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The Noise Spectrum: Sounds You Didn’t Know Damage Your Hearing

Hearing is an important part of everyday life, yet most people don’t realize when they are damaging their ears. Causes of hearing loss include infections, aging, and brain injury, but one of the most common is noise exposure. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can develop after one occurrence of extreme noise exposure or after listening to very loud sounds over time. Everyone has tiny hair cells in their inner ear (cochlea) that vibrate and send an electric signal to the auditory nerve, allowing you to hear. Different groups of hair cells interpret different sound frequencies. Over time, if enough of these hair cells are damaged or broken, hearing loss results.

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Iron Deficiency and Hearing Loss

Red blood cells cannot carry enough oxygen for your body without an adequate amount of iron. An iron deficiency, also known as anemia, results in low red blood cell levels and as a result can cause serious health complications, including hearing loss.

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Older Adults Benefit from Wearing Hearing Aids

The results of a new clinical trial published in the American Journal of Audiology has the hearing industry buzzing. The outcome supported what hearing care professionals have long believed — wearing hearing aids, specifically those traditionally manufactured and provided to patients under the care of hearing care professionals — offer measurable benefits to older adults with hearing loss.

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How to Get Some Sleep Despite Tinnitus

Around 10 to 15 percent of people suffer from chronic tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing, humming, buzzing, whistling or whining in one or both ears. The sound can be extremely irritating and sometimes make it difficult to hear external sounds. When the ringing in your ears just doesn’t go away, it affects more than just your mood, but your sleep as well.

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Anorexia, Bulimia and Your Hearing Health

Anorexia and bulimia nervosa are two disorders that do not receive as much attention as they deserve. Both life-threatening conditions affect people all over the world. Over time, these two disorders can affect your organs, skin, hair, eyes and even ears. In support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we’re providing some information on these disorders and why it is important to promote a healthy attitude toward eating.

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Hollywood Stars with Hearing Challenges

Earlier this month, in recognition of the Super Bowl, we discussed well-known football players with hearing loss. Since it's almost time for the Academy Awards, we wanted to share the stories of several acclaimed actors with hearing loss.

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Tune Out Tinnitus

Relaxing while listening to an audio book, reading a novel, or watching a movie. As people who live with the torment of tinnitus know all too well, these usually enjoyable pastimes are often difficult to enjoy because of the persistent noise in their ears. Signia hearing aids can help.

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How to Support a Spouse with Hearing Aids

This Valentine’s Day, in addition to buying chocolates and flowers for your honey, here are some ways to show your love every day of the year. Wearing hearing aids can be a challenge, even at home. As a spouse to a hearing aid wearer, your support and understanding can make their life and transition to hearing again easier. Here are some things you can do to help.

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Get the Facts about Tinnitus

Signia hearing aids are tiny technological marvels. They not only amplify sounds and improve hearing, they also provide a range of solutions to alleviate the effects of tinnitus, letting you hear what’s important without stress. But what exactly is tinnitus?

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Hearing Loss: The Genetic Link P2

In part one of this two-part article we went over the science of how you can inherit a disorder that could lead to hearing loss. While inheriting a mutated gene cannot be avoided, it always valuable to know the facts, especially if you are a carrier. We listed the top 10 disorders linked to hearing loss.

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Presidents with Hearing Loss

We know US presidents as the respected individuals who lead our country. A lot of them have faced the same health problems as many ordinary Americans, including hearing loss.

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Hearing Loss: The Genetic Link

While most of you are probably familiar with common causes of hearing loss like old age or loud noise, many are likely unaware of the numerous genetic links and syndromes that can cause or contribute to hearing loss. Around 50 to 60 percent of hearing loss in children is caused by their genetics, while 25 percent is due to environmental causes like infections during pregnancy and complications post-birth. In the grand scheme of things, how does it all work?

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What Guys Should Know about Hearing Loss and Tinnitus?

Hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most prevalent diseases in the country. Hearing loss and tinnitus often go hand-in-hand because they share many of the same causes. In fact, tinnitus is almost always accompanied by hearing loss. New article by Dr. Navid Taghvaei (Au.D. CCC-A, FAAA), an Educational Specialist with Signia.

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New Year—New Hearing Aids?

Generally speaking, hearing aids last about three to five years before hearing care professionals start suggesting newer technology. But depending on your lifestyle, hearing loss, and how well you take care of your hearing aids, that time frame can differ dramatically. Now that the new year is just around the corner it’s time to consider upgrading your hearing aids. To help you decide, here are a few factors to consider.

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Can Drinking Affect Your Hearing?

Cheers to the coming New Year! We all know New Year’s Eve is filled with opportunities to drink — often too much. A survey among adults 21 and older found that almost 40 percent said they or someone they know have used the holidays as an excuse to drink more alcohol than they normally would. But did you know that your liver and heart are not the only things at risk when you drink excessively? Studies have shown that high amounts of alcohol consumed over long periods can also affect your hearing.

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How Holiday Stress May Cause More Harm Than You Think

As the holiday season approaches, you may find yourself juggling preparations for holiday parties, shopping for gifts, or traveling to visit family. With all this going on and more, sometimes the most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful. Stress in high amounts for a long period can be bad for your body, but did you know that chronic stress could potentially lead to hearing loss?

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Accessories Enhance Your Hearing Aid Wearing Experience

Whether you’d like to change hearing aid settings remotely, stream audio directly into your hearing aids, or use rechargeable hearing aids, our broad range of stylish, practical, and easy-to-use accessories makes everyday life easier. Read on to find out more about our full line of hearing aid accessories.

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Why Some People Wait to Treat Their Hearing Loss

Roughly one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have some form of hearing loss, making it the third most common health condition in older adults. However, after an initial diagnosis, the average time hearing aids users wait to seek treatment is seven years. In this week’s blog, we’re looking at some of the reasons that prevent people from treating their hearing loss.

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Finding Your Ideal Rechargeable Hearing Aid

Your phone’s rechargeable, as are your camera and toothbrush. So why shouldn’t your hearing aids be rechargeable, too? In fact, there are now different kinds of rechargeable hearing aids on the market. Read on to find on how to choose the right one for you.

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New Accessories for Premium Comfort

A hearing aid accessory is something that you might not think of as a need. But the right ac-cessory often makes life with hearing aids considerably easier and more enjoyable. This is especially true of our new accessories for Signia hearing aids: the TV Transmitter and mini-Pocket remote control.

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How Does Inductive Charging Technology Work?

You already know it from electric toothbrushes or smartphones: simply set the device down or put it in the corresponding holder and the batteries begin to charge. With inductive charging technology, electrical energy is transferred from one object to another contact-free in order to operate or supply the latter object.

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What to Consider When Choosing a Hearing Care Professional

Once you realize you have hearing loss and decide to seek treatment, you will likely begin by visiting your general practitioner for an initial confirmation that yes, indeed, your hearing ability has declined. After that, you might be given a referral to a hearing care professional, but in some cases you’re left to find one on your own. So, where do you begin?

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Hearing Loss Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Hearing loss is connected to a number of other health conditions. Several studies have indicated a link between it and cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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What is a Super Power Hearing Aid?

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that modern hearing aids are smarter and more sophisticated than ever before. But have you ever wondered why sometimes you see hearing aids described as power or super power? Read on to find out why.

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Forbes Reviews Signia primax

"In the same way the Tesla cars are starting to deliver on the promise of autonomous driving, the next generation of hearing aids are starting to deliver on the promise of ‘autonomous listening’ hearing aids." -- Yuri Teshler, Practice Lead, Health Consumerization at Moor Insights & Strategy, in his review for Forbes.

