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How Better Hearing Impacts Mental Health

Question: I am seeing a therapist who recommends hearing testing for clients. Why would hearing affect my therapy sessions? Answer: Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss will have a negative impact on self-esteem and social interactions which can often result in depression and/or anxiety. Hearing loss may not be the main cause of your therapy, but it can indirectly impact many needs in your life. Diminished hearing can and will have a direct impact on personality and social interactions, resulting in a less confident approach ... Read more

Hearing Loss Affects People of All Ages

When you think about eyeglasses, what do you think of? Most likely your own pair or those of loved ones. If you’re more fashion-minded, you might even think about that funky pair you saw recently on one of your favorite celebrities. You definitely don’t think of old age. But what about when you think of hearing aids? Probably a different story.   A PR Problem In the United States, 14 million people 12 years or older have a visual impairment. Thirty million people 12 years ... Read more

May Is Better Hearing Month: Spring Into It With Less Noise, More Joy

Ahhh, spring! As power tools whir, ball games bloom, and concerts sprout, are your ears protected from the louder sounds of the season? Some noises pack a bigger punch than your ears should take, so for Better Hearing Month this May, we’re sharing three quick tips to keep harmful volumes at bay. TURN DOWN THE SOUND Planning a hearty run in the fresh air with favorite tunes in your ears? It’s tempting to crank up the beats, but MP3 players can reach ... Read more

It’s All Connected: Surprising Ways Your Health Affects Your Hearing

In honor of World Health Day on April 7, 2019, let’s take a look at some surprising ways your physical health can impact your hearing health. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, consider asking your physician or dentist about these other issues so you can keep on top of your overall health. Cardiovascular Health It’s been demonstrated many times over in the last few decades that heart health affects hearing health. But how? In your inner ear are tiny cells called hair ... Read more

What does it take to make a hearing aid successful?

Question: What does it take to make a hearing aid successful? Answer: We often educate our patients with a guidebook at their initial visit to address this very concern. We call this our 3-legged stool for supporting communication. The first key: A Doctor of Audiology who can determine the programming strategy for your hearing aids that will target specific areas difficult for your hearing and then measure the benefit received to ensure optimal benefit. The second key: Your selected hearing aid ... Read more

Tinnitus-Friendly Recipes

From sound-based therapies to mindfulness-based exercises, new ways to manage or reduce the sounds associated with tinnitus — a ringing, buzzing, or pulsing that has no external sound source — are being developed every day.   Though there’s no cure, treatment options abound. One promising option: nutrition.   Recipes With Tinnitus-Friendly Ingredients A growing body of research is linking not food but nutrition with tinnitus. For example, people with Ménière’s disease-related tinnitus should keep their salt intake from fluctuating to control tinnitus symptoms. Some encouraging studies ... Read more

What types of services does your office provide?

Question: What types of services does your office provide? Answer: We are an independent Audiology practice promoting awareness of the effects of hearing loss on physical and mental health as well as how this impacts the patient’s lifestyle. We provide hearing healthcare through: Monitoring hearing due to ear infections or noise exposure Obtaining baseline hearing testing for comparison later Determine cause and degree of hearing loss Counseling family members with communication tips Evaluating hearing aid performance   In addition, we: Customize hearing protection devices Create custom musician monitors for sound ... Read more

A Feast for the Ears: Supporting Your Hearing Health Through Food

March is National Nutrition Month, and that makes this an especially great time to talk about hearing wellness and nutrition. Never thought about food in relation to your ears? You’re not alone. But considering food is a critical source of elements crucial to healthy skin, muscles, organs, and more, it’s no wonder that nutrition and hearing are connected. Take children and hearing loss, for instance. Did you know that a lack of adequate nutrition early in life could mean problems with ... Read more

Single Sided Deafness. What Are My Options?

Question: I have hearing loss in one ear that cannot be helped with a hearing aid and normal hearing in the other ear. Can you suggest anything to help me? Answer: Single sided deafness, unilateral hearing loss, can be helped by using a contralateral routing of signals (CROS). In other words, the hearing aid system uses a microphone device on the poor ear to “send” sounds wirelessly from that side to a device in the better hearing ear. With this system, even ... Read more

Easy Ways to Boost Heart Health

The human body is complex. So complex, in fact, that some things you read about it might seem downright far-fetched. For example, your heart health affects your hearing health. The Heart–Hearing Link That might sound a little squirrelly, but it’s supported by more than six decades of research. How are they connected? Your inner ear is where sound waves get translated into a language — electrical impulses — that your brain understands. Structures critical to this translation process depend on nourishment from tiny ... Read more
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