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Do’s and don’ts of getting hearing aids
Posted by Joe Francisco on December 20, 2018
Getting hearing aids is a big decision and a smart investment towards your future quality of life. Before you make the decision, consider these tips to help ensure you get the best hearing aids for your needs. Do’s 1. Do speak with a hearing professional about situations you want to hear and communicate in better. 2. Do bring a third party or significant...
Do’s and don’ts of communicating in a busy environment
Posted by Joe Francisco on December 11, 2018
Hearing aids are amazing! But even people with normal hearing can sometimes struggle in loud environments. If you find yourself in a busy environment, these tips can help. Do’s 1. Do look at the people you are speaking with. We all use visual cues whether we realize it or not. 2. Do try to situate yourself in good lighting to see everyone’s face. 3....
The connection between diabetes and hearing loss
Posted by Joe Francisco on November 19, 2018
The relationship between hearing loss and diabetes has long been debated. But research now concludes that hearing loss is more prevalent in adults with diabetes. One research study included data from participants ranging in age from 20 to 69. Important information they found: People with diabetes were 2x more likely to have hearing loss than people without. ...
How do you say, “It’s also an ear-worn language translator”?
Posted by Joe Francisco on November 12, 2018
Introduced less than two months ago, Circa AI hearing aids are already changing how people think of and use hearing aids. Why? Because Circa AI is the first multi-purpose hearing device that not only sounds better than other hearing aids out there, it also let you track your brain and body health, stream music, phone calls and more from your smartphone, and...
You can now fine-tune your hearing aids from anywhere
Posted by Joe Francisco on October 18, 2018
With our new telehealth program, Hearing Care Anywhere, Via™ AI hearing aid wearers can request minor adjustments to their hearing aids from their hearing care professional — without needing to make an appointment or stop into their office. Hearing Care Anywhere is convenient, and it’s easy to use If you’re a hearing aid wearer, you know...
Hear better and live better with the Thrive Hearing app
Posted by Joe Francisco on October 11, 2018
If you haven’t yet heard about our revolutionary new Via™ AI hearing aids, then before you read any further, check out this real quick. And maybe this too. If you have heard about it — or if you’re back from that short detour — then this blog is all about the Thrive™ Hearing app, the “control unit” for Via AI hearing...
Stream Like Never Before with Three New Wireless Accessories
Posted by Joe Francisco on September 21, 2018
Designed to provide universal connectivity and greater streaming capabilities, three new wireless hearing aid accessories from Starkey Hearing Technologies work with Via AI hearing aids to help you engage with the world around you. The TV While the Thrive Hearing app also enables direct streaming of audio, music and more with Via AI hearing aids, we know that...
Introducing A Hearing Revolution - Via AI Hearing Aids
Posted by Joe Francisco on September 07, 2018
A hearing revolution has arrived. Brand-new from Audibel® comes the world’s first healthable hearing aid with integrated sensors and artificial intelligence. Able to track brain and body health, Via® AI puts your hearing health in your hands through a new mobile app – the Thrive™ Hearing app – and a suite of new wireless accessories....
Where to buy hearing aids – online or from a professional?
Posted by Joe Francisco on August 21, 2018
If you’re reading this post, you’re probably thinking about getting hearing aids. You’re doing what almost everyone does today before they buy a vacuum or TV, or book a vacation or try a new restaurant — you’re doing online research. You are smart. Consumers today have an abundance of information and reviews at their fingertips....
Tired more than usual? It may be hearing loss.
Posted by Joe Francisco on August 06, 2018
Do you find yourself low on energy, exhausted after a day of busy interactions, whether at a social or work setting? Hearing loss may be to blame! Hearing loss and fatigue may seem unrelated, but in reality, they are much more connected than you realize. Fatigue is defined as “extreme tiredness, typically resulting from mental or physical exertion.”...
How can I adjust my hearing aid volume and memories?
Posted by Joe Francisco on July 13, 2018
Your hearing aids are designed to seamlessly adjust to your everyday listening situations. This means that as you go from a busy coffee shop to a windy park to your quiet home, your hearing aids will automatically adapt to your changing environments. Soft sounds (like fingers typing on a keyboard) should be quiet but audible, while loud sounds (like a vacuum)...
Can ear infections cause hearing loss?
Posted by Joe Francisco on July 01, 2018
Hearing loss can be caused by a number of different factors including aging, injury, noise exposure, infection and heredity. Those factors affect the auditory nerve, causing a sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss. But did you know an ear infection can also cause hearing loss? Hearing loss caused by an ear infection is referred to as a...
