Saturday, September 22, 2018 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. To raise awareness, we’re re-running our blog post exploring the connection between hearing loss and traumatic brain injury caused by falls—and how hearing aids can help prevent these dangerous events.
If you were a travel photographer like Kaito, you would want to do more than photograph scenes and people--you would want to enjoy the best life has to offer. Styletto hearing aids from Signia give people like Kaito the freedom to pursue their adventures.
With the stylish new Styletto hearing aids from Signia, there's more than meets the eye. Crystal-clear sound quality, portable rechargeability, and Own Voice Processing are just a few of the high-tech features these uniquely beautiful hearing aids have to offer because there's a lot more under the surface.
Suicide Prevention Week – Help for the Hard of Hearing
If you or someone you know has hearing loss and experiences suicidal thoughts, it can feel as if you are alone and that there’s no way out. Fortunately, there are several options for people with hearing loss in crisis to connect with those who can help.
Aesthetic is something that you would take seriously if you were a fashion designer like Cathy. Work like hers comes from a deep understanding of what makes things beautiful. To match this keen sense of style, Signia offers a hearing aid that melds with Cathy’s self-image. Styletto is more than just a hearing aid, it's high-tech hearwear.
The sleek new Styletto from Signia transforms how we think and feel about hearing aids. The brand-new design straddles the line between hearing aids and stylish accessories, creating hearing devices that empower wearers to live in confidence.
Over the decades, there have been numerous films focusing on people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Here are five examples of memorable characters with hearing loss who overcome difficulties to live fulfilling lives.
Preparation is key to dealing with an unexpected disaster, but it can be challenging if you have hearing loss. Follow these tips to make sure you (and your hearing aids) remain safe during and in the aftermath of such events.
Although more individuals are developing hearing loss, deaf and hard of hearing people are largely underrepresented when it comes to TV shows. However, there are several TV characters with hearing loss who played a central role on their shows and demonstrated the realities of hearing difficulties.
5 Ways Society Can Do More for Those with Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can present significant health risks and challenges to those affected. And we as a society can (and should) do more to help. Consider these ideas for making the world a better place for people with hearing loss.
You might not realize it but talking louder or using certain words or phrases—even as a joke—might insult people with hearing loss. To keep your conversations positive and ensure the other person hears you, avoid these following conversational pitfalls.
Ask the Audiologist: How Has the Audiology Profession Evolved Over the Years?
The practice of audiology has evolved greatly since its emergence in the early 1900s. Today, audiologists use their knowledge about hearing loss and related conditions to help people at work, school, and any other situation to better hear the world around them.
How Signia Supports Humanitarian Efforts Worldwide
We strive to do whatever we can to make the world a better place. In addition to creating solutions that help people with hearing loss hear properly again, our offices around the globe strive to support humanitarian efforts worldwide.
The world is full of fascinating facts about our sense of hearing, and the ears that enable us to experience sounds. If you think you know all about the loudest sound ever, the quietest place in the world, or other random tidbits of hearing trivia, take our quiz!
Maintaining a yard can take a lot of effort, and it can also take a toll on your hearing. Lawnmowers, trimmers, chainsaws, and other machinery can expose you to dangerous noise levels and lead to hearing loss.
While many cases of hearing loss in babies and children are genetic or linked to certain illnesses or syndromes, some instances can be prevented. Learn how to set your baby up for a lifetime of good hearing health.
It’s easy to take for granted the protections and services available to those with hearing loss today. Achieving such rights were the result of social activism, and an important event from 1977 known as the "504 Sit-In" helped to pave the way.
While modern hearing aids dramatically change the lives of those with hearing loss, there are many apps that can further help. From getting the most from your devices to protecting your hearing health, learn more about the most useful apps for hearing loss.
Ask the Audiologist: Can Hearing Aids Help People Who Are Deaf?
Hearing aids help those with hearing loss by making sounds louder so they are audible and clear. But what about those who are considered deaf? You might be surprised to learn that hearing aids can indeed help deaf people better understand the world around them.
If you have hearing loss and enjoy sports, hearing aids are essential. But not all are designed to fit an active lifestyle. If you’re looking for hearing aids that can keep up when playing sports, here are some things to keep in mind.
People with the condition synesthesia experience a blending of the senses, such as the ability to “hear” colors. Similarly, those with hearing loss can rely on their other senses to enjoy music and other sounds, without hearing in the traditional sense.
