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Help Your Health With Better Hearing
Posted by Mike Wheeler on January 09, 2015
Every New Year's brings many new resolutions. Most often we aim to practice better eating habits, get more exercise and make sure to sleep enough each night. Rarely, however, does anyone consider taking better care of their hearing health. Our senses, especially hearing, play a vital role in overall health and wellness. Here are several reasons why having your...
Talking About Hearing Loss is A Matter of Timing
Posted by Mike Wheeler on December 12, 2014
Talking to a loved one about their hearing loss is a difficult thing to do. Each holiday season, millions of American struggle with hearing loss at social gatherings around Thanksgiving, religious holidays and New Year's Eve. For some there is embarrassment and frustration. For others their family and friends are more burdened by the challenge of communicating to...
Avoiding Cotton Swabs for Your Ear's Sake
Posted by Mike Wheeler on November 28, 2014
Most people are surprised to hear that we don't recommend the use of cotton swabs to clean their ears. In fact, we recommend the opposite-- to not use them at all, for many important reasons. Not only is earwax, also known by the medical term cerumen, good to have, it can also pose many problems when not properly removed. In this blog we will discuss how cotton...
Eliminating Annoying Hearing Aid Feedback
Posted by Mike Wheeler on November 14, 2014
Sometimes we jokingly say to new patients that today's hearing aid technology, "Isn't like your grandparent's hearing aids." Yet, this couldn't be truer since many of the reasons that have caused people to avoid wearing hearing aids have not been remedied. The most common of those complaints was around feedback, a.k.a. the high-pitched whistling sounds that...
Don't Let Earwax Spook You-Use Wax Guards!
Posted by Mike Wheeler on October 31, 2014
This Halloween we are going to discuss a topic that is very scary for many patients; earwax! Earwax isn't just spooky because of its unsightly appearance, but it can also terrify wearers of in-the-ear style of hearing aids for fear of repairs due to excessive buildup. However, there is reason to rejoice for Audibel hearing aid users! The new wax guard protectors...
How to Buy the Right Hearing Aid
Posted by Mike Wheeler on October 17, 2014
When a hearing aid is recommended, the hearing healthcare professional tries to offer the best option for that particular patient's unique listening needs. As part of that decision, it is important for one to consider a few factors such as their lifestyle hearing needs, technology features and the overall cost. In this blog we discuss each factor to help anyone...
The Costs of Better Hearing
Posted by Mike Wheeler on October 03, 2014
One of the most common questions we receive from new patients is, "How much do your hearing aids cost?" Many are surprised to learn that the price can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the sophistication the hearing aid technology. We respect that an investment in hearing aid technology, for yourself or a loved one, can be a...
Small Buttons on Hearing Aids Causing Frustration?
Posted by Mike Wheeler on September 19, 2014
We sometimes hear from patients with arthritis or other dexterity issues that they have a tough time operating the buttons on their digital hearing aids. We understand that it’s a real frustration and one that some people don’t consider until after purchasing a hearing device. Fortunately, we have a couple of options that will make it easier for you (or...
Make Beloved Bestsellers Your Best Listeners
Posted by Mike Wheeler on September 05, 2014
Today is ‘National Read a Book Day’ and we’re recommending you cuddle up with a favorite bestseller or classic! Open up that Jane Eyre or Moby Dick book you’ve been meaning to tackle, or maybe a Stephen King page-turner. In addition to reading, listening to your favorite books can be just as enjoyable or even better if reading hurts your...
Becoming Master Artists of Better Hearing
Posted by Mike Wheeler on August 22, 2014
Many times when people ask why someone wants to become a hearing care specialist, they say a loved one was given the gift of being able to hear again and they want to share that with others. Yet rarely does anyone ask what it takes to become a practicing hearing specialist. Let's take a look at the requisites needed to receive certification for dispensing and...
We Have an App for That!
Posted by Mike Wheeler on August 08, 2014
It appears as if every business has an app to support the customer shopping experience, but not many offer apps to help you after a product is purchased. We presently offer several apps aimed at helping you understand hearing loss and ensuring you get the most out of your hearing aids. Read on to learn about these apps provided by our manufacturing partner,...
Bluffing Through Untreated Hearing Loss
Posted by Mike Wheeler on July 25, 2014
Have you ever noticed someone turning his or her ear when listening to a conversation? Or have you seen someone request to site in a specific seat in a restaurant so his or her 'good ear' is away from background noise? Or perhaps you've noticed someone listening to follow the dialogue? They are finding ways to bluff through situations that are difficult for people...
