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Who Experiences Hearing Loss? Who Can Help?

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Hearing loss isn’t something that just affects the elderly. In fact, the number of children in second grade with hearing loss increased by almost three times when compared to the last decade. Four times as many children have hearing loss by eighth grade. But despite the prevalence of hearing loss, many wait a long time before seeking help.

So if hearing loss isn’t simply a result of aging, what causes it?

There are many causes of hearing loss, but the one that has contributed the most to the increase of hearing damage in children and young adults in recent years is exposure to unsafe listening and noise levels. Termed noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), many young adults are at risk for permanent hearing loss due to personal listening device volumes and headphones that funnel sound directly to the eardrum. NIHL is a primary concern for today’s younger generations.

Unsafe noise exposure is also a contributing cause to hearing loss in baby boomers, Generation Xers and older adults. Some other causes that have, and still, contribute to hearing loss with these generations include exposure to damaging noise levels at work or during recreational activities, genetics, medical conditions and medications, and physical damage to the inner ear structures.

Learn more about the causes of hearing loss here.

If it’s so common, why do people wait go get help?

There are a number of reasons people wait years to seek hearing help, but a big part of waiting is due to the type of hearing loss a person experiences. For many, hearing loss comes on gradually. When this happens, our bodies adjust overtime, which can lead us to not recognize the hearing loss until it has become profound.

Another reason people wait is that they aren’t sure where to go. When you have an issue with your teeth, you see a dentist, and when you break a bone, you see an orthopedic specialist, but who can you see for your hearing? Many people are unsure or unaware of whom to see when it comes to their hearing. Some may call their primary physician or run searches on Google. When it comes to hearing, it’s important to see an authorized hearing professional or audiologist, or if the situation calls for it, a licensed ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT).

Don’t wait to get help til it’s too late! Here at South Suburban Hearing Health Centers, we pride ourself on helping you with better hearing health. Call us today to set up a hearing evaluation, so we can then talk about your options to better ear health.


When Should My Hearing Aids Need Repairs?

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A: It is not uncommon for hearing aids to require some degree of service each year, which is why they are sold with warranties and repair coverage.

But just how often each person’s hearing aids will need repair is difficult to predict.

That’s because variables like usage, care, and even your lifestyle come into play. Are you active? Do you work in an office, or at a job that’s outside or is physically demanding? Do you live in a warm, wet or humid climate? Do you store your hearing aids in their case every night? Use a drying case? Throw them in the bottom of your purse when you aren’t wearing them? Diligently remove them before every shower or when you go out in the pouring rain? You get the idea. Every situation is different!

And because hearing aids sit inside or behind your ear, they are exposed to elements that are not exactly ideal. Humidity, earwax, moisture and debris can each affect hearing aid performance and longevity. By far, the majority of repairs that clinics and manufacturers see are simply to remove wax and debris.

Hearing aids are built to be worn every day and can handle a lot. But they are small, sophisticated electronic devices, and need to be treated as such. So while it’s impossible to know how often your hearing aids will need to be repaired, I can tell you that regular cleaning, routine maintenance and diligent care will go a long way to keeping them on your ears and out of the repair shop.

Contact South Suburban Hearing Health Center today at 708-966-4724 to learn more about hearing aid repairs!


Can you say that again?

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As South Suburban Chicago’s Premier Hearing Healthcare Facility, we promise that our expertise coupled with our personal approach will guide our patients to an unprecedented journey to better hearing for themselves and their loved ones!

We love questions! And would love to guide you to the start of your hearing health journey. Please contact us today to set up a consultation!


Hearing Health Should Be a Workplace Priority!

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The American workforce is changing. The rate of young people entering the job market has slowed, and employees with experience are working longer. An increasing number of manufacturing positions are being replaced by service and tech occupations that prioritize excellent communication skills.

The Hearing Loss Association of America believes as many as 60 percent of Americans with hearing loss are either in the workforce or in educational settings. That means that the 60 percent of the nearly 40 million Americans with hearing loss are still working.

