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An audiologist does more than just evaluate hearing and fit hearing aids. Audiologists have an advanced degree (most hold a Doctor of Audiology degree, and Au.D.) and not only check hearing, but also treat balance disorders, auditory nerve function issues, ringing of the ears (tinnitus) and more. If you’re having trouble hearing the TV or some conversations, it may be

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You wash your face, brush your teeth and were reminded to wash behind your ears. But when it comes to inside your ears, it may be a bit of a surprise to learn that you should not use cotton swabs. In fact, cotton swabs are not meant to be inserted into the ear canal. Cleaning your ears properly involves allowing

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Despite the fact that hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States today, many people disregard minor problems with their ears and do not know when they should be seeing an audiologist . Audiologists are highly qualified professionals who specialize in all aspects of ear health, hearing loss prevention and treatment. Because hearing health is

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Cotton swabs seem pretty harmless, which is probably why many people ignore the advice of hearing health care professions who advise against using them to clean your ears . After all, they’re not sharp and they’re tipped with cotton; how could they be harmful? There are four reasons to avoid cotton swabs when cleaning your ears. 1. Eardrum damage Contrary

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You’re sneezing, have itchy eyes and a watery nose. It’s allergy season! Allergies can affect more than your eyes and nose, your ears can also suffer. If you have itchy ears, swelling or that feeling of fullness in your ears, there’s a good chance you are experiencing how allergies impact hearing . What causes allergies? A simple example of an

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How do you know you have a hearing loss ? This is a very common question that is asked daily by many people. Consider these questions: Do you find yourself constantly asking for people to speak up? Do you have more problems hearing women or children, those with high pitched voices, speak as opposed to men, those with low pitched

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In this day and age, where do you find an audiologist that meets your hearing needs and you feel you can be comfortable with and trust? Finding an audiologist isn’t difficult, but finding the right audiologist is worth the research and time. Hearing loss can leave you feeling vulnerable, but a good audiologist understands your concerns and will partner with

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Cleaning your ears is a simple task that takes just a minute or two. But there are right ways and wrong ways to clean your ears to best remove earwax and prevent injury or wax impaction. These ear cleaning do’s and don’ts will help keep your ears healthy. Don’t: Use cotton swabs You may have done a double take when

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When it comes to your ears, many worry they need to clean them daily or at the very least weekly. This is a common misconception and bad marketing by some companies. Your ears, simply put, do not need to be cleaned because your ears maintain themselves. Yes, you read that correctly, your ears clean themselves. How you may ask? Your

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Most of the sounds that we encounter in our day-to-day lives are at safe levels and will not damage our hearing. However, excessively loud sounds can be harmful to our ears, even when exposed for a short period of time. The saying “it's so quiet, you can hear a pin drop” is a real goal for the more than 10 million

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Ear cleaning is a tricky topic. Just like any other part of your body, it’s important to keep your ears clean and free of bacteria. The tricky part is that your ears are designed to self-clean using the substance we all too often try to remove: earwax. Earwax isn’t the dirt you should be trying to remove from your ears;

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Ears can be a tricky place to clean. Even though they are technically inside of our bodies, we have somewhat easy access to them. However, ears are sensitive and there is a correct way to clean them. Here are some basic tips on the dos and don’ts of ear cleaning . The dos of ear cleaning Do try baby oil

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Let’s be honest: Hearing devices are expensive. Who hasn’t been tempted to save money by cutting corners? After all, one hearing device is much like another – right? Wrong. Think of a hearing aid as an investment not only in your hearing health, but in your physical and mental well-being. Saving on the initial outlay may seem appealing but it

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Tinnitus is subjective in most cases. Before one can begin treatment for tinnitus, trained professionals in the hearing health business must do several things. To diagnose and treat tinnitus, there are specific evaluations done. What tests are needed to diagnose tinnitus? Most hearing health providers have the clinical tools and processes to do a proper testing. The first in this

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Are you one of those people who find buying gifts a daunting task? Do you often get confused and bewildered at the options available in the market? Do you find yourself wondering whether the gift you will buy would be useful?  Well, buying gifts is definitely not an easy task and it gets even more difficult if you have to

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It’s a common — and quite likely damaging — myth that says we should use Q-Tips for cleaning out our ears . While cotton swabs are great for wiping in between the keys of your computer, cleaning out scrapes or cuts or applying make up in some new fangled way, the tiny cotton-ended sticks should remain out of your ears

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Audiologists are highly trained hearing specialists who are qualified to advise you on all aspects of living with hearing loss, from assistive hearing devices to counselling, hearing protection and techniques you can use to cope with the everyday challenges posed by your hearing loss. With so much to cover, it can be easy to forget many important questions when your

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While two percent of adults aged 45-54 have disabling hearing loss, and eight percent of adults between the ages of 55-64 have disabling hearing loss, the condition isn’t limited to the elderly. In fact, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about two or three out of every 1,000 children in the U.S. are born with

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Like most specialized health care providers, audiologists are important, but majorities of people aren’t really sure of what they do. In fact, it’s often not until you have hearing issues and need to speak with an audiologist that their role becomes clear. To help you get to understand audiologists better, here is a list of the roles and responsibilities that

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This article covers some commonly asked questions about

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