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

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