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How Does Hearing Loss Affect School Performance?

With all the back-to-school pictures everywhere, it’s an exciting time for both kids and parents. But emerging studies are showing undiagnosed hearing loss is often incorrectly categorized as learning difficulties, ultimately affecting school performance.  Comprehensive audiology testing for children to make sure your young one is set up for success in the classroom. A proper […]

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The Proper Use of Q-tips

When it comes to proper earwax removal, the role of Q-tips has long since been contentious. But the simple truth is these cotton swabs are not designed to go into the inner ear. In fact, doing this can push earwax further into your ear canal, potentially damaging your eardrum and making the situation worse! At […]

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How to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

Whether diving into a lake, surfing the ocean waves, or floating in your local pool, spending time in the water is one of the best parts of summer. But dealing with swimmer’s ear…not so much. Let’s dive into prevention tips and remedies for this common condition.  What is Swimmer’s Ear?  Swimmer’s ear (otherwise known as […]

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Keep Hearing Devices Safe During Summer Fun

Hearing aids don’t need to come between you and summer fun, as long as you take the proper precautions! So, before diving into your favorite seasonal activities, read our list of hearing aid tips. How to Protect Your Hearing Aids in the Water  If you don’t have water-resistant hearing aids, protect them from moisture. You […]

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Paying for Hearing Aids with an HSA or FSA

Once you learn that you’d benefit from hearing aids, you may have questions about how to pay for them. Fortunately, there are multiple methods to help you get the hearing assistance you need and deserve.  Paying for Hearing Aids Unfortunately, hearing health isn’t always covered by medical insurance. Contact your insurance company or read through […]

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Which Headphones Are Safest for Your Ears?

From music to podcasts, headphones are often an essential part of our on-the-go, day-to-day lives. But which type of headphones are best for your ears? At SoundGate Hearing, we want you to protect your hearing, including the headphones you choose to wear.  The Basics of Headphone Safety Keep your headphones at 60% (or below) their […]

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Getting Used to New Hearing Aids

Wearing a hearing aid for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. After all, you’re getting used to a whole new way of listening to the world around you. Our SoundGate team compiled a few tips to help you adjust faster, so you can get back to enjoying all of your favorite sounds.  Tips […]

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Can Hearing Loss Contribute to Depression?

There are many exciting aspects of aging, from watching your family grow to exploring new hobbies to enjoying retirement. But as we age, we’re more at risk for hearing loss. And unfortunately, the impacts of hearing loss, especially if left untreated, can cause social isolation, resulting in depression in some cases. The Intersection of Hearing […]

Woman looking out over the water. If you're deciding between hearing aids or cochlear implants, Soundgate can help!

Hearing Aids vs. Cochlear Implants

Finding the right hearing device for you or a loved one is a life-changing event. As you explore various hearing loss treatments, you’ll probably learn about hearing aids and cochlear implants. While both can make a huge difference, we’ll break down the difference between the two to help you determine what might work best for […]

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Getting Loved Ones to Seek Hearing Help

It can start slowly. You notice your mother constantly asking you to repeat yourself. You step into your uncle’s home to find the TV blaring like a rock concert. Your grandfather doesn’t follow conversations with the sharp wit you’re accustomed to.  While these are common occurrences, the trouble arises when these loved ones aren’t ready […]