Los Gatos Audiology https://losgatosaudiology.com Your Life. Your Style. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 06:02:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://losgatosaudiology.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/favicon-1.png Los Gatos Audiology https://losgatosaudiology.com 32 32 GET BETTER HEARING IN 2020! https://losgatosaudiology.com/get-better-hearing-in-2020/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/get-better-hearing-in-2020/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 06:02:08 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30781 The holidays are over and now we settle into winter. With January comes a new year with resolutions to be more intentional about our health. Most people don’t include hearing health in their resolutions, but here are a few reasons you should! How well you hear affects every area of life, so it’s an important […]

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The holidays are over and now we settle into winter. With January comes a new year with resolutions to be more intentional about our health. Most people don’t include hearing health in their resolutions, but here are a few reasons you should!

How well you hear affects every area of life, so it’s an important consideration! Here is a list of five hearing resolutions for 2020.

Let’s start off 2020 right!

  1. Make an appointment for your yearly hearing test

An annual hearing screening is the most effective, easiest thing you can do to protect your hearing health. Most insurance plans cover this annual visit. It’s quick, painless and it will give you a great idea of the status of your hearing health!

Studies show that people who faithfully keep annual hearing evaluation appointments have better hearing overall. This is because they are catching any hearing loss early and are able to effectively stop the progression of hearing loss using a variety of methods. There is no reason not to do hearing screenings, so book your appointment today!

  1. Get healthy (and hearing healthy!)

Overall health is closely tied to hearing health! The resolutions you’ve already made to exercise regularly and eat more fresh foods will contribute to hearing health as well! It’s just one more reason to keep that healthy resolution!

  1. Protect your future hearing

Most hearing loss is due to loud noise, which is cumulative. So, what you do every day matters! Buy earplugs and carry them with you wherever you go. You may already plan for events that you know will be loud, like sporting events or clubs, but making a habit of carrying earplugs will protect your hearing in an unexpected situation!

Earplugs are inexpensive and you can buy them anywhere, so buy a pair or two today and be prepared!

  1. Exercise your brain!

You may or may not know that our brains do most of the work when it comes to hearing. Brain exercises like puzzles or debates is a great way to work out your brain, keeping it active. This will do a world of good for your hearing as well!

  1. Optimize your hearing

Hearing aids are a great tool to not only help you to hear better now, but they can help keep your brain active in order to prevent further loss. If you have minor hearing damage, hearing aids are a great investment to prevent it from getting worse.

Like everything else, the technology in hearing aids is moving fast. Even if you already have hearing devices, look into the latest developments in smart hearing aids—you may be surprised what the latest hearing devices do! You may be due for an upgrade: come in today to check them out!

We’re proud to have served Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell and the entire Bay Area for more than 40 years. We’re here to provide the right solution for Your Life, Your Style.

You are invited to attend our Listen Up Café!

Listen Up Café, Friday, January 17, 2020 from 10 am -12 pm

Resolutions for Better Hearing! Learn about how to include hearing health in your New Year Resolutions for 2020!

RSVP by calling us at 408.703.0772 to reserve your spot!

We’ll have light refreshments and a great discussion—see you there!

Los Gatos Audiology – 15899 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd. Suite 8, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (on the corner of National and Los Gatos-Almaden Rd.)  www.losgatosaudiology.com

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DON’T LET HEARING LOSS TAKE YOUR POWER https://losgatosaudiology.com/dont-let-hearing-loss-take-your-power/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/dont-let-hearing-loss-take-your-power/#respond Thu, 26 Dec 2019 04:18:16 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30777 Hearing loss is a very common ailment among American adults. Only about 20% of people who have hearing loss do anything about it, however. You probably know that hearing loss is irreversible. There are a few things you can do, however, to stop the advancement of hearing damage, and very often you can reestablish normal […]

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Hearing loss is a very common ailment among American adults. Only about 20% of people who have hearing loss do anything about it, however.

You probably know that hearing loss is irreversible. There are a few things you can do, however, to stop the advancement of hearing damage, and very often you can reestablish normal hearing. The only way to do that is to know what you are dealing with.

How do I know if I have hearing damage?

Annual hearing evaluations are the easiest and best way to determine your level of hearing loss. Once you know that, you will be able to look at options to remedy it.

Hearing devices are a valuable tool for hearing restoration for most people. And when your hearing is restored, you get your life (and your power) back: independence to go where you want on your schedule, normal communication, social time with friends, and enjoyment of entertainment.

