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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

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 To Deep Clean Your Hearing Aids

Question: Are there ways to deep clean my hearing aids? I feel like they are never clean enough. Answer: Typically wiping the hearing aids at night with a soft dry cloth or tissue is sufficient for most cleaning, and tools are available to brush away debris from the hearing aids. Wax guards are monthly tools that ensure adequate sound transmission. In addition to routine techniques regularly performed in the office, there are antibacterial wipes and nightly disinfecting drying systems that discourage bacterial ... Read more

Best Types of Hearing Protection

Question: What type of hearing protection is best when I’m near loud noise? Answer: Hearing loss from hazardous noise levels is a serious health concern. More than 26 million U.S. adults have noise-induced hearing loss and the research is showing that even teens have evidence of early onset noise-induced hearing loss. There are many types of hearing protection devices available —the correct type is dependent upon the type of noise you are around, what you are doing in that noise (working, talking, ... Read more

I’m Ready For New Hearing Aids

Question: What should I look for when I’m ready for new hearing aids? Answer: Fitting hearing aids is based on the skill and technique of your doctor of audiology. There is not one individual setting on a hearing aid that is right for everyone. The aids must be programmed and modified for your ear canal, type of hearing loss, communication needs, and comfort. Computer programming is critical to success with hearing aids. Fine-tuning the amplification and frequencies is a science which must ... Read more

Making Moves — and Protecting Your Hearing, Too

Planning to bust some moves at the gym as part of your 2019 goals? You’re not alone. As a tried-and-true strategy for losing weight, feeling more fit, or simply stepping up physical activity for overall wellness, working out is a perennially popular New Year’s resolution, and exercise classes can be a fun way to fit the bill. The catch? Whether it’s cycling, kickboxing, step aerobics, dance, or another high-energy track, these classes often crank up the music to harmful levels — well ... 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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