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Hearing Aids

Which Hearing Aid Style is Most Popular?

Hearing aid styles have come a long way since the analog linear technologies of the 1980s and the automatic signal processing (ASP), digitally programmable technologies of the 1990s. Today, hearing ads are more advanced than ever, and it shows in the popularity of different hearing aid styles over the last 30 years. Here’s what to know about the history and popularity of hearing aid styles and what you can expect going forward.

The different styles of hearing aids have changed drastically since the introduction of the device in 1920. From the original analog aids of the 1980’s to the introduction of digitally programmable devices in the 1990’s, hearing aid styles have evolved in many ways. Today, hearing aids are more advanced than ever. Here’s what you need to know about the history and popularity of hearing aid styles before you decide to treat your hearing loss.

The 30 Year History of Hearing Aid Style Popularity

From 1991 to the mid-2000s, the in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC), and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) styles were most popular. In fact, custom ITE and ITC hearing aids made up about 80% of the US hearing aid market in 1991. CIC hearing aids have always been a favorite of patients who want the most “invisible” option, and the miniaturization of circuitry and zinc batteries made them more widely accessible. However, in 1996 the first digital signal processing hearing aids came onto the market. During this time, more than every 6 in 7 hearing aids sold in the United States were a variation of the ITE model.

Another technology that transformed the turn of the century hearing aid market was directional microphone technology. When this was implemented into behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, it changed the way hearing aids could improve people’s ability to understand speech in noise. Thus, the BTE became virtually the only option for people with severe hearing loss (who required more volume). However, in the early 2000s, reciever-in-canal (RIC) hearing aid technology emerged and transformed the market. RICs quickly grew in popularity due to their smaller size and more advanced features, and, as of 2020, they make up 79% of all US hearing aids sold. 

Looking Forward

It’s likely that RICs will continue to dominate the hearing aid market. However, there is still much demand for all of the other styles mentioned. One factor that could drastically change the hearing aid market is the implementation of over-the-counter devices, increasing the demand for RICs. There has been much discussion about whether or not the recent implementation of over-the-counter hearing devices will drastically change the market. Many audiologists believe this will not be the case, as hearing loss is not something that can be treated so simply. Individuals with hearing loss need to work closely with a Doctor of Audiology, to customize both their technology and treatment program to fit their needs. This is something that is not included with the purchase of an OTC device. It’s also likely there will continue to be a demand for custom ITE devices. With the implementation of 3D ear scanning technologies, Doctors of Audiology could offer many different benefits to patients looking for the customization not offered by over-the-counter models. 

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At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, we offer a wide variety of hearing aid styles and technologies that can match your lifestyle, technology demands, and comfort level. Combined with our proprietary H.E.A.R. Method™, Dr. Rhee Nesson & her team can help you obtain a comprehensive look at your hearing system and establish a customized treatment program.  To learn more about our hearing aid selection and meet with our team for an appointment, contact our Livingston, NJ office by calling or filling out our online form.

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6 Tips for New Hearing Aid Users

New hearing aids make a huge change in your hearing and lifestyle but at first they can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are a few things to help you adjust to your new hearing aids and make the most of them.

Be Patient

It is not uncommon for new hearing aid wearers to feel overwhelmed or distracted by the hearing aids themselves and the newly heightened hearing levels. Give yourself some time to get used to your new hearing aids and all the new sounds you are hearing. However, if after a few days you find you still aren’t getting used to them, reach out to your doctor of audiology to get them checked out.

Leave Them Be

You might be tempted to mess with the volume adjustment and amplification on your hearing aids but avoid changing these settings too much. Most hearing aids will automatically adjust to the volume levels of different environments. Other times, you may increase the amplification beyond the scope of the natural hearing range which is not good for everyday use. As you get used to your hearing aids, you will be more accurately able to determine whether the settings need to be changed and if so, ask your audiologist for help.

Avoid Loud Environments

When you first start to wear hearing aids, for the first day or two it is best to only wear them in quiet environments. Avoid large and noisy social spaces and slowly introduce your hearing aids to those social settings. The sudden volume change can be overwhelming, so it is best to ease into things.

Start Slowly

Similarly, you should start by wearing your hearing aids only a few hours a day so that you are not overwhelmed by the noise levels around you. There are many things you might not have heard for a while, such as the humming of your fridge, birds chirping, your phone ringing, etc. Your audiologist will help you develop a plan for how much time you should start with and how much you should increase that by each day.

