Hearing Loss and Genetics

Hearing Loss and Genetics

Over 13 years, the Human Genome Project (HGP) identified the more than 20,000 genes that comprise the full range of human DNA — along with the 3 billion chemical base pair sequences that make up that DNA. That vast web of genes act as the instruction manual that...
Hearing Loss’s Four Categorizations

Hearing Loss’s Four Categorizations

Like any well-established vocation, audiologists and other hearing healthcare professionals have categorized the phenomenon they study and treat. This includes the origins of hearing loss. For example, hearing loss is broken down into four primary types: Auditory...
Better Hearing Tools For All

Better Hearing Tools For All

There’s an increasing array of hearing assistive technology (HAT) available today — not the least of which are contemporary hearing aids. A few decades ago they were basically “turn up the volume” devices, but today they are more-often-than-not integrated with other...
Your Newborn Should Be Tested For That

Your Newborn Should Be Tested For That

Babies born in the United States just have to accept that they’re in for some poking and prodding. There is a small litany of procedures they have to endure to make sure all systems are a go. One of them is a newborn hearing screening. Over 95 percent of U.S. babies...

A Hot Hearing Aid Is an Unhappy Hearing Aid

We all know the risks of leaving pets in a car during the hot, sunny days of summer. But if you have a hearing aid, the same applies. In fact, it’s best to avoid leaving any hearing device in a place where it is exposed to prolonged extreme heat or direct sunlight....
When It’s Time For An Upgrade

When It’s Time For An Upgrade

Hearing aids are durable, adaptive, and in it for the long haul. But there are instances when starting over with a new one might be called for. One obvious driver of upgrading is that your hearing is, unfortunately, degrading. Weakening capabilities may have to be met...
Hearing Aids and the March of Progress

Hearing Aids and the March of Progress

Hearing aids have come a long way. Centuries ago they were little more than straight trumpets — think the kind of horn an angel might sport — that you stuck in your ear to make everything louder. Today they are microcomputers with far more processing power than the...
Your Hearing, Seasonal Change, and Allergies

Your Hearing, Seasonal Change, and Allergies

Nobody likes allergy season (unless they’re one of those lucky people who are allergy free). The itchy eyes, the runny nose, the sneezing … and the hearing issues. Yes, that’s right; allergies can do a number on the ears too. Even the change in weather that is usually...
Don’t Join That 4th of July Tradition

Don’t Join That 4th of July Tradition

There’s nothing that says the 4th of July more than fireworks, whether that be in the backyard or the big show in town. And unfortunately, other than barbecue, the other most common thing that says “Independence Day” is fireworks-related injuries — including to the...
OK, What Exactly Is That Sound?

OK, What Exactly Is That Sound?

Sometimes it seems as if one’s ears have a mind — or tenants — of their own. Odd noises can be heard that are … what exactly? Snaps, crackles, and pops develop and seem to take on a life of their own. These are usually benign and a passing thing. If a ringing develops...