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Children and Hearing Loss

What Causes Children to Have Hearing Loss? There are several possible causes for children and hearing loss, whether it’s congenital or acquired. Hearing losses in children can also be conductive, sensorineural or mixed. It’s important that parents, caretakers, physicians, teachers and others know the signs of and addresses hearing loss in children because early hearing […]

Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Accessories

Batteries Batteries are perhaps one of the most important hearing aid accessories; without them, the hearing aid wouldn’t have any power. Hearing aids come in many different sizes and styles and with different power needs. Larger hearing aids require larger batteries. Additionally, hearing aids for people with severe or profound hearing losses typically require more power and […]

New Advances in Hearing Aids

New advances in hearing aids are constantly improving; with new technology being developed daily. But, what are the most recent advances that we have seen and how do they help people who use hearing aids? We decided to find some of the newest advances and share them with all of you! Open Acoustic Fittings are improving […]

A Study on Hearing Loss and Falls

Have you ever took a moment to consider the relationship between hearing loss and falls? We feel like it is an important topic to discuss with our readers, so we did our research. The main research we came across was a study which was done a couple of years ago at Johns Hopkins by Researcher, Dr. […]

Tinnitus: It Has a Certain Ring to It

Robert E. Sandlin, Ph. D., Adjunct Professor of Audiology, Private Practice, San Diego, CA & Robert J. Olsson, M. A. Robert E. Sandlin, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Audiology San Diego State University San Diego, California and Robert J. Olsson, M.A. Clinical Director California Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Therapy Center San Diego, California Introduction: Fifty million Americans […]

Managing Chronic Tinnitus As Phantom Auditory Pain

Managing Chronic Tinnitus As Phantom Auditory Pain Robert L. Folmer, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR Robert L. Folmer Ph.D. Tinnitus Clinic, Oregon Hearing Research Center, Department of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland Correspondence to: Robert L. Folmer, Ph.D. Oregon Hearing Research Center Mail Code NRC04 3181 SW […]

A Patient’s Guide to Tinnitus

What is tinnitus? Tinnitus, often described as ringing, buzzing or hissing sounds in the ears, is a symptom that can be related to almost every known hearing problem. Tinnitus can be temporary (acute) or permanent (chronic). It can also be constant or intermittent. Temporary tinnitus can be caused by exposure to loud sounds, middle or […]

There IS something you can do about tinnitus!

There IS something you can do about tinnitus! Barbara Tabachnick Sanders, American Tinnitus Association (ATA), Director of Education INTRODUCTION Nearly 60 million people in the U.S.A. have tinnitus. Tinnitus may be described as a ringing, hissing or other noise heard in the ears or head when there is no outside source for the sound. Tinnitus […]

The American Tinnitus Association: A Resource for Enhancing Tinnitus Patient Services

The American Tinnitus Association: A Resource for Enhancing Tinnitus Patient Services Cheryl McGinnis, MBA, Executive Director of the American Tinnitus Association. Introduction and History: The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) assists healthcare providers in serving patients who have, or are learning to cope with, tinnitus. An estimated 40-50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus, […]

Why Aren’t Hearing Conservation Practices Taught in Schools?

Robert L. Folmer, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR Robert L. Folmer, Ph.D. Oregon Hearing Research Center Mail Code NRC04 Oregon Health & Science University 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road Portland, OR 97201-3098 Telephone: (503) 494-8032 Fax: (503) 494-5656 email: folmerr@ohsu.edu web: www.dangerousdecibels.org According to the OSHA’s Occupational […]

Hearing Aids: Reasonable Expectations for the Consumer

Rose L. Allen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, Assistant Professor of Audiology, East Carolina University, Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders Editor’s Note: This article was the winning submission for the Audiology Online (www.audiologyonline.com) contest sponsored by Rayovac Ultra Pro Line, for the best new article written for consumers and patients, titled “Hearing Aids: Reasonable Expectations for the […]

Aural Rehabilitation

By: Mark Ross, Ph.D. Editor’s Note – The original article (as published in the Hearing Review, see above) was a podium presentation for a professional audience. Due to the importance and depth of this fine presentation, we have minimally re-edited this article for the non-professional audience, to help transfer the knowledge and concepts in a […]

Hearing, Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids: Issues & Answers

Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age. Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes. In the year 2001, there are some 28 million people […]

Who will I see about my Ear and Hearing?

