The POWER of Hearing

I just lead another New Warrior Adventure Training. This training was over on the beaches of Kauai. These trainings are self-awareness and personal growth opportunities for men.  Our theme was based on Ted Talks by Brene’ Brown, on the subject of shame and vulnerability.  I started thinking how hearing decline could be associated with shame and vulnerability.  Brown explains that …

Why Do Hearing Aids Cost So Damned Much?

I get asked this question a lot, so here goes, hopefully, the answer to your question. Manufacturers set their prices based on many things, but primary research and design. Hearing aids have improved greatly over the years primarily through research and design into everything from how the human ear works, how the brain handles sound and how best to deliver …

Why are restaurants so loud?

In recent years, food critics and business journals have commented on the noise level of restaurants. Across the country, the trend toward more modern design has changed the acoustics of restaurants – which may alienate those who are hard of hearing. Many find that dining in noisy restaurants makes conversation extremely difficult and no longer enjoyable. Gone are the tablecloths …

Staying Social as We Age with Grace

I have noticed that I don’t get out as much, or visit with family, friends, and meet new people as often as I used to. A Harvard Women’s Health Watch reported, “Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.” Hearing is a challenge for …

All Ears: Selective Hearing?

Our bodies are amazing machines.  Consider how the sound of music, birds, and children’s laughter can travel through air, enter our ears, and be received by our brains for us to decide what is beautiful, or not. Our outer ears catch sounds, which travel through our ear canal, reaching our eardrum, then vibrates and starts a magnificent chain reaction.  The …