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City of Chicago Locations!

Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers is the leading Audiology and Hearing Aid center in the Chicagoland area. We have over 23 locations in Chicagoland to chose from, including four within the city limits!

These locations are in the Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, O’Hare and the South Loop neighborhoods and are all conveniently located just for you!

We are committed to helping people enjoy life to the fullest by giving back the gift of hearing.

Contact us today to set up an appointment in one of our Chicago locations! We look forward to hearing from you!

Lincoln Park

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10 Tips to Get More Out of Your Hearing Aid Batteries!

Hearing aids are getting more and more advanced. With all the extra processing power and new features in today’s hearing aids, you can typically get 3-10 days off a single battery. Why is the life of a hearing aid battery so unpredictable, where one battery may last a week, and another just two or three days? Much depends on your amount of hearing aid use, streaming, and how you care for your hearing aids.

Still, there are steps you can take to maximize the life of your batteries and optimize the performance of your hearing aids.

Here are 10 tips to get the most out of your hearing aid battery:

1. Let the battery “breathe” for 3-5 minutes. After removing the tab from the battery, let the battery sit for 3-5 minutes before installing it in your hearing aid. This “activation” time allows air to reach the materials inside the battery and activate them.

2. Wash your hands throughly before changing batteries. Grease and dirt on the batteries may damage the hearing aid. Also, grease and dirt can clog up the air pores in the battery.

3. Open the battery door at night. When you’re not wearing your hearing aid, turn it off or open the battery door to minimize battery drain. Leave the battery compartment of  your hearing device open at night so moisture can escape. Doing so will keep the battery from corroding and damaging the hearing aid.

4. Use a hearing aid dehumidifier. A hearing aid dehumidifier will help absorb moisture out of your hearing aid and battery. This will allow the battery power to be used more efficiently. The dehumidifier is also a great place to store your hearing aids.

5. Remove the batteries entirely if you won’t be using the device for an extended period of time. This also helps to avoid corrosion and damage from trapped moisture.

6. Check the expiration date on the batteries. The further out the batteries are, the fresher they are. Over time, batteries will drain slightly while sitting on the shelf. Ideally, you should buy batteries that have an expiration date a year or further from your purchase date.

7. Use the oldest pack of batteries first. The newest packs will have the furthest expiration date than your older packs of batteries. You want to ensure that you use the oldest batteries first, so that you are getting the most life out of them.

8. Keep the stickers on the battery. The sticker tab on the battery keeps the battery “fresh.” As soon as the sticker is removed, the battery is activated and starts draining. You want to make sure you don’t peel the sticker tab off until you need to use that battery.

9. Keep the batteries in a cool dry place. Storing new, unused batteries in extreme temperatures can cause the battery to drain/have a shorter life.

10. Invest in a rechargeable battery hearing device. Rechargeable hearing aids and batteries  —  like our Muse iQ rechargeable hearing aids  —  are starting to come out into the market. Rechargeable batteries allow you to charge the battery at night and get a full day’s worth of use. Rechargeable batteries need to be replaced on a yearly basis.

For even more tips on making your hearing aid batteries last longer, call us today!

The World is Filled with People who are Faking they can Hear!

Today’s hearing fact isn’t that surprising when you think about it. Most hearing loss is subtle and gradual, worsening in parallel to our aging.

Plus, “getting by” with a little hearing loss is a lot easier than, say, vision impairment. Take driving, for example. Or reading.

Finally, let’s be honest: fixing bad eyesight with glasses carries no stigma, whereas wearing hearing aids to hear better might — though it’s definitely waning.

Is waiting worth it? 

The question we need to ask ourselves though is, “is waiting (or ‘getting by’) worth it?” Is putting off getting help for hearing worth the hit it takes on our quality of life? Is stubbornness worth missing our favorite sounds (insert yours here), lessening our love for music or movies, or isolating us from the people and activities we enjoy most?

It’s not! Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers wants to help you on your hearing journey. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Share the Love this Year! Refer-A-Friend!

