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What happens during a hearing test? I am nervous about having my first test next week.

Question: What happens during a hearing test? I am nervous about having my first test next week. Answer: There is really no reason to be nervous. From the moment you enter our office, our focus is on you, your comfort, and your well-being. Respectful of your time, our doctors call you back as quickly as possible and begin by discussing your history, your overall health, and any concerns you may have. Next, the doctor will do a painless inspection of ... Read more

April Is National Lawn and Garden Month

Celebrate by Protecting Your Hearing Spring has sprung, and so has the annual spring cornucopia of sounds: birds singing, children laughing, neighbors chatting — and lawn equipment. Maintaining your burgeoning plant life is a noisy affair. Once you’ve used the mower, leaf blower, chain saw, and string trimmer, your ears have put up with quite a racket. With noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) affecting one in four U.S. adults ages 20 to 69, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it might be worth exploring ... Read more

Hearing aids have been recommended for me, but I am getting by just fine without them. Why should I go to such expense?

Question: Hearing aids have been recommended for me, but I am getting by just fine without them. Why should I go to such expense? Answer: Let me explain why you may wish to consider the advice that doctors of audiology offer as their very best recommendation: Does "getting by" mean turning the TV up louder and asking others to repeat? If so, you are struggling and relying on others to assist you. Do you want to wait for hearing aids until ... Read more

Diabetes & Hearing Loss: What’s the Deal?

Are hearing impairment and diabetes connected? More than you might think. Hearing loss — which affects an estimated one of every five Americans — is twice as common among people living with diabetes, making healthy habits and regular hearing checkups all the more important for overall wellness. Some 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, a chronic metabolic disease that isn’t yet curable but can be managed. Controlling blood sugar is crucial to managing the condition, which, if uncontrolled, can lead ... Read more

If I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor have told me?

Question: If I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor have told me? Answer: Physicians rarely screen for hearing loss. Most people with hearing impairments hear better in quiet environments (like your doctor’s office) so it can be very difficult for your physician to recognize a hearing problem. However, more and more physicians are understanding the importance of hearing health to patients’ well-being and recommending these tests routinely. Our doctors of audiology are hearing professionals trained to review your hearing health history, examine ... Read more

Dementia a Real Risk With Hearing Loss

If you think of hearing loss as just an inconsequential part of getting older, you’re not alone. The truth is, however, that the condition can strike even the youngest among us — more than one in 1,000 babies screened has some form of hearing impairment, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data — and it can trigger other health problems, too. Take cognitive decline, for example, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Research has ... Read more

What are some recent advancements in hearing aids?

Question: What are some recent advancements in hearing aids? Answer: That’s a great question! We often say these are not your grandfather's hearing aids! Think of the dramatic improvements in cell phones and TVs in recent years, and you can begin to imagine: High tech devices that almost eliminate the feedback of past hearing aids. A Bluetooth device that streams your TV, radio and phone directly into BOTH hearing aids for hands-free convenience. Technology that enables ease and comfort of conversations in noisy environments. More power ... Read more

Reverse-Slope Hearing Loss

Your Refrigerator Is Running — Can You Hear It? You’re probably familiar with the many telltale, well-known signs of hearing loss — asking people to repeat themselves frequently, turning up the TV to uncomfortable levels for others in the room, or leaning into a conversation on one side to use your “good ear.” But what if speech is clear to you and you never turn up the TV — but you can’t hear whether the car you’re standing next to is running? This ... Read more

How does treating hearing loss help me stay youthful and active?

Question: How does treating hearing loss help me stay youthful and active? Answer: Addressing hearing loss is one of the best ways to improve quality of life and keep a youthful pace. First, many hearing devices sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal or behind the ear—hardly visible at all. Second, newer hearing aids make it easier to hear sounds and people from all directions while blocking background noise. You miss very little in your environment! Third, hearing aids now interface with phones, home ... Read more

Earwax Dos & Don’ts. Hint: Hold the Cotton Swabs!

Earwax, that yellowish-brown goo, might inspire an “Ick!” or two, but managing it the right way can make a difference in your hearing health. Here’s a primer on why you have earwax and what to do about it. Why is earwax in your ear? Earwax, or “cerumen,” results from secretions by the ceruminous glands in the outer ear canal. The secretions help lubricate the ear canal and help maintain an acidic environment that curbs harmful bacteria and fungi. Life without earwax would be a ... Read more
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