May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

For anyone who’s struggling with tinnitus or hearing loss, we know that not being able to hear affects all aspects of your life. You can’t communicate clearly with loved ones, and hearing loss holds you back at school or at work. Sadly 2 in every 3 people who need hearing aids don’t seek treatment, but choose to continue living is an eerily quiet world. If you’ve been looking for some inspiration to take that first step in looking after your hearing health, here are some stories that inspire us.   American Speech Language Hearing Association For more than 90 years, …

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The Different Types of Hearing Loss

The Different Types of Hearing Loss

Have you noticed any recent changes to your hearing health? Do you think you might have hearing loss? Common signs of hearing loss include difficulty talking on the phone, struggling to follow conversations, or asking people to repeat themselves over and over again. You might turn up the volume of the TV, or miss the sound of the doorbell or stove alarm. If this sounds familiar, you probably have hearing loss. There are three types of hearing loss, and knowing what kind of hearing loss you have can help you find the perfect treatment to match your lifestyle and hearing …

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A Push for More Accessibility with Product Design

A Push for More Accessibility with Product Design

When it comes to hearing technology, the advancements of the last few years are astounding. Hearing devices can do incredible things, like streaming audio directly to your ears, allowing you to hear in background noise, and catch every word flying back and forth across the dinner table. The technology continues to advance, and there’s a push for even more accessible product design.   Changing Technology In the last 20 years, products have been developed that previous generations could never dream of. We have technology that connects us instantly with people all around the world, and helps us stay safe, learn …

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Acknowledging the Reality of Hearing Loss

Acknowledging the Reality of Hearing Loss

Roughly 40 million Americans have hearing loss. Children, adults, and seniors all face hearing loss, and their hearing loss can be mild, moderate, or severe. Sadly, many people choose to ignore their hearing loss, think it won’t get worse, or decide that living with untreated hearing loss is better than acknowledging the reality of hearing loss. However, ignoring your hearing loss is the worst thing you can do for your mental, physical, and emotional health.   Why Don’t People Talk About Hearing Loss? Since so many Americans are struggling to hear, why don’t we talk about it more? There’s a …

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A Link Between Hearing Loss and Heart Health

A Link Between Hearing Loss and Heart Health

When your body performs correctly, it’s like a well-oiled machine. Each part contributes to the overall well-being of an individual and when one part mis-fires, there can be a cascading effect. In the same way you get your physical, your vision checked, and practice good dental care, you should also be getting routine hearing exams at Pacific Northwest Audiology. Hearing healthcare is an important part of your overall health and well-being, though it is often overlooked because hearing is an “invisible” sense. In fact, hearing is related to many parts of your physical health – including your cardiovascular system. Heart …

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Sensitivity to Noise as We Age

Sensitivity to Noise as We Age

Time marches on and we notice everyday things start to change. We move a little slower, require more time to recharge and for some, sound seems to affect us differently. It’s not your imagination that some sounds seem louder than others and more annoying than before. Some noise issues, especially hearing loss, can and should be corrected with hearing aids. The first step to making sure you keep your hearing where it needs to be is to make an appointment for a hearing test at Pacific Northwest Audiology. Aging and Sound Changes Have you started a conversation with an older …

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Cognitive Benefits with Hearing Aid Use

Cognitive Benefits with Hearing Aid Use

Hearing loss doesn’t just affect you – it affects the people around you from social to family settings. They start making allowances for your hearing loss and, now, research indicates they also may have to start making allowances for your memory decline as well as the early onset of dementia. If you’ve been struggling with untreated hearing loss, you owe it to yourself as well as those around you to take care of your hearing. It starts with a simple hearing evaluation at Pacific Northwest Audiology. Call today for an appointment, your hearing is important! Hearing loss and cognitive issues …

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On March 3 Celebrate World Hearing Day by Checking Your Hearing

On March 3 Celebrate World Hearing Day by Checking Your Hearing

Each year, the World Health Organization celebrates World Hearing Day on March 3 and designates a theme. This year’s theme is “Check Your Hearing”! Early identification and treatment of hearing difficulties is very important for your overall mental and physical health. At Pacific Northwest Audiology, we are committed to helping you get a better hearing experience. Call today and schedule an appointment – join us in observing World Hearing Day by checking your hearing! Hearing Loss is a Widespread Issue WHO estimates that there are 466 million people throughout the world that have disabling hearing issues. That’s a little more …

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How Technology Could Harm Millennials’ Hearing – And More

How Technology Could Harm Millennials’ Hearing – And More

Hearing loss is the third most chronic health condition in the United States and millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are increasingly at risk due to their high technology use both at home and at work. This means, more than ever, you should put an annual hearing test at Pacific Northwest Audiology on your health-related “to-do” list – regardless of your age. Technology is everywhere There’s no denying that technology can streamline many daily functions, as well as keeping us connected to our house and the world! We can do things faster, better and easier, but it may be …

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Talking to kids about hearing loss

Talking to kids about hearing loss

If you are a parent with a child that has hearing loss, there will come a time when you, or you and your child, are going to have to explain that experience to others. This is a great opportunity to be educational and non-judgmental, if others in your child’s life refer to hearing difficulties negatively. Turn it into a positive experience to discuss a very common physical condition affecting countless Americans.   Hearing Loss & School-Aged Children Do you have a school-aged child with hearing loss? Consider meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss hearing loss and accommodations. You may …

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