What does our ear look like? There are three parts to the ear. The “outer ear” is the area where we generally stick a cotton swab in to clean, the “middle ear” is the area behind our eardrum which is most often affected by a common ear infection or fluid, and the “inner ear” is … Continued

Unilateral hearing loss refers to the condition in which a patient has normal hearing in one ear and a hearing impairment in the other ear. When the impaired ear has a profound loss of +90dB (decibels), the condition may also be referred to as single-sided deafness. Whether moderate or profound, unilateral hearing loss can significantly … Continued

Presbycusis (from the Greek “presbys” meaning “old” and “akousis” meaning “hearing”) is the gradual loss of hearing that occurs in most adults as we age. It can be difficult to distinguish age-related hearing loss from hearing loss that occurs for other reasons (such as noise exposure), but it is well documented that hearing loss is … Continued

Binaural Spatial Mapping is Starkey Hearing Technology’s ear-to-ear wireless hearing aid communication program. This system enhances sound quality by automatically adjusting two synced wireless hearing aids to bring about better clarity of speech in noisy environments. This, in turn, often makes it easier for the wearer to listen to conversation when loud background noise is … Continued

Have you ever heard someone’s hearing aid buzzing and whistling? Nobody wants their hearing aids to whistle. Hearing aid feedback happens for two reasons: either the hearing aid doesn’t fit correctly or there is too much power. In both cases, sound from the hearing aid leaks out of the ear and is re-amplified by the … Continued

Q: Will a hearing aid help me with hearing loss caused by fluid in the ear? A. If you’re talking about fluid-in-middle-ear-cavity, either ear or both ears, I’d be sending you to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor for a medical evaluation before we fit any hearing system on you. Have you had an … Continued

In my previous blog, I discussed the fact that hearing aids may look similar but have extremely different price points. One of the main reasons for this is the technology circuitry inside the aid. Voice iQ² is a program designed to maintain clarity of speech in noise and reduce listening effort. It can also add … Continued

Generally, hearing will decline evenly in each ear over time, which is referred to as a symmetrical hearing loss. Asymmetrical hearing loss means the degree and configuration of the hearing loss are different in each ear (one ear hears worse than the other). No matter the degree of loss, asymmetrical hearing loss requires further evaluation … Continued

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