To help patients communicate better, we need to sharpen our own communication skills

As audiologists and hearing aid specialists, we are all in the communication business. It’s our job to help our patients communicate better. It’s only natural, then, that there will be times and situations in the practice of our profession that we are called upon to make an extra effort to communicate effectively with the people…

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How to Fit Funny-Shaped Ears

The human ear comes in many different shapes and sizes, some of them highly problematic when you’re trying to fit hearing aids on them. Because patients cannot see deep inside their ears, they are unaware if their ears have some peculiarity. As a result, they are not sympathetic with the inherent problem facing the audiologist…

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Helpful Tools, Helpful Suggestions

Let me ask you a question.  As a hearing health care professional, when you send a new CIC (completely-in-the-canal) hearing aid to the factory for repair, do you check it when it comes back? And if you find that it’s ‘dead’, what do you do?  Be careful how you answer; you may be surprised. This…

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Successful Hearing Aid Use, Part 13: A safe and easy guide to earwax removal

Important note: The information in this article is for patients who have been checked by a medical doctor and told that it is all right for them to clean their ears. If you have any ear pain, drainage from your ear, a hole (perforation) in your eardrum, or any other type of ear problem, do…

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Welding Fumes and Hearing Loss, Here’s the Connection!

My brother took welding in high school and he loved to scare me with the mask the students used to protect their face and eyes.  We would also use the mask to see astronomical phenomena when we could not look directly at the sun.  That was the extent of my exposure to welding. Welding is…

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