What Is An Audiologist?

Audiologists are experts in the non-medical management of the auditory and balance systems. They specialize in the study of: Normal and impaired hearing. Prevention of hearing loss. Identification and assessment of hearing and balance problems. Rehabilitation of persons with hearing and balance disorders. In addition, audiologists may: Prepare future professionals in colleges and universities. Manage agencies, clinics or private practices. Engage in research to enhance knowledge about normal hearing, and the evaluation and treatment of hearing disorders. Design hearing instruments and...

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Hearing Aids in the Presence of Background Noise

Virtually all patients wearing hearing aids complain about background noise at one time or another. There is no way to completely eliminate background noise. Background noise exists and is important to hear in order for the hearing aid user to be involved in their environment. There is no way to completely eliminate background noise, however, technology exists today to reduce distracting noise and allow you to focus better on the person you want to hear. Remember, when you had normal hearing there were still times when background noise was a problem. It is no different now, even with properly...

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Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids FAQs

How long does it take to adjust to hearing aids? The adjustment period to hearing aids varies among individuals. The longer you wait to treat your hearing loss with hearing aids, the longer it takes for your brain to adjust to your new hearing aids. Success can be as little as two weeks for experienced hearing aid wearers. For others, especially new hearing aid wearers, the process can be anywhere from one month to one year. The success rate is up to the hearing aid wearer, typically patients get a faster result when they: Wear hearing instruments at all times Follow guidelines of the after...

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What is Tinnitus?

Recently an article was published in Scientific American on noisy eyeballs Web Site. Yes you read correctly, noisy eyeballs. Often times happy accidents happen in medicine or shall you serendipity in science. You see R. Douglas Fields, developed noisy eyeballs. Each time he moved his eyeballs he heard a grating sound. As luck would have it, R. Douglas happened to meet Josef Rauschecker, a professor of physiology and biophysics at Georgetown. Fields started discussing his noisy eyeballs and Rauschecker, an expert on the brain’s auditory cortex, suggests Fields have his serotonin levels...

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Realistic Expectations for the Hearing Aid User

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS: Hearing aids work very well when fit and adjusted appropriately. They amplify sound! Nonetheless, hearing aids should be comfortable with respect to the physical fit and sound quality. Hearing aids are do not restore normal hearing and are not as good as normal hearing. You will be aware of the hearing aids in your ears. Until you get used to it, your voice will sound “funny” when you wear hearing aids. Hearing aids should not to be worn in extremely noisy environments. Some hearing aids have features that make noisy environments more tolerable, however, hearing...

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Digital Hearing Aid Technology

The term DIGITAL is used so often today, it can be confusing. When the term “digital” is used while referring to hearing aids, it generally means the hearing aid is 100% digital. In other words, the hearing aid is indeed a “complete computer”.

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