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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

Hearing Aids: Get the Scoop on What These Small but Powerful Devices Can Do

Did you know? Fewer than one out of three adults 70 and older who could benefit from hearing aids actually uses them, per the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and the rate plunges to just 16 percent among those 20 to 69. The reasons for these stark statistics may vary, but what’s clear is that disabling hearing loss — a serious public health issue affecting approximately 466 million people worldwide — is undertreated on a global scale. Some ... Read more

Age Related Hearing Loss

Question: Isn’t age-related hearing loss common and to be expected? Answer: A longer life span and aging baby boomers have led to an unprecedented growth in the proportion of older adults. Age related hearing loss is one of the most significant chronic conditions in this population, affecting nearly two out of three Americans age 70 years and older. Age related hearing loss is dependent upon several contributing diseases such as diabetes, undiagnosed and/or untreated hypertension, and falls. Hearing loss with age may be expected ... Read more

No Bones About It: Osteoporosis May Nearly Double Risk of Sudden Hearing Loss

What does osteoporosis, a potentially debilitating disease affecting some 10 million Americans and 2 million Canadians, have in common with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, dementia, and other selected conditions? It can go hand in hand with hearing loss. More specifically, at least one study links osteoporosis to a nearly doubled risk of sudden sensorineural hearing loss, a disease that can touch people of all ages around the globe but primarily affects those in their 50s and 60s. ... Read more

Improving Hearing Ability

Question: Why do you think some people receive better benefit from their hearing aids than others do? Answer: So many things contribute to this. We believe that auditory rehabilitation techniques should be taught when receiving the hearing aids as a standard treatment protocol. This approach begins with the testing of not just the hearing ability but the test of communication needs in the patient’s lifestyle. We address the specific areas where the patient is struggling to hear and develop a written program to ... Read more

Turn the Music Up, Dude — But Not Past 85 Decibels

You probably use your tablet or smartphone often to stream music, TV shows, or movies. In fact, many websites these days auto-play videos regardless of whether you want them to. Smartphones, tablets, and other types of portable music players (PMPs) are now commonplace, as are earbuds and headphones. But if your PMP is turned up too loud while wearing earbuds or headphones, you can damage your hearing quickly. Let’s look at why. NIHL This isn’t some new sports league — NIHL stands for noise-induced ... Read more
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