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

Mosby’s Medical Dictionary defines sensorineural hearing loss as a form of hearing loss in which sound is conducted through the external and middle ear in a normal way but a defect in the inner ear results in its distortion, making discrimination difficult. Amplification of the sound with hearing aids can now help people with sensorineural … Continued

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

Conductive hearing loss (representing about two of 10 cases we see) occurs when problems with the ear canal, ear drum (tympanic membrane) or middle ear (the malleus, incus and stapes bones) prevent the conduction of sound waves. These three bones, commonly referred to as the hammer, anvil and stirrup (the ossicular chain), normally vibrate when … Continued

One the most common questions I get asked is, “What caused my hearing loss?” The answer to this question is not always easy. There are two main types of hearing loss: sensorineural and conductive. Conductive hearing loss happens when the bones in the middle ear can no longer transmit sound waves to the healthy cochlea … Continued

Many people are unaware they have a hearing loss. Statistics show that on average a person does not pursue treatment for their hearing loss for approximately seven years, yet they will address a vision problem after only two years. Typically waiting to correct a vision problem has little-to-no long-term impact on the outcome. However, waiting … Continued

Question: “I have Auditory Deprivation and have the best hearing aids I can afford. Well, they do nothing to help me with the speech understanding, so what can I do? Is there something that can be done to help my speech understanding? I have owned two sets of hearing aids.” — Shelia W. Answer: Shelia, … Continued

My mother was a smoker. In the 50s, when I was born, no one really understood the effects of cigarettes on the unborn; many people smoked. I was born prematurely at seven months with serious health issues. My eyes and lungs weren’t fully developed, and I flatlined twice — once at birth and once a … Continued

The gift of hearing is one blessing that many of us take for granted. I, along with NewSound Hearing Aid Centers, recently had the opportunity to assist three children with hearing impairments to be diagnosed, counseled, and fit with new prescription hearing aids. This was done as an outreach of Better Hearing Month in the … Continued