What is an Audiologist and Why Do I Need One?

October is audiology month

October is Audiology Awareness Month, which promotes awareness of the work audiologists do to help diagnose and treat hearing loss, tinnitus, and dizziness and balance disorders.  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 can:      Test hearing and balance    … Read More

Protect Your Hearing from Loud Noises

the importance of protecting your hearing

If you’ve been to a rock concert at the Sprint Center or to a Chiefs football game and noticed afterward that your ears were ringing, you already may be experiencing tinnitus and hearing loss. Long exposure to loud noises like this can damage the delicate structures of the ear. Often, this results in temporary ringing in the ears, which usually … Read More

Top Three Things to Consider When Shopping for Hearing Aids

What to consider when buying hearing aides

If you need hearing aids and have been shopping around, you know that the choices available can be overwhelming. But where do you turn to be certain you make the best choice? Here are the top three things we suggest you consider if you are in the market for hearing aids.  Professional Care Ninety percent of your success with hearing … Read More

Recognizing Balance Awareness Week

Balance Awareness Week is Sept. 15–21, 2019, an observance designated by the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA) which aims to increase awareness about vestibular disorders and support patients in their journey back to balance.  The vestibular system includes the inner ear, which houses the organ of balance, and the brain. These organs work together to control/coordinate balance and eye movements. Damage … Read More

Hearing Aid Trade-Offs – Cost vs. Technology

You’ve often heard you get what you pay for. That’s definitely true when it comes to hearing aid technology. Almost all patients are concerned about the cost of hearing aids, and reasonably so. Hearing aids are a significant investment in your health. But what should you expect to pay for hearing aids in 2019? And what do you get for … Read More

The Connection Between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

older man with diabetes suffering from hearing loss

Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss.  Hearing Loss Is More Common in Those with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes In addition, a recent study found that hearing loss is twice … Read More

Tips for Sleeping Better with Tinnitus

For the millions of people who have tinnitus, bedtime is often one of the most difficult times of day to cope with the constant ringing, buzzing or chirping they experience. In fact, because of the quiet, many people suspect that their tinnitus is loudest while they are trying to fall asleep. However, the actual loudness of tinnitus does not vary … Read More

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids today are much smaller and smarter than ever before! Today’s hearing aids don’t just make sounds louder – they’re equipped with technology that helps target the sounds you need and want to hear, making those sounds more prominent than other background sounds. Artificial Intelligence Is New to the Hearing Aid Industry Artificial intelligence (AI) in hearing aids is … Read More

Pros and Cons of Small Hearing Aids

explanation of the good and bad of small hearing aids

You’ve probably seen pictures of tiny hearing aids that are advertised as “invisible” because they fit deep in the ear canal. Many people equate these smaller devices with being technologically advanced or superior, but that’s not necessarily the case. Smaller, completely in-the-canal (CICs) or invisible in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids, are less visible, but patients often are bothered by the “plugged … Read More

Don’t be Dizzy! The Most Common Causes of BPPV

Dizziness is a common cause of BPPV

Feelings of dizziness can mean many things and are often linked to problems affecting the equilibrium system. A few symptoms of dizziness and imbalance include experiencing blurry vision or spinning (vertigo), weakness and general unsteadiness, and feeling lightheaded or faint.  Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, is the most common cause of vertigo. In fact, this condition will affect approximately … Read More