Image of man and woman taking pictures on vacation.Hitting the road – or skies or rails – with hearing loss may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

A little planning and preparation can go a long way in making sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible so you can relax and enjoy your destination once you arrive. Here are some tips for traveling with a hearing impairment:

  • Book online: Book your trip online whenever possible. This will provide evidence in writing of your prices, dates, and reservations in case of problems.
  • Sign up for travel alerts: Get email and text confirmations and alerts so you won’t miss important announcements on cancellations or delays.

ear acheTinnitus is one of the most common hearing ailments, experienced by up to 50 million Americans.

Because May is Better Hearing Month, it is the perfect time to learn more about this symptom often referred to as “ringing in the ears” – even though it can also sound like buzzing, clicking or hissing. Tinnitus is not a disease, but rather a sign of an issue with the auditory system.

Image of Hearing Associates team presenting My Happy Place donation checkHearing Associates will donate a portion of all hearing aid sales during the months of May and June to My Happy Place, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing awe-inspiring bedroom makeovers for children suffering from a chronic or terminal illness.

Many of the children My Happy Place serves come from homes where having a clean, therapeutic environment to sleep in isn’t possible. The agency aims to provide these children with a space where they can heal and thrive, a bedroom full of their favorite characters, colors and personal items. My Happy Place gives sick children hope by giving them a safe, comfortable bedroom in which they can just be a kid.

Image of cigarette in hand While no one thinks smoking cigarettes is a healthy habit, many people don’t realize the damage it can do to your hearing.

The nearly 40 million American adults lighting up on a regular basis are 70 percent more likely to experience hearing loss than their non-smoking peers, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The article also stated that non-smokers living with smokers were twice as likely to have hearing problems as people not exposed to second-hand smoke.

Cigarettes are full of toxic chemicals including nicotine, formaldehyde, arsenic, ammonia and vinyl chloride. Some of these are known as ototoxic, meaning they can damage your hearing and cause tinnitus and balance problems.

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Hearing Associates is excited to announce it will be partnering with KIMT to give away a free pair of hearing aids! 

How the Contest Works

The contest is simple: Go to the KIMT Contest page and fill out the survey under the Hearing Associates “Hearing Aid Giveaway.” Everyone who completes the survey will receive a complimentary hearing evaluation. At the end of the contest, a winner will be selected to receive a free pair of hearing aids.