The Audiology Condition

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May. 01, 2018

Auditory Processing: How Does It Really Work? Part 2

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
A Multisystem Approach   Over time, many professionals have realized that both the bottom up and top down approaches are important at different times. These professionals may view auditory processing involving both factors but adding other factors that are felt to be even more important than the mere bottom up or top down processes discussed above.  This author has developed
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Apr. 24, 2018

Auditory Processing: How Does It Really Work?

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
In a recent posting at Hearing Health & Technology Matters, Kathi Mestayer presents a discussion of auditory processing related to understanding spoken language.  In her posting, she discussed what is called Bottom Up versus Top Down processing and how it might relate to how we process and, then, understand what we hear.  In reading her article, this professional found that
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Apr. 19, 2018

The Patient is the North Star: The Importance of a Level Playing Field

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Last week’s post described people with hearing loss who compensate by dominating conversation. Today’s post considers silence on the part of those with hearing loss who come to our practices for hearing help.   The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.  –Fran Lebowitz Silence is argument carried out by other means.  –Che Guevara    The
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Apr. 09, 2018

Why Verification is an Essential Part of Every Hearing Aid Fitting

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Few people would doubt the level of precision that is required to be a Marine Corps Scout Sniper.  If you ignore basic fundamentals of marksmanship or make one error in your calculations, you can miss your target completely.   This analogy may seem like a bit of a reach in relation to fitting hearing aids as an Audiologist, but the
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Feb. 26, 2018

The Monologue Strategy — If You Can’t Hear, Just Dominate the Conversation

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Have you encountered people who speak loud and long, dominating conversations by turning a dialogue into a monologue?  Maybe the loud person was in another group, but so loud that s/he interfered with the conversation you were trying to have?  If you’ve had these experiences, you likely wondered why the person was talking so loudly and why they weren’t interested in what others
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Feb. 19, 2018

Five Ways to Protect Your Hearing and Promote Ear Health

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The human ear is a vital organ. It serves two critical roles in the human body: hearing and maintaining balance. Healthy hearing translates to productive living. Therefore, ear care requires that you are vigilant in your day to day activities, and avoid situations and things that could lead to ear damage. Here are five ways in which you can ensure
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Feb. 14, 2018

Key Tips on How to Communicate Better Despite Hearing Loss

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
By Joel Curtis   While it may be more difficult to interact with others if you have hearing loss, that doesn’t mean it is impossible to engage in a conversation with them. You don’t necessarily need a hearing aid to improve communication with others, what you need is a simple lifestyle change and the confidence to help make things easier
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Feb. 06, 2018

Hearing, Listening, and Understanding

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
During counseling with a patient the other day I was asked to explain briefly the difference between hearing, listening, and understanding. The request was, “Make it easy and simple for me so when I talk to my family I can educate them about the differences, how these terms relate to my hearing loss and how these should be interpreted by
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Jan. 24, 2018

Common Reasons for Hearing Loss That You May Not Be Aware of

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
  by Jessica Wilson While you’re reading this, chances are there’s more than one kind of sound that you might be hearing right now. Whether it be the music that you’re playing in the background, the faint hum of your fan or air conditioning unit, your dog – or that of your next-door neighbor – barking for whatever reason, or
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Jan. 09, 2018

Hearing Loss and Vision Problems Go Together as We Age

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Preliminary research from Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco suggests certain vision problems in older adults is associated with a 50% higher risk of hearing loss.  Here is a summary of the research by Marilyn Schneck and colleagues:   446 adults with a mean age of 79.9 years had their hearing screened and underwent an extensive series of visual