Author: Jorge Bravo

  • Why the Holidays are the Time to Get Your Hearing Tested

    Why the Holidays are the Time to Get Your Hearing Tested

    The end-of-year holiday season brings lots of festive sights and sounds. But you may miss out on some holiday magic if you’re living with untreated hearing loss. The Benefits of Getting a Hearing Test Before the Holidays Scheduling a hearing test before the holidays provides several advantages. It will let you put your mind at […]

  • Considering Rechargeable Hearing Aids? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Considering Rechargeable Hearing Aids? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Rechargeable hearing aids continue to grow in popularity due to their easy handling, particularly for people with dexterity issues or large fingers. Here are some advantages of wearing rechargeable hearing aids.

  • What to Expect When OTC Hearing Aids Appear on Drugstore Shelves

    What to Expect When OTC Hearing Aids Appear on Drugstore Shelves

    In October, drugstores, big box stores and mass merchandisers will begin selling over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. They differ from traditional prescription hearing aids you might purchase from an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist.

  • Are Your Earbuds Putting Your Hearing at Risk?

    Are Your Earbuds Putting Your Hearing at Risk?

    How many people do you see using headphones or earbuds each day? How often do you use them yourself? Headphones and earbuds make it convenient to listen to music and shows and stream calls wherever you go. However, listening to audio too loudly and for too long can contribute to serious hearing problems, called noise-induced […]

  • Fall Allergies Might be Affecting Your Hearing

    Fall Allergies Might be Affecting Your Hearing

    Do your ears feel plugged and itchy in the fall? Do you notice a difference in your hearing ability? Those may be signs of fall allergies. Your body’s immune response to allergens can cause temporary conductive hearing loss

  • Are You Getting Your Ears Tested as Often as Your Eyes?

    Are You Getting Your Ears Tested as Often as Your Eyes?

    As you age, your eyesight should be tested every one to two years. According to a New York Times article, improving your eyesight can lower your risk for dementia. The same is true for possible hearing loss, so you should also get a hearing test yearly. Research has shown that untreated hearing loss can significantly […]

  • Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Clean Your Ears at Home

    Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Clean Your Ears at Home

    Putting anything in your ear is risky. You can damage the nerves in your ear canal and injure or puncture your ear drum if you stick cotton swabs in your ears. While your ears typically clean themselves, some circumstances require professional earwax removal by an audiologist.

  • 6 Tips for New Hearing Aid Wearers

    6 Tips for New Hearing Aid Wearers

    Getting new hearing aids will reintroduce sounds you didn’t know you were missing. You’ll be surprised by all the new sounds you hear again; some may even seem too loud. Adjusting to new hearing aids requires patience and practice, as new hearing aids are complex devices. Here are six tips to help you get used […]

  • Hearing Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

    Hearing Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

    Independence Day is a jubilant celebration full of colorful sights and sounds. While Fourth of July fireworks may be a feast for your eyes, they present risks to your hearing. Taking precautions to protect yourself from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) will lower your risk for permanent hearing damage. Let the Professionals Shoot Off Fireworks Attending […]

  • How Do I Talk to My Loved One About Their Hearing Loss?

    How Do I Talk to My Loved One About Their Hearing Loss?

    It’s not easy to broach the subject of changing hearing health with your parent(s). The stigmas associated with aging can make your mom or dad hesitant to address their hearing loss. But the sooner you have a conversation, the sooner they’ll get the treatment they need to improve their quality of life.

  • 6 Common Hearing Loss Comorbidities

    6 Common Hearing Loss Comorbidities

    At Audio Help Hearing Centers, we’re concerned about your overall health, not just your hearing problems. It’s important to understand that hearing loss can be a symptom of other health conditions that require a physician’s attention. Comorbidities are the presence of multiple health problems linked to each other. You may experience one or several comorbidities, […]

  • How Spring Activities Can Affect Your Hearing Health

    How Spring Activities Can Affect Your Hearing Health

    Spring is an excellent time to get outdoors, enjoy the sunshine and return to hobbies and activities you postponed during winter. However, you’re more likely to be exposed to environmental noises that negatively affect your hearing during springtime.

  • Learn About Audiology Services During Better Hearing and Speech Month

    Learn About Audiology Services During Better Hearing and Speech Month

    Better Hearing and Speech Month aims to raise awareness about hearing loss and speech problems and encourage everyone to seek evaluation services. About 48 million Americans have hearing loss caused by noise exposure from work, leisure activities, ototoxic medications and treatments, and ear infections.

  • Why You Need an Annual Hearing Test (Even if You Wear Hearing Aids)

    Why You Need an Annual Hearing Test (Even if You Wear Hearing Aids)

    Your hearing health changes throughout your life, and that’s why it’s essential to visit an audiologist for an annual hearing evaluation. Those screenings are just as important for hearing aid wearers as for people new to hearing loss assessments.

  • The Importance of Real Ear Measurements

    The Importance of Real Ear Measurements

    At Audio Help Hearing Centers, our expert doctors of audiology employ real ear measurements (REM) to ensure your hearing aids suit your acoustic needs and ear shape. That way, you can enjoy optimized hearing in any listening environment.

  • Understanding the Cost of Hearing Aids

    Understanding the Cost of Hearing Aids

    Hearing aids are an important investment that can improve your overall quality of life. Our highly trained Doctors of Audiology work with patients to provide custom hearing solutions based on their needs and their budget.  We do not push specific brands or devices, but rather work hard to find the best fit for you.

  • Tips for Pairing Your Bluetooth Hearing Aids

    Tips for Pairing Your Bluetooth Hearing Aids

    With Bluetooth hearing aids, you have access to a wealth of quality audio that can be streamed right to your hearing devices. Here are some tips for troubleshooting wireless connections.

  • Your Brain Suffers if You Have Hearing Loss

    Your Brain Suffers if You Have Hearing Loss

    Your brain is missing out on essential stimuli if you live with untreated hearing loss. Research indicates reduced hearing stimulation alters brain function. The brain will naturally rework your auditory cortex if it’s not being used, and that may cause cognitive decline and dementia.

  • Remote Hearing Services for Snowbirds

    Remote Hearing Services for Snowbirds

    It can be quite cold in the northeast part of the United States between November and April. If you’re one of our patients who enjoy traveling to warmer climates during winter, there are remote services you can take advantage of to promote healthy hearing.

  • Maximize Your Hearing Experience: An Audio Help Virtual Event

    Our audiologists will host a virtual event on February 22 at noon. Audio Help founder audiologists and our other hearing experts will share information and field questions from you and your loved ones to improve your overall hearing aid experience. You can join the Zoom meeting up to 10 minutes before it starts.  

  • Why It’s Important to Wear Your Hearing Aids Daily

    We’ve talked with many of our patients about their hearing aid use and were surprised to discover roughly 30% of them don’t wear their hearing aids daily.   Consistently wearing your hearing devices is important for successfully treating your hearing loss. The more you wear them, the more comfortable you’ll feel and the better you’ll […]

  • Give the Gift of Hearing This Holiday Season

    It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Healthy hearing is a present you can give yourself or to others. Treat Yourself to Better Hearing Here are some reasons you should consider treating your hearing loss: Reduce listening fatigue: If you have hearing loss, your brain works harder to interpret sounds on a limited amount of […]

  • Don’t Leave Your Hearing Aids Out In The Cold

    Whether you love it or hate it, winter is on its way. Temperature changes can cause moisture-induced damage to your hearing aids, so now is the time to start prepping your devices. Make Winter Maintenance A Daily Routine Condensation can form on your hearing aids as you venture in and out of your toasty home […]

  • Gift Ideas for Hearing Aid Wearers

     Finding the perfect gift for a loved one is always satisfying. It’s even more rewarding knowing you’ve given a gift that will improve your friend or family member’s quality of life. You can give the gift of better hearing by purchasing hearing aid accessories like remote microphones and TV streamers that will optimize your loved […]

  • Put Your Hearing At The Top Of Your Holiday To-Do List

    Your holiday checklist may be jam-packed with shopping, gift wrapping and decorating. But before you check the next item off your list, take a moment to consider your hearing.   There’s nothing better than catching up with your loved ones during the holidays but hearing loss will make conversation difficult. Now is the time to […]

  • Audio Help Hearing Centers Gives Back on a Local & Global Scale

    Charitable efforts are often highlighted during the holiday season, but at Audio Help Hearing Centers, we make giving back a year-long mission. Here’s a look at several of the programs our audiologists and staff have led to help local and global communities over the years.

