Image of woman holding flower covering her nose With allergy season quickly approaching, the team at Hearing Associates wants to help you maintain optimal hearing while dealing with sniffles and sneezes throughout the season.

Non-Hearing Aid Wearers

Whether you have hearing loss or not, you may notice a decline in hearing capabilities during allergy season. For example, should you develop skin irritations on your face or neck, swelling of your outer ear can affect hearing.

Allergies can cause fluid or wax build up in the ear and create temporary hearing loss. However, if excess wax prevents fluids from properly draining, an infection can develop. Repeated ear infections can cause hearing loss.

Rayovac Battery Breakdown

 

Rayovac, the manufacturer of the best hearing aid batteries on the market, has an even better battery to offer patients – and Hearing Associates has it in stock.

The Rayovac Active Core Technology has been designed to meet the needs of the latest hearing aid technology. Many hearing aid wearers express that hearing aid battery longevity as the most important factor when choosing hearing aids.

hearing protectionThere are many contributing factors to hearing loss, but the items often overlooked are the auditory hazards around us all day: in our homes or at our job.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), auditory levels below 75 decibel (dB) are safe. However, prolonged exposure of sounds above 85 dB can lead to noise-induced hearing loss. This permanent health condition affects roughly 40 million adults in the US.

SoundArc 2Hearing Associates P.C. is now providing maintenance services for the Baha SoundArc for patients in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Mason City, and at their additional locations in Northern Iowa.

The Baha SoundArc is a non-surgical bone conduction wearing device acting as an alternative to the Baha Softband.

The SoundArc is a behind-the-head band designed to improve hearing in children with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss or single-sided sensorineural deafness. The device is recommended for children who are not yet eligible or ready for an implant but are in need of taking the first step to hearing.

hearing aid heartStudies have shown that your cardiovascular system can have a direct effect on your hearing. That’s because interrupted blood flow or trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can be contributing factors to hearing loss.

Studies have shown that individuals with cardiovascular issues are 50% more likely to experience hearing loss. Of patients who had at least one heart attack, 80% had damage to their inner ear.

According to David R. Friedland, MD, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chair at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the inner ear is affected by blood flow so much that cardiovascular problems can be detected in this part of the body before other regions.

Because of this, hearing loss can in some cases be an early identifier of cardiovascular issues.