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Raising awareness with World Health Day!

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Opn™ Made the Top 10 – Twice!

More and more hearing care professionals are witnessing the impressive results that Oticon Opn™ delivers to patients. It’s no wonder that they are interested in underlying reasons for this record-breaking success.

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Deaf comedian D.J. Demers shares his experiences with hearing loss

The lights dimmed. Comedian D.J. Demers stood on stage with a microphone. A chair was next to him, but he never sat on it. It was an ordinary comedy show, except for one part.

Demers, along with a few audience members, wore hearing aids. As part of his “Here to Hear” tour, Demers is visiting 20 colleges and universities across the United States to perform and talk about his experiences with hearing loss.

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1Because of your tinnitus, is it difficult for you to concentrate?
2Do you complain a great deal regarding your tinnitus?
3Do you feel as though you cannot escape your tinnitus?
4Does your tinnitus make you feel confused?
5Because of your tinnitus, do you feel frustrated?
6Do you feel that you can no longer cope with your tinnitus?
7Does your tinnitus make it difficult for you to enjoy life?
8Does your tinnitus make you upset?
9Because of your tinnitus, do you have trouble falling asleep at night?
10Because of your tinnitus, do you feel depressed?

The tinnitus self assessment indicates that the effect of your tinnitus on your daily life is slight or has minimal impact. Given the results of this screening the following would be recommended:

  • Wearing ear protection is strongly recommended for all environments with noise levels above 80db. Especially be observant regarding the volume at which you stream or play audio through any speakers or headsets. Check out our helpful products.
  • A baseline hearing test is also recommended to establish a benchmark for any possible changes to your hearing in the future, request a visit using the form below.

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The tinnitus screening self assessment is indicating that the influence of tinnitus on your daily activities is registering at a level of mild or greater based on your answers. We would recommend at least one the following:

  • Wearing ear protection is strongly recommended for all environments with noise levels above 80db. Especially be observant regarding the volume at which you stream or play audio through any speakers or headsets. Check out our helpful products.
  • Schedule an appointment with us to have a tinnitus assessment and a baseline hearing test. Fill out the form below to request an appointment.

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Earplugs & Earmuffs
Earplugs and earmuffs help prevent hearing damage from noise exposure, and can help protect against both hearing loss and tinnitus. Earplugs are inserted inside the ear canals, and earmuffs go over your ears. Earplugs are available in a variety of styles and may be made of foam, silicone, or other flexible materials. Custom-molded plugs provide the best overall fit and protection, while Smart Earplugs offer soothing nature sounds to mask your tinnitus and help you fall asleep.

Noise-cancelling headphones allow tinnitus sufferers to enjoy music with less interference by removing excess noise from the environment, allowing them to focus on the music without the distraction caused by tinnitus. They can also be used at bedtime to help patients fall asleep more easily. We offer a selection of headphones boasting top-notch sound quality and excellent noise isolation in a variety of price ranges.

Hearables are essentially wearable headphones and other electronic in-ear devices that help protect your hearing. We have a wide selection of hearables and accessories that enhance and amplify sounds, enabling those with tinnitus or hearing loss to understand speech more clearly, especially high-frequency and/or soft sounds.

Sleep Therapy
Sound therapy pillows connect directly with audio devices to provide music and other soothing sounds, allowing users to fall asleep more easily. Other products in this category include soft padded headphones designed for sleep and under-pillow speakers and sound systems.

Tinnitus Maskers
Tinnitus maskers are devices that produce white noise and other natural or artificial sounds designed to cover up or mask tinnitus, reducing the user’s perception of it and enabling him or her to fall asleep more easily.

A lineup of additional accessories for managing tinnitus are available. Our high-quality products are designed to lessen the distraction of tinnitus so you can focus on the sounds that are most important.

Hearing loss affects people of all ages—even newborns and toddlers.

Children who develop a hearing impairment don’t just face the everyday challenges of others with hearing loss; their speech and language development is at risk, increasing the likelihood of social and behavioral problems as they age.

For this reason, early intervention is crucial. Even a temporary hearing loss at a young age can have far-reaching consequences.

Signs of Pediatric Hearing Loss

It can be especially difficult to detect hearing loss in young children, whose ability to vocalize what they are feeling is already problematic. Signs to watch out for include:

  • No reaction to loud noises
  • Failure to respond to your voice
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Delays in speech and language ability/limited vocabulary for age
  • Poor academic performance
  • Disorders often related to hearing loss (e.g., autism, Down syndrome)

Additionally, if there is a family history of hearing loss, there is a greater risk your child will experience it. Congenital factors are one of the leading causes of pediatric hearing loss. It may also develop as a complication from an illness such as measles or encephalitis, or occur following an injury, hazardous noise exposure, or as a side effect of medication.