Read Aloud

It’s not uncommon for people with hearing loss to speak at loud volumes and when you first start wearing hearing aids, you may find that your voice is distractingly loud. Reading aloud is a great way to regain your voice control and adjust to the effects of your hearing aids.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Properly caring for your hearing aids is important because it will give them a long lifespan. Regularly clean your hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth and use a pick to clear away earwax and other debris. You should also remove your hearing aids when you shower or swim since water can build up in them and impact their effectiveness. If your hearing aids need minor repairs, our team can help.

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Everyone should have access to hearing aids and treatment for their hearing loss and that is the basis of our H.E.A.R. Method™ Treatment Program. At the Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, we are dedicated to comprehensive and affordable care with real results. Our Doctors of Audiology will conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation and then use those results to determine the best hearing aids that fit your needs and comfort level. Schedule an appointment today by calling our office or book your appointment here.

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The 5 Best Hearing Aid Manufacturers

If you’re considering your options with hearing aids, it can seem a little overwhelming. There are many different brands, types, and models of hearing aids available so selecting the right one for your brain hearing needs can require some help. Although a Doctor of Audiology is the best person to help you select a the best hearing aid for you, it can be helpful to know a little about some of the hearing aid names you’ll come across. Each hearing aid manufacturer will have different benefits and technologies to select from, so here’s a guide to the five best hearing aid manufacturers on the market.

Oticon

Oticon hearing aids are designed to help reduce the cognitive strain and decline that comes with hearing loss. By freeing up more “brain space” to devote to daily activities, Oticon hearing aids can help improve mental fatigue, speech problems, social isolation, and low energy levels. Oticon is best known for their More™ line, which includes small-but-powerful, rechargeable hearing aids and Oticon’s Xceed technology for those who need more power to treat their hearing loss. Oticon even offers remote control through its smartphone app which help you connect to assistive listening and smart technologies in your home.

Starkey®

Starkey® is an American hearing aid manufacturer with a wide variety of hearing aid types. While they offer traditional types like behind-the-ear models, they also offer modern invisible in-the-canal devices for the best cosmetic features. Additionally, they offer technology for tinnitus patients as well as hearing aid technologies designed to pair with iPhone devices. Starkey is one of the most well-known brands in the United States and offers reliable, American-made hearing aids.

Phonak

Phonak remains an innovator in the hearing aid industry, offering the world’s first waterproof rechargeable hearing aid, for example. Phonak also offers smart adaptive technology, so your hearing aids automatically tailor their output based on your environment. It also offers unique technologies specifically developed for children or people with single-sided deafness. All Phonak devices are compatible with the myPhonak app which offers benefits like remote support from your Doctor of Audiology, real-time adjustments, battery status, and feedback tracking which is shareable with your hearing team.

ReSound

ReSound offers some of the best technological compatibility in the industry. It also offers real-time adaptability and streaming specifically compatible with Android users. This means that, with ReSound devices, you can use your hearing aids just like headphones. ReSound has developed a tinnitus relief app to help relieve symptoms through sound therapy, relaxation exercises, and meditation guidance – even streamed through your hearing aids. Additionally, ReSound’s Smart 3D app can pair with your hearing aid devices to improve speech understanding through your smartphone or smart watch.

Widex®

Widex® is known as the most quality option for hearing loss patients. The Widex Moment model is their most prestigious and offers iPhone compatibility with an unparalleled listening experience. Widex’s goal is to provide the most true-to-life sound experience possible even in noisy environments like crowded restaurants, sports events, or concert venues. Widex hearing aids even come with technology developed to preserve the unique sounds of the human voice, so you don’t lose anything by using hearing aids. For new hearing aid patients and experienced ones alike, Widex is the best option for those whom quality sound is integral to daily life.

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At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, we work with all the best in hearing aid brands. Our proprietary H.E.A.R. Method™ Treatment Program begins by testing your brain hearing ability and through evidence-based testing determine what the best hearing aid is for you.  Schedule your appointment today.

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Hearing Challenges

Causes and Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from a rare inner ear disorder called Meniere’s disease that can be debilitating to their lifestyle. If you’re experiencing symptoms of dizziness, spinning, or balance issues that isn’t caused by other identifiable conditions, you may be one of these rare people with the disease. We’ll share the common symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for Meniere’s disease.

