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Preserving Your Residual Hearing image

You may not equate your ability to hear with your bank account, yet their use is somewhat the same in many ways. Abuse your finances, and you’re left with a limited amount of money. Abuse your ears, and you could end up with limited hearing. Unfortunately, one way in which these two elements differ is that you cannot make deposits back into your ears to replenish your hearing. Rather, you can only do that which is necessary to protect the residual hearing you have left. Halt the Damage, Help Your Hearing Remember that hearing aids don’t reverse the effects of auditory loss; they simply amplify your ability to hear. Protecting that remaining ability can be accomplished by a few simple everyday ...

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‘Shark Tank’ star Daymond John: High-tech hearing aids changed my life image

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Daymond John is many things: the founder and CEO of fashion brand FUBU, star of the reality TV series Shark Tank, a serial investor and the author of several bestselling books. But he's also one of 360 million people worldwide with hearing loss. For the first time, John is opening up about his disability and how he's using modern technology -- in the form of smart hearing aids and an iPhone -- to improve his everyday life. "You think of your grandparents wearing hearing aids -- not me," John, 43, told CNNMoney in a phone interview. "But I'm talking to you through my hearing aids ... and you'd never really know I'm wearing something." For the past two years, John has been ...

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Why Do Hearing Aids Cost So Much? image

The sticker price of digital hearing aids can shock even the well-educated consumer. Many hesitate to invest in hearing reclamation products because of the price. The newspaper is peppered with enticing advertisements about low cost hearing aids, causing clients to question the prices they paid elsewhere. Remember the adage, "You get what you pay for"? Ask someone who has listened to one of those buy one get one free or super low cost or generic hearing aids about their performance; they sound awful. Most people who purchase these types of hearing aids quickly regret their decision. They end up putting them in the dresser drawer because the sound quality is so appalling, the craftsmanship so poor, and they lack the ...

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Hearing Aid Use Is Associated with Improved Cognitive Function in Hearing-Impaired Elderly image

A recent study conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that older adults who used a hearing aid performed significantly better on cognitive function tests than those who did not use a hearing aid, despite having poorer hearing. The study was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The researchers also found that cognitive function was directly related to hearing ability in participants who did not use a hearing aid. More than half of adults over age 75 have hearing loss, yet less than 15 percent of the hearing impaired use a hearing aid device. Previous studies have shown that the hearing-impaired elderly have a higher incidence of fall- and accident-related death, social isolation, and dementia ...

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May is Better Hearing Month, making it an appropriate time to educate the public about the link between hearing loss and a variety of different physical and mental health conditions. “The research is out there and it is time to start paying attention to your ears,” states Dr. Shannon Aiello, Au.D. She continues, “When you really look at the multiple health conditions that hearing loss is associated with, it’s time for us as a society to really start paying attention and being proactive about hearing loss rather than writing it off as a harmless condition” Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to: Dementia – High correlation in incidence of dementia Fall Risk – Falling is the leading cause of fatal injuries in seniors and costs an ...

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Hearing Aid Usage and Reduced Risk of Dementia Linked in Study image

Hearing and Dementia linked in previous studies By Shannon Aiello, Doctor of Audiology, Columbia Basin Hearing Center The Columbia Basin Hearing Center doctors recently attended a presentation introducing a groundbreaking study linking hearing aid usage and a reduction in the risk of dementia presented by Helen Amieva, Ph.D. The long term study, done at the University of Bordeaux, France, looked at 3,670 adults age 65 and over for a 25-year period. Researchers found that those who used hearing aids had no greater risk of cognitive decline than those with normal hearing. In contrast, during the 25 year study those with untreated hearing loss had significantly lower baseline scores on the Mini-Mental State Examination, a widely used test of cognitive function. ...

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