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3 Relevant Articles For Hearing Aid Wearers Today

Hearing aids and Bluetooth technology

Hearing aids and Bluetooth technology

1. Hearing Aids Meet the Future with Bluetooth Tech

The most game-changing wearable device on the market right now may not be a fitness tracker or a smartwatch; it’s a hearing aid.

Unlike fitness trackers, which are often tucked away in a drawer in just a few months, hearing aids are changing the way that people with hearing impairments live in the digital age, researchers say.

Small, discreet and often Bluetooth-enabled, the new generation of hearing aids look more like something out of a spy movie than a doctor’s office. These devices can connect wirelessly with smartphones, allowing a person to hear a phone conversation directly through his or her hearing aid without needing to hold the phone against an ear.

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Model of an inner ear

Model of an inner ear

2. New Clues To Reversing Hearing Loss

Scientists have successfully identified two signaling molecules that are crucial to the development of the cochlea – a finding that may assist in reversing hearing loss.

Unlike birds and amphibians, mammals can’t recover lost hearing. In people, the cells of the inner ear responsible for detecting sound and transmitting those signals to the brain form during early stages of development and can’t be replaced if lost due to illness, injury, or ageing.

Studying mice, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified two signaling molecules that are required for the proper development of a part of the inner ear called the cochlea. Without both signals, the embryo does not produce enough of the cells that eventually make up the adult cochlea, resulting in a shortened cochlear duct and impaired hearing.

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Elderly woman and a hearing aid

Elderly woman and a hearing aid

3. Withdrawal, Depression Common Among Seniors Living With Hearing Loss

Sometimes the changes that affect the well-being of our loved ones come about so slowly that we don’t understand what’s happening.  Even being a medical professional didn’t make me immune from misunderstanding what was happening to my father. For many years it was clear that my father was progressively withdrawing from the world. Normally gregarious and the life of the party, he became increasingly quiet. A couple of years ago, Dad, now in his 80s, began to walk with a shuffling gait, with painfully slow movements.

When we exchanged emails, he still had all of his sharp intellectual curiosity, profound insights on the community, and warm storytelling skills; but in person, he was fading away. I was especially shocked and saddened to observe him at the wedding reception of a close friend of mine, sitting quietly in a corner, excluding himself from the festivities and happy conversations.

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Audiology: The 2nd Best Career of 2015

Happy audiologist

Happy audiologist

According to CareerCast.com, audiology is the second best career of 2015. The best careers are determined by a specific methodology that includes analyzing criteria related to environment, income, stress, and more.

This isn’t the first time audiology has made it to the top ten of the best careers. It’s been moving its way up the list since at least 2011, peaking this year at number two!

Although it has the lowest average annual salary among the top ten winners at $71,133, it has the highest potential growth outlet at almost 35% followed most closely by dental hygienists.

A typical day for an audiologist might include hearing aid repairs, adult or pediatric hearing assessments, hearing aid fittings or reviews, newborn hearing tests, balance assessments and rehabilitation, audiograms for ENT consultants, etc.

This career can be rewarding on so many fronts; fitting an elderly person with hearing aids programmed for their specific hearing loss and seeing their face light up when the realize they can actually hear again, fitting a child with proper hearing instruments and seeing the joy when they can communicate better with parents and siblings, seeing an elderly person experience better balance with better hearing and gaining confidence in mobility…all this contributes to the satisfaction with the career choice.

From a patient perspective, finding a caring and knowledgeable audiologist to provide the proper care and guidance with hearing instruments can be like having a trusted friend on your side. Knowing that your hearing care provider cares about your hearing success can make all the difference when using hearing aids.

For a complete list of the top ten careers of 2015 and related information, see this article on CareerCast.

At ihearingaids.co, we partner with only knowledgeable, kind, caring, concerned, professional yet friendly audiologists to work with our hearing aid clients. Your hearing care is as important to us as it is to you and we work hard to make you happy! See for yourself. Take our 5 minute hearing screening and contact us to get fitted with your new hearing aids today (only if you need them). We’re here to help…let us!!

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