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Can Singing Carols Help Your Hearing?

Music training keeps the hearing brain young

So Christmas caroling is probably not going to prevent hearing loss, however, multiple studies show a benefit to music training to lessen the effect of age-related hearing loss, says The Hearing Journal.

Music appears to strengthen the aspects of sound processing that are common in age-related hearing loss. One study showed that older adults with musical training had larger, more consistent and more accurate neural responses to speech than non-musicians with normal hearing or hearing loss.

So far there haven’t been many studies into using music training to help older adults maintain hearing abilities in the brain, but work is beginning. In June 2017, preliminary, and promising, results were presented in an ongoing study related to musical interventions for older adults.

Music adds much to life and engaging in training now could have positive benefits beyond those you might expect. Ongoing research suggests musical training as a strategy to supplement amplification and aural rehabilitation to improve hearing health in older adults.

So go out there and make a joyful noise this holiday season. Your ears may thank you!

Contact us at Sound Hearing Care today for a hearing evaluation.



Give the Gift of Love with Better Hearing

This holiday season give your loved ones the gift of better communication.

Is hearing loss causing issues in your relationships?

Studies show that untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with family and friends and particularly with those closest to us, such as our romantic partners.

This holiday season resolve to improve your hearing to give the gift of better communication to your relationships.

The Statistics

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), more than 48 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss. The problem is that only 1 out of 4 people who need them wear hearing aids. That means 75 percent of those with hearing loss are putting their relationships at risk.

A 2009 British study revealed that out of 1,500 people with hearing loss surveyed, 44 percent reported that their hearing loss had caused relationships with their partner, friends or family to suffer. And 34 percent reported the breakdown in communication had actually brought about loss of relationships, including marriages.

There is Hope

Sadly, hearing loss can lead to some serious communication issues that over time affect the quality of your relationships.

Some of these are:

  • • Frustration
  • • Resentment
  • • Loneliness, i.e. the hearing partners feel that they are missing out on companionship
  • • Curtailing of social activities, withdrawal from social interaction
  • • Decrease in intimate talk, joking with family
  • • Shared communication difficulties
  • • Decrease in shared activities such as watching TV
  • • Loss of companionship
  • • Decrease in communication (words are kept to a minimum)

But there is hope. Contact us at Sound Hearing Care for a comprehensive hearing evaluation and treatment options. Now is the time to improve your hearing.




1 in 3 People Aged 65 or Older Has an Age-Related Hearing Loss

Study finds high prevalence of age-related hearing loss.

While it is not surprising that the prevalence of hearing loss increases as you grow older, a new study has found the rate to be nearly 30 percent for those over age 65.

Age-related hearing loss can have various causes, but as people reach later life it is more common.

More Men than Women

The Rotterdam Study of 4,743 persons age 50 and older found that among those above the age of 65 the prevalence of hearing loss higher than 35 db was 30 percent. With men showing a 33 percent chance and women at almost 29 percent.

The study was made between 2011 and 2015 and originally appeared in the journal Laryngoscope in March 2017

Signs to Watch For

If you or a loved one is over age 65 or experiencing any of the symptoms below, contact us at Sound Hearing Care today for a hearing evaluation or take our 5-minute hearing quiz.

  • • Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds such as female or children’s voices
  • • Difficulty hearing with background noise, such as at a restaurant or party
  • • Loss of daily sounds such as birds singing or appliance beeps
  • • Turning up the volume on tv or radio
  • • Asking people to repeat themselves
  • • Ringing ears

Hearing Loss in the Holidays

Simple tips to improve your holiday gathering for loved ones with hearing loss.

As the holiday season arrives, you are likely planning family get-togethers or social gatherings. If you or a loved one has hearing loss, these events can be a challenge.

Sometimes the difficulty of hearing in a social gathering can cause withdrawal and even lead to depression.  Sound Hearing Now encourages you to consider these simple tips to provide support and encourage everyone to have a merry holiday season.

  • Pay attention. If you notice a loved one not participating in the conversation, he or she may be struggling to keep up with what is being said.  Help guide them back into the discussion.
  • Turn it down. While background music can add to a festive environment, consider turning it down or off when you want people to converse. Background noise can be a big challenge for people with hearing loss.
  • About face. Individuals with hearing loss communicate more easily when they can see facial expression and mouths of those speaking.
  • Stay close. When speaking with a friend or family member with hearing loss remember to get close. Perhaps touch their arm or hand before you speak to show them you want their attention.

