E-News Summer 2017
How Apple AirPods could make future hearing aids cool

Hearing aids have long borne the stigma of being bulky, uncool reminders of mortality.

“It’s a sign that you’re aging ... and none of us want to admit to that,” said Simon Carlile, senior research director at the Berkeley laboratory of Starkey Hearing Technologies.

The emergence of headphones and earbuds as stylish, multifunctional accessories of modern life is helping usher in new possibilities, however. Plenty of companies are using artificial intelligence and other sophisticated technology to treat hearing loss. And medical researchers at institutions like Stanford and Harvard are pursuing stem cell, gene and molecular therapies to biologically repair the inner ear damage at the root of fading auditory perception.

Only about 20 percent of people who could be helped by hearing aids use them, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more about the latest in hearing technology here.

St. Paul Clinic Closure

Midwest ENT Specialists has made the decision not to renew our St. Paul clinic lease, which will expire at the end of 2017.  In considering a wide range of factors, including feedback from our patients, we are committing our long term focus to providing care in locations which offer a higher level of convenience and broader range of services. We are extremely dedicated to continue serving the St. Paul community through our other clinics, which are all located within 10 miles of the current St. Paul office.

Our newest location, in Eagan, features access to all of our specialties, close proximity to the freeway, expanded hours, convenient parking, and a full line of Audiology products and accessories. 

Our St. Paul clinic will continue to be open for you, our patients, until the end of the year Monday through Wednesday.

If you would like to schedule an appointment there or at any of our other locations please call us at (651) 770-1363.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Ears at a Concert

For many, loud music is a part of the concert thrill. Use these tips to enjoy the sound fully while protecting your hearing. 

High volume levels from loud speakers can lead to noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus, ringing in the ears, with sounds hitting up to 120 db. According to the American Hearing Research Foundation, more than 15 minutes of exposure at this level can cause hearing loss or tinnitus. So how can you enjoy a concert without hurting your hearing? Below are some tips to use at your next concert:

Pick your seat carefully - Consider seat proximity to speakers when choosing your spot. Try to site at a reasonable distance from the stage and array of loud speakers. While the front row offers the best view, it is the worst place for your ears.

Keep the kids at home - If you don want to sit close, make sure to leave your kids at home. Children's ears are especially susceptible to loud noise and a particularly loud concert can even cause damage. In 2012, an Oregon mother sued pop start Justin Bieber for the tinnitus that her daughter suffered after his concert.

Use hearing protection - Use noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs when attending a loud concert. Usually, volume levels are so high that you will still be able to enjoy the music while wearing hearing protection.

Check the levels - Apps like dB Volume Meter and DeciBEL allow you to check volume levels at concerts. If the level is over 90db, move to a quieter area.

Take a break - If you simply must experience loud music without hearing protection, try to limit your exposure. Even a 1-minute break from the action can give your ears a rest and help prevent hearing damage.

Kids and swim ear plugs: What you need to know
For many families, splashing in the backyard or community pool or heading to the nearest beach to cool off in the water is a major part of summer fun. Before you get your pool passes for the season, find out about how to protect your children’s ears when they start enjoying time in the water. Swim ear plugs are often the best solution, but how do you know if your child needs them and what types are the best?

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Hearing aid prices
Find out how much hearing aids cost, what is included in the price and how an investment in better hearing can change your life.

There's no way around it – hearing aids are expensive. They can range from just shy of $1000 on up to more than $4000 for each device depending on the level of technology. Most people with hearing loss need two hearing aids, and most insurance providers do not cover this cost. The high price tag is often a barrier to getting the help and relief hearing aids provide, but it doesn't have to be. When it comes to cost, there's a lot to consider.

Hearing aids are an important investment; these are devices you'll be wearing most of your waking hours, seven days a week. When buying hearing aids, it's essential to be sure the money and time spent is well worth it. 

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