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2006: Centra

For #Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the revolutionary Centra. These hearing aids were the first in the world to be able to actively learn additional information regarding their settings based solely on the personal preferences of each user in a wide variety of situations.

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When Hearing Is a Daily Challenge

Signia helps you retain the joys of hearing even when your natural hearing ability fades. Identifying the onset of hearing loss is not always simple, but taking our easy-to-use online hearing test can help.

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Introducing Signia Cellion: Revolutionary Hearing

"Get new batteries" is a reminder that many hearing aid wearers have on their calendar. Depending on usage, the little power suppliers in conventional hearing aids have to be replaced about every two weeks. But now you can confidently remove this reminder from the calendar, thanks to Signia's new Cellion hearing aids.

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The Ingredients for Depression Include Hearing Loss

Depression is a medical condition that affects you physically as well as psychologically, and is often the result of multiple contributing factors. While anyone who has read up on the condition will find some of these (anxiety, stress, isolation) familiar, one ingredient in the depression “stew” is often missed — hearing loss.

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Supporting Your Loved Ones on World Mental Health Day

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. A study by the National Council on Aging found people who were 50 and older with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report having depression and anxiety and were less likely to participate in social activities than those individuals who wore hearing aids.

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids?

So, you’ve had the same hearing aids for some time and you’re starting to wonder, “Is it time for a new pair?” Considering the significant investment represented by a pair of typical hearing aids, it’s no wonder people hesitate at the thought of them becoming obsolete. But just like all high-tech devices, hearing aids can’t last forever.

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BTEs, Customs – What Do They All Mean

When choosing a new hearing aid, you might find yourself baffled by all the terminology and abbreviations used by manufacturers and hearing care professionals (HCPs). If you’re confused by the “word soup” in the hearing aid literature you brought home or saw displayed at your HCP’s office, our audiology professionals are here to help!

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New Atlas Reviews Pure primax and easyTek

Will Shanklin of New Atlas tried out Signia Pure® primax™ hearing aids a couple months back. In doing so, he provided some of his first hand impressions of a number of features such as SpeechMaster and our HD Music program as well as our easyTek™ accessory.

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Life Without Limits

This is the last installment of my small blog series. And as I approach this final hurdle, I find myself standing in the same place I was when I first agreed to this endeavor. Meaning, I have no idea what to talk about.

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Gear Diary Reviews Signia Pure primax

Judie Stanford of Gear Diary is yet another well-known technology reviewer who recently tested out Signia Pure® primax™ hearing aids. And her verdict is, "Signia has made hearing aids sexy; no really!"

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2004: Acuris

In the last of our series of Throwback Thursday posts, we present the 2004 Acuris. With Acuris hearing aids both sides constantly exchanged large volumes of data and adjusted to any hearing situation, in sync with each other.

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Signs of Hearing Loss in Teens (and what to do about them)

It can be hard to assess whether a teenager is having difficulty hearing based solely on their behavior, as the signs often match “typical” teenage stereotypes. Parents need to open their minds to the possibility that hearing loss is the culprit when they notice teens doing the following things.

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1997: Prisma

A new era in hearing aid technology began in 1997 when Prisma was launched. It was the world’s first completely digital hearing aid with two microphones that adjusted to the wearer's current hearing situation automatically.

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Living Life Out Loud - Part 4

Been watching the Olympics? Us too! For me it couldn’t have been timed better, girls high school swimming started today and a new season (along with a new school year) has begun. Most moments I’m energized and empowered! But there are also those moments that I, like anyone else, can feel an unexpected melancholy. The greatness or great feats of others can be imposing.

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1966: Siretta

The Siretta 339 was the first hearing aid from Siemens to be worn entirely inside the ear. This in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid system was made possible by a micro-amplifier designed specifically for it.

