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May. 10, 2024

How to Clean and Maintain Your Hearing Aids

Spring is in the air, and it’s not just our homes that need a little spring cleaning. This is also a great time to give some attention to our hearing aids. With the change in weather and increased outdoor activities, it’s important to take extra care of your hearing aids during this season. Regular maintenance boosts hearing aid performance and extends the lifespan of your devices. Clean Your Hearing Aids Regularly Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent the buildup of earwax, debris, and moisture in your hearing aids. Start by wiping the surface of your hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth to remove any dust or dirt. Use a specialized cleaning brush or tool to clean the…
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Apr. 10, 2024

Essential Tips for Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can happen when we least expect them. For those of us relying on hearing aids, preparation is the key to staying safe. Let’s dive into some practical tips to ensure you’re ready to tackle unexpected situations. Understanding the Importance of Preparation First things first, why is preparation so important? In emergencies, every moment counts. Being prepared can make all the difference in how you respond and cope with the situation. For people with hearing loss, having a plan in place is especially important. Having everything you need on hand can help minimize the impact of emergencies and ensure you have the support and resources you need. Creating an Emergency Communication Plan Communication is key during emergencies. Sit down with…
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Mar. 07, 2024

Silent Struggle: The Impact of Hearing Loss on Mental Health

As some of you may know, I suffer from profound hearing loss. This topic is timely, as today is World Hearing Day, founded with a mission of “Changing mindsets: Let’s make ear and hearing care a reality for all!” Hearing loss has impacted my life in many ways for so long that I don’t remember what it was like to have full use of my hearing. For anyone unfamiliar with the different types of hearing loss, they include: Conductive (related to problems in the outer or middle ear), Sensorineural (involving damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve), and Mixed (a combination of both). I fall into the latter category, and my hearing loss affects both ears. The loss is profound —…
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Mar. 06, 2024

Why You Should Let People Know You Are Wearing a Hearing Aid

Hearing loss is a lot more common than you might think. It’s estimated that 50 million Americans are living with hearing loss. Does this number seem high? The truth is that many people don’t disclose their hearing loss. If you have hearing loss, here are some of the reasons you should let people know you’re wearing hearing aids. Improving Communication Disclosing your hearing loss helps others understand your communication needs and preferences. When people are aware of your hearing loss, they can make simple adjustments to help you hear. This could be speaking clearly, facing you directly, or turning off background music. By talking about your hearing loss, you can improve communication, avoid misunderstandings, and build stronger connections with friends,…
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Feb. 14, 2024

How Hearing Loss Impacts Relationships and Mental Health

Hearing is one of our most important senses, connecting us to the world and the people around us. When hearing loss occurs, it can significantly impact not only our ability to communicate but also the relationships we cherish. We will explore all the different ways in which hearing loss can affect relationships and look into its potential link to mental health issues.  Understanding Hearing Loss Before we dive into the impact on relationships and mental health, let’s first take a look at hearing loss. Hearing loss can be categorized into different types – conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. It can occur due to various factors, including age, genetics, exposure to loud noises, infections, or medical conditions. Regardless of the cause, hearing…
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Jan. 05, 2024

How To Protect Your Hearing In Loud Environments

Today’s world is constantly surrounded by noise from the bustling city streets, heavy machinery at work, or the music at a lively concert. While these noises may seem like a regular part of life, they can pose a significant risk to our hearing health. Noise-induced hearing loss is a real concern, but the good news is that there are steps we can take to protect our ears and preserve our precious sense of hearing.  Essentials of protecting hearing in loud environments  Protecting hearing in a loud environment is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being. Exposure to excessive noise levels can lead to irreversible damage to the delicate structures of the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss and other serious…
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Dec. 14, 2023

The Sound of Mental Wellness: A Holistic Approach to Hearing Health

Beyond the immediate implications for communication, social interaction, and cognitive function, recent research has shed light on the profound impact hearing health has on mental well-being. In this exploration, we’ll delve into the connection between hearing loss and mental health, emphasizing the importance of early detection, contemporary interventions, and the potential futuristic landscape of auditory healthcare. The Invisible Link: Hearing Loss and Mental Health The intricate relationship between hearing loss and mental health has become increasingly evident in scientific literature. Studies conducted have consistently demonstrated a correlation between untreated hearing loss and a higher risk of cognitive decline, depression, and social isolation. The auditory system, it appears, plays a pivotal role not only in processing sound but also in maintaining…
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Nov. 03, 2023

