New links found between untreated hearing loss and dementia

Studies over the years have looked at the possible link between age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery found age-related hearing loss to be significantly associated with a decline in “all main cognitive domains with increased risk for cognitive impairment and incident dementia”. By treating hearing loss, you can play a role in mitigating one of the risk factors associated with dementia. 

Evening Appointments – Kirkland Office

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Unable to make appointments during the day? Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic in Kirkland is extending its operating hours to give you flexibility for your occupied schedule. Whether you are a full-time professional, busy parent or simply don’t have the time to come throughout the day, our doors are open for you.

Our evening appointments include:

  • Hearing Aid Maintenance and Cleaning
  • 6-month Check ups
  • Chart Review
  • Hearing Aid Pick Ups
  • Drop in appointments for repairs

Our Kirkland Office is now open for hearing appointments at these times:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: until 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: until 5 p.m.

Please call our Kirkland office at (425) 899-5050 to make your evening appointment.

Summer Fun Days Are Coming

It is another summer full of fun here at the Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinics! This year our Kirkland and Redmond offices are very excited to host our annual Summer Fun Days, where we celebrate the season with exciting games and crafts for our patients and staff.
During this time, for the week of July 27th at our Redmond office and the week of August 3rd in our Kirkland office, don’t be surprised if you see Frozen Princesses or Ice Castles on Monday. On Tuesday, there won’t be any birds or planes in the office but Superman and his superhero friends are sure to make an appearance. On Wednesday, you better keep your golden doubloons close because no place is safe from the speech and language pirates. Thursday will be sports day and everyone should stop by in their favorite team’s colors. Finally, Friday and Saturday will be truly wild when the office gets turned into the animal kingdom. You should expect to see more than a few lions, tigers or bears (oh my). Everyone is encouraged to dress up. We can’t wait for the fun to begin. Check out our flyer for more details at: Summer Fun Days

Interview With A Super Bowl Champion On Overcoming Obstacles and Tackling Global Hearing Loss

NPIN2627-00-EE-ST - Coleman Newspaper Insert 4pg_Resized_HR_Page_1Derrick Coleman’s journey through life, and ultimately the same one that led him to the NFL, becoming a Super Bowl champion, and now an inspirational figure on a global stage, is truly the apotheosis of the possibilities that can manifest when facing adversity with relentless perseverance. A fascinating story that most became familiar with last January in the weeks leading up to the Seattle Seahawks’ quest for a Super Bowl, Derrick and his family found out that he was deaf at the young age of three. Twenty years and a lifetime worth of determination later, Derrick has found himself as an integral symbol of hope to millions of people across the world.

CLICK HERE to read this inspiring article in its entirety at Next Impulse Sports.

Not your grandfather’s hearing aids

iStock_000033156226SmallWatch a person who has trouble hearing try to cope without help from a hearing aid and you’ll see how hard it is to navigate life when this vital sense starts to weaken. Cupping hands behind the ears only goes so far when it’s hard to understand the normal volume of conversations, television shows and the sounds of nature.

About 36 million American adults report some degree of hearing loss, with more men likely to be affected than women. But only one in five people who could be helped by wearing a hearing aid actually wears one.

TODAY’s Matt Lauer pointed out most people still think of a hearing aid as the large device that sits on top of the ear, but the technology has come a long way since the design you saw your grandfather wearing. So Audiologist Neil DiSarno showed off the new generation of “hip” hearing aids and personal sound amplification products in the studio on Wednesday, with some completely hidden in the ear canal and others made to look like wireless phone receivers.

CLICK HERE to read the full article, and see a breakdown of the latest, technologically-advanced hearing aids!

In the News: Hearing loss and Children

Multiple studies, conducted over the past 20 years by researchers at Vanderbilt University, show that unidentified, minimal hearing loss is a significant factor in the social and educational progress of young children. Many children go undiagnosed, and are often dismissed as having poor attention spans or immature attitudes.Child with learning difficulties

Recent data indicates a thirty percent rise in hearing loss among U.S. adolescents and younger children. Unfortunately, this startling increase hasn’t corresponded with a rise in awareness. Many undiagnosed students are mocked by their peers, belittled by teachers, scolded by parents, and accused of having ADD. The lack of information around this issue means many years can pass before a student is diagnosed with hearing loss. Sometimes nothing is done until they reach adulthood. According to the Michigan State University, “Every teacher in the early elementary school can expect to have one-fourth to one-third of his or her students without normal hearing on any given day.”