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Challenges of Single-Sided Hearing Loss

We recently received an unsolicited testimonial letter from a Signia primax™ wearer named Ruth Ann Griffith. Ruth Ann has severe hearing loss in one ear and is nearly deaf in the right. When hearing loss is so bad in one ear that even wearing a hearing aid cannot restore usable function (i.e., unaidable), it is referred to as single-sided or unilateral hearing loss. Fortunately, this condition is not insurmountable, as Ruth Ann has discovered.

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Living Life Out Loud

Many of the best books begin with a prologue. It is a way for the writer to provide a separate introduction to the main literary work, many times in order to explain potentially confusing passages in the forthcoming story.

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SlashGear Reviews Signia primax

Being part of the Signia team, we can’t gush enough about our primax™ hearing aids! But it’s another matter when a well-known and independent tech reviewer tries out our hearing aids and calls them, “One of the most advanced wearable devices.”

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1959: Auriculette

Like its predecessors, the 1959 Siemens Auriculette 326 consisted of a microphone, amplifier, and earphone, with a battery as a power supply. However, the components were so small and lightweight that they fit together in a single housing worn comfortably behind the ear.

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Living Life Out Loud by Desirae Layher

Before I begin this second blog offering, with snippets highlighting my adventures at RIT/NTID's Health Care Exploration Career Camp, I want to note that stepping out of one's comfort zone in reality is harder than the cliché implies. I'm a teenager. We are all about fitting in, traveling in packs, and Facebook profiles that show us in the best possible light. Being honest about one's struggles isn't high on our priority list.

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1954: Phonophor Epsilon

The Phonophor Epsilon weighed only about 50 grams (less than two ounces), including the batteries, and was the size of a matchbox. This was made possible by a discovery just a short time before that has gone on to become a fixture of our everyday lives -- transistor technology.

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1951: Phonophor Alpha

It was not until World War II and the postwar period that sub-miniature tubes were developed allowing for lightweight, compact hearing aids. They encapsulated the benefits of the new technology in a form small enough to fit in a vest pocket.

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Keeping your Hearing Aids Safe and Sound While Traveling

Traveling should be fun, and hearing aids allow you to fully experience both the sights and sounds. But traveling can also be stressful. To make sure that your hearing aids are a source of fun rather than stress, here some tips that could minimize unnecessary hassles and unwelcome surprises during your travels. (Thanks to Patricia Ramirez, AuD for this week's guest blog post).

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1928: Phonophor with Microphone Amplifier

After the huge success of the first Phonophor models, Siemens & Halske expanded hearing aid production activities at Berlin’s Wernerwerk plant. New materials and designs made the Phonophor lighter and more compact, while advances in technology improved performance and sound quality.

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Embrace Your Geekness: 7 things modern hearing aids are capable of doing today

Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day. Did you know that the term “geek” was originally used as a derogatory term to describe a circus worker? Over time, the word has evolved to describe a person who is a keen expert on a particular topic. In honor of Embrace Your Geekness Day, we are flaunting our geekness with pride by sharing seven things modern hearing aids are capable of doing today.

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How Reducing Reverberance Improves Speech Understanding

Rooms with hard surfaces like bare walls and marble floors reflect more sound than rooms with carpets, drapes, and similar items that absorb echoes. Merriam-Webster defines this sound reflection as reverberation, a “sound that echoes” and “an effect that is not wanted.” Reverberation can irritate people with normal hearing, but for those with hearing loss it’s more than a nuisance ― it contributes to missing or misunderstanding speech.

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1913: Louis Weber and the Phonophor

Originally planned as a single hearing aid for a friend of the company, the device turned out to be a huge success, and series production was launched in December 1913 – marking the start of the long and successful history of our hearing aids.

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Declare Your Independence by Getting Hearing Aids

This week we celebrated U.S. independence with fireworks, barbecues, and beach time. Of course, we want to enjoy our independence every day ― not just during one holiday a year. As we age, hearing loss threatens to deprive many of us of the ability to experience life on our terms. Fortunately, hearing aids can help us prolong lives of freedom to work, play, and relax as we see fit.

