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Sudden Hearing Loss

March 31, 2020

 

Jon woke up and knew something wasn’t quite right. His left ear seemed muffled, and he heard weird, static-like pops. On his way to work, he called in to see what time his first patient was scheduled. Holding his phone to his left ear like always, he realized his hearing was very poor on that side and switched to the right ear. Once he arrived at work, he asked a coworker, an Audiologist, to check his hearing. The doctor tested him and compared the audiogram to one Jon had done a couple months ago. As expected, he showed a sudden hearing loss in his left ear.

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So what actually is hearing loss?

January 21, 2020

 

Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition reported by American adults, coming in after arthritis and heart disease. There are roughly 65 million Americans who report some level of hearing loss, about 20% of the population. Of these 65 million, only about 19 million have actually done something about their hearing loss.  In a previous post, we discussed how untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline are linked, so why do so few people with hearing loss not do something about it as soon as it’s diagnosed? Many folks don’t realize what exactly hearing loss entails, so that’s what we’ll be going over in this post. Continue Reading →

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But hearing aids will make me look old…

December 16, 2019

There are myriad reasons why folks with hearing loss do not move forward with hearing aids, or avoid getting a hearing evaluation in the first place.  These reasons are as different and individual as the people who hold them.  Our goal here at Audiology Professionals is to alleviate these concerns in as individualized a way as possible. Continue Reading →

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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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