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Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by UpState Hearing Instruments

At UpState Hearing Instruments, we’ve heard it all and believe us, there are too many myths about hearing loss and too few facts. Allow us to dispel a few myths… Myth: I’m Not Old Enough FACT: 40% of those with hearing loss are less than 60 years old! 48 million Americans of all ages experience hearing loss. Children, teenagers and …

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Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Research by UpState Hearing Instruments

Do you have a friend or family member with hearing loss? If you’ve never experienced hearing loss, it makes it difficult to relate.  People with hearing loss often feel exhausted at the end of a long day from straining to hear or the lack of clarity in the conversations they so desperately want to hear.  Hearing loss has been called …

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Talking about Hearing Loss: Why Your Disclosure Method Matters

In Hearing Loss by UpState Hearing Instruments

When you first realize you have a hearing loss, you may put off telling your loved ones, try to ignore your hearing loss, and hope it won’t impact your life. However, the way you talk about and disclose your hearing loss to family and friends will have a big impact on your quality of life and effect the social and …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

In Hearing Loss by UpState Hearing Instruments

When you have hearing loss, you may feel alone, but around 20% of the American population knows what you’re going through! Hearing loss is more common than you think, and you don’t have to feel alone. Hearing loss, however, can be a very isolating experience, and you and your family will suffer the consequences of your hearing loss. If you …

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The Buzz on Tinnitus

In Blog by Upstate Hearing

Remember your first big concert experience? I do. It was September of the year 2000 and I was in my senior year of high school. The concert itself was amazing and I remember it well. But I remember just as well the overwhelming ringing in my ears that didn’t go away for at least a day. I’ve seen war movies …

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The Big Six of Hearing Aid Manufacturers

In Blog by Upstate Hearing

Who are the major hearing aid companies? There are six major holding companies, with sub companies operating under a host of different names. (Some might argue that there are seven, but with pending deals and mergers on the horizon, we’ll stick with six.) Hearing aids have evolved into small devices with very little obvious branding, therefore the brands are mostly …

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Thank You

In Blog by Upstate Hearing

Redding hasn’t finished going through the most devastating and traumatic episode I’ve personally witnessed since my family moved here in 1990. Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes while the Carr fire raced through local communities, including French Gulch, Old Shasta, Keswick and then the west side of Redding. Despite losing over a thousand homes and at least six lives, …

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Eat AND Hear Through the Restaurant Noise

In Blog by Upstate Hearing

The scene might be perfect. It’s the end of a long week. I’ve sat down at the bar with my wife and the drinks have been poured. We sip and take in the surroundings. Perfect mood lighting, carefully chosen paint colors to promote feelings of comfort and hunger, and I lean over to comment on the menu, “How do some …

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Does My Insurance Cover Hearing Aids?

In Blog by Upstate Hearing

Knowing what your insurance will or will not cover helps you determine your overall budget, which in turn helps our Licensed Hearing Aid Dispensers choose the best product to fit your specific hearing loss. Though every policy and client present a unique set of circumstances, the following may help establish whether or not your policy includes hearing aid benefits. Unfortunately, …

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The Value of Hearing Tests

In Blog by Upstate Hearing

Hearing Screenings A hearing screening is a five minute test used to quickly identify potential hearing loss.  A few tones are presented at a level consistent with normal hearing in both ears. If any tones are not heard, that is an indicator that there may be hearing loss at one or more frequencies and a full hearing evaluation should be …