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Better Hearing & Speech Month: 7 Accessories to Turn Up Your Tech

Have you heard? We’re celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month in May!

In honor of the theme, “Communication for All,” here are seven hearing aid accessories to make sure you’re communicating and connecting your best with the people, places, and moments that matter in your life.

Wireless Mic

Conversations rock when everybody around the table can join in, but background noise at restaurants and other spaces can make that a tall order. Whether you’re having a one-on-one chat or hanging with a crowd, an extra microphone can help. A wireless Bluetooth® microphone worn on your companion’s lapel can send speech directly to your hearing aid, or place the mic in a central spot for group conversations.

Phone Clip

Does talking on the telephone seem harder than it used to be? Try using a phone clip. The ReSound Phone Clip+, for example, lets you stream phone calls, music, and other …

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Celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month

5 Ways to Support Your HEARing Health

The whir of a hummingbird. The warning of an approaching ambulance. The round of laughter after your deviously funny — and deftly delivered — wedding toast. That sublime guitar riff or soulful crescendo in your favorite song.

As we celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month in May — and the theme, “Communication for All” — it’s a great time to remember the many ways hearing makes a difference in your life. And to help you maintain those connections that matter, we’re sharing five easy tips for hearing your best.

Know the Signs

More than 466 million children and adults have disabling hearing impairment, according to the World Health Organization, but nearly all hearing loss can be treated. One of the first steps is recognizing the potential signs. If you experience muffled speech sounds, difficulty hearing on the phone or in a crowd, trouble understanding women’s or children’s …

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Researchers are hunting night and day for tinnitus answers.

Taking On Tinnitus: Hope for the Future, Solutions Today

Tinnitus — that buzzing, ringing, whistling, or clicking in the ear that no one else seems to hear — might not yet be curable, but science isn’t taking that lying down!

With some 50 million Americans alone and others worldwide experiencing this sometimes-debilitating condition, researchers are determined to uncover its secrets and find new ways of fighting back.

Check out these three exciting developments:

The Hearing Health Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit that aims in part “to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus through groundbreaking research,” awarded a 2017 Emerging Research Grant to Timothy Balmer, Ph.D., for a closer look at potential causes and approaches to tinnitus. Balmer aims “to investigate whether chronic transmitter exposure in nerve cells of the cochlear nucleus may be a cause of tinnitus, which eventually may lead to clinical tinnitus treatments.” The American Tinnitus Foundation, …

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Technology is expensive — make sure yours is protected

Hearing Aid Safety During Spring Activities

Blooming flowers, warm rains, gentle sun, and nesting birds — May is a beautiful time to get outdoors and enjoy the sounds of spring. Keep your hearing aids at optimal performance by following these tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of Better Hearing Month.  

Swimming

Moisture is the No. 1 cause of hearing aid malfunction. Unless your hearing aids are completely waterproof, take care to remove them before hopping into the pool or enjoying the ocean surf. Storing them in a waterproof container or investing in a drying unit is recommended.  

Exercising

Yep, it’s moisture again! If you’re wearing a BTE or RIC aid, not only can the liquid component of sweat damage your technology, the salt in sweat can be corrosive, causing invisible damage that isn’t immediately apparent, but eventually results in malfunction.  

Wind and Dirt

If you spend time in a dry, …

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Even dad jokes will sound better.

“It’s ‘Dad,’ not ‘DAAAD!’”

You might wonder from time to time, “Can he hear me? Or does he pretend he can’t hear me?”

It might be time to give him the benefit of the doubt: According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, men between the ages of 20 and 69 are twice as likely to have a hearing loss as women are.

If a loved one is struggling with a hearing problem, you know how tough it can be just to get the conversation past “How are you?” But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Hearing technology has come a long way in recent years. Modern hearing aids are small and comfortable, and they can integrate seamlessly with his smartphone. They can easily mean the difference between his straining to hear basics (“Would you like some pie, Dad?”) and his active participation in dinner-table banter. If you …

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