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Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Ahhh, hearing aid batteries. Not the friend of any hearing aid user, these are what power hearing aid technology, and without them hearing aids would be useless. But there has not been as much innovation in the realm of hearing aid batteries as there has been with the hearing aids themselves—until recently. There are several notable hearing aid companies now offering rechargeable hearing aids, and Factory Direct Hearing is proud to offer these to our customers! If you are wondering just how life-changing a rechargeable hearing aid battery can be, read on! Battery Life A zinc hearing aid battery can power a traditional hearing aid for maybe one to two weeks, and this is for a hearing aid with no...

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How to Help Someone Age in Place

A hot new phrase these days is “aging in place”, which means living in the residence of your choice for as long as you are able. Many older adults would prefer to stay in their own homes, and live independently, rather than move into an assisted living facility or a nursing home. Many people experience a better quality of life when they are allowed to live where they choose to, and making a home compatible with the challenges of aging is essential. Read on to learn more about aging in place, and what you can do to ensure that your own, or a loved one’s, experience is as positive as possible. Why Age in Place? Aging in place gives you...

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The Importance of Good Conversation

From the moment that we are able to string a few words together as a toddler, we are active participants in the great art of conversation. A good conversation is as enthralling when we are twenty as when we are eighty, but hearing loss can put a damper on talking with friends. Conversation is so much more than just words exchanged; it is the basis of friendships, a reason to be social, and stimulating to the mind. Read on to see just how important conversation is, and how to keep good conversation going as you age. Keeps You Active “Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.” Amadeus Wolfe Going to a party, a group lunch, or another social engagement...

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History of Hearing Aids

Because hearing loss can occur because of hereditary issues, injury, and disease, it is a problem that has always plagued humanity. Hearing affects all aspects of life, so anyone who has experience difficulty hearing has looked for a solution. As early as the 13th century we have evidence of instruments used to help those who were hearing impaired. We will explore the history of hearing aids, and what strides have been made in the hearing aid industry to bring new technologies and capabilities. Early Hearing Aids Hollowed out animal horns were some of the first examples we have found of hearing aids. These cow or ram horns were used to amplify sound, but were obviously bulky, inefficient, and there wasn’t...

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Preventing Falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of injuries (both fatal and non-fatal) for adults over 65 is falling. Falls can be dangerous to people of any age, but seniors are at particular risk. Older individuals are more likely to break a bone if they fall, and the recovery time for injuries increases as you age. Falling is a real risk for seniors, and preventative measures should be taken to ensure that a fall doesn’t injure you or someone you love. Read on to learn more about what poses a fall risk, and what steps to take to prevent falling. Why Does Falling Increase as We Age? Falling seems to increase as we age, and this can...

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