Don’t waste any more time!

A recent survey shows that American adults suffering from hearing loss wait an average of 7-10 years before taking any steps to correct it. That’s a shame, because the earlier hearing damage is found, the less damage that will probably be done.

Cost is a factor: hearing aids are not cheap and are usually not covered by insurance. But think of hearing aids as an investment: in your life now, and for your future.

Here are somethings to consider when investing in hearing aids:

  • When you improve hearing, you can also improve general health.

Hearing loss has been correlated to a host of other physical issues. Dementia, heart disease and cognitive decline are just a few. It is important to pay attention to hearing health, because it can be an indicator for other more serious health issues.

Hearing loss can also cause other problems, from anxiety to social isolation, which can then result in anger, depression and loneliness. It can become a cycle that keeps the sufferer alone and in the dark.

Hearing loss is also strongly associated with cognitive decline, because of decreased brain stimulation. Vertigo and other balance issues may then also result through imbalanced inner ear fluids.

  • Hearing aids have been shown to improve social life and emotional well-being.

With hearing loss comes difficulty in communication, leading to misunderstandings and strain on friendships. This can lead to social isolation as a result.

Get your power back and rebuild relationships when you take a pro-active step to restore your hearing!

Hearing loss can make navigating the world on your own difficult, which means hearing loss sufferers often become dependent on others. This loss of independence may lead to depression because these people who once were very energetic and independent begin to feel out of control of their own lives.

Get your life and your independence back by getting your hearing back!

  • Better hearing means better professional success!

When you restore normal hearing with hearing aids you can also improve your competence and communication at work.

Professional work environments require good communication. Hearing loss can lead to a reduction in job performance and can even result in decreases in pay or demotions.

Learning new things also becomes more difficult with cognitive decline that often accompanies hearing loss and reduced mental stimulation. Taking all of these things into consideration, not making an investment in your hearing can actually cost you money!

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 40 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.

You are invited to attend our Listen Up Café!

Listen Up Café, Friday, January 17, 2020 from 10 am -12 pm

Resolutions for Better Hearing! Learn about how to include hearing health in your New Year Resolutions for 2020!

RSVP by calling us at 408.703.0772 to reserve your spot!

We’ll have light refreshments and a great discussion—see you there!

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NEW METHODS FOR TESTING HEARING LOSS https://losgatosaudiology.com/new-methods-for-testing-hearing-loss/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/new-methods-for-testing-hearing-loss/#respond Tue, 10 Dec 2019 05:35:05 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30770 Do you think you could have hearing loss? If so, it is a good idea to visit your local audiologist for a hearing evaluation. This will tell you if there is any hearing loss present, and how advanced it is. If this will be your first recent hearing test, you may want to know what […]

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Do you think you could have hearing loss? If so, it is a good idea to visit your local audiologist for a hearing evaluation. This will tell you if there is any hearing loss present, and how advanced it is.

If this will be your first recent hearing test, you may want to know what to expect. There are a few ways to test for hearing loss. Here is a brief overview; and don’t worry: no matter which one you choose it is and easy, painless exam!

A Quick Audible Test
The Whisper Test: the doctor asks you to cover one ear and will then whisper near the other ear. This is a quick indication whether or not you have hearing in that ear. Though subjective test can give the doctor an idea of where to begin with other tests.

A Physical Examination
If you are getting a yearly health check-up, your family doctor may offer a hearing screening. This physical evaluation may include looking in your ear or speaking to you normally from different angles to see how you respond.

Using an Audiometer
An audiometer is a more accurate, objective way to examine hearing. Your audiologist may ask you to wear headphones. Sounds will then be isolated to the right or left ear. The sound will then repeat at different volume levels to test your hearing ability.

Using Tuning Forks
Metal tuning forks produce a tune when they are hit together. Tuning forks offer doctors a quick way to test overall hearing loss and pinpoint where damage is.

If your hearing loss is temporary, treatment will depend on the reason. There may be a physical blockage like ear wax, or it could be a structural abnormality in your ear. In these cases, the doctor may be able to fix it. More severe structural issues may require surgery to correct the issue and reestablish normal hearing.

Sometimes there is an issue with the inner ear. In this case cochlear implants might be an option. The risks and benefits can be explained to you by your doctor if this is the best option for you.

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 40 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.

