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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

Why do my new hearing aids cause my ear canals to itch?

Question: Why do my new hearing aids cause my ear canals to itch? Answer: If itchiness in the ear canal persists for more than a few days, you may need to change the size of the silicone domes that are attached to the hearing aids that sit within the canal. However, if your earpiece is a custom hard acrylic shell, you may consider having this remade in a hypoallergenic material. For practical everyday precaution, it is wise to use antibacterial wipes made ... Read more

How Prevalent Really is Hearing Loss Among Americans and Canadians?

How many people in your life have hearing difficulties? One person? Two people? A handful? No one? The actual number is quite possibly more than you think, because hearing loss — the inability or reduced ability to perceive sounds that enter the ear — is much more common than many realize. In the United States and Canada together, for example, millions of people live with hearing loss. Numbers may vary per organization, government agency, or study, but: Johns Hopkins researchers have estimated ... Read more

Itchy Ear Canals

Question: Are itchy ear canals normal? Answer: Itchy ears are common among hearing aid users. If there is no skin condition contributing to the itching, then it is likely brought on by the hearing aids. One cause of itchiness may be the presence of an earpiece in the ear canal pressing on the small fine hairs, as hairs within the canal are not accustomed to being touched. If itching does not resolve within a few days, we can offer suggestions — Miracell ... Read more
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