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

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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 […]

Tips for Flying with Hearing Aids

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Airports and planes may seem noisy and overwhelming if you wear hearing aids, but there are steps you can take to get through security and enjoy your flight without stress or discomfort. What to Do Before You Go Visit your audiologist before your trip to have your hearing aids adjusted and cleaned. Your audiologist can […]

Fuzzy Hearing Aid? Here’s Why Your Hearing Aid May Sound Weak

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The first thing you typically do when your hearing aid starts to become fuzzy is replace its batteries. But what if it still doesn’t work? No need to replace your hearing aids yet. There are other possible reasons for the problem. Here’s what you need to know. Keep reading… Earwax Could Be Causing the Problem […]

How Ear Infections Affect Your Hearing

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Have you ever noticed a plugged sensation in your ears when you have an ear infection? It’s common to experience temporary hearing loss during an ear infection. However, you should seek medical attention if you have recurring infections to avoid permanent hearing damage. The Eustachian Tube The Eustachian tube connects your nose, throat and ears […]