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DO HEARING AIDS AFFECT COGNITION? https://losgatosaudiology.com/do-hearing-aids-affect-cognition/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/do-hearing-aids-affect-cognition/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:38:03 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30754 Have you thought that hearing aids are unnecessary? You may be surprised to learn that hearing aids can stop the progression of dementia. Hearing aids may not be able to reverse hearing loss, but they can prevent its progression. This makes prevention of hearing loss crucial: and annual hearing screenings along with hearing aids are […]

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Have you thought that hearing aids are unnecessary? You may be surprised to learn that hearing aids can stop the progression of dementia. Hearing aids may not be able to reverse hearing loss, but they can prevent its progression. This makes prevention of hearing loss crucial: and annual hearing screenings along with hearing aids are the best way to do that.

Because we now know that using hearing aids can freeze the advancement of mental decline from hearing loss, it just makes sense to consider hearing aids as your first defense against dementia, Alzheimer’s and other degeneration.

A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society evaluated brain degeneration in hearing loss sufferers who did not use hearing aids compared with degeneration hearing loss sufferers who use hearing aids over a period of 25 years. They also included a control group of adults without hearing damage.

The findings were astonishing: they found no difference in brain degeneration between people who had hearing loss and used hearing aids, and those without hearing loss at all!

In stark contrast, the people with hearing damage whose hearing loss went untreated and who didn’t use hearing devices displayed much lower totals on the Minmi-Mental State Examination (a cognitive function assessment). These results were unbiased by any other influences, including gender, age or education.

Improved communication is reported by hearing loss sufferers who use hearing aids., and this can then result in better mood, improved social ability, and increased levels of cognition.

Modern hearing aids help the brain to remain engaged and active, which in turn helps prevent cognitive deterioration. Because most of the work of hearing is done by the brain, doctors and researchers have adopted a “brain-first” focus that will help people remain healthy and happy well into the golden years.

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 40 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.

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EAR INFECTIONS AND HEARING LOSS https://losgatosaudiology.com/ear-infections-and-hearing-loss/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/ear-infections-and-hearing-loss/#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2019 19:05:48 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30739 Have you had a child with ear infections? If so, you know they can be scary. For the sufferer, they are very painful, and there can be an accompanying concern of possible long-term hearing loss. Ear infections can rarely cause permanent hearing loss: any hearing loss related to an infection will usually resolve with the […]

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Have you had a child with ear infections? If so, you know they can be scary. For the sufferer, they are very painful, and there can be an accompanying concern of possible long-term hearing loss.

Ear infections can rarely cause permanent hearing loss: any hearing loss related to an infection will usually resolve with the infection.

Ear infections themselves are not all equal: they can have different causes. Because an ear infection is in the ear, any ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss. The category of infection that is most often related to hearing loss is otitis media, or middle ear infection.

Middle ear infection, or acute otitis media, involves ear canal inflammation and can be quite painful. Temporary hearing loss may result from buildup of fluid behind the eardrum. This hearing loss is merely the result of a physical blockage, however, and will subside with the swelling.

What Causes Middle Ear Infections?

The common cold or other upper respiratory infections may lead to a middle ear infection. The Eustachian tube (connecting the throat and middle ear) can become inflamed, resulting in an imbalance of pressure. Pain and temporary hearing loss can then follow.

An outer ear infection such as Swimmer’s Ear is most often caused by water trapped within the ear canal. You may feel as if your head is in a box, making sounds muted or distorted. This type of ear infection can usually be resolved by removing the fluid. Lay down or tilt the head towards the affected side, and this will allow the water to come out by itself. Another option is an over-the-counter bottle of swimmer’s ear drops, which will help to dry up the moisture quickly. 

Why Children Get Ear Infections More Commonly Than Adults

Middle ear infections occur more often in children than in adults because the Eustachian tubes of children are less developed. This makes drainage of excess fluids more difficult during an infection. Children also possess less-advanced immune systems, and they are more likely to get infections in general.  

Symptoms of Ear Infections

Infants and very young children are not able to express the pain they are feeling. Here are some signs to help you recognize if your baby has an ear infection:

  • Pulling on ears
  • Not reacting to voices or sounds
  • Irritability
  • Fluids draining from ears
  • Fever

Sometimes it can be hard to recognize ear infections in older children and adults too. Here are some clues:

  • Difficulty understanding speech
  • Pressure in the ears
  • Feeling boxed in or sounds being muted
  • Imbalance, Dizziness
  • Ear Pain
  • Nausea, Vomiting

Recurring ear infections are more likely to lead to permanent hearing loss, so visit your physician or audiologist to investigate prevention methods.  