Don’t Miss the Sounds of Summer Due to Hearing Loss
Kids laughing in a pool. The crack of the bat at a baseball game. An ice cream truck driving up the street. These are just some of the unmistakable sounds of summer you might miss out on if you have untreated hearing loss.
Signia strives to create innovative hearing solutions that transform the lives of those with hearing loss. As a Signatory of the UN Global Compact initiative, we also seek other ways to make the world a better place.
Numerous studies show that obesity can increase the likelihood of developing hearing loss, demonstrating how your hearing is connected to your overall health and highlighting the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Your brain plays a key role in how you hear, taking the soundwaves that enter the ears and translating them into words, music, and all the other noises that surround us each day. But how exactly does this happen?
It’s a fact that men face a higher risk of developing hearing loss than women. With Father’s Day approaching, now is an ideal time to discuss hearing loss with your father (or any other men in your life) and convince him to take care of his hearing health.
The animal kingdom is full of diverse creatures that differ greatly from head to tail. But it’s not just physical traits that set them apart—their voices are just as distinct. Learn more about the loudest land mammals on the planet.
Ask the Audiologist: What Happens During a Hearing Aid Fitting?
We previously addressed the critical importance of hearing aid fittings and their role in long-term success with hearing aids. But you may also be wondering exactly what happens during a fitting. Learn more about the typical hearing aid fitting process.
The Link Between Cancer Treatment and Hearing Loss
Many of the drugs that can save people’s lives by treating cancer may also cause serious side effects. This is true for certain chemotherapy agents that are ototoxic—meaning they can damage your ears and result in hearing loss.
What Caregivers Need to Know About Patients with Hearing Loss
Whether a professional caregiver or someone taking care of an aging family member, a healthy relationship between caregiver and patient is key to providing proper support. However, if the patient has hearing loss, it can be difficult communicating with them and lead to frustration and confusion.
Common Hearing Protection Options: The Pros and Cons
Hearing is an important part of our lives, yet many of us perform daily tasks or work in occupations that put our hearing at risk. In order to prevent noise-induced hearing loss, it’s important to obtain proper ear protection and learn how to use it correctly.
Ask the Audiologist: Why Do I Need a Hearing Aid Fitting?
A hearing aid fitting is critical in determining the right hearing aids for your degree of hearing loss, personal preferences, and lifestyle. Learn more about the fitting process and why it’s so important to your success with your new hearing aids.
How Firefighters and Police Officers Can Protect Their Hearing
While 30 million Americans are exposed to hearing dangers each day, firefighters and police officers face a greater risk of long-term hearing loss. Why are they so susceptible to hearing damage, and what can they do to protect their hearing?
22 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to dangerous noise levels on the job each year. Since we spend about one-third of our lives at work, it’s important to understand if you’re at risk and make the necessary changes to reduce your chances of losing your hearing.
Otosclerosis and Pregnancy: What Mothers-to-be Need to Know
Along with the joys and anticipation of pregnancy, numerous changes happen to your body and new concerns about your health can arise. If you have otosclerosis, pregnancy can accelerate its effects, so awareness is key to maintaining your hearing health.
The Greatest Mother’s Day Gift: Knowing Your Child Can Hear You
Signia previously shared our interview with Lana, a teen who is proud to embrace her hearing aids. In honor of Mother’s Day, Lana’s mom Riina Stengert tells her story of parenting a child with hearing loss and the joy of knowing her daughter can hear her once again.
Adapting to hearing aids can be challenging for anyone, especially teens who don’t want to stand out or feel different. Meet one teen who isn’t ashamed to rock her hearing aids, and eagerly encourages other kids and teens with hearing loss to do the same.
Protect Your Hearing and Ears While Playing Sports
Each day we put ourselves in situations that can damage our hearing. Even simple activities like playing your favorite sport may result in ear or hearing injuries. Fortunately, there are numerous ways you can enjoy your favorite activities while maintaining your hearing health.
Why You Can (and Should) Wear Hearing Aids While Playing Sports
If you’re an athlete with hearing loss, you may often struggle deciding whether to wear hearing aids when you play. While you might want to take them out during sports, learn the many reasons why you’re better off keeping them in.
More than 95 percent of babies born in the US are screened for hearing loss. But did you ever wonder exactly how they're tested? Learn more about the two most common, non-invasive methods to screen an infant's hearing ability.
