What’s that you say? You are having difficulty hearing on the telephone? Your family complains that the television’s volume is too loud?
You are not alone. About 18 percent of Americans between the ages of 45 and 54 have hearing impairments, according to the Hearing Health Foundation. And the incidence gets higher as the years go by, with 30 percent of adults between ages 65 and 74 — and 47 percent of those ages 75 and older — experiencing hearing loss...
When we set out to test hearing aids, we encountered the same challenges that hearing-aid shoppers face every day: a fragmented and confusing marketplace and difficulty sorting out good hearing-aid providers from less-capable ones.
We followed a dozen actual patients for six months as they shopped for and used hearing aids, conducted a national survey of 1,100 people who had bought a hearing aid in the past three years, and lab-tested the features of 44 hearing aids. Here's what we found...
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Many types of hearing aids exist. So which is best for you? Find out what to consider when choosing a hearing aid.
Perhaps you've thought about getting a hearing aid, but you're worried about how it will look and wonder whether it will really help. Knowing more about the hearing aid options available to you, what to look for when buying a hearing aid and how to break it in may help alleviate some of your concerns. ...
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... The history of digital hearing aids goes back to the 1980s, says , a scientist at Gallaudet University who also directs the government's . Bakke recalls helping to build a device that was "the size of a refrigerator."
But like all things digital, it shrank fast. By the 1990s, digital hearing aids had gotten small enough to wear behind the ear. And they've at least mitigated many of the problems that plagued earlier devices, Bakke says.
"In the old days, with an analog hearing aid, if something got too loud you got distortion," Bakke says.
Not anymore. Digital sound processing also has cut down on the annoying squawks caused by feedback. And modern hearing aids are programmed to amplify only those sound frequencies a person has trouble hearing.
The latest units even know which direction a sound is coming from, Bakke says. "Typically, there is a bubble of amplification in front of you and some suppression behind you," which mimics what our own ears do, Bakke says.
Features like directional listening are possible because today's hearing aids are controlled by tiny computers that analyze and manipulate sound. This allows them to do things like reduce the drone of an air conditioner while amplifying speech sounds. ...
Read the complete article here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/08/176225511/listen-up-to-smarter-smaller-hearing-aids
There are many different styles of hearing aids based on the physical shape and position within the ear. Before going to see an audiologist, it may be helpful to have knowledge of the basic functions and components of specific devices for hearing loss.
This custom-molded device fits into the ear canal with a smaller profile than the ITE device, but it is larger than CIC and IIC models. Individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss may be given this hearing aid; however, it doesn't tend to fit well in smaller ears. Because of its small size, some people may have difficulty adjusting its features, but it is easy to use with telephone features.
CIC models are made to fit directly into the ear canal and are ideal for people suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss. The only visible part of the instrument is a small handle-like protrusion that helps users insert and remove the device with ease. CIC hearing aids are the least noticeable in the ear, and because of their small profile, they don't often pick up wind noise. However, since this device is very small, it may not have the added features and the batteries typically don't last as long.
Read the complete article here: http://www.healthyhearing.com/report/51329-Know-the-distinctions-between-hearing-device-styles
Generally speaking, cochlear implants are for patients with severe-to-profound, sensorineural hearing loss. There are approximately 500,000 patients in the USA with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Cochlear implants are only recommended after the patient has tried the most powerful and most appropriately fit hearing aids, and has not shown sufficient benefit from hearing aids. Cochlear implants are devices that are “permanently” surgically implanted into the inner ear.
Cochlear implantation is a surgical procedure performed by otolaryngology surgeons. Cochlear implants have been FDA approved for almost two decades and the advances and improvements in the technology have been amazing. The Food and Drug Association (FDA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) recognize cochlear implants as safe and effective treatment for severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. Most insurance programs pay (at least partly) for cochlear implantation. Your audiologist, your otolaryngology surgeon and their appropriate office staff are experienced at managing insurance issues.
