Hearing Loss Solution

The past weeks’ posts from ‘Down Under’ by Dr. Elaine Saunders have described an innovative approach to managing the unmet needs of hearing-impaired individuals – a hearing loss solution model she feels can have universal application.  This post, the final of a four-part series written by Dr. Saunders, describes the model followed to manage these issues. by:…

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The eardrum is like a brick wall (but only for higher frequency sounds)

Marshall Chasin, Back to Basics (previously published in Hearing Review) Whenever I start to read about the impedance of structures, my eyes tend to glaze over. I understand that impedance is an important part of audiology and I certainly remember the formulae that we needed to learn in school which explains why stiffness and mass…

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Earwax and “Dark Magic”

Genève returned to our office the other day with a hearing aid that was dead for the fourth time this year. The instrument, a high-tech receiver-in-the canal (RIC) model, had a little wax on the dome, but the dome was not plugged. I then checked the internal filter on the receiver. It was completely plugged…

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Let There Be MORE Light

  I have headlamps, fiber-optic otoscopes, and light bars in all my treatment rooms. You would think that would be enough light–but it’s not. There are times, say, when I’m at the front desk changing an internal filter on a RIC or doing some other task that requires extra-high visibility. That means I need more…

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Don’t take chances when you’re taking ear impressions

Those of us who have worked in this field for years have taken thousands of ear impressions. And, just like nurses who give injections every day, it is easy for us to become desensitized to the importance and potential risks of this procedure. Taking an ear impression is not a risk-free process. The safety of…

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Loose or tight hearing aid fittings? How I got it all wrong

One of the great joys of having led a long and busy professional life is the pleasure that comes from growth. We all have much to learn and there is nothing like vast amounts of experience to help us refine the skills we use at work each day. Today’s post, on whether or not to…

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