May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!

May 17, 2018

Since 1927, May has been Better Hearing and Speech Month.  All this month, clinics and hearing organizations are going to be working hard to bring hearing healthcare awareness to the public.  We are going to do something a little different for our May blog post as our way of participating: we’re going to invite you to help us and others with hearing loss!   Continue Reading →

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Hearing vs Listening

March 20, 2018

When I was little, there was a short VHS series called Quigley’s Village. I had two of the four movies and I watched them so many times I ruined the tape. There was one episode that focused on a concept that blew my mind then and is still with me even now: the difference between hearing and listening.

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Hearing Aid Batteries

February 14, 2018

Hearing aid batteries are quite different from typical AA and AAA batteries in several very important ways.  Not only are they much smaller, they are color coded, numbered instead of lettered, and they even function differently.

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How We Hear

November 22, 2017

The ear is a fascinating part of the human body. In a tiny amount of space, this organ contains several different sensory structures that provide not only hearing sensitivity, but regulate your sense of balance as well.

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Ototoxicity

October 19, 2017

A few years ago, I heard a story of a gentleman who came in with terrible hearing loss.  He was very nice, very funny and sociable, but he could only carry a conversation with you if he was looking directly at you while wearing the highest power hearing aids available at the time.  The moment he looked away, he wouldn’t even know that you were still speaking.  I was very interested in how his hearing loss came to be; he was so articulate, I knew it must have come on suddenly after he had been able to hear for years. I was told that when he was serving overseas, he had received a leg injury which became badly infected.  His doctor told him that he had two choices:  they could amputate the leg, or he could take a powerful medication that would save his leg, but wipe out his hearing.  He chose his leg.

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Things to Consider Before Purchasing Hearing Aids

September 12, 2017

So you’ve gone to an audiologist and been diagnosed with a hearing loss.  Your hearing professional has recommended a hearing aid and has let you try on a couple just to see what it could sound like.  If you like the idea but still have some reservations about purchasing, keep reading.

There are several things to consider when purchasing a hearing aid.  One hearing aid or two?  Which brand?  Which technology level?  Do you feel comfortable with this particular hearing professional?  What is your budget?  The great thing is, there are fairly easy answers to all of these questions. Continue Reading →

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Intro – Wellness Program and the Importance of a Baseline Hearing Test

July 20, 2017

Welcome to our first blog post! We are thrilled you’ve taken the time to check out what we have been up to and learn some interesting or useful things in the process.

This first post is an introduction to something we hold near and dear to our hearts: our Wellness Program. We started this program back in June of 2014 with the goal of screening 10,000 ears within 5 years, or simply 1,000 screening each year.

A baseline hearing screening is a very important piece of documentation to have. Just like getting an annual physical or having your eyes tested regularly, you should also have an annual baseline hearing screening, if not a full evaluation. The difference between an evaluation and a screening is fairly simple: an evaluation is a comprehensive test that involves several different parts of the hearing system while a screening is a basic pass/refer test.
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