Appropriately identified adults as well as profoundly deaf children (starting at age 12 months) can be implanted. Research demonstrates that the earlier a deaf child is implanted, the better the long term result will be with respect to speech and language development. Following surgery, rehabilitation is necessary, as the child must learn to associate the sound signals with normal sounds. Regarding deaf adults, research suggests that adults who receive cochlear implants are less lonely, have less social anxiety, are more independent, have increased social and interpersonal skills, and of course, they hear better with the cochlear implant!
Cochlear implants are utilized in the patient who cannot benefit from hearing aids. The cochlear implant is a device used to bypass the nonfunctional inner ear and converts sound into electrical impulses that directly stimulate the cochlear nerve. The implant consists of an external portion comprised of a microphone, sound processor, and external coil and an internal portion that must be surgically implanted. The surgical procedure involves the placement of an internal receiver beneath the skin behind the ear, and stimulating electrode array, which is inserted into the cochlea or inner ear. The electrical signals are manipulated and controlled by an Atlanta audiologist to maximize speech perception. The brain interprets these electrical impulses as sound. Again, not all patients are surgical candidates, and not all cochlear implant recipients receive the same benefit.
It is important to remember that the vast majority of the patients who receive cochlear implants are actually “deaf” prior to implantation, and they have not been successful with traditional hearing aids. Your Atlanta hearing doctor is a very knowledgeable resource in regards to cochlear implants and will be happy to discuss them with you.
by Tanya Arbogast, ScD, and Susan Whichard, MS
Lyric is a new extended-wear, deep-canal, disposable device, offering 24/7 listening capabilities and 100% invisibility relative to cosmetics. It is also designed to provide solutions to many of the drawbacks encountered with traditional hearing aids with significant acoustic, practical, and cosmetic benefits.
Only 21.4% of the estimated 28 million hearing-impaired Americans utilize amplification regularly. Although advancements in hearing instruments have improved customer satisfaction, issues with sound quality, feedback, limited frequency response, occlusion, pain or irritation in the fitting, moisture, social stigma, and cosmetic issues persist. Additionally, there are hassles of hearing aid ownership include routine daily insertion and removal, replacement of batteries, telephone and earphone usage, wind noise, problems associated with cerumen, and migration of the instrument. Traditional devices are restricted in use during daily activities such as sleeping, showering, or exercising. These and other practical frustrations are constant reminders of one's hearing loss and communication deficit.
InSound Medical has developed a new category of hearing device designed specifically to address these issues. As a result of years of research and development, Lyric® was released into the market in 2008 as the first completely invisible, extended-wear, deep-canal hearing instrument. Make sure to ask your ear doctor about this revolutionary device.
The extended-wear feature provides the benefit of amplification on a round-the-clock basis for months at a time and freedom from multiple daily insertions/ removals, frequent battery changes, and cleaning. The deep-canal placement provides key acoustic benefits, as well as device imperceptibility. The Lyric's microphone picks up sound several millimeters inside the ear canal, allowing the pinna and concha to transform sound naturally before entering the device for amplification. The Lyric's receiver presents the amplified sound significantly closer to the tympanic membrane than traditional hearing aids, requiring less electronic gain. In addition, patients benefit from the unique ability to hear with Lyric 24/7 regardless of their activities and without disclosing their hearing loss to others.
This new hearing instrument is placed in the bony portion of the ear canal ~4 mm from the tympanic membrane by a trained audiologist, hearing aid dispenser, or ENT physician without the need for surgery or anesthesia. Lyric is available in multiple sizes to accommodate ear canals within a range of dimensions. The device is worn continuously (24/7) and requires no battery change for up to 120 days before device replacement. If required, it may be removed at any time by the patient or by the hearing care professional at their office.
The hearing instrument is purchased on a yearly subscription basis. A 1-year subscription includes all device replacements needed for the year. Lyric is removed and discarded when the battery is depleted or at 4 months, whichever comes first, and a new Lyric is inserted on the same day. Therefore, patients always receive the latest and best in Lyric technology during their subscription.
If you would like to learn more about hearing aid services in Atlanta, GA, please contact Dr. Sean Barak.
If you're a diabetic, you are accustomed to having routine health screenings by a licensed Atlanta audiologist for your kidneys, eyes and feet.
Newer research confirms it's a good idea to have your hearing checked, too.
