Because hearing loss is gradual, it often goes unnoticed or, more importantly, undiagnosed. The average person waits 10 to 14 years before seeking hearing loss help. It is a bloodless, painless condition and “everyone mumbles.” The difficulties in communicating are usually seen as the fault of everyone but the person with the hearing loss. Then … Continued

An audiogram (“audio” for sound and “gram” for measurement) is a graphic representation of the status of a person’s hearing acuity. Acuity is the capacity of the ear to hear fine detail, measured by determining the finest detail that can just be detected. An audiogram-form can be a simple black and white grid that easily … Continued

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), commonly known as sudden hearing loss, should be considered a medical emergency. As professionals, we train our patients to see their family doctor at the onset of a sudden hearing loss, and if the doctor can’t immediately see the patient, to go to their nearest emergency room. Why is treatment … Continued

Your family has been telling you over the last few years you need to get your hearing checked. Since then, you noticed you have been asking people to repeat themselves. You need to really strain to be able to understand conversations. The ringing in your ears appears to be getting louder. It seems like everyone … Continued

To refer or not to refer…that is the question. As providers and audiologists, not only do we treat patients with hearing loss, we also must know when it’s appropriate to make a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist due to specific issues outside our scope of practice. Reasons for referrals may include completely … Continued

One in every 10 Americans reports having a hearing impairment, according to a recent MarkeTrack survey. With over 31.5 million Americans suffering from the effects of hearing loss, it ranks as the third most prevalent treatable disabling condition behind arthritis and hypertension. Hearing loss is NOT a sign of old age. Actually, it is the … Continued

You may experience many signs of hearing loss but think “my hearing loss is not bad enough” or “I can get along without any help.” In fact, these are the top four reasons people cite when asked why they don’t get a hearing test, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Below are many … Continued

New technology developed in the last few years can help most people with hearing loss achieve improved hearing. The goal of hearing instrument fittings is to make more speech sounds available to the listener. However, simply making sounds louder does not accomplish this goal. Today’s digital hearing aids process sounds to present specific speech information … Continued

Multiple recent studies have shown that having a hearing loss can increase the likelihood of cognitive problems and dementia. In 2013 Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., an otologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, and his fellow researchers followed the overall cognitive abilities of roughly 2000 individuals with an average age of 77 over the course … Continued

Earwax

Billions and billions of cotton swabs or “Q-Tips” are sold each year and have many uses. One of the first purposes many people think about is removing that pesky earwax found in the canal of our ears. You know what I am talking about right? That itchy feeling you get in your ears due to … Continued