What is Meniere’s Disease?

This simple question is one that doctors and audiologists are still figuring out. The term “disease” may not be the best word to describe it, as there is no indication of a viral infection, genetic factors, or even symptoms that accompany the condition in all patients. It is most commonly diagnosed for patients who have recurring episodes of vertigo for seemingly no other reason.

Causes of Meniere’s Disease

We don’t know what causes Meniere’s disease, but researchers suggest that a person’s genetics could play a factor. Others see a link to autoimmune disorders in which the body attacks its own cells, and still others think allergies could play a role. In some cases of Meniere’s disease, patients have abnormal amounts of fluid within the inner ear that can cause the symptoms of vertigo.

Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

A few key characteristics of Meniere’s disease is that it’s recurrent and involves vertigo. Additional symptoms reported by patients with the condition include:

  • Feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear
  • Tinnitus
  • Hearing loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Trembling and sudden weakness
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems
  • Increased heart rate
  • Diarrhea

People can have just one or two of these symptoms during an episode of Meniere’s, which can last between 20 minutes to several hours. This is what makes the disease so debilitating, since you don’t know when an attack might happen, normal activities such as driving become dangerous to the patient and to others.

Episodes can recur over the course of several days to once every few months. If the condition is left untreated, it can intensify and become more frequent.

How to Treat Meniere’s Disease

Treating Meniere’s disease is all about treating the specific symptoms that a person is experiencing. For issues such as tinnitus and hearing loss, a comprehensive hearing evaluation can provide a hearing solution to mask or solve these problems. Patients who experience pressure or fullness may be able to benefit from a Meniett device, which is designed to equalize pressure in the middle ear and may help prevent sensations of dizziness.

Additional treatments can be more holistic, such as changing lifestyle habits like caffeine or alcohol intake, as well as treating anxiety or fear that may make Meniere’s episodes worse.

Comprehensive Auditory Care in New Jersey

At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, our proprietary H.E.A.R. Method™ Treatment Program will help you manage the symptoms of Meniere’s disease get your life back with custom solutions that work seamlessly with your lifestyle. This program ensures you get the right tests performed regularly to fully understand your hearing health and whether your treatment is working to perfection. We focus not just on fitting and fine-tuning hearing aids, but also with understanding how your brain is hearing. Find a solution to your Meniere’s symptoms by calling our office or contacting us online today.

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Hearing Loss

Four Surprising Effects of Hearing Loss

When people think about hearing loss, they often think of an older person, but hearing loss can affect people of all ages. If left untreated, it can cause several surprising consequences, so it is important to get your hearing regularly tested.

1.      Cognitive Decline

Your brain is constantly picking up on sounds, even if you are not aware of them. Faint noises like air coming through a vent are filtered out by the brain. Similarly, the brain filters sound so that you can understand the difference between the siren of an ambulance passing by and the music playing on your radio. When you have hearing loss, the brain does not get the same quality of sound and struggles to pick up on sounds that are not there. This puts stress on the brain that can increase your risk of dementia later in life by at least 200%.

2.      Stomach Problems

Your body is an interconnected system and when your brain experiences stress, this emotional reaction can have a physical effect. Hearing loss can lead to an upset stomach, muscle tension, and anxiety which translates to diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal cramps. If these problems persist, more serious conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can develop.

3.      Mental Health Problems

The difficulty of communicating with other people when you are hard of hearing can cause depression and stress. A study from 2014 found this correlation between loss of hearing and an increase in depression in adults under 70 years old. Other mental health conditions that can develop from years of untreated hearing loss are social withdrawal, irritability, anger, lack of focus, and a pessimistic attitude.

4.      Relationship Problems

A survey from 2007 found that 35% of people with hearing loss had trouble maintaining personal relationships. That’s because you  may feel you hearing-impaired partner isn’t listening to you, which is frustrating for both sides who may not recognize your hearing impairment yet.

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Hearing loss can be detrimental to your quality of life and has a significant impact on both your physical and emotional health. However, you can improve your hearing with the affordable H.E.A.R. Method Treatment Program, offered by the expert team at the Hearing Doctors of New Jersey.

Get a Fresh Start

If you’re looking to improve your hearing and get a fresh start in your life, contact the Hearing Doctors of New Jersey to schedule a consultation today.

