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WHAT IS AN AUDIOLOGIST?

An audiologist is a health care professional who specializes in the measurement, diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing and balance disorders in children and adults. An…

HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE A HEARING LOSS?

Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors,...

TYPES AND DEGREES OF HEARING LOSS

Function of the Normal Ear
The ear is divided into three parts: an external ear, a middle ear and an inner ear. Each part performs an important function in the process of…

SUGGESTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS

The individual with a hearing impairment must stop, look and listen in order to understand speech.
There are a number of factors that can significantly influence the…

WHAT IS TINNITUS?

Tinnitus is the term for the perception of sound when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although some people hear…

WHAT IS A CENTRAL AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER?

Auditory Processing (also called Central Auditory Processing) refers to the means by which we make sense of what we hear. “Auditory Processing Disorders” refers to…

WHAT IS AN OLOLARYNGOLOGIST (ENT)?

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of…

DIFFERENT TYPES OF HEARING AIDS

Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology, miniaturization of digital electronic parts and a fresh focus on…

HEARING AID TECHNOLOGY

The term digital is used for most of today’s current technology, from televisions to cell phones.  Hearing aids today are also digital, meaning incoming sound is converted…

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR THE HEARING AID USER

Hearing aids work very well when fit and adjusted appropriately. You might find that you like one hearing aid better than the other. The left and right hearing aids will probably…

HEARING AIDS IN BACKGROUND NOISE

Virtually all patients wearing hearing aids complain about background noise at one time or another. There is no way to completely eliminate background noise. Background noise…

ONE HEARING AID VERSUS TWO

Basically, if you have two ears with hearing loss that could benefit from hearing aids, you need two hearing aids. It is important to realize there are no “normal” animals born…

HEARING AID BATTERIES

All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery it is a medical emergency and…

TAKING AN IMPRESSION OF THE EAR

All custom made hearing aids, earmolds, swimplugs and earplugs are made from a “cast” of the ear. The cast is referred to as an ear impression. The audiologist makes…

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES (ALDs)

There are many assistive listening devices available today, from sophisticated systems used in theaters and auditoriums to small personal systems.
Various kinds of assistive…