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Question: I have several health problems in addition to hearing loss. My family is advising me to treat my hearing loss first, but I don’t understand why. Answer: Your family is giving you wise advice. Addressing your hearing loss is priority for many reasons: As you are hearing better, you will be understanding your doctors and family better.   The conversation you are missing around you is important for staying involved and in touch with your circumstances.   Improved hearing improves ... Read more

How Are Smoking and Hearing Loss Related?

The connection between smoking and heart disease, cancer, and respiratory problems gets all the attention, but the effects of smoking on hearing have long been known. If you’re one of the 40 million U.S. adults who smokes cigarettes — or someone who lives with a smoker — read on to find out how smoking is linked to hearing loss. Some Facts How does smoking affect hearing? Compared to nonsmokers, smokers have a 70% greater chance of developing hearing loss. Nonsmokers are twice as ... Read more

Hearing Aid Stigma

Question: Can I get a hearing aid without anyone at my home knowing about it? Answer: Well that will be up to you and whether or not you can keep from shouting praises about them. Your question sounds much like the story of a man who had hearing loss and didn't tell his family he had new hearing aids. He went home, heard their discussion about him and changed his will three times. Seriously, if your concern is the appearance of a hearing ... Read more

Hitting the Water? Don’t Forget These Little Gems for Ear Protection!

You’ve packed the swimsuits, floats, safety vests, caps, goggles, kids, and snacks for a summer afternoon at the lake or neighborhood pool, but what about the earplugs? These small accessories can make a big difference in keeping the good times going during family fun in the water. Before you go, here are four things to know about swimmers’ earplugs: They Help Protect Against Ear Infection Ears and moisture don’t always mix. Otitis externa, an outer-ear infection also known as “swimmer’s ear,” is typically caused ... Read more

Hearing Aids and Telephones

Question: How can I help my Mother understand me on the phone while wearing her hearing aids? Answer: Hearing aids and telephones can sometimes be difficult, especially with hearing aids that fill up the ear canals. The newer technology has made this transition easier. There are choices available depending upon her type of hearing aid, the amount of hearing loss and her ability to use new technology. One option for you both is the closed captioned phone that allows your Mother to see ... Read more

Are Balance Problems Related to Hearing Loss?

It’s common for people with hearing loss to have balance issues, and vice versa. This phenomenon might even affect you or a loved one. Do they occur together as a coincidence, or are hearing and balance actually related? It turns out the answer is, “It depends.” Let’s look at some basics first.   The Inner Ear The inner ear is also known as the bony labyrinth, and it consists of both the cochlea and the vestibular system. The cochlea (hearing): The cochlea is where sound signals ... Read more

Musician Monitors

Question: Can you assist us in ordering musician monitors for our praise team? Answer: Look no further! For our Doctors of Audiology, custom earmolds is a skilled procedure used almost weekly for area musicians and performers. We inspect the ear and canals closely, insert a cotton/foam ear dam deep inside near the eardrum and ensure the jaw is wide open. A compound of soft material is compressed into the canal and outer ear bowl. The material firms to make a cast of the ... Read more

Does High Humidity Affect My Hearing Aids?

One of the great things about starting your better-hearing journey is that your world is more enjoyable when you can hear all those sounds you’ve been missing. That might also mean you’re getting outside more, possibly exposing your hearing devices to humidity. Your hearing aids are tiny computers, and just like with laptops and tablets, moisture can present a challenge. Humidity Let’s discuss humidity first. Simply put, humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air. Hot air can ... Read more

Pediatric Hearing Loss

Question: I am nervous, wondering why my doctor suggested a hearing test for my 2-year-old when she has speech delay. Answer: The first line of intervention for speech delay is to rule out hearing loss as a contributing factor. Recurrent middle ear fluid or infection can temporarily impact a child’s ability to hear the sounds of speech. Then, of course, we must ascertain there is no permanent hearing loss as well. An array of testing methods designed for toddlers will yield reliable ... Read more

Eyes and Ears: More in Common Than You Think!

4 Reasons to Keep Your Hearing and Vision in Check We all know that eyes and ears play a huge role in helping people — and animals, too! — experience life’s adventures. Seeing or hearing the people, places, and moments that matter can make for wonderful, lasting memories. But did you know that seeing and hearing have more in common than just their rock-star status? Here are four reasons to make regular checkups for hearing and vision an important part of your ... Read more
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