What is Tinnitus?

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The American Tinnitus Association describes tinnitus as the perception of sound when no external sound is actually present. While most people perceive their tinnitus as a ringing sound, it can also be perceived as whistling, buzzing, roaring, humming, chirping and several other sounds. It can sound as if it is coming from one ear, both […]

The Impacts Of Untreated Hearing Loss And Communication Breakdown

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According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss. Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) ages 18 and older report some form of hearing difficulties. The NIDCD also indicates that […]

Why You Should Have Your Hearing Loss Treated

Hearing loss can be a common problem, especially as people age, yet unlike vision problems, people may be less likely to have their hearing tested or receive treatment for auditory problems. One reason may be that insurance companies do not typically cover hearing aids, leaving people with the expense of medical testing and hearing devices. […]

Overcoming the Social Stigma of Hearing Loss

Dealing with hearing loss can be scary and upsetting. Unfortunately, this is only worsened by social stigmas associated with the condition. Some people are afraid to seek help hearing better because of how they think others will perceive and treat them. Sadly, this can cause people to struggle with reduced hearing when treatment could help […]

How Hearing Aids Work

You may have heard a lot about hearing aids (pun intended!) but aren’t quite sure how they work. That’s understandable, especially since the various types of hearing aids can operate differently. At the most basic level, a hearing aid uses a microphone, amplifier and speaker to help its wearer hear better. A microphone collects sounds […]

How Does a Doctor Check for Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is a surprisingly common problem. Around one in five Americans report some degree of the issue. If you notice that you have difficulty hearing, you may wonder what the next steps are. As you likely can guess, you will need some hearing tests to help with the diagnosis. However, if you are like […]

Is It a Sinus Infection or an Ear Infection?

Sometimes, people who experience a feeling of fullness in the ear, muffled hearing and fever attribute these symptoms to a sinus infection. That could be a mistake because the symptoms all together line up more with an ear infection. Each type of infection has different treatments, so having the proper diagnosis is important. Symptoms of […]

When Is It Time to See an Audiologist?

Hearing loss is more common than many people think. Although it affects people of all ages, it is more prevalent among senior citizens. One in every three seniors has hearing loss to some degree. However, when is it time to see an audiologist? You may have started increasing the volume on the TV. You may […]

When Do You Need To Get a Hearing Test?

Your hearing is precious, easy to damage and difficult to fix. However, many people never schedule hearing tests to ensure that their ears are working as well as they can. Doctors recommend annual check-ups and dentists suggest an exam and cleaning twice a year. However, most people don’t bother seeing a doctor about their hearing […]

The Difference Between an Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Specialist

If you have difficulty with hearing, you may consider going to a specialist who can help you. Before you search for “audiologist near me,” it is helpful to understand what type of professional you need to see. Audiologists and hearing instrument specialists are different. Depending on your needs, you may need to see one and […]