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Live an active life, despite hearing loss

SPONSORED • Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 1:39 p.m. CDT

Is hearing loss keeping you from living the life you want?

Today, thanks to advances in technology, there are a multitude of hearing loss solutions for an active lifestyle-from add-ons to existing hearing aids to smart aids, which digitally connect to your iPhone. There are some assistive listening devices which can help get you out of the fog of hearing loss, and on your way to the active, fulfilling life you deserve.

Car conversation can be tough when you have hearing loss, especially if you rely on speech reading. The driver must keep the eyes on the road, so turning your head to be face-to-face is not possible. But if you're not content sitting quietly and watching the scenery whiz by, one hearing loss solution is a personal amplifier or personal FM system. These are designed to bring sound from the speaker directly to your ears, which is excellent because it eliminates the loud traffic noise that can disrupt car conversations.

Personal FM systems or hard-wire devices – amplifiers – also are great for dining out with one other person because they can improve hearing in one-on-one situations. With a personal FM device, it's necessary to use the telecoil option on your hearing aid or cochlear implant.

Poor building acoustics, rustling papers and whispers of other attendees can make it difficult to hear the speaker, even when he or she has a microphone. But you can request assistance ahead of time. Sometimes, it will be possible for the speaker to have a wireless microphone and transmitter resting on the podium This device could send the speech directly to the hearing aid wearer through the use of an FM system.

Find out more about your options for better hearing from the experts at Hearing Helps

Hearing Help Express| 1.800.221.2099 | www.hearinghelpcenters.com

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