I realized that it was over two years since I wrote an article on sudden hearing loss. I thought that the message was worth repeating since the fact that a sudden hearing loss is a medical emergency is not common knowledge. I did not know this before I went to college for audiology. It is true that a sudden
Meniere’s Disease is an inner ear disorder that can affect hearing and balance. It was named after the French physician Prosper Meniere who published an article about vertigo and the inner ear in 1861. (Wikipedia) Meniere’s disease is diagnosed if a person has a number of its symptoms and if other ear/balance causes have been ruled out. Symptoms of
Can what we eat affect how we hear? It appears that a healthy lifestyle can do your body good and also possibly prevent or delay hearing loss. Certain nutrients help to heal ear tissue and some help to improve blood flow and oxygen to the inner ear. Still other nutrients fight free radicals, which may improve noise induced hearing loss.
Not only is May Better Hearing and Speech Month, a week in May(11-17) was also National Women’s Health Week. According to the Better Hearing Institute, women are more likely to experience depression than men with hearing loss. Also there are other women’s health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes, than have been linked with hearing loss (Better Hearing Institute).
It’s hard to believe, but it’s back to school time again! This is an exciting time for students and parents alike. I like to think of it as a fresh start. If grades don’t seem to be where they should be as the school year progresses, consider a hearing evaluation for your student. Even a minimal amount of hearing
As audiologists we often get asked the question, “Do I need hearing aids for both ears?”. Patients who are hearing aid candidates for both ears want to know if they can “get by” with one hearing aid. My answer is actually a question, “Do you want to “get by” or would you like to hear as well as you possibly
By: Dr. Lori Biasotti Last year, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) issued a warning that is worth repeating. BHI encouraged people to wear earplugs when enjoying fireworks. The director of BHI, Dr. Sergei Kochin, said, “The best advice I can offer is to leave the fireworks to the professionals and sit at a comfortable distance from the display, where you
Audiologists are the professionals who will evaluate hearing (and sometimes balance) and provide services or devices to assist in hearing. Here are some signs that it maybe time to have your hearing checked are as follows: You say “what” frequently or ask people to repeat themselves. You feel like everyone is mumbling. Friends and family members tell you that you
By: Dr. Lori Biasotti Hearing aids, when needed and fit properly, make a significant difference for people with hearing loss. Conversations become easier for them and their loved ones with less “whats” and misunderstandings. As great and helpful as hearing aids are they are not perfect. Continued difficulty in festive, party atmospheres is to be expected. If you don’t get
By: Dr. Lori Biasotti Do you need hearing aids but cannot afford them? I see this each and everyday. Many people who would benefit from wearing hearing aids don’t pursue them because of cost. Hearing aids range from, on average, $1000-$3500. What makes them so expensive? Hearing aids house a great deal of technology in a small package. They do