The Impact of Treated Hearing Loss on Quality of Life
Myths about Hearing Loss
PSAPs Are Cheaper, So WhyShould I Buy Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids are perceived as costly, and some people may seek out less expensive alternatives called Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs). These alternatives can cost anywhere from $20 to hundreds of dollars, but are they really a “good” choice? Keep reading to find out.
David Gauvey Herbert recently outlined the extent to which composer Richard Einhorn has gone to help himself cope with a sudden sensorineural hearing loss in an article for Bloomberg Business "Bluetooth Earpieces Do Battle With the $3,000 Hearing Aid: Advances in circuitry and Bluetooth have made hearing aid alternatives cheaper and more powerful."
Top Five Benefits to Wearing Hearing Aids
If you’re on the fence about hearing aids, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is a common health condition that affects nearly 50 million Americans according to research supported by the World Health Organization.
But contrary to popular belief, hearing loss doesn’t just affect the elderly. A study by Johns Hopkins published in The Archives of Internal Medicine found that 1 in 5 Americans age 12 and older have hearing loss severe enough to adversely impact communication.
Individuals with high-frequency hearing loss have difficulty understanding speech in noise, and the voices of women and children, which are higher in pitch. Individuals with high-frequency hearing loss may also have difficulty hearing birds or the doorbell. Talking to family and friends over the telephone is also more challenging with high-frequency hearing loss.
If you wear hearing aids, you know how important batteries are to their performance. You also know how inconvenient it can be to buy hearing aid batteries, ensure you have spares with you, or change them in the middle of an event or conversation.
With ZPower®, our new rechargeable battery technology, you no longer need to worry about running out of power or replacing hearing aid batteries mid-activity. You can relax, knowing you’ll have continuous, stable and uninterrupted hearing aid use throughout your day.
If it seems like your ears ring constantly, it’s probably not your imagination or the economy . . . and you’re not alone. “Tinnitus can have a direct impact on a person’s emotional well being,” says Dr. Sergei Kochkin, BHI’s executive director.
Adults with hearing loss are significantly more likely than adults with normal hearing to develop dementia, according to a new study out today from researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. The study – which finds that the greater the hearing loss, the higher the risk – may open a new avenue of research into dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Men and women in the study who experienced severe hearing loss were five times more likely to develop dementia than those with normal hearing. But even mild hearing loss doubled the risk of dementia.
Mark Hammel’s hearing was damaged in his 20s by machine gun fire when he served in the Israeli Army. But not until decades later, at 57, did he receive his first hearing aids.
“It was very joyful, but also very sad, when I contemplated how much I had missed all those years,” Dr. Hammel, a psychologist in Kingston, N.Y., said in an interview. “I could hear well enough sitting face to face with someone in a quiet room, but in public, with background noise, I knew people were talking, but I had no idea what they were saying. I just stood there nodding my head and smiling.