Image of doctor drawing heart.If you experience a heart attack, chances are high you will also experience hearing loss.

The connection between the heart and hearing has been well documented, with nearly 75% of heart failure patients over the age of 70 experiencing hearing loss, according to a report published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. These older individuals with a history of heart failure had hearing loss 74.4% of the time, versus 63.3% of people without heart problems.

With February being designated as American Heart Month, Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa believes it’s a perfect time to understand the link between our heart and hearing and what we can do to protect both of them.

Image of a man vaping.While using electronic cigarettes may not cause our clothes to reek of smoke, does our hearing escape as unscathed from vaping (the use of an e-cigarette)?

Although the use of e-cigarettes and vaping has increased dramatically in recent years, the jury is still out on their health risks and whether the practice is an effective method of quitting tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, nearly 21% of high school students vaped in the past 30 days, while nearly 3% of the U.S. adult population were e-cigarette users in 2017.

grandfather grandson reading 300x235Hearing Associates is donating funds to help keep families warm this winter.

We are donating a portion of all hearing aid sales and $20 for every free screening completed in March to Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP). This program – an outreach effort of the North Iowa Community Action Organization – helps low-income residents pay a portion of their winter heating costs by making a one-time payment to a heating or fuel company on the person’s account.

middle aged man working outIt’s the age-old question for fitness enthusiasts with hearing loss: “Should I wear my hearing aids to the gym?”

There are a number of reasons we may opt to not wear them while pumping iron or using the elliptical machine – but none of them are good ones.

Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa examines some of common excuses people use for not wearing their hearing aids to the gym – and why they shouldn’t make excuses.