In July 2008, the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss than those who don't have the disease. Even those who have elevated blood glucose levels but haven't yet developed diabetes are 30 percent more likely to have hearing loss than those with normal blood glucose levels!
Diabetes affects more than 26 million children and adults in the United States and is a major cause of heart disease and stroke as well as the most common cause of kidney failure, blindness and lower limb amputations in adults. According to the American Diabetes Association, seven million of these individuals do not know they have the disease and an additional 79 million have prediabetes, which puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting more than 90 percent of Americans with diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't use it properly.
Health professionals believe diabetes affects your hearing in a variety of ways:
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is warning consumers of the inherent risks associated with purchasing over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all hearing aids instead of consulting an Atlanta hearing doctor. Hearing loss is sometimes the symptom of a serious underlying medical problem. All 50 states require that consumers use a credentialed hearing care professional. For Atlanta hearing aid services, Dr. Sean Barak is fully licensed and credentialed.
BHI also points out that hearing devices that are purchased over-the-counter or Internet without the consultation of a hearing healthcare professional may result in the devices not being accurately customized to the specific hearing needs of the individual.
"Today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids should be programmed to the individual’s specific hearing loss requirements in order to provide good levels of benefit and customer satisfaction,” says Sergei Kochkin, BHI’s Executive Director. “The process requires a complete in-person hearing assessment in a sound booth; the training and skills of a credentialed hearing healthcare professional in order to prescriptively fit the hearing aids using sophisticated computer programs; and appropriate in-person follow-up and counseling. This is not possible when consumers purchase one-size-fits-all hearing aids over the Internet or elsewhere.”
Extensive research shows that individualized hearing health assessments and fittings programmed specific to the needs of the hearing aid user provide the best chance for optimal hearing enhancement and customer satisfaction.
“The best advice BHI can give anyone purchasing a hearing aid is to find a state credentialed hearing healthcare professional and to communicate openly during the evaluation, fitting and trial period to increase the likelihood that you are receiving the best possible benefit from your hearing aids,” says Kochkin. “It will make a tremendous difference in your ability to hear and in your quality of life.”
BHI has published a comprehensive consumer guide entitled, “Your Guide to Buying Hearing Aids.” (See www.betterhearing.org under hearing loss treatment). The guidelines give confidence to first-time hearing aid buyers by providing a detailed, step-by-step explanation of what to expect, ask, and look for when selecting and visiting a hearing healthcare professional and purchasing a hearing aid.
BHI also has published, “Your Guide to Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids,” the first comprehensive guide on how people can obtain financial assistance to purchase hearing aids.
Read more about buying hearing aids online and watch Healthy Hearing's video about internet hearing aid purchases.
More About Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids
The number of Americans with hearing loss has grown to more than 34 million—roughly 11 percent of the U.S. population. Over the past generation, hearing loss among Americans has increased at a rate of 160 percent of U.S. population growth and is one of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America today.
Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk of personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, and diminished psychological and overall health.
But the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from Atlanta hearing aid services right here in metro Atlanta, GA. In fact, eight out of ten hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life, according to a survey by BHI of more than 2,000 consumers.
Advances in digital technology have dramatically improved hearing aids in recent years, making them smaller with better sound quality. Designs are modern, sleek, and discreet. Clarity, greater directionality, better speech audibility in a variety of environments, better cell phone compatibility, less whistling and feedback than hearing aids of the past, and greater ruggedness for active lifestyles are common features.
If you would like to learn more about Atlanta Audiologist Dr. Sean Barak, please visit: www.atlantahearingaidcenter.com.
The prevalence of tinnitus is no secret in today’s society, with – according to the American Tinnitus Association – more than 50 million people in the United States alone suffering from the condition.
At the same time, accurately diagnosing tinnitus can be challenging, says Curtis Amann, vice president of marketing and sales for Neuromonics, Inc. Described as ringing in the ears when no external sounds are present, tinnitus symptoms are different for each person, Amann said, and can include ringing, buzzing, humming, roaring, or whistling sounds.