The Complex Interplay between Tinnitus, Anxiety, and Depression: Pioneering Insights into Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management

In the intricate world of auditory health, the connections between tinnitus, anxiety, and depression have garnered increasing attention from researchers and healthcare professionals alike. Hearing care providers are  dedicated to unraveling these complex relationships and understanding the latest advancements in hearing loss prevention, diagnosis, and management. Recent research findings can shed light on the significance of early detection and offer a comprehensive guide for both patients and professionals. Tinnitus: A Ringing Prelude to Emotional Turmoil Tinnitus, commonly described as the perception of sound in the absence of an external stimulus, has long been known to provoke emotional disturbances. Recent studies have underscored the strong connection between tinnitus and conditions such as anxiety and depression. The distressing nature of tinnitus, coupled…
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Oct. 03, 2023

Recognizing the Signs of Hearing Loss in Others: A Guide to Early Detection and Intervention

Hearing loss is a pervasive issue that affects millions of individuals worldwide, transcending age, gender, and socioeconomic status. The mission of hearing care providers is to empower individuals and healthcare professionals alike with the knowledge and tools to recognize the symptoms of hearing loss in others. In this article, we will explore the latest advancements in hearing loss prevention, diagnosis, and management, shedding light on the importance of early detection and discussing potential futuristic interventions. Understanding Hearing Loss Before we delve into the recognition of hearing loss symptoms, it’s essential to have a basic understanding of the condition. Hearing loss can be categorized into three main types: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. Conductive Hearing Loss:  This type of hearing loss occurs…
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Sep. 14, 2023

Enhancing Hearing Health: The Vital Role of Diet and Exercise

Hearing health is a precious aspect of our overall well-being that often goes overlooked until it starts to deteriorate. While many factors can contribute to hearing loss, leading a healthy lifestyle through a balanced diet and regular exercise has emerged as a powerful ally in preserving and improving auditory function. In this article, we’ll explore the compelling connection between a healthy lifestyle and hearing health, delve into recent advancements in hearing loss prevention and management, and emphasize the significance of early detection. The Link Between Diet and Hearing Health Research has shown that what we eat can significantly impact our hearing health. A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients plays a pivotal role in maintaining the delicate structures of the…
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Aug. 18, 2023

What’s New in the Field of Hearing & Hearing Aid Technology?

In this rapidly evolving field, innovations are changing the landscape of hearing solutions, enhancing both performance and user experience. Whether you’re exploring options for the first time or seeking to upgrade your current devices, staying informed about the latest trends can empower you to make the best choices for your hearing health! So what new trends can you expect to see in hearing aid technology this year and beyond? Rechargeables Reduced waste Effortless charge-and-use simplicity No dealing with used disposable batteries, eliminating the need for removal and replacement As more hearing aid manufacturers provide rechargeable alternatives for their devices, it’s only a matter of time before these become the go-to choice. While the tiniest in-ear hearing aids might not be…
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Aug. 03, 2023

Swift Audiology’s Ongoing Support for Service Dogs for Veterans

WASHINGTON, PA – JULY 28, 2023 — Swift Audiology, Pittsburgh’s premier audiology and hearing care practice, continues its longstanding commitment toward the well-being of local veterans through their ongoing support of the Rescue 22 Foundation.  On behalf of Rescue 22 Foundation, Brandon Rumbaugh and his service dog Hatfield accepted a $5,000 donation that will go toward training of service dogs for veterans. The Rescue 22 Foundation, co-founded by Angela Connor, has been making a profound impact on the lives of veterans in our community and throughout the country. The foundation’s mission revolves around providing highly trained service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other related physical challenges, improving their quality of life, and offering them a…
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Jul. 17, 2023

