Why Don’t People Get Hearing Aids When They Need Them?

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

About 28.8 million adults in the United States could benefit from hearing aids, yet less than 16% of them have ever used them.  This is sad, especially when one’s quality of life could be so much better wearing hearing aids. There are several reasons why people with hearing loss don’t buy hearing aids: ·         People may not realize that they have …

Healthy Hearing at Holiday Dinners

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

If it was difficult for you and your guests to hear during Thanksgiving dinner, try these tips to help everyone hear better at other holiday celebrations! By Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS* *Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences Over half of all gatherings this holiday season, will have at least one person with hearing loss in attendance. Thirty percent of all …

How Should People with Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids Prepare for Disaster?

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

With all the hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires that have been plaguing the world lately one cannot be prepared enough.   We all know that disaster preparation is important, but there are additional precautions people with hearing loss can take to ensure they are prepared in case of an emergency. Think about the which natural disasters can occur in our area:  Tornadoes, …

Where Should I Buy Hearing Aids?

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

Today,  many advertisements try to get your attention to buy hearing aids.  Some magazines offer Personal Sound Amplifiers for prices starting as low as $19.99, which are usually big and ugly and over-amplify sounds so much that they could damage your hearing.   Mail order magazines come in the mail from Illinois. The newspaper is filled with fliers telling everyone they …

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 …