Why Hearing Loss is a Family Affair

You’re sitting at the dinner table, but your conversation with your partner requires you to constantly repeat yourself.  “What?” “Can you speak up?” and “Would you repeat that?” are all phrases that pepper your dinner talk. For family members of someone who has hearing loss, that scenario is all too common. Responses are often misunderstood by the individual with hearing … Read More

Swimmer’s Ear a Common Summer Problem

Summer is here and so is a common summer problem—swimmer’s ear. According to the Centers for Disease Control, swimmer’s ear, also known as otitis externa, is an infection of the outer ear canal. Swimmer’s ear can occur when water stays in the ear canal for an extended period. In other cases, regular swimming in chlorinated water can dry the ear … Read More

The Connection Between Smoking and Hearing Loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. An estimated 30.8 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. Each year, nearly half a million Americans die prematurely of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Another 16 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Each year, … Read More

Five Must-Have Features in Hearing Aids

Today’s medical devices are constantly evolving thanks to advances in technology, and hearing aids are no different. A hearing aid purchased a decade ago may have been the latest at the time, but if you’re still using that hearing aid, you are likely missing out on some of the latest advances in hearing aid technology—advances that cannot only make your … Read More

Four Things to Consider When Purchasing Hearing Aids

When you’re in the market for hearing aids, you tend to focus on two things—the technology you think you need to hear better and price. Both of those are important issues, but buying hearing aids is far more complex than many other consumer purchases. The decision you make not only impacts how well you hear, but how well you communicate … Read More

Weather Alerts for Individuals with Hearing Difficulties

Spring is here, and with it, thunderstorms, lightening and tornadoes, especially in the Kansas and Missouri communities where many of our patients reside. Though we all accept spring and summer storms as a fact of life and have come to rely on weather alerts that sound warnings on our televisions, radios and phones, for some who has hearing difficulties, these … Read More

How Loud is that Sound?

According to the World Health Organization, environmental noise is now being acknowledged as an important public health issue and a top environmental risk faced by the world today. One of the casualties of the noisy world we live in is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound, such as an … Read More

May is Better Hearing Month—An Audiologist’s Role in Helping You Hear

May is Better Hearing Month and the perfect time to learn more about audiologists, the healthcare professionals who can help determine whether you have a hearing loss, and can help you hear your best. What is an audiologist? An audiologist is a degreed professional who specializes in the diagnosis and non-medical treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. Audiologists … Read More

Tinnitus, Sleep Disturbance, and Tips to Help

Now two years into the Coronavirus pandemic, healthcare providers are seeing that some are suffering from a constellation of symptoms that include insomnia, disrupted sleep, changes in the sleep-wake cycle, and decreased sleep quality. There have even been a couple of terms coined to name the condition—“coronasomnia” or “COVID-somnia.” Several factors are likely responsible for sleep dysfunction related to COVID-19. … Read More

Diagnosing Vestibular Disorders

Though dizziness and balance problems are more common in older adults, they can happen to anyone at any age. If you’ve struggled with these issues, you also may have struggled with getting an accurate diagnosis for the problem. And because of that, you may have had trouble finding treatment. So why is getting a diagnosis for dizziness and balance disorders … Read More