orange ear plugs on tableOctober isn’t just a time for changing leaves and spooky fun. It’s also National Protect Your Hearing Month! Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) affects nearly 25% of Americans ages 20-69, but there are ways you can protect yourself.

senior couple discussing health insuranceHearing loss is one of the most common health conditions, but often one of the most untreated. That is due in part to the cost of seeking treatment.

Two senior men talking in the parkDo conversations leave you feeling fatigued, or do you find yourself straining to hear over the din of ambient noise? You may suffer from listening fatigue, especially if you have untreated hearing loss.

Costco Hearing AidsThe answer depends on your needs. Over the counter (OTC) hearing aids improve accessibility for those with hearing loss. These devices are cheaper than professional hearing aids, but you may still miss out on the benefits of visiting an audiologist.

OTC Hearing Aids

OTC hearing aids are available at the pharmacy or big-box stores and don’t necessarily require a hearing test for purchase. However, the usual process includes conducting a hearing test to assess your hearing health. You’ll then select the hearing aid that meets your needs – if it’s available.  The wrong hearing aids for your individual hearing needs can cause more damage than good. 

Image of Granddaughter and grandmother at retirement home.Finding the right assisted living facility is a task. It can become even more complicated when you or a loved one are deaf or experience hearing loss. Here are a few things you should look for when visiting a deaf-friendly assisted living facility.