A Year’s worth of Free Batteries when you Refer-A-Friend! Share the love this year! When you refer a friend who purchases a new hearing aid BOTH you and your friend will receive a year’s worth of free batteries! Contact us today to learn more about the reward! Remember to mention Share the Love! when claiming your reward. We have 23 convenient locations across Chicagoland. Find your nearest location!

Resolve to live a happier, healthier life!

At Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers, we firmly believe that to hear better is to live better. And the proof is in the many studies (some of which you can find here and here). Hearing loss is linked to numerous quality-of-life issues, and treating it has cascading benefits.

If you’re struggling to hear your best, make a 2018 resolution to get your hearing checked and treated. Contact Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers to help ensure your 2018 is happy and healthy.

Can You Restore Lost Hearing?

This question requires one of those “good news, bad news” answers! The bad news is: once hearing is lost, it’s impossible to restore it to how it was. The good news is: Although it is impossible to restorehearing, it is possible to treat and improve hearing loss with hearing aids!

There are several different types of hearing loss. By far, the most common type is hearing loss that happens due to aging. Age-related hearing loss is so prevalent, in fact, that it has its own medical name: Presbycusis.

Our window of optimal hearing is small

Did you know that human hearing is at its best between ages 18-25? Unfortunately, by the time we reach our “golden years”, our hearing system has endured just as much wear and tear as the rest of our bodies, so it doesn’t work as well as it once did.

The aging process typically effects high-pitched hearing first. Children’s voices, women’s voices, and certain consonants (like T, S and F) become challenging to distinguish. A person with hearing loss will often comment that other people seem to “mumble” or that speech is no longer “clear”.

Hearing aids can improve hearing loss

With today’s hearing instruments, addressing this type of hearing loss — or most types of hearing loss — is no longer a challenge. Digital technology enables a trained hearing professional to program specific and accurate amounts of amplification per pitch to offset the hearing loss.

Today’s digital technology also allows for the processing of sound in such a way that, not only can we offset hearing loss by amplifying specific sounds like speech, but background noise can actually be reduced at the same time!

So, while hearing can never be restored to the way it was, hearing loss can be treated, helped and improved with amplification — and the impact it has on your life can be greatly diminished.

Want to find out for yourself? Call Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers today to schedule a consultation!

5 Ways To Protect Your Hearing

You probably shield your skin with SPF and your eyes with sunnies, but how often do you grab earplugs before hitting a concert? The answer is: likely not enough. One in 5 Americans ages 20 to 29 already has hearing damage, according to new research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And 1.1 billion young people worldwide are at risk for hearing loss, per the World Health Organization. Most of the affected don’t even know it, which is distressing, since once you’ve lost any part of your hearing, it’s gone forever.

The culprit is, not surprisingly, technology and the ways we use it. Today’s earbuds may stay put during a run, but they cause more harm than traditional over-ear headphones. “Earbuds focus the noise right into your eardrum,” says Yulia Carroll, MD, senior medical officer at the National Center for Environmental Health at the CDC, “so the effect on your hearing is stronger.”

Meanwhile, 40 percent of young people ages 12 to 35 are regularly exposed to dangerous noise levels at concerts and sporting events. Nightclubs and bars pump music at intense volumes. And those craned beats that get you through cycling class? They may do wonders for your butt, but they’re wrecking your ears (research shows that some workout classes reach 94 decibels [dB], higher than the recommended noise-exposure limit of 85 dB).

Wherever you are, if noise is preventing you from hearing a friend standing a few feet away, it’s probably causing damage, says Dr. Carroll. We’re born with around 16,000 hair cells in each inner ear that help convert sound waves into electrical signals for the brain. These cells bend when exposed to sound, then straighten. But they’re like blades of grass: Step on them once and they bounce back; crush them constantly and you’ll kill the lawn. Trampled hair cells don’t regenerate.

One small bit of good news: noise-induced hearing loss is tied to both volume and duration. That means you’d have to listen to something at 85 decibels for eight straight hours to cause damage (see “How Loud Is Too Loud?” below). At levels over 100 dB, your window shrinks to 15 minutes.