An audiologist is a person who has a masters or doctoral degree in audiology. Audiology is the science of hearing. In addition, the audiologist must be licensed or registered by their state (in 47 states) to practice audiology. In the field of audiology, the master’s degree has been the accepted “clinical” degree for almost 50 […]

A Discussion of Chronic Ear Infections

CHRONIC EAR INFECTION Chronic ear infection is the result of an ear infection that has left a residual injury to the ear. This type of infection has been established as the cause of your ear problem. Chronic ear infection (the technical diagnosis is chronic otitis media) symptoms depend upon whether or not there is involvement […]

A Discussion of Dizziness

Dizziness is a symptom, not a disease. It may be defined as a sensation of unsteadiness, imbalance, or disorientation in relation to an individual’s surroundings. The symptom of dizziness may vary widely from person to person and be caused by many difference diseases. Dizziness may or may not be accompanied by a hearing impairment. Movement […]

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound reported by a patient. This “head noise” is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. Tinnitus is a common disorder affecting over 50 million people in the United States. It may be intermittent, constant, or fluctuant, mild or severe, and tinnitus may vary from a low roaring […]

A Discussion of Eustachian Tube

First, in order to understand possible problems of the middle ear and eustachian tube, a brief review of ear anatomy & physiology is in order. MECHANISM OF HEARING The ear is comprised of three portions: an outer ear (external), a middle ear and inner ear. The outer (external) ear consists of an auricle and ear canal. These […]

A Discussion of Facial Nerve Problems

Spasm, weakness or paralysis of the face is a symptom of some disorder involving the facial nerve. It is not a disease in itself. The disorder may be caused by many different diseases, including circulatory disturbances, infection, or tumor. FUNCTION OF THE FACIAL NERVE The facial nerve resembles a telephone cable and contains hundreds of […]

A Discussion of Hearing Problems in Children

Five thousand children are born profoundly deaf each year in the United States alone. Another 10 to 15 percent of newborns have a partial hearing loss. SENSORINEURAL IMPAIRMENT A sensorineural hearing loss is used to describe hearing impairments which result from a disruption of the conversion of mechanical viabrations in the inner ear to nerve signals, which go up […]

Practical Suggestions for Persons with a Hearing Impairment

FUNCTION OF THE NORMAL EAR The ear is divided into three parts: an external ear, a middle ear and an inner ear. Each part performs an important function in the process of hearing. The external ear consists of the auricle (pinna) and ear canal. These structures gather the sound and direct it down the ear […]

A Discussion of Acoustic Neuroma

A discussion of acoustic neuromas GENERAL COMMENTS Acoustic tumors are fibrous growths originating from the auditory or balance nerves and are usually not malignant. They do not spread to other parts of the brain, other than by direct extension. They constitute approximately 10% of all brain tumors. They are located between the brain stem and the […]

Preparation for Balance Testing

PREPARATION FOR BALANCE TESTING Your physician has recommended that testing be performed on your balance system. Please read and follow the guidelines in preparation for your testing. Your appointment is scheduled on _____________________________ at _________________. Women are asked to wear pants or shorts for testing. Gentlemen are asked to wear loose fitting clothes for comfort […]

Pre-instructions for Sedated ABR Testing

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS SCHEDULED FOR ANAUDITORY BRAINSTEM RESPONSE (ABR) TEST WITH SEDATION Patient Name: _______________________________________________________ Appointment Date: ________________________________ Time: _____________ 1) ABR testing evaluates hearing levels without the active participation of your child. It is necessary for your child to be asleep during this test. For that reason, an oral sedation medication is given […]

A Discussion of Meniere’s Disease

A Discussion of Meniere’s Disease (Endolymphatic Hydrops) Inner Ear Anatomy and Function The inner ear is a delicate membraneous sense organ, which is encased in a bony shell. It is suspended within a latice-like bony framework, called the mastoid bone, which is located behind the outer ear. The delicate inner ear membranes are surrounded by […]

What is a Central Auditory Processing Disorder?

Auditory Processing (also called Central Auditory Processing) refers to the means by which we make sense of what we hear. “Auditory Processing Disorders” refers to the abnormal interaction of hearing, neural transmission and the brain’s ability to make sense of sound. People with auditory processing disorders may indeed have normal hearing, but they have difficulty […]

What is an Auditory Processing Disorder?