Meningitis can be a devastating disease, and even if treated promptly, it may leave individuals with permanent hearing loss. In honor of World Meningitis Day, learn more about the disease, its risk factors, and side effects, and how one person managers her hearing loss caused by meningitis.
Ask the Audiologist: How Can I Tell if My Child Has Autism or Hearing Loss?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and hearing loss are two completely different conditions, yet they share many similar symptoms. Find out how you can tell the difference and ensure your child receives the best care.
It’s not just human ears that do amazing things. The animal kingdom is full of all different kinds of ears that help their owners communicate, find food, escape predators, and much more. Learn more fun hearing facts about animals.
4 Ways To Advocate for Yourself When You Have Hearing Loss
For the nearly 48 million Americans with hearing loss, life can be full of challenges, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept the status quo. By being an advocate for yourself, you can defend your rights and hearing health.
Allergy or Sudden Hearing Loss—Can You Tell the Difference?
As the transition to spring continues, many across the country will contend with allergies and their effects on the body—runny nose, sore throat, and itchy eyes. But did you know seasonal allergies can also affect your ears?
Hearing aid technology has come a long way, from the ear horns used centuries ago to today's smart, digital hearing aids. This evolution was made possible by the contributions of many audiologists, engineers, and scientists committed to improving the way people hear.
A Stunning Piece of Tech: Joe’s Geek Fest Reviews Pure 13 Nx
Joe Frazier, the namesake blogger of Joe’s Geek Fest, was recently fitted with Signia’s Pure® 13 Nx hearing aids. As Joe has moderate hearing loss, he was eager to try out our newest technology—and was thoroughly impressed with all that our hearing aids can do.
As we inch closer to immersive virtual reality worlds as seen in the movie "Ready Player One," will people with hearing loss be able to participate? Learn how developers are making this technology available to all.
While Spring Break is a time to have fun and leave the classes, books, and homework behind, it can also present some dangers to your hearing health. If you’ll be traveling for Spring Break, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Ask the Audiologist: How do I choose the best rechargeable hearing aid?
There are many rechargeable hearing aids available today that are significantly easier to use and handle, but not all are created equal. Here is the breakdown on what look for when choosing the best rechargeable hearing aid.
It’s Your Choice: How Harvey Overcame Hearing Loss
Signia’s new "It’s Your Choice" project raises awareness of why waiting to treat hearing loss can be harmful to your health and well-being. Learn how one individual finally decided to do something about his hearing loss and hear what’s important again with hearing aids.
Sleep is crucial to our physical health and mental wellbeing, giving body and mind the chance to rest and recharge. For those with insomnia, a lack of sleep can increase the risk of developing hearing loss and worsen the symptoms of tinnitus.
StreamLine Mic: Connectivity and Streaming for All Smartphones
With the introduction of Signia’s new StreamLine Mic accessory, your Signia Nx hearing aids with Bluetooth connectivity transform into state-of-the-art devices able to stream sound from any smartphone — including Android™!
Hearing Ear dogs can significantly improve the lives of those with hearing loss. However, getting one from a reputable organization can be complex and time-consuming. If you know someone who could benefit from a Hearing Ear dog, here's how you can help.
Black History Month: Contributors to Hearing Health
With February being Black History Month, we’re honoring three African American individuals who have made important contributions to hearing health, from developing hearing aid technology and hearing protection for workers, to creating educational opportunities for people with hearing loss.
Though Valentine’s Day has already passed, you may still have plenty of chocolate and wine from your loved ones to go through. But don't feel too guilty about consuming them—both chocolate and wine may be good for your hearing health.
With a wide range of hearing aids designed to fit your unique preferences, lifestyle, and hearing loss needs, there’s a Signia hearing aid for everyone. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a quiz that will help you find your perfect hearing aid match.
Since February is American Heart Month, it’s a good idea to think about what you can do to minimize your risk of developing heart disease, and to identify any potential risk factors. One surprising way to protect your heart is to pay attention to your hearing.
Ask the Audiologist: How can I help my spouse break the cycle of bad hearing?
Trying to convince a loved one to take care of their hearing loss can be like the movie Groundhog Day—reliving the same day repeatedly. Learn how you can make sure they get the help they need to break the cycle of bad hearing.
While numerous prescription drugs can cause both hearing loss and tinnitus, some of the products available over the counter or in grocery store aisles might also be dangerous to your hearing. The risk is further increased by the fact that they are all addictive.