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Hearing Loss

3 Main Benefits of Custom Hearing Protection for Those in Trades

Did you know it may be easier to damage your hearing than you think? While a normal conversion occurs at around 60-70 dB, hearing loss can happen at just 85 dB! Taking this into account, power tools can actually reach up to 100dB or more, depending on the tool. This is loud enough to permanently damage your hearing, especially if you are around the sound on a regular basis. As you can see, it is quite easy to damage your hearing, especially if your job requires the use of loud tools. Because of this, it is vital that you use hearing protection while on the job. Read on to learn more about custom hearing protection and how it can benefit you.


They are Made to Fit and are More Effective

Custom-made ear protection is created to fit your ears perfectly. This means you won’t need to worry about them being too big or too small, or not providing the right protection for your ears. With custom ear protection, you get what you pay for, so even though they may cost more, they provide superior quality and are the most effective at preventing noise damage.


They are More Comfortable

Let’s face it, ear protection is not always comfortable. If you are not using the proper protection because it’s not comfortable, you need custom-made ear protection. Because it is made specifically for your ear, the fit and is going to be perfect!


They Can Be Technologically Advanced

Modern-day hearing protection is very high tech and comes with features like noise cancellation and ventilation so that you get a beautiful listening experience while still protecting your hearing. On the other hand, store-bought earplugs can simply dampen your overall hearing ability and make it difficult to hear the things you want while blocking out excessive noise. Opting for custom hearing protection is the superior choice.


They Are Customizable

Unlike store-bought earplugs, custom ear protection can be customized to your liking. For example, you can purchase custom ear protection in the style of your workplace or add unique designs that fit your needs. Being able to personalize your ear protection can give you more motivation to wear it.



Contact Us Today

For more information regarding custom hearing protection services, contact Hearing Doctors of New Jersey today. Using our proprietary H.E.A.R. Method™ Treatment Program, our doctors of audiology will determine the custom hearing protection that will best suit your needs and lifestyle.

Hearing Doctors of New Jersey is dedicated to protecting and preventing hearing loss. Recently, our team visited the Livingston Police Department and donated custom hearing protection to protect those who protect us.

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Hearing Aids

Which Hearing Aid Style is Right For You?

When you are getting hearing aids for the first time, you may be surprised to learn that there are several styles available to choose from. Each style has its own pros and cons, and the best option for you will depend on your hearing needs, lifestyle, and more. At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, our audiologists can help you choose your best hearing aid option.

Understanding Types of Hearing Aids

There are several different types of hearing aids, which all contain a small computer chip with an amplifier which converts sounds to code, analyzes and adjusts the sounds according to settings based on your hearing needs, and delivers the converted sound to your ear through a receiver (speaker). Hearing aid styles configure these components in different ways and can range in size, shape, and visibility when worn.

Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) hearing aids are the smallest and most inconspicuous option. These hearing aids fit securely within the ear canal.

Completely-In-Canal (CIC) hearing aids are another small option which fit within the ear canal while still offering control through an external switch.

In-the-Canal (ITC) hearing aids have custom-molded components that rest in the ear canal. They are a good option if you are concerned with hearing aids interfering with your eyewear.

In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids have full-shell pieces which sit just outside the ear canal. They are easily adjustable and offer excellent battery life.

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are small, lightweight, and comfortable. This style allows for more advanced technology like the ability to pair to Bluetooth devices.  Another feature is that they come with a rechargeable battery for ease of use.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids house most of the technology in a piece behind the ear. This style, because of it’s size, offers more power and is a great option if you have a severe hearing loss.

How Do I Choose the Right Hearing Aid Style?

Choosing the right hearing aid style is dependent on your unique hearing needs, your lifestyle, and the style that best fits you. Each style has its own pluses and minuses. For example, if you wear glasses, you may be better suited to IIC, CIC, ITE, or ITC hearing aids, which do not fit along the back of your ear and will not compete with your glasses. Similarly, if you are very active or frequently spend time outdoors may be better suited to lower profile hearing aids. If you have a more severe hearing loss, you may require a larger style of hearing aid, such as a BTE device that provides more power. At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, our Doctors of Audiology will evaluate your hearing and recommend the styles that will best meet your needs.

