Why Sudden Hearing Loss is an Emergency

In most cases, hearing loss happens gradually over a period of years. But sudden sensorineural hearing loss, sometimes called sudden deafness, is an unexplained, rapid hearing loss that may happen all at once or over a few days, and it is considered a medical emergency. According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), sudden hearing loss … Read More

Are Falls Inevitable for Older Adults?

Aging doesn’t have to result in a fall, but unfortunately, it often does. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, falls among adults 65 and older caused over 36,000 deaths in 2020, making it the leading cause of injury death for that group. Falls also are responsible for at least 300,000 hip fractures each year and they are … Read More

Latest Research Ties Hearing Aids to Reduced Risk for Dementia

Research documenting the connection between hearing loss and dementia is becoming more prevalent. But the bigger question is do people who wear hearing aids have a reduced risk of developing dementia? Now, thanks to a newly released study published in the medical journal The Lancet, we’re beginning to see proof that for people with hearing loss, wearing hearing aids may … Read More

How Remote Mics Can Help You Hear Better

If you have hearing loss, you likely have problems hearing and understanding speech. And even if you wear hearing aids, they sometimes may not be enough to help you hear and understand what is being communicated in some complex settings. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, that’s because often, turning the volume up on your hearing aids isn’t … Read More

Can Family Provide Clues to Your Hearing Loss?

If you have a hearing loss, or suspect you do, it impacts more than your life. It impacts the lives of those around you, especially family, close friends and even co-workers. Why?  Because untreated hearing loss makes it difficult for you to communicate with everyone, but especially with those closest to you. Here’s why you might want to consider bringing … Read More

New Study Links Hearing Loss to Dementia in Seniors

According to AARP, more than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day. That makes a recent study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association more relevant than ever. This research found that older adults with more severe hearing loss were more likely to have … Read More

The Challenge of Diagnosing Vestibular Disorders

Diagnosing a vestibular disorder, or a dizziness and balance problem, can be a difficult and frustrating journey for the patient experiencing the issue. In fact, according to the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA), many people with dizziness, imbalance, or vertigo have trouble obtaining a diagnosis. Many things contribute to this difficulty: There are many different types of disorders that can cause … Read More

Three Reasons why Prescription Hearing Aids May Still be the Best Solution for You

It’s been several months since over-the-counter hearing aids became available in the United States and today, questions remain as products are developed, released, and utilized. In addition, we have more to learn about how these products work and how the public responds.  Over-the-counter hearing aids likely have a place in the market and may be useful for some individuals, but … Read More

Sensitive to Sounds at Work?

Is it just your imagination, or are sounds louder in a post-pandemic world? The answer is that technically sounds aren’t louder, but they can seem more annoying and bothersome than before. At the beginning of the pandemic, many workers who typically spent their days surrounded by chatty colleagues, annoying ringtones, and humming printers, were suddenly surrounded by silence. Working from … Read More

Why Do I Have Itchy Ears?

Having “itchy ears” is a common problem. There are lots of reasons why our ears might itch. Sometimes it’s as simple as dry skin or wax in our ear canals, but it can also be the result of contact dermatitis or seborrheic dermatitis; an infection; irritation from hearing aids or earbuds; or allergies. In some cases, the itching occurs in … Read More