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Tips for Keeping Ears Safe This Summer

It’s easy to forget about keeping your hearing safe when you’re in the midst of enjoying all kinds of summer activities. From fireworks displays to outdoor concerts, you’re probably not thinking about your ears much at all. But if you want to continue enjoying all the fun summer has to offer for years to come, we suggest reading and following these tips for protecting your hearing.

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Full Hearing Comfort -- Low Battery Usage

Better hearing and understanding plus economic battery usage. Our hearing aids use energy-efficient features and orchestrate them in a targeted manner whenever they are needed. The result is hearing comfort throughout the day.

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Will Insurance Cover Your Hearing Aids?

If you are considering getting hearing aids, you’re probably wondering whether insurance will help cover the cost. As a manufacturer we don’t sell our hearing products directly to patients, nor do we have any control over what health insurers will cover. However, we have done some research in response to all the questions we receive on this subject. Here’s what we’ve turned up with regards to which hearing health treatments insurance will ― and won’t ― cover.

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Really? You Wear Hearing Aids?

“Hearing aids? Maybe, but only if no one notices them.” Many patients newly-diagnosed with hearing loss feel this way ― they want to hear better but they don’t want the fact they’re wearing hearing aids to be obvious.

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What You Might Not Know About Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

If you’re in the market for hearing aids, you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about over-the-counter options, also known as personal sound amplification devices (PSAPs). You might be tempted by the price tag, but if you expect them to improve your hearing as well as FDA-approved medical hearing aids, you will be disappointed.

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Tips for Encouraging a Loved One to Get Hearing Aids

It’s common for a person who has developed hearing loss to be the last one to acknowledge it. More often, it’s others in their lives ― children, siblings, close friends ― who first realize there might be a problem. Is someone important to you exhibiting signs of hearing difficulty? If you suspect there’s a problem, but you’re not sure, here are a few ways you can tell whether there’s cause for concern.

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Make Phone Calls the Smart Way

Phones are our most popular means of communication for professional and personal use. In noisy environments like open-plan offices or on the train, making phone calls can present a particular challenge for hearing aid wearers. With the TwinPhone feature in Signia primax™ hearing aids, using the phone becomes easy and convenient.

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The Great Battery Giveaway

Signia made several hearing aid battery donations to children’s hospitals, school systems, and pediatric accounts around the country this month. Our hope is that these batteries will help provide support to students and young children who receive services from these hearing healthcare providers.

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Improving Communication When You Have Hearing Loss

Picture this: You’re sitting on your patio on a beautiful spring day with your friend. You notice that you’re having trouble hearing what they’re saying and keep losing track of the conversation.“What?” you blurt out. You’ve already said this about ten times and you’re starting to feel like a pest. The key to avoiding these awkward interactions in the future? Communicate more, not less.

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What We Mean When We Say Clinically Proven

Understanding speech is a complex task for the brain, particularly when there is a lot of competing background noise. This can be very strenuous, especially for people with hearing loss. A new clinical study* shows that using our innovative primax™ hearing aids significantly reduces listening effort. Hearing becomes comfortable and easy, which has a positive impact on quality of life.

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Life with Harry’s Hearing Loss

Harry has been married to his sweetheart, Sue, for almost 30 years. Sue knows that Harry doesn’t hear as well as he used to, but she’s not sure what to do about it. Every time she brings it up he has an excuse, such as “Kids these days all mumble.” Sue wants to be supportive, but she’s starting to resent having to negotiate her life around Harry’s hearing problems. Here’s how a typical day with Harry goes.

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Signia’s New Hearing Aid Technology: primax

Last week, we shared the press release introducing primax™, our most advanced generation of smart hearing aids to date. This week, we’d like to tell you more about the features that make these hearing aids so powerful, they’re actually clinically-proven to reduce listening effort throughout the day while providing better than normal hearing in challenging environments*.

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