  • Your Hearing Loss May Be Making You Tired

    Are you exposed to consistent noise at work or at home daily? Does it affect your concentration? Do you feel tired after a conversation with your loved one or a meeting with your boss?

  • Using HSAs and FSAs to Purchase Hearing Aids

    You need the right hearing aids to fit your unique needs and ensure effective hearing loss treatment. Unfortunately, hearing aids may not be covered by health insurance or Medicare.

  • Sick of BTE Devices? ITE Hearings Aids Might Be for You

    Are you looking for a hearing aid that’s discreet but powerful? Are you sick of your current devices getting dislodged by glasses and mask straps? Then it might be time to consider investing in a pair of in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids.

  • How Gradual Hearing Deterioration is Affecting You

    It’s hard to know if you have hearing loss as it comes on slowly and with the subtlest of changes. But learning to spot the warning signs of presbycusis will help you get the right treatment and hearing aids to preserve your hearing.

  • How Do I Adjust to My New Hearing Aids?

    You’ve taken a big step toward improving your hearing health, and we congratulate you! Hearing aids allow you to hear conversations with your spouse, grandkids’ giggles and group chatter around the dinner table. While it’s wonderful to be able to hear again, all those sounds can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you […]

  • Bringing Hearing to the Underserved At Home and Around the World

    Part of our mission at Audio Help Hearing Centers is to serve communities outside of our office walls. While we pay diligent attention to the patients who come to our practice, we also want to spend time with those who may not be able to make an appointment.

  • Why it’s important to find an audiologist with a doctorate

    Audio Help Hearing Centers is proud to have a team of audiologists who have achieved their doctorate in audiology – the highest available professional certification in our field of medicine.

  • How Hearing Aids Can Reduce Your Risk of Falls

    How Hearing Aids Can Reduce Your Risk of Falls

    Your ears are responsible for more than listening and sending audio signals to your brain. The vestibular structures in your inner ear also contribute to your balance control. What is a Balance Disorder? It’s a condition that makes you feel dizzy or unsteady while standing, sitting or lying down. Your balance is collectively controlled by […]

  • Covid-19 Update from Audio Help Hearing Centers

    Given the ongoing concerns of COVID-19, we wanted to share a few updates on precautions we are taking. The health and wellness of our patients and employees is our first priority. Your team at Audio Help is here and working to ensure you receive the care you need in a timely manner. We are increasing […]

  • AudioHelp’s Upcoming Facebook Live Events

    At AudioHelp Hearing Centers, we strive to educate our patients about the latest hearing aid technology. One of our goals is to give you the information you need to evaluate your need for hearing aids and accessories.

  • Will You Hear All The Sounds on July 4th?

    The July 4th fireworks are such an American tradition that almost every town in the country holds its own fireworks display. If you happen to live in a building on the East River in New York City, you can look out in the horizon and see 20 or more fireworks displays in all the towns […]

  • Your Mask May Affect Your Speech Hearing

    Do you struggle to understand what other people are saying while they’re wearing a mask? It’s common for people with hearing loss, especially because masks hinder lip-reading and obscure facial expressions. Luckily, there are hearing aid settings that can improve your hearing.

  • Does Hearing Loss Lead to Dementia?

    Does Hearing Loss Lead to Dementia?

    Your hearing impacts how your brain works. Studies have shown a connection between hearing loss and an increased risk for developing dementia.

  • Questions to Ask Before You Purchase Hearing Aids

    Purchasing hearing aids is a substantial financial commitment. You have many options to choose from, mainly because there are scores of different hearing aid brands and styles available online and at big box stores like Costco. Countless ads promote inexpensive hearing aids that can be shipped directly to you. With all these options, it can […]

  • Keep Your Hearing Aids Squeaky Clean with These Tips

    Hearing aids are an investment that requires careful maintenance. Keeping them clean improves their longevity so that you can enjoy sound clarity and speech recognition for many years to come. Here’s a step-by-step guide to a thorough hearing aid cleaning.

  • Find Helpful Hearing Aid Info Without a Hassle

    At Audio Help Hearing Centers, we strive to provide comprehensive services in a personalized manner to our patients. Here’s a quick guide to Audio Help and Hearing Centers’ website to help you find the information you need.

  • How Assistive Listening Devices Improve Hearing Aid Performance

    Assistive listening devices (ALD) boost your hearing aid’s capabilities, so you can get even better sound interpretation from yor devices. Hearing accessories like remote control devices, TV and audio streamers, and remote mics can improve speech understanding and allow you to customize your hearing aids.

  • Q&A: How Hearing Impacts A Marriage

    Tom and Rosalie have been married for nearly 56 years, and for the past 15 years, Tom has worn hearing aids to help his hearing loss. We sat down with the couple to learn first-hand how the hearing loss affected their relationship as husband and wife.

  • Is Your Hearing Loss Affecting Your Social Life?

    You may not realize how much your hearing loss affects your interactions with others. Here are some common signs of hearing loss and how they impact your social life.

  • Audio Help Staff Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

    Your health is a priority for every team member at Audio Help Hearing Centers. We’re committed to everyone’s well-being, so we’ve ensured our staff scheduled vaccinations against COVID-19.

  • In-The-Ear Hearing Aids Provide Discreet Power

    If you’re looking for hearing aids that pack a powerful punch in a small package, then look no further. In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids provide you with unique advantages not found in other devices.

  • Don’t Put Off Treating Your Hearing Loss

    Have you ever wondered if you have hearing loss? It isn’t uncommon. In fact, about 25% of Americans ages 55 to 64 have some hearing loss, and that percentage doubles for people over 70. Unfortunately, people with hearing loss often wait years before seeking treatment.

  • Make Healthy Hearing Your New Year’s Resolution

    The New Year is the perfect time to commit to protecting your hearing. You can address old hearing issues with new motivation, which can improve your overall health. Here are some ways you can protect your hearing and ease hearing loss.

  • Handling Virtual Holidays With Hearing Aids

    Holiday celebrations may look different this year if you’re using video calls for remote communication. Pairing your hearing aids with smart devices creates a seamless stream of audio right to your ears so you won’t miss out on a single holiday moment. The Audio Help team has created a list of tips to help you […]

  • Avoid Hearing Aid Issues While Wearing A Mask

    Wearing a mask in public keeps you safe, but it can irritate your ears, dislodge your hearing aids, and negatively impact your communication. Audio Help wants to provide you with tricks to wear your hearing aids and mask without the hassle.

  • Audio Help Hosts Aural Rehabilitation Classes

    Audio Help Hearing Centers offers aural rehabilitation classes to help remove the stigma of hearing loss in an open, supportive environment with other individuals in similar situations.

  • Hearing Aid Accessories Improve Your Daily Life

    You can utilize hearing aid accessories that will add a wealth of advantages to devices that already make a difference in your daily life. Find out how you can benefit from accessories like CaptionCall and TV streamers.

  • Hearing Aid Stigma Is Changing For The Better

    Gone are the days of large, clunky devices that work periodically at best, and look embarrassingly bad. Today’s hearing aids are pieces of technology that do more than increase volume and are significantly less visible than their predecessors. Furthermore, the stigma previously associated with wearing them is a thing of the past.

  • Hearing Loss Can Ruin Your Social Life

    Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact your interactions with others, even if you don’t realize it. You find yourself pulling away from one-on-one interactions, especially in loud, noisy conversations, and feel lonely. It may be time to take action.

  • How Do I Discuss My Loved One’s Hearing Loss?

    Hearing loss can be a sensitive subject, especially if your loved one does not wish to address it. But it’s a meaningful conversation that will benefit everyone in the long run. Here are some ideas for starting up “the talk” about hearing loss.

  • Pros & Cons of Over The Counter Hearing Aids

    For a fraction of the price, you may think over-the-counter hearing aids are the cost-effective solution to your hearing loss. While they have their advantages, it’s also essential to understand the shortcomings that accompany these hearing devices.


