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I am a musician and considering custom ear monitors. What else should I consider?

Question: I am a musician and considering custom ear monitors. What else should I consider? Answer: Your first decision might be whether you want a universal-fit monitor (one size fits all) or a custom-made monitor designed for your ear size. We can make an earmold impression of your ears so your monitors fit perfectly for best sound performance. There is such a diverse market now in the music field that you may even order your own monitors using our ear impressions. Education ... Read more

I am looking for something that I can sleep in at night in the form of an earplug so that I don’t hear my wife snoring. Can you help?

Question: I am looking for something that I can sleep in at night in the form of an earplug so that I don’t hear my wife snoring. Can you help? Answer: You might consider custom-made sleep plugs. These are soft silicone plugs that are made specifically for your ears. An earmold impression is made so that they fit in the canal easily and smoothly, so you can sleep comfortably. The sound reduction is perfect for snoring levels. That is why so many ... Read more

I am looking for hearing protection that will stay in my ear canals. What do you recommend?

Question: I am looking for hearing protection that will stay in my ear canals. What do you recommend? Answer: There are many types of hearing protection solutions for various types of noises and ear sizes. Without knowing the specifics, I might suggest custom-made earmolds that are shaped to the size of your ear. These devices may have an embedded filter to reduce noise levels and allow speech to filter through or solid silicone plugs to dampen all sounds. There are also ... Read more

My child has speech difficulty and will be getting an evaluation of speech soon. Could hearing loss affect her speech?

Question: My child has speech difficulty and will be getting an evaluation of speech soon. Could hearing loss affect her speech? Answer: It is wise to test the hearing of each child receiving speech therapy. Hearing loss is one reason that speech could be delayed. Even mild hearing loss resulting from previous and chronic ear infections or ear fluid can impair the ability to learn sounds correctly. There are also other reasons, which the speech specialist can address. We see infants, ... Read more

I ask people to repeat themselves, and then they yell and I still don’t understand. What’s going on?

Question: I ask people to repeat themselves, and then they yell and I still don’t understand. What’s going on? Answer: Chances are you have a frequency-specific type of hearing loss. If you know someone is talking but cannot understand what is said, then you probably have a loss for specific sounds. It may be that you can hear and understand vowel sounds (a, e, i, o, u), as these are deep, bass sounds. You may have a loss for higher pitch ... Read more

What should I expect from the testing procedure?

Question: What should I expect from the testing procedure? Answer: Initially, the interview process allows the doctor of audiology to gather medical history and make connections to present hearing involvement. Ear-related symptoms are reviewed and family history is studied. Specific listening environments are discussed to establish areas of hearing difficulty. The everyday lifestyle of the patient is reviewed to understand the amount of background noise and activity level they live in daily. Hearing testing in our large sound booth allows the audiologist ... Read more

Why do some places provide a free hearing test and other places charge for testing?

Question: Why do some places provide a free hearing test and other places charge for testing? Answer: If a doctor of audiology files insurance as a courtesy for patients, then the insurance contract requires that all patients be charged and billed equally. Even if a patient has no insurance, they must still be charged for testing, just like those who do have insurance. This is a requirement with all insurance contracts. Establishments that do not charge for testing do not ... Read more

We strive to provide outstanding palliative care to folks in our community and notice hearing loss is a frequent complication. What are your thoughts on providing solutions for this population?

Question: We strive to provide outstanding palliative care to folks in our community and notice hearing loss is a frequent complication. What are your thoughts on providing solutions for this population? Answer: Hearing and communication are so critical at the end of life because, at this stage, patients more than ever need to communicate with their families, caregivers, and physicians. Good hearing health care is essential, yet it often goes overlooked by care providers and families that are focused on the many ... Read more

Why shouldn’t I get a cheap hearing aid online or at a warehouse retailer?

Question: Why shouldn’t I get a cheap hearing aid online or at a warehouse retailer? Answer: Discount hearing aids for purchase online or in large retail warehouses might look attractive to some patients, but these discounts can be costly in the long run. Getting an accurate, expert fitting and precise programming is often the difference between success and failure for the wearer. You do not want to cut corners on a fitting that should be designed to target your specific hearing loss ... Read more

Are there any foods or supplements that can improve my hearing?

Question: Are there any foods or supplements that can improve my hearing? Answer: A healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables may improve performance of the total body, including hearing, as several studies have shown. According to an examination of the eating habits of 2,366 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey participants, results suggested those who eat more fruits and vegetables might also have better hearing – even if they’re exposed to more noise. The study performed by University of ... Read more
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