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May 2018

3 Reasons You Need Rechargeable Hearing Aids

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Do you remember what it was like before you had your hearing aids? It was difficult to hear someone in a crowded room. Listening to music wasn’t as enjoyable as you wanted it to be. Talking to someone on the phone was frustrating.

And then you were fit for hearing aids. It was life-changing, wasn’t it?

As the technology around hearing aids continues to grow, so do your device options. You can choose the color, the style, the size. You can even buy hearing aids that are nearly invisible to the naked eye.

Taking care of your devices is of utmost importance. Keeping them clean means you will have high-quality sound. Replacing your batteries when needed means you won’t have to go without your hearing aids.

What if we told you there are now devices that don’t need new batteries every few days? What if you could just recharge them?

Rechargeable hearing aids are now available, and we think their breakthrough technology could make a world of difference. You need these hearing aids. Here’s why:

1. No more worrying about replacement batteries.

Have you ever run out of replacement batteries for your devices? It’s not fun. Running to the store or making the trip to your audiologist’s office is not ideal when you have things to do. Being able to hear is important, and you don’t have time for batteries that need replaced often.

Phonak, a hearing aid company, has created rechargeable devices that make your life easier. They have a built-in lithium-ion battery that is fully charged when it’s plugged in for 3 hours–meaning you get 24 hours of use. Whenever the battery gets low, you plug them in, no matter where you are. Simple as that!

2. You have more options.

What if you forget to plug your devices in before bed? You’re left with a predicament, and it’s no different than if you had batteries that needed replaced frequently.

If you have Oticon OPN hearing devices, you now have the option to go rechargeable. The battery drawer in your devices can be removed and replaced with ZPower rechargeable batteries. What’s even better, if you ever forget to recharge, simply replace them with the regular batteries that you used before.

3. You’ll be more efficient than ever.

Replacing your batteries frequently means two things: you’re throwing away old batteries often, and you’re spending money to buy new batteries. Going rechargeable will make a positive impact on the environment and your budget.

The ZPower batteries, specifically used with Oticon OPN devices, are fully-recyclable batteries and mercury-free. Better yet, they can be recharged hundreds of times before they start losing any significant energy.

Phonak Rechargeable hearing aids are tested to last for 6 years and are more reliable than batteries you need to replace more frequently.

Your hearing aids changed your life once, and now they can change your life again. Making the change to rechargeable batteries will make your life so much easier.

Contact us at Associates in Hearing to learn more about these devices and batteries so you can stop worrying and start living. Give us a call today!

The Stories of Syria RECAP: Art & Hearing Loss

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In March 2011 an estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes due to the outbreak of the civil war. Now, in the sixth year of war, 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance within the country. On May 15th we hosted an Art Show at the Indian Valley Country Club displaying art pieces created by Syrian Refugee children. The purpose of this show, which will be moved to the Associates in Hearing office for at least the next month was to raise awareness about the refugees and to raise funds for future trips.

In case you missed the show here are three ways you can still make an impact:

1. Spread the word!: Treating hearing healthcare in places where it’s uncommon is not easy. Through donations and support, we can change lives everywhere, and that’s possible when people know about it.

2. Buy a print or make a donation: Every dollar raised goes to a good cause. Whether it’s directly to the Syrian children and their families or helping fund our mission trips across the world, your money helps people receive the care they need.

3. Donate your old hearing aids: Old devices may not be useful for you, but through Entheos, we can refurbish old devices so people with hearing loss can be properly treated. Bring them with you to the show or drop them off at our office anytime!

Check out the photos from the art show below!

How Do You Stop the Ringing in Your Ears?

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Do you hear it? The ringing, whooshing, buzzing, ever-constant noise in your ears? You’re not alone. Nearly 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus.

But, if you do experience some sort of ringing in your ears, it’s no walk in the park. It’s certainly not fun to hear a noise in your ears when you don’t want to. Let’s explore exactly what tinnitus is, what causes it, and how you can stop it.

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a sound heard in your ears that is not caused by any external noise. “It appears sometimes randomly,” Dr. Patricia Reiff says, one of our audiologists at Associates in Hearing. “It can be frightening when you first experience it because you’re not sure where it came from or why it started.”

One of the characteristics of this affliction is how the sound heard in one’s ears can vary from person to person. It can be a ringing, buzzing, whooshing, hissing, or clicking sound. It can vary in pitch, how frequently in occurs, and it can be temporary or ongoing.

What Causes It?

The sound in your ears could be caused by a number of things. You might experience it if you have sudden, traumatic hearing loss, like being exposed to a loud speaker. It could be a gradual symptom of hearing loss. It could even be a result of an underlying medical issue.

When you visit our offices for your tinnitus, we make sure to rule out any serious causes. “We evaluate the patient, see if there’s hearing loss, and test the outer and middle ear system. Once we rule out any medical issues that would need attention, we can treat the tinnitus,” Dr. Reiff explains.

In most cases, tinnitus can be treated so that it is not a major, debilitating issue.

How Do You Stop It?

Well, the bad news is, sometimes you can’t stop the ringing. Sometimes tinnitus is just something you have to live with. The good news is there are measures you can take to keep tinnitus from causing you frustration.

Once you’ve been evaluated in our office, and we’ve been able to pinpoint what’s causing the noise in your ears, we can move forward in two ways: counseling and useful techniques to live comfortably with tinnitus.

Dr. Reiff explains how these two steps can be helpful: “Through counseling, we can assure there’s nothing to worry about, and any kind of lifestyle changes can be helpful. If they have hearing loss, hearing aids can help mask tinnitus or at least make it less noticeable. In a lot of cases, we can enhance residual hearing (giving the patient more hearing in their spectrum of sound) so ringing isn’t as noticeable.”

A comfortable, happy life is possible with tinnitus! When you take the time to have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist, you can receive treatment that will reduce the impact tinnitus has on your everyday life. Through professional treatment, you can eventually become less and less aware of that ringing and get back to enjoying your life.

Don’t let that ringing in your ears keep you from doing all the things you love. If you’d like help treating your tinnitus, give us a call today. Our audiologists would love to help you get back to living your life and living it to the fullest.