    At Widex, the primary goal is to support both Hearing Healthcare Professionals and hearing aid wearers as much as possible. As such, we are excited to provide updates to Widex MOMENT™ hearing aids directly through the Widex MOMENT™ app. This process will allow Widex to make enhancements to Widex MOMENT™ hearing aids without the hearing […]

  • How Hearing Loss Impacts Assisted Living Residents

    Hearing loss can make communication even more difficult you or your loved one live in assisted living. A facility that supports the deaf and hard of hearing will support emotional, physical, and social well-being.

  • What Improved Hearing Aid Satisfaction Means For You

    Hearing aids are doing more than ever before. Wearers experience higher levels of hearing aid satisfaction thanks to design, style, and functional upgrades.   The far-reaching implications of improved satisfaction mean you can hear and interact better. And social interaction is key to your health and well-being.

  • Making Working From Home Work For You

    May is Better Hearing and Speech Month with a focus on workplace communication. If you have hearing loss, remote work communications can leave you feeling out of the loop. Don’t struggle on the sidelines. Video conferences and closed captions are available for your work meetings so that you won’t miss out.   Hearing Loss And […]

  • Welcome Back Message from Dr. Jessica Woodson

    Your team at Audio Help Hearing Centers has missed seeing you. Although conditions have changed, we have not stopped caring for patients:   taking calls responding to emails communicating through web chat mailing supplies seeing patients virtually seeing patients in the office making house calls   Our team is working together to continue to provide […]

  • How Face Masks Are Affecting The Hard Of Hearing

    It seems odd to suggest that a preventative health measure could have any adverse effects on the general population. But if you’re deaf or experience hearing loss, trying to communicate with someone whose mouth is covered can be a real pain.

  • A Special FREE Online Concert to Thank You

    We want to thank you for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times. Even when we are forced to be apart, it is moments like these that bring us closer together. So, we decided to do something special for you. As many of you may or may not know, every time you come into […]

  • What Is Double Hearing?

    Double Hearing Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment 

  • Handling Hearing Loss During The COVID-19 Outbreak

    Communication is essential, especially during times of crisis. Stay informed about the world around you, but also ensure you have a proper communication plan if you become ill. We’ve compiled ideas for a course of action and how to communicate with hearing loss effectively.   Know Your Risk   Hearing loss can take its toll […]

  • Don’t Let Your Social Life Suffer, Wear Your Hearing Aids

    People with severe hearing loss know the profound impact their hearing aids have on their everyday lives. But if you have mild to moderate hearing loss, you may not think wearing your hearing aids every day is necessary. Before you take them out or leave them in your nightstand, consider these reasons for wearing them. […]

  • Don’t Turn A Deaf Ear On Unilateral Hearing Loss

    If you find yourself using your “good ear” to hear conversations or experience ear pain, you may have unilateral hearing loss. This condition causes uneven hearing loss between your ears. Causes range from earwax buildup to noise damage. Earwax Your ears produce earwax to protect the ear canal from debris and bacteria. Typically, it clears […]

  • Be Prepared Before You Visit The Audiologist

    Visiting a new doctor can be nerve-wracking, but if you prepare yourself before you visit your new audiologist, you’ll find your appointment a pleasant experience.

  • All Ears: Talk With Your Loved One About Hearing Loss

    When your loved one starts showing signs of hearing loss, it can be difficult to know how to approach them. A good way to establish a plan for their hearing loss treatment is to include yourself and make sure they don’t feel alone. Here are some tips for encouraging hearing tests and promoting overall hearing […]

  • Food For Thought: How Your Diet Impacts Your Hearing

    If you’re loading up on junk food and ditching the fruits and veggies, it may be time to adjust your diet before your ears suffer. A healthy diet has direct and indirect effects on your hearing and may be contributing to your hearing loss.

  • The Dos And Don’ts Of Adjusting To Hearing Aids

    Getting hearing aids is an exciting time. You’re learning about new technology, and now you’ll be able to better interact in social environments. While there is plenty to look forward too, you may also find it takes some time to adjust to the sounds you’re able to hear again. The good news is there are […]

  • National Diabetes Month: How Diabetes Can Impact Your Hearing

    Did you know that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have some degree of hearing loss? Studies have shown hearing loss was more evident in diabetics than non-diabetics, though researchers are still uncertain why.   Extended periods of unregulated blood sugar can permanently damage the blood vessels in your body, including your ears. […]

  • Debunking Myths About Hearing Aids

    When someone is suffering from hearing loss, they often delay seeing an audiologist because of the negative misconceptions that surround hearing aids. The truth is that hearing aids can (literally) change the way you hear the world and improve your overall quality of life. Here are some common myths about hearing aids that the experts […]

  • Hearing Better in NYC

    As New Yorkers, we proudly claim our city to be the best in the land, full of opportunity and promise. Those of us with hearing loss have every reason to feel the same way. Forbes named New York City as the most accessible city in the country for people with hearing loss. Thanks in large […]

  • Celebrate National Audiology Month By Protecting Your Hearing

    October is National Audiology Month, which means now is the perfect time to make your hearing health a priority. More than 37 million Americans have hearing loss, with one in eight people having a significant aural impairment. More than half of those with hearing damage are under the age of 65. Audio Help Hearing Centers […]

  • First Responders Face Hearing Loss Risks

    Most people know there are plenty of occupational hazards for first responders, but wouldn’t consider hearing loss to be among them.   Whether you’re a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, EMT or other first responder, there are plenty of ways for your hearing health to be compromised. Sirens, explosions, gunshots, roaring fires, exposure to hazardous materials […]

  • Rock Out Responsibly With Hearing Protection

    One of the oft-ignored downfalls of live music is the danger it presents to our hearing. Unless you’re at an unamplified performance – and even acoustic patio performers often use amplification – chances are live music is subjecting your ears to unsafe noise levels. It seems even relatively quiet, folk-leaning bands like to turn it […]

  • Why Teachers Have Greater Risk Of Hearing Loss

    When we think of careers hazardous to hearing, we usually think of loud machinery, such as manufacturing, construction, industrial jobs. What about those working with children? Recent studies have shown that teachers have a significantly higher risk of hearing loss than other professionals. Why? It seems the daily exposure to common school sounds such as […]

  • How To Cope Better With Tinnitus

    If you experience tinnitus, you know the ringing has a way of affecting life as you know it.   The ringing in your ears may be there all the time, only in the quiet moments, or come and go at seemingly random times. Depending on its severity, it can make be difficult to ignore.

  • Know the risk factors for hearing loss

    There are a number of risk factors for hearing loss that may surprise you.   Factors such as old age, exposure to excessive noise or brain injury may be more obvious reasons for hearing impairment. Audio Help Hearing Centers in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut offers the following information on why other less obvious […]

  • How To Hear Better Despite Hearing Loss

    Dealing with hearing loss isn’t easy, particularly when you are just coming to terms with the impairment. Audio Help Hearing Centers in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut hosts monthly aural rehabilitation classes to provide an open, supportive environment with other individuals in similar situations. The offerings are ideal for patients who have purchased new […]

  • Hearing Aids – Not Just For Your Ears Anymore

    Did you know hearing aids aren’t just for your ears? It’s true – today’s devices can benefit many other parts of the body and life in general. Audio Help Hearing Centers in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut take a look at some of the surprising ways hearing aids can help improve your quality of […]

  • Listen Up: Get More of These Minerals To Improve Your Hearing

    Everyone knows diet plays a large part in our overall health, but how many of us consider the impact eating has on our hearing? It turns out that what we put into our bodies plays a significant role in how well we hear. Research indicates that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can actually […]

  • Get More of These Minerals To Improve Your Hearing

    Everyone knows diet plays a large part in our overall health, but how many of us consider the impact eating has on our hearing? It turns out that what we put into our bodies plays a significant role in how well we hear. Research indicates that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can actually […]

  • Why You Should Take Steps Toward Better Hearing in May

    Better hearing doesn’t just come to you. You have to go after it.   With May’s designation as Better Hearing and Speech Month, it’s an ideal time to take the initiative and make your hearing health a priority. The month’s theme is “Communication Across the Lifespan.” Audio Help Hearing Centers in New York City and Connecticut […]

  • Tips for Better Dining Experiences with Hearing Loss

    Dining out at a favorite restaurant with family, friends and business associates should be an enjoyable experience, but hearing loss can make it more frustrating than pleasurable. Background noises are in full effect at most dining establishments. The chatter of other diners, music on the sound system, the clanging of silverware on plates, and sounds […]

  • Looking at the Link Between Chemotherapy and Hearing Loss

    Research shows that cancer survivors receiving chemotherapy are more likely to experience auditory issues such as hearing loss and tinnitus. In a study of more than 600 survivors published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship, nearly 70% of those receiving neurotoxic chemotherapy experienced chemotherapy-induced neuropathy (CIN). CIN may include nerve and musculoskeletal pain. From this […]

  • When Sounds Make You Emotional

    Do you get angry when you hear someone chewing their food? Does loud breathing make you want to punch the perpetrator? If you have emotional reactions to sounds, you may have misophonia.