Tips to Communicate with Your Loved One With Hearing Loss

If you have a loved one with hearing loss, you can provide useful support that helps with effective communication!  Hearing loss can make navigating conversations stressful. People with hearing loss often work harder to try to hear and process what is being said, which can be tiring. This is where you step in. There are concrete ways you can better support your loved one’s hearing needs, making it easier to engage in conversations. Find out about their hearing needs. For starters, it is important to have a conversation with your loved one about their hearing loss. This includes asking what their hearing needs are, how you can best accommodate those needs, and if there are specific strategies that work for…
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Jun. 12, 2023

Dispelling Myths About Hearing Loss

Though hearing loss is pervasive, it still remains widely undertreated. Only a third of people who could benefit from treatment actually receive it. Untreated hearing loss can take a toll on various facets of everyday life including straining communication, relationships, social life, work performance, and can also increase health risks. What often contributes to a delay in treatment are the numerous misconceptions that people tend to have about hearing loss. Deconstructing these myths not only increases your understanding of hearing loss but it also supports intervention and treatment. Myth #1: Hearing loss is not that common.  Hearing loss is actually the third most common chronic health condition that people live with today. The following statistics illuminate the pervasiveness of hearing…
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May. 14, 2023

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

A frequently asked question about hearing aids is when they should be updated or replaced. Hearing aids are designed to be durable devices that last a long time. Depending on the type and model of hearing aid you have, they can last 5-7 years. But eventually, hearing aids will need to be updated but when exactly? There are several factors that can indicate new hearing aids are needed. If you are thinking about replacing your hearing aids, thinking about the following considerations can help you determine when you should update your device : 1. Your hearing aids don’t seem to be working as well. You are an expert when it comes to your hearing aids. This means that you will likely…
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Apr. 07, 2023

5 Tips to Communicate With Hearing Loss

Hearing loss produces symptoms that often take a toll on communication. Symptoms including tinnitus – a ringing or buzzing noise in the ears, sounds being muffled or distorted, and difficulty detecting and processing sound in environments with background noise make it tough to engage in conversations. Fortunately hearing aids, the most common treatment for hearing loss, provide ample support and are essential items for people with hearing loss. In addition to wearing your hearing aids, there are several ways you can support your hearing and communication. Practicing the following strategies allow you to navigate conversation and social settings with greater ease.  1. Maximize use of hearing aids. Hearing aids are electronic devices that are designed to absorb, amplify, and process speech…
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Mar. 10, 2023

Musicians & Hearing Loss

Did you know that musicians can be four times more likely to experience hearing loss? Hearing loss is a chronic medical condition that reduces a person’s capacity to hear and process speech as well as sound. This not only impacts hearing, but also communication which are key ways we navigate everyday life. One of the most common causes of hearing loss is loud noise. Because musicians are consistently exposed to noise, they experience a much higher risk of developing hearing loss compared to non-musicians.Fortunately, this type of hearing loss is preventable and practicing safety measures can significantly protect hearing health and wellness. Noise Induced Hearing Loss One time or regular exposure to loud noise can cause noise induced hearing loss.…
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Dec. 30, 2022

Raising Awareness around Hearing Loss with Millennials & Gen-Z

When we speak about hearing loss, presbycusis – the medical name for age-related hearing loss – often takes center stage. Yet, hearing loss in the elderly population does not reflect the whole picture of hearing disorders. Hearing loss is now seen in younger people – particularly Millennials and Gen Z. Growing Up in a Noisy Environment Even among younger people, noise exposure is a significant cause of hearing loss. According to current studies, about one out of every ten Americans is exposed to noise pollution at levels that have the potential to harm hearing. At the same time, the World Health Organization anticipates that as nations expand and urbanize, teens’ hearing hazards will rise dramatically. Millennials and Gen Z are…
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Dec. 20, 2022

Why Sports Fans Should Consider Their Hearing Health

Hearing protection is becoming more and more common at live music events and concerts. Those attending these performances know they are in for a noisy experience, and many come prepared with their own earplugs.  Most music venues offer essential earplugs for purchase, as well. Some avid music fans and performers may invest in custom-fitted hearing protection, knowing they risk future enjoyment of music should their hearing be lost. Even those who did not come prepared for a loud concert will often know when the noise level is too loud, and they will tend to step outside a venue or even place tissue paper in their ears as a makeshift form of hearing protection.  Did you know that some of the…
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Dec. 10, 2022

