2009 Newsletter Archive

Fall 2009

Our Commitment to You
We believe that hearing loss is a serious problem that deserves professional care.

Audiologists: University Trained Professionals
An audiologist has received extensive graduate level university education and training, and specializes in the prevention, identification, assessment and rehabilitation of hearing impairment.

Suggestions for Coping in Noisy Restaurants
People with perfectly normal hearing complain about the noise levels in restaurants all the time—it’s the third most common complaint a restaurant manager hears.

Why Two Hearing Aids Are Better Than One
Many people believe that improving hearing in one ear will overcome all the problems of hearing loss.  This simply is not true.

Keep Your Hearing Aids in Good Shape
Sometimes it seems as if hearing aids stop working the day before a family wedding or the night before you leave on a trip.

Should I Repair or Replace My Hearing Aids?
Although hearing aids are more reliable than ever, almost everything we own eventually needs repair or replacing and hearing aids are no exception.

A New, More Effective Smoke Alarm
A study by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fire and building safety, found that the typical smoke alarm failed to wake up almost half of participants with hearing loss.

21st Century Hearing Aid Technology
In the good old days, hearing aids amplified sound pretty much the same, whether soft or loud, low-pitched or high-pitched, speech or noise.

Summer 2009

It’s Not Your Fault!
There’s a fascinating pattern of experiences and feelings that many people with hearing loss go through.

Suggestions for Your Family and Friends…
It makes a big difference if the people around you know how to make it easier for you to understand them.

Lipreading: Extra Help At No Extra Charge
Most people with hearing loss are good lipreaders, even if they don’t know it. And when they use those lipreading skills, their understanding of speech goes up by about 30%.

Hearing in Stereo
You might think that hearing with both the right ear and left ear is twice as good as hearing from either ear alone. It could be argued that it’s more like three times as good.

Spring 2009

Your Hearing Check-up
Regular hearing healthcare checkups can minimize hearing aid repairs, and more importantly, make sure that you’re hearing as well as possible.

Where Are My Hearing Aids?
Here are some steps you can take to avoid the inconvenience of a lost hearing aid.

The Shock of Sudden Hearing Loss
Most cases of hearing loss develop so slowly that the person often doesn’t notice the change in hearing.

Hearing With Your Brain
Hearing—and understanding—takes more than your ears.

Driving Tips
Crowded roadways and distractions such as cell phones, the radio and traffic noise can make driving a stressful experience for anyone.

It’s a Noisy Ocean
Whales and dolphins are having problems hearing in the increasingly noisy oceans of the world.

Winter 2009

Roadblocks to Good Hearing
Roadblocks have nothing to do with their hearing levels. Instead, these are self imposed obstacles some people create.

The Hardest Places to Hear Are…
Can you guess where people often have difficulty hearing?

Ear Vibrations… and Echoes
Tympanometry is a test that measures how well the eardrum is vibrating. It doesn’t actually measure hearing—someone with a severe sensorineural hearing loss can have normal tympanograms.