Hearing Loss and Aphasia

Aphasia, as defined by the Mayo Clinic “is a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate. Aphasia can affect your ability to express and understand language, both verbal and written.  Aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury. But it can also come on gradually from a slowly growing brain … Continued


Should I Wear Hearing Aids Every Day?

“Should I wear my hearing aids every day?” is a question we’re asked many times.  Our patients will often equate their hearing aids to reading glasses.  They will tell us that, “I only wear my reading glasses when I know I’ll need them, can’t I do the same thing with my hearing aids?” ADJUSTING TO … Continued


Eating Fish Can Prevent Hearing Loss?

Approximately 36 million people in the United States have hearing loss. The causes of hearing loss can be divided into two broad categories, congenital hearing loss and acquired hearing loss Congenital hearing loss is defined as hearing loss present at or acquired soon after birth. Acquired deafness is defined as the loss of hearing that occurs … Continued


Tinnitus Explained

TINNITUS EXPLAINED Tinnitus (pronounced “tin-it-tus”) is an abnormal noise in the ear.  It is extremely common – nearly 36 million Americans have tinnitus.  More than half of the normal population has intermittent tinnitus.  About 6% of the general population has what they consider to be “severe” tinnitus.   Tinnitus may be in both ears or … Continued


Why Do I Need Two Hearing Aids?

We’re often asked by patients diagnosed with an aidable (treatable) hearing loss in both ears why they have to wear a hearing aid in both ears. The list below outlines the advantages of hearing with two ears (binaural hearing) versus hearing with one ear (monaural hearing). ADVANTAGE OF HEARING WITH TWO EARS Improved Speech Clarity … Continued


Hearing Aids and Your Quality of Life

  Quality of life is a subjective measure of happiness that is an important component of many financial decisions. Factors that play a role in quality of life vary according to personal preferences, but they often include financial security, job satisfaction, family life, health and safety. Financial decisions usually involve a tradeoff where quality of … Continued


Why Can’t I Hear in Noise?

Hearing and understanding are two sides of the same coin.  It’s quite possible to hear everything someone says but at the same time understand nothing they said.  For example, if you were to listen to someone speaking in a foreign language and I asked you if you could hear them, you would say yes.  If I asked … Continued


Are There Consequences to Ignoring Your Hearing Problem?

Hearing loss can give rise to a number of problems. Problems in recognizing speech, especially in noisy listening environments. A reduced ability to detect, identify and localize sounds quickly and reliably. Problems hearing on the telephone. Problems following a conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time. Individuals with a hearing … Continued


Why You Should Have Your Hearing Screened Now

If you are over or are approaching age 60, this article is for you. Adult hearing loss is among the top ten disabilities in terms of years lived with disability for those over 60.  Given the number of adults over aged 60 who potentially suffer with untreated hearing loss, it may be time to investigate … Continued