Treatment Options

Ear infections usually do not last more than a few days and often resolve on their own. The best thing you can do is to keep your child hydrated and rested.

Annual hearing check-ups are important to catch any potential hearing damage as early as possible. Contact us today to schedule a quick, easy hearing evaluation for you or your child!

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 40 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.

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WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR HEARING LOSS? https://losgatosaudiology.com/what-are-the-risk-factors-for-hearing-loss/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/what-are-the-risk-factors-for-hearing-loss/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:04:46 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30735 As we age, it’s natural to wonder what the risk factors are for developing hearing loss. Since hearing damage is often cumulative, it only makes sense that hearing loss becomes more common in older populations. First, let’s discuss exactly what a risk factor is. The definition of a risk factor is something that increases the […]

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As we age, it’s natural to wonder what the risk factors are for developing hearing loss. Since hearing damage is often cumulative, it only makes sense that hearing loss becomes more common in older populations.

First, let’s discuss exactly what a risk factor is. The definition of a risk factor is something that increases the chances that you will develop an illness or ailment.

There are several risk factors that can lead to hearing damage over time. Just because you have a risk factor does not guarantee that you will develop hearing loss, but the more of them you have the more likely you are to develop hearing loss. Some risk factors can be decreased or avoided, which can lower the chances that you will develop hearing loss.

Common Risk Factors for Hearing Loss

Genetics

Otosclerosis, Usher Syndrome, and other genetic irregularities can up your chances of hearing damage. There are also conditions that can alter the shape of the face and the head, which are risk factors as well.

Lower Birth Weight

Low birth weight and premature birth are also risk factors for hearing loss. Complications at birth such as jaundice and asphyxia can also lead to hearing loss later in life.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

The most common risk factor for hearing damage is exposure to loud noises: either shot bursts of very loud noise, or repeated/continual exposure to lower frequencies of loud noise over time. Fortunately, prevention of noise-induced hearing loss is not difficult. The best way to prevent this type of hearing loss is to be prepared: carry earplugs with you so you’re ready when confronted with loud noises. Custom ear plugs can provide even more protection if you are repeatedly exposed to loud noise on a predictable basis.

Aging

Hearing damage as we age (presbycusis) progresses gradually, can be hereditary and is most often the cumulative damage from noise exposure over the long term.

Illnesses and Diseases

Meniere’s disease and other diseases can alter the fluid in the inner ear, leading to hearing loss. Diabetes, vascular disease, tumors, and autoimmune disorders can also affect hearing ability. Trauma such as an injury to the head may lead to hearing loss as well.

Ototoxic Chemicals and Medications

NSAID medicine, some antibiotics and chemotherapy can cause temporary or even permanent hearing loss. High doses of aspirin, for example, can cause tinnitus or a temporary loss of hearing in some people. When these medications are no longer used, the symptoms usually cease. Factory or agricultural chemicals can also be ototoxic (lead to hearing damage). Ototoxic chemicals are also present in most cigarettes.

Medical Interventions

We have discussed the ototoxic properties of some antibiotics and chemotherapy. Radiation therapy is another medical intervention that can affect hearing health, especially when the radiation is concentrated in the areas around the ears.

Hearing damage can result from exposure to any of these things, but it doesn’t always happen that way. This is also not a comprehensive list, and there are other factors that can contribute to hearing loss. One thing is certain: if you make an effort to prevent hearing damage, you can make it less likely that you will suffer from hearing damage.

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 40 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.

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THE FACTS ABOUT TINNITUS AND HEARING LOSS https://losgatosaudiology.com/the-facts-about-tinnitus-and-hearing-loss/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/the-facts-about-tinnitus-and-hearing-loss/#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:26:13 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30717 Have you ever experienced ringing in your ears? It’s a condition called tinnitus and depending the severity it can be a transitory, minor irritation or it can become an overwhelming noise that follows you everywhere. Tinnitus is common and has several causes, so here are some facts about tinnitus that could help you cope with […]

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Have you ever experienced ringing in your ears? It’s a condition called tinnitus and depending the severity it can be a transitory, minor irritation or it can become an overwhelming noise that follows you everywhere.

