With the connections between serious diseases like Dementia and Diabetes, it’s important to take hearing loss seriously. However, it’s also important to keep a positive attitude about hearing loss as comedian Brian Regan does.

During his bit, Regan begins by talking about how he lost his hearing and transitions into his personal experience with tinnitus and his appointment at the audiologist’s office.

Not only is his perspective amusing, his experience can be shared between hearing loss patients across the world.  To hear his perspective for yourself, listen to the audio clip below.

School is out, suitcases are packed for summer vacations, and spending time in the water is just one of the perks of hot weather. But when you spend all day in a pool, lake, or ocean, you may come home with more than a sunburn.

Although it typically it drains by itself, water can become trapped in the canal and lead to an infection marked by redness, itchiness, swelling, and pain called Swimmer’s Ear.  

Swimmer’s ear is easily treated with antibacterial ear drops, but it’s also easily preventable. Below are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control to help prevent an unnecessary doctor visit this summer.

Choosing a hearing aid can be an intimidating process, especially with so many styles and options to pick from. By comparing all of your options and knowing the pros and cons of each style, the selection process gets easier.

Are you looking for a discreet hearing aid? Maybe size isn’t a factor, and you are looking for something with more power. From completely invisible hearing aid styles, to those that fit behind your ears, there is a perfect device out there with your name on it.

Check out the video below to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each hearing aid style.

A medical historian, cardiologist and musicologist walk into a room...

It sounds like the set-up to a joke, but a team consisting of a medical historian, cardiologist and musicologist from the University of Michigan and University of Washington theorized that world-renowned composer Ludwig van Beethoven could have suffered from a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).

Why do they think that? They listened to his music.

Due to Beethoven’s notable deafness, it’s suggested that he was more aware of his heartbeat and used it as an internal metronome. To prove  that, the team examined the rhythm of several of Beethoven’s compositions, and read the tempos as if they were a “musical electrocardiogram.”

Did you know cold weather requires extra protection for your hearing aids? Your ears aren’t the only thing compromised by winter temperatures.Follow these simple tips to help keep your hearing aids safe this winter.

• Set your hearing aids for noise reduction
Snow blowers and snowmobiles can produce sounds over 100 dB, so it’s important to make sure the memory settings on your hearing aids turn off the amplification features you normally use.

• Use earmuffs
Noise reduction earmuffs decrease sounds by as much as 30 dB, so they’re highly useful if you need to work outside with loud equipment and your hearing aids don’t have memory settings.