Tips for the Loved Ones of a New Hearing Aid User

The day has finally come.  Your spouse, mom, dad, brother, sister or friend has finally decided to do something about their hearing loss.  They’ll be coming home soon with their new hearing aids and you want to make sure you do everything you can to help them transition as seamlessly as possible into the hearing […]

How Can Hearing Aids Improve My 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 life […]

The Difference Between Hearing and Listening

There’s a big difference between hearing and listening.  Merriam-Webster defines hearing as: the process or function or perceiving sound.  Listening is defined as: to hear something with thoughtful attention. It’s possible to hear but not to listen, but it isn’t possible to listen if you’re unable to hear.  As hearing healthcare professionals our first goal […]

Is it Possible for Allergies to Cause Hearing Loss?

Itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing and coughing are all symptoms of an allergic reaction, but can a change in your ability to hear also be a symptom of an allergic reaction?  The answer is yes allergies can cause hearing loss. Your ear consists of three parts; the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner […]

That Bump in My Ear is an Osteoma?

You felt a small bump in your ear canal when you were cleaning your ears with a Q-tip (which, by the way, you should not be doing).  And now you’re wondering what it might be.  One of the possibilities (and there are others) is that the bump in your ear is an osteoma.  An osteoma […]

Hearing Loss After a Stroke

If you or someone you know has had a stroke and they’re struggling to understand what’s being said; it just might be because the stroke has impaired their ability to hear. What is a stroke? Strokes happen when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. This damages or destroys parts of the brain. There […]

Can Menopause Cause Hearing Loss?

Women entering the menopausal years can feel like everything is changing all at once including their ability to hear.  But is there a connection between a decline in your ability to hear and menopause?  It turns out that the answer, according to a study out of Sweden is yes, menopause can cause hearing loss. Estrogen […]

Hearing Loss and Multiple Sclerosis

There are many diseases that report hearing loss as a symptom of the disease.  Multiple sclerosis is one of those disorders.  The Mayo Clinic defines multiple sclerosis as “a potentially debilitating disease in which your body’s immune system eats away at the protective sheath (myelin) that covers your nerves. Damage to myelin causes interference in the […]