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Hearing aids can affect certain chronic illnesses

September 21, 2022

In 2018, a team from the University of Michigan studied a group of older adults who reported they had severe hearing loss to see if hearing aid use impacted how they use our health care system. Some in the group treated their hearing loss with hearing aids, while others did not. Knowing that hearing aids can be a significant investment, the team was curious to find out if the cost of hearing aids was offset ...

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Hear better — age better

September 2, 2022

Don't we all want to stay healthy and happy as we age? And we all know many of the obvious ways to do it — like exercising, eating right, not smoking and getting enough sleep.  But did you know our hearing also plays a role in healthy aging? Since September is Healthy Aging Month (bet you didn’t know that?), we thought we’d share four ways hearing better can help you age better.  1 ...

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Everything you need to know about swimmer’s ear

August 15, 2022

Summer is upon us and now, more than ever, we’re looking forward to enjoying outdoor activities — particularly water sports! Unfortunately, with water sports, we also see an increase in swimmer’s ear.   What is swimmer’s ear?  Swimmer’s ear is an infection found in the outer ear canal, the area that extends from the outer ear (pinna) to the eardrum (tympanic membrane). The medical term for swimmer’s ear is otitis externa. Swimmer ...

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Hearing aids are linked to a lower risk of falls

August 1, 2022

Falls are some of the scariest and most frequent injuries suffered by older adults. According to the CDC: • One quarter of people over 65 fall each year • Three million older people go to the ER each year for falls • One in five falls causes a serious injury • Falls account for over $50 billion in medical costs each year   There are many reasons why older adults are more prone to falls — from weakness or medication side ...

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It’s better to treat hearing loss sooner

July 15, 2022

A few years back, a New York Times article pleaded that the treatment of hearing loss needs “to be taken much more seriously.” Much of the article’s basis for that plea were the numerous mental and physical health consequences of letting hearing loss go untreated, including increased odds of depression, falling, emergency room visits, and, of course, dementia. All are correlations that have been studied broadly and that we dig into regularly in this ...

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Hearing loss and depression — is there a link?

July 1, 2022

We don’t need clinical evidence to understand that hearing loss can lead to depression. It's the transitive property of addition brought to life: if a=b and b=c, then a=c.      a. If you’re experiencing hearing loss, there’s a good chance you’ll purposefully minimize or avoid social situations (because hearing is a challenge which makes socializing less fun).       b. Avoiding social situations and interactions can lead to social isolation ...

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More people over 70 have hearing loss than don’t

June 16, 2022

As humans age, numerous things become inevitable. Our hair will gray. Our bones will weaken. Dinners will be eaten earlier. And our hearing abilities won’t be what they once were. In case seeing-it-with-your-own-eyes isn’t enough to convince you that this future holds true, statistics like today’s hearing fact should. Research shows that more than two-thirds of adults 70 and older have clinically meaningful hearing loss — meaning your odds of having hearing loss ...

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Enjoy hands-free phone conversations — using your hearing aids

June 1, 2022

Can you enjoy hands-free phone conversations with your current hearing aids? If those current hearing aids are Evolv AI, then the answer is yes! We’re excited to announce the newest feature in our already feature-packed Evolv AI hearing aids — 2-Way Audio. With 2-Way Audio, the microphone in your Evolv AI hearing aids pick up and can stream your voice directly back to your iPhone and iPad*. You’ve always been able to hear what ...

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Hearing aid use associated with positive cognitive health results

May 17, 2022

Several studies have concluded that “untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by 50%.” This link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline has been a growing topic of discussion in the medical world for a while now — our own Dr. Archelle Georgiou even discussed it in a recent podcast. We know definitively that many potential “consequences” of untreated hearing loss — like social isolation and cognitive load — ¬are factors that increase the risk ...

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Can ear infections cause hearing loss?

May 4, 2022

Hearing loss can be caused by several different factors including aging, injury, noise exposure, and even heredity. Those factors affect the auditory nerve, causing sensorineural hearing loss, which is the most common type of hearing loss. But there is a second, less common type of hearing loss, known as conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss affects the outer or middle ear rather than the auditory nerve, the way sensorineural hearing loss does. Conductive hearing loss ...

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