Can Hearing Loss Impact Your Quality of Life?

If you have a hearing loss and are struggling with the idea of wearing a hearing aid or have been told by friends and family for years that you can’t hear and should be doing something about your hearing loss, then this article is for you. Please consider the following. Your hearing is not like … Continued


Is It Time to Get Your Hearing Checked?

If the last time you had your hearing checked it was done by the school nurse, it’s time to get it checked again.  Most people tend to associate hearing loss with aging, but hearing loss can happen at any age.  According to the National Institutes of Health: 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old … Continued


How to Troubleshoot a Hearing Aid

Hearing aids require care to ensure that they work properly.  If you notice a problem, here are a few tips on how to troubleshoot problems with your hearing aid. THE HEARING AID APPEARS TO BE DEAD OR WEAK Reason #1 Cause: Dead, weak, or wrong type of battery. Test: Substitute new battery. Remedy: Battery replaced. … Continued


Heart Disease and Hearing Loss

There are various known risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease, including diet and lifestyle, family history, and age, as well as conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and other vascular disease.  But what does all that have to do with your ears? THE LINK A growing body of research suggests that hearing loss and … Continued


Can a Hearing Aid Make My Hearing Worsen?

We’ll just get straight to the point.  No, a properly fit hearing aid will not make your hearing worse.  The key to the answer lies in the phrase “properly fit”.  There are several steps involved in ensuring that a hearing aid is fit properly. STEP 1 THE HEARING TEST AND PATIENT HISTORY STAGE Gathering information … Continued


What Should You Know About Hearing Aid Batteries?

A small zinc air battery powers the majority of today’s hearing aids. The small colored sticker on one side of the battery keeps the battery inactive until you remove the sticker. Once the sticker is removed from the back of the battery, oxygen in the air makes contact with the zinc in the battery, and … Continued


What Does it Mean if I Have a Conductive Hearing Loss?

A conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not transmitted efficiently at some point along the pathway from the outer ear canal to the oval window.  The oval window separates the middle ear from the inner ear.  This pathway includes  the tympanic membrane (eardrum) and the ossicles (three small bones). A conductive hearing loss usually involves … Continued


It Might be Time to Get Your Hearing Checked.

First of all it’s never a bad idea to get your hearing checked even if you don’t think you’re having any problems hearing.  A baseline assessment of your hearing can always be used as a comparison years from now when you’re sure you have a problem. But back to the original question, “Is it time … Continued


Does Aphasia Cause Hearing Loss?

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