What’s That Bump in My Ear Canal?

You felt a small bump in your ear canal when you were cleaning your ears with a Q-tip (which, by the way, you should not be doing).  And now you’re wondering what it might be.  One of the possibilities (and there are others) is that the bump in your ear is an osteoma.  An osteoma … Continued


Protect Your Hearing While You Enjoy the Fireworks Today!

We’re hoping you enjoy your day today but remember, fireworks, firecrackers, concerts and outdoor events make Independence Day one of the noisiest American holidays. These events can expose us to noises that hurt our hearing. HOW FIREWORKS AFFECT HEARING From Boys Town National Research Hospital, fireworks produce a sound output that is in the 150 … Continued


Hearing Loss and High Blood Pressure

If you or someone you know suffers from hypertension (high blood pressure), you should know that it could lead to more problems than you may have imagined. A study published in February 2013 demonstrated a significant association between hypertension (high blood pressure) and hearing loss. A total of 274 patients between the ages of 45 – … Continued


Are There Different Degrees of Hearing Loss? 

The easy answer is yes there are different degrees of hearing loss.  What is harder for most people to understand is the impact this has on exactly what someone does or doesn’t hear.  We hear this story (or some version of this story) quite often. “When I sit beside my husband on the couch and … Continued


Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION you feel hopeless … Continued


What is Hyperacusis?

HYPERACUSIS DEFINED Hyperacusis is the medical term used to describe abnormal and severe discomfort caused by sounds that are tolerable to listeners with normal hearing. The sounds do not have to be loud but can be sounds that are part of the listener’s everyday environment. SIGNS OF HYPERACUSIS Reduced tolerance to sound Increase sensitivity to … Continued


What Tackling Your Hearing Problem Says About You

The end of Better Hearing Month (May) is the perfect time to stand up and applaud those who have made the decision to acknowledge and treat a hearing loss. The list below has been provided by the Better Hearing Institute.  Founded in 1973, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) conducts research and engages in hearing health … Continued


Lyme Disease and Hearing Loss

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium (a germ) that is commonly transmitted by a bite from an infected deer tick. Although April through October is considered to be prime tick season; Lyme disease can be transmitted by a tick at any time of year. Symptoms Diagnosis of Lyme disease can be difficult … Continued


There is a difference between hearing and listening.

Seth S. Horowitz from the New York Times provides a great explanation, “the difference between the sense of hearing and the skill of listening is attention. Hearing is a vastly underrated sense. We tend to think of the world as a place that we see, interacting with things and people based on how they look. … Continued