Hearing Tips

How Musicians Can Decrease the Likelihood of Future NIHL

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : July 29, 2014

What do Neil Young, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Ludwig van Beethoven have in common, besides all being musicians? They all suffered permanent hearing loss, directly as a result of playing their music. I often work with musicians who have experienced hearing damage as a result of their longtime love of playing music. Exposure to more »

Picking Hearing Aid Compatible Cell Phones

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : July 24, 2014

In the past, the complex electronics of cell phones often interacted poorly with the electronics of hearing aids, resulting in interference between the two devices that was perceived as static, screeching or whistling noises, or lost words. Fortunately, improvements in technology and new government regulations have made the issue “Will this phone work together with more »

How Come I Only Have Problems Hearing in Crowded Rooms?

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : July 19, 2014

Patients commonly inquire why hearing in crowds of people is particularly challenging for them. They report that they don’t seem to have any problem hearing people and understanding what they say when they are speaking to them one-on-one, or even in small groups. But when they find themselves in a large crowd they often find more »

Common Hearing Aid Buying Mistakes Made by First Time Customers

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : July 14, 2014

The selection and purchase of a first hearing aid can be an overwhelming task for anyone. The publication Consumer Reports followed a dozen people over a period of six months as they shopped for their first hearing aid, and reported on it. What they found was less than satisfying, because they found that two-thirds of more »

Detecting Indications of Hearing Loss in a Family Member

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : June 30, 2014

Hearing loss comes in many forms – it may occur gradually (for example, as the result of aging) or suddenly (as the result of an injury or trauma). The hearing loss itself may be temporary or permanent, and can range from mild (having difficulty understanding casual conversation) to severe (complete deafness). A single ear can more »

Improving Home Safety for Hearing Impaired Loved Ones

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : June 25, 2014

One subject which is seldom discussed with regards to hearing loss is how to keep people who have it safe in their homes. For instance, suppose that a fire breaks out in your home; if you are like most of us you have smoke detectors to sound a warning so that you and your family more »

Typical Battery Performance for Hearing Aids

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : June 18, 2014

Although it might seem to be a simple question to ask how long hearing aid batteries will last, it isn’t. How long hearing aid batteries will last is dependent upon quite a few factors. How long a battery lasts depends on who manufactured the battery, and will vary between different models from the same manufacturer. more »

The Basics of Digital vs Analog Hearing Aids

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : June 11, 2014

A little bit of history and an explanation of how analog devices work vs how digital devices work is essential to understand the distinctions between analog and digital hearing aids. Analog hearing aids appeared first, and were the standard in most hearing aids for many years. Then with the arrival of digital signal processing (DSP) more »

Safeguarding Against Hearing Problems Among Marching Band Musicians

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : May 28, 2014

Roughly six million teenagers in the United States suffer some type of loss of hearing, and this number has increased dramatically over the last 20 years. Besides the use of high-volume portable music players and mobile phones, experts say that teens’ involvement in marching band is yet another possible cause of damage to hearing. Marching more »

Stay Safe Behind the Wheel: Suggestions for Driving Safely with Hearing Problems

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : May 21, 2014

People depend on their hearing in a number of situations, making it difficult to carry out some basic tasks if your hearing is impaired. Driving a vehicle is one situation that can cause difficulties for many people affected by impaired hearing. Luckily, just because you have problems with hearing does not mean that safe driving more »

On Hearing Loss and Military Service: Five Astonishing Facts

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : May 16, 2014

When considering post-combat injuries in veterans, PTSD, missing limbs, and brain damage may come to mind. What many often don’t consider is hearing loss as a severe combat injury. Here are 5 facts you may not know about hearing loss among veterans. The most common post-service malady happens to be hearing damage or loss. – more »

Hearing Loss Among Young Children: 5 Facts That May Shock You

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : May 11, 2014

Loss of hearing can occur during childhood, adolescents, or even at birth. In fact, nearly 12 percent of kids age 6 through 19 have noise induced hearing loss according to the American Academy of Audiology. The birth defect occurring most frequently in our country is hearing loss. Nearly 12,000 children are born each year with more »

The Role of Genetics and Genes in Hearing Loss

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : April 28, 2014

Undoubtedly illness and injury can cause hearing loss, but could genetics also contribute? Yes. Hearing loss can have a genetic cause. Believe it or not, experts agree that most hearing loss is due to some form of genetic irregularity. Additionally, hearing loss is regarded as the most common birth defect in the developed world. Essential more »

Consumer Guide to Telecoil in Digital Hearing Aids

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : April 21, 2014

What’s a telecoil and what does it do? Maybe the hearing aid you are wearing has one or maybe you’ve been looking for a new hearing aid and have seen the term used. A telecoil is a tiny coil of wire that can provide you with a number of benefits. Continue reading to get a more »

What is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : April 14, 2014

Much of your ability to hear is controlled by miniature nerve endings in your inner ear. If these nerve endings (or other parts of the inner ear) are harmed, the result is sensorineural hearing impairment. Typically, sensorineural deafness doesn’t lead to a complete inability to hear. In fact, in many cases only particular sounds become more »

Yes, You Can Get a Hearing Loop Installed at Your Favorite Theatre or Church

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : April 7, 2014

The majority of public places and businesses have made their buildings wheelchair accessible, a highly visible challenge, but may be unaware of the less visible challenges faced by people who have difficulty hearing. That’s where hearing loops come in. Venues with hearing loops provide much clearer speech and sound directly to the telecoils inside hearing more »

Things to Know When Considering Receiver in Canal (RIC) Type Hearing Aids

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : March 27, 2014

Looking for the best hearing aids will expose you to a variety of styles, including receiver-in-canal (RIC). There are a number of advantages unique to RIC units, as well as many commonalities with behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. This article serves as a brief introduction of the main pros and cons of the receiver in canal more »

Mar 22 2014 – Austin Hearing Services Discusses Tinnitus Treatment Protocols in Austin TX

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : March 22, 2014

Excerpt: “With rates of tinnitus on the rise, finding effective treatment options to manage the condition is essential. The experts at Austin Hearing Services share their expanded tinnitus therapy options available in Austin, TX.” Read full article at: http://www.prreach.com/austin-hearing-services-discusses-tinnitus-treatment-protocols-in-austin-tx

Discover How Multiple Listening Programs Help Make the Most of Today’s Hearing Aids

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : March 21, 2014

Listening to a person who is seated next to you in a quiet room is not the same as following a spirited discussion around a busy restaurant table. In order to keep up with variations in your listening environment, the majority of digital hearing aids include a variety of listening programs. Having the ability to more »

Managing the Signs and Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

By: Margaret Hutchison, Au.D. : March 14, 2014

If you find yourself having vertigo, tinnitus, and intermittent hearing loss, you may be suffering from Meniere’s disease. Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that may cause disruptions in your hearing and balance.Despite the fact that doctors cannot yet cure this condition, there are nonetheless things you can do to minimize the symptoms and more »