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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

What is Ototoxicity and How to Check If Your Medications Are Ototoxic

Posted by Linka Conkle on Aug 4, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Medications, medications, and more medications. Unfortunately we are living in an era where many people around the world are dependent on a few if not many types of prescription drugs. Although many must rely on these medications in order to remain in good health, it is very important to know what makes up your particular prescription.

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Topics: Hearing Loss Basics

What You Need to Know About Implantable Hearing Aids

Posted by Dr. Robert Petruso on Jul 24, 2016 11:30:00 AM
There are a few companies that have developed and released implantable hearing aids into the market. Not everyone who is experiencing hearing loss is a candidate for this type of technology however.
 
Although they work differently than traditional hearing aids, implantable hearing devices are designed to help increase the transmission of sound vibrations entering the inner ear. These types of devices are typically suited for people who are experiencing very moderate to severe hearing loss. We tend to see a number of patients who need an implantable device for the hearing loss that they are experiencing.
 
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Topics: Hearing Aid Technology

5 Ways to Help a Loved One With Hearing Loss

Posted by Dr. Robert Petruso on Jul 22, 2016 12:11:13 PM

Virtually everyone has a friend or loved one who is suffering from hearing loss. While some seek treatment and receive hearing aids, we realize not all do and others may not be consistent with wearing their hearing aids. This can lead to communication difficulties in a variety of different situations which can lessen the enjoyment and bonding that should come from those experiences.

Depending on the type of hearing loss that the patient is experiencing, family members and loved ones often get confused about how they can play an integral part in helping a loved one with hearing loss.

That's why we've pulled together our team of knowledgeable audiologists to provide you with the five best ways to help a loved one with hearing loss. 

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Topics: For Family and Loved Ones

Everything You Need to Know About Hearing Aid Maintenance

Posted by Julie Peters on Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Maintenance on hearing aids nowadays is very easy—there are just a few main components that you have to do mild upkeep on.

The Wax Filter

Most hearing aids have a little wax filter, almost like a sink strainer, to keep wax from your ear from getting into the components of the hearing aids.

These wax filters need to be changed every now and then—the frequency depends on the individual and wax production.

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Topics: Hearing Aid Technology

The Damaging Social Stigma Surrounding Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

Posted by Linka Conkle on Jul 1, 2016 2:44:53 PM

This is a tough topic for us because every day we see so many folks with real hearing issues that turn down seeking treatment because of how they or others perceive this treatment. When you survey the landscape of health issues in our country, there are virtually no other areas that are stuck in this mental loop.

When we have problems with our vision we get glasses or contacts. When we are struggling with weight loss we wear Fitbits and Jawbones to help us monitor our health. When we have other health issues we seek the necessary ongoing care to stay healthy.

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Topics: Hearing Loss Treatment

Why Do Hearing Aids Cost So Much?

Posted by Dr. Robert Petruso on Jul 1, 2016 1:48:00 PM

When talking about hearing aids one topic is unavoidable—the cost. There is such a range in the cost of hearing aids that is driven primarily by the level of technology and to a very small extent the style of the hearing aid as well.

A good hearing aid will typically range anywhere from $3k a pair to $7k a pair. This range can fit most lifestyles and most budgets. Other factors that help determine cost are how patients intend on using the hearing aid and what kind of lifestyle they have, how active they are, what problems they are having, etc.

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Topics: Hearing Aid Financing