Winning the War Against Hearing Loss: Part 1 of 10

What a world! The nightly news programs hammer us with an endless stream of ugliness. But, for all the bad news that is reported, I believe there is an equal amount of good news, even if not all of it gets into the media. The good news often tells the stories of medical miracles: People…

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How to Reduce Background Noise and Improve Speech Understanding

In my last couple of blog posts I discussed the use of “listening programs” to improve hearing. Today I want to continue this discussion and cover the difficult topic of “How to enhance word understanding and simultaneously reduce background noise.” When I tackle this problem, hearing when it is noisy, I first ask myself, is…

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How Listening Programs Can Greatly Improve Your Patients’ Hearing

The greatest joy that our profession brings us is to help people hear well. People come to the office hearing poorly. They leave hearing better. They leave happy. And they leave us with a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Today I want to add another tool to your toolbox. It a hearing aid feature…

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When hearing aid patients take written notes, it saves time and headaches

Patients and their families want to know how they can improve the quality of hearing aid fittings. Our topic for today, “Patient Notes,” is one way we can markedly improve all aspects of the experience our patients have with the hearing aids we give them. Written notes help ensure that we do not miss or…

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The fine art of demonstrating the efficacy of a noise-reduction program

In my two previous blog posts, I discussed various ways of clearly showing patients the benefits of hearing aids. I explained how to conduct demonstrations using test words and pulsed warbled test tones. Today I want to talk about demonstrating a hearing aid’s ability to handle “background noise.” But be warned, this topic is fraught…

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Jet Fuel Combined With Noise Exposure Decreases Auditory Function

By Diana Holan, MS Hearing loss is the #1 disability for military veterans, which is attributed to acute or chronic exposure to excessive noise. However, studies from the last 20+ years have shown that working in excessive noise while inhaling toxic chemicals, including jet fuel, may be even more ototoxic than noise exposure alone. Such hearing…

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