How to keep your ears safe when hunting

The Hunt for Hearing Protection: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Ears Safe

You have a passion for hunting and/or shooting, and we have a passion for hearing. Our two interests come together during National Protect Your Hearing Month, celebrated in October. To keep being a sharp shooter, you have to protect your hearing. Here’s what you need to know about your hearing and protection options as a hunter or shooter, as well as countless options for protection while maintaining your A-game.  

How Can Guns Cause Hearing Loss?

People who use guns are more likely to have hearing loss, tinnitus, or other hearing impairments than those who do not. Further increasing your risk — or that of bystanders — is the reverberation of a gunshot. Adding a recoil compensator or other modifications can make a firearm louder. The ear that is closest to the muzzle of the firearm can experience more hearing damage. The opposite ear is partially protected by

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Handling earwax safely helps protect your ears.

Earwax Dos & Don’ts. Hint: Hold the Cotton Swabs!

Earwax, that yellowish-brown goo, might inspire an “Ick!” or two, but managing it the right way can make a difference in your hearing health.

Here’s a primer on why you have earwax and what to do about it.

Why is earwax in your ear?

Earwax, or “cerumen,” results from secretions by the ceruminous glands in the outer ear canal. The secretions help lubricate the ear canal and help maintain an acidic environment that curbs harmful bacteria and fungi.

Life without earwax would be a lot less comfortable: It not only helps keep the ear canal clean but prevents dirt and other debris from reaching and potentially damaging the eardrum. In addition, earwax can help keep ears from feeling itchy and dry.

When should earwax be removed?

Normally you needn’t remove earwax; your ears will naturally handle that function by pushing out the excess.

Sometimes the glands may produce more …

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Hear the Way You Want To. Live the Life You Want To.

The Dash Pro: Personalized, Wireless, Custom-Made Earphones

How would you like to own “The World’s First Custom-Made Wireless Ear Computer”? According to The Hearing Review, one of the newest products from Bragi and Starkey Hearing Technologies (two innovative technology giants) “features a unique, personalized experience.”

Powerful Sound. Custom Fit.

The partnership between smart headphones and hearables maker Bragi (from Munich, Germany) and Starkey Hearing Technologies (a global hearing technology company headquartered in Minnesota) creates groundbreaking technology aimed at changing how we think of headphones and other wearable, health-monitoring tech, as well as hearing aids.

A press release quoted Bragi founder Nikolaj Hviid as saying, “Starkey and Bragi have a shared vision that hearing aids and hearables can empower people to communicate and enhance their abilities… Bragi’s advanced integration of sensorics provides tremendous value to hearing aid consumers, while Starkey’s invaluable knowledge of advanced audio processing and psychoacoustics expands Bragi’s potential to enable people to utilize contextual computing …

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Start the New Year by Hearing Your Best

Are You Making the Most of Your Hearing Benefits?

It’s all too easy to get sidetracked from your health care while preparing for and celebrating the holidays — Halloween hits, and already you’re confirming December flight plans — so we want to remind you to take advantage of unused insurance benefits before the year ends.

As we approach the end of 2017, we recommend you check with your insurance company today to ensure you optimize any hearing benefit you may have. Many plans and policies, as well as Flex Spending Accounts, come to an end on December 31 and don’t roll over into the New Year — you use it or lose it!

As we come to the end of another year, we want to say thank you for being a member of our family! Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation in time for the New Year.
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Better Hearing Can Help Your Career

5 Ways Better Hearing Can Help Your Career

More than 10 percent of full-time employees have a diagnosed hearing problem, and another 30 percent suspect they have a problem, but have not sought treatment, according to EPIC’s Listen Hear! survey.

And of those with a suspected hearing loss, nearly all report that this hearing loss impacts them on the job, with complaints ranging from stress due to misunderstanding what was said to pretending to hear well to having trouble over the phone.

A 2011 study by the Better Hearing Institute revealed that hearing loss can pose a significant barrier to productivity, performance, overall career success, lifetime earnings, and household earnings — in fact, it can lead to almost $30,000 in lost income every year. Luckily, treating hearing loss can make a hearing-related income loss negligible, and it can help in other ways that you might not have expected. Take a look at …

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