Missing the Obvious: Why Audiologists Cannot Take Short-Cuts

We like to keep it light and easy here at HHTM, if for no other reason than getting older and not hearing well is hard sledding, so why make a visit to an audiologist any harder than it has to be?  But, like the proverbial duck floating smoothly on the surface, there’s a whole lotta…

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Missing the Obvious and the Occult: Why Audiologists Can’t Take Shortcuts

HHTM Staff All of us have taken shortcuts on the calculated risk that the odds are on our and the patient’s side. Short cuts are just that — they save time and eliminate sidetracks.  In the case of hearing loss, shortcuts allow the clinician to cut to the chase and fit hearing aids so the…

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Hansen’s Disease and Auditory Vestibular Disorders (Part 8)

HHTM staff: In the penultimate post on leprosy,  the series finally begins addressing how the auditory/vestibular system fits into the spectrum of symptoms comprising this 20+ million year old disease.  The bacterial parasite that haunts the human body and causes leprosy had evaded scientific and medical understanding, even in the modern world.    Audiology is no…

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Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) and Hearing Loss, Identification (Part 5)

HHTM Staff: Hansen’s disease, (leprosy) is one of the “neglected” infectious diseases under review in this series.  Hansen’s is caused by a parasitic bacteria which makes a comfortable home in human bodies, sometimes for decades before manifesting as a variety of symptoms that depend on the person’s autoimmune response.   The bacteria is likely the oldest…

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