  • New trial raises hope for first drug to restore hearing

    There are currently no drugs available that treat hearing loss. At present, patients have to opt for hearing aids or cochlear implants, which don’t address the root cause of hearing loss. Damage to the sensory hair cells in the cochlea – known as sensorineural hearing loss – is a major cause of hearing loss acquired […]

  • The Link Between Diabetes and Hearing Health

    Although the reason for the link is unknown, studies have found that diabetics are twice as likely as people without diabetes to develop hearing loss. With March 26 being Diabetes Awareness Day, Audio Help Hearing Centers want to encourage you to learn more about this connection.

  • NY Law Sounds Off On ‘Hearing Impaired’

    New York recently joined other states in eliminating the term “hearing impaired” from its law books, deeming it offensive. In doing so, The Empire State became the third state to remove the term from its books, following Utah and New Hampshire. At least 25 references to individuals with hearing loss were changed from “hearing impaired” […]

  • Understanding the Link Between Hearing Loss and Heart Disease

    Although it may be an unexpected connection, research shows that having a healthy cardiovascular system is good for your auditory system as well. February is American Heart Month, making it an ideal time to learn more about heart disease and how preventing it can improve your hearing health. According to the Centers for Disease Control […]

  • How Hearing Loss Makes It Harder To Remember

    You may have noticed that things are often hard to remember, even if you just heard them a few minutes before. Research shows that individuals with hearing loss may have worse memories than their peers with normal hearing.  A study published in the Acoustical Society of America found that word retention was worse in challenging […]

  • Make 2019 The Year To Hear Better

    Now that the calendar has turned to 2019, many of us have made resolutions to improve our health. Audio Help Hearing Centers in New York City reminds you the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to resolve to include hearing health in your overall goals. Did you know hearing loss is the […]

  • Winter Care Tips For Your Hearing Aids

    Winter and hearing aids have a complicated relationship. The constant switching of climates – frigid outdoors with the warm indoors – can wreak havoc on your hearing aids. The temperature shifts can cause condensation to build up in the devices’ inner workings, leading to malfunction. Audio Help Hearing Centers in New York City, Scarsdale and […]

  • Giving the Gift of Better Hearing

    Selecting a gift for a loved one with hearing loss this holiday season can be a bit intimidating. The perfect gift may just be one that not only shows you care, but that you want to improve their life by making their listening experiences more enjoyable. Audio Help in New York City offers the following […]

  • Hearing Through The Noise

    Now that you’ve got hearing aids and can hear everything, there’s just one problem: You can hear everything. The presence of background noise is a big adjustment for most new hearing aid users. They’re simply not used to having to hear it. Even with modern devices’ abilities to reduce background noise, it can still be […]

  • Amal: When Hope Endures

    “Drawing is a way I can express myself and feel safe when I feel lonely or sad,” said Suaad, a 14-year-old Syrian refugee now living in Jordan. Her work is part of a traveling exhibit of art done by Syrian refugee children living in camps in Jordan. Suaad was orphaned when a bomb killed her entire family.  Suaad […]

  • Work to Protect Your Hearing On the Job

    One of the hidden workplace hazards in many jobs is the damage that can be done to your hearing. Most people think of physical injuries requiring immediate medical treatment when they think of workplace injuries. However, statistics show that hearing damage is actually the most common type of employment injury – with hearing loss potentially […]

  • A Look At The Best Bluetooth Hearing Aids

    Approximately five years after wireless technology first came to hearing aids, a number of devices have separated themselves from the rest of the Bluetooth pack. Audio Help Hearing Centers in New York City and Connecticut offer a look at some of the latest technologies offered by the top hearing aid manufacturers:

  • How Allergies Can Hurt Your Hearing

    Seasonal allergies can affect your ears as much as your eyes and nose, leading to pressure, tinnitus (ringing sound) and even temporary hearing loss. The body produces antibodies as a result of exposure to allergens such as pollen, grasses, weeds, foods, drugs and other substances. The antibodies release histamine, which can cause allergic reactions such […]

  • Exercise Your Ears

    Getting in a good workout can benefit more than our muscles and heart – it can also do wonders for our ears and hearing. There are a number of exercises – both physical and mental – that can boost your hearing potential. Cardiovascular Everyone knows cardio exercise is good for the body, but the increased […]

  • Understanding Sensorineural Hearing Loss

    Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) – occurring with inner ear damage – is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. The tiny hair cells in the cochlea are lost throughout our lifetimes, causing our hearing to gradually become less sharp. In addition to the natural aging process, these hair cells can become damaged by exposure […]

  • Difficulty Understanding Words with Hearing Aids

    Despite the profound advancements of hearing aid technology, wearers may find they still have problems understanding words while wearing them. Although properly fitting hearing aids often greatly help the word comprehension deficit, there are certain words or reasons why understanding what you’re hearing is difficult. There are three types of hearing loss: sensorineural (issue in […]

  • Diseases That Can Lead To Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss is not always due to cranking up the music through earbuds or prolonged exposure to other sounds. Sometimes, the cause of our hearing impairment comes from within. There are a number of diseases that can contribute to hearing loss. High Blood Pressure A very common disease affecting nearly 75 million Americans, high blood […]

  • Hearing Aids: The Digital Difference

    When it comes to hearing aids, knowing the difference between digital and analog can make a world of difference. All hearing aids consist of four components: amplifier, microphone, receiver and battery. The “digital” label refers to the amplifier, which increases the volume of sounds. Analog hearing aids could only do that – make sounds louder. […]

  • The Case For Hearing Aids

    The decision whether or not to treat your hearing loss with hearing aids can be a tough choice. After all, wearing hearing aids is a public admission that you do have an impairment – something that many people have a difficult time admitting to themselves, let alone the rest of the world. Although modern hearing […]

  • Do we hear with our ears or with our brains?

    While our ears are one of the most magnificent organs in our bodies as they collect sounds and deliver the information to the brain, it’s really our brains that interpret what all the sounds mean.  A sound is easy to process because the brain just needs to identify what the sound is coming from.  The […]

  • Hearing aids paired to smartphones

    Useful tips for those of you who have hearing aids that are paired with your smartphone: To pair hearing aids to an android phone, ensure your Bluetooth is on.  Pull down the settings screen and pair the hearing aids directly through the Bluetooth.  The downloaded app (which correlates to the hearing aid manufacturer) should then […]

  • When your medicine hurts your hearing

    Medicine designed to help one aspect of your health can actually damage your hearing. Drugs that harm the inner ear can cause hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems are known as ototoxic. More than 200 medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – are known to be linked to ototoxicity, especially when taken in large doses.

