Mon, 10/31/2011 - 12:18

The thought of speaking to someone about their hearing loss can be intimidating. Here are 5 tips that can help:

1. Choose the Right Location: Choose a quiet location free from background noise (1). Private locations where your loved one feels comfortable are a good choice. Talk in a room where there is enough light for the person with hearing loss to see visual clues.

2. Speak Clearly: Stand or sit 3 - 6 feet away from your loved one with hearing loss (2). Make sure he or she can easily see your face, mouth, and gestures. These visual clues will help them understand what is being said. Speak slowly and clearly, but do not exaggerate your words—doing so may distort how they sound and make them even harder to understand.

3. Show Your Love, Respect and Concern: It is often easier for someone to deny their hearing loss than confront themselves. Common reasons include fear of being judged, seen as “disabled,” appearing “weak” or “inferior”, or wearing a hearing aid (3). It may be helpful to portray how common hearing loss (4) is and why it should not be a cause of embarrassment. Also share how much hearing aids have changed to include completely invisible hearing aids like Lyric.

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Mon, 10/17/2011 - 16:54

Are you trying to learn more about Lyric hearing aids? Fortunately, we have a number of ways to learn and interact with us, such as our website and Facebook fan page. Below, find a brief introduction to our resources and how to use them.

The Lyric Hearing® website is a great place to learn more about the Lyric hearing device whether you are a current or prospective user. If you are currently considering the Lyric hearing aid and whether it is right for you, select “FAQ” from the “What is Lyric Hearing” option in the menu bar at the top of the page. You’ll find answers to questions like how Lyric can be completely invisible and what an extended wear hearing aid is. You can watch “Real Lyric Stories” from Lyric hearing aid users, or attend a seminar from one of our providers (listed under the “Lyric News & Events” section). You can also download more information about Lyric hearing aids by filling out the online form here: http://www.lyrichearing.com/what-is-lyric-hearing-aid/request-information.

If you’re already wearing the Lyric hearing device, try the MyLyric FAQs under “My Lyric” in the menu bar to learn what to do if your ear itches, or when you should remove your Lyric. While you’re there, register your hearing aids and get a free SoundLync tool!

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Wed, 10/05/2011 - 11:25

October is National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month, which makes it an excellent time to bring awareness an issue that affects approximately 36 million Americans. In fact, hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States,* half of all sufferers are under the age of 65** and a recent study*** has even shown that a shocking 1 in 5 teenagers suffers from hearing loss.

Many different factors can contribute to hearing loss aside from aging. Some causes include illness, use of certain medications, ear infection, or inner ear damage from a foreign object (like Q-tips). Prolonged noise exposure to louder volumes or brief exposure to excessive noise can also cause significant damage.

If you have healthy hearing, you can protect yourself from hearing damage. Wear protective devices like ear plugs in noisy situations and turn down the volume of music or the TV. Sounds over 85 decibels are typically "noisy." Normal conversations are ~ 60dB, while hair dryers, blenders and lawnmowers are ~90dB. Average concert, car racing and sporting event volumes stand around 110dB, and fireworks and gun shots are around 140dB****. Wear protection around higher volume levels like these, but aside from protective devices, always avoid putting anything in your ear.

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