The Speak Up Blog

  • Tips for Drivers with Hearing Loss

      The open road can be a dangerous place. Anyone getting into a car and turning on the ignition has a tremendous responsibility.  The life of the driver, passengers, pedestrians and other motorists are in many senses in a heightened state of vulnerability. Careful driving requires the engagement of visual and auditory senses to make read more

  • What to Expect at Your First Hearing Appointment

    Your appointment will last anywhere between 1 to 1 ½ hours.  Your provider will review your history, lifestyle, perform an otoscopic inspection of your ears, and then test your hearing in a sound booth.  If the evaluation reveals that you have hearing loss, the provider will need to determine whether or not you would benefit read more

  • Newborn Babies and Hearing Development

    Newborn babies and their hearing development is something we cannot overlook.  Nearly 50 babies with permanent hearing loss are born every day in the United States.  Early identification of children with hearing loss can make a huge difference.  The goal is to begin treatment as soon as possible, including hearing aids, speech and language therapy, read more

  • The Good Hearing Partnership

    The good hearing partnership is between you and the audiologist.  It also involves your family, friends, and co-workers.  But the most important partner is you.  You’ve probably taken the most important steps already.  You recognized that you have a hearing loss and have taken positive steps to make sure you’re hearing as well as possible. read more

  • Hear Better, Think Better

      Several studies have found a relationship between hearing loss and a decline in mental function in adults.  For example, a study conducted at the Johns Hopkin’s School of Medicine found “for individuals older than 60 years, more than one-third of the risk of dementia was associated with hearing loss.” The researchers suggested that using read more

  • Hearing My Favorite Television Show

    One of the biggest difficulties we often hear about is, “I have trouble hearing my favorite television show.” Television broadcasts use recording, processing and transmitting techniques that can make understanding speech more difficult for anyone.  That speech signal sent over the airways or through your cable system is not the same high-quality signal you hear read more