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Things are loud enough just not clear

June 27, 2023

While our ears are very complex...they still must use the brain to make sense of the signals that are being gathered.  The sound waves move and stimulate nerves in the inner ear and then the brain must translate the signal into meaningful words.  The brain is receiving signals from the inner ear that is a damaged or somewhat scattered signal.  Hearing instruments increase the intensity at which sound pressure stimulates the hearing nerves.  During ...

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Are you worried you can't remember

June 22, 2023

Did you know that one of the most important things you can do to ward off dementia / Alzheimer’s is to protect the auditory portion of your brain.  The brain must get proper sound to stay healthy.  Not just any sound.  Good clear, accurate reproduction of sound scopes.  In other words, if you have a hearing loss… then wear a top-quality hearing aid.   Patients often tell me; “Getting old ain’t for sissy’s!”   I ...

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Hearing loss is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia

June 21, 2023

Did you know…that hearing loss is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia? The evidence linking hearing loss to an increased risk of developing dementia keeps piling up. One Johns Hopkins study found that people with severe hearing loss are five times more at risk for developing dementia than people without hearing loss. Another one found that untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by 50 percent. So, why is hearing ...

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Do hearing instruments help balance issues

June 9, 2023

Where exactly does your balance come from?  How to we keep it in tip top shape?  Located in the inner ear there are three little tubes called the “semi-circular canals.”   Their purpose is to control your balance.  There is a tube for your horizontal, vertical, and perpendicular movements or balance.  The tubes are filled with fluid and little crystals that are evenly separated to help keep the fluid moving smoothly; thus, keeping us in balance ...

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Where is the best place to get hearing aids?

June 7, 2023

Until recently, if you wanted to be treated for hearing loss or get hearing aids, you had one choice — see an audiologist or other licensed hearing care professional. Today, your options have gotten more complicated, with online-only retailers, big-box stores and, starting soon, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids you can buy at places like Walgreens and CVS. Here’s the thing, though — seeing a hearing professional is still the best way to be treated for hearing ...

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Seek Help If You Are Suffering

June 5, 2023

Some people that have ringing in their ears just seem to be able to ignore it…While others cannot even function because of it.  Everyone is different.  Ringing or various noises in your ears can be hard to live with.  Many times, it comes and the same time it can be constant.   It is estimated that over 50 million American’s live with tinnitus or ringing in the ear.  It can come on ...

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Are you hearing as well as you should be

June 1, 2023

If your hearing instruments are over 2 years old there has been huge advancements in sound reproduction and the control of speech weighted background noise... aka crowd noise…aka… restaurant noise…aka…clubhouse noise.   Often, I am asked how long should hearing instruments last?  How do I know if I should replace them?   An average lifespan of hearing instruments is 4-6 years.  Many conditions or obstacles can change this number.  If the hearing instruments that ...

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