Approximately 30 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, yet statistics show that only about 14% of those with hearing loss use assistive hearing technology, often because they cannot afford costly hearing aids. To address this concern, the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act was introduced in the Senate on December 1, 2016 by Charles Grassley and Elizabeth… Continue reading Are all hearing aids created equal?
Here are the hearing facts: One billion people worldwide are at risk of hearing loss from loud music and other noise. That estimate comes from a 2015 World Health Organization study. According to the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work… Continue reading Hear this: There is much you can do to protect your hearing.
Ron Lampert knew he had a hearing problem — for decades. The now retired 83-year old orthopedic surgeon surmises he first damaged his eardrums, and his hearing, when he was in the Air Force in his 20s. However, he didn’t get a hearing aid until he was 76. Hearing Impairment Often Ignored Lampert’s story is… Continue reading Hearing Aids: The Power to Rejoin the World
Some people are born with it, some acquire it in old age, some have an acute incident, some are exposed to a series of incidents. We’re talking about hearing loss and it can affect anyone at any time and the reasons are varied, including: Genetics Illness Ear-damaging drugs Loud music/noise Tumors Head injury Aging 1.… Continue reading What did you say? Looking at the causes of hearing loss.
Edward Estipona thought his daughter was losing her hearing. The 14-year old girl had trouble understanding her teachers, easily misunderstood song lyrics and had a hard time conversing with her family at restaurants. “Haley had been mixing up song lyrics and asking us to repeat ourselves for a while, but we didn’t get concerned about… Continue reading Finding answers to a variety of hearing challenges
Many of the summertime activities we love to do include water, and water can be problematic for high-tech, electronic hearing aids. Splashes of water, oil, salt, sweat and sand can corrode contact points, clog tubes or destroy microphones and receivers. So, how do you enjoy summer activities while protecting your investment and keeping your hearing… Continue reading Hearing Aid Covers for Swimming: Are your hearing aids ready for all your summer fun?
Hearing loss does not discriminate. Young, old, rich, poor, ordinary folks and, yes, even the famous experience hearing loss. The reasons for hearing loss are as varied as the folks who experience it including congenital disorders, repeated exposure to loud noise, age and severe ear infections. Some stars have taken a public stand on their… Continue reading Have you heard? Hearing aids are the go-to accessory for celebrities.
The last major innovation in hearing technology occurred in 1985 when the cochlear implant — designed for children born with hereditary hearing loss — was developed. In the decades since, we have seen only incremental improvements on existing hearing technology, but big change is on the horizon. A better cochlear implant Tobias Moser, a professor… Continue reading How technology will transform how we hear
As children grow, there are typical milestones in their development that parents and physicians look for to indicate a “normal” development trajectory. When our kids don’t hit those milestones in a timely fashion, we get concerned. When your kid’s communication skills and language abilities are limited or delayed compared to children of similar ages, it’s… Continue reading Finding answers to a child’s speech challenges
Noisy Planet encourages you to promote awareness of noise-induced hearing loss—a preventable form of hearing loss—throughout the year, but especially during October, which is National Protect Your Hearing Month. Hearing loss from noise can happen to anyone at any age. Noise-induced hearing loss can occur all at once, or it can take years to be… Continue reading October Is National Protect Your Hearing Month