Understanding the populations that are at greatest risk for tinnitus can help individuals determine whether they may have the condition. At-risk individuals also can try and lessen exposure to the conditions that may have caused, or are contributing to, their tinnitus.
Military – Usually brought on by exposure to loud noise, tinnitus is especially significant in the military. More than 34 percent of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from the condition, now the No. 1 service-connected disability for veterans from all periods of service. Since 2005, the number of veterans receiving service-connected disability for tinnitus has increased by at least 15 percent each year, according to the American Tinnitus Association. The total number of veterans awarded disability compensation for tinnitus at the end of 2010 surpassed 744,000.
Musicians and music lovers – Any kind of music, ranging from classical to heavy metal, can be too loud. Performers, audio engineers and listeners of all types of music are at risk for noise-induced tinnitus. As technology helps weave music into almost every facet of life, the danger of music that is too loud continues to increase. Individuals will not begin to suffer from tinnitus in the short run; the condition arises as a cumulative effect of noise over a period of years and therefore we recommend strongly to invest in musician ear plugs.
Individuals who work near loud equipment – Those who work, or who have previously worked, with aircraft, or loud machinery or other equipment constitute another significant at-risk group. Despite better regulations to control noise levels in the workplace, and hearing protection devices, continual exposure over time to noisy environments may contribute to the incidence of tinnitus.
Seniors – Tinnitus is prevalent as one of many age-related hearing problems in the older population. Causes likely include the cumulative effect of loud noises and general noise pollution over the years.
“We live in an extraordinarily noisy world that is getting noisier by the day,” says Amann. “Tinnitus can strike anyone, at any time, but for individuals particularly at risk, it is important to be aware of the condition, and to take precautions to mitigate levels of noise exposure.” It is highly recommended that those who work or spend significant time in noisy places should consider investing in custom ear plugs.
Today, there is greater hope for tinnitus sufferers, with more effective treatments on the market, explains Amann. Professional Atlanta audiologists can help at-risk individuals determining whether or not they have tinnitus, and if so, what level, and what treatments are best-suited for them.
If you are seeking tinnitus treatment near Altanta, GA, please contact Atlanta hearing doctor Dr. Sean Barak today. Dr. Barak is a board-certified Atlanta audiologist who specializes in tinnitus treatment.
If you've been enjoying the benefits of hearing aids since Bill Clinton was president there are some surprises out there – the kind of surprise that'll make you smile.
Hearing aids are more automated, more intuitive, interactive, powerful, smaller, lighter, discrete, showy, personal and the basis for a better quality of life - not only for the hearing aid wearer - but the wearer's family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and the folks around town.
So if you are someone who wears hearing aids and are thinking about new ones, then it's time to get excited as technology has taken hearing to an entirely new level. And for those of you who haven't worn hearing aids before – well lucky you, your hearing will be starting off eons ahead of where others have had to start in the past.
It's a sound filled life and you don't want to miss a thing, now do you?
Advanced digital Atlanta hearing aid technology is designed to integrate into your life quickly and seamlessly. You plug in each morning, unplug at bedtime. All that in-between time we call "life," those hearing aids are delivering quality sound, sure, but with today's high-tech technology, sound quality is just the beginning – something you should know before you contact an Atlanta audiologist or hearing aid practitioner for a consult and hearing screening to determine the extent and nature of your hearing loss.
Once you know what's happening, ear-wise, today's consumer has lots of options thanks to computer-assisted hearing, wireless connectivity and everything from invisible hearing aids to totally tricked out fashion statements that just happen to be hearing aids.
Today, even entry-level models are feature rich, delivering a more natural, comfortable listening experience and improving life for everyone from infants to seniors. Hearing is back, and you want some of it.
Today's quality Atlanta hearing aids are equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology, enabling your hearing aids to become a cell phone, a GPS receiver, TV sound amplifier – any wireless device, from MP3 players to concert halls hard-wired for digital communications with your ear gear.
This means you always stay in touch and know what's going on, which is especially nice when you want to keep your job. A good pair of hearing aids are the best investment you'll ever make because they'll keep you on the job longer, more than paying for that investment.
