Hearing Resources

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June 30, 2022

Q&A About Hearing Loss

There are currently some 48 million Americans living with hearing loss, yet only about one out of five of us is wearing hearing aids. Researchers continue to discover new reasons why treating hearing loss is of the utmost importance, so if you’re currently trying to decide whether to pursue a set of hearing aids, it is strongly recommended that you…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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June 18, 2022

This Summer, Connect with Loved Ones through Improved Communication

Communication is a vital aspect of every well-functioning family unit. Healthy channels of communication strengthen closeness and interaction, as well as empathy and goodwill. People with untreated hearing loss can sometimes have communication difficulties, which can impact their close family relationships. Family members, friends, and loved ones may be frustrated by people with hearing loss and may inadvertently avoid contact due…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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December 13, 2021

Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

From time to time, smiling, nodding, and pretending to follow a conversation is okay – particularly with strangers in noisy environments like concerts or train stations. However, this ‘social bluffing’ becomes a problem when it interferes with our social lives, job success, or when our pretending is creating misunderstandings with those closest to us.  Why Do We “Socially Bluff?” There…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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October 21, 2021

Controlling Earwax Improves Hearing Aid Performance

Your body uses a variety of means to clear out toxins in order for you to remain healthy. Removing toxins from your ears is the purpose behind earwax, which is naturally beneficial. However, if you wear hearing aids, earwax can create instrument performance and longevity issues. To get the most benefit from your hearing aids while allowing your body to do…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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September 17, 2021

Buying Hearing Aids From Costco Vs. UpState Hearing – What’s The Difference?

When it comes to investing in better hearing, there are a lot of options available on the market and it can be difficult knowing where to go. With a Costco store not too far from our offices, we are regularly asked: “What’s the difference between buying hearing aids from UpState Hearing compared to buying them from Costco?” They want to…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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July 16, 2021

Here Is How To Choose The Best Hearing Aid For You

When we first meet with patients who are struggling with their hearing, the most common question we get is “What hearing aids are the best?” Unfortunately, that is one of the few questions we cannot answer so easily. As one of the most trusted hearing care experts in Northern California, we have to admit that it’s still a difficult question. It’s…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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June 4, 2021

Lyric Hearing Aids: Everything That You Need to Know

After caring for the hearing healthcare of Redding, Red Bluff, Chico, Susanville, and Weaverville for many years, we have dealt with all the different circumstances of the local people. From people who are eager and ready to address a hearing challenge, to people who are more reluctant due to reasons involving the fear of looking old, or the thought of…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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June 4, 2021

Oticon Ruby Hearing Aids: Everything That You Need to Know

Choosing which hearing aid technology is right for you can be a difficult decision. While we try our best to recommend certain types of devices based on your lifestyle, background, and listening preferences, most of the time, the end result is based on which device you are gravitating toward. Throughout our many years of practicing, we often hear the same…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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June 4, 2021

Phonak CROS Hearing Aids: Everything That You Need to Know

Let’s face it, deciding which type of hearing aid technology is right for you can be difficult, especially if you don’t know too much about the market. With so many different factors to include, such as real ear measurements, hearing aid fitting, listening preferences, and device functionality, sometimes making your decision can take longer than expected. As California’s most trusted…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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May 20, 2021

How Can I Persuade A Loved One to Get Help with Their Hearing?

Dealing with a loved one’s medical issues can be a touchy subject. It is very personal and sometimes embarrassing for the person to talk about. Whatever is bothering you about their issue is multiplied ten-fold on their part. But love is the strongest tool in anyone’s toolbox, and we want to see them get better and help them through the…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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May 10, 2021

Oticon More Reviews: A Comprehensive And Independent Review By Patients In California

On January 13th, world-renowned manufacturer Oticon launched their much-anticipated new hearing technology, the Oticon MORE hearing aid. But as you may have noticed, we haven’t said much about it publically. The reason is, although the initial reviews online have been glowingly positive, before we recommend any technology, we first wanted a small number of our trusted patients to trial it and hear…

Joshua Fockler, HIS

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April 19, 2021

Here’s How Your Loved One May Be Compensating For Your Hearing Loss

Hearing loss has become very common in the US today. So much so that we sometimes make light of it with our families and friends. While laughter is great medicine, it doesn’t replace the advice of hearing care professionals. Oftentimes, we think we are doing what’s best for our families by trying to protect them and not burden them with our…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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June 30, 2022

Q&A About Hearing Loss

There are currently some 48 million Americans living with hearing loss, yet only about one out of five of us is wearing hearing aids. Researchers continue to discover new reasons why treating hearing loss is of the utmost importance, so if you’re currently trying to decide whether to pursue a set of hearing aids, it is strongly recommended that you…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

