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6 Gift Ideas for Loved Ones With Hearing Loss

This year give your loved ones the gift of accessibility! We’ve put together a list of six tech gadgets that will help someone with hearing loss gain fuller access to their world. 

Hearable

What are hearables? They’re any wireless earbud that enhances your sound experience. For the music lover in your life, consider the most basic form of hearable: a set of wireless earbuds that can make calls and stream music. For the athlete, look for a hearable that includes waterproofing and biometrics (for example, a heart-rate monitor or race-pace calculator). 

Phone Clip

A phone clip allows your loved one to stream audio from Bluetooth sources straight to their hearing aids. They simply clip it to their clothes and stream calls, music, TV and movie audio, and more from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. 

TV Streamer

Does your family enjoy watching TV together? Give them total control of their volume needs with …

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Are You Making the Most of Your Hearing Benefits?

It’s easy to get sidetracked from your health care while preparing for and celebrating the holidays, so we want to remind you to take advantage of unused insurance benefits.

As we approach the end of the year, we recommend you check with your insurance company today to ensure you optimize any hearing benefit you may have. Many plans and policies, as well as Flexible Spending Accounts, come to an end on December 31 and don’t roll over into the next year — you use it or lose it!

As we approach 2021, we want to say thank you for being a member of our family. Contact us today to schedule your appointment in time for New Year’s Eve — we hope to hear from you soon!

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When Restaurants Reopen, Remember This Healthy-Hearing Tip

RESOURCE ALERT: Enjoy Dinner Out and Hear the Convo

Do restaurants seem to be getting noisier? If you think so, you’re not alone. And, what’s more, researchers have reported a connection between hearing loud music and choosing more calorie-heavy menu options. No joke!

We’ve found an app that can help you take your power back.

Meet SoundPrint, which lets the online community weigh in on noise levels at various venues, so you can better decide where you want to enjoy a night out — without sacrificing your hearing health.

SoundPrint, compatible with Android and iOS phones, takes noise measurement to another level with its decibel meter coupled with the ability to upload results to the user community via a searchable database. You can look for restaurants, gyms, subways, and other spots by categories such as “quiet,” “moderate,” “loud,” or “very loud” sound …

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When It Comes to Hearing Wellness for the Whole Family, Don’t Fur-Get Your Pets!

Just like their people parents, these furry members of the family can experience hearing difficulties too. Read on to learn what you can do.

AVOID EXCESS NOISE

As one of the most preventable causes of hearing loss in humans, loud sounds can also be a problem for the beloved pets in your household. Excess noise can go hand in hand with hearing damage, anxiety, fear, and even trauma. Limiting noise exposure helps support their hearing health and overall wellness.  

CONSIDER HEARING PROTECTION

If hightailing it to a quieter space isn’t an option for Rover and Pepper during fireworks or other super-loud situations, hearing protection is another approach that could help. Earplugs and earmuffs made especially for pets help deaden intrusive sounds.  

KNOW THE SIGNS

If your pooch or kitty doesn’t react in the usual way to your voice, squeaky toys, the doorbell, or other sounds, hearing loss may …

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Gardening for Bird-Watchers: What to Plant

Our Favorite Plants for Bringing Sounds to the Yard!

From chirping, tweeting, and trilling to whistling, hooting, and cooing, birds can turn the quietest garden into a symphony of sounds that brighten any morning and enliven the day. We’ve put together a list of our eight favorite plants for beckoning birds or, in some cases, butterflies, which together not only bring beauty and pollinating power to the garden, but provide a wondrous treat for the ears.  

1. Purple Coneflower

This reliable, full-sun, purple or pink perennial not only blooms long in summertime but also offers up seeds that birds love. The plant reaches up to about 3 feet high and comes back year after year with minimal care.  

2. Fuchsia

A hummingbird favorite, this flowering plant comes in shrubs and small trees and sports intricately artful blooms. As if the gorgeous petals ranging from pink, blue, or …

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