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Exercise for Your Ears?

Submitted by Sound Choice Hearing Clinic There are hundreds of benefits from daily exercise. We know that daily aerobic exercise improves brain function, helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, helps regulate insulin levels, and slows aging. Just as a healthy body is fostered through proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate rest, and good hygienic practices, so […]

Summer Dos and Don’ts for Hearing Aid Wearers

Submitted by Sound Choice Hearing Clinic While many of us had our doubts, summer is finally here! We look forward to this season because it gives us the opportunity to indulge in activities requiring warm, sunny days, like boating, swimming, hiking, and traveling. Wearing hearing aids shouldn’t keep you from enjoying yourself, but it is […]

Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

By Ellen Verlo, M.A., CCC-A, Audiology Consultants This question is asked more than any other. The answer is no. There is no simple explanation. A quick overview of Medicare and coverage reveals some complicated answers. Hearing aids are considered to be elective. They are Class I medical devices, not durable medical devices. They are not […]

May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Approximately 46 million Americans experience some form of communication disorder. Communication disorders can compromise physical and emotional health and affect the social, educational, vocational, and recreational aspects of life. To raise awareness about communication disorders, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) joins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in observing Better Hearing […]

The Lifespan of a Hearing Aid

By Emily Steffel, Au.D., CCC-A, Audiology Consultants, P.C. Q:    I just bought some hearing aids. How long do they last? What can I do to help them last?   A:    On average, hearing aids are typically replaced about every five to seven years, with some being replaced as soon as two to three years, and […]

3 Serious Medical Conditions Associated With Hearing Loss

Submitted by Central Illinois Hearing and Balance Center Think you might have hearing loss? It turns out procrastinating about that hearing test appointment may put more than just your hearing at risk. Primary care doctors now know hearing loss may be a symptom of another, more serious medical condition. Over the past decade, studies have […]

Can Hearing Loss Increase My Chances of Falling?

By Laura Mergen, Au.D, CCC-A In the vast majority of cases, the short answer is no, hearing loss cannot increase your chances of falling or affect your balance in any way. There are a few occasions when hearing loss and dizziness may happen at the same time. In these cases, there is generally a very […]

6 Essential Things to Know When Buying Hearing Aids

Submitted by Central Illinois Hearing and Balance Center Being an informed healthcare consumer is hard work. There is information everywhere, but how do you sift through it and make sense of it all? How do you know what is reliable and what isn’t? Sorting through the noise when buying hearing aids is no exception. In […]

Earwax: It’s Good for Something!

By Laura Mergen, Au.D., CCC-A, Audiology Consultants Sometimes, it seems like people are obsessed with their earwax: how much they have, what color or consistency it is, and how to clean it out of their ears. When I tell patients that wax serves a purpose and is there for a reason, they tend to be […]