The H.E.A.R. Method™ Treatment Program

Our doctors of audiology use our proprietary H.E.A.R. Method™ Treatment Program to thoroughly assess your hearing health. This is the first step in fitting you with the best hearing aid option. The H.E.A.R. Method™ Treatment Program:

  1. Creates a treatment plan based on your shared hearing goals
  2. Engages with you and your family to collect better insights into your hearing needs
  3. Analyzes your hearing issues and understand measurable results
  4. Generates real, measurable results tailored to your needs

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about your hearing aid options, schedule an appointment at Hearing Doctors of New Jersey by calling (973) 577-4100 or contacting us online.

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How a Medical Advocate Can Help: My Interview with Dr. Laura Abrams

At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, we know your hearing health and overall well-being are connected. Recently, I met with Dr. Laura Abrams, the founder of Seneca Medical Advocacy (SMA), and wanted to share with you what I learned. Dr. Laura Abrams is a board-certified internist who will help you or a loved one navigate complex medical situations to get the best care and treatment possible. Here’s what to know about SMA and how they can help you or a loved one struggling with a complicated diagnosis.

What is Seneca Medical Advocacy (SMA)?

Whether you or a loved one need short-term assistance with a confusing diagnosis or treatment path or desire longer-term support during a chronic illness, SMA can provide the guidance you and your family require to maneuver through the medical system. In short, SMA partners with you to:

  • Evaluate your medical history in the case of an unclear diagnosis
  • Research treatment options 
  • Help you make informed decisions about care
  • Find the best medical specialists
  • Facilitate communication between medical providers

SMA can help provide understanding, education, and advice about the overwhelming process of treating your life-altering medical diagnosis. In addition, SMA can investigate best practices and the latest medical research to help guide your medical journey.

Why would I need SMA’s expertise?

Do you have symptoms and testing hasn’t yet revealed a diagnosis?

SMA approaches each person in a holistic way, looking at the whole picture rather than an isolated symptom. By taking a thorough history and reviewing the latest medical research, they can determine what might be causing your symptoms and which testing modalities or specialists might be beneficial in finding the underlying cause.

Have you received conflicting opinions about treatment of your medical condition?

SMA will research the various treatment options and help you make an informed decision based on your needs and goals for care.

Do you see a lot of doctors and feel like they aren’t all on the same page about your care?

If there are many healthcare professionals involved in your care and coordination is needed, SMA will discuss your case with your providers – including your wishes regarding workup or treatment and the next steps in care, foster communication among your providers, and help bridge any gaps in care. 

How can Seneca Medical Advocacy help?

Maneuvering through the healthcare system can be frustrating during times when you’re relatively healthy. When you’re sick, however, you may feel vulnerable and the idea of navigating the medical world seems overwhelming. Dr. Abrams and the team at SMA understand that these challenging periods are when it’s most critical to have a dedicated medical professional who has the time to listen to your concerns, thoroughly answer questions, and provide guidance about the best course of action to take regarding your care. They can help you navigate the complexities of the medical system to get you the care, treatment, and results you need. 

Learn More

Whether you or a loved one need short-term assistance with a confusing diagnosis or treatment path, or desire longer-term support during a chronic illness, Seneca Medical Advocacy can provide the guidance you and your family require to maneuver through the medical system. They’re based in the New Jersey & New York Metro area and can also provide services remotely throughout the US. Want to learn more about how SMA can help you? Dr. Laura Abrams is offering a 30-minute complimentary phone consultation to help you take control of your health. For more detailed information, you can contact SMA at (973) 309-3995 or info@senecamedicaladvocacy.com. For more information, you can also visit their website.

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Hearing Loss

Why Pediatric Hearing Tests Are Vital

Most people when they think of hearing loss, associate it with their older relatives who need hearing aids as their hearing degrades gradually through the years. However, there are many other types of hearing loss besides age-related hearing loss, some of which can silently or suddenly affect children.

Regular hearing tests, especially early in life, are essential to understanding your child’s hearing health and taking the right steps to support it if necessary.

What are Pediatric Hearing Assessments?

Hearing assessments at any age consist of an array of tests such as audiograms, physical examination of the ears, and other hearing tests that reveal your child’s hearing ability. We tailor pediatric hearing tests to make it more comfortable and easier for a child to communicate their experience no matter how old they are.

All our hearing assessments are performed using our H.E.A.R. Method™ to fully understand how the brain is hearing sound. Our proprietary treatment process is focused on the most accurate diagnosis of your or your loved ones’ hearing ability to ensure you get the right solution that fits your family and daily lifestyle. When it comes to children’s hearing health, nothing is more important than an early, accurate diagnosis, which is why we take such special care at the Hearing Doctors of New Jersey.

