Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Health

Better Hearing and Speech Month coincides with the arrival of spring. The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) has dedicated a whole month to increasing awareness about communication impairments, including hearing loss, and enhancing treatment while lobbying to decrease the stigma associated with hearing loss for over 75 years. “Connecting People” is the theme for this year. Helen Keller considered …

Why Pretending to Hear Doesn't Help

Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

Dr. Marina E. Kade Communication, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

Whether you have normal hearing or not – we’ve all been there. It’s that panicked moment when we can’t hear or understand the conversation, while it seems that everyone else is having no trouble at all. From time to time, it’s okay to smile, nod, and pretend to understand a conversation – especially with strangers in noisy environments such as …

Understanding Your Hearing Aids

Understanding Your Hearing Aids

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Aids

There are conditions associated with aging that are irreversible and yet, we still take action to confront them and learn more about how to keep living our lives despite their appearance. For some people, that’s the arrival of arthritis. It’s not a curable condition.  And yet, with medication, diet, and physical therapy or exercise management, we can retain mobility and …

Musicians & Hearing Loss

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Health

Music is known to be a powerful form of expression. It can change moods, enhance emotions and even heal individuals. Music is also known to help people relieve stress and anxiety.   Given how loud bands play, it’s not surprising that many rock stars have hearing loss. Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has had hearing loss for years. In a …

All About Digital Hearing Aids

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Aids

Did you know that the consumer electronic world has gone fully digital? It’s true. Today, most electronic devices are designed with a computer at their core. For example, even your microwave is essentially an advanced programmable calculator.   With the advent of modern technology and the rapid consumer shift to digital, hearing aid manufacturers have also taken steps to remain …

All About Hearing Aid-Compatible Assistive Listening Devices

All About Hearing Aid-Compatible Assistive Listening Devices

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Aids, Hearing Health

More than 30 million Americans live with debilitating hearing loss. Of those, only about a quarter of people who have hearing loss will visit an audiologist, acknowledging their hearing loss and seeking solutions.  Of course, there are many reasons why people don’t seek treatment, ranging from cost to cultural attitudes regarding hearing health. Another leading factor that dissuades folks from …

Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Dr. Marina E. Kade Communication, Hearing Loss

We live in a world where environmental noise is a constant companion for many of us throughout the day and into the night. As a result of the increasingly loud sounds we hear daily, noise pollution poses a serious threat to our health.    It’s critical to know when noise pollution is present so you can take precautions to avoid …

Getting to Know Your Hearing Aids

Getting to Know Your Hearing Aids

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Aids

Today there are more options for hearing devices than there have ever been. But just as there aren’t a pair of eyeglasses that would suit all faces, there isn’t a type of hearing aid suitable for all. It might seem at first a bit overwhelming to decide which type of hearing aid is best for your lifestyle and hearing needs. …

How Treating Hearing Loss Supports Your Brain

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Loss

Hearing loss, connection, cognitive health: what do these things have to do with each other? Socializing and connecting with other people daily not only makes our lives more enjoyable, but this contact is also essential to keeping our brains healthy. When untreated hearing loss interferes with the ability to communicate with others, especially in older people, the mind suffers. Read …

How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health

How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

While hearing loss begins with the ears its effects are far-reaching. The body and mind support each other and when we struggle to hear our emotional health is impacted significantly. The ability to navigate conversations is when hearing loss is most noticed by others, however, because hearing loss is an “invisible” disability, it often goes unrealized. Instead, it can be …