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

Preventing Elder Abuse for Those with Hearing Loss

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

Preventing Elder Abuse for Those with Hearing Loss

Last month, June, was Elder Abuse Awareness Month, with the intention to bring focus to and rectify the maltreatment of older people. According to the World Health Organization, “Roughly one in six people over the age of 60 experienced abuse in the last year. The incidence of abuse is increasing, as many countries, including the US, have populations aging rapidly. … Read More

Preparing for Retirement with Hearing Loss

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

Preparing for Retirement with Hearing Loss

Whether you are winding down a long career or just beginning to put together your retirement plan, it’s never too soon to factor your hearing into your retirement. The simple fact is that as we age, our hearing becomes increasingly vulnerable to significant hearing loss and hearing loss can take a big toll on your health and quality of life. … Read More