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New Year, New Ears!

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New Year, New Ears!

Welcome 2019! Many of you may have made new year’s resolutions, and hopefully they’re still going strong. Perhaps this is the year you’ve committed to better health, but have you considered your hearing health as a part of it? Good health and hearing are important for a good quality of life. So this year, we’re encouraging new year, new ears!

Book Your Hearing Assessment

The best way to start your journey toward better hearing is by booking in for a hearing assessment. If you’ve never had a hearing assessment, or if it’s been a while since your last one, we recommend booking an appointment. The process is simple and painless, but important for us to establish a baseline for your current hearing levels.

We recommend regular hearing assessments. We get our eyes checked on a yearly basis, and we suggest the same frequency for your ears. Changes in your hearing can be subtle and gradual, without symptoms and easily go unnoticed for long periods.

Treatment

Treatment for hearing loss depends on the condition, but most treatment options include hearing aids. Today’s devices have advanced so much that they can be barely visible. Some devices have Bluetooth enabled or wireless connectivity. They can be used in conjunction with apps, personal amplification devices, smart jewelry and clever products such as alarm clocks, a doorbell or your television too. At Clearwave Hearing, we have a variety of hearing aid devices to fit your lifestyle and needs.

Benefits

The benefits to looking after your hearing health are widespread. Hearing loss has been linked with depression, cognitive decline and the increased chances of accidents such as slips or trips. Some of the benefits of improved hearing health include:

  • Stronger relationships – If you struggle with hearing loss, you may be missing parts of the conversation. Improving your hearing will strengthen your communication, and subsequently relationships.
  • Improved safety – Your ears keep you safe in a number of ways. From alerting you to an approaching car, to alerts and alarms that may go off around your home. Hearing loss can hinder your ability to observe these sounds, but hearing aids are shown to help improve an individual’s safety.
  • Cognitive health and well-being – Research continues to show that untreated hearing loss can accelerate cognitive decline. However, treating the hearing loss can delay the onset of cognitive issues. Early treatment is the best preventative measure!

There are many more benefits to getting your hearing loss treated. If you’re ready for a new year, new ears, we’d love to book you in for a hearing assessment. Call today on (507) 208-7002, or click here to request an appointment.

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Is there a Link Between Sugary Food & Your Hearing Health?

Most of us are already aware that sugar isn’t good for our health. But can it impact your hearing health, or worsen the symptoms of tinnitus? The American Tinnitus Association [https://www.ata.org/] notes that although there is no clear evidence that sugar laden foods cause tinnitus, there are plenty of accounts from sufferers who report a worsening in symptoms after eating sugar-laden foods.

Blood Sugar Levels, Tinnitus And Your Hearing Health

Tinnitus itself is not an illness, but rather a symptom of something bigger. Often triggered by an underlying condition, hearing loss is the most common cause. However, tinnitus can also be a sign of something else. A change in your blood sugar levels, or hyperinsulinemia, can result in symptoms of tinnitus.

Recent studies have highlighted that high blood sugar (A1c levels) can damage blood vessels and nerves [source: http://trihealth.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=10&pid=10&gid=000009]. This has important implications for your overall ear health, given the network of small, sensitive blood vessels and nerves that make up your auditory system. Reduced blood flow to the vessels in your ear can result in hearing loss, which may also be accompanied by symptoms of tinnitus.

What Can You Do?

Understanding how sugary foods affects your body might be the first step in controlling that annoying ringing in your ears.

A surefire way to determine if there are foods that trigger your tinnitus is a detailed food journal. What have you eaten, what did you drink (including alcohol) and when. Then note down how your tinnitus symptoms were that day.

Yes, it can be time consuming, but if it improves the quality of your daily life it’s worth it!

If you start to see a pattern with a certain food or drink, the next step is to avoid consuming it for one full week. If your symptoms have lessened after this week, try a gradual reintroduction of the food or drink. Monitor your symptoms closely.

Over time by trialing different foods, alcohol or drinks you will get a clear understanding of how much of a treat you can enjoy, or if there are food items that you should avoid.

Other simple steps include:

  • Having a yearly hearing test
  • Exercising daily if you can
  • Managing your weight and eating healthily
  • Taking steps to reduce high blood pressure
  • Reducing or stopping smoking

Our bodies are truly remarkable things that we can tend to neglect. Alongside a healthy diet it is important to stay on top of your yearly health checks. If you know it’s time to book a hearing check, call us today on (507) 208-7002, or click here to request an appointment.

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Ten signs of hearing loss you can’t afford to miss

If you had hearing loss, would you know it? Not necessarily. Hearing loss often starts subtly and symptoms can take decades to manifest themselves as it progresses slowly over time. The most common type of hearing loss, age-related hearing loss (presbycusis), can shift so gradually that you may not realize how much you are missing. In fact, as hearing worsens, you may subconsciously adjust everyday activities and social interactions to cope with hearing difficulties. In time, you might not notice how gradually hearing loss has diminished your ability to live your life to its fullest. Luckily, you can do things to improve this situation and re-engage with loved ones.

