Your hearing plays a major role in everything you do: your job, your personal life, and even your physical health and safety. Many people assume that some hearing loss isn’t a problem, or that they can simply “get by” with asking people to repeat themselves or being unable to hear in daily situations.Unfortunately, many of these same people experience a number of issues as a direct result of their hearing loss, and suffer for months, years, or even decades before getting treatment.
Three important values I learned from my parents are to work hard, be honest, and do what you say you are going to do. These values are critical for Associated Audiologists, Inc. and serve as the foundation for our company. I believe that relationships matter. If our relationships with patients aren’t built on trust, honesty, respect, and professionalism, then we have nothing to stand on.
I realize the world can be a complex place and it seems to be getting harder to find the truth. At every turn, there seem to be misleading advertisements, false information on the internet, and “wolves in sheep’s clothing” looking for a fast buck. However, there are still good, hard-working, truthful, reliable people and organizations that are genuine in their desire to help others. Here are some strategies I use to make solid decisions, even in today’s complicated environment:
Just as their name implies, hearing aids can help you hear. But sometimes hearing aids aren’t enough. Sometimes your hearing aids need an extra boost to help you hear your best.
Determining the best hearing aid technology for each individual patient is a complex process which takes the patient’s comprehensive hearing evaluation, health history, lifestyle, personal listening needs and budget into consideration.
Today we have hearing aids that are “smart!” They know a meeting sounds different from a party – even the difference between classical and pop music. And they can adjust accordingly. These smart hearing aids can keep up with the changing sounds in your life. But how is that possible?
Topics: hearing aid technology
It’s a noisy world - car horns blaring, people shouting, phones ringing, radios turned up at top volume - these sounds can all be annoying, but for most people, they aren’t intolerable. Unfortunately, if you’re someone with sound sensitivity, these sounds can be so disruptive, it’s difficult to live what most people would consider a “normal” life.
Tinnitus is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” but it can actually manifest in a variety of different perceived sounds including: ringing, hissing, static, crickets, screeching, whooshing, roaring, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, dial tones and even music.
According to the American Tinnitus Association, in almost all cases, tinnitus is a subjective noise, meaning that only the person who has tinnitus can hear it. Objective tinnitus (head or ear noises that other people can hear) occurs in less than 1 percent of cases.
Topics: Dizziness & Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absences of an external sound source. Tinnitus can take on any number of characteristics and is usually a sound that only you can hear. You can experience tinnitus that varies from soft to loud and from low to high pitch. Individuals describe their tinnitus in a number of ways, including a buzzing, clicking, ringing, white noise, and/or roaring sound. Although these descriptions are typical, there are no specific rules about how tinnitus is perceived. Each person’s experience can be different.
Topics: Dizziness & Tinnitus
Despite claims from a variety of products, currently, there is no known cure for tinnitus. However, there are very good, well-established tools and management options that can significantly reduce the perceived burden of tinnitus, and help manage its impact on your life.
Decades of research point to a link between heart and hearing health. Raymond H. Hull, PhD, professor of communication sciences and disorders in audiology and neurosciences at Wichita State University, and Stacy R. Kerschen, Au.D., conducted an analysis of 84 years of work from scientists worldwide on the link between cardiovascular health and the ability to hear. Their work, which reviewed 70 scientific studies, confirmed a direct link. The findings of their analysis also suggest that hearing loss may be an early sign of heart disease.