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

Are you wearing hearing protection at work?

According to a new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over half of noise-exposed workers didn’t use hearing protection “always” or “usually” when exposed to hazardous occupational noise. Hearing protection device (HPD) non-use was only measured in workers who reported exposure to noise on the job. This study was published online in the American Journal … Read More

Can You Hear Spring?

Can you hear spring? Birds singing, rain falling and the wind rustling the new leaves on the trees… If you can’t hear those sounds, you may have hearing loss, and that means you’re missing out on the sounds of spring. But how do you know if you’re missing out? After all, the last time you had your hearing checked might … Read More

How Hearing Impacts Balance

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one out of four older people falls each year, and falling once doubles your chances of falling again. A number of conditions can lead to falls—from vitamin D deficiency to vision problems to trip hazards like throw rugs. But a recent study has found that what people hear and do not … Read More

The Perfect Partnership—Hearing and Vision

Though most of us might not consciously think about it, our hearing and our vision constantly are working in concert to help us communicate and navigate the world around us. Hearing and the auditory system Our auditory system is responsible for our hearing and can be divided into two main sections: the peripheral auditory system and the central auditory system. … Read More

Tinnitus Awareness Week

Tinnitus awareness week is March 7-13, but If you experience a constant ringing, buzzing or sound in your ears, tinnitus is probably something you don’t need to be reminded of. In fact, according to the American Tinnitus Association, nearly 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree. Approximately 20 million people have what’s called chronic burdensome tinnitus, and 2 million … Read More

Recognizing World Hearing Day

March 3 is World Hearing Day, a day recognizing how widespread hearing loss is not just in the United States, but across the world. This year’s recognition focuses on preventing hearing loss in adolescents and young adults, highlighting the need for safe listening practices and use of hearing protection when appropriate. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in … Read More

Disposable Vs. Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries — Which is Right for You?

If you’re thinking about purchasing hearing aids, you also may be considering rechargeables, one of the latest innovations in the industry. While many consumers think they would prefer rechargeable to disposable batteries, there are lots of factors to consider when making this choice. Here are some of the key issues to keep in mind. About Rechargeables In the big scheme … Read More