  • Invest in Yourself and Get Hearing Checked

    If you’re like most people who notice their hearing is diminished, you probably haven’t taken immediate action to address the problem. Surveys show that most people wait more than five years to investigate their hearing loss. The good news is that scheduling a hearing exam with an audiologist at Audio Help Hearing Centers can help […]

  • Get a charge out of hearing aid batteries

    Your hearing aid’s battery life is not an exact science – how long it lasts depends upon a number of factors. The type of battery, the number of hours per day the wearer uses the hearing aid and how it’s used while in operation all affect the battery’s life. A typical hearing aid battery will […]

  • Providing Support For Someone With Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss is common, but it doesn’t feel that way for someone coming to terms with the condition. They may struggle to deal with a variety of emotions upon being diagnosed, including sadness, anger, anxiety and confusion.  There are many ways you can show a friend or family member that you are there for them […]

  • Save and Share Your Old Hearing Aids

    If you’ve recently upgraded your hearing aids, what did you do with the old pair? If you still have them, the staff at Audio Help has a suggestion: donate them! By donating used hearing aids, you are providing the gift of hearing to people throughout the world. Donated hearing aids are inspected to ensure they […]

  • Minimize tinnitus effects by finding triggers

    Most people living with tinnitus know that the ringing sound in their ears isn’t at a constant level throughout the day. Tinnitus is the perception of ringing in the ears when no external sound is present. Experienced by 24 million Americans, tinnitus may be present in one or both ears and consist of ringing, buzzing, […]

  • Understanding the Connection Between Your Hearing and Your Heart Health

    The health of your ears is closely tied to that of your heart, as unlikely as that may seem. It’s true. Tiny hair cells in the inner ear are particularly sensitive to proper blood flow. Inadequate circulation to the cochlea can diminish the quality of sound conducted to the brain. Thus, any hearing loss could […]

  • Are There Mental Effects of Hearing Loss?

    When a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, the first things you often notice are the frequency they ask people to repeat themselves and how loud the TV always is. While these are the most common issues, there are others to look out for as well. Social Isolation This is common among empty-nesters, baby boomers […]

  • When Should I Upgrade My Hearing Aids?

    If you wear glasses, you are accustomed to updating your glasses every year or two. Whether you need new lenses or want a fresh look, you typically don’t give it a second thought when updating your glasses. But what about your hearing aids? A properly maintained hearing device can be effective for 3-7 years. However, […]

  • Vestibular Services at Audio Help

    In addition to managing hearing loss and tinnitus, Audio Help is also able to assist patients experiencing issues with balance and dizziness. Dr. Jennifer Donath is certified by the American Institute of Balance and provides vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation services at Audio Help. What is Vestibular Dysfunction? The vestibular system centralizes around the inner ear […]

  • New Technology: Rechargeable Hearing Aids

    At the end of 2017, nearly every hearing aid manufacturer provides rechargeable hearing devices. The experts at Audio Help explain why you can consider the rechargeable option if you’re in the market for new hearing aids. Save Money on Batteries After the initial investment of the new hearing aid and the docking station, you will […]

  • Hear the New Year Right!

    As the New Year approaches, many begin to think about their New Year’s Resolutions, and changes that they want to make. Some of the top New Year’s Resolutions are quitting smoking, changing their diet, exercising more, or learning something new. Another thing to consider when making changes for your health and wellbeing, are your auditory […]

  • Winter Tips for Maintaining Your Hearing Aids

    If you wear hearing aids, it’s important to know how to prevent weather related damage. The staff at Audio Help has put together some tips to help you avoid damage commonly caused by winter weather. Avoid Moisture Just as fog develops on glasses when you go into a warm building after being in the cold, […]

  • Hearing the Holidays

    The holiday season is a time to get together with family and friends, share stories and enjoy a holiday meal. However, for those experiencing hearing loss, large family gatherings can be more stressful than joyful. Determining If There Is a Hearing Issue If you notice a friend or family member is struggling to have a […]

  • Learn How to Protect Your Hearing – and Why You Should Start Now

    October is “National Audiology Awareness Month” and “National Protect Your Hearing Month,” making this a great opportunity to start thinking about your auditory health.  It’s important to understand your hearing needs, so consider scheduling a hearing evaluation. Even if you don’t think you have hearing loss, a hearing test gives you a baseline of your […]

  • Is It Time To Visit An Audiologist?

    When you hear the word “audiologist” you may immediately think “hearing loss” or “hearing aids.”  While they can help you with those items, audiologists can also assist with ringing in the ear (tinnitus) and balance issues.  If you find that you’re turning the volume up on the TV more and more, or you’re having a […]

  • A Deeper Look into Tinnitus – Sounds, Symptoms, Causes and Therapy

    Tinnitus is one of the most common hearing ailments in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people. The staff at Audio Help wants you to know the cause, symptoms and a popular treatment option for this burdensome condition.

  • Know the Difference Between Each Style of Hearing Aid

    When looking at hearing aids, it’s important to know which styles are available and which ones are best for your type of hearing loss. Below is an outline the various styles we offer here at Audio Help and which type of hearing loss each hearing aid can assist with the most.

  • Do I really need hearing aids?

    You might think you’re getting along just fine without hearing aids, but the staff at Audio Help Hearing Centers wants you to know your hearing loss is having a negative effect on your health and relationship. That’s why it’s important for you to be fitted with hearing aids Here’s how hearing aids can improve your […]

  • Summer tips for maintaining your hearing aids

    Sweat, water and extreme temperature changes can all wreak havoc on your hearing aids. That’s why it’s important to take extra special care of your hearing aids during the summer months, when they’re more susceptible to being exposed to these elements. Here are five summer hearing aid care tips for you to follow this summer: […]

  • Top reasons to visit an audiologist

    With the constant (and loud) noises that are a part of everyday life in New York City, having your hearing tested by an audiologist at Audio Help Hearing Centers should be at the top your next to-do list. Those noises can slowly deteriorate your hearing without you noticing. As a result, many people are fitted […]

  • What to do if you have a hearing aid disaster

    Accidents happen. But when it involves your hearing aid, those accidents can be expensive. Audio Help Hearing Center has some tips that can help you salvage your hearing aids if you encounter one of these common disasters. You lose your hearing aid outsideThis commonly happens during the winter months when you wear snow caps and […]

  • Tips to Help Your Hearing Aids Last Longer

    There are many factors to consider when purchasing hearing aids, and longevity is at the top of many people’s list. Here are five items that can play a major role in how long your hearing aids will last. MaterialsHearing aids are made with a variety of durable materials, but the best thing you can do […]

  • Hearing Loss Linked with Poor Heart Health

    Recent studies have shown that there may be a link between hearing health and heart health. Though the exact correlation is unknown, evidence suggests that people with healthy cardiovascular systems tend to have better hearing. This is likely because of the increase blood flow in the inner ear. When the blood flow is restricted, hearing […]

  • Better Hearing Month Is The Perfect Time To Check Your Hearing

    May is better hearing month, which means it is the perfect time of year to have your hearing checked if you have been experiencing hearing loss. Roughly 20 percent of Americans have some degree of hearing loss, and that percentage increases to 33 percent in adults ages 65 and older. Despite how common hearing loss […]

  • Hearing clearly in NYC with hearing loops

    Hearing aids can certainly assist people with their hearing needs, but users can still have difficulty hearing select sounds when there are high amounts of background noise. That is why many hearing aid users were recently rejoicing when New York City passed legislation mandating the use of hearing loops in public assembly areas, such as […]

  • The positive impact hearing aids have on your life

    Most people think of hearing loss as an inconvenience rather than a major health concern. Multiple studies have shown that this misconception can be detrimental for your health since hearing loss can decrease your mental abilities, reduced cognitive function and even increase your risk for developing dementia. For those reasons, it is best to have […]

  • The Denial of Hearing Loss

    It can be hard to admit when it is time to get a hearing aid. Many people deny that they have a hearing issue for nearly ten years before finally getting fitted for a hearing aid. This means most people experience years of misunderstanding speech, missing high pitched sounds, and straining to hear what is […]

  • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

    Tinnitus can be the source of extreme aggravation, stress, irritability, and angst. The problem is, in turn, those negative feelings can exacerbate the tinnitus. This cyclical pattern can result in a downward spiral to the point where the tinnitus cannot be ignored and affects sleeping and concentration. While it remains important to seek help from […]

  • A Paradigm Shift in Hearing Aid technology

    Hearing aids have been around for over 100 years, and they have been available in the digital form, working as miniature computers, for two decades. But in the past year, the advancements in technology have propelled their capabilities of improving clarity of speech and reducing unwanted background noises into a new dimension. The biggest challenge […]

  • Hearing Aid Use Improves Cognitive Function in Hearing-Impaired Elderly

    A recent study at Columbia University Medical Center revealed that hearing-impaired seniors who wear hearing aids perform significantly better with cognitive tasks than seniors who don’t wear hearing aids, despite their poor hearing. Researchers also directly linked cognitive function and hearing ability in seniors who don’t wear hearing aids. More than 50% of seniors age […]

  • Make Hearing Loss a New Year’s Resolution!

