How Can I Help My Loved One Adjust to Their Hearing Aids?

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Your loved one will need time to get used to their new hearing aids. Their brain has to relearn sounds it’s been missing, which can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to support them on their journey toward better hearing. Be a Patient and Active Listener Allowing your parent to express their excitement, frustration and […]

Tips for Discussing Hearing Loss with Your Loved One

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Is your parent showing signs of hearing loss? Have they dismissed the idea when you suggest getting hearing aids? It’s common for people to resist treating their hearing loss because of outdated stigmas associated with hearing aids. However, having the hearing loss talk with your mom or dad is still important. Find the Right Time […]

Six Benefits of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

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The lithium-ion batteries in rechargeable hearing aids provide long-lasting power to support multiple features like Bluetooth connectivity and directional microphones. This battery is used for smartphones and laptops and lasts for several years before it needs replacing. Here are some of the benefits of wearing rechargeable hearing aids. A Full Day of Hearing Aid Power […]

What Kind of Hearing Aid Batteries Should I Use?

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Finding the right hearing aid batteries depends on your hearing aid style and device features. You’ll also need to consider your lifestyle and how long you wear your hearing aids each day. Types of Hearing Aid Batteries Rechargeable hearing aid batteries: Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are built into the hearing aid. You charge your devices on […]

The Connection Between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

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Diabetes and hearing loss are common comorbidities. In fact, you’re twice as likely to experience hearing loss if you have diabetes.   How Diabetes Impacts Your Ears Hearing loss: High blood sugar damages blood vessels in your inner ear, while low blood sugar affects how nerve signals travel from your ears to your brain. Your […]

Hearing Associates Earns Three Local Awards

Globe Gazette Northern Iowa Employers of Choice 2022

We’re proud and grateful to announce that Hearing Associated has been honored with several awards from the Albert Lea Tribune and the Globe Gazette. Globe Gazette Northern Iowa Employers of Choice 2022 We were nominated for this award by our incredible staff and selected by a committee of community leaders. There were more than 100 […]

Is There a Connection Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline?

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Living with untreated hearing loss may increase your risk of developing cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s. A study from the University of Oxford showed that people who had difficulty hearing spoken conversations amid background noise had a 91% increased risk of dementia. How Hearing Loss Affects Brain Health The hair cells in your inner ear […]

Common Hearing Aid Disasters and How to Avoid Them

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It’s important to be mindful of how you handle your hearing aids. Whether you accidentally drop your devices or get them wet, you can take steps to mitigate damage and prevent it from happening again. You Lose Your Hearing Aids Check their location if you have a hearing aid app connected to your devices. An […]

5 Differences Between Prescription and OTC Hearing Aids

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Over-the-counter hearing aids may seem like a viable alternative to prescription devices, but it’s important to understand their differences before making a purchase. Hearing Loss Severity OTC hearing aids: Because they’re more like personal amplification devices, OTC hearing aids are designed to address mild to moderate hearing loss. OTC devices are not intended for people […]

Bone Anchored Hearing Systems: A Different Approach to Hearing Loss Treatment

Bone Anchored Hearing Aid

There are scenarios when traditional hearing aids are not the best treatment for hearing loss. Bone anchored hearing systems (BAHS) offer an alternative method for acoustic enhancement. What is a Bone Anchored Hearing System? More commonly referred to as bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA), these surgically implanted hearing systems include hearing devices and processors that […]