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Getting to Know Your Hearing Aids

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

A new set of hearing aids can bring your world to life in new ways, introducing you to a spectrum of sound you might have forgotten existed. When we lose our hearing, it tends to go in the higher frequency ranges, and we lose the ability to hear quiet sounds first. In combination, these features of hearing loss mean that we might not be able …

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Monitoring Daily Noise Exposure Could Help Prevent Hearing Loss

In Noise Pollution, Signs & Symptoms by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

  Each and every day, our ears are constantly inundated with sounds from the environment. It is remarkable how well they continue to function with such a constant stream of information to take in, process, and understand. The very sensitive tissues and cells of the inner ear are able to sense the subtlest differences between sounds, and that ability to discern one sound from another …

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How Exercise, Diet, Sleep, and Hearing Affect Brain Aging

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

As many older adults will understand, aging occurs throughout the body, including the brain. Although our intelligence remains the same, our thinking can become less flexible, meaning that our cognitive process slows down, requiring longer processing time for the same mental operations. Although this process occurs inevitably with the aging process, some of our lifestyle behaviors can affect brain health as we get older. A …

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Unexpected Causes of Hearing Loss

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

For many of us, hearing loss comes as a product of aging. Indeed, it is the third most prevalent chronic health condition in the United States. Where ever you are in your hearing health journey, Professional Hearing Services is available to help. It starts with a phone call and hearing evaluation. If you are 65 or older, you are a likely candidate for hearing loss …

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Protect Your Ears at Your Favorite Sporting Events

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

For sports fans, there’s nothing quite like screaming your support of your team in a huge stadium surrounded by thousands of other fans. There is such a rush of adrenaline with the crowd, the music, the announcers – but there could be a downside. Sustained or even extremely loud one-time noise events can damage your ears and cause hearing loss. As you might imagine, it’s …

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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

In Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News, Overall Health, Pediatric Hearing Loss, Research, Signs & Symptoms by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Happy May and happy Better Hearing and Speech Month. Professional Hearing Services are audiology specialists – of course we are going to wish you a happy Better Hearing and Speech Month! Each year The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association picks a new theme for their May Hearing and Speech Month. This year’s theme is “Communication Across the Lifespan.” No matter what your age or where you are …

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The Different Types of Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss can occur at any stage of life and for countless reasons. Though some would say that it is not technically hearing “loss,” some people are born with challenges to hearing that occurred prior to birth. Many others don’t face hearing loss until late in life, due to the accumulation of sounds that have entered the ears all along. With such a wide array …

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How to Fight Noise Pollution & Protect Your Hearing

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing loss Prevention, News, Noise Pollution, Research, Tips & Tricks by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Our urban environments are transforming right before our eyes. Technological developments make it possible to travel at lightening speeds, to move goods and consumer products directly to their intended locations, and to reconstruct the natural world in order to suit our desires and needs. Although these developments seem like moves in the direction of “progress,” they do not come without a cost. Each of the …

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Why You Should Avoid Cleaning Your Ears with Cotton Swabs

In Ear Health, Earwax, News, Research, Tips & Tricks by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

As children we learned that it was important to clean behind and inside our ears, and the most common tool was the cotton swab. These double-sided cotton tufts are attached to a wand of plastic or hard paper, and they are useful for many purposes, including cleaning hard-to-reach surfaces of objects, applying hydrogen peroxide to a scrape, and makeup application or removal. Although these tools …

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Investing in Your Health: Treating Hearing Loss

In Brain Health, Cognitive Health, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease, Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Treatment, Mental Health, Research by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Deciding to treat hearing loss is a sure way to increase your enjoyment in the fullness of life, including many things you might not have known you were missing. Take, for example, Mark Hammel, who reported his experience to Jane E. Brody with the New York Times. When he got his hearing aids, it was only after living for about 30 years with compromised hearing. …