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Jul. 06, 2019

What do Paris Hilton and Acoustics Have in Common?

Marshall Chasin
The Bernoulli effect is central to how we speak and it, at least in part, defines many of the characteristics of the speech spectrum input to hearing aids. Daniel Bernoulli was a member of a Bach-like family where several generations participated in the family business.   Of course for the Bernoullis, it was mathematics and physics, and not music that
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Jul. 02, 2019

Why You Should Love Your Audiologist

Gael Hannan
On your list of favorite people, your audiologist probably won’t make the Top 10. But he or she should be #11 or something close to it.   But maybe we should be talking about a different list – perhaps the Top 10 People Who Help Make My Life Better.   Studies show that around 20% of people who would benefit
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Jun. 26, 2019

Did You Know These 6 Causes of Tinnitus?

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Overall, nearly 50 million people in the U.S. experience tinnitus – the ringing, buzzing, or humming in your ear that only you can hear. While many of us experience this sensation after a concert or being exposed to other loud noises, it soon goes away. But for others, tinnitus is a common presence in their everyday lives, with its effects
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Jun. 15, 2019

Please Ask Me About My Hearing Loss

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
When I was growing up, my father never wanted to discuss his hearing loss. He was embarrassed and ashamed of not hearing. It was an unmentionable topic in my family which just perpetuated the stigma. When I emerged from my hearing loss closet almost 10 years ago, I wanted to do everything I could to crush that stigma. I sought to make
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Jun. 09, 2019

How Hearing Aids Work

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
How Hearing Aids Work: An Introduction Today’s digital hearing aids represent the marriage of cutting-edge hardware design and sophisticated software, yet their roots trace all the way back to the invention of the telephone and microphone.   The first large, bulky hearing aids circa the late 19th century barely resemble today’s tiny devices, but they still share some basic components
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Jun. 07, 2019

Top 14 Signs You May Have Hearing Loss

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
People are often surprised to learn that they have hearing loss. After all, if you were unable to read distant signs as easily as you did in the past, a trip to the optometrist would become a priority. The same can’t be said for hearing loss—while sudden exposure to dangerous noises such as gunshots or fireworks can have an immediate
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Jun. 05, 2019

When Hearing Aids Aren’t Enough

Gael Hannan
Do you remember when you got your first hearing aid or set of hearing aids?  (This could have been just last month, or it might be a few years ago.) Whenever it was, things were probably LOUD for the first while. You would have heard sounds that you’d rather not hear, like body noises, jets flying overhead, a bird that
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May. 30, 2019

I Went to a Concert Last Night and My Ears are Still Ringing…

Marshall Chasin
We have all had the experience that our hearing felt numb or reduced after a noisy event such as watching a fireworks display or a rock concert. And indeed if one were to have their hearing tested just before such an event, and then immediately after, there would be some temporary hearing loss. After 16-18 hours the hearing typically returns
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May. 28, 2019

First Audiology Appointment?  Make It a “Party of Two” or More

If you need hearing aids but have not started the process of evaluating different models, you will likely be pleasantly surprised. Your options bear no resemblance to the images you may have in your head of giant ear-banana-like devices with little aesthetic appeal your parents or grandparents wore. Today’s digital hearing aids are tiny, incredibly comfortable, and driven by a
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May. 26, 2019

Use a Hearing Aid? Hearing Loop Systems Make Air Travel Less Stressful

Airports are crowded, loud, and overwhelming places for everyone. When you have hearing problems, they’re that much harder: being able to hear crucial terminal announcements, such as boarding times and gate updates, is difficult at best, impossible at worst (especially given that terminal PA systems aren’t exactly rock concert quality). Nobody wants to miss a plane because they simply couldn’t