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How Often Should I Get a Hearing Test?

In Hearing Health, hearing loss, Hearing Loss Treatment, Hearing Testing by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

People typically make annual check-up appointments as part of their healthcare routine. This usually includes yearly physicals, vision evaluations, and dental screenings. Hearing health is often missing from these routine check-ins. In a recent study conducted by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), researchers found that only 2 in 10 adults have had a hearing test in the past 5 years. Whereas …

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Tips to Help Your Hearing Aids Last Longer

In hearing aids by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Hearing aids are an essential item for millions of people who live with hearing loss. Impacting nearly 1 in 6 people, hearing loss reduces the capacity to perceive and process speech as well as sound. Hearing aids transform hearing health by providing the ears and brain with ample support, making it easier to hear and communicate. These devices, which are …

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How does Telemedicine Work?

In Uncategorized by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Virtual appointments with healthcare providers have been invaluable for millions of people during the pandemic. Telemedicine, also referred to as telehealth, refers to utilizing telecommunication technologies to provide healthcare services remotely. Though telemedicine has been around for decades, these services have expanded and been relied on now more than ever before. Offering convenience and reduced exposure to COVID-19, telemedicine is …

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A Campaign to Make Listening Safe for All

In Hearing Health by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

!While most people associate hearing loss with old age, it is vital to remember that hearing loss can strike anyone at any age. With increasing traffic, construction, and other noise seemingly continually flooding into our ears, it’s more vital than ever to understand the threats to our ears.   The World Health Organization has launched the “Make Listening Safe Workgroup” …

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Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

In Hearing Health, hearing loss by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

With January quickly approaching, it’s a great time to focus on your goals and resolutions. What do you hope to do, to ensure that you’ll feel your best in the next year? Many people resolve to work out more or start that project they’ve always dreamed of. There is no time like today to start, however, you’ll be ready for …

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Check Your Hearing This November for American Diabetes Month

In hearing loss by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Have you been struggling with a thirst that is out of the ordinary, recently, or perhaps blurriness of vision? These are symptoms of diabetes, a very serious condition that can lead to damage throughout the body, including the eyes, limbs, kidneys, nerves, and heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports Nearly 1 in 4 four adults living …

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October is Protect Your Hearing Month

In Hearing Health, hearing loss by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

October marks National Protect Your Hearing Month, a campaign that raises awareness about hearing loss and ways to protect hearing health. Hearing loss is the third most common, chronic, medical condition that people experience today. Impacting over 48 million people, nearly 1 in 8 people have some degree of impaired hearing. Though it is a pervasive health issue, hearing loss …

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How do Hearing Loops Work?

In Uncategorized by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Now that hearing aids have evolved so dramatically, we might be less likely to inquire about the more public assistive listening technologies available to us. The hearing aids on the market are smarter and more powerful than ever before, thanks to the computer revolution. However, hearing loops are a valuable public assistive listening technology that people remain unaware of. They …

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How Does Active Noise Cancelling Work?

In hearing, hearing loss, Hearing Protection, News and Technology by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Have you ever wished you could turn down the noise in your environment? Urban dwellers are particularly interested in reducing the sound of the landscape from time to time, particularly during a commute. Not only can the sound of transportation itself be overwhelmingly loud—reaching up to 100 decibels in some cases of subway travel—but the noise of construction, traffic, and …

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Tips for Cleaning Your Ears

In Care and Maintenance, Hearing Health, Tips and Tricks by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Although many of us are tempted to take drastic measures, very little is necessary to keep a healthy ear clean. Cotton swabs look like the perfect device to clean earwax, but in fact they can do much more harm than good. In order to best clean your ears, it is important to have an understanding of the function of earwax. …