Why You Need Your Hearing Aids in the Hospital

If you’ve ever been hospitalized and wear hearing aids, you know that having a hearing loss can present a special challenge. While some might advise you to leave your hearing aids at home so you don’t lose them, it’s important you have your hearing aids with you and wear them whenever possible. Why is it important to have your hearing … Read More

The Latest on Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), a law established as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 directed the FDA to create a new category of hearing aids for adults with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss called over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. As part of this process, in October 2021, the FDA formally proposed a … Read More

Ask About Real-Ear Measurement to be Sure Your Hearing Aids Fit “Just Right”

Remember the children’s story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Goldilocks tried out everything in the bears’ home, from their porridge to their beds, until she found what she considered “just right.” Fortunately, Goldilocks didn’t wear hearing aids, but if she did, she’d want to see an audiologist who performs real-ear measurement and speech mapping. It’s the only way to … Read More

Who Treats Dizziness and Balance Disorders?

Being dizzy or off balance can make it difficult to do everything from bending over to pick something up to getting out of bed in the middle of the night. The result can be dangerous and debilitating for millions of Americans, sometimes resulting in falls and injuries. Unfortunately, getting an accurate diagnosis regarding what’s causing the dizziness can be very … Read More

Using Hearing Aids to Treat Tinnitus

It’s summer and if you’re hearing crickets but they’re not in your back yard, you might have tinnitus. Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external sound source is present. Tinnitus can take on any number of characteristics and is usually a sound that only you can hear. You can experience tinnitus that varies from soft to loud and … Read More

Hearing Protection a Must Around Fireworks

With the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 causing concerns about crowds gathering and the spread of the respiratory virus, many Fourth of July celebrations were canceled or individuals stayed away in 2020 and 2021. But this year, with transmission rates low and the desire to return to pre-pandemic fun high, many people will be joining the celebrations again. That means … Read More

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