Did You Know?

  • Tylenol and other pain killers can cause hearing loss if you take more than 2 pills a week for several weeks.

  • Adults with a hearing loss (and no hearing aids) are more likely to develop problems thinking & remembering.

  • When you smoke, you are four times more likely to get hearing loss from noise.

  • Adults with a mild hearing loss (and no hearing aids) are two times more likely to develop dementia.

  • Kissing directly on the ear can cause permanent hearing loss.

  • Waiting until you “really need hearing aids” may result in poorer speech clarity when you do get hearing aids.

  • Untreated sleep apnea puts you at 31% to 90% risk of hearing loss. Untreated sleep apnea has been known to lead to dementia

  • Medicare and Medicare supplements DO NOT cover hearing aids or related things (testing).

  • The most common cause of hearing loss is smoking. This includes second-hand smoke.

  • Speech testing during the hearing test demonstrates the patient’s potential speech  clarity with good hearing aids.

  • Those with diabetes are twice as likely to develop a hearing loss.

  • If you have oily skin, consider water resistant hearing aids for fewer repair problems.

  • Those with rheumatoid arthritis are at significant risk of developing a hearing loss.

  • In-the-ear hearing aids will make your voice echo and need to be repaired more often. Behind-the-ear hearing aids are clearer sounding and need fewer repairs.

  • If you have a moderately-severe or worse hearing loss, don’t get hearing aids that are too small, or you will not hear clearly.

  • For better hearing in background noise with hearing aids, the brain usually has to relearn how to separate out sounds.

    • How would the hearing aids know which person in a group to listen to? It is the brain that does this. Practice improves group listening.

  • Usually new hearing aids are programmed to a soft level when they are dispensed. Otherwise all the new sounds would be too much.

  • Hearing aids that do not block the ear canals  cannot stop background noise from getting into your ear.

  • Storing your hearing aids in a hearing aid drier every night cause the hearing aids to work better and last longer.

  • When you are being dispensed hearing aids request real ear testing with   speech while the hearing aids are in your ears.

  • Hearing aid batteries will last longer when you cover the battery air holes with scotch tape at night. (Then wait 3 minutes before closing the battery door in the morning).

  • Different programs  can be programmed in hearing aids for different listening situations.

  • Advanced hearing aids reduce background noises, are more automatic, and are clearer sounding than basic hearing aids.

  • Mowing the lawn is a common cause of hearing loss by noise in Iowa. Earplugs do not protect your ears from the noise that travels through the bone. Earmuffs are much better.

  • The ringing in your ears does not cause your hearing problems. Your hearing loss is causing the ringing. Improve your hearing and the ringing may disappear.