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Social Stigma of Hearing Loss

The stigma associated with hearing loss can be a big obstacle for individuals who need help to hear better. Some individuals are afraid to take the next step because of how they think their friends, family, or acquaintances may view them. Negative stereotypes and prejudices have followed hearing loss for years, and it surprises me how many people still associate those misconceptions to hearing loss…. Read More

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Loss

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Better Hearing Institute, an estimated 5 million American’s are living with Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.  Researchers have long known of the connection between hearing loss and Alzheimer’s disease, and that people with dementia have higher rates of hearing loss, but lower… Read More

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Loud Toys and Children’s Hearing

It’s the gift giving season once again.  When deciding which toys to buy children and grandchildren, how many of us take into consideration how loud the toy may be?   Probably a very small percentage.  When we think of hearing loss and noise exposure, we typically don’t consider our youngest generation, but they can be at risk for excessive noise exposure and possibly noise induced hearing… Read More

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Is a Loved One’s Hearing Loss Driving You Crazy?

“What?”  “Huh?”  Are those responses that you consistently hear from your loved one? Hearing loss is not only frustrating for the individual with a loss, but also for their communication partners.  Hearing loss affects communication.  Communication is a two way street so when one way is affected, both parties suffer.  Constantly needing to repeat yourself is tiring, especially when it’s with someone you communicate with… Read More

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Tinnitus Treatment Using Sound Therapy

I opened an Audiology office last June in a very unique city, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Although the sheer beauty, great food, and small town feel makes this city unique in itself, there is something else that sets it apart. Located within 195 square miles are two air force bases, the air force academy and an army base.  Colorado Springs is a military town and if the… Read More

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Hearing Loss and Personal Safety

Hearing Loss and Personal Safety One topic that is often overlooked when it comes to untreated hearing loss is the topic of personal safety.  You may not realize it, but your hearing plays a critical role in keeping you and you loved ones safe.  Hearing loss, even a mild loss, can make it difficult to hear such things as important announcements, a distant tornado signal,… Read More

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What to expect once I have Hearing Aids

Once you have been fit with your new hearing aids it is important to understand that it will take time to get use to all the new sounds you are hearing.  At first, things may sound different including your own voice but over time you will begin to get use to these sounds.  It will take your brain some time to get use to all… Read More

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How Loud is Too Loud?

Noise, it’s all around us! Most of the time, it isn’t harmful to our hearing, but how loud is too loud? Hearing damage becomes possible when noise levels reach around 80-85 decibels for long periods of time.  How loud is that?  Let’s compare some common every day activities and places that produce noise. Conversational speech:  60 decibels Lawnmower:  90 decibels Food processor:  95 decibels Jackhammer:  110 decibels… Read More

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Hearing Loss Can Be Lonely

by Dr. Brock Sturlaugson  Hearing loss is a disability that is untreated in about 85 percent of those affected and it may be the nation’s most damaging and costly sensory handicap. Its onset usually proceeds in a subtle way, gradually worsening over years and thus easily ignored. Untreated hearing loss has serious emotional and social consequences for older persons, according to a major study by The National… Read More

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Hearing Aid Repairs

Today we are going to focus on how to repair hearing aids.  If you have a receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid that sounds weak or is completely dead, there are a few things you can try at home. Hearing Aid Components We Will Focus On: Domes – Covers the wax guard Batteries – gives the hearing aid power. Wax Guard – Prevents ear wax from getting into the… Read More

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