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Hurricane Harvey: Starkey Hearing Technologies is Here is To Help!

Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers is beyond thankful for working with such a generous company – Starkey Hearing Technologies! A company that gives back when necessary. Please read the below letter we’ve personally received from this amazing company!

“Over the last few days, our hearts have been saddened by the damage Hurricane Harvey has inflicted on so many people’s lives. We know many of you, your families, your patients and your businesses have been impacted by the storm. At Starkey Hearing Technologies, we strongly believe that together we can make the world a better place, and in times of hardship, it is our human duty to come together to help those in need. We want you to know that we are here to support you.

Leading with our heart, Starkey Hearing Technologies would like to help anyone who has lost their hearing aids in recent flooding. We understand how important better hearing is, and how precious the sounds of friends and loved ones are during trying times.

If you have lost hearing aids or know of someone who has due to the storm, please connect Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers directly.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected.

Please contact Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers to get your hearing aids replaced via Starkey Hearing Technologies!


There are Drawbacks of Letting Hearing Loss Go Untreated!

The importance of hearing to our quality of life and the sheer volume of people who have hearing loss (it’s the third most chronic condition affecting adults) have made hearing loss a topic of regular research and scientific studies.

We’ve compiled the findings of several different studies conducted over the years. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine — writing about a study comparing brain changes in adults with impaired hearing — noted their findings “add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall.”

But simply treating hearing loss can go a long way towards minimizing these increased risks! Hearing aids may improve balance, and more.

To minimize health consequences and enjoy the benefits that come with treating hearing loss, consult with Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers. Contact us here.


The Other Brain Food


Have you ever heard the phrase “brain food”, or run across lists like the “12 best foods to boost brain power”? They usually discuss edibles like fish and spinach and berries — foods that scientists say can improve our memory and focus.

But the nourishment your mind gets from these literal foods is nothing compared to the mental health benefits of the “brain food” in the video below.

Humans are social animals, and we thrive when we’re engaged with the world around us. Subsequently, we can get weaker socially — and then cognitively — when we are deprived of auditory sustenance. Treating hearing loss helps ensure your brain never goes hungry.

Fuel for your brain is just one benefit of better hearing! Get on the right track to a better overall life by calling us to schedule a hearing consultation! We just can’t wait to hear from you 🙂


How Common is Hearing Loss?

Do you have hearing loss? Then welcome to the growing-larger-by-the-day club. According to the latest figures, there are enough Americans with hearing loss to replace the entire population of California and still overflow into parts of Texas.

In other words, if you have hearing loss you are definitely not alone. To illustrate just how common hearing loss is, we’ve compiled many of these latest figures into our “Hearing loss by the numbers” infographic below.

If you are one of the many struggling with hearing loss, don’t hesitate to contact Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers with your concerns. We are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am-4:30pm! We can’t wait to hear from you 🙂


What is Causing the Ringing in my Ears?

If you have ringing or hissing or buzzing in your ears, you have what medical experts refer to as “tinnitus.

Experts have tried to pinpoint an exact physiological cause of tinnitus, but the mystery remains unsolved. Exposure to loud noise, head injuries, medication, and even earwax are thought to trigger the onset or worsen existing tinnitus. The sad fact is, science and medical professionals have yet to figure out what causes ringing in the ears.

Some people, like Terry, experience tinnitus after a single exposure to loud noise. Others, like Ron, attribute their tinnitus to a lifetime of not wearing hearing protection. Still others, like, Kevin, say their tinnitus started while battling a cold and flying.

50 million Americans deal with tinnitus

What we do know is that tinnitus is too common, affecting 1 in 6 Americans. Tinnitus usually accompanies hearing loss, although hearing loss is not believed to be caused by tinnitus. The reverse is also true: Tinnitus is not caused by hearing loss, even when the two are present together.

We also know that however it started, whatever it sounds like, and regardless of whether the tinnitus is mild or severe, each and every tinnitus sufferer wants the same thing — relief.

Is there a way to stop the ringing in your ears?

Unfortunately, a tinnitus cure is something else science and medical professionals have yet to figure out. But while there is no cure for tinnitus, there are effective treatment options available at Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers!

Specially designed hearing aids with tinnitus technology are becoming more popular, as they are proven to help. They deliver a customizable sound stimulus that can soothe the annoying sounds associated with tinnitus and provide relief.

You don’t have to continue to suffer from tinnitus. Call us today to discuss coping and treatment methods that can work best for you. We want to help you feel relief!


Aren’t All Hearing Aids the Same? A Closer Look at Our Starkey Hearing Aids!

This is actually a multi-faceted question! At its most basic, the answer could be “yes,” because — from a manufacturing standpoint — hearing aids all require the same parts: a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver (or speaker) and a battery source. And, from a functional standpoint, all hearing aids should amplify sounds, just as all cars should get you from Point A to Point B.

However, if we take a closer look at the hearing aid technology that is available to us today, the answer isn’t quite so simple.

Hearing aids have different features and technologies

First, there are many different technologies and features that are available within today’s hearing instruments. There are memories, channels, bands, wireless, wired, remotes, accessories, and more. Because these options are intricate and confusing to many, it is strongly recommended that one seeks out a reputable hearing healthcare professional to guide them through the process.

Hearing aids come in different styles

Second, there are several styles of hearing instruments available. They range from behind-the-ear hearing instruments to the very smallest invisible-in-the-canal hearing instruments. Again, a hearing healthcare professional will make a recommendation of which style of hearing instrument is the best option for one’s type and severity of hearing loss.

