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


Tinnitus Explained

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.  About 6% of the general population has what they consider to be “severe” tinnitus.   Tinnitus may be in both ears or … Continued


Hearing Aids and Your Quality of Life

  Quality of life is a subjective measure of happiness that is an important component of many financial decisions. Factors that play a role in quality of life vary according to personal preferences, but they often include financial security, job satisfaction, family life, health and safety. Financial decisions usually involve a tradeoff where quality of … Continued


Why Can’t I Hear in Noise?

Hearing and understanding are two sides of the same coin.  It’s quite possible to hear everything someone says but at the same time understand nothing they said.  For example, if you were to listen to someone speaking in a foreign language and I asked you if you could hear them, you would say yes.  If I asked … Continued