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Winter’s Here: Protect Your Ears

As the last leaves fall from deciduous trees, cupboards fill with yummy holiday treats, and bears dig in for a season of sleep, are your ears ready for winter? From allergies and colder temps to the louder sounds of the season, winter can do a number on your ears if you’re caught unprepared. Experience every moment of winter cheer with these five tips on taking care of your ears:   Block Out the Cold. Brrr! When winter temperatures dip, it doesn’t mean your ... Read more

Making Moves — and Protecting Your Hearing, Too

Planning to bust some moves at the gym as part of your 2019 goals? You’re not alone. As a tried-and-true strategy for losing weight, feeling more fit, or simply stepping up physical activity for overall wellness, working out is a perennially popular New Year’s resolution, and exercise classes can be a fun way to fit the bill. The catch? Whether it’s cycling, kickboxing, step aerobics, dance, or another high-energy track, these classes often crank up the music to harmful levels — well ... Read more

Turn the Music Up, Dude — But Not Past 85 Decibels

You probably use your tablet or smartphone often to stream music, TV shows, or movies. In fact, many websites these days auto-play videos regardless of whether you want them to. Smartphones, tablets, and other types of portable music players (PMPs) are now commonplace, as are earbuds and headphones. But if your PMP is turned up too loud while wearing earbuds or headphones, you can damage your hearing quickly. Let’s look at why. NIHL This isn’t some new sports league — NIHL stands for noise-induced ... Read more

When Hearing Aids Go Haywire: 5 Tips and Tricks to Keep Tech on Track

While more advanced and powerful than ever, hearing aids are still very delicate pieces of machinery. It is relatively easy to damage them, and occasionally, units malfunction of their own accord. When this happens, you should always make an appointment with your audiologist to have the issue addressed by a professional, but if you find yourself in a bind and need to get your aids working again on your own, there are a few different things you can try.   Problem: Low battery ... Read more

Warm Ears Are Healthy Ears

Winter can be a wonderful season filled with holiday cheer, cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, snowball fights, and thrilling sports like skiing and ice skating. Unfortunately, our ears are particularly vulnerable to the cold (especially if hearing aids are worn), so protective measures must be taken to enjoy the season safely. Low temperatures affect the functioning of nearly all battery-powered electronics (many smartphones will actually turn off when exposed to extreme cold), so always keep extra hearing aid batteries on hand during the ... Read more
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