My Experience by: DeAnne Pacheco, TeleHear Clinical Director I had the honor of serving in a Starkey Hearing Foundation mission with the most amazingly dedicated, hard-working people. We completed four mission days in three cities: Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Cusco, Peru and Trujillo, Peru, where we fit nearly 2000 children and adults with hearing aids. I … Continued

Hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in the world. In the United States, 12 percent of the population, or 38 million people, have a significant hearing loss. Yet, only one out of every five people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wears them. Reduced hearing acuity can not only be … Continued

Did you know that your hearing, or lack thereof, can affect your memory? People with poor hearing often mistakenly feel that their hearing loss only affects their ability to hear other people. They do not realize that hearing loss has a far greater impact. Over the last ten years there have been numerous studies linking … Continued

One of the most common causes of hearing loss is earwax, or cerumen, blocking sound from reaching the eardrum. This occurs when the wax is pushed back toward the eardrum or if the ears produce more wax than is needed. Earwax is also the most common cause of hearing aid malfunctions. A tiny amount of … Continued

You have taken, or are planning to take, a wise first step, the investment in hearing instruments. Hearing aids help you to hear sounds which are interpreted by your brain. This brain stimulation is an important part of hearing health. The following aural rehabilitation exercises will allow you to increase brain stimulation and improve your … Continued

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