget just how important communication with others is and how their hearing health affects those around them. This raises the question, what is the best way to approach your family members hearing loss without offending them?

Read more: Holidays and Hearing Loss

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