Entries by daniel

COVID Brings Hearing Consequences

In an unfortunate, but perhaps not a surprising turn of events, it appears that COVID-19 is amplifying, as it were, hearing issues for many. Recent articles in medical publications are beginning to chronicle the rise in tinnitus that some are experiencing in the age of COVID — and not necessarily simply because they’ve gotten the […]

What Apps Can Do For You

It’s more and more a truism today: “There’s an app for that.” And the wonderful world of apps — what a few years ago were called programs that ran on computers, before smartphones became computers people carry in their pockets — has expanded to include your hearing aid (whether you know it or not). Back […]

How Long Will Your Hearing Aid Last?

If you recently purchased a hearing aid — especially if you paid for it out-of-pocket — then you’re probably pretty motivated to keep it going as long as you can. Luckily, that’s mostly up to you. There are some things out of your control but there are plenty of things you can do extend the […]

Coping With Videoconferencing

We’ve all had to become accustomed to new things this year. Social distancing, masks, and curbside pickup. And then there’s video-conference life. Who knew what a Zoom meeting was a year ago? For anyone with hearing issues, that has been a challenge. The basic fact is that it’s easier to deal with one’s loss of […]

Classifying Hearing Loss

As with any scientific discipline, at a basic level audiology is founded on categorization. Observing phenomena, then organizing that reality so as to make the complex more understandable, is the core of the scientific method. The fact that October is National Audiology Awareness Month is a good time to review how hearing conditions are broken […]

Allergies Can Wreak Havoc

With the change of season — even though COVID can make it seem like it’s been March forever — another allergy season upon us. Although the physical response to these annual transition periods is usually marked by respiratory issues, allergies can also adversely affect your hearing. An allergic reaction is basically your body’s immune system […]

The Ins and Out of Ear Infections

There are three types of ear infections that can wreak havoc not only with hearing but also with balance and overall health. Though more common in children, they can also happen to adults —often with harsher symptoms that indicate serious underlying conditions. Types of ear infections are broken down to correlate with the structure of […]

Hearing Aids Weren’t Always So Easy

Today, hearing aids are the embodiment of Moore’s Law. That was a predictive observation made in the 1960s that the number of transistors a microchip could contain would double every couple of years, which would lead to generation after generation of smaller yet more powerful computers. This is why, as far as computer processing goes, […]

Six Ways Hearing Can Be Lost

Hearing loss can happen for any number of reasons, though some things are far more likely to cause it than others. Here are the top six triggers for diminished hearing. Just Getting Older If you’re lucky and wait long enough, it’ll probably happen to you. The inner ear is a marvel, with lots of tiny […]

Tinnitus: Here Today, Maybe Here Tomorrow

If it becomes persistent, tinnitus can truly become one of life’s not so little annoyances. There are some strategies for dealing with it—but no known permanent cure. It’s a perplexing syndrome that isn’t fully understood and, unfortunately, not as rare as one would hope. It is generally understood to be the manifestation of underlying damage […]