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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Hear the Way You Want To. Live the Life You Want To.

The Dash Pro: Personalized, Wireless, Custom-Made Earphones

How would you like to own “The World’s First Custom-Made Wireless Ear Computer”? According to The Hearing Review, one of the newest products from Bragi and Starkey Hearing Technologies (two innovative technology giants) “features a unique, personalized experience.”

Powerful Sound. Custom Fit.

The partnership between smart headphones and hearables maker Bragi (from Munich, Germany) and Starkey Hearing Technologies (a global hearing technology company headquartered in Minnesota) creates groundbreaking technology aimed at changing how we think of headphones and other wearable, health-monitoring tech, as well as hearing aids.

A press release quoted Bragi founder Nikolaj Hviid as saying, “Starkey and Bragi have a shared vision that hearing aids and hearables can empower people to communicate and enhance their abilities… Bragi’s advanced integration of sensorics provides tremendous value to hearing aid consumers, while Starkey’s invaluable knowledge of advanced audio processing and psychoacoustics expands Bragi’s potential to enable people to utilize contextual computing …

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The Best Offense Is a Good Defense

Football Fans! Here’s to Your Best (Hearing) Season Yet

Loud NFL stadiums have become a source of pride for fans and teams across the country. But with stadium noise exceeding safe decibel (sound pressure) levels, it’s also a source of hearing loss. Cheering fans can push decibel (dB) levels well into the hundreds. At these levels, it only takes 1 to 15 minutes for the sound to damage your ears.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

NIHL is damage done to the ears by exposure to loud noise; the amount of damage is dependent upon the decibel level and the length of time you’re exposed. Repeated exposure to sound levels above 85 dB can cause permanent hearing loss. Rather than not being able to hear at all, high-frequency sounds are usually the first to go, meaning you may be unable to hear s, f, sh, ch, h, or soft c sounds.

Hearing Loss by the Numbers

Cheering while the away team …

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