Vibe Blog

When Should You Get a Hearing Aid?

“What’s going to happen? How much will it cost? Who do I need to talk to?”

The idea of getting a hearing aid can be an overwhelming prospect. 

This week we’re going to explain every single step of the process, from the moment you suspect that you have hearing loss until you walk out of a facility with brand new hearing aids and reclaim your quality of life.

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Celebrating Deaf History Month

Did you know it’s National Deaf History Month? 

First started in 1997, this annual recognition runs from March 13 through April 15th.

This week, we’ll be talking about National Deaf History Month, what it recognizes, and sharing a few stories of some people whose lives demonstrate the power of perseverance in spite of any disabilities.

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Are Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Related?

It’s completely normal to have a ringing in your ears every once in a while. If it goes away, that's just a transient sound. It’s only when that perception doesn’t go away (and there’s no sound that could be causing it) that it’s considered tinnitus.

Much like hearing loss, tinnitus affects millions of people worldwide.

According to an analysis of various studies, tinnitus in the United States affects anywhere from 8% to 25.3% of the US population (approximately 1 in 10 adults) with other nations having similar rates ranging between 4.6% to 30%.

This blog will explain what tinnitus is, its potential causes, the link between hearing loss and tinnitus, and conclude with various treatment options that are available.

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What is Sudden Hearing Loss?

Waking up and finding out you can’t hear is a scary prospect.

According to research, this type of hearing loss, known as Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), occurs in 10-20/100,000 people per year but is estimated to be much higher for one major reason. This condition is “often misdiagnosed or regarded as age-related unavoidable fate.”

While SSHL is treatable and in some circumstances, one can make a full recovery, knowing the signs and characteristics of it is the first step to protect against this type of hearing loss and, potentially, prevent it from being permanent.

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Is It Possible to Reverse Hearing Loss?

“One of the most common questions I get asked,” said Vibe Hearing audiologist Annie Duchen, Au.D, CCC-A in a recent interview, “is whether or not hearing loss is reversible.”

Like many questions about health issues, it can be hard to give an exact answer to this question. 

Hearing is a complex process that can be affected by a variety of different things and individual health situations can vary wildly.

The short answer is this:

There are some situations and types of hearing loss that are reversible but, unfortunately, the most common type of hearing loss is not.

Let’s talk about the different types of hearing loss, whether or not they can be reversed, and give you some ways to protect your hearing from damage (or further damage).

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How Hearing Loss Can Affect Your Income

Hearing loss doesn’t just affect your quality of life—it can also have a measurable effect on income.

According to recent studies, the number of people with hearing loss is increasing over time. 

The projected number of people with hearing loss in the United States is estimated to grow from the current 44 million to over 73 million by 2060 with the vast majority of these individuals (62.4 million) aged sixty and older.

With the retirement age continuing to increase as well, this means more and more adults in the workplace will be dealing with some level of hearing loss. 

The best way to prevent hearing loss from interfering with your ability to succeed at work is by understanding how to deal with the effects and having a plan for managing them.

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Is There a Link Between Hearing Loss and Balance Issues?

Hearing loss and balance issues are both scary issues to have. 

They can leave you feeling disconnected from the world around us and make simple, daily tasks several times more difficult.

Can one issue cause the other? In short, no. At least not directly. 

For a longer explanation and exploration of the link between these two issues, read on to learn more about what causes both hearing loss and balance issues, we’ll dive into how the inner ear works and what can cause hearing loss or balance disorders.

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4 Ways to Overcome Listening Fatigue

There are plenty of side effects of hearing loss, ranging from the inconvenient to severe.

One that is most often overlooked or attributed to other causes is fatigue.

Studies have shown that those with hearing loss can often feel more tired because of the extra effort they are expending in trying to hear.

This week, we’ll be discussing how and why hearing loss can make you feel more tired and give you a few ways to help minimize the exhaustion.

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How is Vibe Air Different than Other Hearing Aids?

We’re so excited to announce that after a record high number of over 1,800 submissions, Vibe Air was chosen as a winner in the Health & Wellness category at this year’s CES Innovation Awards!

With so many hearing aids on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose which one works for your needs and fits your budget.

This week, we’re going to spend a little time talking about some of the ways that Vibe Air stands out from the pack as one of the most innovative hearing aids available.

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