Tinnitus from music: It's getting loud in here, so put in your ear plugs
Posted by Joe Francisco on June 18, 2018
Have you ever experienced ringing in the ears after attending a loud concert? Then join the not-a-fan club. Many tinnitus sufferers — like Terry — trace their hearing issues to a concert or music event. And plenty of musicians wind up with tinnitus and/or hearing loss as a result of regular exposure to loud music, including Pete Townsend, Chris Martin,...
Some medications can cause hearing loss
Posted by Joe Francisco on June 01, 2018
Numerous prescription and over-the-counter medications are known to be ototoxic, which means “poisonous to the ears.” Ototoxic drugs can cause vestibular dysfunction or damage the inner ear, which can result in hearing loss or tinnitus. Ototoxic effects can be temporary and go away once a medication is stopped. But some effects can be long-term or...
Why should you get your hearing aids professionally cleaned?
Posted by Joe Francisco on May 15, 2018
I treat my hearing aids a lot like my car, maybe better actually. Both are routinely treated to cleaning rituals and maintenance tune-ups. And while my car may only get cleaned once a month, I make sure I dry and clean my hearing aids daily, regardless of how long I wear them each day. But while my day-to-day hearing aid care routine is great, I still make sure...
All Ears: Why do I have a hard time hearing in noise?
Posted by Joe Francisco on May 02, 2018
One of the first signs of hearing loss is when someone, who typically hears well in quiet environments, struggles to hear in noise. Why is that? Even for someone with normal hearing, noisy settings can be tricky to navigate when trying to make out speech. That’s because we all tend to use contextual cues — or clues from words we do make out —...
Tech Tip: Using "Noise Manager" for noise management on-demand
Posted by Joe Francisco on April 13, 2018
If you’re using TruLink, you may have noticed a cool feature called Noise Manager. This feature, located in the Personalize section of TruLink, lets you control and personalize noise management settings on-demand. Here’s how to use Noise Manager: From the TruLink home screen, tap on “Personalize” in the bottom right-hand corner. ...
Custom hearing aids - personalization perfected
Posted by Joe Francisco on April 03, 2018
Quick – what image comes to mind when you think of a hearing aid? Something like this, right? That’s not surprising. It’s the protypical shape of Behind-The-Ear (BTE) style hearing aids, and what you’ll most likely see if you Google “hearing aid.” It is the shape of a “standard” hearing aid, which account for 8 of...
WebMD study confirms wearing hearing aids improves quality of life
Posted by Joe Francisco on March 20, 2018
We frequently tout the many benefits of wearing hearing aids — like improved relationships, increased confidence, reduced risk of cognitive decline and more — because we see and hear first-hand how hearing better changes a person’s life, and we want everyone with hearing loss to experience the same. Now, a WebMD® study confirms it. Watch this...
Help - Something's wrong with my hearing aid!
Posted by Joe Francisco on March 06, 2018
Like any electronic device, hearing aids will occasionally malfunction. Not to worry – we’re here to assist you in identifying minor hearing aid problems and how to troubleshoot them. This information may save you time and reduce frustration by helping you remedy some of these problems yourself, so you can continue receiving benefit from your hearing...
What's the difference between a cochlear implant and a hearing aid?
Posted by Joe Francisco on February 09, 2018
Cochlear implants and hearing aids are both medical devices used to treat sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss. While both devices treat hearing loss, hearing aids are much more common than cochlear implants. Hearing aids are used to successfully treat varying degrees of hearing loss, from mild to severe. Most people with hearing loss...
Understanding Your Hearing Aid Batteries Life-Span
Posted by Joe Francisco on February 01, 2018
One of the most annoying things that can happen with hearing aids is when you hear the tiny voice say “Low Battery.” But a lot of factors play into how quickly your hearing aid batteries are used. The quality of your hearing aid batteries can affect a lot of things: how long the batteries last before needing to be changed, the overall performance of the...
What are the differences in today's hearing aid styles?
Posted by Joe Francisco on January 19, 2018
There is a wide variety of hearing aid styles available in the market, especially in regards to their size and the way they're placed in or around your ear. When looking for hearing aids, all the information and options available can be overwhelming! To help, we’ve listed the most common styles of hearing aids available, along with some plusses and...
Q: What is a hearing aid dryer and do I need one?
Posted by Joe Francisco on January 10, 2018
A: Following your hearing professionals' recommendations on the care and maintenance of your hearing aids is important and can reduce the number of repairs required during the life of your hearing aids. Storing your hearing aids in a safe, dry place overnight can help prevent hearing aid malfunction caused by moisture and debris. That is why many hearing...
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