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Hunters and Hearing Loss

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

Loud noise exposure is a common cause of hearing loss. There are a range of activities we regularly engage in that produce excessive noise. An example of this is hunting, a sport that involves using loud rifles. If you are a hunter, you are at an increased risk of developing hearing loss. It is important to practice safety measures that protect your hearing health and …

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Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

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

The new year is a great opportunity to start prioritizing better hearing! Impacting over 48 million people, hearing loss is one of the most common conditions people experience. But it is still widely undertreated. In fact, only a third of people who can benefit from treatment actually receive it. Delayed treatment can have multifaceted effects on health and quality of life. So beginning the new …

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Hand Dryers Can Hurt Kids’ Ears

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

Hand dryers are a key item found in many public restrooms. While they help dry hands, did you know these devices can harm hearing health? Hand dryers are so loud that they can actually contribute to the development of noise induced hearing loss. Hearing loss is a medical condition that reduces capacity to hear and process speech as well as sound. This can have multifaceted …

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Osteoporosis and Sudden Hearing Loss

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

Nearly 1 in 6 people have some degree of hearing loss. The third most common medical condition people live with today, hearing loss can have significant effects on everyday life. This includes straining communication, relationships, social life, and increasing health risks. Identifying and treating factors that increase the risk of developing hearing loss is an important preventative strategy. Extensive research shows that a number of …

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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 …

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Tinnitus Treatment Options

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

If you have ongoing tinnitus, you are well aware of the constant presence of sound. This sound doesn’t originate outside the body, however. Unlike other sounds that are caused by acoustic waves of pressure causing a chain reaction in air particles, tinnitus is contained completely within an individual body. There are two main types of tinnitus.  The first—objective tinnitus—is caused by something within the body, …

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Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Sense of Balance

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

When it comes to our balance, hearing, and sight are two crucial senses. Both of these senses assist us in orienting ourselves and providing context for our consciousness. If you’ve ever tried to move in the dark after turning off a light, you know how losing a sense can make it challenging to stay balanced. You’re forced to rely on your other senses to stay …