    The New Year is always a good time to take stock and refocus on your priorities and goals. But sometimes, our motivation for resolutions lasts a few weeks and fizzle away. This year, Audio Help Hearing Centers in Manhattan, NYC wants our readers to try something different. Let’s making healthy hearing a New Year’s resolution, […]

  • Background Noise – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

    Background Noise – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

    People who’ve suffered from untreated hearing loss know how frustrating understanding, communicating and interacting with others can be. More than likely, your loved ones encouraged you to get hearing aids. They were right, of course. But while hearing aids make a world of difference and improve overall quality of life, they aren’t without glitches. One […]

  • What to Expect With Your New Hearing Aids

    You’ve already taken the most important step in your hearing health journey booking an appointment with your audiologist to discuss hearing aids. Congratulations! You’re on your way to better hearing. But, how do you know what to expect? When it comes to your hearing health and hearing aids, what is “normal,” and what might warrant […]

  • New York City and Hearing Loss This Holiday Season

    In August 2016, Forbes named New York City as the most accessible city in the country for people with hearing loss. From theatres and museums to subway information booths and new Taxis of Tomorrow, the city’s rich with hearing access.

  • Congratulations to Audio Help Resident Jessica Woodson!

    We are proud to congratulate our very own Chief Audiology Resident, Jessica Woodson, on her award winning presentation in the National Student Business Plan competition held by the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). Her hard-work and determination over the course of this past year won her first place honors in this competition bringing home […]

  • What is an Audiologist?

    What is an Audiologist? In honor of National Audiology Awareness Month in October, Audio Help throughout Manhattan wants to educate our community on the importance of hearing health care. Over 36 million Americans of all ages suffer from hearing loss – that’s four times the amount of people living in New York City! Untreated hearing […]

  • The Responsibilities of an Audiologist

    The Responsibilities of an Audiologist What do you do when you find out that you or a loved one has hearing loss? Who can you turn to for quality hearing health care? Do you need hearing aids? An audiologist can provide you with answers to all your hearing-related questions. What is an audiologist? Audiologists diagnose […]

  • How to Effectively Communicate with a Hearing-Impaired Colleague

    Working in an office can be a minefield for anybody. But for those with hearing loss, communicating at work can be particularly difficult, especially if your coworkers don’t understand your unique communication needs.

  • Does Wearing a Hearing Aid Help My Balance?

    People use information from our other senses to help us find and maintain balance.

  • 5 Tips to Extend the Battery Life of Your Hearing Aids

    Give Your Hearing Aid Batteries a Longer Lifespan Hearing aid battery life directly impacts your hearing aids’ efficiency. These devices are life-changing and wearers know that when they hear that little beeping noise, they need to have a spare pack of batteries handy.  Our team of Manhattan audiologists at Audio Help knows how important your […]

  • Chief Audiologist Resident Jessica Woodson

      Meet Jessica Woodson, our Chief Audiology Resident at Audio Help. We are proud of the volunteer work that she has commited herself to. Hear about her experience at Audio Help below. 

  • Protecting Your Hearing Aids From Summer Weather

    Summertime is coming, and with the rising temperatures comes the increased risk of hearing aid damage. The salt and moisture that you produce when you sweat are the top summer enemies when it comes to your hearing aids – but one danger you probably didn’t think about was condensation. The quick temperature change of moving […]

  • First Ever Hearing Aid to Connect to the Internet now available at Audio Help

    Audio Help Hearing Centers is proud to announce that we now offer our patients Oticon Opn, a breakthrough hearing aid. This device is the world’s first Internet-based hearing aid, and offers two wireless communication systems. Let the audiologists at Audio Help determine if Opn is right for you. Call 888.832.9966 today to schedule a consultation […]

  • 4 Ways a Hearing Aid Can Improve Your Life

    Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from hearing loss. If you’re one of those people, but don’t know about all the benefits hearing aids offer, or you want to upgrade your existing device, the audiologists at Audio Help are here for you. Audio Help has 4 locations in Manhattan and Scarsdale, offering New […]

  • The Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

    “Pardon me?” “Would you mind repeating that?” Hearing loss isn’t just an ear issue – it’s a quality of life and health issue. Untreated hearing loss can have serious consequences. A decrease in hearing sensitivity is associated with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. The National Council on Aging found that 4,000 adults with […]

  • Audiologist vs. Hearing Aid Dispensary

    In our offices, we often hear the question, “What’s the difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser?” Understanding this distinction is an important component of treating your hearing loss. The main difference is education. A hearing aid dispenser must meet minimum educational requirements and obtain a license. An audiologist is a doctor – […]

  • The Sounds of New York City

    You hear them every day; dogs barking, street traffic, sirens, and even the occasional jack hammer. What you may not know is the impact they may have on your hearing. If you’ve noticed that the sounds of the city aren’t as loud as they used to be, you may be suffering from hearing loss. To […]

  • If You Suffer From Hearing Loss, You’re Not Alone

    Studies have revealed that 1 in 3 people over 60 is living with life-diminishing hearing loss, and most of them wait 5 to 15 years before seeking treatment. The worst part is that the longer they wait, the more they miss, and the harder it can be to adjust to hearing aids. However, living with […]

  • Donate Your Old Hearing Aids

    At Audio Help, we believe in giving back to the Scarsdale and Manhattan communities. Rather than putting your old hearing aids into a drawer to gather dust, bring them in and let us put them to good use. We want to help spread the word about hearing loss, so we partnered with the Lions Club […]

  • Columbus Circle Grand Opening Event

    You are cordially invited to our friends and family grand opening event celebrating our new Columbus Circle location. Visit any four of our locations at Columbus Circle, Park Avenue, White Plains, or Scarsdale to help us celebrate. Don’t forget to check out our great offers below!   To recieve our offers on hearing aids, hearing […]

  • Tinnitus FAQ

    Do you hear a ringing, buzzing or hissing noise? Caused by a condition called Tinnitus, it affects more than 50 million or roughly 3% of the United States’ population. Tinnitus can be caused by stress, high blood pressure, excessive earwax, loud noise exposure, or poor jawbone alignment. Although some may easily ignore it, for others […]

  • Adjusting To Your New Hearing Aids

    After a visit to our Park Avenue, Scarsdale, or Chelsea Village office, depending on your hearing evaluation results, you may order your first pair of hearing aids. Once your custom-fit devices arrive and you take them home, it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed. New hearing aids can do great things for your mental health […]

  • Hearing Aid Cleaning Tips

    Keeping your hearing aids clean is crucial to ensuring a long life for your devices. When preparing your cleaning area, it’s important to keep the following  tips in mind: Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your aids. Don’t use water or other cleaning fluids like alcohol, as they can ruin your […]

  • Hearing Aid Battery Maintenance Guide

    My hearing aid uses size _____________ battery Batteries Your battery should be changed every 1-2 weeks If your hearing aid sounds strange or is not working, try changing the battery/batteries Remove the sticker tab before placing the battery into your hearing aid(s) If you are having difficulty placing battery into hearing aid, make sure that […]

  • Hearing Impairment Communication Aid

    We know that successful communication requires the efforts of ALL people involved in the converation when one indivudal is living with hearing impairment. Here is a “Decision Aid” for communication ctrategies that individuals (spouse, caregiver, friend, family member) communicating with a hearing impaired individual can utilize. Download the Decision Aid

  • Hearing Impaired Communication Rules

    Having trouble understanding family members, friends and coworkers? Utilize the tips in the document below to help with conversation. Hearing Impaired Communication Rules

  • Newest Members of Audio Help!

    Meet the newest additions to Audio Help Hearing Centers. They sure are cute! Ashley DeJohn Daughter – Patient Care Coordinator (Chelsea)   Kathy Andrade’s Son – Patient Care Coordinator (Park Avenue)   Ed Sussman (Grandson) – Business Manager (Audio Help)

  • Travel Tips for People with Hearing Loss

    In the airport: Pack essential items (backup hearing aids, batteries, wax guards) in your carry-on, in case your checked luggage is lost in transit *Checked luggage passes through a stronger X-ray machine, which may affect the computer processor in your devices TSA suggests wearing your devices while walking through the metal detector. Some individuals experience […]

  • The New Yorker’s Guide to Noise

    The average New Yorker is exposed to plenty of noise between loud traffic and screeching subways. This may lead to difficulty communicating and discomfort to both those with and without hearing loss. The good news? There are plenty of things you can do to combat the noise, in addition to wearing hearing aids with noise […]

  • Tips for Hearing in a Restaurant Infograph

  • How do we acquire hearing loss?