5 Ways to Protect Your Ears
1. Know Your Noise Levels

Download an app like SoundMeter or Noise Hunter to track the decibel level around you — at concerts, in restaurants, and in techno-cardio classes.

2. Pump Down the Volume

You can still live life to a soundtrack if you follow the 60:60 rule: Listen at no more than 60 percent.

3. Abandon the Buds

We get it — they’re super convenient. But if you’re cranking the volume, your ears are suffering. Need to drown out background noise? Noise-canceling headphones are best for blocking ambient sound. (Look for a noise reduction rating, or NRR, or at least 9.)

4. Plug Them Up

Your best festival accessory? Ear plugs. (Look closely; The band and crew are wearing them.) Follow instructions on the packet to insert them properly—otherwise, they’re useless.

How Loud is Too Loud?
 A whisper

60dB: A normal conversation

80dB: City traffic

85db: Recommended noise-exposure limit

90dB: A leaf blower at close range

110dB: Your headphones at max volume

115dB: A rock concert

130dB: A jet engine at takeoff (from the runway, not the cabin)

“I’m 33 — and I need hearing aids.”

“I blared The Clash and David Bowie in high school and joined a rock band at 18. My ears would ring for days after practice, but in my 20s, I didn’t think twice about it.

At 30, I began having trouble tuning into convos with friends and colleagues. When baristas in my neighborhood repeated my order back to me, I’d just smile and nod. I thought everyone around me just needed to speak up. Meanwhile, I watched Stranger Things with subtitles because I couldn’t hear the dialogue.

Eventually, an audiologist confirmed that my muffled hearing and the constant ringing in my ears were a direct result of the years I’d spent blasting (and making) high-volume music. I cried when he told me. I now use hearing aids — but to my happy surprise, they’re not old-school giant tan plastic contraptions. They’re nearly invisible. Not one person has ever asked me about them.

These days, I keep the music down to avoid further damage. At night, when all is quiet, I still listen to the sound of my ears ringing.” —Dana Suchow, as told by Leslie Goldman

Sound Barriers

Craig Kasper, chief audiologist at New York Hearing Doctors, shares four other factors behind muffled hearing.

1. Ear Wax

You need some wax to lubricate and protect the tissue in your ear, but a wax buildup can block the canal and cause temporary hearing loss. Leave removal to a doctor; cotton swabs just push wax farther in.

2. Allergies

They can cause congestion in the tube that links your nose to the middle of your ears, which can lead to temporary hearing struggles until pathways clear.

3. Cold Water

Love catching waves? Surfers and other cold water swimmers are prone to something called exostoses, or small bony growths in the ear canal that develop slowly over time and can prevent sound from getting in. Docs aren’t sure why this happens, but an audiologist will determine if you need surgery to remove them.

4. Perforated Drums

Changes in air pressure (experienced when flying or diving), very loud noises, and poking things in your ear can rupture a hole in your eardrum (ouch!). This often heals on its own — but if you notice long-term changes in your hearing, see your doctor.

Call us today to find out about more ways to protect your hearing! Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers is here to help you hear!

This article was originally published as “Loud and Unclear” in the August 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan

How Can I Help a Loved One with Hearing Loss?

It’s been proven that, left untreated, hearing loss can negatively affect our quality of life. Studies link untreated hearing loss to stress, depression, social isolation, even reduced earning power. Untreated hearing loss also increases the risk of falling, putting personal safety at risk.

Sadly, the person with hearing loss isn’t the only person affected by it. Hearing loss affects spouses, family members, and friends. Repeating things over and over during conversation can be exhausting and frustrating. It can also be heartbreaking for family and friends to watch a loved one retreat, avoiding social situations they once enjoyed.

Don’t enable their denial 

Encouraging a loved one to seek help for hearing loss is the right thing to do, even when it’s hard to know how to help. It’s important to speak with your loved one directly about their hearing loss. Gently remind them every time you need to repeat or rephrase parts of conversations they miss.