Did you know there’s a link between your thyroid and hearing health? As January is National Thyroid Awareness Month, learn about the connection between thyroid disorders and hearing loss, and how you can protect your hearing by keeping your thyroid healthy.
Hearing loss is the most common birth defect in the U.S. While 70 percent of cases involve hearing loss alone, up to 30 percent of cases result from other birth defects that impact the structure and development of the ear.
While there is oftentimes no cure for tinnitus, that doesn't mean you can’t minimize its effects. There are many simple things you can do right at home to ease the discomfort and push the annoying sounds into the background.
The ADA: How it Protects the Civil Rights of Those with Hearing Loss
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) made it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities. Find out more about the law and how it protects those with hearing loss at work and in their everyday lives.
Ask the Audiologist: What are your favorite hearing solutions from 2017?
New technology breakthroughs are always built upon previous innovations. The hearing aid field is no exception. As we look forward to the new hearing solutions that 2018 will bring, let’s first revisit some of the industry’s "greatest hits" of 2017.
Did you know you can (and should!) protect your hearing aids for the winter? From adjusting to the noises of the season to keeping them dry and their batteries away from the cold, follow these tips to make sure your hearing aids work properly all winter long.
From introducing several world-first innovations, earning high-profile recognition of our solutions, and welcoming new leadership, 2017 was an incredible year for Signia. Read the highlights and see how they’ve set us up to offer you even more exciting products in 2018!
Whether you’re at a large gathering for the holidays or a typical weeknight meal with your immediate family, you don’t want to miss out on the conversation. Instead of feeling left out, consider these five tips to help you hear better at the dinner table.
What to Do if a Child or Pet Swallows a Hearing Aid
Hearing aids and their batteries pose significant health risks if swallowed. Find out what to do if a child or pet accidentally ingests a hearing aid, and how to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Ask the Audiologist: How can I help my spouse enjoy holiday gatherings?
For those with hearing loss, holiday gatherings can be challenging listening situations that cause extra stress and fatigue. Learn tips and advice to make sure your loved ones with hearing loss can truly enjoy the holiday season.
Sivantos Supports Children’s Charities in Singapore
Sivantos, Inc., the Signia hearing aid brand’s parent company, participated in a philanthropic event last month in support of the Children’s Charities Association of Singapore. Overall, close to 300 employees and their family members walked three kilometers to support physically, mentally, and socially disadvantaged children.
Not sure what to get the big "kids" in your life who have hearing loss this holiday season? Consider these suggestions, from items that help them in their everyday lives to accessories to enhance how they use their hearing aids
If your holiday shopping list includes a child with hearing loss, you may be wondering what to get them. To help you figure out the perfect gift, we’ve assembled a list of ideas that will put a smile on any kid’s face this holiday season.
People with hearing loss deserve the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. In honor of the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, here are some ways to help those with hearing loss get the treatment and support they need.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family, be grateful for everything you have, and eat a lot of food. It's also a great time to talk about your family’s health history and genetic conditions that can be passed down, like hearing loss.
Ask the Audiologist: What Are Hearing Aid Wearers Most Thankful For?
In honor of Thanksgiving, Signia would like to express our gratitude to our patients for inspiring us and driving us to serve them better, and in turn highlight the hearing aid advancements they are most thankful for.
Smoking is hazardous to your health—your hearing included. With today being the Great American Smokeout, learn how smoking can damage your hearing and give yourself or those close to you even more reason to quit.
Signia hearing aids deliver the sound that nature intended
The latest generation of Signia hearing aids with direct audio streaming from iPhone and TV improve your hearing experience to a remarkable new level and preserve the familiar sound of your own voice – thanks to the world's first Own Voice Processing (OVP).
Hearing loss and tinnitus are among the most common health ailments facing our nation's veterans. In honor of Veterans Day, learn more about the causes of hearing loss among veterans — and how to help them.
The changing of the clocks may throw your circadian rhythm off balance for a few days. But if your rhythm is regularly off-kilter due to working night shifts, you may be at increased risk of developing hearing loss.
While prolonged exposure to loud noises can damage your ears, some people take this a step further and use sound to purposely inflict pain on others. Learn about the controversial ways sound has been used as a weapon.
Autumn is a great time for professional sports fans. But whether you go to a stadium, catch a game at a sports bar, or watch from your own home, you could potentially damage your hearing if you’re not careful.
