Following guidelines of local, state and federal health officials, the CDC and the WHO, we have begun re-opening our hearing centers. However, the health of our patients, hearing care professionals and associates remains our top priority. For more information and a list of the locations that are open, click here.

Hearing Loss

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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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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Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Noise induced hearing loss from music has been an ongoing problem for generations. Apple has listened to critics and has designed a software update that allows the fifth generation and beyond iPod and iPod Nano users the ability to control and set the maximum volume limit. The update in their products is free and can even be locked by parents after setting the volume limits…. Read More

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Advocate for Better Hearing

So you did it, you got hearing aids!  Or maybe they aren’t for you but you helped your loved one get hearing aids.  Congratulations on being on the track for better hearing.  But is that all you need to do?  Even if after getting comfortable with hearing aids and understanding the importance of communication with your audiologist, there is another thing you can do.  Be an advocate… Read More

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Hearing Loss and Kidney Disease

by Dr. Jacki Reider You may be thinking, “How in the world are hearing loss and kidney disease related?” Hearing loss and kidney disease have been connected.  Hearing loss is a potential side effect of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) that most people don’t know about.  Since CKD affects more than 10% of Americans, it’s important to be informed, if not for yourself, but for friends and… Read More

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Hearing Loss and Relationships

The effects of hearing loss on relationships can range from occasional annoyance to profound communication difficulties.  However, this does not have to be the case. The key to mending rocky relationships due to hearing loss is recognizing one’s limitations and acting in positive ways to counteract them. Often, patients arrive in an audiology clinic because of a family member. Whether it is a husband, a… Read More

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Hearing Loss and Background Noise

The biggest challenge many of our patients face is hearing loss and background noise. Historically, researchers and audiologists have utilized tests that identify thresholds, or the softest sounds a person can perceive when listening in quiet. While these measurements do provide pertinent information on a patient’s ability to hear, they do not provide a functional measure of how an individual performs in a realistic setting…. Read More

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Ear Infections and Hearing Loss

Does an ear infection and hearing loss go hand in hand? Ear infections are a common medical condition in children and some adults.  A question that gets asked quite frequently by our patients is; can an ear infection cause hearing loss?  This question is especially common with patients who have young children or grandchildren, as ear infections are most common in children. Ear infections occur… Read More

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Hearing Loss and Cancer

“You have cancer.”  Those are words no one wants to hear in their lifetime.  Unfortunately, many people hear that sentence every day.  Once you have been diagnosed, and depending on the type of cancer,  treatment often includes chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  Chemotherapy drugs such as cisplatin and carboplatin have been successful in treating cancer, which means patients are living longer lives after treatment. However, this… Read More

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