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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Hearing Loss?

Think back to when you were little and your parents wouldn’t let you stay up, but instead made you abide by your bedtime. When we are little, we wanted nothing more than to stay up late and enjoy being around friends and family. Funny how when we grow up most of us miss the nights of early bedtimes and a full 8 hours of sleep!

There are so many things that interrupt a good night sleep as an adult. From work or personal stress, getting sick, or having sleep apnea, there are a lot of outside factors that can stop you from having a great night sleep. Sleep apnea is often overlooked as a major issue, unless it is causing something else alarming like high blood pressure or is waking you up 30+ times in a one hour period of time. Sleep apnea is not something to be ignored, especially because it can cause so many other health issues, including hearing loss.

“Yes, that is right sleep apnea can cause hearing loss.”

A previously conducted “large” study has shown that people with sleep apnea have a 30% higher chance of also developing hearing loss. Moderate sleep apnea can increase the risk of hearing loss by 22% while severe sleep apnea can increase chances of suffering from hearing loss by 46%!

How can sleep apnea cause hearing loss?

Normal hearing requires the healthy flow of blood to the ear; so researchers believe the correlation between the two is due to reduced blood flow which is an extremely common with sleep apnea. While further research is required to determine exactly how the symptoms and side effects of sleep apnea can impact the ear, it is commonly known that reduced blood flow and oxygen can in fact damage the ear. Researchers have also questioned whether or not the vibration and noise caused by severe sleep apnea cause both inflammation and noise related hearing impairments. Suffering from sleep apnea means more than just a poor night’s sleep, it can truly be crippling for those who experience it.

If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea and are worried about hearing loss, you can schedule an appointment for a comprehensive hearing evaluation at Whisper Hearing Center. Our friendly hearing professionals will help you understand each step of the test and what your results mean for you. We offer a few different convenient locations within the San Francisco Bay area and Greater Sacramento area. Find the one nearest to you and give us a call today at (866) 337-1288!

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Two > One

Hearing loss comes in varying degrees. Yet most often professionals advise that you treat any significant loss through implementation of hearing devices. Most often with two hearing aids. Recent developments have made these formerly cumbersome eyesores into seamless (and even sometimes invisible) electronics. Whisper Hearing Center believes that clear and confident hearing is priceless, and these electronic devices are worth the investment.

Unique solutions for your ears

Hearing aids are no longer “one size fits all” models. Many different styles and designs offer the wearer the best quality of hearing for their individual lifestyle and needs. For this reason, getting an assessment from a hearing professional is vital when choosing what devices are right for you.

Two hearing aids? Forget about it!

If you consult the top hearing industry professionals, they generally recommend using dual hearing aids to combat most types of hearing loss. Using two devices simultaneously (or binaural hearing) benefits the wearer to such a significant degree that it outweighs the additional cost. With two hearing aids, you will:

  • Have a better understanding of speech – Two hearing aids allow for easier selective listening. Your brain can focus on the exact conversation you want to hear, not the background noise that is a nuisance to all untreated hearing loss sufferers (and even those who use one device).
  • Be able to understand more accurately – Even in the most difficult of situations, speech intelligibility is vastly improved when two devices are utilized instead of one.
  • Be able to correctly identify the origin of noise – Binaural hearing is optimal for localization or the direction in which sound originates.
  • Have a better quality of sound – A simple numerical comparison says it all. Would you prefer 180 degrees or 360 degrees of sound reception? With two devices, the 360 degrees of reception allows for the most natural sound quality that is technologically possible.
  • Experience a smooth quality of tone for better sound identification – Two hearing aids requires less volume than one. With the reduction of distortion, you can identify and comprehend sounds easier.
  • Keep both of your ears active – With two devices, you will discover a wider hearing range. When both ears actively participate in the auditory process, you gain double the hearing power. With only one, the unaided ear can degrade over time. You can avoid Auditory Deprivation Effect with binaural hearing which two devices can provide!

Okay, I understand… but do I really need two hearing aids?

Usually, you will. However, if your hearing assessment reveals that your hearing is completely normal in one ear, a second hearing device won’t help you. Adversely, if you show total deafness in one ear, you won’t need two hearing aids. Also, if you suffer from chronic ear infections (which is a cause of hearing loss), a single hearing aid may work best. This will help you avoid aggravating the infection and limit the number of reoccurrences. Some specific forms of hearing loss cause garbled speech and no hearing aids would help.

Hear in stereo

But for majority of people with hearing loss, two hearing aids are best. Health care professionals generally recommend dual hearing aid configuration. Moreover, numerous consumer satisfaction surveys show better results with two. To learn about your specific needs, call us at (866) 337-1288. Whisper Hearing Center will happily walk you through the decision making process including financing and insurance possibilities. We welcome you to make a complimentary appointment today.