Wireless tech is also used in more sophisticated hearing aids to produce more natural, organic sound – the way your ears hear naturally (or used to, anyway). Sound arrives at one ear a split second before it reaches the other ear on the other side of your head. The split second sound delivery time enables the hearing centers of the brain to determine the location or source of the sound – a throwback to our prehistoric ancestors who needed to know the location of the dangers around them. Today, we hear the way humans have heard for millennia, and hearing aid manufacturers have replicated this spatial placement through the use of wireless tech.
How? The wonders of digital technology. Some digital hearing aids 'talk" to each other, sending wireless signals back and forth to deliver true, natural stereo sound. These high-tech entries in the hearing aid market mimic natural hearing through the use of wireless tech, delivering more natural sound in the most unobtrusive manner. One example of digital hearing aids today are the Oticon Agil hearing aids.
Agil hearing aids allow for spatial hearing, meaning the hearing aids work together to deliver sound naturally to both of the ears so your brain hears as it should – not interrupted by hearing aid processing difference between ears. The result? Natural sound quality, improved ability to hear in background noise and increased satisfaction.
Today, hearing aids are tiny computers that actually learn your preferences so the longer you wear them, the better they get to know your likes and dislikes.
Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a study by Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. The findings, the researchers say, could lead to new ways to combat dementia, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide and carries heavy societal burdens.
Although the reason for the link between the two conditions is unknown, the investigators suggest that a common pathology may underlie both or that the strain of decoding sounds over the years may overwhelm the brains of people with hearing loss, leaving them more vulnerable to dementia. They also speculate that hearing loss could lead to dementia by making individuals more socially isolated, a known risk factor for dementia and other cognitive disorders. If you are suffering from hearing loss and are seeking a hearing doctor in Atlanta, GA, please contact Advanced Audiology today.
Whatever the cause, the scientists report, their finding may offer a starting point for interventions — even as simple as hearing aids — that could delay or prevent dementia by improving patients’ hearing. If you would like to speak with with an Atlanta Audiologist regarding hearing aid services in Atlanta, GA, please contact Advanced Audiology. “Researchers have looked at what affects hearing loss, but few have looked at how hearing loss affects cognitive brain function,” says study leader Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Otology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “There hasn’t been much crosstalk between otologists and geriatricians, so it’s been unclear whether hearing loss and dementia are related.”
To make the connection, Lin and his colleagues used data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging (BLSA). The BLSA, initiated by the National Institute on Aging in 1958, has tracked various health factors in thousands of men and women over decades.
The new study, published in the February Archives of Neurology, focused on 639 people whose hearing and cognitive abilities were tested as part of the BLSA between 1990 and 1994. While about a quarter of the volunteers had some hearing loss at the start of the study, none had dementia.
These volunteers were then closely followed with repeat examinations every one to two years, and by 2008, 58 of them had developed dementia. The researchers found that study participants with hearing loss at the beginning of the study were significantly more likely to develop dementia by the end. Compared with volunteers with normal hearing, those with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss had twofold, threefold, and fivefold, respectively, the risk of developing dementia over time. The more hearing loss they had, the higher their likelihood of developing the memory-robbing disease.
Even after the researchers took into account other factors that are associated with risk of dementia, including diabetes, high blood pressure, age, sex and race, Lin explains, hearing loss and dementia were still strongly connected.
“A lot of people ignore hearing loss because it’s such a slow and insidious process as we age,” Lin says. “Even if people feel as if they are not affected, we’re showing that it may well be a more serious problem .”
The research was supported by the intramural research program of the National Institute on Aging.
If you are concerned about hearing loss, please contact Dr. Sean Barak, recognized as one of the best Atlanta hearing doctors. Dr. Barak will be pleased to assist you with a personal consultation, hearing screening and premier Atlanta hearing aid services.
While it's a reality that approximately 36 million American adults suffer from some kind of hearing loss, only about 1 in 5 individuals who could benefit from a hearing aid really wears a one. These figures are reported by the National Institute on Deafness and also other Communication Disorders. The reluctance for individuals to put on a hearing aid and drastically strengthen their lives stems from myths that have come to be commonplace in our society either thanks to misinformed hearsay or media influence. Following are a few of the widespread myths about hearing loss solutions, which we as Advanced Audiology would like to dispel among the public at substantial:
Hearing aids will make me appear "older" and "handicapped."