Tinnitus is common and has several causes, so here are some facts about tinnitus that could help you cope with it successfully.

About 10-15% of adults will have at least one episode of tinnitus in their lifetimes. 50 million people in the U.S. deal with with some degree of tinnitus, and about 25% of those people seek medical treatment.

Approximately 20% of teenagers have permanent tinnitus, and for them the ringing never stops. As tinnitus can be caused by loud noises or continual exposure to loud noise, and only 5% of teens report using any kind of hearing protection when they are exposed to loud noises, this is a significant cause.

Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of factors besides exposure to loud noises. In some cases, tinnitus develops with no obvious cause. Both genders are affected equally, and it does not discriminate between any age, profession or socioeconomic background.

People who suffer from hearing damage, including tinnitus, are often embarrassed to seek help or even mention it to friends or family. They hope that it will just go away. Tinnitus rarely just “goes away,” however, unless it was caused by a temporary influence such as ototoxic medication. If you hear ringing in your ears, it is wise to visit your audiologist or other doctor.

Not everyone experiences tinnitus in the same way. Some people describe it as a ringing, while other people have described tinnitus as a chirping, whistling, clicking, hissing or whooshing sound.

Veterans from the military seem to be at high risk for tinnitus: 60% of military personnel returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have reported either tinnitus or hearing loss. That makes hearing damage the most typical war wound!

People who suffer from anxiety and stress are more likely to experience tinnitus. People suffering from depression, high stress levels, anxiety, or panic attacks are also prone to tinnitus.

There are two types of tinnitus: objective tinnitus and subjective tinnitus (more common).

  • Objective tinnitus can actually be perceived by another person with a stethoscope!
  • Subjective tinnitus is more common, however, and is only audible to the sufferer.

There is no psychiatric condition that leads to tinnitus: it is an actual noise the sufferer hears in the ears or in his or her head.

Cigarette smoking can cause tinnitus. The chemicals in cigarettes are ototoxic, meaning they cause damage to the inner ear and can result in chronic ear infections and tinnitus.

If you suffer from tinnitus, it is worth seeking medical attention to see if it can be treated and you can find relief.

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 40 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.

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HAVE YOU DELAYED GETTING A HEARING AID? https://losgatosaudiology.com/have-you-delayed-getting-a-hearing-aid/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/have-you-delayed-getting-a-hearing-aid/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:47:41 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30677 Hearing loss is a widespread problem today, affecting people of every age group, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Hearing damage is also cumulative and irreversible, so early detection and treatment are key to preventing further loss. Do I have hearing loss? Your audiologist can help you take a quick, easy hearing evaluation that will let […]

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Hearing loss is a widespread problem today, affecting people of every age group, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Hearing damage is also cumulative and irreversible, so early detection and treatment are key to preventing further loss.

Do I have hearing loss?

Your audiologist can help you take a quick, easy hearing evaluation that will let you know if you have any hearing damage. That way you can both assess the situation and know how to plan for the future.

If you find out that you do have hearing loss, your audiologist may discuss the benefits of hearing aids with you. The great thing about hearing aid technology is that it can effectively reestablish hearing to the level you are used to. When you get back your hearing, you also get back your enjoyment of entertainment, your social life, easy everyday communication, and worry-free family gatherings.

Now is Better Than Later

Research shows that adults in the US who suffer from hearing loss tend to wait an average of 7-10 years before they consider hearing aids or other options. Unfortunately for them, hearing loss is not curable or reversible, so an earlier diagnosis can preserve your hearing longer. Detecting hearing damage as early as possible is your best bet to keep your normal, active lifestyle.

Why do people wait? Well, hearing aids are often not covered by health insurance, so the out-of-pocket cost can be significant. But think of it in terms of an investment: if you invest in your health and your life now, you will most definitely see this investment was worth the money.

Hearing aids can benefit you in quite a few ways:

Overall health and improved hearing are linked.

Health conditioner such as heart disease, dementia and cognitive decline have been linked to hearing loss. From this perspective, staying on top of your hearing health can actually save your life!

Aside from the immediate health correlations, hearing damage can result in issues such as anxiety and social isolation. This stress caused by these problems can then bring about depression, loneliness and anger.

A decreased in stimulation of the brain can result in gradual cognitive decline as well. An imbalance of inner ear fluids can also cause balance issues, so falls can become a concern.  

Emotional well-being and social life can benefit from hearing aids.

