New Study Reveals Second Cause of Hidden Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing loss, hearing loss research


Have you ever been out in a noisy restaurant and felt like you can hear everyone just fine, but you’re having trouble understanding what is being said? This is the case for many people living with hidden hearing loss. Because it is so difficult to diagnose, hidden hearing loss is likely grossly under identified. Understanding hidden hearing loss is in … Read More

Workplace Accommodations for Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing loss, Work and Economy


In the United States, 60% of the workforce experiences some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss may occur due to issues unrelated to workplace noise, though the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has listed hearing loss as a leading occupational hazard in the past 25 years. If you experience hearing loss, your employer is required … Read More

Getting Used to New Hearing Aids

Dr. David Dekriekhearing aids, hearing loss, lifestyle

Fidelity Hearing - Getting Used to New Hearing Aids

Getting a hearing aid is the first step on the path to better hearing health. As with any new technological device, it will take time and patience as you learn how to use it. At first, your brain will have to work hard to remember how to process sounds again. For new hearing aid users, this period of adjustment can … Read More

Hearing Loss Could Restrict Mobility & Quality of Life

Dr. David DekriekCommunity, Depression, Family and Relationships, hearing loss, hearing loss research, Uncategorized

Hearing Loss Could Restrict Mobility & Quality of Life

A series of recent studies have come to enlightening findings for those who experience hearing loss and choose to avoid treatment. How hearing loss may restrict mobility Researchers at University of Jyväskylä and University of Tampere, both located in Finland, conducted several studies into the consequences of hearing loss. One of the studies, headed by Doctoral Student Hanelle Polku, studied … Read More

Rock Musicians Raise Awareness about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing aids, hearing health, hearing loss, hearing loss research, lifestyle, musicians

Rock Musicians Raise Awareness about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Iggy Pop of The Stooges, Peter Townshend of The Who and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson are all names synonymous with rock n’ roll – but they all have something else in common too. They have all spoken publicly about their experiences with hearing loss, and the effects that a lifetime of loud music has had on their ears. By raising awareness, ... Read More

This New Year, Consider Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Dr. David DekriekAccessories, hearing aids


Rechargeable batteries are now available for everyday AA batteries, but have you considered using rechargeable batteries in your hearing aids? Rechargeable hearing aids, now available from Fidelity Hearing Center, have several benefits, from saving money to saving the environment! New technology has allowed hearing aids to develop exponentially in recent years – but faster processing systems also translates to more … Read More

Everyday Noises Could Cause Permanent Hearing Loss

Dr. David DekriekHearing loss prevention, lifestyle


There’s no denying that life has gotten louder in the last decade. With the advent of new technologies will better sound and longer battery life, people spend more time than ever before listening to music or watching TV on headphones. While younger populations continue to be at risk for permanent hearing loss, did you know that 14% of people, between … Read More

Healthy Eating to Ensure Healthy Hearing

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, Hearing loss prevention, lifestyle


Common knowledge dictates that what we put in our bodies determines our heath. If one only eats junk food then one isn’t receiving essential nutrition and vitamins to be stay healthy. Proper nutrition helps one be alert, have a strong immune system, maintain weight, boost mood and slow or prevent the development of disease. Nutrition, both good and bad, can … Read More

Tips for Holidays with Hearing Aids

Dr. David DekriekFamily and Relationships, hearing aids


One of the best things about the holidays is the chance to celebrate with family and friends. Cocktails, sweaters, presents, eggnog–what’s not to love? But large parties also mean elevated noise levels, which can make it difficult for people with hearing loss to distinguish speech and keep up with conversations. Here are some simple tips that will help you and … Read More

Workplace’s #1 Injury? Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, hearing loss


Did I read that right? Unfortunately, yes. Although radically preventable, hearing loss still remains the number one reported workplace injury in the United States. Twenty-two million workers are exposed to dangerous noise levels while at work, according to the CDC. The main type of hearing loss caused from being on-the-job is called noise induced hearing loss or NIHL. Noise induced … Read More