What does Spring Mean to Your Ears?

Winter is winding down and spring is on its way.  Unfortunately for allergy sufferers that isn’t always good news.  Spring for many allergy sufferers can be a dreadful time of the year.  Allergies are defined as an abnormal reaction of the body to a previously encountered allergen introduced by inhalation, ingestion, injection, or skin contact. Some … Continued

Depression in Women With Hearing Loss

According to a recent study hearing loss is associated with depression among American adults, especially women and those younger than age 70. In the new study, the research indicated that as hearing declined, the percentage of depressed adults increased — from about 5 percent in those who had no hearing problems to more than 11 percent … Continued

Why Hearing Protection is Important

When you don’t protect your ears from the ravages of sounds that are too loud you can cause hearing loss.  Hearing loss caused as a result of exposure to loud sounds is called a noise-induced hearing loss or NIHL.  NIHL can be immediate or it can take a long time to be noticeable. It can … Continued

Hearing Aid Troubleshooting Tips

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 diseases.  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 Worse?

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

Hearing Aids and Cold Weather

Winter is here.  If you are going outside you, tend to plan accordingly, coat, hat, gloves maybe a scarf or weatherproof footwear.  The precautions that you need to take will depend on the actual weather conditions.  If you wear hearing aids, there are a few precautions you should also take to avoid unnecessarily damaging your … Continued

What Can Cause Hearing Loss?

The auditory system (outer, middle and inner ear) is the sensory system for hearing.  And like any other sensory system in the body (vision, touch, smell) it is likely to change how well it works over time.  There are any number of reasons why your auditory system may not work as well tomorrow as it … Continued

Hearing Aid Batteries and What You Need to Know

A small zinc-air battery powers the majority of today’s hearing aids. The colored tab on one side of the battery keeps the battery inactive until you remove the tab. Once the sticker is removed from the back of the battery, oxygen in the air contacts the zinc within the battery, and the battery is “turned-on.” … Continued