Gearing Up for Spring Cleaning? Check Your Hearing Tech, Too!

Spring Cleaning: Hearing Aid Edition

Spring cleaning is more than an activity — it’s a mindset. Beyond the dusting, de-cobwebbing, and cleaning behind furniture, what else could benefit from a deep dive? Your hearing technology.

The holidays and long winter months can throw even the best of us off our routines. Use that spring-cleaning urge to your advantage and include your hearing technology in your yearly cleaning binge. Here are five ways to get started.

 

Replace the Wax Filter

Your wax filter can only work well for so long. Eventually it develops a buildup of wax and debris. Once that happens, sound quality starts to suffer, and it’s time to replace the filter. Every style of hearing device is a little different; check out the instructions for yours (and the tools that came with it), check for buildup, and, if needed, replace the filter.

 

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Mobile apps can enhance your hearing health.

Turn Up Your Hearing Enjoyment With These 5 Apps

You might not think about hearing wellness when pondering apps, but we’re out to change that. Of the estimated 5 million applications available between Apple’s and Google’s app stores alone, those dedicated to hearing wellness and related issues have a small but growing piece of the action.

Here are five apps to know about:

AGXR Attune

Part of the AGX? Hearing family, the AGXR Attune app works with selected hearing aids to let you control everything from your smartphone. Discreetly adjust volume, change your settings, and geotag the settings for your favorite places, or even locate your hearing aids. The best part? The Audigy Assist function in the app lets you request updated settings and fine-tunings from your hearing-care specialist — without an office visit. Now, that’s convenience!

 

Thrive™ Hearing Control

Artificial intelligence is here and ready to help right at your ears! Starkey Laboratories’ app works …

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Does Hearing Technology Protect Your Memory?

The Effect of Hearing Aids on Dementia

Treating your hearing loss benefits your life in ways you might not have considered, such as greater confidence, better physical health, and stronger relationships. Did you know it also has a positive impact on dementia?  

Hearing Loss and Dementia

In 2011 a landmark study by Frank Lin and colleagues clearly linked hearing loss and dementia. Since then, study results have been mixed regarding the effect of hearing technology on cognitive decline.

But now, a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society makes a strong case: It reports that hearing technology slows down age-related memory loss by 75 percent.  

The Study

In this longitudinal study, researchers used data from the Health and Retirement Survey, an ongoing study sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, to analyze 18 years’ worth of memory-related data for 2,040 participants during the period from 1996 …

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#TeamScience — always on the case.

Tackling Hearing Loss: Hope for Tomorrow, Help Right Now

Let’s hear it for science! As long as hearing loss — one of the most commonly reported chronic conditions — continues to affect millions of people around the globe, researchers aim to leave no stone unturned in investigating treatment innovations and a future cure.

Various individuals and organizations worldwide are putting forth funding, expertise, and dedication toward uncovering more answers and improving quality of life for people living with hearing challenges. Take a look at these three exciting developments:

GENETICS Professor Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology, won a $3 million grant last summer from the National Institutes of Health toward continued research on hearing-loss-related biological treatments and clinical diagnosis. Per a university news release, the professor and his team will use the award to “expand their comprehensive genomic and phenotypic deafness database for clinical …

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Embracing your hearing devices can change your life.

5 Tips for Embracing Your Hearing Tech

Just as the road to better hearing can take time — hearing-aid users on average waited a decade-plus after diagnosis before getting hearing technology — it’s natural to need an adjustment period with your new devices.

Learning to embrace and enjoy your hearing aids could mean the difference between letting them help you confidently communicate or letting them simply collect dust, so check out these quick tips to make the most of your hearing tech.  

Be Patient

At first, your hearing system may not sound normal, and your own voice may seem strange or hollow. You’ll begin hearing many sounds you’ve been missing, and you may also experience some unpleasant ones. Documenting your observations will help us adjust your technology as needed. With time and practice, your brain can adjust and interpret the sounds you’ve been missing.  

Start Gradually

This will help your auditory system adapt to …

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