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Five Steps to Making Good Decisions about Your Hearing Care

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:

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Topics: Audiologist

Could You Have Hidden Hearing Loss?

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Apr 9, 2018 12:44:46 PM

If you hear well in a quiet room, or when talking one-on-one with a friend or family member, but have problems hearing when the television is on in the background, or you’re trying to carry on a conversation in a crowded restaurant, you may actually have a condition that’s recently been described as hidden hearing loss, or HHL.

Why HHL Is So Hard to Diagnose

“As audiologists, patients often come to us because th

ey have problems hearing in noisy environments,” explained Tim Steele, Ph.D., FAAA, President, Associated Audiologists. “This may be their first symptom of hearing loss. But, sometimes when we test their hearing using an audiogram, the gold standard for hearing testing, their hearing test appears to be normal.”

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Topics: Audiologist, coping with hearing loss, hearing loss, hearing aids, hearing problems,

What Kind of Doctor Should I See for Hearing Loss?

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM


If you had a tooth with a painful cavity, you wouldn’t try to fill it yourself; you’d go to a dentist. Likewise, if your leg was broken, you wouldn’t try to set the fracture yourself. You’d go to a hospital emergency room where you’d expect to see an orthopedic surgeon or an emergency room physician skilled in setting fractures.

So who should you see if you think you have a hearing loss? An audiologist is a degreed professional who specializes in the diagnosis and non-medical treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders.

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Topics: Hearing loss, Audiologist, Hearing Aids

How Do I Know If I Have Hearing Loss?

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jan 3, 2018 2:57:21 PM


The holidays are over and the company has gone home. But did your interactions at family gatherings leave you wondering if you might have hearing loss? If so, you aren’t alone. The holidays and social gatherings are often when many people notice the first signs of hearing loss.

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Topics: Hearing loss, Audiologist, hearing test

How dizziness and the ear are linked

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Aug 9, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Think back to when you were a child: Did you ever go too fast on a merry-go-round? That feeling of dizziness might have been a rush then, but it was a sensation that faded quickly. For millions of adults, dizziness is not a passing feeling — it’s a real issue that affects their everyday activities and quality of life.

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Topics: Audiologist, dizziness, hearing loss and dizziness, vertigo

Proper hearing aid care: How to get the most out of your hearing aid batteries

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Aug 2, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Most hearing aids use sophisticated technology, and as professionals in the industry, we keep seeing trends in the technology improve. But sometimes, users have questions about battery life and battery quality which are important not to overlook.  

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Topics: Audiologist, Hearing Aids, hearing aid batteries, hearing aid fit,

3 famous people with hearing loss to inspire you

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jul 5, 2016 7:30:00 AM

It’s often assumed that people with hearing loss aren’t able to lead the full, normal lives that individuals who have regular hearing can — and that simply isn’t true. Advanced hearing aid technology means that hearing loss is manageable, and should not be treated as a career-ending disability.

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Topics: Hearing loss, Audiologist, living with hearing loss

The real cost of hearing loss

Every day, we see patients at Associated Audiologists who have measurable hearing loss, but who may be hesitant to invest in the hearing aid technology they need to hear their best. What they may not consider is that the real cost of hearing loss goes far beyond the immediate price of the hearing aid technology or the audiologist’s evaluation.

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Topics: Hearing loss, Audiologist, Hearing Aids

Identifying and treating age-related hearing loss

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Jun 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As we age, our bodies undergo changes. It’s part of the natural life cycle — even if the effects of aging aren’t always pleasant or easy to accept. Hearing loss affects approximately one-third of U.S. citizens between the ages of 65 and 74, and nearly half of the over-75 population suffers some level of hearing loss.

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Topics: Hearing loss, Hearing Technology, Audiologist, Hearing Aids

Achieving the perfect hearing aid fit

Posted by Associated Audiologists on May 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to hearing aids, there is no “one size fits all.” Everyone’s ears are different shapes and sizes, so it follows that each person has specific needs and requirements of a hearing aid. Your audiologist will be able to help you select a hearing aid that works best for you.

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Topics: Hearing Technology, Audiologist, Hearing Aids, hearing aid fit,

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