Ask the Audiologist: Is there anything I can do to avoid losing my hearing?
Many people believe that hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. While it’s true that some hearing loss is inevitable as we age, there are many things we can do to delay its onset and minimize its severity.
Bone and Joint Health Action Week takes place October 12-20. Learn more about temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), its connection to tinnitus, and how treatment for TMJ can alleviate the effects of tinnitus.
Warning Signs of Depression in the Hard of Hearing
There is a clear link between hearing loss and depression, with the former often contributing to development of the latter. For October 10, World Mental Health Day, we look at the common signs of depression and what you can do to help someone with hearing loss who is affected.
The idea that hearing loss only affects your grandparents is a myth. It happens to young people, too, and the number of children and young adults with hearing loss has grown considerably in recent years.
Protecting Kids (and Adults) with Hearing Loss Against Bullying
Whether they’re made fun of for not being able to hear well or because they wear hearing aids, bullying is a problem that many with hearing loss regularly encounter. As October is National Bullying Prevention Month, now’s the time to speak out against bullying and find ways to stop it.
One out of ten Americans experiences tinnitus. And of those who deal with the symptoms almost all of the time, about one in five describes their tinnitus as disabling or nearly disabling. Fortunately, even when a cure for tinnitus is not always possible, there are numerous ways for patients to find relief. One solution, which is also good for your general health, is regular physical exercise.
Reduce the Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury with Hearing Aids
People with hearing loss face an increased danger of falling, which can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI). As TBI is often life-altering or even fatal, you should understand the risks – and know what to do to prevent devastating falls.
Thanks to advancements in technology, hearing aids have gone through a dramatic change over the last century. From size and battery power to features, it’s amazing to see where hearing amplification started and where it is today.
Can Hearing Aids Help People with Alzheimer’s Disease?
Research indicates that use of hearing aids might help avoid or delay the effects of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. But can hearing aids also improve quality of life for those already suffering from the disease?
September is Healthy Aging Month and a good time to think about healthy practices that promote a happier and longer life. This month get a hearing test, or if you already have hearing loss, seek proper treatment, such as wearing hearing aids.
September is National Newborn Screening Awareness Month in recognition of all the tests infants undergo in order to catch any disorders or diseases as early as possible. In celebration of the continuing progress of improving hearing health, let's look at a brief history of newborn hearing screening programs, and the progress made since inception.
Podcasts + Direct Streaming = Perfect Audio Entertainment
Podcasts are (usually) free online audio content that you can download onto your desktop or mobile device, and enjoy at your leisure. Many hearing aids allow wearers to stream audio from their smartphones directly in to their hearing aids, so you can enjoy your favorite podcast effortlessly.
Some health conditions that endanger your hearing and overall health are unavoidable, but others can be prevented. The following are some common diseases that could put your hearing at risk and the vaccinations available to prevent them.
Last week we told you how our hearing aids help you tackle challenging listening environments with ease. This week we'll cover more high-tech features that address specific situations like gusts of wind and echoes.
Ask the Audiologist: I’m Heading to College with Hearing Aids – How Should I Prepare?
Attending college will be a vastly different experience than going to high school. If you wear hearing aids, the new setting will likely also present a new set of challenges when it comes to your hearing needs. Here are some tips to help you prepare.
Day-to-day responsibilities like work, school, or taking care of a family can keep you extremely busy. When a ringing or buzzing in the ear becomes overwhelming, it can turn a normal day into a stressful one. Tinnitus is an annoying noise that never seems to go away. Relaxation tactics can help reduce your tinnitus symptoms and allow you to enjoy your day free of irritating phantom noises.
Hear Clearly in the Car with Bluetooth Motion Sensors
Road trips and summer go hand-in-hand. The hours spent together in a car are opportunities for friends and family to reconnect, and for lifetime memories to be made. But for those with hearing loss, having a conversation in the car can be very difficult. The latest motion-sensing and directional microphone technology in our Pure 13 BT hearing aids lets you fully participate in every conversation on that road trip.
Living a healthy lifestyle can be achieved by staying active and consuming a well-balanced diet. Numerous healthy foods supply nutrients that are good for your entire body, but a select few may actually help your hearing.
The Phantom noise in your ears, known as tinnitus, is often associated with sensorineural hearing loss. A small percentage of cases can be caused by other underlying factors, which could include temporomandibular joint disorder(TMJ).
