Meet Pamela Beier & Tour the Office- Lifetime Hearing Services on Channel 6!

On June 5th, 2017, posted in: Lifetime Hearing Services by

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Channel 6 visited Lifetime Hearing Services and interviewed Pamela. Check out the video by clicking the link above (https://youtu.be/LPNuJ1bXWUU?t=22s) to learn about hearing loss prevention, hearing aid devices, and what to expect at your next appointment! To schedule an appointment, please call 810-364-1170.

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6 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade Your Thinking on Hearing Aids

On April 24th, 2015, posted in: Lifetime Hearing Services by


Hearing aid technology and design have undergone a sweeping transformation over the past several years, taking off in terms of what they can offer youthful-minded people eager to stay active and engaged.

The new reality is that hearing loss is part of modern life for a great number of people. It’s commonplace. But new technologies are making it easier to manage hearing loss.

Below are six compelling reasons to upgrade your thinking on hearing aids and to schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional.

  1. Addressing hearing health may help protect cognitive function. A new study from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University found that hearing aids may slow cognitive decline tied to hearing loss, according to Reuters. The study found that estimated 20-year rates of decline in memory and global function were greatest in participants who did not use a hearing aid. Earlier studies have linked hearing loss to dementia and cognitive issues.
  2. State-of-the-art features make today’s hearing aids better than ever. Many hearing aids are virtually invisible, sitting discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal. Many can adjust to all kinds of noise environments and pick up sound from all directions. Best of all, many are wireless. Many of today’s hearing aids can stream sound directly from your smartphone, home entertainment system, and other electronics directly into the hearing aid itself—at volumes just right for you. Some are even waterproof.
  3. Using hearing aids may help unleash earning potential. BHI research has found that using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. People with untreated hearing loss can lose as much as $30,000 in income annually, the study found.
  4. Many hearing aids can help mask ringing in the ears. Tinnitus affects nearly 50 million Americans and is often the result of noise exposure. It is almost always accompanied by hearing loss. The good news is that many hearing aids can help reduce the prominence of tinnitus by amplifying background sound. Just taking the focus off the tinnitus can provide relief for many people. Hearing aids also help reduce the stress associated with intensive listening, which alone can help relieve tinnitus symptoms.
  5. More than 9 out of 10 of the newest hearing aid owners are happy. As many as 91 percent of all owners of the newest hearing aids—those purchased in the last year—are satisfied with their hearing aids, according to recent BHI research. When you look at just those with wireless hearing aid technology, the satisfaction rates go even higher. And just think, wireless technology seems to be getting better every year.
  6. Today’s hearing aid users are giving the thumbs up to others. The vast majority of current hearing aid users say they’d recommend a hearing aid to others with hearing loss. In fact, as many as 90 percent of people who purchased their hearing aid within the last four years say they’d recommend a hearing aid to a friend or family member, according to recent BHI research.
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Ring in the Holiday Season with a Hearing Test for You and a Loved One

On November 18th, 2014, posted in: Lifetime Hearing Services by

Washington, DC, November 17, 2014—Addressing hearing loss isn’t just about what you hear—it’s about how you feel and function, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), which is encouraging people of all ages to get their hearing tested this holiday season. Studies show that when people address hearing loss, it can have a positive effect on their home life, self-confidence, relationships, mood, overall health, job performance, and even income. It safeguards quality of life by helping people maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and stay socially and cognitively engaged.

BHI is offering a free, quick, and confidential online hearing check that families and friends can take together this holiday season, at www.BetterHearing.org, to determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional.

Learning the status of your hearing health and addressing hearing loss are important to quality of life at every age, says BHI. Gen Xers and youthful-minded baby boomers, in fact, are developing hearing loss in greater numbers. And as older Americans are putting off retirement and staying in the workforce longer, the ability to hear your best is becoming all the more important.

Luckily, the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. And today’s state-of-the art hearing aids are better than ever. The latest technologies make it easier to hear people and sounds from all directions. And today’s hearing aids are designed to filter out noise, like at crowded restaurants. Many styles sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal and out of sight, making them virtually invisible. Some are even waterproof or rechargeable. Perhaps best of all, they’re wireless, helping people of all ages stay connected to their smartphones, home entertainment systems, and other prized electronics—but most importantly, to life.

