What is the Difference Between Hearing Amplifiers and Hearing Aids?

Hearing amplifier

Although the purpose they serve may seem similar, hearing amplifiers and hearing aids are two different devices. Yes, both can improve one’s ability to hear. However, hearing aids have a design tailored for people with hearing impairments and hearing amplifiers do not. The media tempts us to purchase hearing amplifiers while overlooking key differences that… Continue reading What is the Difference Between Hearing Amplifiers and Hearing Aids?

Don’t Believe These Common Hearing Aid Myths

Hearing aid myths

If you have a hearing loss and are considering hearing aids, then you are probably familiar with the numerous hearing aid myths and misconceptions. It is time to dismiss these myths and take care of your hearing. New technology and sleek designs are putting an end to these hearing aid legends while helping people hear… Continue reading Don’t Believe These Common Hearing Aid Myths

Genetic Susceptibility to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Signs of noise-induced hearing loss

Thirty-six million Americans have hearing loss. Exposure to noise is the culprit in one of three of these people. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the result of damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. These hair cells convert sounds that we hear into electrical signals that travel to the brain. If these cells… Continue reading Genetic Susceptibility to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Study Reveals Mild-to-Moderate Hearing Loss in Children Leads to Changes in Brain Processes

Mild-To-Moderate Hearing Loss May Change How The Brain Processes Sound In Children

For many years now, it has been well known in the audiology community that deafness in children leads to changes in brain development. Because hearing is an essential part of communication, learning, and language development, deaf children typically experience developmental delays. Hearing loss in children can contribute to a delay in the development of speech… Continue reading Study Reveals Mild-to-Moderate Hearing Loss in Children Leads to Changes in Brain Processes

Study Reveals New Information about the Relationship between Antibiotics & Hearing Loss

Hearing loss and antibiotics

Modern medicine is often referred to as a miracle, and that is frequently true. We can now treat diseases and conditions that were once fatal to many, and new advances are made every day in the field of medicine. Antibiotics, vaccines, and other life-saving drugs are changing the world as we know it. However, modern… Continue reading Study Reveals New Information about the Relationship between Antibiotics & Hearing Loss

Using Music To Support Speech And Language Development In Children With Hearing Loss

Music and language development in children

Music and language are similar. Music resembles the tempo, pitch, and rhythm of normal speaking patterns. A connection exists between music and the development of speech and language skills in children with hearing impairments. Current evidence should encourage speech therapists, music therapists, music teachers, parents, and children to use music for the development of speech… Continue reading Using Music To Support Speech And Language Development In Children With Hearing Loss

Mimicking The Brain’s Ability To Distinguish One Voice From Many With New Hearing Aid Technology

Our brains ability to hear individual voices in noisy environment

The brain does a fantastic job of picking out individual voices in noisy environments. This process, known as the cocktail party effect, is a remarkable human ability. This aptitude for understanding speech in the presence of noise is challenging for a person with hearing loss. Advanced hearing aids have trouble deciphering speech in noisy environments.… Continue reading Mimicking The Brain’s Ability To Distinguish One Voice From Many With New Hearing Aid Technology