Hearing ResolutionStatistic Brain reports that 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. But less than half of these individuals maintain success for more than six months.

This statistic might seem a bit daunting, but it shouldn’t keep you from picking New Year’s resolutions that will stick.

Get on the path to lasting success by setting realistic goals for a healthier lifestyle, which includes addressing untreated hearing loss.

Oticon OPNIf you’re a savvy hearing aid consumer in 2016, you’re in luck. This month, Oticon released Opn, its newest hearing aid. It’s not every day that a major change comes along in hearing technology, but the staff at Parker Center for Audiology believes that day is today!

What makes Oticon’s Opn so exciting?

This new hearing aid makes it easier for those with hearing loss to communicate effectively and stay socially active. Users report less listening effort and more ability to remember conversations – even in crowded environments. The Opn device uses the BrainHearing approach, working with the brain to ensure the highest rate of understanding with the lowest possible effort.

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Maybe the passing ambulance was closer than normal before you noticed the sirens. Maybe you needed to double check and make sure your turn signal was on because you didn’t hear the clicking noise.

As you age, your ability to hear decreases. Making the choice to drive a car can be a dangerous decision if you have hearing loss.

The main reason? If you can’t hear it, you can’t avoid it.

Most cars have alerts that activate when you aren’t wearing your seatbelt, or when you leave your keys in the ignition. Some vehicle models even have rear-view cameras that chime or beep when you get too close to an object.

Fotolia 134899173 Subscription Monthly XXLDid you know your hearing has a direct effect on your balance? That’s because your balance is dependent on the interaction between your inner ear, vision and sense of touch.

You may have trouble balancing if any of these equilibrium components are not working properly, so it is important to have them checked if you’re experiencing balancing issues, dizziness or nausea.

The hearing component can be especially challenging to diagnose. Many inner-ear disorders have symptoms that are not easily recognized and are often misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis or clinical depression.

Family Hearing

At Parker Audiology we want to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. We understand that the holidays can be a stressful and difficult time for everyone, even more so for those with hearing impairments.

Large family gatherings and business parties provide a great chance to catch up with family and friends, but these and other crowded settings – like church services – are challenging listening environments for those who wear hearing aids.

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Dr. Linda, Dr. Erin and Chris spend some time down in sunny Las Vegas at the beginning of the month for the AHAA 2016 Convention. Despite all of the bright lights, showgirls, and casinos, they managed to get a lot done for the practice. Between seeing patients and traveling, the month of February has been very busy.

Three days of jam-packed classes ranging from optimizing patient care and sustaining practice excellence, to making the offices more patient-friendly, everyone at the convention returned with lots of great ideas.