Believe it or not, Kansas City is filled with sounds loud enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss - noises like cars racing around the Kansas Speedway, crowds cheering at the Kansas City Chiefs games, or concerts at the Sprint Center where the volume “rocks” the rafters, and your ears.
Tinnitus, or ringing in your ears, is an extremely common condition, affecting more than 50 million Americans. But if your ears are ringing, you can’t just assume that’s the extent of the problem. According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), sometimes tinnitus can be a symptom of an underlying health issue. For that reason, it’s important to see an audiologist who specializes in diagnosing and managing tinnitus and its related conditions.
Dizziness can be debilitating
Statistics say the average dizzy patient visits four doctors before receiving an adequate diagnosis and treatment. When you factor in the time it takes to be seen by each physician, that can be a very long time to experience dizziness.
In addition, it’s not uncommon for people to search for answers online. But how do you know which answer is correct? Without an expert’s opinion or diagnosis, you don’t. We often see patients who have unsuccessfully tried to diagnose and treat themselves by “Googling” their symptoms.
With the largest team of doctoral-level audiologists in the Midwest and six locations to serve you, Associated Audiologists is the area's leader in caring for your hearing, and so much more!
What makes Associated Audiologists different? Unlike many area practices, we’re not focused on selling you hearing aids. We’re focused on taking care of you and your hearing, whether than means helping diagnose a problem with dizziness/balance, tinnitus/sound sensitivity, or referring you to a subspecialist for treatment (otologist or neurotologist).
We often see patients who have been diagnosed with vertigo, but aren’t sure what that means for their health, or how it’s best treated. The definition of vertigo is the perception of the room spinning. Many patients, when experiencing any form of dizziness, will visit a physician. This may be a neurologist, primary care, urgent care, orthopedist, cardiologist, or even the emergency department. Dizziness can be scary. It is not uncommon for someone to visit the emergency department because they fear they are dying or having a stroke.
Topics: Dizziness & Tinnitus
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a great time to learn more about the hearing professionals you should see if you suspect you’re having problems hearing. Here’s the rundown on the importance of each professional, and how they help you hear your best.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about rechargeable hearing aids, especially a new model called BEYOND Z™ from Widex. Though this technology is state-of-the-art, it’s not for everyone. Let’s take a quick look at what you should know when considering a rechargeable hearing aid.
How Do Rechargeable Hearing Aids Work?
Rechargeable hearing aids like the BEYOND Z use rechargeable silver zinc micro-batteries. These hearing aids use the lowest amount of energy of any rechargeable. All rechargeable hearing aids can be recharged overnight, just like your phone, but in the case of the BEYOND Z, it also accepts traditional zinc-air batteries, so if you run out of charge, traditional batteries can be used as a backup power source. If you already have BEYOND hearing aids, an audiologist can retrofit them to be rechargeable by changing the battery door for a fee.
Because hearing loss impacts more than 48 million Americans, hearing aid cost poses a potential barrier to care for some patients. On the other hand, numerous studies have confirmed the connection between untreated hearing loss and increased risk for cognitive decline, memory loss, falls, depression, anxiety and social isolation. So while you might wonder if you can afford hearing aids, you also might ask if you can afford to do without them? Here’s what you can you do if you suspect you have a hearing loss, but have budget concerns:
Schedule a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation with an Audiologist
A diagnostic hearing evaluation performed by a doctoral-level audiologist can confirm whether you have a hearing loss, as well as determine the best type of treatment or hearing aid. The evaluation also provides a baseline measurement and may identify any underlying medical issues that may be contributing to your hearing loss, or that might require a referral.
Mobility and communication are essential for healthy aging.1,2 As an audiologist, I see first-hand the difference that diagnosing and treating hearing and balance problems make in the lives of my patients. Not only are these patients healthier, but they are happier, safer, and enjoy a better quality of life with greater independence.
Hearing loss and balance disorders are significant public health concerns that contribute to increased fall risk. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury and injury-related deaths in the elderly.3 If left untreated, hearing loss can also lead to social isolation, depression, and an increased risk for cognitive decline, including dementia.4,5
Hearing aid styles and technology can be confusing, even if you have been wearing hearing aids for years. Please keep in mind that our job as doctoral-level audiologists is to guide you through this selection process, so be sure to ask questions and take notes as you weigh your options. Hearing aids are an important investment in your health and well-being.
Technology Comes in Lots of Shapes and Styles
A common misconception is that a specific hearing aid technology can be purchased only in certain styles. The technology refers to the computer chip and signal processing that you are purchasing. The style refers to the type of shell that houses the technology. That means the smallest style isn’t necessarily the most expensive or the best.