Why Do Hearing Aids Cost So Much?

Technology: Digital hearing aids available today include features such as directional microphones, noise reduction, Bluetooth, and remote controls. The cost to hearing aid manufacturers for staying on the cutting edge of technology is huge!   Durability & Reliability: Hearing aids are made to last approximately 5-7 years, and are worn about 12-18 hours daily – […]

Hearing Aid Scams Target Hard-of-Hearing Seniors

As millions of baby boomers prepare to enter retirement age — nearly a third of them with sustained hearing damage — the Federal Trade Commission is cautioning hard-of-hearing seniors to practice awareness of common hearing aid scams. “Buying a hearing aid online or through the mail is risky,” writes the FTC. “An aid needs to […]

When A Loved One Resists Help

Richard Carmen, Au.D. — Auricle Ink Publishers, Sedona, AZ When we think of helping a loved one with hearing loss who declines use of hearing aids, we often think of how important it is to repeat ourselves, speak clearly, speak louder or interpret what others say if they cannot hear the message. But when we […]

FDA Warns That Online Hearing Test Violates Federal Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maze Hearing & Balance, LLC Heather Smith, AuD, CCC-A Doctor of Audiology FDA Warns That Online Hearing Test Violates Federal Law Vancouver, Wash.—April 19, 2012— The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) have confirmed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter […]

Study: Tai chi improves balance in Parkinson’s patients

“Dr. Smith has long known the benefits of Tai-chi for balance. Though the attached article discusses the benefits for Parkinsons patients specifically, Tai-chi is beneficial for most individuals with balance problems.” Researchers and aficionados of the ancient Chinese art of tai chi are already aware of how this moving meditation can help reduce stress and […]

Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults – A Growing National Epidemic

Introduction The statistics are alarming. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 36 million Americans have a hearing loss, this includes 17% of our adult population. The incidence of hearing loss increases with age. Approximately one third of Americans between ages 65 and 74 and nearly half of those over […]

Maze Hearing and Dr. Heather Smith Promote American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maze Hearing & Balance, LLC Maze Hearing & Balance, LLC Bellefontaine, Marysville & Russells Point (937) 592-1001 Maze Hearing and Dr. Heather Smith Promote American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day Heather Smith, Doctor of Audiology, is joining the Better Hearing Institute (BHI); the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); […]

Hearing Aids Help Quiet Chronic Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus), New Study Finds

Hearing Aids Help Quiet Chronic Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus), New Study Finds Washington, DC, November 29, 2011 Nearly thirty million Americans almost twice as many as previously believed suffer from persistent, chronic tinnitus, according to a new study by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). That’s about ten percent of the U.S. population. And for […]

The link between chronic disease and hearing loss: Are you at risk?

(ARA) – Hearing loss isn’t a harmless condition to be ignored. In fact, hearing loss often coexists with other serious health problems. And a growing body of research indicates that there may be a link. Studies show that people with heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression may all have an increased […]

Ear Candles and Candling: Ineffective and Dangerous

This article is an opinion editorial by Jackie Clark, PhD, Douglas L. Beck AuD, and Walter Kutz, MD. Ear candles are hollow tapered cones made of cloth and soaked in beeswax or paraffin; the narrow funnel is placed into the ear and the opposite side of the cone is ignited in flame. Upon reading the […]

Myths about Hearing Loss

I’ll just have some minor surgery like my friend did, and then my hearing will be okay. Many people know someone whose hearing improved after medical or surgical treatment. It’s true that some types of hearing loss can be successfully treated. With adults, unfortunately, this only applies to 5-10% of cases. I have one ear […]