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Hearing Aid Battery Information

All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery it is a medical emergency and the individual needs to see a physician immediately.

What is Digital Technology?

The term digital is used so often today, it can be confusing. When a hearing aid is termed digital, it generally means the hearing aid uses 100% digital processing. In other words, the hearing aid is indeed a complete computer.

Reasonable Expectations for the Person with Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids: Reasonable Expectations for the Consumer Rose L. Allen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, Assistant Professor of Audiology, East Carolina University, Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders INTRODUCTION: Since you are considering the purchase of hearing aids, it’s important for you to establish reasonable expectations from these highly sophisticated, miniature devices. Acquiring hearing aids is not merely […]

What Makes Hearing Aid Batteries Different?

All hearing aid batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery, it is a medical emergency, and the individual should see a physician immediately and call poison control (1-800-222-1222 in the United States). One question often asked is “How long […]

How Long Does a Hearing Aid Last?

Hearing aids, when taken care of properly, can last upwards of ten years or more.  However, digital technology changes and improves quickly.  Users of hearing aids may find that it is beneficial to upgrade their hearing aids every three to five years to take advantage of the improvements in technology.

What is Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)?

Tinnitus is a very common disorder, with an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans experiencing it every day.  It is an abnormal perception of sound that an individual may hear, not created by a sound source in the environment.  Tinnitus is usually described as a ringing in the ear or a variation of hissing, roaring, […]

What is a Hearing Instrument Specialist?

A hearing instrument specialist (HIS) is a professional trained specifically in the fitting of the hearing aids and assistive listening devices. What is a Hearing Instrument Specialist? A hearing instrument specialist (HIS) is a professional trained specifically in the fitting of the hearing aids and assistive listening devices.  The specialist may also be an audiologist; […]

What are the Different Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is described by varying degrees, not percentages. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe, or profound, and it can vary across pitches. A person’s hearing deficit is determined by a simple hearing test where the amount of volume loss you experience is compared to an average of many other adult listeners with normal auditory […]

What is Dizziness?

Dizziness may be defined as a sensation of unsteadiness, imbalance or disorientation in relation to an individual’s surroundings. The symptom of dizziness may vary greatly from person to person, and may be caused by many difference things. It varies from a mild unsteadiness to a severe whirling sensation known as vertigo. It may be difficult […]

What is the Eustachian Tube?

FUNCTION OF THE EUSTACHIAN TUBE The Eustachian tube is a narrow tube that connects the middle ear with the upper throat area in back of the nose. The Eustachian tube functions as a pressure equalizing valve of the ear. Under normal circumstances, the Eustachian tube opens for a fraction of a second when swallowing or […]

What is Apraxia?

Apraxia is a disorder caused by damage to specific areas of the cerebrum, characterized by loss of the ability to execute or carry out learned purposeful movements,[1] despite having the desire and the physical ability to perform the movements. It is a disorder of motor planning which may be acquired or developmental, but may not […]

Different Types of Ear Physician Specialists

Otolaryngologists (also called ear-nose-and-throat, or ENT doctors) are physicians who have advanced training in disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Otologists or neurotologists are physicians who in addition to their ENT requirements, continued their specialized training for an additional year or more in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ear. Otolaryngologists, neurotologists […]

Do I Need Two Hearing Aids?

Basically, if you have two ears with hearing loss that could benefit from hearing aids, you need two hearing aids. It is important to realize there are no animals born with only one ear. Simply stated, you have two ears because you need two ears. If we try to amplify sound in only one ear, […]

Audioprosthologist – Hearing Instrument Specialist

The hearing instrument specialist is trained in the assessment of patients who specifically seek rehabilitation for hearing loss. In New Jersey, the State Board of Medical Examiners, Hearing Aid Dispensers Examining Committee, will grant a hearing aid dispensers license to an individual who has met the experiential criteria and has passed both written and practical […]

A Patient’s Guide to Tinnitus

What is tinnitus? Tinnitus, often described as ringing, buzzing or hissing sounds in the ears, is a symptom that can be related to almost every known hearing problem. Tinnitus can be temporary (acute) or permanent (chronic). It can also be constant or intermittent. Temporary tinnitus can be caused by exposure to loud sounds, middle or […]

Why Arent Hearing Conservation Practices Taught in Schools?

Robert L. Folmer, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR Robert L. Folmer, Ph.D. Oregon Hearing Research Center Mail Code NRC04 Oregon Health & Science University 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road Portland, OR 97201-3098 Telephone: (503) 494-8032 Fax: (503) 494-5656 email: folmerr@ohsu.edu web: www.dangerousdecibels.org According to the OSHA’s Occupational […]

A Discussion of Meniere’s Disease

A Discussion of Meniere’s Disease (Endolymphatic Hydrops) Inner Ear Anatomy and Function The inner ear is a delicate membraneous sense organ, which is encased in a bony shell. It is suspended within a latice-like bony framework, called the mastoid bone, which is located behind the outer ear. The delicate inner ear membranes are surrounded by […]

Hearing Aid Compatibility – Cell Phones – Land Lines

Many of today’s digital hearing aids are Bluetooth or wireless compatible, meaning they are able to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth enabled devices and other audio devices such as cell phones and you home landline.    Most wireless solutions require the hearing aid wearer to use a streaming device to send the signal from the cell […]

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A Speech-Language Pathologist is a specialist who: Helps people develop their communication abilities and treats speech, language, and voice disorders. Provides services including prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of communication disorders. May conduct research to develop new and better ways to diagnose and remediate speech/language problems. Works with children who have language delays and […]

What is Early Intervention

Early intervention applies to children of school age or younger who are discovered to have or be at risk of developing a handicapping condition or other special need that may affect their development. Early intervention consists in the provision of services such children and their families for the purpose of lessening the effects of the […]