What is an Auditory Processing Disorder? Auditory Processing (also called Central Auditory Processing) refers to the means by which we make sense of what we hear. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a term for the variety of disorders that affect the way the brain processes information. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) refers to the abnormal interaction […]

Different Types of Ear Physician Specialists

Different Types of Ear Physician Specialists Otolaryngologists (also called ear-nose-and-throat, or ENT, doctors) are physicians who have advanced training in disorders of the ear, nose, throat and head and neck. There are many different types of physicians who specialize in disorders of the ear. It is not uncommon for patients to ask “What is the […]

Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implants Cochlear implants are a means of surgical amplification for patients with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. There is an internal and external device as part of the implant. Appropriately-identified adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss can be implanted starting as early as 12 months of age. Generally speaking, cochlear implants are […]

Tinnitus Treatment and Management

Tinnitus Treatment and Management Generally, most patients will not need any medical treatment for their tinnitus. For patients who are greatly bothered by tinnitus, they may use some masking techniques such as listening to a fan or radio which would mask some of their tinnitus. In addition, other sound source generators can be obtained and […]

Cause of Tinnitus

Cause of Tinnitus Tinnitus may originate from various lesions and from different sites. The auditory system involves highly complicated inner ear structures, many afferent and efferent nerve pathways and a great amount of nuclei that form a complex meshwork. Tinnitus is the term for the perception of sound when no external sound is present. It […]

The Prevalence of Tinnitus

The Prevalence of Tinnitus Tinnitus is the term for the perception of sound when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking. What is Tinnitus and How Many People Have It? Tinnitus is the term for the perception […]

Types of ALDs

Types of ALDs What Types of ALDs Exist? There are many assistive listening devices available today, from sophisticated systems used in theaters and auditoriums to small personal systems. Various kinds of assistive listening devices are listed below: Personal Listening Systems: There are several types of personal listening systems available. All are designed to carry sound […]

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) ALDs can increase the loudness of desired sounds, such as a radio, television, or a public speaker, without increasing the loudness of the background noises. People with all types and degrees of hearing loss can benefit from an assistive listening device (ALD). Since the microphone of a typical hearing aid is worn […]

Types of Hearing Aids

Types of Hearing Aids There are many styles and types of hearing aids. The degree of the hearing loss, power and options required, manual dexterity abilities, cost factors, and cosmetic concerns are some of the factors that will determine the style the patient will use. There are many types of hearing aids today, and the […]

Degree of Hearing Loss

Type and Degree of Hearing Loss Results of the audiometric evaluation are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. Frequency, from low to high, is plotted from left to right. Degree of Hearing Loss Results of the audiometric evaluation are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness […]

Noisy Eyeballs and Tinnitus

Medical Science Shows Insight into Noisy Eyeballs and Tinnitus Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound which is reported by patients that is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. Tinnitus is a very common disorder. Recently an article was published in Scientific American on noisy eyeballs. Yes you read correctly, noisy eyeballs. Often […]

Three Levels of Hearing Aid Technology

Three Levels of Hearing Aid Technology There are mainly three levels of hearing aid technology. We refer to these as analog, digitally programmable, and digital. ANALOG technology is the technology that has been around for quite a long time. Analog technology is basic technology and offers limited adjustment capability. This is generally the most affordable option. […]

Expectations for the Hearing Aid User

Expectations for the Hearing Aid User Hearing aids work very well when fit and adjusted appropriately. They are designed to make words and the conversations easier to understand in all situations, without making sounds appear to be too loud. Hearing aids work very well when they are fit and adjusted appropriately to the user’s prescription. […]

Middle Ear Implants

Middle Ear Implants Middle ear implants are surgically implanted devices. The FDA has approved specific middle ear implants and the FDA is still reviewing others. The middle ear implant is a useful hearing instrument and is quite different from traditional hearing aids. In order to be fit with a MEI (or a binaural fitting), one […]

How do I know if I have Hearing Loss?

How do I know if I have Hearing Loss? Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age. Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes. Recent […]

Hearing Aid Battery Information

Hearing Aid Battery Information All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery it is a medical emergency and the individual needs to see a physician immediately. The eleven most popular hearing aid battery brands-Duracell, Energizer, iCellTech, HearClear, NEXcell, Panasonic, Power […]

Taking an Impression of the Ear

Taking an Impression of the Ear All custom made hearing aids and earmolds are made from a “cast” of the ear. The cast is referred to as an ear impression. The hearing aid specialist makes the ear impression in the office. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

What is Digital Technology?

What is Digital Technology? Digital technology is a base two process. Digitized information is recorded in binary code of combinations of the digits 0 and 1, also called bits, which represent words and images. The term digital is used so often today, it can be confusing, especially when referencing hearing aid digital technology. When a […]

Hearing Aids and Background Noise

Hearing Aids and Background Noise Hearing aids in the presence of background noise is a concern for many patients experiencing hearing loss. Virtually all people wearing hearing aids complain about background noise at one time or another. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely eliminate background noise. However, contact your Audiologist with Diversified Hearing to […]

What is an Audiologist?

What is an Audiologist? Audiologists are health care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. An Audiologist is a person who holds a minimum of a Masters Degree in Audiology. An audiologist also diagnoses, treats and monitors disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear, and dispense hearing aids. […]