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By: Dr. Lori Biasotti Tinnitus is the ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring sound heard in the ears or head.  Most of the time tinnitus is intermittent, but it can be constant. According to the American Tinnitus Association, millions of Americans have constant tinnitus.  About 12 million people will seek professional help for their tinnitus.  For about 2 million people, tinnitus

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By: Dr. Lori Biasotti The website www.asha.org will help you find a local audiologist or speech/language pathologist. Audiologists are professionals who evaluate hearing (and sometimes balance) and provide services and devices to assist in hearing. The easiest way to improve hearing, when appropriate, is with hearing aids. Audiologists have never been more excited about hearing aid options as they are

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By: Dr. Lori Biasotti I am interested in Baby Boomers because people of this generation are beginning to be patients of mine. As I read about this group, I have learned some things I did not know. If you are a Baby Boomer, this information may not surprise you. I consider it my job to tailor what I do to

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By: Dr. Lori Biasotti Bullying has been in the news a lot lately. It is estimated that 30 percent of students in grades 6-10 in the U.S. have been involved in some sort of bullying incident (Coloroso, 2004). Recently a woman stopped my daughter in a store and asked her if she was bullied for her hearing loss. My daughter

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By: Dr. Lori Biasotti People who played musical instruments in their life, even if just in childhood, may have stronger auditory skills that those who never played an instrument. Musical training improves the brain’s ability to separate and pick out differences in pitch and timing. A recent study (August 2012) from researchers at Northwestern University, reported in The New York

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By: Dr. Lori Biasotti A patient situation that happened recently made me realize that this message is worth repeating. She came in three weeks after losing hearing in one of her ears. Her physician tried to treat her for an ear infection, but it did not get better. It probably won’t. Sudden hearing loss in one ear is rare, but

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By: Dr. Lori Biasotti You made the decision to do something about your hearing loss and get hearing aids.  Good for you! Hearing aids, when fit properly, will make your conversations and your life easier.  You have already been counseled about what to expect and how to take care of your hearing aids.  Here are some reminders for you to

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Hearing speech and understanding speech are not always the same thing. Adults with hearing loss will often tell me, I hear people talking, but I do not understand what they are saying. Even when hearing aids are worn, this may still be a complaint. Is hearing the only problem? Very often there are other factors. Some other factors include memory,

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You brought your new hearing aids home.  Congratulations! Now what? Hopefully you already find them helpful.  If you wore hearing aids before this should be easier for you.  You already know how to take care of them and the newer technology should just make understanding speech even easier than before. If you are new to hearing aids there are some

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