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Rechargeable batteries are here!

Hearing loss is a universal problem. It can affect anyone no matter their gender, age, race or any other socio-economic factors. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 15% of all Americans over the age of 18 have reported some trouble with hearing. And that is only the reported cases. Many view hearing problems as a bothersome nuisance not worthy of professional assessment. Even worse, some people who have severe hearing difficulties feel stigmatized by their deficit. So they refuse to acknowledge their weakness or learn to hide the symptoms from others.

Your hearing is a worthy investment

Luckily, you have invested time in learning about your hearing health and today’s treatment-based solutions. Hearing aids have served as an important investment for a long time. New technology has produced multiple designs and styles of hearing device. You have many choices in terms of models and technology that will suit your own individual needs. One of the biggest innovations – that is sure to delight both prospective and veteran hearing aid wearers alike – is the launch of Oticon’s rechargeable hearing aid.

The next step in convenience

The Oticon Opn rechargeable ZPower™ option is revolutionary in both design and convenience! Oticon’s current line of hearing devices sport a smaller but more powerful design. Yet one issue was never addressed… until now. Oticon Opn MINI RITE™ charges overnight so you can enjoy a day full of confidence knowing you can live your life without worrying about your hearing aid’s batteries!

More than “just” rechargeable batteries

As well as being rechargeable, the Oticon Opn has other customizations that you may wish to discuss with a hearing specialist. One of the most popular new options is Tinnitus SoundSupport™. Even though it is not an actual form of hearing loss, if you suffer from tinnitus, you are well versed in the frustration and fatigue it causes. With Tinnitus SoundSupport™, your device can help manage this condition with soothing sounds that are fully customizable to be unique to your own needs! Want to hear the calming comfort that only the ocean’s waves can provide you? With Tinnitus SoundSupport™, your Oticon hearing device will have you lying on your own personal mental beach!

Upgrade options for Opn users

Current Opn users: your hearing device is not being forgotten or left behind. You can bring your Oticon Opn miniRITE™ devices to your local hearing specialist to upgrade them to use rechargeable batteries. This new technology would save you 150 – 200 batteries a year.

The choice is yours

Disposable batteries can still serve a use to any Opn device. Carrying around a spare pair can serve as a backup if you forget to recharge. It is inevitable – even the most ardent charger of their hearing device will find themselves low on battery level at some point.

Take the next step

If you are interested in learning more about these new technological breakthroughs and the complete line of Oticon hearing aids, contact us at (866) 337-1288 or schedule an appointment. Learn about the multitude of choices that await you and your unique lifestyle with Oticon.

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Join the Community of Caring by Donating Used Devices

You can help the Oticon Hearing Foundation Combat Hearing Loss!

Hearing loss is a universal problem. Because hearing loss may strike anywhere, the Oticon Hearing Foundation was formed to empower those with hearing loss to communicate, interact and participate actively in life. The foundation’s goals are:

  • To empower a “Community of Caring” – complete with a group of credentialed hearing care professionals that provide access to community-based hearing care.
  • Increase public awareness on hearing loss and understanding of the toll it takes on the impoverished communities worldwide.
  • Through treatment, empower individuals to live with a full quality of life no matter their social status or monetary means.

Supporting people at home and abroad

The Oticon Hearing Foundation strives to support all local communities and their residents’ hearing health. The hearing care professionals that service your local community may be taking part in their latest humanitarian endeavor to collect and donate gently used hearing devices. The foundation supports reconditioning used devices. They are then given to one of the many missions launched to help the hearing health of impoverished communities across the world. Your local hearing care professional may have an Oticon Hearing Foundation donation box at their clinic. If not, you may still join the “Community of Caring” by following these easy steps:

How to donate

  1. Place your gently used Oticon device in a crush-proof box.
  2. Mail to:
    Oticon Hearing Foundation
    Attn: Hearing Aid Recycling
    580 Howard Avenue
    Somerset, NJ 08873
  3. Remember to include your name, address and email. All qualifying donations are tax-deductible. Oticon Hearing Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. The foundation will send you a donation tax receipt.

Why help?

Your donation helps provide invaluable resources in fighting hearing loss worldwide. Hearing health is important here at home, too. At Whisper Hearing Center we strive to create and promote hearing treatment solutions to fit every unique lifestyle and need. This is why we welcome you to not only become more informed about programs benefiting your local community. Most of all, this effort starts with becoming aware of your own hearing health. Because knowledge is power in the fight against hearing loss, call us at (866) 337-1288 for your free hearing assessment.

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