 

 

The company that makes the hearing aid also makes a difference

Finally, there are several manufacturers of hearing instruments. Each of these manufacturers make reliable, quality products. And they all offer (mostly) the same styles. But each manufacturer also specializes in, excels at or is known for certain things.

To go back to the automobile analogy: sure, companies like Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen all make sedans, minivans and SUVs that get you from A to B — but think why you ultimately choose one over the other?

Starkey Hearing Technologies is known for quality, simplicity and reliability

Starkey Hearing Technologies has differentiated our hearing aids from the others with features like exceptional sound quality, industry-best feedback cancellation, easy and robust wireless connectivity, a proprietary music setting, custom hearing aid expertise, and the industry’s best network of hearing healthcare professionals, just to name a few.

So, as you can see, there is not one single answer to the question of “Aren’t all hearing instruments the same?” The best hearing aids will be the hearing aids that are appropriate for the user’s hearing loss and have the features and technology that will best benefit the user’s lifestyle.

If you want to learn more about the Starkey products or you have any questions at all please contact us!


Can Treating Hearing Loss Help Prevent Dementia?

Just last week, a study published in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, called dementia “the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century.” The study, conducted by The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care, noted that 50 million people have dementia worldwide — and that the number is expected to triple by 2050.

The commission’s purpose was to provide recommendations for prevention and management of dementia. The need is urgent, it determined, as dementia not only affects the person with dementia, it also impacts their family and friends.

Be proactive earlier in life to help prevent dementia later

The commission’s 24 international experts concluded that one in three cases of dementia could be prevented if people managed just nine lifestyle factors — one of which is managing hearing loss during midlife (between age 40-65).

The other eight include increasing childhood education and exercise, maintaining social engagements, reducing or stopping smoking, and management of depression, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

Dementia typically doesn’t manifest itself with symptoms until we’re 65+, but the study’s authors note that it likely begins between ages 40-65. They determined that managing these nine modifiable risk factors at various stages of life could “contribute to prevention or delay of dementia.”

The link between dementia and hearing loss

The commission admits science isn’t yet unanimous on why unmanaged hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia. But research has confirmed that hearing loss adds to the cognitive load of the brain, leads to social isolation and depression, and accelerates brain atrophy — all of which are likely contributing factors.

Now, at least, there’s research that points to ways we can “reduce the incidence of dementia or substantially delay its onset” — and nearly all are within our control. This is terrific news for anyone worried about being affected by this awful condition.

We can help you manage your hearing loss

Hearing loss is definitely something you can manage with the help of a trained hearing professional. If you have or think you have hearing loss, this new research gives you a great reason to do something about it as soon as you can.

Call us to schedule a hearing test today! Don’t wait until it’s too late.


We Have The Best Patient Care Coordinator!

Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority at Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers!

Our Patient Care Coordinators are vital members of our team. Their tireless dedication is crucial to our patients’ successes. It’s always nice to be reminded of the difference they are making in our patients’ lives!  We love getting these little reminders in the mail from our patients and colleagues!  

 


Hearing Aids Help with Motivation!

Did you know that wearing hearing aids boosts optimism, is good for relationships, may improve balance, and can positively impact our quality of life in lots of different ways?! No? Now you do! Hearing aid benefits are endless!

One way is by increasing the odds we exercise and socialize — both unquestionably good and positive things for our well-being.

Want to learn more benefits of treating hearing loss with hearing aids? Contact us today to schedule your first hearing consultation.


What is Ear Infection Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of different factors including aging, injury, noise exposure, infection and heredity. Those factors affect the auditory nerve, causing a sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss. But did you know an ear infection can also cause hearing loss? Hearing loss caused by an ear infection is referred to as a conductive hearing loss. Infection in the middle ear can cause fluid to build up, obstructing the movement of the eardrum and the tiny bones attached to it.

Ear infection hearing loss is a type of conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss affects the outer or middle ear rather than the auditory nerve, the way sensorineural hearing loss does. Conductive hearing loss is commonly caused by an obstruction in the middle ear. The middle ear moves to send sounds to your auditory nerve. Any obstruction can prevent sounds from passing through the middle ear and cause hearing loss. A buildup of wax, fluid in the middle ear, or a hole in the ear drum can each cause conductive hearing loss.

“Otitis media” is the medical term for an ear infection affecting the middle ear. The infection can cause a buildup of fluid, making it difficult for the eardrum and the ossicular chain to work together to move sounds to the auditory nerve. The ossicular chain in the middle ear is made up of the three smallest bones in your body. Called the malleus, incus and stapes, each one is as small as a single grain of rice.

Ear infection hearing loss is often temporary

Hearing loss caused by an ear infection is usually temporary and subsides after treatment. Your physician may choose to treat your ear infection with antibiotics. If the antibiotics successfully treat the infection, your hearing should return to normal. If you have a history of recurrent ear infections, your physician may insert a tube in your ear drum to help the fluid drain.

Eliminating the buildup of fluid relieves the pain and pressure that often accompanies an ear infection and can prevent the eardrum from rupturing. If fluid builds up without resolution, the pressure can cause your eardrum to rupture.

A history of recurrent ear infections can also lead to tympanosclerosis, which is the thickening or scarring of the tympanic membrane. A perforated eardrum and tympanosclerosis adversely affect the mobility of the eardrum and reduce hearing acuity. If your hearing does not return to normal following treatment, your physician and hearing professional may recommend hearing aids to treat the unresolved hearing loss.

What to do if you think you have hearing loss

If you have trouble hearing, it is important to have your hearing tested by a hearing professional, so the degree and type of hearing loss can be identified. Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers will identify the type of hearing loss you have and discuss the best treatment option with you following your hearing evaluation. Click here to contact us today!


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