Month: July 2016

July 29, 2016

    It can be difficult for some people to admit they have hearing loss; however. it makes it easier when we see others around us acknowledging their hearing loss and taking action for it.  We would like to introduce you to a new hearing health role model.  ‘Shark Tank’ star and entrepreneur, Daymond John,…

July 25, 2016

muchmorethatnhearingbetter

 

There is ongoing discussion regarding the impact of hearing aids on quality of life.  Findings from recent research (EuroTrak 2015 and MarkeTrak 9) was published by Hearing Review.  It shows that the impact is overwhelmingly positive:

http://www.hearingreview.com/2016/06/hearing-aids-improve-hearing-lot/.

Here are some of the findings from people with hearing aids in the United States:

  • 88% represented that hearing aids improved their quality of life
  • 44% represented that relationships at home were better due to their hearing aids
  • 55% represented that relationships at work were better due to their hearing aids
  • 39% experienced an improved sense of independence
  • 41% experienced an improved sense of safety

As you can see, the benefits of hearing aids go far beyond just helping you hear better.  If you look closely at the article, people from other countries around the world are seeing a similar positive relationship between wearing hearing aids and quality of life.   If you are a fence sitter, it looks like taking action is the only reasonable course of action.

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

 

 

July 22, 2016

Stepstotakewhenspeakingtothosewithhearingloss

 

Hearing loss is an isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be.  As we communicate with people that have hearing loss, there are steps we can take to make sure people are not missing out on the conversation.  ‘Goldencarers.com’ has a fantastic list of steps for their caregivers who are working with someone who has hearing loss–but their advice is beneficial for everyone. We can all help those in our lives with hearing loss stay connected.  Some stand outs that we found from the list include:

  1. Speak clearly but without exaggeration. Speaking too slowly can be patronizing.
  2. Do not speak into a client’s ear
  3. Clients with poor hearing often have difficulty with consonants such as ‘P’, ‘TH’, ‘S’, ‘F’, ‘T’. Take a marker and note book and write down the word you want them to understand

You can see the rest of the list here:  http://www.goldencarers.com/14-tips-for-communicating-with-people-who-have-hearing-loss/3872/

Making sure we are speaking with our friends and family in a way that optimizes their ability to understand will go a long way in helping them feel a part of the conversation.
CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

 

 

July 20, 2016

Hello Mind Do a puzzle blog image

 

Hello Mind is part of a new active aging initiative. Our hope is that everyone will take advantage of these tips that will help their mind, their body and their social lives to stay active and connected as they age.

 

 

July 18, 2016

Travelingwithhearingloss

 

With only a month or two left of summer, many of us are trying to squeeze in one last getaway.  But if you have hearing loss, airports can be a stressful place.  ‘Everydayhearing.com’ has put together some fantastic tips on how someone with hearing aids or cochlear implants can get through the airport and their flights stress free.  Here is rule #1:

“The best and safest way to travel on a plane with your hearing aids and/or cochlear implant is to wear them! Not only will this help to ensure that they are not lost in misplaced luggage, but you will be able to better hear the safety instructions of the airline and security personnel, as well as notifications about gate changes or flight delays.”

For tips on getting through security and other helpful suggestions, visit http://www.everydayhearing.com/hearing-technology/articles/travel-tips-for-hearing-aid-or-cochlear-implant-users/

Summer travel is supposed to be fun and stress-free.  Take advantage of it if you can, and don’t let airports stress you out. Hearing aids and cochlear implants have been provided to make our lives easier, and that includes when we’re traveling.  Use them!

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

July 15, 2016

whatdoyouknowabouttinnitus

 

Did you know that Tinnitus affects 20% of Americans?  In 90% of those cases it is linked to hearing loss.  So what is tinnitus?  How do you know if it is affecting you?  Well, the health gurus at Mercola.com have recently released an article explaining everything you could ever want to know about Tinnitus—chronic ringing or humming in your ears.   The article points out that one of the common causes of Tinnitus is exposure to loud noise, stating that, “If more people were aware of the risks, more would take steps to turn down the volume and give their ears a break.”  According to Dr. Larry Roberts of McMaster University:

“It’s a growing problem and I think it’s going to get worse … My personal view is that there is a major public health challenge coming down the road in terms of difficulties with hearing …

The levels of sound exposure that are quite commonplace in our environment, particularly among youth, appear to be sufficient to produce hidden cochlear injuries … The message is, ‘Protect your ears’.”

