Acoustic Neuroma

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

Bluetooth Hearing Aids

We have a patient, Frank, 87, who loves his new Bluetooth hearing aids because he can work in his garden with both hands while talking to his 56-year-old daughter out of state. The audio signal is beamed directly and wirelessly into his hearing aids. “Wow!” he says. Today, we can surf the internet at the … Continued

TeleHear and Hearing Health Care

Imagine you are in an examination room with your physician following a series of tests for an upcoming procedure. After reading you the results, he excuses himself and quickly returns to the room with a colleague. “This is Dr. Jones, and he is also a physician at this practice. Due to the delicate nature of … Continued

Hearing Aids for Veterans

  Time produces a lot of wear and tear on the body. To be accepted into the military means your mind and body are operating at a well-above average level. However, advanced military stresses wear out the body faster than the average person. They must make constant quick and agile movements, so the hips, ACLs … Continued

Hearing Loss and Diabetes

Hearing loss and diabetes are both common health conditions affecting the lives of older adults. Currently, there are 36 million people in the United States diagnosed with hearing loss (17% of the population). Hearing loss is more prevalent with males; those with lower education; military or industrial occupation; leisure noise exposure; and those that smoke. … Continued

Profound Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is explained by the use of three components: type, degree and configuration. The degree is otherwise known as the severity of loss. The degree of loss can be described as mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe or profound. These descriptions may vary slightly between clinicians. A profound hearing loss is defined as the most severe … Continued

Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids

Once a hearing test is completed and results showing the need for hearing aids are explained, the patient and the hearing healthcare professional will select a hearing aid style. There are several choices when it comes to hearing aid styles. Some of the custom styles include the completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid; the in-the-canal (ITC) hearing … Continued

Consistent Hearing Aid Use

“Well I really only wear my hearing aids when I go to church”, or “My hearing isn’t that bad, so I only wear my hearing aids when I go out”. As a clinical audiologist, I hear these types of comments weekly, usually several times daily. When a patient says this to me, I feel as … Continued