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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

How Hearing Aids Work

If you or someone you know has hearing technology, you understand how life-changing it can be, leading to even stronger connections to loved ones and a renewed vigor for life. But have you ever stopped to wonder just how those amazing little life-changers work? It might surprise you to know that the basics haven’t changed over the last several hundred years. Let’s start with the ear trumpet. The Ear Trumpet All things considered, the ear trumpet was a decent alternative to hearing loss. ... Read more

Online Hearing Tests: Can They Help?

From blood-pressure kiosks in retail stores and vision exams online to home kits that test for HIV, blood-sugar levels, colon cancer, and more, the do-it-yourself approach to health screening continues to expand as the demand for greater convenience and consumer empowerment grows. Even online hearing tests are a part of the DIY mix, but do they work? What role can they play in ensuring your optimal hearing health? Let’s take a closer look, including the pros, the cons, and the bottom ... 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

Self-Fitting Hearing Aids: Key Reasons to Consult a Hearing Care Professional Instead

Have you heard of self-fitting hearing aids (SFHAs)? Can they help if you have a hearing loss? What exactly are they, and how do they differ from traditional hearing devices fitted by a hearing care expert? What’s the best action to take if you need hearing help? With hearing loss posing a serious public-health challenge worldwide — it’s a chronic problem affecting millions of women, men, and children — technology continues evolving to improve sound clarity, expand compatibility with other smart ... Read more

Single Sided Deafness

Question: I have hearing loss in one ear that cannot be helped with a hearing aid and normal hearing in the other ear. I frequently have trouble hearing those at the office on the side of my poor ear. Any suggestions? Answer: You have described a type of hearing loss that usually CAN be helped with hearing aids. Single sided deafness is called unilateral hearing loss and can be helped by using a contralateral routing of signals (CROS). In other words, there is ... 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

Personal Sound Amplifiers

Question: I’ve seen devices advertised on TV and in magazines called “personal sound amplifiers” and they are a lot less expensive. Are they the same thing as hearing aids? Answer: No, they are not. Personal sound amplifiers are quite different from hearing aids and shouldn’t be used in place of expertly programmed hearing aids fitted by a Doctor of Audiology. The PSA was created to amplify sounds during recreational activities and not to assist with hearing loss. They are not programmed to specific ... Read more

Drug Store Hearing Devices

Question: What are your thoughts on drug store or magazine ordered devices for improving hearing? Answer: These are not hearing aids. These are generic amplifying devices geared to increase volume. Most hearing loss is not a loss of hearing for all sounds equally. They do not have customizable noise management—a feature crucial for hearing aid benefit. Even those brands that suggest that you send them your hearing test, and they’ll program the devices are not beneficial. The size of your ear canal affects ... Read more
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