    Repeated exposure to loud noises Ear infection Viral infection Head injury 1.) Seek help for your hearing loss: Hearing is linked to cognitive & cardiovascular health. Don’t delay treatment. Hearing is part of your HEALTH. Visit Audio Help for a baseline hearing evaluation. Call to make an appointment today: (866) 530-7500 2.) Treat your hearing […]

  • What to Expect with my New Hearing Aids

    1. Quiet noises, like paper rustling, will sound louder.You will soon adjust to these sounds, you’re hearing soft noises as you should be. 2. My own voice will sound different.Try reading familiar books at home to get used to the sound of your voice. You will adjust to hearing your voice within about a week. […]

  • Tips to Improve Communication for Individuals with Hearing Loss

    If you or somebody that you know has hearing loss, there are strategies that can be utilized, in combination with hearing aids, in order to improve communication success. Don’t let hearing loss keep you from participating in conversations with your friends, family and loved ones! Here are a few simple tips that may help: Stand […]

  • Two Hearing Aids are Better than One!

    If both of your ears have hearing loss, both of your ears should be receiving stimulation from amplification, such as hearing aids! Because of financial reasons or poorer hearing in one ear versus the other, some patients question the recommendation of two hearing aids. However, research has proven that bilateral amplification is preferable for those […]

  • International Ear Care Day 2015- Making Listening Safe

    March 3, 2015 is the World Health Organization’s International Ear Care Day. The annual advocacy day aims to raise awareness about ear health and hearing loss. This year’s topic “Making Listening Safe” draws attention to the dangers of noise exposure on our hearing. Millions of young people, as well as adults, are at risk for […]

  • How to Choose Your Hearing Aid

    Hearing loss is very personal. That’s why when you are in the market for a hearing aid, it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. Take time, explore your options, and consider these 5 tips when deciding on a hearing aid. 1.Get a checkup. When you visit an audiologist, they examine you to […]

  • Weapons of Ear Destruction

    Sure, using Q-tips feels great; until someone bumps your arm and you spend the next few hours -and several hundred dollars getting the white, fuzzy danger-stick professionally removed from inside of your eardrum. The pain and risks of using a cotton swab greatly outweigh the benefits, but if you have ever used a Q-tip, you […]

  • Hearing Loss: Sounds of Summer

    As a child, once I started hearing the song of the cicadas, I knew summer was coming to an end.  To this day, I associate the cicada love song with the beginning of school. (Although, now that I’m a parent, that dread I used to feel has turned to joy.) Some of my other favorite […]

  • A Father Inspires His Daughter to Study Audiology

    What inspires you? For Lydia, a first year graduate student in the CUNY doctorate in audiology program, it was her father’s journey with hearing loss that influenced her career path. In 2004, Lydia’s father Damon was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis II (NF II), after physicians discovered tumors throughout his body – the largest being a grapefruit-sized […]

  • Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

    As technology continues to evolve, the FCC has implemented new rules governing hearing aid compatibility (HAC) for digital wireless phones so that everyone benefits from the advances in the hearing aid and cell phone industries. These developments are designed to make communication more effective by reducing background noise, allowing you to hear the sounds you […]

  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Young Adults

    In 2011, the New York City Department of Health conducted a study on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in young adults. Of those who participated, 23% reported having hearing problems. The cause? Listening to music through headphones (or ear buds) at an extraordinarily loud volume.  The same adults who reported having hearing loss or tinnitus symptoms […]

  • Can you hear me now?

    Who remembers those old cell phone commercials, “can you hear me now?” Good hearing doesn’t just make phone conversations easier; it makes life easier. If you find that others are constantly asking you, “Can you hear me now,” it might be time to see an audiologist. Audiologists focus on helping people with hearing and balance […]

  • Emergency Preparation for the Hearing Impaired

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 54 million Americans suffer from some type of disability. 36 million Americans have hearing impairment and approximately one million Americans are completely deaf. Statistics like these reflect the overwhelming need for communities to develop emergency plans with the disabled in mind. During emergency situations, it is vital that rescue […]

  • October is Audiology Awareness and Protect Your Hearing Month

    All eyes are on our ears as we recognize national Audiology Awareness and Protect Your Hearing Month in October.  Because hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States, with over 36 million Americans suffering from it, the need for increased awareness is vital. Learning more about the causes, symptoms and […]

  • Why Hearing Tests Are Important?

    In the recent MSN Health article “The Most Neglected Health Test For Women and Men”, Molly Raisch refers to a Virginia Commonwealth University study that says, “one of the most routinely missed tests is the hearing exam, it gets bypassed nearly 70 percent of the time.” Many people with problems hearing don’t even realize they have a hearing loss […]

  • Tips on Buying Hearing Aids

    Are you in the market for hearing aids? Do you find the process confusing and overwhelming? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, in a recent study published by Consumer Reports, two-thirds of the participants found the process of choosing and buying hearing aids to be complicated and stressful. To help simplify the process, we’ve […]

  • Hearing Loop Enhances New York City Food Market

    In an effort to enhance the shopping experience for customers in the New York City area with hearing loss, Fairway Market’s flagship store, on Broadway in Manhattan, has introduced a hearing loop at the deli counter. The loop works in conjunction with a shopper’s telecoil-equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant. When the deli clerk speaks […]

  • Regal Cinemas Improve Movie Experience for NYC Residents with Hearing Loss

    News flash: Studies show that from street traffic to subway sounds, New Yorkers are subjected to a lot of noise. And noise exposure is the number one cause of hearing loss. For those thousands of New York City residents with hearing loss, enjoying films on the big screen is now as easy as watching a […]

  • 7 Hearing Loss Questions to Ask Yourself

    Studies show that even if you see your doctor for an annual physical, physicians bypass the hearing portion of the physical nearly 70 percent of the time. Because the onset of hearing loss is often gradual, people may not even realize they have any impairment.  Many people lose their hearing as they age.  But noise-induced […]

  • Degree of Hearing Loss- What Does it Mean?

    You’ve been diagnosed with a certain degree of hearing loss, but you’re not really sure what that means. Your degree, or severity, of hearing loss is determined by measuring your hearing threshold, which is the level of sound that is just barely heard in each ear. The louder the sound must be before you can […]

  • Dementia Linked to Hearing Loss

    Earlier this year, USA today published an article linking dementia to hearing loss. A study revealed that millions of hearing-impaired older adults are more likely to suffer early memory and thinking problems than adults without hearing loss. According to research online featured in JAMA Internal Medicine, cognitive problems were developed an astounding 30% to 40% […]

  • How to Avoid NIHL on Independence Day

    What are your plans for the upcoming Independence Day holiday? If you’re like many Americans, you’ll be celebrating the birth of our great country with loved ones at an event that may include loud music and fireworks. Your friends at Audio Help Hearing Centers, with three locations in the New York City area, would like […]

  • 15th Anniversary Special

    At Audio Help, we wish to say “thank you” to New York for allowing us to serve your hearing healthcare needs for the past 15 years! In honor of our 15-year anniversary, we have some exciting limited-time specials to offer including: Free Hearing Consultation Free Otoscopic Evaluation Free Hearing Screening Free Technology Demonstration Why choose […]

  • Texting to 911 Will Soon Help the Hearing Impaired

    In an emergency, a call to 911 could save your life. But what happens if you can’t hear the instructions a dispatcher gives you? By next year, you may be able to text details of an emergency situation to a 911 dispatch center near you. That would mean the deaf or hearing impaired could easily […]

  • Untreated Hearing Loss Could Cost You Wages

    So, your hearing isn’t what it used to be. You’re missing important information in meetings and watching your colleagues’ lips closely when they talk so you can grasp what they’re saying. Still, you’re not about to start wearing a hearing aid at work. You don’t want to look old. But what if that choice cost […]

  • Impaired Hearing May Link to Dementia

    As bathing suit season approaches, you may be hitting the gym to look and feel better on the beach. But as you squeeze in your cardio and work your quads, you may be neglecting another, less obvious aspect of your health. Improving your sprint times or fitting into a two-piece is great, but when’s the […]

  • Hearing Loss in the Workplace

    Hearing loss doesn’t just affect your personal life. It can also impact your job performance and prevent you from reaching your employment goals and ideal earning potential. Some the major problems of untreated hearing loss in the workplace are: Inability to hear coworkers and supervisors. Inability to hear phone conversations and communicate effectively. Missing crucial […]

  • What Causes Hearing Loss?