So why aren’t both teachers and parents better informed about this issue? Quite simply, it is assumed that such a condition would be easily recognized. In actuality this might work with vision–a teacher or parent can spot a child squinting at the blackboard or misreading a clock, but not with hearing. Childhood hearing loss, evidenced by misunderstanding what has been said, asking to have things repeated, or being irresponsive when called is often misunderstood or ignored. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, “Hearing loss is common and, in young persons, can compromise social development, communication skills, and educational achievement.”

There are solutions and technology readily available to diagnose and deal with hearing loss. Tests needed to check hearing can be easily performed by board certified audiologists, and often the solution can be found in supplying the student with a hearing aid. Studies show that hearing aids can improve attention, understanding directions, classroom participation, and self-esteem. In the past, people hesitated to get a hearing device because they assumed they were big and bulky—but today’s hearing aids are often unnoticeable, comfortable to wear, and can provide children the auditory boost they need to pay attention.

E-Games: A Cause for Concern with Children?

iStock_000035005534SmallElectronic games (e-games) are widely used by children as part of their daily life. Up to 50% of all children use e-games in their bedroom, and children are estimated to accumulate more than 10 hours of exposure to electronic media daily. With the emergent electronic use, parents and health professionals have also raised concerns regarding children’s screen time.

Previous studies have pointed to children becoming more sedentary and falling behind in academics due to high e-game usage. Researchers have also found correlations between children’s gaming time to increased BMI and sleep deprivation. However, it’s not all bad news regarding e-game usage.


A recent study, published in Ergonomics, explored the more positive impacts of e-games, particularly active (or exergames) e-games, on child development. Active e-games that combine movement and learning were shown to enhance motor skills and positively influence academic learning, self-esteem, and social skills. Implemented and used correctly, active e-games can be a tool for health, physical education, and of course, entertainment.

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American Hearing Aid company receives two Product Awards

Hearing aid pioneer Starkey Hearing Technologies was recently honored with two product awards. Winners were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 peers, including business executives, past winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medicine

In March, Halo™ was awarded a red dot award for product design. This is the fourth consecutive year Starkey Hearing Technologies has won this award, having been recognized last year for Xino™ Tinnitus, in 2012 for AMP® and in 2011 for SoundLens®. The red dot design award is one of the most renowned international product competitions in the world. This year, the 40-member expert panel discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries.

In April, Xino Tinnitus was awarded an Edison Award-Bronze in the Assistive Devices Category. The Edison Awards recognize and honor some of the most innovative products in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

We are excited to hearing instruments revolutionized through the amazing technological advances in our industry, and are looking forward to even more innovative products in the years to come!

Made for iPhone Hearing Aid Brings Personalized Hearing to Millions

Halo and iPhone GraphicStarkey Introduces Halo, A Revolutionary New Hearing Aid  

Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic is excited to announce that it is one of the first to offer Halo™, a Made for iPhone® hearing aid, engineered to be compatible with iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch®. The Halo hearing aid gives the more than 26 million Americans with untreated hearing loss a new, discreet option that seamlessly connects with some of the most popular electronic devices available.

Halo combines Starkey’s superior hearing aid technology with iOS to deliver a revolutionary new hearing solution that makes every aspect of life better – from conversations to phone calls to listening to music. Halo connects with the TruLink™ Hearing Control app, which is available as a free download in the App StoreSM. Together, Halo and TruLink, when paired with an iOS device, deliver the most personalized hearing experience ever and are designed to:

  • Stream calls, FaceTime®,      music and more from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids through a      Bluetooth® connection.
  • Allow you to use your iPhone to control your hearing      aids’ volume and settings.
  • Personalize sound settings to any environment and      geotag that specific memory.
  • Deliver pristine sound and exceptional listening      clarity.
  • Help you hear comfortably in noise.

In addition to seamless integration with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Halo hearing aids are also stand-alone hearing aids packed with Starkey’s best-in-class performance features including feedback cancellation, adaptive noise management and directionality. For more information about Halo and TruLink, visit

About Starkey®
Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn. The company is recognized for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Founded in 1967, Starkey currently employs more than 3,600 people, operates 21 facilities and conducts business in more than 100 markets worldwide. For more information, visit