Do you or someone you love struggle to hear during social gatherings? If so, you may be experiencing communication issues due to hearing loss. Click here to make an appointment with Sound Hearing Now at one our convenient locations in the Upstate today!


Musicians struggle commonly with hearing loss

Noise-induced hearing loss common among professional musicians

Professional musicians experience hearing loss, tinnitus and ear pain, an Iranian study finds.

Professional musicians are exposed to loud sounds to a larger extend than many others. Due to this exposure to high-intensity sounds, musicians are at greater risk of noise-induced-hearing-loss-nihl”>noise-induced hearing loss. Noise exposure is one of the major causes of a sensorineural hearing loss.

An Iranian study among professional musicians has shown that 42.2% had audiometric notches in one ear (unilateral hearing loss) and 19.2% had audiometric notches in both ears (bilateral hearing loss). The notches were more frequent in musicians with more work experience than in those with less work experience.

The frequency of notches in one or both ears was 46.3% in men and 23.8% in women.

Only 2% of the participants used hearing protection devices.

Violin players

The study said that the frequency of hearing loss in the left ear among violin players was higher than expected, namely 41.7% versus 27.5%.

Tinnitus and ear pain

The study also found that 51% experienced tinnitus after performances and 28% experienced ear pain during the performances.

About the study

The study was conducted among 125 Iranian traditional and/or pop musicians with at least five years of professional work. The study consisted of a questionnaire and a clinical examination of the hearing threshold levels.

Each individual occupational noise exposure was calculated by multiplying the number of their years of exposure by the number of hours of exposure per week.

The study “Noise induced hearing loss among professional musicians” was published in the journal of Occupational health in 2017.

Source: Journal of Occupational Health, Vol 59, 2017




Hearing loss isn’t just about YOU!

Studies show that untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with those closest to us!

The statistics speak volumes.

In a recent article on HealthyHearing.com, Lisa Packer noted these staggering statistics: “According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), more than 48 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss. The problem is that only 1 out of 4 people who need them wear hearing aids. That means 75 percent of those with hearing loss are putting their relationships at risk.” (more…)


Hi Health Innovation Hearing

Many patients call me and tell me that they are with United Healthcare and that they have hearing benefits.  Sadly, I know this path and the road which they will go long before they do.  They think that United Healthcare is looking out for them and offering this amazing deal on hearing aids.  Unfortunately, this is not the case with Hi Health for my patients in Greenville.

Only approximately 10% of insurance actually has a benefit towards hearing aids and in the past, United Health Care was one of those providers.  In 2012 they decided to change the system and offer mail order hearing devices and cancel their benefits.   Shortly after Hi Health Innovations asked persons to take an on-line hearing test and the FDA had to send them a cease and desist order to stop this poor practice.  Due to the FDA they were required to get real hearing tests, but they did not have to offer local providers.

When you look at the pricing or you call in you may think, wow what a good deal.  What most patients don’t understand is that these products aren’t current and advanced technology, made from one of the 6 hearing aid manufacturers.  What Hi Health offers is a privately made very rudimentary hearing aid with simple technology.  You send them the audiogram and they mail the devices to you, the devices aren’t properly programmed by local experts.  You do not have a local professional ensuring they are correctly programmed and fit your needs.  So when you aren’t happy and need an adjustment, you have to ship them to them for programming and just how exactly can they fix the issues, with out confirming it’s right.  You also do not have local service and care when problems arise.

One may also say that they have great reviews online, but what they may not notice is that all the review are on their website, not anywhere else.  It was be more legitimate and more believable if they weren’t posted themselves.  The real feedback from most patients that have tried these devices have been negative.  Here is what was posted by the asha organization when reviewing these devices.

You can find this info at http://www.asha.org/Advocacy/hi-HealthInnovations-and-UnitedHealthcare-Hearing-Benefit/


Also note the United Health Care owns Hi Health Innovations, so they are charging you for insurance, and then making a profit off hearing aids.  They quit covering the benefit and now make more money.  Not looking out for your best interests in our opinion.

With Sound Hearing Care, you have local service, proper programming, the latest and most advanced technology from a reputable manufacturer and great pricing.  Costs of hearing aids through Sound Hearing Care ranges from $899 and up.  Call and schedule your appointment today and see how the professionals here at Sound Hearing Care can get you back on the road to good hearing health!