Make hearing protection part of every wellness program

“In today’s service and knowledge based economy, good communication is critical to business success for both the employer and employee,” writes the non-profit Better Hearing Institute (BHI). And with many jobs involving damaging noise levels, hearing loss should be a workplace wellness priority. For example, hearing tests and hearing healthcare should be included in workplace wellness programs, and hearing protection protocols should be implemented in appropriate industries where noise exposure is dangerous (i.e. construction or factory work).

Additionally, treating hearing loss and making workplace accommodations for employees with hearing loss can help ensure optimal on-the-job performance. “Treating hearing loss early is no longer an option. It is a career imperative,” says Sergei Kochkin, previous executive director of the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). “Great workplace communication is critical to both job performance and to getting a job. Great communication starts with great listening. And great listening starts with the ability to hear.”

Here are six more reasons hearing loss should be a workplace priority:

  1. Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. By instituting hearing protection protocols, occupational noise-induced hearing loss is preventable.
  2. Exposure to dangerous noise levels can cause permanent hearing loss and other health problems.Other health problems include headaches, elevated blood pressure, fatigue, irritability, digestive disorders, and an increased susceptibility to colds and infections.
  3. Untreated hearing loss increases the risk of falling and hospitalization. According to a Johns Hopkins study, middle aged people between the ages of 40-69 with a mild hearing loss were three times more likely than those with normal hearing to report a history of falls. The presence of hearing loss in older populations, age 70 and older, was linked to an increase in hospitalizations and poorer mental and physical health.
  4. Untreated hearing loss can impact job performance. Ninety-five percent of employees who suspect they have a hearing problem but have not sought treatment admit that their untreated hearing loss impacts their job performance according to EPIC’s “Listen Hear” survey.
  5. Untreated hearing loss can adversely affect productivity and earnings. A national study by the Better Hearing Institute found that people with untreated hearing loss make nearly $30,000 less annually. The same study found that treating hearing loss with hearing aids significantly reduces the risk of income loss.
  6. It’s about your overall health, not just hearing health. Studies have linked the top three wellness concerns for American employers, obesity, diabetes and smoking to an increased risk for hearing loss.

Federal and state workplace regulations reduce the health risks associated with noise exposure by protecting employees from unsafe listening levels via the limits set by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA limits the amount of time employees are exposed to noise exceeding 90 decibels and requires hearing protection when noise levels exceed 90 decibels.

If you think you may have a hearing loss, make an appointment with South Suburban Hearing Health Centers today to get a hearing test and talk about your possible options!

Hearing health is important, so be sure to discuss hearing related workplace accommodations with your employer. Hearing your best can help your health, job performance, and potentially your career.


15 Potential Consequences of Letting Your Hearing Loss Go Untreated

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For people who say a mild hearing loss is “no big deal,” research shows that it has the potential to turn into a very big deal over time.

The good news? Research also tells us that treating hearing loss early can mitigate many of the consequences those with untreated hearing loss often face. Early action also offers other benefits as well.

Do you ever feel any of the above feelings? Do you ever feel like you just can’t explain why you can’t hear certain things? Please contact us today to get a hearing evaluation today. Here at South Suburban Hearing Health Center, we care about better hearing and a better quality of life!


How Can Mobile Apps Provide Healthy Hearing Benefits?

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Hearing aids today don’t just help provide better hearing. With the incredible advances in today’s mobile technology, hearing aids are able to work with our mobile phones, smartwatches and tablets. Apart from our hearing aids, we have mobile apps that can help us manage our tinnitus, tell us when to wear hearing protection and more!

We caught up with Chris Howes, Senior Strategic Software Product Manager, and Penny Tyson, Product Manager, to talk about some of Starkey’s most popular mobile apps and how they can provide healthy hearing benefits. Below are summaries of the apps and some questions we asked Chris and Penny.

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Starkey Relax – Tinnitus Relief

An estimated 50 million Americans are affected by tinnitus, an annoying sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. These phantom sounds, which may take the form of “ringing,” “buzzing,” “roaring,” “clicking” or “hissing,” can vary in pitch and be heard in one or both ears. For some people, the noise can be so loud that it interferes with their ability to concentrate or hear actual sound.