Driving represents freedom and enjoyment to many. However, when you have hearing loss (regardless of age) you’re likely to experience others’ misconceptions about your ability to drive. If you are hard of hearing, these tips can help you remain a vigilant, safe driver -- perhaps even safer than the average hearing driver.
Ask the Audiologist: Why Did You Become an Audiologist?
I didn’t know about the existence of audiology until my friend in undergraduate school chose to pursue it. As I found out more and more about the profession, the more attractive it became. And I’m not the only one who thinks this is a great job.
Are you preparing to send your child to overnight camp this summer? If so, and your child wears hearing aids, here are five things you can do to prepare so that your youngster enjoys their time away and returns with their valuable devices intact.
Hearing is not only important for interpersonal communication and an active social life. It also helps orient you within your environment and enables you to receive important information about what’s happening beyond your field of vision.
Summer has arrived, and with it comes all the entertainment options that make it an active, exciting season for people of all ages. However, if you wear hearing aids, you might be more frustrated than entertained in certain venues because you still can’t hear or understand clearly. Fortunately, there are assistive listening devices than can help improve your listening experience in a wide variety of locations.
By now you've learned all the ways smoking cigarettes can damage your body. Conditions like cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems can often be traced back to a lifetime of smoking. However, like most people, you probably associate hearing loss with advanced age or noise exposure, but don’t know the risk of hearing loss due to smoking.
How to Prepare for a Job Interview If You’re Hard of Hearing
Whether you are 22 or 50, job interviews are stressful. If you have hearing loss, knowing how and when (or whether) to reveal you have difficulty hearing typically increases nervousness. Here’s how to make the most of the interview process from start to finish.
Hearing is an important part of our lives, yet many of us perform daily tasks or work in occupations that put our hearing at risk. Once you develop noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) the damage is irreversible. In order to prevent NIHL, it’s important to obtain proper ear protection and learn how to use it correctly.
Audiology professionals describe tinnitus as a phantom auditory perception of a sound in the absence of an external sound signal. Patients often feel isolated and convinced that no one can understand what they are going through. Because tinnitus has many causes, a specific medication or general cure is rarely available. However, even for chronic tinnitus, there are ways to take control and find relief.
“Your hearing loss is permanent.” For most patients with hearing loss, this is the dreaded statement from their hearing care professional. The possibility of hair cell regeneration was only discovered 20 years ago, amazing progress has already been made by scientists around the world. While we marvel at the pace with which hearing aids and other assistive devices have improved, researchers in the medical and pharmaceutical fields are also racing to develop the first drug or procedure that can cure hearing loss.
Hearing well improves our everyday lives, yet most of us take it for granted. However, not everyone gets to hold onto their best hearing as they age. Fortunately, over the years, technology has given us the gift of hearing aids that allow many people with hearing loss a chance to hear more clearly again. Let’s take a look at the milestones in hearing technology to see just how far it has come.
While audiologists typically recommend replacing hearing aids every three to five years, the appropriate time for a patient to consider new aids varies widely. Below we will outline some steps to take when making that decision.
Today is May the 4th – affectionately known as Star Wars Day (May the Fourth/Force be with you…get it?). The original Star Wars revolutionized films with its amazing special effects, including sound, for which it received a Special Achievement Academy Award. But there is a downside to effects-laden movies — they can be hazardous to viewers’ hearing.
Most of us have heard of or seen Seeing Eye dogs that are responsible for assisting in the daily lives of their blind or low-vision human partners. But did you know there are also Hearing Ear dogs specially trained to assist Deaf and hard of hearing individuals?
Fun Facts About Hearing: Animal and Insect Edition
While the way human ears work is fascinating, as we revealed in our previous blog post, Fun Facts About Hearing: Human Edition, animal and insect ears and hearing abilities can be even more impressive. Here are some interesting facts about their hearing.
Making Public Spaces Safer, Easier to Navigate for the Hard of Hearing
Accessibility is a significant issue for people with disabilities, including those with sensory limitations like hearing loss. Beyond the legal requirements, making public areas easy and safe for everyone to navigate is fair, respectful, and just plain good for business. So, what can and should be done to make our public spaces as accessible as possible to those with hearing difficulties?
Listening to music, waking up to birds chirping — you get to enjoy those sounds and more because of how human ears function. Our ears are complex organs that allow us to hear all the beautiful things life has to offer. Although you might take hearing for granted, there are many things you probably don’t know about the way it works.
