The Benefits of Being Social for Older Americans

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Health, Lifestyle, Research

The Benefits of Being Social for Older Americans

Take a moment to recall the last time you were part of a social activity. What are some of your memories? Not all social activities are happy and relaxing, but there’s one that that they tend to have in common: connection. When we engage in social activities we are reminded of the ways we are connected to those in our … Read More

How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Treatment

How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

If you have a loved one with hearing loss, you may be familiar with some of the ways that condition can affect your relationship. Unfortunately, the most intense effects of hearing loss tend to occur with a significant other or romantic partner. Indeed, a recent study from 2007 in the ASHA Leader (American Speech-Hearing-Language Association) reported that 35 percent of … Read More

Advocating for Your Hard of Hearing Friends & Loved Ones

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Blog-post, Family & Relationships, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

Advocating for Your Hard of Hearing Friends & Loved Ones

We’ve all been party to a difficult experience another person is having, leaving us with the question of whether or not to intervene. It’s human nature to want to step in and lend a hand, but that’s not always the route that benefits the person in question. If you have a friend or loved one who with hearing loss, there … Read More

Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss    

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Family & Relationships, Hearing Loss

Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss    

Hearing loss is incredibly common today – around 40% of Americans cope with some degree of hearing loss, or 2 out of every 5 people you know! Even though hearing loss is common, coming to terms with a hearing issue is seldom easy. Hearing issues can bring up intense feelings and have hidden impacts on your life. A great first … Read More

Hearing Aids Keep You Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Family & Relationships, Hearing Aids, Lifestyle

Hearing Aids Keep You Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy

Health, wealth and happiness! We are always in pursuit and balance of these notions and rightly so. Let’s keep in mind that our health really lays the foundation for everything we need to pursue what is important in our lives. As we age and accumulate experience, friends, extended family members, and the financial security we work so hard to achieve, … Read More

Comorbidities of Hearing Loss

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Family & Relationships, Hearing Loss, Lifestyle

Comorbidities of Hearing Loss

When our hearing abilities decline, our relationship with the world changes, which impacts every part of our lives. Comorbidities are medical conditions related to each other or occur simultaneously. When we speak about hearing loss, we think of it as a solitary ailment and not as a possible symptom of other health issues we might have. This view must change, … Read More

Enjoying the Holidays with Hearing Loss

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Family & Relationships, Hearing Loss

For most people, the holidays conjure up warm and fuzzy feelings of fireplaces, mistletoe, and gatherings of family and friends. For people with hearing loss, however, the holidays can bring up feelings of isolation and frustration. People with hearing loss often experience the most difficulty when trying to understand and decipher speech – especially in noisy environments. Cue the holiday … Read More

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Family & Relationships

November and its pumpkin spices, gorgeous colored leaves and holiday spirit are finally upon us. As we begin to cuddle up to our fires and make plans with our friends and family this holiday season, it’s important to take some time to also honor and acknowledge Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. In 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan named November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. … Read More

Tired of Loud Restaurants? This App Will Help

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Family & Relationships, Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks

Going out to eat is a great way to try new food and connect with friends and family over a wonderful meal. Restaurants, though, are notoriously difficult spots for those of us who use hearing aids or have untreated hearing loss. Restaurants are often full of the noise of happy diners in conversation, backed by bustling waiters and the clatter … Read More