man shoveling snow 300x200Winter has a way of wreaking havoc on your hearing aids.

Extreme temperature shifts experienced from switching between the cozy indoors and the frigid outdoors – and back again – can cause moisture damage to your devices as condensation forms on them.

Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa offers the following tips to hearing aid wearers about taking proper care of their devices during the coldest months:

aural appointmentAlthough being diagnosed with hearing loss represents a challenging time in anyone’s life, it need not be mourned as the end of life.

Individuals who have made significant improvements to their listening experiences with hearing aids know the benefits of technology when it comes to effectively communicating with others.

Auditory Training

Auditory training is the process of using formal listening activities to improve one’s listening and speech understanding abilities. The goal is to optimize the perception of speech through the training of cognitive processes needed in listening. This technique has been known to help hearing aid wearers better understand speech in difficult listening environments.

thanksgiving dinner friends familyThe holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, right?

The answer can be complicated for those with hearing loss. They may struggle to take part in conversations with beloved friends and family around the bustling kitchen, dinner table, and living room – also making it a frustrating time of the year.

Fortunately, there are many ways you can have better listening experiences – or create them for your loved one with hearing loss – during the busy holiday season, missing fewer conversations and important bits of family news.

Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa and with locations throughout Northern Iowa and Albert Lea, Minnesota offers the following tips:

Image of middle aged couple walking.Although many people don’t think about allergies affecting the ears, they can indeed lead to temporary hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and pressure.

When the body is exposed to allergens in foods, drugs, pollen, weeds and other substances, it produces antibodies. In turn, these antibodies release histamine – which can cause certain allergic reactions including sinus congestion, runny nose and itchy eyes.

Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa – with outreach clinics throughout northern Iowa and Albert Lea, Minnesota – reminds you of the ways allergies can cause hearing loss and what you can do about it.

Seasonal allergies can impact all parts of the ear:

Image of Farmers walking without hearing protectionSquealing pigs. Tractors. Combines. Grain dryers. Irrigation pumps.

Farming is full of potential hazards to your hearing. One study found that 78 percent of American farmers reported having hearing loss, significantly higher than rates found in other labor groups. Despite this rate, only four percent reported wearing hearing aids.

Sounds are measured in decibels (dB). Prolonged exposure to sounds louder than 85 dB can damage your hearing, while exposure to noises above 120 dB can immediately damage your ears.

Here are some common farming sounds and their decibel levels: