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Hearing Aids – Where to Begin?

Getting hearing aids?  Ready to start the process?  You’ve finally decided to improve your hearing but are unsure where to start.  Here are a few tips to begin:

  • Begin with a comprehensive hearing evaluation – not just a “free hearing test”.

    Getting Hearing Aids – Where to Begin

    This should include an assessment of several aspects of your hearing as well as your communication needs.  It is the baseline for appropriate recommendations and positive results with your hearing aid.

  • Find an experienced Audiologist – not a “salesperson”.   It takes many years to become an expert in treating communication problems.  “Salespersons” are trained in selling you the product only.
  • Finding an Audiologist can best be done via word-of-mouth and is the beginning of a long-term relationship similar to your physician/patient relationship.  Find someone you know is happy with their hearing care and ask them for a recommendation.
  • Beware “discounts” and insurance “benefits”.  Many are surprised to learn that  independent Audiologists are competitive with online searches and insurance benefit “discounts” for hearing aids.  Many times “out of network” pricing has proven to be lower than “in-network” discounts.  Don’t assume it is a real dollar difference.
  • Realize you are not just purchasing a “product”.  Rehabilitation is the other half of the equation.  If you don’t know what to do with a hearing aid – how will it help you?  You should receive communication training and counseling for your listening skills to re-learn to hear again.

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DOES LISTENING AFFECT YOUR MOOD?

Listen Happy – Feel Happy!

YES – anything you listen to will affect your mood.  The music you listen to can change your state of mind – both positively and negatively.  So, re-think what you are listening to if you are “down in the dumps”.

Studies have shown that mental health is linked to what you are listening to on a particular day. Brain receptors behave differently depending on what an individual was listening to – whether it was gloomy or upbeat.  Those who listened to slow, sad music often reported feelings of loneliness and/or depression.  Those who listened to upbeat, cheerful music were more excited about their day.

Want to change the way you feel today?  Switch from slow, sad music to something upbeat that you enjoy and has a “catchy” beat.  Want to relax?  Listen to white noise, such as a waterfall or ocean.  It is a great alternative to music toocean surf help you relax.  Want a new way to impact your day? Find some interesting podcasts to listen to rather than sad music.  What you listen to can most definitely change your outlook on the day!

 

Restaurant Noise Review: JuJube, Chapel Hill, NC

JuJube – Chapel Hill, NC Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Decibel Reading:  68 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Office

Conversation:  Easy

Rating:     speaker-green

Comments:  Easy to chat and catch up at JuJube, since we were not eating at a peak time. Initially, we were seated under a music speaker, which was promptly turned down making

Jujube2 smconversation much more tolerable.  Few windows, leather chairs and use of tablecloths minimized noise interference as well as being separated from the bar in another room.  As more patrons began to fill the dining area, it continued to be easy to enjoy conversation.  Great place to go to catch up and enjoy a nice meal when dining at off-peak hours.

Restaurant Noise Review: Fishmongers, Durham, NC

Fishmongers – Durham, NC – Tuesday, May 3, 2015, 7pm  

Decibel Reading:  76 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Chamber Music

Conversation:  Raised voices and repetitions necessary

Rating:    speaker-red   speaker-red   speaker-red

Comments:  Hard to follow our group of 4 when talking together.  The wide open restaurant area with expansive windows and high ceilings made frequent repetitions necessary – even at non-peak restaurant hours.  Hard surfaces such as wooden chairs/tables and floors caused the reverberation that interfered with our conversation.  Enjoyed the food but were frustrated with poor continuity of our conversation.

Restaurant Noise Review for Bennett Pointe Grill, Durham, NC

Just want a nice meal and conversation? Use our reviews as a resource when planning an evening out to know what your ears can expect!

Bennett Pointe Grill, Durham, NC, Sunday, December 9, 2014 – 7pm

Decibel Reading:  73 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Living Room Television

Conversation:  Occasionally Difficult

Rating:     speaker-yellow   speaker-yellow

Comments:   We enjoyed the food, but conversation was occasionally difficult and required some repetitions for continuity.  We were seated at a table in the middle of the dining area that contained hard floors with no upholstery or soft coverings to absorb the sound.  Booths were present around the perimeter which may help reduce the noise but did not have seat cushions to absorb the noise.  Separate kitchen and bar areas helped control the noise interference.  A notable feature was the absence of loud background music – which helped reduce the overall noise interference. This restaurant can be a place to enjoy a meal and conversation if you choose a booth and do not sit in the center of the dining area.

Guys Guide to Hearing

60% of adults with hearing loss are MEN . . .  Why do more men have hearing loss?  They tend to have noisier occupations and louder hobbies than most women.  You can suffer a lot of damage from loud sounds before you notice.  man listening

6 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Hearing Loss:

  • Cover up.  Use earplugs / earmuffs when using tools around the house (lawnmower, saws, etc.)
  • Tune out.  Use noise cancelling earphones so you don’t try to drown out the gym (or other stuff) by turning it up.
  • Butt out.  Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of hearing loss by disruption of blood flow to the tiny vessels in the ear.
  • Turn it down.  Listening to an iPod for 5 minutes a day at high volume can increase your risk.  If you can’t hear someone speaking at arms length – turn it down.
  • Talk about your meds.  Certain pain relievers and medications used for erectile dysfunction can cause hearing loss.  Ask your doctor.
  • Get help.  If you notice a drop in your hearing, get it checked by an Audiologist.   It’s important to know your baseline. Don’t let sounds fade away!