Miscommunication often results from hearing loss, which in turn may distress friendships and family relationships. Better communication will benefit your relationships, and better relationships prevent loneliness and isolation.  

Get your social life back by improving the communication between yourself and your family and friends!

Hearing loss sufferers can also become dependent on others because we rely on our hearing for so many things. This dependence on others can result in feelings of depression and feeling out of control.

Get your hearing back and get your independence back!

Better hearing can increase professional success.

Professional success is another result of having your hearing back. If you have begun to have difficulty communicating in your work environment, your productivity may suffer, which could result in a demotion. Learning new things for your job is also very dependent on good hearing. When you think of it in terms of your livelihood, not acting now could end up costing money in the long run!!

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 40 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.

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DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN TRAIN YOUR HEARING? https://losgatosaudiology.com/did-you-know-you-can-train-your-hearing/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/did-you-know-you-can-train-your-hearing/#respond Mon, 02 Sep 2019 15:42:24 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30579 Hearing loss is permanent, so if you know that you already have hearing loss, it’s a great idea to prevent further hearing damage. Did you know you can do “workouts” to strengthen your hearing skills and help prevent further loss? Here are five simple ways. Get Moving! When you keep blood circulating by staying active […]

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Hearing loss is permanent, so if you know that you already have hearing loss, it’s a great idea to prevent further hearing damage.

Did you know you can do “workouts” to strengthen your hearing skills and help prevent further loss? Here are five simple ways.

Get Moving!

When you keep blood circulating by staying active all day long, you benefit to your ears as well as the rest of your body!

As long as you do it daily, even light exercise like walking is great. Cycling, jogging and swimming can also help get your heart pumping. Pilates, yoga and other stretching exercises will also boost circulation and your health. You may also know from experience that chores like housework and gardening can get your heart pumping too!

Many people love exercising to music, so if that’s you, try remembering to lower the volume, especially if you use ear buds. Since noise-induced hearing damage is the most common type and music is often a culprit, this will help prevent hearing loss as well.

Stretch it Out

Stretching exercises and deep breathing can also help with hearing.

We have all heard that yoga has health benefits, and it can also strengthen hearing by increasing circulation to your ears! The stretching and deep breathing are a light effort and qualify as exercise! Increased blood flow allows your body to efficiently detoxify, and that improves nerve function. All of these things are good and will contribute to a strong hearing ability.

Play Games!

Which organ plays the biggest role in hearing?

Did you say your ears?

Wrong!

When it comes to listening comprehension and hearing, your brain is the heavy lifter. Your ears physically bring sound in, like sound funnels, but your brain interprets and makes those sounds understandable. So, anything you can do to workout your brain will also impact your hearing ability.

The brain needs exercise just as much as the rest of your body does! Puzzles, games and riddles are fun and are also brain exercises that strengthens your brain’s connections, combating atrophy. Dementia is the eventual result of brain atrophy, so we must avoid that at all cost.  

The good news is that any game will work:hearts, poker and bingo are all exercise for your brain and are also really fun!

Focus 
Your audiologist may also be able to recommend some great hearing exercises, and they can be found online as well. These exercises not only improve hearing ability and help you to distinguish sounds, they can serve as great brain stimulators as well.

Here’s one workout that can aid in focus and encourage hearing in a noisy environment:

Turn the radio or TV so it is clearly audible. Then turn on another competing noise (like music). Ask a friend or family member to walk around the room and read from a book or magazine. Close your eyes and repeat the sentences they read. Also picture where the other person is in the room. This exercise can help tremendously with focus in a noisy environment.

Concentrate on Sounds

One more exercise that you can do when you are alone in public: close your eyes and listen. Think about the noises around you and recognize the sounds: pinpoint each sound’s location. This workout will help your brain translate noises and refine your focus.  

Annual hearing screenings are also highly recommended. Reach out to your audiologist today—regular hearing evaluations are quick and painless and will give you a good idea if there has been any hearing damage so far. The earlier hearing loss is diagnosed,   the better you can deal with it and prevent further loss.

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 20 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.

You are invited to attend our Listen Up Café!

Listen Up Café, Friday, September 13, 2019 from 10 am -12 pm

We’ll be discussing Alzheimers and the connection of hearing health and brain health.

RSVP by calling us at 408.290.1279 to reserve your spot! We’ll have light refreshments and a great discussion—see you there!

