Topic of the Month: August - Music

Though some may argue mathematics, music is truly the universal language. Research from Johns Hopkins University and University of Kansas suggest that music can serve as medicine for the mind. In fact, music can improve working memory, organization skills, and even stress levels! Yet as we age, it is not uncommon for music appreciation to decline to due poor hearing.

Hearing aid manufacturers produce hearing aids with speech audibility as the primary goal. Sound is filtered and manipulated to improve speech understanding and minimize background noise. However, these extra features can sometimes distort music for the listener if the programming is not managed properly.

Thankfully, there are ways to improve music listening and appreciation for hearing aid wearers:

  • Creating a unique manual program dedicated to music listening
  • Utilize a streaming accessory (Bluetooth) to send music audio directly into one’s hearing aids
  • Adjust or upgrade earmolds to ensure a proper fit and reduce whistling, or feedback which can occur during music listening
  • Clean and maintain hearing aids to ensure best sound quality

You don’t have to be a rock star to listen like one! For more information on improving music listening, make an appointment to speak with one of our skilled Audiologists.

Telephone: 919-493-7980