So go ahead. Ring in this holiday season with a hearing test. Whether its conversation and laughter around the dinner table you enjoy most, or watching a movie or football game together on the television, let the latest hearing aid technologies help you hear your best and stay connected with family and friends in the new year.

For more information on hearing loss and to take the BHI Hearing Check, visit  www.BetterHearing.org. Follow BHI on Twitter@better_hearing, and on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/betterhearinginstitute.

5 Ways Addressing Hearing Loss Can Make for Happier Holidays and a More Promising New Year

Addressing hearing loss really can add to quality of life—during the holidays and year round. Here’s what getting a hearing test and using professionally fitted hearing aids, if recommended by a hearing care professional, may do for you:

1. Strengthen ties with family and friends. Healthy relationships rest largely on good communication. In one BHI study, more than half the respondents said using hearing aids improved their relationships at home, their social lives, and their ability to join in groups. Many even saw improvements in their romance.

2. Raise your spirits. People with untreated hearing loss often feel angry, frustrated, anxious, isolated, and depressed. But research shows that when they use hearing aids, many become more socially engaged, feel a greater sense of safety and independence, and see a general improvement in their overall quality of life.

3. Lead you to feel better about yourself. An important perk of using hearing aids can be enhanced emotional well-being. Research shows that when people with hearing loss use hearing aids, many feel more in control of their lives and less self-critical. One BHI study found that the majority of people with mild and severe hearing loss felt better about themselves and life overall as a result of using hearing aids.

4. Keep your mind sharp. Studies out of Johns Hopkins linked hearing loss with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults and found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time. BHI studies found that many people with hearing loss report improvements in their cognitive skills with the use of hearing aids.

5. Unleash your earning potential. Hearing your best at work helps you do your best. One study found that using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. And people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be employed than their peers who don’t.

For more information on hearing loss, visit www.BetterHearing.org.

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On October 28th, 2014, posted in: Lifetime Hearing Services by

Forever young: 5 ways treating hearing loss can revitalize your life

Listen up, boomers: Do you want to stay active? Vibrant? Socially engaged? Professionally successful? Most of us do.

So maybe it’s time to do something about your hearing.

Chances are, if you’re like many baby boomers, you’ve rocked your way through your fair share of concerts, night clubs, and ear-blasting parties. And you’ve enjoyed years of other noisy recreational activities to boot. Simply: You’ve been enjoying life. You’ve spent decades doing it. And it’s been loud.

So now, it’s not always so easy to hear the conversation around the table at the restaurant or dinner party – maybe not even in the conference room at work or on those teleconference calls.

Face it. All that enthusiastic living has been hard on your ears. And now they’re screaming for your attention.

You should give it to them.

In fact, addressing hearing loss is one of the best things you can do to improve your quality of life and keep up a youthful pace.

Fortunately, for most people with hearing loss, today’s state-of-the art hearing aids can help. In fact, eight out of 10 hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives due to their hearing aids.

Many boomers are surprised to learn that dramatic new technological advances have revolutionized hearing aids in recent years. Many hearing aids are virtually invisible, sitting discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal. And they adjust to all kinds of noise environments, picking up sound from all directions. Some are even waterproof.

Perhaps best of all, seamless connectivity is now the norm. Today’s hearing aids are wireless and stream sound from your smartphone, home entertainment system, and other electronics directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes just right for you.

Here’s what getting a hearing test and using professionally fitted hearing aids, if recommended by a hearing care professional, may do for you:

1. Unlock your earning potential. Hearing your best at work helps you do your best. One study found that using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. And people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be employed than their peers who don’t.

2. Open the door to greater intimacy. Don’t let those sweet nothings go unheard. Feeling emotionally close to your partner is one of the most satisfying aspects of any intimate relationship. But it rests on good communication. When hearing loss goes unaddressed, it can make even the most loving partner seem remote or unresponsive. Luckily, research shows that using hearing aids can help improve interpersonal relationships – including greater intimacy.

3. Pull the plug on stress and boost your mood. People with untreated hearing loss often feel angry, frustrated, anxious, isolated, and depressed. But research shows that when they use hearing aids, their mental health often rallies. Many regain emotional stability, become more socially engaged, feel a greater sense of safety and independence, and see a general improvement in their overall quality of life.

4. Bolster your self-confidence. An important perk of using hearing aids can be enhanced emotional well-being. Research shows that when people with hearing loss use hearing aids, many feel more in control of their lives and less self-critical. One Better Hearing Institute (BHI) study found that the majority of people with mild and severe hearing loss felt better about themselves and life overall as a result of using hearing aids.

