Not sure if you have hearing loss?

There’s a quick way to see if you MIGHT need a professional evaluation…

Take a free, 5 minute online hearing test to determine if you could benefit from a comprehensive test and evaluation from one of our Upstate hearing care professionals at Sound Hearing Now.

Although seeking the help of a hearing care professional should be a priority if you suspect you have hearing loss, this quick 5 minute test will help you determine whether you or your loved one could benefit from a more comprehensive test.  This online hearing test will take you through a brief questionnaire and different listening scenarios. It is recommended that you take the test away from any distractions or loud noises so choose a quiet environment. If you have headphones it is also suggested that you use them instead of your built-in computer speakers.

Here’s the link to online test: https://global.widex.com/en/online-hearing-test

After you take this test, if you realize that you may have hearing loss contact us! We can schedule a complete hearing evaluation and help you start your journey to better healing right away! For more information about our comprehensive evaluation, click here.

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Hearing Loss Can Be Factor in Dementia

New study says hearing loss one of nine factors for dementia.

When it comes to dementia early detection helps!

At Sound Hearing Now, we want to help you manage hearing loss as one way to help lower your risk of dementia. A new report by the Lancet Commissions on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care identified nine age-related risk factors for developing dementia. They include:

  • Before the age of 18: level of education
  • Between the ages of 45-65: hypertension, obesity and hearing loss
  • Over the age of 65: smoking, depression, inactivity, social isolation and diabetes

Dementia, a term used to describe severe memory loss and mental abilities, affects nearly 50 million people worldwide. It is estimated that the number of cases of individuals living with dementia will increase to 66 million by 2030 and 131 million by 2050, according to a report presented at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Dementia increases hospitalization risk and other health-related issues.

The Lancet Commissions report suggests as many as one third of all dementia cases may be delayed or prevented by eliminating some of the risk factors — specifically, active treatment of hypertension in middle and old age, as well as increasing childhood education, exercise and social engagement, reducing smoking, and managing hearing loss, depression, diabetes, and obesity.

How to manage hearing loss

Here are three easy ways to help manage your risk of hearing loss:

  • Protect your hearing. Nearly 40 million Americans have a preventable type of hearing loss caused by noise. Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) risk can be reduced by turning down the volume on electronic devices and using hearing protection.
  • Get evaluated. Schedule periodic hearing exams with Sound Hearing Now or another hearing healthcare professional. A yearly exam will help you identify changes to your hearing more easily.
  • Treat your hearing loss. If your evaluation reveals hearing loss that requires hearing aid treatment, do not delay. The brain makes sense of the sound our ears collect and the longer you postpone treatment, the greater the potential effect on your brain.

If you or a loved one would like to be evaluated for hearing loss, give us a call or click here to make an appointment with Sound Hearing Now at one our convenient locations in the Upstate today!

We also offer a wide range of comfortable and affordable hearing aids to meet your individual needs. To learn more, visit our hearing loss services page.

Link to article on dementia risk factors and hearing losss.

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Holiday savings of $700!

Are you in need of new hearing aids?

Now is the time for you to purchase the new IU-IM Widex custom hearing aids.

Purchase by 12/31/17 and receive a $700 discount or a free upgrade to the next level of technology!

Visit one of our four convenient locations in Simpsonville, Travelers Rest, Greenville, or Powdersville today.

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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.

 

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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
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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

 

 

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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/

https://www.audiology.org/advocacy/academy-efforts-regard-united-healthcarehi-healthinnovations-direct-consumer-hearing-aid

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!

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