What Exactly is Tinnitus?

TINNITUS EXPLAINED Tinnitus (pronounced “tin-it-tus”) is an abnormal noise in the ear.  It is extremely common – nearly 36 million Americans have tinnitus.  More than half of the normal population has intermittent tinnitus. Tinnitus may be in both ears or just in one ear. About 6% of the general population has what they consider to be … Continued

How to Make Dining Out Easier if You Have Hearing Loss

One of the more challenging listening situations for individuals with a hearing loss is trying to communicate in a restaurant.  Even the most elegant restaurants tend to be on the noisy side.  Numerous conversations are going on all around you, dishes and silverware are constantly clattering, and music is playing in the background.  And being … Continued

National Protect Your Hearing Month

October has been designated as “National Protect Your Hearing Month.” More than 36 million Americans have a hearing loss (some estimates place the number as high as 43 million).  More than half of those individuals are under the age of 65. One of the leading causes of hearing loss is exposure to excessive amounts of noise.  … Continued

Can a Hearing Loss Make You Feel Socially Isolated?

You know you’re having some problems hearing.  Your friends and family members seem to point out what you’re missing or how often they have to repeat information every day now.  But are you aware of exactly how that might be impacting you on a daily basis? CONSEQUENCES OF UNTREATED HEARING LOSS Untreated hearing loss can … Continued

Hearing’s Contribution to Quality of Life

Quality of life can be defined as, “your personal satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the cultural or intellectual conditions under which you live (as distinct from material comfort).  For example, “the new art museum is expected to improve your quality of life”. Quality of life is a broad multidimensional concept that usually includes subjective evaluations of … Continued

What is the Definition of Normal Hearing?

You had your hearing checked a few years ago and you were told at that time that you had normal to borderline normal hearing. You think it might be time to have it checked again because you’ve been noticing that you don’t hear as well as you used to.  You’re also wondering how you could’ve had … Continued

Hearing During an Emergency

We take our ability to hear for granted.  But, when we encounter new and unfamiliar situations, that’s the time we count on our ability to hear.  And there’s no more important time to make sure you can hear than when you are faced with an emergency situation. Most people with a hearing loss have had … Continued

Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Facts

The topics of hearing loss and hearing aids are already confusing enough for many individuals.  Adding to the confusion is a great deal of misinformation about hearing loss and hearing aids.  To help you to understand it all, here are a few facts about hearing loss and hearing aids. It isn’t just older individuals who … Continued

Hearing Loss and Aphasia

Aphasia, as defined by the Mayo Clinic “is a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate. Aphasia can affect your ability to express and understand language, both verbal and written.  Aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury. But it can also come on gradually from a slowly growing brain … Continued

Should I Wear Hearing Aids Every Day?

“Should I wear my hearing aids every day?” is a question we’re asked many times.  Our patients will often equate their hearing aids to reading glasses.  They will tell us that, “I only wear my reading glasses when I know I’ll need them, can’t I do the same thing with my hearing aids?” ADJUSTING TO … Continued