Without realizing it, well-intended ways we try to help can delay treatment. Repeating or rephrasing conversations may prevent our loved ones from realizing how much they are missing. Make sure your well-intended efforts aren’t preventing your loved one from realizing how hearing loss is impacting their life.

You can schedule a hearing check-up for them 

Offer to schedule and attend your loved one’s first appointment with a hearing professional. (You can find and schedule a consultation with an experienced local hearing professional by clicking here.) You could also offer to compile helpful information by visiting a few websites about hearing aids and hearing loss. (Here’s a good place to start.) Doing so will help your loved one feel at ease and prepared for their appointment.

Bring any questions you have with you to your appointment with your hearing professional. (Find a starter list of questions here.) Your hearing professional will discuss the results of your loved ones hearing test, discuss the best treatment, and answer any other questions you may have.

The sooner they seek help, the happier everyone will be

Don’t be surprised if your loved one is hesitant to seek help for their hearing loss. Be gentle and consistent. On average, hearing aid wearers wait 5-7 years to seek treatment. Which means, your loved one is probably aware of their hearing problem, but might need a little push of encouragement and support to treat it.

Remind your loved one that they have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Being patient and supportive will help your loved one get the hearing help you will both benefit from.

If you want to make an appointment for your loved one, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

10 Years without Good Hearing?!

Today’s hearing fact isn’t that surprising when you think about it. Most hearing loss is subtle and gradual, worsening in parallel to our aging.

Plus, “getting by” with a little hearing loss is a lot easier than, say, vision impairment. Take driving, for example. Or reading.

Finally, let’s be honest: fixing bad eyesight with glasses carries no stigma, whereas wearing hearing aids to hear better might — though it’s definitely waning.

Is waiting worth it? 

The question we need to ask ourselves though is, “is waiting (or ‘getting by’) worth it?” Is putting off getting help for hearing worth the hit it takes on our quality of life? Is stubbornness worth missing our favorite sounds (insert yours here), lessening our love for music or movies, or isolating us from the people and activities we enjoy most?

Don’t wait 10 years! Come see us at Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers today. We have 23 convenient locations just for you! 

Holiday Travel Tips for People who Wear Hearing Aids

The holidays are typically one of the busiest travel seasons as millions of people hop in planes, trains and automobiles to visit family and friends.

It can also be one of the more stressful times of the year. According to Prevention magazine, 90 percent of Americans report stressing over at least one aspect of the holidays — with traveling high on the list.

People who wear hearing aids can help alleviate some of the stress by remembering these five tips as they travel over the river and through the woods this holiday season.

*Bring extra batteries! Especially when traveling abroad! The batteries that you use for your hearing aids, while globally available, may not have the same guarantee of quality when traveling. A battery caddy or blister pack of batteries is a great way to travel with them, and Zinc Air batteries are permissible in your carry-on luggage!

*You can leave your hearing aids turned on while flying, even if they have wireless capabilities. All domestic airlines allow the in-flight use of hearing aids. If you have any questions, make sure you contact your airline ahead of time!

*If you’re visiting someplace tropical, (a) you’re lucky, but (b) don’t forget to bring your dry aid kit! A dry aid kit is a small jar that has a desiccant in it to pull out all of the moisture! If you don’t have one, ask your hearing healthcare professional. Moisture in hearing aids can cause dirt and debris to build up on microphones and other parts and make cleaning difficult.

*Speaking of cleaning, don’t forget your cleaning tools! Just like at home, you’ll want to properly maintain your hearing aids while on vacation or traveling away from home! Many people are more active on trips than when at home and tend to need extra TLC when traveling!

*You can keep your hearing aids on as you pass through security! The electronic components of a typical hearing aid are so small that they don’t frequently get picked up by a metal detector. Just make sure that if you go through a body scanner you let the TSA agent know! They may ask you to take them out if they are detected!

Please don’t hesitate to contact Chicagoland Hearing Aid Centers with ANY questions you may have about traveling with your hearing aids. We are hear to help! Contact us today, here.