    I am asked regularly by my patients, “What causes hearing loss?” While the question may seem simple enough, the answer isn’t as straightforward as you may think. Jane Brody recently wrote a terrific article in the New York Times addressing this very topic. She points out that noise, not age, is the most common cause […]

  • Green Hearing Health

    Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is one of the largest civic events in the world and is celebrated around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in “green” activities every year to honor Mother Earth. Wondering how you can get involved? You can always reduce, recycle, […]

  • Audio Help in Scarsdale Moves to New Office

    We’re excited to announce that our Audio Help Hearing Center in Scarsdale is moving and expanding to better serve the hearing needs of the residents of Westchester County and the surrounding communities. Led by experienced Doctors of Audiology, including Dr. Ed Bravo, Dr. James Rubas and Dr. Renee Angelo, we specialize in providing comprehensive, individualized […]

  • Hearing Aids- the Digital Revolution

    Every year, the industry breaks new ground in hearing aid technology. 2013 is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Digital hearing aids have been around since the 1980s, but they weren’t very effective or popular until more recently.  Developments this year have the latest and greatest digital technology.  Some  are designed to […]

  • Hearing Aids – the Digital Revolution

    Every year, the industry breaks new ground in hearing aid technology. 2013 is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Digital hearing aids have been around since the 1980s, but they weren’t very effective or popular until more recently.  Developments this year have the latest and greatest digital technology.  Some  are designed to […]

  • Damaging Sounds of the City

    The hustle and bustle of Manhattan is one of the things that draws visitors to New York City. It may be exhilarating for out-of –towners, but the noise can be damaging to those exposed to it every day. Research shows that, throughout the busier parts of the city, the noise exceeds 70 decibels. Being subjected […]

  • Young People and Hearing Loss

    It’s a common myth that hearing loss only affects older people. In fact, studies show that 1 in 14 people between the ages of 29-40 have hearing problems and 1.4 million people under the age of 18 suffer from hearing impairment. Research suggests that this is partially because people don’t understand just how easy it […]

  • New Research Offers Hope for Sensorineural Hearing Loss

    According to the World Health Organization, hearing loss is the number one sensory disability in the world, with 12% of Americans suffering from hearing impairment. Sensorineural hearing loss, caused by the loss of sensory hair cells in the cochlea, is the most common type and is normally irreversible. Research from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and […]

  • Why is it So Difficult to Hear in Noisy Environments?

    One very common question my patients ask relates to being able to hear in crowded and noisy environments. Often times, people who have no problem following conversations in small group settings or one-on-one, are challenged to follow along at parties or other larger gatherings. They find it difficult to hear what people are saying to […]

  • Wondering What to do With Your Old Hearing Aids?

    My patients ask me on a daily basis what they should do with their unwanted, used hearing aids. I always advise them to keep one set of devices to use as a back-up, in case something happens to their most current devices or if their current hearing aids need to be sent out for repair. […]

  • Newborn Hearing Screening Misses Some Children with Hearing Loss

    The implementation of mandatory newborn hearing screenings is definitely worthwhile and beneficial. However, some newborns receive a passing score when they actually have hearing loss. In other cases, babies who are born with normal hearing sensitivity may develop a progressive hearing loss as they age. Dr. David Chi, lead author from the University of Pittsburgh […]

  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Musicians is Preventable

    It’s a common myth that noise-induced hearing loss in musicians is only experienced by those who play rock ‘n roll, but that’s not the case. Classical orchestra musicians are at risk as well. A Massey researcher has found almost two-thirds of adult orchestral musicians have hearing loss. Dr. Sargunam Sivaraj performed extensive audiological evaluations on […]

  • Noisy Toys- Not JUST Annoying but May Also Cause Hearing Loss

    Before you hit the stores for those last-minute gifts, be aware that some toys pose safety hazards to your children. The United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) recently released their 27th annual Consumer Protection Report. It contains safety guidelines and examples of toys that are potentially dangerous. One of the categories in […]

  • Netflix to Provide Closed Captioning

    After reaching an agreement with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Netflix announced it’s intent to provide closed-captioning in 100% of streaming content by 2014.Currently, 82% of programing is available with closed captioning, with an expected increase to 90% next year and then the complete library becoming available by 2014. This is a benchmark […]

  • Be a Part of the Federal Communications Commission Survey!

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is gathering more information about hearing aid compatible (HAC) phones. How difficult do you have finding a hearing aid compatible phone? Do you have trouble finding a phone that works with your telecoil program in your hearing aids? The FCC wants to hear from you! If you have searched for […]

  • Clinical Trials for Otoprotective Agents

    The most common compliant of all hearing aid users who have noise induced hearing loss is they still cannot hear in their favorite social settings. In general, our world is very noisy. Living in New York City is no exception. People who reside in NYC actually are exposed to more noise than people who live […]

  • Heart Health is Linked to Hearing

    Many people are unaware that cardiovascular disease can be detrimental to your hearing. Research studies in adults have indicated that individuals with cardiovascular disease are 54% more likely to have a hearing impairment. This research was conducted through a study at University of Wisconsin in 2002 by the Population Health Program Faculty. They reviewed studies […]

  • Emergencies and Hearing Loss

    Emergencies occur whether we’re prepared or not; dangers of natural disasters to power outages, flooding and tornadoes, planning ahead will allow you to be more prepared during these difficult times. Here are some steps to take to assure you and your loved ones with hearing loss will be safe in case of an emergency. Pack […]

  • When’s the Right Time For a Hearing Evaluation?

    HINT: Sooner Than You Think! There’s good news and bad news about hearing loss. The good news is that your brain is amazingly good at overcoming many obstacles, including things like hearing loss. You may be suffering from a slight decline right now and you’re not aware of it, because you’ve found ways to compensate. […]

  • Are Hearing Aids Worth it?

    Advancements within the hearing aid industry has not yet caught up with the old stereotypes of hearing aids. There are new, sleek, various options available these days. The Hearing is Living Study surveyed more than 4,300 people in the United States and around the globe to understand the impact of untreated hearing loss and how […]

  • Hearing Loss Linked to Chronic Diseases

    Hearing loss can affect more than just your hearing. A 2010 study conducted by the Better Hearing Institute showed that there is a strong correlation between those suffering from hearing loss and a tendency to have or develop chronic diseases, including: Heart disease Diabetes Chronic kidney disease Depression Dementia Don’t ignore hearing loss; it can […]

  • Hearing Loss And Quality of Life

    A lot of people believe that they can simply live with their hearing loss. While it’s certainly possible to go on with hearing loss, doing so dramatically affects quality of life. Hearing loss can makes communication difficult, which negatively affects your career, relationships and daily interactions with others. As a result, your self-esteem and personal […]

  • The Cost of Hearing Loss

    Hearing Loss Can Cost You in More Ways Than One  Hearing loss can cause difficulties for many people in their daily lives. If left untreated, the condition could worsen and cause greater impacts on your personal and professional relationships. Beyond this, it could also be taking even more from you.  Today, we are going to […]

  • Are You At Risk for Hearing Loss?

    Although hearing evaluations should be performed by licensed professionals, this free online hearing test can give you a general idea of the status of your hearing. Online Hearing Test Disclaimers This test should not in any way be used to give an accurate diagnosis of a patient. If you think you may be suffering from […]

  • Signs of Hearing Loss

    Detecting Hearing Loss Symptoms Hearing loss can sneak up on you. The condition usually develops over a long period of time, making it difficult for the affected individual to notice that they have a problem. It’s important to know what the hearing loss symptoms are so that you can detect the problem and get treatment […]