Signs of Pediatric Hearing Loss

Young children often don’t have the language or awareness of hearing loss to describe their internal environment. Symptoms of hearing loss look different at different ages. For example, signs of hearing loss shortly after birth include:

  • Not reacting to a parent’s voice
  • Not being startled by loud noises
  • Not turning to face toward sounds
  • Not trying to make their own sounds by a year old

As children grow, their hearing can change even if it starts out normally. For older kids, hearing loss symptoms can include:

  • Trouble understanding conversations in loud environments
  • Not responding when called by their name
  • Complaints of ringing or other tinnitus symptoms
  • Listening to music or other media at a louder-than-normal volume

Treating Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing loss can be conductive or sensorineural (or both). Conductive hearing loss is due to sound not reaching the organs of the inner ear due to a physical issue like an ear infection, fluid buildup, or blockage in the outer ear. This is usually easily treatable with antibiotics or removal of ear wax, for example.

Sensorineural hearing loss is another type of hearing loss. Depending on the diagnosis we come up with during a child’s hearing test, there are multiple forms of treatment available. Most commonly, the treatment for mild to moderate hearing loss is a well-fitted, child-friendly hearing aid. With our proprietary H.E.A.R. Method™, through testing we find the customized hearing solution for your child. Once your child is hearing well, we make sure to schedule regular appointments to monitor their hearing and ensure your child continues to hear to their fullest potential.

Comprehensive Hearing Care For Children in New Jersey

Regular hearing tests throughout your child’s early life are essential for their hearing and overall health and well-being because hearing well means living and growing well. In many situations, kids aren’t able to express their own hearing ability until far after it’s begun affecting their development, which is why we use proactive methods to fully see an accurate picture of their hearing ability. Start your child’s comfortable and comprehensive hearing health evaluation by calling our offices or contacting us online today.

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5 Reasons to Get a Hearing Assessment

It can be easy to let a hearing assessment fall lower on your to-do list. It’s also likely not the first thing you think of when it comes to checking up on your health. However, hearing assessments are a very important part of making sure you can live a long and fulfilling life. Adult hearing assessments can flag any hearing problems before they progress, and your Doctor of Audiology can help you explore your treatment options with a personalized approach. Here are 5 benefits to adult hearing assessments and why you should add one to your schedule.

Untreated Hearing Loss Is Linked to Memory Loss

Research has found that untreated hearing loss makes you at least 200% more likely to develop dementia and cognitive issues. Hearing loss may affect the structure of your brain in a way that contributes to cognitive problems. Brain imaging studies show that older adults with hearing loss have less grey matter in the part of their brain that receives, and processes sound from your ears.  That’s because certain structures of brain cells can shrink when they don’t get enough stimulation. This lack of stimulation due to hearing loss has been linked to memory loss.

Hearing Loss Increases Your Risk of Falling

Untreated hearing loss puts you at a three-fold risk of falling.  In the ear, balance and hearing are directly connected. What you hear, and don’t hear directly affects your balance and when you have hearing loss, you are more likely to fall and get hurt.

You Can Flag Other Health Issues

Hearing loss can sometimes be a symptom of other health issues, and your Doctor of Audiology might be able to identify more serious health concerns like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or kidney disease. Additionally, hearing loss tends to occur simultaneously with mood disorders like depression or conditions like dementia. Knowing this can allow you to seek the treatment you need for other health concerns.

Your Relationships Will Improve

Hearing loss can make social situations even more difficult to navigate. If you can’t hear well because of background noise, it can be difficult to keep up with conversations. This can sometimes give the impression that you’re aloof, standoffish, or not paying attention. By treating your hearing loss, you can more easily form relationships and maintain the ones you already have.

You Can Hear Your Favorite Sounds Again

You might be surprised to learn that not hearing the little things can directly impact your day-to-day wellness. Hearing loss can take away whole ranges of sounds, so you may no longer be able to hear things like your favorite clock ticking, the birds outside, or your grandkids’ laughter. Hearing these sounds again can transform your outlook and help lift your mood over time.

Schedule an Appointment

At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, we can perform a comprehensive hearing assessment using our proprietary H.E.A.R. MethodTM to help you live your best, most healthy life. To meet with our Doctors of Audiology, schedule an appointment by calling our Livingston office or filling out our online contact form.

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