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How Do Hearing Aids Work?

Posted by Nate Colace, HAS on Dec 12, 2016 9:51:41 AM

One question that I get asked a lot as a Hearing Aid Specialist is, "How do hearing aids work?"

It is a fair question. For the most part, hearing aids are tiny devices that really don't look like they contain much technology, let alone have much power behind them.

Quite the contrary though, hearing aids are a great example of how far we have come with technology. These incredible devices are essentially computers in your ear, working instantaneously to alter, amplify, filter, and reduce sounds for patients who suffer every day from hearing loss.

While there is a very technical definition for how everything works, I have broken down the process so it is easier to understand, starting with the very basics.

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Topics: Hearing Aid Technology

How Do Bluetooth Hearing Aids Work? Get the 411

Posted by Nate Colace, HAS on Dec 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Over the years, Bluetooth has been modified to work in many different devices including cars, printers, remotes, and more recently... hearing aids.

Bluetooth hearing aids are being offered as a new option for the modern hearing aid consumer who still wants to stream music, have philosophical discussions with Siri, and make phone calls directly from their hearing aid. 

This new technology is taking the hearing aid world by storm, promising a future filled with a multitude of technological possibilities for hearing aid consumers.

What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth first appeared in the consumer marketplace in 2000 as a way to connect devices through the air and is currently integrated with more than 8.2 billion products produced by more than 30,000 Bluetooth SIG members.

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Topics: Hearing Aid Technology

Common Hearing Aid Myths and Objections

Posted by Nate Colace, HAS on Dec 1, 2016 2:00:00 PM

In the Internet age, we find ourselves surrounded by myths and while most myths are not intended to cause us harm, buying into the common hearing aid myths can be harmful to your overall ear health.

Here are some of the most common objectives and myths that we've heard in our offices about hearing aids.

1. “I’m going to wait until it’s really bad before I get hearing aids.”

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Topics: Hearing Protection

Six Hearing Loss Facts You Should Know

Posted by Nate Colace, HAS on Nov 15, 2016 2:30:00 PM

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, about 20 percent of Americans report some degree of hearing loss. Surprised by this hearing loss fact? You've not heard the half of it. Here are six other amazing hearing loss facts.


The more significant the hearing loss (untreated) the more likely mental acuity will suffer and put an individual at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The study found that the likelihood of developing dementia with untreated hearing loss increases with the severity of the loss (i.e. 2X more likely with mild loss, 3X more likely with moderate loss, and 5X more likely with severe loss).

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Topics: Hearing Loss Basics, Hearing Protection, Ears, Hearing Loss Treatment

The Different Types of Hearing Loss

Posted by American Ear on Oct 24, 2016 8:32:06 AM

More than 48 million Americans and more than 360 million worldwide suffer from hearing loss. 

Although it is considered the third most common chronic condition in the U.S., what makes hearing loss unique is that there are many different types of hearing loss that a person can be diagnosed with.

While some of these types of hearing loss require the use of a hearing aid, some can be corrected with the use of medicine or surgery. Learn more about each type of hearing loss below:

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Topics: Hearing Loss Basics

Why You Should Follow Us On Facebook

Posted by American Ear on Oct 14, 2016 5:33:31 PM

With more than 50 million business pages on Facebook, it has become almost impossible for the average user to follow only the great businesses when there are so many profiles focused on shameless self-promotion.

At American Ear we are striving to be one of the great businesses to follow and here are the top three reasons why you should follow us on Facebook.

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Topics: Our Company Culture

The Breakdown of How Ears Work

Posted by Nate Colace, HAS on Sep 14, 2016 5:53:05 PM

Even if you've never taken an anatomy class, you probably know that while your ears are only a small feature of your body, they are responsible for a big feature of your life. 

The ears are made of three parts--the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. These parts work together simultaneously to allow sound to be heard, processed, and then finally registered within the brain.

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Topics: Ear Care, Ears

Understanding Your Audiogram: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Nate Colace, HAS on Aug 30, 2016 2:38:12 PM

When getting your hearing checked it is important that you know what to expect--and for that reason, you need to know and understand how the audiogram relates to your hearing.

What is it?

The audiogram is a test that is conducted by an audiologist that determines the level of a patient's hearing loss. This is conducted at the initial hearing consultation, and--if the patient decides to purchase hearing aids--once a year thereafter. By taking these tests over time, the audiologist can keep track of any changes in the patient's hearing and therefore make the necessary adjustments to their hearing aids. This simply ensures that the patient gets the most out of their hearing aids.

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Topics: Hearing Loss Basics, audiogram

What is Mixed Hearing Loss?

Posted by American Ear on Aug 19, 2016 3:00:00 PM

There are three main types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. 

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear, or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and the tiny bones of the middle ear.

So what is mixed hearing loss?

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Topics: Hearing Loss Basics

What Is Auditory Deprivation?

Posted by Dr. Robert Petruso on Aug 8, 2016 11:30:00 AM

As an experienced audiologist, more often than not my recommendations to patients is met with a certain degree of resistance. "Do I really need to get hearing aids now?" Understandably so, this process can be very taxing on someone experiencing hearing loss.

The damaging social stigma surrounding hearing loss and hearing aids often turns many people away from moving forward after their consultation. But what most people who are experiencing hearing loss don't realize is the potential side effects of untreated hearing loss can cause serious ramifications in their own health.

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Topics: Hearing Loss Basics