stress can cause hearing issuesStress is inevitable. Our fast-paced lives bring stressors daily or even hourly.

But did you know that stress can impact you emotionally and physically? In fact, it can even affect your hearing.   

Stress affects your body’s blood circulation, including in your inner ear. Hair cells in the inner ear are fragile and require a steady stream of blood to distribute oxygen and nutrients. If there isn’t a constant blood flow to the ears, the ear cells can be damaged, or even destroyed. 

Here are some ways to manage your stress and preserve your hearing.

giftsAs the holidays approach, there’s always that one person on your list who is hard to buy for. If that person is a hearing aid wearer (or if you wear hearing aids and want to drop a few hints), here is a list of items that are practical and fun.

A Dehumidifier

Condensation can develop in hearing aids when transitioning inside from the outdoors. A dehumidifier can reduce the effects condensation and moisture damage has on hearing aids.

Family holidayThe holiday season is a time to get together with family and friends, share stories and enjoy a good meal. For those experiencing hearing loss, however, these large gatherings are often more stressful than joyful. 

If you have a loved one who is experiencing hearing loss, here are some ways to make the holidays a little more enjoyable for them.


cheer fundHelp us grant the Christmas wishes of Northern Iowa children this holiday season.

To help make the holiday’s special, we’ve partnered with The Globe Gazette Good Cheer Fund to make sure every child in need has a present to open this year.

The Christmas Cheer Fund began in 1927 with the hopes that every child would have a gift on Christmas morning.  It has since grown to help families of all ages.

The rules are simple: Like our Facebook page. To make sure all of the presents are wrapped and under the trees by Christmas, our Cheerful Wishes campaign will only run until December 20th, or until our $1000 goal has been reached.

For every new person that “Likes” our page, we’ll donate $1 to the Globe Gazette’s Christmas Cheer Fund. You can help reach more families by sharing the page and encouraging others to “like” it as well. 

To learn more about the Christmas Cheer Fund and the 2017 applicants, visit

HSA FSA cardsWith the holidays approaching, many are looking to expand their budget for gifts and charitable giving. One area people commonly overlook is their medical needs, and the funds in their Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts.

Many are unaware that their hearing aids, hearing aid batteries and additional hearing device equipment are covered by an HSA and FSA.