Featured image for “This Summer, Connect with Loved Ones through Improved Communication”
June 18, 2022

This Summer, Connect with Loved Ones through Improved Communication

Communication is a vital aspect of every well-functioning family unit. Healthy channels of communication strengthen closeness and interaction, as well as empathy and goodwill. People with untreated hearing loss can sometimes have communication difficulties, which can impact their close family relationships. Family members, friends, and loved ones may be frustrated by people with hearing loss and may inadvertently avoid contact due…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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December 13, 2021

Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

From time to time, smiling, nodding, and pretending to follow a conversation is okay – particularly with strangers in noisy environments like concerts or train stations. However, this ‘social bluffing’ becomes a problem when it interferes with our social lives, job success, or when our pretending is creating misunderstandings with those closest to us.  Why Do We “Socially Bluff?” There…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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October 21, 2021

Controlling Earwax Improves Hearing Aid Performance

Your body uses a variety of means to clear out toxins in order for you to remain healthy. Removing toxins from your ears is the purpose behind earwax, which is naturally beneficial. However, if you wear hearing aids, earwax can create instrument performance and longevity issues. To get the most benefit from your hearing aids while allowing your body to do…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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September 17, 2021

Buying Hearing Aids From Costco Vs. UpState Hearing – What’s The Difference?

When it comes to investing in better hearing, there are a lot of options available on the market and it can be difficult knowing where to go. With a Costco store not too far from our offices, we are regularly asked: “What’s the difference between buying hearing aids from UpState Hearing compared to buying them from Costco?” They want to…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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July 16, 2021

Here Is How To Choose The Best Hearing Aid For You

When we first meet with patients who are struggling with their hearing, the most common question we get is “What hearing aids are the best?” Unfortunately, that is one of the few questions we cannot answer so easily. As one of the most trusted hearing care experts in Northern California, we have to admit that it’s still a difficult question. It’s…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

Featured image for “Lyric Hearing Aids: Everything That You Need to Know”
June 4, 2021

Lyric Hearing Aids: Everything That You Need to Know

After caring for the hearing healthcare of Redding, Red Bluff, Chico, Susanville, and Weaverville for many years, we have dealt with all the different circumstances of the local people. From people who are eager and ready to address a hearing challenge, to people who are more reluctant due to reasons involving the fear of looking old, or the thought of…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

Featured image for “Oticon Ruby Hearing Aids: Everything That You Need to Know”
June 4, 2021

Oticon Ruby Hearing Aids: Everything That You Need to Know

Choosing which hearing aid technology is right for you can be a difficult decision. While we try our best to recommend certain types of devices based on your lifestyle, background, and listening preferences, most of the time, the end result is based on which device you are gravitating toward. Throughout our many years of practicing, we often hear the same…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

Featured image for “Phonak CROS Hearing Aids: Everything That You Need to Know”
June 4, 2021

Phonak CROS Hearing Aids: Everything That You Need to Know

Let’s face it, deciding which type of hearing aid technology is right for you can be difficult, especially if you don’t know too much about the market. With so many different factors to include, such as real ear measurements, hearing aid fitting, listening preferences, and device functionality, sometimes making your decision can take longer than expected. As California’s most trusted…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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May 20, 2021

How Can I Persuade A Loved One to Get Help with Their Hearing?

Dealing with a loved one’s medical issues can be a touchy subject. It is very personal and sometimes embarrassing for the person to talk about. Whatever is bothering you about their issue is multiplied ten-fold on their part. But love is the strongest tool in anyone’s toolbox, and we want to see them get better and help them through the…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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May 10, 2021

Oticon More Reviews: A Comprehensive And Independent Review By Patients In California

On January 13th, world-renowned manufacturer Oticon launched their much-anticipated new hearing technology, the Oticon MORE hearing aid. But as you may have noticed, we haven’t said much about it publically. The reason is, although the initial reviews online have been glowingly positive, before we recommend any technology, we first wanted a small number of our trusted patients to trial it and hear…

Joshua Fockler, HIS

Featured image for “Here’s How Your Loved One May Be Compensating For Your Hearing Loss”
April 19, 2021

Here’s How Your Loved One May Be Compensating For Your Hearing Loss

Hearing loss has become very common in the US today. So much so that we sometimes make light of it with our families and friends. While laughter is great medicine, it doesn’t replace the advice of hearing care professionals. Oftentimes, we think we are doing what’s best for our families by trying to protect them and not burden them with our…

Kenneth H. Wood, BC-HIS

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