Hearing loss can be sneaky. It can take years to become bad enough for you to notice on your own, and once you do, you may ignore it because, after all, “it’s not that bad”. Right? Wrong.

Untreated hearing loss is linked to dementia and increased risk of falls, and it even has the ability to compromise your career.
How can you tell if you need to get your hearing tested? We have 10 important warning signs for you.


1.    Your ears are ringing.
2.    You’ve had an ear infection or wax buildup.
3.    You’ve been dizzy.
4.    You keep turning up the volume.
5.    You have trouble pinpointing the location of noises.
6.    You can’t keep up with conversations in noisy places.
7.    Hearing women or children is especially difficult.
8.    Following conversations with others is difficult.
9.    Asking people to repeat themselves is normal.
10.  Your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, grocery store workers…anyone for that matter has told you to have your hearing checked.

If you find that you relate with any of the warning signs, contact the staff at Universal Hearing Center to schedule an appointment with an audiologist.  Call us at  818.345.3200

Are you like many people who need a hearing aid, but have just found out the device you wanted is not covered by health insurance or Medicaid? It can be very frustrating, as people who really need these devices cannot afford to pay for them if they live on a fixed income.

A question we tend to hear is “Do I really need two hearing aids?”

Because hearing aids can be a costly expense, patients want to save money by cutting the price in half and only purchasing one device. But think about it this way - if your vision in one eye is worse than the other, do you only get glasses for the bad eye?  It’s the same for your ears. Your brain uses both ears to carry out essential tasks such as:

When you live with hearing loss, lip-reading becomes an everyday occurrence. Straining to hear your friends and loved one can be exhausting. Not to mention the crazy looks you get when you respond incorrectly to something you think you heard.

Luckily, you’re not the only one who has struggled with lip-reading. The anonymous creator of the popular YouTube channel “Bad Lip-Reading” was inspired by his mother who suddenly lost her hearing. Amazed by how quickly she learned to read lips, he decided to give it a try. It didn’t work out well for him, but the end result was over 4 million video subscribers.

Did you know there’s a link between your ears and your feet?

A study from Washington University School of Medicine revealed that patients with hearing aids performed better during standard balance testing with their devices turned on, compared with when they were turned off.

February was a busy month for Lisa, as she attended the 2015 AHAA conference in Orlando from February 18th to the 21st.

While at the convention, she attended classes centered on customer services and support, improving patient care, and office processes. Although Lisa spent most of the day in classes, she was able to break out a have a bit of fun with other AHAA members and vendors.

You may think your hearing loss is embarrassing but it’s important to know that you’re not alone, In fact, approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. Our ability to hear naturally degrades over time due to many factors. Most are common and unavoidable, but others are may be related to medical issues.

Did you know that there are studies supporting a link between hearing loss and heart disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes? Those with hearing loss are also more likely to develop psychological issues such as depression and dementia. It’s not just about your hearing; it’s your life. There are treatment options available that can improve both your hearing and quality of life.

That’s why at At Universal Hearing Care in Tarzana, California we want to encourage you and your loved ones to stay on top of hearing wellness. We are proactive in educating the doctors and the community about the importance of hearing care as part of your overall health and wellness..

For information about our Wellness program or to schedule an appointment, contact our Tarzana, California office today at  818.345.3200.