diverse adults talking 300x199Hearing loss doesn’t always mean you cannot hear words.

Sometimes, a person can hear words but struggle to make sense of them. Difficulty understanding conversations is a common complaint of many people relaying their concerns to an audiologist for the first time. Hearing ability involves not only the ears, but the capacity for the brain and ears to communicate effectively, making sense of sounds.

Hearing Associates offers aural rehabilitation classes to help individuals with hearing loss learn to better navigate their impairment. Despite the fact that there is no cure for hearing loss, these classes are designed to help improve your quality of life with the impairment. We review hearing aid options, determine if assistive listening devices would be beneficial, and discuss effective communication strategies.

man getting hearing aidThose who have been treated for hearing loss understand that it’s nothing to take for granted. They’ve experienced for themselves the difference better hearing makes in one’s quality of life.

With October designated as both National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month, now is the ideal time to prioritize your hearing health. If you haven’t done so in the past, there are many reasons to take that first step toward better hearing experiences.

Family playing cards 300x200Although hearing loss has been linked to cognitive decline in the form of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, treating it can be quite effective in preserving brain function.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 5.7 people in the U.S. currently have Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. Another American develops dementia every 65 seconds, a rate that is expected to nearly triple the number of cases to 14 million Americans by 2060.

With Alzheimer’s being the sixth-leading cause of death in this country, there is extensive research into the disease and its causes. While these causes remain unclear, there are considerable findings showing a link between treating hearing loss with hearing aids and a slower rate of cognitive decline.

Kids Cafe Summer Lunch Program LogoHearing Associates recently helped address the food insecurity issue in the community by donating funds to Share Life’s Kids’ Café Summer Lunch Program.

A portion of all hearing aid sales and $20 for every free screening completed in September was donated to this program operated by Share Life in Clear Lake, Iowa. Kids’ Café aims to provide stability and food security to children during summer vacation and breaks in the winter and summer.

farmer with tractorWith harvest season quickly approaching, it’s time to pay attention to a hidden job hazard among farmers: hearing loss.

Decades spent working on and near loud farming equipment – tractors, combines, skid loaders, you name it – leads to many cases of noise-related hearing loss. Nationwide estimates suggest up to three-quarters of the country’s 13 million farmers have some level of hearing loss. One study found that more than 90% of farmers were exposed to extreme noise levels, but most did not treat their hearing loss – only 4% wore hearing aids.

Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa reminds you that much of this damage could be prevented or limited with proper hearing protection. Unfortunately, many farmers still don’t take proper precaution when it comes to their hearing. The study found that fewer than half of US farmers wore hearing protection on a daily basis.