Hearing Loss and Mental Health

  Since the mid-90’s medical studies have shown a high correlation between mental health and hearing loss in our senior population. However a recent study conducted by the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, (online, JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, March, 2014) shows new findings that the greater the hearing loss, the…

How to Choose a Hearing Aid

  In the ever-changing marketplace of technology, innovation and healthcare, one may not initially think that “hearing aids” are part of this evolution. However in the past decade the development of true hearing solutions for hearing loss have expanded to vastly improve communication in challenging noisy environments, reduced the need for volume controls, are Bluetooth…

How to Choose an Audiologist

  In today’s hearing healthcare world there are many choices for hearing providers.  Statistical facts are that the national average for noticing “some” hearing loss to ultimately seeking treatment for the hearing loss is typically 5-7 years. When the decision is finally made to improve everyday communication and lifestyle with better hearing, it is then…

Maria Shriver and Rob Lowe Talk Long Term Care

  It’s refreshing to see celebrities coming together to generate more attention to senior care and open the difficult discussion of long term care.  So often our industry sees many who are in long term care with no regard to their continued hearing health, which is very important in communication, especially in ongoing care situations.  With…

Use It or Lose It

  The importance of paying attention to your hearing in day-to-day communication By: Dr. Soriya Estes The rustling of wind through the trees, the fullness of the Austin Symphony as the piccolos and flutes chase the violins, the punch line of a joke during cocktail hour and the dramatic declaration during the cliffhanger of Downtown Abbey:…

Insurance and Hearing Care

Does Hearing Insurance Exist? Insurance can be a wonderful thing.  What’s not always wonderful is trying to figure out what is covered by insurance, especially when it comes to the ‘other’ coverages like dental, vision and hearing.  Hearing care is being more widely accepted as a necessary medical expense and that is translating in to more…

Hearing Health and Your Heart

Love Your Heart, Test Your Hearing for World Heart Day, the Better Hearing Institute Urges Washington, DC, September 16, 2014—Your heart and hearing may have more in common than you realize says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), which is raising awareness of the link between hearing loss and cardiovascular disease for World Heart Day, September 29. A…