World Hearing DayHealthy hearing is a gift we often take for granted. Imagine walking down the street, unable to hear the birds chirp and the sounds of the city. Imagine spending time with your family, unable to hear your child or grandchild’s laughter?

For 360 million people around the world, this is their reality. For World Hearing Day (March 3rd), we ask you to take time and celebrate your ability to hear.

Hearing and Heart LossStudies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system — a person’s heart, arteries and veins — has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.

According to David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Professor, and Vice-Chair at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, “The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other, less sensitive parts of the body.”

Bluetooth TechnologyToday’s wireless hearing aids make it possible for hearing impaired individuals to connect with personal electronic devices and stream signals directly to the hearing aid through the use of Bluetooth.

Bluetooth allows for the transfer of data between two or more electronic devices via high frequency radio waves without interference or security risks. Wireless hearing aids can use compatible assistive listening devices, often called streamers, to provide a communication link between the wireless technology in the hearing aids and any Bluetooth-enabled device.

hearing checkHearing loss is an individual condition – each person’s hearing loss is different, and there’s not one hearing aid model that’s perfect for everyone. The best hearing aid for you will feel natural and comfortable to wear, and will provide the right sound quality and volume to compensate for your hearing loss.

HolidaysHoliday gatherings can be difficult for those with hearing loss. Keeping the people you love in the conversation and part of the celebration is one of the most meaningful things you can do this holiday season.

Here are a few tips that will help you prepare for this Holiday Season and make it more enjoyable for you and yours.