Skip Over the Stages of Hearing Loss
Posted by Mike Wheeler on July 11, 2014
When it comes to hearing loss, good things come to those who don't wait. All too often, patients go 7 to 10 years before seeking treatment for hearing loss. During this time, the condition significantly worsens and the benefits of hearing aid technology may not be as capable of restoring hearing. So what happens during these years that causes so many people to put...
The Joys of Outdoor Summer Activities By the Water
Posted by Mike Wheeler on June 27, 2014
Summer has arrived! During the hot summer days nothing feels better than heading to your closest lake, pool or ocean. Whether you are catching some sun, fishing, boating, or merely splashing around it gives us all the opportunity to act like kids again. The water, for some, gives a sense of freedom. The endless view of the ocean or the feeling of weightlessness...
Why Real Men Wear Hearing Aids
Posted by Todd H., Audibel Employee on June 13, 2014
"Wearing hearing aids is not something men want to do," is a statement all too often overheard from middle-aged men that don't feel hearing aids fit with their image and lifestyle. Whether this concern is the result of denial or pride, ironically it is said by men who may benefit the most from hearing aids. My grandfather was one of those men resistant to wearing...
Revealing the Causes of Hearing Loss
Posted by Mike Wheeler on May 30, 2014
It is estimated that a person with hearing loss waits anywhere from seven to ten years before seeking treatment. Yet, unlike vision loss which most people readily accept, part of the delay for treating hearing loss is due to a lack of understanding or denial for the underlying causes. In this blog we will explore the causes of hearing loss and options for seeking...
Make May a Better Hearing Month
Posted by Mike Wheeler on May 16, 2014
Each May we celebrate new beginnings such as graduates going on to new adventures, the return of green grass and the sounds of birds chirping. This festive month is important for another reason as well- Better Hearing Month! At this time of year, we reflect on the importance of better hearing and how our many patients have benefited from hearing care. Yet for...
The Sweet Sounds of Spring
Posted by Mike Wheeler on April 18, 2014
Spring has finally arrived and with the new season comes a sense of rejuvenation and palpable joy to get back outside! Spring means new sounds to cherish such as birds chirping, children playing and families spending time outdoors. Yet for many, some sounds that accompany these get-togethers go unheard. For anyone with untreated hearing loss, the ability to hear...
Experience Life…With Hearing Aids
Posted by Mike Wheeler on March 21, 2014
Do you remember how fun it once was going to dinner with a group of friends or family? The laughter and the conversation were both enriching and exciting. How about the suspenseful feeling you received while sitting on the edge of your seat in a crowded movie theater, clinging to every word of the main character’s beautifully delivered monologue? Think back...
Not Hearing Can Be Maddening
Posted by Mike Wheeler on March 07, 2014
“3-2-1…!” While many people count the seconds to a win for their favorite college basketball team, others may be counting their patience with a family member or friend. This time of year everyone is talking about college basketball and March Madness, yet for many the term ‘madness’ is not as exciting. In particular, hearing loss...
Can You Get the Top Score in Better Hearing?
Posted by Mike Wheeler on February 21, 2014
Have you recently purchased new Audibel hearing aids or are considering doing so? If so, you should be aware of a no cost program that comes with each purchase of new hearing aids called www.MyAudibel.com. With MyAudibel, you get your own personalized website with specific tips for getting the most out of your hearing aids. The best part is exclusive access to the...
Like Bobsledding, Treating Hearing Loss is a Team Effort
Posted by Mike Wheeler on February 07, 2014
If you pay attention to Olympic news coverage, you’ve probably heard the story about the Jamaican bobsled team that qualified; something Jamaica hasn’t done since the 1980s! That got us thinking about some of the similarities between bobsledding and hearing loss. It’s very important, in bobsledding, that both team members completely understand...
What Wireless Hearing Aid Streaming Means for You
Posted by Mike Wheeler on January 24, 2014
Today it seems that every device is somehow wireless connected or compatible. Hearing aids are no different in their technology capabilities. Though, with these fancy buzzwords around wireless comes a lot of confusion. In some instances, wireless refers to ‘wi-fi’ or wireless internet connection and, in other cases, is simply means there are no wires...
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