|Improvement Area||Improvement Reported by Hearing Aid User (%)||Improvement Reported by User's Family (%)|
|Relations at home||56||66|
|Feelings about self||50||60|
|Relations with children, grandchildren||40||52|
|Sense of safety||34||37|
|Relations at work||26||43|
There are many health issues related to untreated hearing loss. Today, studies from John Hopkins University have found links between hearing loss, cognitive decline and dementia. That means that it may be a greater health threat than imagined and taking measures as simple as hearing aids could have a huge influence on healthy brain function. In a recent story in the Chicago Tribune Dr. Frank Lin, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins stated that “Hearing loss shouldn’t be considered an inconsequential part of aging.” In one study involving nearly 2,000 men and women ages 75-84, Lin and his colleagues found that over six years, cognitive abilities including memory and concentration of those with hearing loss declined 30 to 40 percent faster than in people with normal hearing. In another article on health.com Dr. Lin stated that “Whether or not it can help dementia, we don’t know yet. But in the meantime, there’s no reason not to take your hearing loss seriously and pursue some type of treatment. Hearing Care is Health Care.™ That’s why it makes sense to take care of your hearing health the same way you care about the rest of your health: There’s a lot more riding on it than just your hearing.”
We are not our parents. We see ourselves as 30 years old with 20 years’ experience and we are extremely active.
Here is some interesting facts on baby boomers.
- 80% of us will continue working past retirement age
- We’re twice as likely to start a new business as “Millennials” (18-34 year olds)
- We’re going back to school to get graduate and professional degrees.
- We’re very active on social media
- A third of us are single
- A quarter of us are looking for romantic connections
- Many of us are looking after our kids, parents or both
- Many of us want to give back to society
Hearing connects us to a particular place and time. It connects us to the now. Good hearing gives us more access to opportunities in life as well as precious moments in life. It empowers us to be all that we can and want to be. Hearing and keeping your hearing at its best is a way of redefining tomorrow. Hearing enhanced by hearing technology gives people the power to write their own future. Finally, hearing is relevant to staying healthy, traveling and eating out, staying effective at work, increased earnings, connecting with others and caring for loved ones.
Do you hear people but don’t understand what they are saying? Do you struggle in noisy environments? Do you have ringing in your ears? Do you hardly hear at all? A person who hears but does not understand may have a mild loss in the lower frequencies but a moderate to severe loss in the higher frequencies. However, a person who does not hear nor understand most likely has a loss in both the low and high frequencies. If background noise is a problem you might need a hearing device with better noise management capabilities. A comprehensive test of tones and speech will determine what hearing device is recommended to address your hearing loss and lifestyle needs.
What you want out of life is crucial in determining the level of technology that you invest in. Below are some social situations to consider:
- Quiet Conversations
- Watching TV
- Talking with Children
- Answering the Phone
- Listening to Music
- Going out to Eat
- Participating in Activities (cards, bingo)
- Attending Entertainment Events
- Attending Meetings, Worship, or Other Social Gatherings with a Number of People
If you are an active person and find yourself in social situations, you may need higher end technology to optimize the benefits. On the other hand if you are more sedentary and are most often engaged in quiet conversation, watching TV, and having a telephone conversation, a basic hearing device may be all that you need.
You should buy from a hearing health care provider that you feel comfortable with. You want to have a professional that takes time to discuss your hearing concerns thoroughly and gives you the time that you deserve. Hearing loss is very serious as it not only affects you, but also affects your family and those close to you.
Have a list of questions ready so that all your concerns can be addressed. And before you buy ask:
- What’s included with the purchase of my hearing devices?
- How long is the warranty?
- Are they Bluetooth compatible?
- What other accessories are available?
We are truly independent hearing healthcare professionals. As an independent business owner, you the patient are my concern. When you come to S.E. Wisconsin Hearing Center you will be fitted with the best hearing aid for your hearing needs, and not a hearing aid brand that the manufacturer has limited me to.
You can choose from multiple brands including: Siemens, Oticon, Starkey, Phonak, ReSound, Unitron, Widex, and Sonic. We only fit our patients with state of the art digital technology. Here is the best part: You can test drive all the major brands to see which one is best for you.
Today’s hearing aids are miniature computers that communicate wirelessly with each other making millions of calculations per second to automatically change to the environment that you are in. They enhance speech, suppress background noise, and have built in therapy for tinnitus (ringing in the ears). They are virtually invisible and can be connected to your phone and TV.
There are many choices today. With the influx of the baby boomers many businesses want to tap into the market. Retail stores, pharmacies and even insurance companies are looking to get into the market with their own private technology. There are the traditional franchise chains as well as Independent Hearing Healthcare professionals in private practice.
There are major differences between choosing an independent private practice, retail store, franchise, pharmacy or and insurance company. You want your hearing health care provider to take the time needed to fully test you. You also want to have all of your questions answered. Finally, you should be giving the opportunity to test drive the hearing device that is recommended for you to experience how it works in your own environments.
Larger selection of Name Brands
Privately owned / lower overhead
Transparency of products
Totally independent and not controlled by the manufacturer
In most cases you will be seen by the owner and not a commissioned sales person
Can be serviced by any company that sells your brand should you relocate
Limited product choice
Owned or controlled by the manufacturer
No transparency (Don’t know what brand you are buying)
Can’t easily compare product features and price
Most are commissioned sales people
Proprietary software can only be serviced where you purchased them
We are a truly independent hearing healthcare professional. As an independent business owner, you the patient are my concern. When you come to S. E. Wisconsin Hearing Center you will be fit with the best hearing aid for your hearing needs and not a hearing aid brand that the manufacturer has limited me to. We carry every major brand including: Oticon, Siemens, Starkey, Phonak, Unitron, ReSound, Widex and Sonic. We only fit our patients with state of the art digital technology. We always do a comprehensive hearing test of pure tones, bone conduction and speech.