While many patients with tinnitus have found relief from the Multiflex Tinnitus technology found in Starkey’s Muse, Halo 2, Z Series and SoundLens Synergy hearing aids, others may also desire an option with multiple relief sounds for the changing state of their tinnitus.

The Relax app is a free mobile app designed to help provide personalized tinnitus relief and comprehensive tinnitus education. The app features 12 unique relief sounds coupled with soothing images, which can be adjusted, customized, and streamed: 1) to Bluetooth audio devices (headphones/speakers), 2) directly from an iOS device to the Halo or Halo 2 Made for iPhone hearing aids, or 3) to any 900sync hearing aids via the SurfLink Mobile device.

The app also provides a variety of tinnitus education materials about symptoms, causes, and solutions.

For what purpose was this app developed? The app provides the tinnitus sufferers with a comprehensive tinnitus education and self-management tool.

What are the benefits of using the app?  The Relax app enables the users to create and customize highly-personalized relief sounds when standard sounds don’t meet the specific needs of their tinnitus. The app is also an informational resource. Users have many unanswered questions about the ringing, buzzing, hissing, roaring, or whooshing noise they are experiencing.  Many answers are provided in the nine informational sections within the “Learn” screen, including symptoms, causes and dietary considerations.

What’s the coolest part of the app?  The Create feature is really cool, because it enables a user, via a smartphone, to fine-tune the selected relief sound in order to best suit the user’s unique tinnitus at the current moment. For example, the user can create a new, customized relief sound to specifically meet his needs in the evening, when tinnitus tends to roar. A soothing image may then be selected from the Starkey Relax stock-image gallery or from the user’s personal camera roll for full customization of the personalized relief sound.

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Hearing Aids Help with Cognition in Older Adults

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Starkey Hearing Technologies, South Suburban Hearing Aid Centers, Hearing Loss, Hearing Test, Burr Ridge, Homer GlenHearing loss has been linked to a number of other health concerns in recent years, especially to cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Adults with hearing loss are two to five times more likely to develop dementia when compared to adults with normal hearing.

A recent study by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has found a direct correlation between hearing aid use and cognitive performance in older adults (aged 80 to 99) with hearing loss. The study also indicates that older adults with hearing loss who used hearing aids performed significantly better on cognitive tests than those who did not use a hearing aid.

The goal of the study was to determine if hearing aids could slow the effects of aging on cognitive function. Dr. Anil K. Lawlwani, professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at CUMC and otolaryngologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/CUMC and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, said the following of their findings: “Our study suggests that using a hearing aid may offer a simple, yet important, way to prevent or slow the development of dementia by keeping adults with hearing loss engaged in conversation and communication.”

CUMC’s study further supports the notion that hearing loss impacts neurological elements as we age. In 2014, researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging used information from the ongoing Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging to look at the differences in brain changes between adults with normal hearing and adults with hearing loss. Analysis of the participants’ MRIs over the years showed that participants with hearing loss had accelerated rates of brain atrophy compared to those with normal hearing. More specifically, “Overall, the scientists report, those with impaired hearing lost more than an additional cubic centimeter of brain tissue each year compared with those with normal hearing. Those with impaired hearing also had significantly more shrinkage in particular regions, including the superior, middle and inferior temporal gyri, brain structures responsible for processing sound and speech.”

Hearing loss is not uncommon today, and in older adults, hearing health is key.

Visit our Hearing Loss page for more information on hearing loss and hearing health facts, and be sure to watch the video below to help identify some signs of hearing loss.

 


Have Hearing Aids, HAVE PRIDE!!

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Do you remember when glasses were thought to be “bad”? Once upon a time, eyeglasses came with their own negative stigma, and wearing them often resulted in being called “four eyes,” “brainiac” or “dork.” Bifocals were considered the glasses of the elderly, and for younger teens, glasses often unfairly got you branded as “bookworm” or “weakling.” You were picked last for sports and you were thought to know everything in class.

Fast forward to today, and eyeglasses are a sought-after fashion accessory! People who don’t need glasses buy them anyway, and if you want the best example of how far glasses have come, look no further than the Warby Parker website!

