Hearing Aid Maintenance 101

Posted on February 14, 2018

Do you understand the essentials of hearing aid maintenance? Although hearing aids don’t require a lot of upkeep, it’s important that you maintain and protect your devices to extend their lifespans, prevent breakdowns, and avoid repairs. Use the hearing aid maintenance tips below to keep your hearing aids in working order for years to come.

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Hearing Aid Myths Debunked

Posted on February 1, 2018

Did you know that about 20 percent of Americans experience hearing loss? That’s over 48 million people! Hearing loss affects people of all ages. Depending on the cause, it may be minor or severe, temporary or permanent. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from hearing loss don’t seek treatment because they’ve heard some harmful hearing aid myths. […]

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List of Ototoxic Medications

Posted on December 28, 2017

There are more than 450 prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can trigger tinnitus, make existing tinnitus worse, or cause a new tinnitus sound to appear. In fact, most drug classes have tinnitus-causing drugs sprinkled throughout. For example, antibiotics, painkillers, anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs, antimalarial medications, anti-cancer drugs, and blood pressure controlling medications – to name […]

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Treatment Options for Single-Sided Deafness

Posted on December 13, 2017

Ears come in pairs. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that hearing conditions come in twos as well. When it comes to single-sided deafness (SSD), that’s a good thing. SSD, also referred to as “dead ear,” is a condition in which a person has lost hearing in one ear. In the other ear, the person may […]

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Stem Cells and Hearing Loss

Posted on November 30, 2017

Stem cells have an extraordinary power: the ability to divide for indefinite periods in culture and to give rise to specialized cells. Countless research studies have focused on stem cells and the many conditions that could potentially be treated using them, which has led audiologists to wonder about the relationship between stem cells and hearing […]

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The Stigma of Hearing Loss

Posted on November 2, 2017

Unfortunately, hearing loss carries a stigma, or “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person” (source). This ignominy is perpetuated by advertisers, the general public, and even people with hearing loss. Due to the stigma of hearing loss, people who struggle with this condition may refrain from seeking treatment, believing that a […]

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Sound Deprivation May Lead to Irreversible Hearing Loss

Posted on February 1, 2017

Although some factors that account for hearing loss cannot be avoided, like family history, disease, and the aging process, others are directly related to a person’s choices. For example, noise exposure is one of the leading causes of hearing loss in adults. We’ve known for many years that loud environments endanger the ears, but until recently, we […]

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Treating Swimmer’s Ear

Posted on August 26, 2016

Earlier this month the USA cheered on Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and many other swimming stars in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, so now feels like the perfect time to discuss an aural issue that often affects swimmers: otitis externa. Fittingly known as “swimmer’s ear,” otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear […]

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What Is an Audiologist?

Posted on August 17, 2016

When your teeth ache, you visit a dentist. When your eyesight declines, you visit an optometrist. And when you experience hearing loss, tinnitus, or any other hearing-related issue, you should visit an audiologist. The title comes from the Latin word audire, which means “to hear,” and the suffix –ology, which means “a subject of study or a branch of […]

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Types of Hearing Aids

Posted on July 20, 2016

Although we’re lucky to have access to excellent auditory technology these days, the selection can be overwhelming. Whether you’re new to the world of hearing aids or looking for an update, take some time to explore your options. Amongst the many types of hearing aids available, you will find several different styles and sizes, and the […]

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