heart drawing 600x375Most people don’t equate a healthy heart with healthy ears.

However, researchers have found plenty of evidence showing that there is a direct connection between that blood-pumping organ in your chest with your ability to hear properly.

February is designated as American Heart Month, making it a perfect time of year to learn more about this perhaps surprising link and how you can improve your overall health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heart disease kills more men and women in the United States than any other health condition, with 630,000 Americans dying from it annually.

Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida encourages the public to make steps to improve their cardiovascular and hearing health.

Image of woman looking into distance.Even mild cases of hearing loss can be quite stressful, taking a toll on our lives in a number of ways.

Research has shown that the inability to communicate as easily as we’d like, along with the extra effort required to understand others, takes a toll on our brains. 

A study published in 2014 suggests that untreated hearing loss is tied to depression in adults, while another study conducted in Italy found that adults in the 35-55 age range were more susceptible to anxiety, depression and mental health concerns than peers without hearing impairments.

The good news? Hearing aids such as the Oticon Siya – available at Manatee Ear Center, Bradenton, Florida – not only help make communication easier but can also reduce the stress and mental-health issues that come with hearing loss.

Audiologist demonstrating hearing aids 600x400A study from the UK suggests hearing aids may help minimize cognitive decline stemming from untreated hearing loss. 

One in three American adults ages 65 to 74 have hearing loss, while nearly 50% of adults over the age of 75 have some difficulty hearing, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida offers a number of hearing devices (like the new Oticon Siya) that can help improve your listening experiences – and life!

The study conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield collected data on nearly 7,400 adults age 50 and older – none of whom had been diagnosed with dementia or cognitive decline or had hearing implants. About 40% of these subjects experienced mild hearing loss, while 10% had severe loss. Just 11% of the individuals in the study wore hearing aids.

siya 530x180With the introduction of the Siya, Oticon found a way of producing a powerful yet affordable hearing aid that delivers superb sound quality to users.

Released in 2018, the Siya is the first hearing aid in the essentials category – behind premium, advanced, and intermediate on the technology level scale – to feature 2.4 GHz Bluetooth® low energy connectivity.

What does that mean? It means the Siya offers a rare combination of affordability, superb wireless connectivity and excellent sound quality, not to mention an extensive array of styles and accessories. The hearing aids connect wearers to many Bluetooth devices, including computers, smart TVs and smartphones. Oticon’s ConnectClip turns the Siya into a wireless headset, letting you make hands-free phone calls or stream music from your phone.

Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida has the Siya – including its rechargeable batteries – starting at just $1,200. After simply charging overnight, the batteries provide a day’s worth of power so you don’t have to worry about always having disposable batteries on hand.

Image of man looking at computer wearing hearing aid.Not all hearing loss is created equal.

Millions of Americans have hearing loss, but that loss varies from being an inconvenience to being unable to hear anything.

With October’s designation as National Audiology Awareness Month, it’s an ideal time to schedule a hearing evaluation to get a baseline – recommended at age 50 or earlier if you have hearing loss symptoms. From there, make the screening a part of your annual physical process.

Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida conducts hearing evaluations in both quiet and noisy listening environments to better understand the patient’s level of hearing loss. We will also gather information on the following:


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