Now, hearing aids are undergoing the same transformation glasses went through. Once thought to indicate “old age” or an “inability,” hearing aids are now looked at as sleek, technologically advanced hearables that can not only help our health but provide us with entertainment capabilities as well.

South Suburban Hearing Aid Center’s Halo 2 Made for iPhone hearing aids, which were just named one of “The 7 Most Brilliant Product Designs of 2016” by Inc. Magazine, fit discreetly behind one’s ears, offer better hearing in multiple environments, and sync with iPhone to provide direct streaming of calls, media, music, social notifications and more. Or, conversely, check out SoundLens Synergy — our “invisible” hearing aid, providing improved hearing in a tiny package that goes inside your ear!

Hearing aids no longer signify old age or weakness, but instead, they are indicative of courage, respect, health awareness and the innovative power of technology. And with the revolutionary advances already made, hearing aids have become “hearables.”

Call us today to get information on the newest technology available, as well as to set up a hearing consultation!


8 Benefits of Muse for First Time Wearers

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South Suburban Hearing, Burr ridge, ear specialist, ear doctor, hearing aid batteries, audiologist, hearing protection hearing devices, starkey hearing aidsThe features inside hearing aids are pretty incredible. Hearing aids can identify noisy environments and make adjustments automatically to maximize speech and reduce noise levels — helping you stay comfortable and relaxed even in the most challenging listening environments.

Muse, our brand-new family of 900sync technology hearing aids offer a lot of benefits for patients who want variety, flexibility and personalization.

Here are the top eight benefits of Muse:

  1. Hear sound naturally again: High-definition audio and ear-to-ear communication preserves speech audibility to make conversations clear and enjoyable in multiple settings. Noisy restaurants, parties and sporting events — take these challenges on!
  2. Hear better anywhere: Muse hearing aids are engineered to handle multiple listening sounds simultaneously to help preserve the speech you want to hear along with the natural ambient sounds you still want to enjoy.
  3. Music is music again: With a unique music memory programmed into your Muse hearing aids, enjoy music like it’s supposed to sound. Want a more personal musical experience? Use SurfLink Media to stream music directly to your Muse hearing aids. Watch the video below to see how Muse has changed a musician’s life!
  4. Call friends and family again: Ear-to-ear phone streaming via SurfLink Mobile 2 means phone calls are once again possible. Wireless technology helps stream audio directly to your hearing aids for an easier, hands-free conversation with your friends and family.
  5. Don’t worry about the whistling: Concerned about that pesky whistling sound some hearing aids produce? Muse hearing aids protect you from annoying feedback with WhistleFree Feedback Cancellation technology so you never have to worry about your hearing aids interrupting you.
  6. Stream TV, music and more: While SurfLink Mobile 2 offers you the ability to stream your phone calls directly to your hearing aids, other SurfLink devices enable streaming of music and media (SurfLink Media 2), remote hearing aid control (SurfLink Remote) and enhanced audio of a conversation partner (SurfLink Remote Microphone). No more arguing with your spouse over the TV volume!
  7. Single-sided hearing loss: Within the Muse family line are CROS and BiCROS systems designed to help specifically with single-sided hearing loss. For those struggling with hearing loss that is single-sided or uneven, Muse offers a revolutionary hearing solution.
  8. Tinnitus: Finally, if you suffer from tinnitus, a hissing, ringing or clicking sound in your ears, Muse utilizes tinnitus sound management technology to help provide many users with tinnitus relief.

For more information about Muse visit www.southsuburbanhearing.com today!


Hearing Loss is Common

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If you’ve got hearing loss or know someone who does, welcome to the (growing) club. Hearing loss is the third most common medical condition for adults, after arthritis and heart disease, and affects an estimated 765 million adults globally, according to the World Health Organization. For anyone dealing with hearing loss — you are definitely not alone.

The good news? According to the Better Hearing Institute, for 90-95 percent of people with hearing loss, hearing aids are an option.

If you’re ready to learn more about hearing aids click here.

If you’re ready to speak to a hearing care professional, click here to contact us today!