Infant HearingIt can be a tough prognosis to have a child diagnosed with hearing loss. There are so many decisions and next steps it can be hard to know where to start. To help your child start off in the right direction, it is important to have your infant or child fitted for hearing aids.

Of every 1,000 children born in the United States 2-3 are born deaf or with some degree of hearing loss. Children can also develop hearing loss later in childhood due to infection, medication, a genetic condition or exposure to loud noises.

Hearing health is so critical to young children because their brains are developing so rapidly. Sound is critical for developing normal brain pathways for hearing, speech and language. Language development depends on early listening and speaking. Exposure to language helps children pick up on words and spoken syntax and language structure. 

Spring HearingEach year, May is designated at Better Hearing and Speech Month, which makes it the perfect time to have your hearing checked if you have been experiencing hearing loss.

The negative impact hearing loss can have on your health and wellbeing stretches farther than most people may think. When untreated, research has shown that people with hearing loss develop negative psychological and social behaviors as well as suffer from a decrease in cognitive activity.

Some of the common social side effects of untreated hearing loss include:

Dating Hearing LossRegardless of age, dating can be a terrifying prospect. But seniors entering the dating scene might have specific concerns, like how to hear their date in a crowded restaurant.

It’s important to consider which dating techniques work best as we get older.

That’s why we’ve offered up five key tips for dating in your senior years with hearing loss.

Audiologist giving a hearing exam to an elderly woman

In the New Year, many of us pledge to eat better, save more money and exercise regularly. But consider adding hearing health to your list of resolutions in 2017.

Untreated hearing loss is an escalating epidemic, with the World Health Organization reporting that billions of people are at risk from exposure to loud sound levels at home, work and leisure activities like listening to music.

So this year, get started on the right track by making hearing loss resolutions to protect and preserve your hearing health.

1. Protect your ears
Guard against hearing damage from direct exposure to loud noise. At a rock concert, for example, you can limit the volume by using earplugs or taking rest breaks. Try increasing the distance from the sound source for healthy hearing down the line.

Holiday HearingHow to help a loved one who is denying their hearing loss.

It’s often common for a loved one to feel self-conscious about their hearing loss or even deny their need for hearing aids. This is an issue that many families face, especially with the holiday season upon us.

The holiday season can be a stressful and difficult time for everyone, even more so for those with hearing impairments. Large family gatherings and business parties provide a great chance to catch up with family and friends, but these and other crowded settings – like shopping malls – are challenging listening environments for those who wear hearing aids.