Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Hearing Aids

Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Hearing Aids

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids, Tips & Tricks

Summer is here which means it’s time to enjoy the sun and outdoors. While this time of year is exciting, it can also pose challenges for hearing aid wearers. Warmer weather and outdoor activities can impact hearing aids and their performance. It is important to practice maintenance and safety tips that protect your device, supporting their optimal performance while you …

Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

May marks Better Hearing and Speech Month! This month is all about raising awareness and taking action toward treating hearing loss. Organized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the theme of this year’s campaign is Connecting People. We want you to know how you can access the resources and services that can transform your hearing health. Over 48 million people …

For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Research

Many of us take over-the-counter painkillers when needed to alleviate the symptoms we’re experiencing. Painkillers can be a helpful way to provide relief when experiencing severe pain, inflammation, and/or discomfort. But it is also important to be aware of potential side effects and the impact of painkiller use. You may be surprised to learn that taking over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen …

Tips on How to Support a Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

Tips on How to Support a Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

Do you have a loved one with hearing loss who lives in a nursing home? It is important to know that there are useful ways you can provide support, contributing to their care. Support hearing loss treatment. Though hearing loss is the third most common chronic medical condition older adults experience, it is widely underdiagnosed. In fact, it is estimated …

Hearing Aids Can Improve Depressive SymptomsHearing Aids Can Improve Depressive Symptoms

Hearing Aids Can Improve Depressive Symptoms

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Aids

The impact of hearing loss is often minimized to experiencing hearing challenges. But these hearing challenges can affect every aspect of an individual’s life. Communication is an essential way we navigate our daily lives and make sense of the world. Hearing loss symptoms strain communication by making it difficult to hear and process sound. Conversations, social interactions, and spending time …

Head Injuries and Hearing Loss

Head Injuries and Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are nearly 3 million cases of head injuries every year.  At least 1 million of these are traumatic brain injuries that lead to hospitalization. Head injuries, including mild concussions,  can impact health in a variety of ways including reducing cognitive functions and causing challenges with mobility. Less recognized is …

How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health

Hearing loss is an often under-recognized complication of smoking and drinking. Research shows that smoking and drinking can take a toll on hearing health by increasing the risk of developing hearing loss. Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic medical conditions that people experience today. Impacting nearly 48 million people, hearing loss has multifaceted effects on health and …

A Link between Hearing Loss & Diabetes

A Link Between Hearing Loss & Diabetes

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Loss

Studies show that people with diabetes can be twice as likely to develop hearing loss. More than 37 million people have diabetes in the U.S. and 133 million people are prediabetic according to the American Diabetes Association. Learning the early signs of hearing loss and practicing ways to reduce your risk are important ways you can protect your health.  Research …

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are an essential tool used by millions of people to comfortably navigate daily life. They are highly durable devices that can last up to 7 years. The lifespan of hearing aids depends on a few factors including how well they are maintained, the impact of daily wear and tear, and the specific type of device you have. Knowing …