Hearing aid producers are well aware that cosmetics is an problem for some people, and that is certainly why these days we have Atlanta hearing aids that fit completely inside the ear canal. This CIC style of hearing aid has adequate power and special features to satisfy most people with hearing impairment. Study shows that 90% of customers perceive these CICs to become completely invisible. According to your hearing requirements along with the physical characteristics of one's ears, you might be a candidate for these devices. If you're not, in-the-canal (ITC) devices, that are only slightly larger are able to fit many peoples’ ears without undue cosmetic appearance. But a lot more importantly, bear in mind that "an untreated hearing loss is extra apparent than a hearing aid." Smiling and nodding your head any time you don't have an understanding of what's getting mentioned, tends to make your situation much more apparent than the largest hearing aid. Atlanta hearing doctors are committed to helping our patients come across essentially the most aesthetic and comfortable Atlanta hearing aid which they're going to be happy to put on daily.
Hearing aids will make everything sound loud.
At one time, the way that hearing aids were created, it was necessary to turn up the power so that you can hear soft speech (or other soft sounds). Then, standard conversation indeed would have already been too loud. With today's Atlanta hearing aids, nevertheless, the circuit operates automatically, only supplying the quantity of amplification required based on the input level. In reality, many Atlanta hearing aids today don't possess a volume control.
Only folks with significant hearing loss need to have hearing aids.
The requirement for hearing amplification is dependent on your life-style, your will need for refined hearing, and the degree of one's hearing loss. Should you be a lawyer, teacher or a group psychotherapist, where very refined hearing is necessary to discern the nuances of human communication, then even a mild hearing loss may be intolerable. It is actually quite significant to do not forget that early intervention in hearing loss prevents the brain from forgetting what to do as with time, reduced stimulation to the ears and brain can essentially impair the brain’s capacity to method sound and recognize speech. When speech recognition deteriorates, it is only partially recoverable with hearing aids in place. Not arresting hearing loss at an early stage can cause anxiousness, insecurity, isolation and depression as folks gradually withdraw from loved ones and pals. For the reason that with no auditory make contact with, they lose the feeling of being connected. We at Atlanta hearing physicians are committed to assist patients arrest and recover hearing loss and remain connected to their loved ones.
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It is hard to account for missed words in a conversation or the details of a discussion. You can’t put a price on little whispers or the voice of a loved one. However, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), the Audiology industry’s hearing health force that provides research and education to the public, recently conducted an in-depth survey of 44,000 households to demonstrate that hearing loss, left untreated, has a significant impact on earnings – about a $100 billion a year.
BHI found that as much as $23,000 per person, per year on average, is lost depending on the severity of the hearing loss. The study stated that “the average amount of income lost by working people who don’t get hearing aids ranges from $1,000 a year – for those with mild hearing loss – to $12,000 a year for those with profound hearing loss.” BHI also found that those who wear hearing aids reduce that average loss by 50 percent.
Most people with hearing loss are still in the workforce. In fact, two out of three people with hearing difficulties are below retirement age. The study stated further, “Getting a hearing aid at a younger age may also help reduce the chance of losing income. Many think of hearing loss as something that happens mainly to older people. However, most people with this problem are in the prime of their life, including one out of six baby boomers (ages 41-59) and one out of 14 Gen-Xers (ages 29-40).”
The question lingers, why do only one out of four Americans with hearing difficulties look into their treatment options? With the changes in our economy, many baby boomers and seniors are finding the need to stay in the work force longer than they originally planned. These individuals would benefit greatly from the recent advancements in hearing aid technology. Dr. Barak advises, “if you should have any questions regarding your hearing, the first step is to have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist, and with some of the new technologies available, you might even be able to have a demonstration at your first visit.”
Other research has also shown that hearing difficulties disrupt family life, hamper emotional intimacy, and increase the chance of psychological problems. We encourage you to learn more about hearing by visiting the BHI website, www.betterhearing.org or locally at www.heargeorgia.com
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