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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! 

In Communication, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

With the arrival of May, hopefully, you are getting out more, getting more time outside, and connecting with friends. It’s been a difficult couple of years for relationships everywhere. With social distancing and pods becoming the norm, to uphold public safety, many of us have had to navigate life feeling lonely and isolated. Loneliness has long been called an “epidemic” and “public health crisis well …

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Is Hearing Protection Necessary at Your Favorite Sporting Events?

In Hearing Health, Hearing loss Prevention, Hearing Protection by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Are you a sports fan? Do you enjoy the thrill of a big game at the stadium? After being told to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic it can feel amazing to return. It’s not just the game but the comradery. It’s the ability to high-five a stranger when your team scores. It’s the collective cheering, cheering, yelling, and chanting. Big sports games give …

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Improving Communication with Your Family

In Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Loss by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Good communication is the key to any relationship. When it comes to family, it’s all too easy to take this for granted. Often people feel that they can take family for granted because in many instances they aren’t going away. However, this is a serious mistake. It’s important to be precious and loving in a family setting. Family is essential to development due to the …

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Hypothyroidism & Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

The body is a complex network of interrelated systems and organs. No one body part is disconnected to the rest, but sometimes a lengthy chain reaction connects one part to another. Such is the case with the thyroid gland and hearing health. These two parts of the body are not directly connected, but the interrelated nature of the body makes it possible that a change …

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The Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

When a new feature or technology is added to something that already works for you, it’s common to reject that change out of hand. The adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is indeed wise in many situations. By adding additional functions, you might be confusing matters unnecessarily, and the more components are built into any technology, the more opportunities there are for it …

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Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Today’s hearing aids are remarkably low maintenance. An occasional wipe-down with a clean, dry cloth is all that most hearing aids require. Some people find it necessary to clean out some components with a wire loop or a tiny brush, removing any debris that gets in the way of functioning. With these simple tasks in place, you might find your hearing aids working for years …

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What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation

In Hearing Loss by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

If you are ready to embark on the path toward treatment for hearing loss, congratulations! That decision to schedule a hearing test is one of the most important decisions you can make regarding your hearing health. Our hearing healthcare providers will guide you through the process, beginning with an examination and consultation. Once we have an assessment of your needs, we can point you toward …

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Hearing Loss and Sleep

In Hearing Loss by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Sleep researchers engage with the mysterious bodily function that happens every night. Though we know a lot about the importance of sleep for health and mental wellbeing, it is less clear what is happening while we sleep. Brain imaging gives us a clue into the activity of the sleeping mind, but our awareness remains ready to jump to action despite its apparent obliviousness. Although closing …

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Top Tips for Earwax Removal

In Earwax by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

You might not think about earwax very often, but those who have problems with earwax buildup can find it very concerning. Without knowing exactly how to remedy the situation, some people feel compelled to try strange approaches. Some of these earwax removal tactics can actually do much more harm than benefit, so it’s important to know how to approach earwax in a way that can …

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Hearing Aids vs. Hearing Amplifiers

In Hearing Aids by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

When you realize that you are developing hearing loss, you will likely start researching your options for treatment. With the vast array of options out there, it can be quite overwhelming to find which ones suit your needs. Among those available when you do your Google search, you might stumble upon hearing amplifiers. With a name so much like hearing aids, the difference in price …