Top 6 Things to Do Before Buying Hearing Aids

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If you’ve found yourself reading this article, chances are you’ve made the decision to look into getting hearing aids. Congratulations! You are on your way to improving your quality of life, recognizing sounds you forgot existed, and holding more meaningful conversations. Before grabbing your credit card, however, there are some important factors to consider before making the purchase. Understanding these …

5 Things That Could Cause Hearing Loss

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Today, hearing loss affects over 40 million people and that number is set to balloon to over 70 million in coming decades. Part of this increase is the consequence of living in a louder world, and a world that presents hazards to our hearing that we may not even recognize. Irreversible hearing loss is mainly caused by damage to the …

Kids & Swim Ear Plugs

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Summer season is here, and that means trips to the lake, the swimming pool down the block, or grandma’s backyard. Do your kids love the inflatable pool you bought last summer, or enjoy running through the sprinkler? It’s time to talk about swim ear plugs, and how to protect your children’s hearing in or out of the pool. Hold on. …

High Blood Pressure and Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the US. As with other medical conditions, hearing loss occurs with comorbidities. A comorbidity is the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases, or the presence of one or more additional disorders occurring simultaneously with a primary disorder. From the Mayo Clinic, high blood pressure is defined as “a common condition …

Communication: The Key to Connection

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May is a very special month at Arizona Balance & Hearing Aids – it’s officially Better Speech and Hearing Month! Better Speech and Hearing Month was established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and it is the perfect time to raise awareness around hearing and speech health issues, and to help people access care for their concerns. This year, the theme …

Iron Deficiency and Hearing Loss

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It has long been understood that iron plays a critical role in how the human body functions. Now, researchers have found a distinct link between iron deficiency and hearing loss. Late last year, a team from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine published their findings in the JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. Examining data from over 305,000 adult participants, …

How a Tiny Device Can Change Your Life

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If you’ve noticed changes in your hearing, but have put off getting a hearing test, you are not alone. Hearing impairment is one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions worldwide, yet it takes an average of seven years for people experiencing hearing loss to seek treatment. Why do people wait so long? Seeking help for your hearing can help …

Traveling This Summer? Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids

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Summer is right around the corner, and we’re excited at the prospect of vacations and travel. It may seem daunting to travel with hearing aids, amidst the activity in airports and the unknown of a new city, but we are here to provide some tips to alleviate the stress. Here at AZ Balance and Hearing Aids, we believe that hearing …

Hearing Loss Rates Rising in Younger Generation

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Hearing Loss Rates Rising in Younger Generations   One may not be surprised to learn that hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the US, or that it effects one in three Americans over 65. However, what may come as a surprise to many is the alarming number of young adults who have hearing loss. According to …

YouTube Videos Captioned for Viewers with Hearing Loss

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In a fairly short period of time, YouTube has gone from a relatively unknown website for watching funny cat videos to a regular household name. In fact, a day rarely goes by that we don’t tune in. Whether we’re enjoying a friend’s vacation video, learning how to tie sailor’s knots or recapping a presidential speech, YouTube is most likely the …

For Athletes, a Hearing Test Could Identify Concussion

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Over the past few years, concussions have made an appearance in popular and sports culture in a major way. There has been quite a bit of new research regarding true and lasting damage undiagnosed concussions can leave, which has caused quite a stir in the world of sports. Even Hollywood has weighed in on the conversation. “Concussion”, a blockbuster film …

Researchers Find Potential Link Between Youth Hearing Loss and Genetics

Researchers Find Potential Link Between Youth Hearing Loss and Genetics

A Prince Edward Island-based research team, led by P.E.I. native Justin Pater, has uncovered an important clue in the rapidly expanding field of genetic hearing loss. Pater and his team have, through exhaustive research, confirmed a link between a unique gene mutation and hearing loss in children, a discovery which has the potential to increase early intervention and prevent problems …

Your Hearing and Vestibular Systems are Millions of Years Old!

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Did you know that your hearing and balance are connected? The vestibular system, which contributes to your balance and spatial orientation, helps you coordinate movement. The vestibular system and auditory system are an interconnected network of labyrinths in your inner ear. In a new study, Professor Kathleen Cullen of Johns Hopkins University’s Biomedical Engineering department, finds that our vestibular system …

For the New Year, Schedule an Annual Hearing Test

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The new year is upon us, which means it’s time to break out the champagne–and also a pen and paper for making our annual list of resolutions. Exercise more, eat a healthier diet, make new friends, start saving for that trip…some of our goals will be kept, and some will be broken, as always seems to be the case. But …