5. Improve cognitive functioning. Studies out of Johns Hopkins linked hearing loss with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults and found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time. BHI studies found that many people with hearing loss report improvements in their cognitive skills with the use of hearing aids.

So go ahead. Revitalize your life. Do something about your hearing. It just may help you feel forever young.

For more information – and to take a free, quick and confidential online hearing check to determine if you need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing care professional – visit  www.BetterHearing.org.

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HEARING & HEART HEALTH LINKED

On September 18th, 2014, posted in: Lifetime Hearing Services by

It appears there is more than the letter “T” connecting “HEAR” & “HEART”. A growing body of evidence shows that cardiovascular health correlates to hearing health http://ow.ly/BqqPy. Therefore, if you have cardiovascular disease you may want to talk to your doctor about having a hearing test. Likewise, if you have hearing loss, you may want to have a preventive heart health assessment. The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) offers a free, confidential, online hearing check at www.betterhearing.org to help determine if you need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing health care professional.

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Protect your ears!

On January 8th, 2014, posted in: Lifetime Hearing Services by

The New Year has started out with a bang of cold temperatures and snowstorms. Therefore, before you go out to snow blow or snowmobile, be sure to bundle up your ears with earmuffs. I’m not talking about the earmuffs that keep your ears warm, I’m talking about the kind that reduce noise. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is almost entirely preventable. Noise registered above 85 decibels will cause noise induced hearing loss over time. The noise from common machines such as snow blowers, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, motorcycles, & mp3 players will cause NIHL if your ears aren’t properly protected. As a general rule of thumb, when you have to raise your voice to shout over the noise to be heard by someone within an arm’s length away, your ears need protection. When properly worn, Hearing Protective Devices (HPDs) such as earplugs or earmuffs can be powerful tools to prevent NIHL. Click here to learn more about preventing noise induced hearing loss:

http://www.betterhearing.org/hearing_loss_prevention/noise_induced_hearing_loss/index.cfm

 

‘Hears’ to a happy & healthy New Year!

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On January 16th, 2013, posted in: Lifetime Hearing Services by

On January 13th I shared that I woke up with a sudden sensorineural hearing loss affecting about 45% of the hearing ability in my left ear. I immediately sought medical attention and began a steroid regimen, which I am still taking. In follow up, I am very happy and fortunate to report that over the ensuing days my hearing ability returned to normal. I also want share how grateful I am for all the support and concern I received in response to the post.

Please remember, if you or anyone you know experiences a sudden loss of hearing, it is critical to seek medical treatment ASAP. There are causes for sudden hearing loss, which can be simple, such as wax in the ear canal. However, as in my case, a sudden hearing loss could indicate a more serious problem requiring immediate medical attention. I truly went for a “short” walk in some of my patient’s shoes last weekend.

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Sudden hearing loss requires immediate medical attention

On January 13th, 2013, posted in: Lifetime Hearing Services by

Every day I work, I test patient’s hearing. I sit across the table from them and explain the hearing test which often shows hearing loss. I counsel them regarding the hearing loss and make specific recommendations about the test results which may be to make an appointment with their doctor or consider obtaining a hearing device. Most days, I am asked if I have a hearing loss. Until yesterday, the answer was “no” I don’t. Yesterday I woke up with a “muffled” sounding ear. I was trying to talk on my cell phone on my way to work (I do not advocate talking on the phone and driving) and I was having a hard time hearing the conversation so I kept hitting my volume up control and blamed it on the “dead zone” on North River Road. Unfortunately, it was not the “dead zone” it was my hearing. Over night, I lost about 45% of my hearing in my left ear. If this ever happens to you or someone you know, please insist they see their doctor ASAP. The quicker the medical assessment is made and treatment begun, the more likely the hearing will return. I have tested several people over the years with sudden hearing loss who did not seek treatment for a couple months……………not a good thing. My best friends right now are steroids and the hearing aid that I use for demonstrations in my office. I am very optimistic that my hearing will return. The only reason I am posting this story is to bring awareness about the importance of medical intervention ASAP if this happens to you.
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On January 10th, 2013, posted in: Lifetime Hearing Services by

Give your ears a New Years tune up! Call our office to schedule a hearing exam. “Hear’s to you for a happy 2013. Cheers!

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