Hearing Health Blog

Music is over. Ringing Continues.

Q:  Why are my ears still ringing after attending the Austin City Limits music festival last weekend?  A: The ringing you hear is called ‘Tinnitus’.  During exposure to loud noises or sounds like live amplified music, the main nerve center for hearing in the inner ear, the cochlea, can be over stimulated or damaged.  Some […]

I love music! Live music!

Q:  Should I wear my hearing aids when I attend the Austin City Limits music festival this weekend?  A: The main question here is about ‘live music’ vs. ‘loud music’.  And at the ACL fest, most of the live music is also very loud.  Most newer hearing aids are programmed with a loudness limit.  This […]

The Seven Year Stretch

Q: How long can I wait before getting hearing aids?  A: My question for you is, “Have you had annual hearing tests to track your hearing loss?” If not, you need a baseline hearing exam. Annual re-tests will allow your hearing professional to discuss any changes with you. Studies show that by the time most […]

Buzzing a?? Whooshing a?? Hissing a?? Ringing

Q: I hear a constant hissing is my ears that began years ago. How can I get rid of it?  A: The hissing you hear is called tinnitus. About 15 percent of all American have tinnitus in some form of buzzing, whooshing, hissing or ringing that they hear at all times. Tinnitus is not a […]

Yes – Selective Hearing is Real

Q: I believe my husband has selective hearing.  Does that mean he ignores some things I say?  A: My apologies to your husband, but “Yes.”, he does ignore some things you say.  To be fair, you ignore some things he says, too.  It might be unintentional because we all have selective hearing.  And that selectivity […]

Sudden Hearing Loss

Q: The hearing in my left ear seems to have completely gone out overnight.  What could cause this?  A:  When sudden and total hearing loss occurs, it is usually in one ear only.  First, you should see an ENT hearing specialist or Otolaryngologist as soon as possible.  The main causes of sudden hearing loss are […]

The “WOW” moments can happen.

Q: If I get hearing aids, will I notice an instant improvement in my hearing?  A:  Anyone who begins to wear hearing aids should have realistic expectations.  Expect to hear better, but do not expect perfect hearing.  Even when wearing the best hearing aids available, you will miss the occasional word among all the other […]

Balancing Technology and Patient Care

Q: My experience with a big name hearing center was rushed and very sales oriented.  What is your patient philosophy?  A:  Being treated warmly like a “patient is very different than being treated coldly like a “prospect”. One phrase I frequently repeat with patients goes something like, “I believe the most important thing you will […]

‘Advanced’ also means easy to use

Q: I am intimidated by technology, but I really need to hear better.  Do you counsel your patients on using hearing aids?  A:  Many of our new patients express a similar concern about managing high-tech devices, from smart phones to iPads.  About 50% of my day involves handling the major technical adjustments for my patients’ […]

Ear Wax is Global.

Q: My son and his family live and work on his dusty farm.  Are he and his family more likely to build up ear wax?  A: The natural shape of our ear canals keeps wind borne dust and debris from getting deep into them.  If the wind is very fast, perhaps during a wind storm […]