Mother’s Hearing Must be Good

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* HEARING LOSS NEWS & INFORMATION

A mother’s hearing is really important. The first time our mother’s ears are used is when we hear the baby’s heart beat at the first doctor appointment after getting pregnant.   The next time is during the birthing classes and we are being told what to expect during the pregnancy, labor, and delivery.   When we go to see the ultrasound, we …

What do Easter and Hearing Have in Common?

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* HEARING LOSS NEWS & INFORMATION

Many people, due to the commercialization of the Easter Holiday, think of Easter Bunnies.  Since bunnies are generally small animals and very vulnerable to the dangerous environment they live in, they were designed with big floppy ears. These beautiful long ears don’t just make them look good, but they provide an outstanding hearing ability.  They can hear sounds that are …

Background Noise – Do Hearing Aids Eliminate It?

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* HEARING LOSS NEWS & INFORMATION

The answer to this is:  No. Hearing aids do not eliminate background noise. I saw an advertisement recently from one of the many franchised hearing aid companies.   It read: “Imagine eliminating background noise.”    Almost every hearing aid wearer complains about background noise, and eliminating it is part of every hearing aid engineer’s imagination. If you remember when you were younger, …

Valentine’s Dinner Tips

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* HEARING LOSS NEWS & INFORMATION

When you take your sweetheart out to dinner for Valentine’s day you may want to keep these tips in mind whether you have hearing loss and hearing aids or not. Despite the significant improvements in hearing technology, people still have difficulties hearing in restaurants. Trying the following suggestions may help: 1. Plan by picking a quieter restaurant.  For example, unless …

Healthy Hearing New Year Resolutions

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* HEARING LOSS NEWS & INFORMATION

This is the time of the year that nearly everyone thinks of Healthy Hearing New Year’s Resolutions.    You may have already scheduled your annual physical, your vision exam, your teeth cleaning, and your weigh and measure at the gym.   Have you have thought about adding a hearing test to that list?   It is recommended that everyone have a baseline hearing …

How Can I Improve On My Hearing Aid Battery Life?

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* Hearing Aids

There actually are several things that you can do to increase your hearing aid battery life and things you should not do that would negatively affect your hearing aid batteries. Following these Hearing Aid Battery Tips will help: Since the hearing aid batteries are activated by the air, waiting 10 Minutes before you close the battery door after you take …

“I Can Hear You, I Just Can’t Understand What You Are Saying!”

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* HEARING LOSS NEWS & INFORMATION

As a hearing professional, we often have patients that simply cannot understand speech, even with state of the art hearing aids.  People with normal hearing can also have problems understanding speech. A recent study helps explain this problem. Researchers from the University of Maryland wanted to learn why older adults often have difficulty following speech while in a situation with …

Gifts for Those with Hearing Loss

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* HEARING LOSS NEWS & INFORMATION

Sometimes it is hard to think of what to buy your parents and grandparents for Christmas since they have everything already.    Do they have hearing loss?  Do they wear hearing aids?   If so I have some good ideas for gifts for those with hearing loss. Christmas gifts for those with hearing loss For the person who wears hearing aids there are many …

Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* Hearing Aids

Rechargeable hearing aid batteries have been made for many years.  In the ‘80’s custom hearing aids had a big button cell which made the hearing aids quite large and rather ugly.  The aids were put in the charger at night. If the electricity went off during the charge cycle the hearing aid user would not have a functioning hearing aid …

Today’s Hearing Aids Are Not Your Dad’s or Grandpa’s Hearing Aids

Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* HEARING LOSS NEWS & INFORMATION

One day, a lady came into my office with her husband while he had his hearing tested. Upon completion of the test, we discussed hearing aid technology and styles. She was very skeptical about hearing aids due to her recollection of her father’s experience with hearing aids.  She remembered that they were very large and whistled all the time and …