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Hearing Research

Hearing Research If you suffer from hearing loss, you are likely to wonder what  hearing research is being done by medical science.   And how is hearing research being conducted?The hearing organ and complex nerves that allow one to hear are located deep inside the brain.  While imaging techniques such Read more

Hearing Aid Batteries

Hearing Aid Batteries Hearing devices can be life-changing, but they can’t help you if the hearing aid batteries are dead. Hearing device users know when they hear that little beeping noise, they’d better have a spare pack of batteries handy. Hearing aid batteries typically last between 3-7 days, depending on factors like:The type Read more

Can Hearing Be Restored?

Can Hearing Be Restored With so many medical advances in the 21st century, individuals with hearing loss yearn to know…can hearing be restored?  It is tempting to feel left-behind if you are hearing impaired.  The weight loss industry is rife with a dizzying number of commercials, books and advertisements Read more

Severity of Tinnitus Related to Emotional Sounds

Severity of Tinnitus Related to Emotional Sounds A research study out of the University of Illinois has suggested that the severity of tinnitus related to emotional sounds.  Not only do those with severe tinnitus process emotions differenty in the brain compared to those who report the severe tinnitus but also Read more

Positive Impact Treating Hearing Loss

Peninsula Hearing Services Auditory Deprivation, Hearing Loss Consequences, Hearing Loss Treatment, Hearing Testing, How the Ear Works

free feeling manWhen considering whether to seek help for hearing impairment, some individuals cite the following reasons for that decision:  they know a friend or family member who purchased hearing devices but didn’t care for them; hearing devices “cost too much”; they can “live” with their hearing loss and it isn’t all “that bad”.  There are a whole hosts of reasons why some with hearing loss choose not to seek treatment.  However, an article by Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., who is the past Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute in Washington DC highlights some of the positive impacts treating hearing loss can bring.  The following is that article in its entirety.

Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D. – Better Hearing Institute, Washington, DC

“t would seem that hearing is a second-rate sense when compared to vision in our visually oriented modern society. People with hearing loss delay a decision toget hearing help because they are unaware of the fact that receiving early treatment for hearing loss has the potential to literally transform their lives. Research by the National Council on the Aging on more than 2,000 people with hearing loss as well as their significant others demonstrated that hearing aids clearly are associated with impressive improvements in the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people with hearing loss in all hearing loss categories from mild to severe. Specifically, hearing aid usage is positively related to the following quality of life issues. Hearing loss treatment was shown to improve:

  • Earning power
  • Communication in relationships
  • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
  • Ease in communication
  • Emotional stability
  • Sense of control over life events
  • Perception of mental functioning
  • Physical health
  • Group social participation

And just as importantly hearing loss treatment was shown to reduce:

  • Discrimination toward the person with the hearing loss
  • Hearing loss compensation behaviors (i.e. pretending you hear)
  • Anger and frustration in relationships
  • Depression and depressive symptoms
  • Feelings of paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Social phobias
  • Self-criticism

If you are one of those people with a mild, moderate or severe hearing loss, who is sitting on the fence, consider all the benefits of hearing aids described above. Hearing aids hold such great potential to positively change so many lives.”  (this article can be found at

Hearing Aid Tax Credit Reintroducted in Senate

Peninsula Hearing Services Financial Assistance, Hearing Aid Prices, Legislation for hearing aids

government pillarsThe Academy of Doctor’s of Audiology (ADA)posted on the website on 11/15/2013 some recent federal legislation regarding hearing aid tax credit.  It reads, in part:

“On November 13, 2013 Senators Harkin (D-IA) and Heller (R-NV) reintroduced the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act, S. 1694, in the U.S. Senate. The legislation, if enacted, will provide a non-refundable $500 tax credit for the purchase of a hearing aid (or $1000 if two are needed) once every five years”.

This is a fairly significant tax benefit.  Please check with a tax professional, but a tax credit is much more than a deduction.  It is an amount of money that  a taxpayer is able to SUBTRACT from the amount of tax that they owe to the government, thus reducing the total amount of tax owed.

Per ADA, “similar legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1317 on March 31st, 2013 by Representative Tom Latham (R-IA-3) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY).  The House Bill has 24 co-sponsors.”

Your support is most likely needed to see this legislation enacted into law so that all who purchase hearing devices may receive this significant tax benefit.  Please visit the link at the American Academy of Audiology to view an editable letter regarding this legislation that can be sent to your legislators.  to find your Federal Legislator contact information by zip code, visit the link

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