Knowing the signs of hearing loss is key to success

There are many signs of hearing loss. It starts with everyday annoyances. Some are blatant, others are subtle. If you or a loved one are showing these signs, we encourage you to make an appointment for a complimentary hearing assessment.*

  1. “People are mumbling” – This could indicate hearing loss.

    You may notice that certain words are difficult to understand. People, especially women and children, may seem to be talking too softly or not enunciating their words. Chances are you find yourself saying, “What did you say?” all the time. If this sounds like you, you may be experiencing hearing loss.

  2. Are restaurants too loud?

    Restaurants are among the hardest places to navigate for people with untreated hearing loss. Background noises, such as clinking dishes, people speaking loudly at other tables and loud music all make it exceptionally challenging to follow a conversation.

  3. Social gatherings aren’t fun anymore

    People talking passionately, music, laughter and other competing sounds can make it harder to take part in get-togethers with family and friends. Perhaps you find yourself “sitting out” of the fun or heading home early. There is good news. You don’t have to. The professionals at Clear Wave Hearing Center can help you with ways to cope with hearing loss so you can enjoy the holidays with this simple guide to enjoying social events with hearing loss.

  4. Conversations take too much effort

    Are you exhausted at the end of the day, or a end of the meeting at work? The stress of straining to hear what others are saying can take its toll on your wellness.

  5. Telephone conversations are a struggle

    Telephone, and especially cell phone, transmission is not perfect. Most people can fill in the gaps. Hearing loss compounds the problem and you may struggle to take in the information. This may lead you to avoid phone calls and resort to texting.

  6. Hearing loss affects you and your loved ones

    Hearing loss can take an emotional toll on you and your loved ones. If one or more of these descriptions ring true to you, hearing loss may be the culprit.

  7. High volume is a sign of hearing loss

    Even if you think the volume is fine, if your family and friends complain that you turn up the volume too loud when you watch television or listen to music, you may be experiencing a well-known sign of hearing loss. Are you tired of the constant battle to enjoy TV with family or friends at a sound level that makes everyone happy? It might be worth it to check your hearing, if only to make your family happy.

  8. Are your ears ringing?

    Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is often the first sign of hearing loss. Tinnitus impacts people of all ages, and may be attributed to trauma, exposure to loud noise or illness. It might be a slight annoyance or make it difficult for you to concentrate, sleep, work and even maintain relationships. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 56% of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss.[i]

  9. You are out of balance – loss of balance is a sign of hearing loss

    Hearing loss may be a sign of an underlying condition that is also impairing your balance. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Universityii found that even a mild degree of hearing loss tripled the risk of an accidental fall.

  10. You are opting out of engaging with people

Is hearing loss putting you in solitary confinement? Have you noticed that you are embarrassed to meet new people? Perhaps you are afraid to join in because you may not understand what is being said. Perhaps you withdraw if it is easier to live without straining to hear people.

Other signs of hearing loss – You are not yourself

Have you felt depressed, distracted or unengaged? Hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression and other brain-related ailments, including stroke.

Take the first step to better hearing

Perhaps you’ve avoided getting treatment because you are afraid of the stigma that some people associate with hearing aids. That’s old-school thinking. Besides, today’s hearing aids are minicomputers that subtly fit your ears – and your lifestyle.

To get started, we encourage you to come in for a professional hearing assessment. Book an appointment to speak with a professional about addressing your hearing loss.*

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How Does Hearing Loss Affect Speech?

We often focus on how a hearing loss impacts our ability to hear what is said to us, or what is happening around us. Many are aware how common social isolation is in those who experience these difficulties. But what if your hearing loss is affecting your ability to speak with others?

Although affected speech is often seen in those who have had a hearing loss since childhood, it can also be an issue for adults with long term or severe hearing loss. This is especially noted when the hearing loss goes untreated.

Why Is Speech Affected?

As your hearing capability reduces, so do the frequencies at which you can hear sounds. When speaking and forming words, each verbal sound and letter is associated with a unique frequency range. When an individual with hearing loss loses the ability to hear the range, a couple of things happen. Initially, the letters, words and sounds that use or involve these frequencies become difficult to hear and harder to identify or understand.

If the hearing loss is left untreated, the brain begins to adjust to not being able to hear the sounds associated with these frequencies. This can impact how the brain interprets, and uses, speech. This relates to the close connection between the sounds that your ears hear, and how your brain subsequently interprets those same sounds.

So the letters and sounds you struggle to hear within words, you can begin to struggle to say.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

Having both a hearing loss and a speech impairment can lead to withdrawal, depression, anxiety and problems concentrating. Luckily, there are a number of techniques that you can apply. The first step is to ensure you’re fitted for the appropriate hearing aids. Other things include:

  • Reducing background noise, eliminating any unnecessary distractions.
  • Using gestures, visual cues and speak clearly and deliberately. Communicate in the easiest way for you, i.e. pointing, writing, sign language etc.
  • Seek out support groups.
  • Utilize assistive technology.

It can be difficult to accept that a hearing loss is having an impact on your day to day life. If you’re concerned that your hearing may be impacting your speech, our hearing care experts can help. Early treatment and detection is the best way to reduce the impact of hearing loss on your life. Our team is friendly and patient-focused; call today on (507) 208-7002, or click here to request an appointment.

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