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HAVE YOU HEARD? Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids, Are They Right for You?

On August 16th the US Food and Drug Administration finalized its rules for the creation of a new class of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids that is designed to make amplification more affordable and accessible to consumers (ages 18+) with mild to moderate hearing loss. Five years in the making, these new rules provide a path for consumers to purchase hearing aids directly …

What is The Ramsey Hunt Syndrome (RHS)?

The Ramsey Hunt Syndrome (RHS) has gained increasing awareness since Justin Bieber’s diagnosis went public in June. As an audiologist, I immediately wondered if it would affect his hearing which could in turn possibly affect his career. On the popstar’s Instagram, he showed how the syndrome has affected the muscles on one side of his face. He was unable to …

Listening But Not Hearing – How Hearing Loss Affects Sound Processing 

July 18 is World Listening Day. To celebrate, I want to discuss the processes that allow us to experience the wonderful sounds around us. Did you know that we don’t listen with our ears? Instead, we hear sounds with our ears and listen with our brains. Our ears are responsible for detecting sound and transmitting the signal to our auditory …

HAVE YOU HEARD? June was Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Last month was Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  No, I didn’t forget to tell you about it (my memory is pretty good so far) it is just we had other things to talk about.  So, what is all this talk about brain health, concerns over memory issues and cognitive decline have to do with a private practice audiology clinic? Let’s …

Everyday Sounds People Miss 

Everyday Sounds People Miss 

Hearing loss progresses slowly. In its early stages, hearing loss is nearly imperceptible. The only clue that one’s hearing has changed may be the occasional misunderstanding of a word. As hearing loss progresses, however, most people notice increased difficulty when listening in background noise, often asking others to repeat themselves. In most cases, friends and family of the person with …

Have You Heard? We are now a proud member of Best Practice Pro Network!

With Mother’s Day just a few weeks ago and Father’s Day quickly approaching, I am so glad my parents were so supportive (insistent) of higher education.  It was not an option…I was going to college.  They also taught me that if you are going to do something, do it right. I carried that lesson throughout my studies, while working for …

Have You Heard? May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

Better Speech and Hearing Month is observed in May each year to increase awareness about communication disorders and hearing health. While records about speech and language impairments have appeared in writings for centuries, history was not kind to those presenting with such problems. During the period of the Roman Empire, for instance, people with language impairments like stuttering were placed …

Brain Fog and Central Auditory Processing Disorder

Since 2020’s pandemic, our world has been evolving. Those who had COVID-19 may have experienced cough, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, and fever. These symptoms are well known, but research about the aftermath of COVID-19 is still ongoing. According to Talya Fleming, M.D., research has discovered that about 20 to 30 percent of COVID-19 survivors may experience brain fog that …

Have You Heard?

Hearing loss with age is not an inevitable part of normal aging but largely represents sociocusis, noise-induced hearing loss from a lifetime of noise exposure.  Yes, vascular disease affects hearing, as do ototoxic drugs, ear infections and numerous other factors, but the leading cause of hearing loss with age is noise exposure.  It’s time to retire the terms “presbycusis” and …