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

Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Research

Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids

If you suspect that your loved one is developing hearing loss, you have likely already heard one or a combination of these excuses for refusing to seek assistance. Often these excuses work in concert with one another, and the struggle to convince a family member or loved one can require logical cartwheels. Knowing some of the most common excuses can … 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

Earbuds Can Damage Your Hearing

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Research, Tips & Tricks

Earbuds Can Damage Your Hearing

Earbuds and headphones have become a common way we listen to music, our favorite podcasts, and watch videos. Though they are designed to make listening easier and more convenient, earbuds can harm your hearing health.  The ability to increase the volume on this device that is nestled so closely to your eardrum is what makes earbuds particularly dangerous. One of … Read More

How Can Hearing Loss Make You Really Tired?

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Hearing Aids, Hearing Fatigue, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Research

How Can Hearing Loss Make You Really Tired?

If you find yourself more tired than usual, it could be because of hearing loss. Impairment to hearing can happen to anyone and often happens very gradually. This means that changes to your ability to hear could be missed or overlooked. One of the many symptoms of hearing loss is fatigue. The sense of hearing is more than simply hearing … Read More

The Real Cost of Hearing Loss

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Overall Health, Research

The Real Cost of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is often associated with frequent doctor’s visits, health insurance paperwork, and expensive equipment. What we may not immediately think about are the social and emotional tolls, mental health, or anxiety and depression. Neglecting hearing loss is costly and often has detrimental effects on other facets of your overall health. Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical … Read More

Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids

Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids

We can talk ourselves into pretty much anything! The challenge is to use that ability to better ourselves and our health. Hearing aids used to carry a stigma, cumbersome in design and worn by only the elderly. Today, however, with a combination of technology, design, demand and hearing health becoming a national public health priority, things have changed substantially. Many … Read More

Acknowledging the Realities of Hearing Loss

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

Acknowledging the Realities of Hearing Loss

Unlike heartburn or reduced vision, hearing loss is just one of those diagnoses people have difficulty acknowledging and accepting. On average, Americans wait an average of seven to ten years from the time they first notice changes in their hearing to the time they complete a hearing assessment. And the denial doesn’t always vanish once a person has been screened … 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