Read more here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/06/30/tinnitus-treatment.aspx
Are you going to be at a concert this summer?  Consider ear plugs.  Are you listening to your ear buds while lying on the beach?  Turn the volume down, and consider giving your ears a break every now and then.  Steps we take now to help prevent damage to our ears will keep us in the conversation for years to come.
CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator
 

July 13, 2016

whyyoushouldhavealreadygottenahearingtest

 

Its summer—the perfect time to start knocking all the fun things you want to do off of your summer fun list.  Amidst the activities and busyness, it’s easy to procrastinate (or all-together avoid) having your hearing checked.  Better Hearing Institute has put together a fantastic list of reasons why you should move this critical task (having your hearing tested) from your ‘To Do’ list to your ‘Done’ list:

  1. It may help your pocketbook
  2. Your mind may benefit
  3. It could boost your job performance
  4. Life’s challenges may not seem so intimidating.
  5. Your zest for life might get zestier
  6. It could protect you against the blues
  7. You’ll probably be more likely to get the drift
  8. Your heart and health may benefit

Read more about each of the above at http://www.betterhearing.org/news/8-rousing-reasons-put-hearing-test-top-your-%E2%80%9Cdone%E2%80%9D-list.

A hearing test is a simple process – all it takes is getting it on your calendar. Don’t let potentially bigger problems get in the way of your summer fun.  The time to take action is NOW!  Let’s get that hearing evaluation scheduled today.

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

 

 

July 11, 2016

whatdoeshearinglosssoundlike

 

Have you ever wondered what hearing loss sounds like?  That may be e a strange question, but one worth pondering.  The folks at ‘HearingLikeMe.com’ have actually put together a simulator that lets you listen to a variety of sounds that compare normal hearing, mild hearing loss, and moderate hearing loss.  It can be difficult to appreciate and relate to the struggles our friends and family are going through as they deal with hearing loss however this simulation is designed to help give some perspective. This effort to simulate hearing loss may not be perfect, as all hearing loss situations are unique.  However, it is a great way to get a glimpse of what our loved ones may be dealing with every day.  We recommend you give it a try.

You can test the simulator here: http://www.hearinglikeme.com/hearing-loss-simulator/

If you know of someone that could potentially be dealing with hearing loss, now may be the time to urge them to see a hearing care professional.  Every day counts when it comes to the strain on our minds caused by hearing loss.

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

 

 

 

July 8, 2016

hearinghealthatthefarmersmarket

 

With summer in full swing, you may get the opportunity to visit a farmers market.  Did you know that farmers markets can be an excellent resource for taking care of your hearing?  That’s right!  According to a recent article from Healthy Hearing, there are many foods common at a farmers market that can greatly help with maintaining your hearing health.  The article suggests that foods such as artichokes, sweet potatoes, blueberries, and many other farmers market staples have nutrients that can help you take care of your hearing.   Vitamin C, Potassium and antioxidants are often prevalent in the options you find in farmers markets and help protect the hair cells in the cochlea as well as help with blood flow through your ears which can help keep your hearing healthy.  Not to mention antioxidants that are vital for protecting your ears from free radicals that can be harmful to your hearing.

You can read the article here: http://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52662-The-farmers-market-one-stop-shopping-for-healthy-hearing

Eating right is something we should all work at, and a farmers market can be a fun way to get stocked up on what you need!

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

 

July 6, 2016

todaywhilethesunshines

 

With the sun shining, it’s a great time to get together with friends and family.  Sadly, for people with untreated hearing loss, summer can also be a time of isolation and loneliness. A recent study by the University of British Columbia confirmed that for every 10 point decibel drop in hearing for seniors, ages 60 to 69, the odds of feeling socially isolated increased by 52%.  Read the study at http://journals.lww.com/ear-hearing/Abstract/2016/05000/Is_Hearing_Loss_Associated_with_Poorer_Health_in.20.aspx

 

Feeling isolated has been linked to many cognitive disorders and is to be taken seriously.  The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way.  Getting out and taking action to treat and manage your hearing loss can help prevent these feelings for yourself or for those you love.  ‘People Hearing Better’ has put together a fantastic list of the many ways proper hearing care can benefits all of us, including:

 

  • Strengthening Relationships
  • Reducing Frustration
  • Reducing Depression
  • Reducing Anxiety
  • Reducing Paranoia
  • Reducing Social Phobias
  • Reducing Self-Criticism
  • Increasing Self-Esteem
  • Increasing Ability to Concentrate
  • Increasing Communication

 

Read more at http://phb.secondsensehearing.com/content/undiagnosed-hearing-loss-leads-isolation.

 

There is no good excuse to wait.  Seek treatment today while the sun shines so you can enjoy all those friend and family gatherings, along with the many other benefits associated with proper hearing care.

 

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!