oticon opn minirite t 274x211Right now, it’s necessary to take extra precautions to prevent hearing aid damage. You may not be able to get into your audiologist as quickly as you’d like should you need a repair or replacement. Read up on our list of preventative maintenance tips for your hearing devices and check our updated business hours.

man wearing hearing aid looking at smartphoneSocial engagement can be difficult with hearing loss. But when the new daily schedule requires social distancing during the coronavirus epidemic, social engagement can seem impossible. Here are some ideas to keep yourself engaged and healthy during this time of self-quarantine.

Set A Schedule

It’s easy to get in the habit of lounging around during social isolation. You can’t go out, so what can you do? Set goals to accomplish each day, so you keep yourself motivated and active. Schedule time to do chores, make phone calls, exercise, and relax. It’s essential to keep active to avoid feelings of depression and isolation, but it’s also important to give yourself time to unwind.

Image of Man using computer drinking coffee, tinnitus triggers.The ringing in your ears seems to be getting worse, or at least it doesn’t seem to be getting better. Learn more about the triggers that exacerbate your tinnitus. Some of them may surprise you.

Stress And Emotional Well-Being

Check-in with your mental and emotional health. Stress raises your blood pressure and will exacerbate your tinnitus. Find time to center yourself and calm your mind. Take up yoga, meditation, or take a quiet walk each day.

Depression is often a hidden trigger that can get the best of you. Failing to cope with tinnitus can lead to a vicious cycle between your emotional and physiological symptoms. A tinnitus flare-up creates anxiety, which raises your blood pressure and further worsens the ringing in your ears.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy offers relief by reworking the negative emotions associated with tinnitus. Having a less severe reaction to a flare-up will put you on the right track to reducing anxiety and depression.

Woman with ear plugIf you work in an environment with regular noise exposure, you need to consider investing in hearing protection to prevent permanent hearing loss. The good news is there’s a wide variety of options and styles, but not all hearing protection is created equal.

Let’s compare quick-fix foam earplugs and custom molds so you can decide what’s best for you.

misophoniaCertain sounds may make you uncomfortable, even send a shiver down your spine. But for other people, noises can trigger conditions like misophonia and hyperacusis. These conditions trigger a visceral reaction from people when they hear a certain sound.