Untreated Hearing Loss Can Result In Overall Higher Healthcare Costs

There are a multitude of reasons to seek treatment for hearing loss, including increased connection and improved relationships with loved ones. And yet, many people choose to live with untreated hearing loss acquired later in life because they think it’s an inevitable part of the aging process. In fact, most people wait about ten years before finally treating their hearing loss. On top of that, experts estimate that only one in five people who could benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants actually wears them. But the cost of untreated hearing loss goes beyond a decrease in physical and emotional health, as a new study confirms that the financial burden of hearing loss can be clearly measured in dollars and…
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Nov. 30, 2022

Do You Recognize the Signs of Hearing Loss?

Have you ever suspected that you, or someone close to you, could be experiencing hearing loss? Oftentimes, diagnosing the loss of hearing is difficult,as it is usually gradual and elusive in nature. It is important then to first understand how we hear to truly comprehend how hearing loss manifests. We may then be better-equipped to identify the signs and symptoms of this widespread condition.  Understanding How We Hear Our ears are made up of three main components through which sound waves pass. First, sound travels through the outer ear and reaches the eardrum, upon which vibrations are created. These vibrations continue into the middle ear where they are amplified by three small bones before finally entering the inner ear. Within…
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Nov. 23, 2022

Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving Blessings As we approach Thanksgiving, I stop to count my blessings.  Laughter around the table can be found during these special family times.  At its heart, the holiday holds a deep sense of gratitude. It is as it sounds, a day to “give thanks.” There is a connection between generations and conversations abound.  But for those with hearing loss – you lose that connection of sharing stories and participation in conversations. We will have two empty chairs around our table this year as this Thanksgiving will be the first holiday without both my parents.  But the memories made and the laughter shared will remain in my heart forever.  Mom and Dad you are so missed.  We love you…Deb, Cheryl,…
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Nov. 20, 2022

Is There a Link Between Hearing Loss and Fatigue?

If you notice yourself becoming increasingly tired after talking to someone, watching television, or even after a phone call then you might be experiencing listening fatigue.  What is Listening Fatigue? As sound is received through the ears, it is processed by a complex system involving the transmission of vibrations on hair cells through auditory nerves to the brain. The brain then interprets this input into something we understand.  Listening fatigue can happen to anyone however it is more prevalent and tends to happen faster for those with hearing loss. Why is this? Because when the hair cells don’t receive all of the input, and sound, then the brain has to work harder in order to process what it does receive…
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Nov. 11, 2022

SWIFT AUDIOLOGY SUPPORTS LOCAL VETERAN RECEIVING SERVICE DOG

Friday, November 11, 2022, Pittsburgh, PA….. Swift Audiology presented a donation of $4,500 to benefit Rescue22 Foundation – a nonprofit organization providing service dogs to veterans. Accepting on behalf of Rescue 22 to benefit Marine Corp Veteran Josh M. is Lt. Col. (ret) Brian Schill, Executive Director of Peters Township Chamber of Commerce. To date, chamber member, Swift Audiology has donated over $13,000 to the Rescue 22 by setting aside a portion of each hearing aid sold. Through this effort, the company has been able to help two Pittsburgh Veterans obtain their service dogs Angela Connor, CFO/Treasure of Rescue 22 Foundation, shared how the funds will help a local veteran living in Cranberry Township.   “Service Dog Candidate Lincoln will be…
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Nov. 07, 2022

Awareness of Noise & Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

We’ve likely all heard the warnings about loud noises impacting your hearing later in life, however, there are new reports that suggest there are other impacts noise can have on a person’s health. We will examine both of these effects of noise exposure below. First let’s look at the impact of noise itself on various aspects of our health and second, the role that hearing impairment can play in our health. How Surrounding Noise Impacts Health Recent studies have looked into the impacts of environmental noise on different health outcomes. It’s important to note that many of these studies make the connection between noise exposure and stress.  Environmental noises can include but are not limited to traffic noise (both road…