Los Gatos Audiology – 15899 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd. Suite 8, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (on the corner of National and Los Gatos-Almaden Rd.)   www.losgatosaudiology.com

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HEARING LOSS MYTHS AND HEARING AIDS https://losgatosaudiology.com/hearing-loss-myths-and-hearing-aids/ https://losgatosaudiology.com/hearing-loss-myths-and-hearing-aids/#respond Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:50:57 +0000 https://losgatosaudiology.com/?p=30565 Hearing loss is an invisible yet incredibly common issue, especially among older people. Since people with hearing loss don’t look any different, that makes it a challenge for others around them to know and understand what they are going through or know how to help them. There is also a stigma attached to having hearing […]

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Hearing loss is an invisible yet incredibly common issue, especially among older people. Since people with hearing loss don’t look any different, that makes it a challenge for others around them to know and understand what they are going through or know how to help them. There is also a stigma attached to having hearing loss and using hearing aids. This stigma causes a majority of people (about 80%) to delay or avoid getting hearing aids altogether. Those that do eventually use hearing aids wait an average of ten years before taking steps to get them.  

Hearing devices can be costly, and are usually not covered by medical plans, which is another reason people with hearing damage wait to get them, even if they are really needed. These reasons on top of the fear to admit they have a hearing problem means there are a lot of people around us people with untreated hearing loss.  

There are a few hearing loss misconceptions that can help us to better understand the challenges hearing loss sufferers face, and give us some ideas for solutions.

Hearing Loss Misconceptions

1.    Hearing loss is only a problem in the elderly.

Hearing loss is definitely common among the older population, but hearing damage is an issue for all age groups. A lot of things can cause hearing damage, most commonly frequent, loud noise exposure. Loud noises can be anywhere: your lawnmower, a noisy factory work environment, fireworks or loud music.

2.    Hearing devices are a quick fix.

Hearing aids are different than a pair of glasses: you don’t just magically hear perfectly as soon as they are inserted. Your audiologist may need to adjust your hearing aids to your brain’s specific needs to achieve the best hearing experience. Your ears and your brain collaborate so you can identify and recognize sounds in your environment. Hearing aids are simply a means for your brain to understand and interpret sounds.

3.    If you speak louder, people with hearing loss can hear you better.

Many people thing that hearing loss is just turning down the volume. Hearing damage, however, is more akin to a broken microphone that distorts sound whether it’s loud or soft. This is why shouting at someone who is hearing impaired usually doesn’t help at all.  

4.    Take a pill for it: hearing loss is fixable.

As of right now, permanent hearing loss is irreversible. That makes hearing loss prevention very important. The best way to ensure you know about hearing loss before you even notice it yourself is to get quick, easy, yearly hearing screening with your audiologist. Call our office today to set one up!

5.    Hearing loss is just laziness; they aren’t paying attention.  

When people have hearing loss are not being lazy or ignoring you: they really don’t hear you! Hearing fatigue is another problem for people who suffer from hearing damage: listening and understanding takes much more effort than it does for people with normal hearing. They must focus to understand sounds that are for everyone else just come naturally. Once they have a break, they are usually ready to put forth the effort once again.

6.    Lip reading is easy.

If you have ever tried to lip read you know it’s not something anyone can do! Lip reading is a skill and it takes time to master it. Even the best lip readers are playing a guessing game, so we can help by gesturing and giving them other clues.

7.    There is only one sign language.

Wrong again! There are over 130 different sign languages, which vary by country, language and region!

8.    Driving is not for people with hearing loss.

Even people who are deaf can drive–they have to be very careful of their environment and pay attention to everything happening using the other four senses.

9.    Deafness is genetic.

Deafness and hearing loss can be caused by a large range of reasons. Loud noise exposure, accidents, illnesses, congenital defects or ototoxic chemicals can all play a role, but deafness is rarely genetic.

10. Hearing aids are cumbersome and ugly!

Modern hearing aids have advanced with today’s technology: they are now much less conspicuous than they have ever been! Hearing aids are now “smart” too and can be run and adjusted by your phone or other devices! Modern hearing devices are super small and can fit completely into the ear canal making them are practically invisible! Many hearing aids are also wireless, and come in lots of shapes, colors and sizes.

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 40 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to audiology, feel free to contact Los Gatos Audiology, with a convenient hearing center located in Los Gatos, CA, by clicking here or by calling 408.703.0772.

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