Cellion Hearing Aids are Remarkable: MacSources Review
We're excited to share an enthusiastic new review of our Cellion™ hearing aids and the myHearing App™ by Nicholas Calderone, the co-founder and Senior Editor of the prestigious MacSources technical review blog.
What Can I Do If I Don’t Like How My Hearing Aids Sound?
Congratulations! You’ve taken the plunge and purchased a pair of hearing aids. However, now that you’ve worn them for a little while, maybe certain things still don’t sound as you expected. Adapting to hearing aids requires time, patience, and setting realistic expectations. Here are some things you need to keep in mind.
Ototoxic describes any substance poisonous to the ear (specifically components of the cochlea or auditory nerve). Certain prescribed medications are known to be ototoxic and can cause or contribute to tinnitus or hearing loss. It’s important to know which ones so you can work with your physician to monitor how they affect your hearing health.
It can be difficult for a new hearing aid patient to decide what model of hearing aid would work best for their needs. One consideration is obvious — what will help you hear the best given your specific type of hearing loss. But there are other factors that should be considered, so that once you have made a decision the devices chosen fit perfectly in your ears and with your lifestyle.
Subjective tinnitus is the form of “ringing in the ears” that can only be heard by the person who has it. While the most common type of tinnitus, it is also the one for which one specific cause can rarely be identified. That’s because subjective tinnitus is a symptom of numerous ear disorders and other medical conditions, including vascular disorders, glucose metabolic problems, and diabetes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See How We Make our World-Class Signia Hearing Aids
Today is World Hearing Day. In recognition, we invite you to take a look at a short video that provides an overview of how we develop, build, and test our world-class hearing aids and learn more about our diverse offerings.
It can be very easy to ignore signs of hearing loss over time. But if you experience sudden onset hearing loss (a.k.a. sudden sensorineural hearing loss), it is important to visit your hearing care professional right away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Thank You Scientist Thanks Signia for Their Hearing Protection
Dr. Suzanne McCorry is an audiologist with Signia. She helps hearing care professionals better serve their patients as part of the Customer Care team. And, as she writes in this week’s blog post, she’s also the mother of a musician – Cody McCorry of the popular band, Thank You Scientist.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
The best part of the holidays is getting together with friends and family. But as you welcome children and pets into your home, remember to keep your hearing aids and hearing aid batteries safely out of reach.
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.
Include Coworkers with Hearing Loss During the Holidays
Holiday season is upon us and so are holiday work festivities. And while the holidays are a great time to catch up with family, friends, and co-workers alike, they can also pose challenging listening situations for people with hearing loss.
Signia hearing aid wearers experience more than the best hearing aid technology. They also enjoy the gold standard in support, thanks to Signia’s revolutionary myHearing™ app developed by our audiology experts.
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.
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.
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.
Signia myHearing App and Cellion primax Hearing Aid Selected as CES Innovation Awards Honorees
Signia, the new name for Siemens hearing aids, has been selected as an Honoree in three different product categories of the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 Innovation Awards, again confirming our place as an innovation leader in the field of audiology. The awards celebrate outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products.
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.
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?
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Millennials — Enjoy the Music but Watch the Volume
Take a look at the people around you the next time you’re in the gym working out or at the library doing homework or even on campus walking to class. Chances are you or someone around you is wearing headphones and listening to music.
Why You Should Think About Your Hearing on World Heart Day
Most of us understand why taking care of our heart is important, but far fewer realize that hearing ability is an often-ignored barometer of heart health. The following are just a few reasons why medical professionals believe hearing loss and cardiovascular issues overlap.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
What Hepatitis B Patients Need to Know About Hearing Loss
Thursday this week marks World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis results when one or more of the following five viruses enter the body and trigger an aggressive autoimmune response by your liver, which can in turn lead to serious liver damage.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Tips for Encouraging a Loved One to Get Hearing Aids
Part 2: The Hearing Aid Conversation
This week, we offer the following five tips to help you convince a loved one to schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional (HCP) to have their hearing formally tested, and if needed get hearing aids.
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.
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.
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.
The day gets off to a hectic start for Robert Maier, a working man in his early fifties who started losing his hearing about five years ago. Follow along as the SpeechMaster function in his hearing aids helps him enjoy a more relaxing day.
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.
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.
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.
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*.