Helping Your Child Hear: Treatment Options

As stated, the sooner your child’s hearing loss is diagnosed, the better the odds of preventing or reducing the long-term effects of learning and behavioral problems. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of hearing loss, and whether it is conductive (occurring in the outer or middle ear) or sensorineural (confined to the inner ear) in nature.

A conductive hearing loss is often temporary. Your child’s pediatrician may take a wait-and-see approach; often, excess fluid in the middle ear will drain on its own within a few weeks. Medications, including antihistamines, decongestants and antibiotics, are often helpful. If your child’s hearing hasn’t improved after a few months, tympanostomy (ventilation or pressure equalization ear tubes) may be prescribed. These are implanted in the ears via a simple surgical procedure and remain in place anywhere from six months to two years before falling out on their own. Ear tubes help to promote fluid drainage and improve hearing.

A sensorineural hearing loss generally cannot be reversed. As with adults, children who suffer from nerve damage to the inner ear are best helped by hearing aids or, for severe or profound deafness, cochlear implants. Most children with hearing aids or cochlear implants are still able to learn to speak; many supplement this by learning sign language. Hearing aids and cochlear implants seem to work best when fitted earlier (under the age of three) as opposed to later, when it is easier to master a new skill.


What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders. An Audiologist must hold a minimum of a master’s degree in audiology; many receive doctoral degrees in audiology.

How do I know if I have Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. Hearing challenges can begin to present themselves based upon your hearing health history, including exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors, as well as a number of other causes.

How do you measure the types and degrees of hearing loss?

There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural and mixed. An audiogram will be performed to determine both the type and degree. Results of the audiometric evaluation are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. Frequency, from low to high, is plotted from left to right.

Are there different types of hearing aids?

There are many styles of hearing aids. The degree of the hearing loss, power and options required, manual dexterity abilities, cost factors, and cosmetic concerns are some of the factors that will determine the style the patient will use.

What is an Assistive Listening Device (ALD)?

An ALD is essentially a personal amplifier that can increase the loudness of desired sounds, such as a radio, television, or a public speaker, without increasing the loudness of the background noises.

Who is a good candidate for ALDs?

People with all degrees and types of hearing loss—even people with normal hearing—can benefit from assistive listening devices.

Are there different types of ALDs?

There are many assistive listening devices available today, from sophisticated systems used in theaters and auditoriums to small personal systems.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound which is reported by patients that is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. Tinnitus is a very common symptom.

What is the cause of tinnitus?

Tinnitus may originate from from a number of causes. The auditory system involves highly complicated inner ear structures, many afferent and efferent nerve pathways and a great amount of nuclei that form a complex meshwork. Damage to any structure can lead to tinnitus.

How is tinnitus treated?

Generally, most patients will not need any medical treatment for their tinnitus. Patients who are greatly bothered by tinnitus may use masking techniques such as listening to a fan or radio to cover up some of their tinnitus.

Assistive listening devices are a collection of technology that is used to help those with hearing loss hear better in complicated listening environments. These systems can be used in large facilities, such as a conference center, or small settings with one-on-one conversations.

An audio-induction system, also called an audio loop or hearing loop, is a wire that circles a room and is connected to public address (PA) sound systems in concert halls, high-traffic public buildings, auditoriums, places of worship, courtrooms, meeting rooms and homes. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically through an induction process. The electromagnetic signal is then picked up by the telecoil, also referred to as a T-coil, in the hearing aid or cochlear implant.
To use the hearing loop, switch your hearing aid or cochlear implant to the T-coil setting. Using the telecoil on your instrument and hearing loop together is seamless, cost-effective and unobtrusive. You don’t have to seek additional equipment. If your hearing aid doesn’t have a telecoil, you may use a specialized hand-held receiver. This is a small pocket type device with a single earpiece you position in your ear. This receiver is supplied by the manufacturer of your system and is should be available from the customer service office in one other designated settings.

Below is a diagram of commonly used audio/hearing loop configuration:

What is a Telecoil or T-Coil?

The pickup coil in a hearing aid is known as a telecoil, or T-coil. Originally it was designed to pick up a magnetic field of coils from the telephone. The telecoil enabled hearing aid users to hear the phone conversation more clearly without also picking up background noise around them. The telecoil in a hearing instrument or cochlear implant picks up the magnetic field of energy the audio loop transmits in the room.

How to use the Audio-Induction System/Hearing Loop system:

If you know you have a T-coil on your hearing aid or cochlea implant, simply switch it to the T-coil setting. If it does not work properly, you should to return to your audiologist to ensure the T-coil is working properly.

If you do not know if you have a T-coil on your hearing aid or cochlear implant, you should consult with your audiologist. You may have a T-coil and it simply needs to be programmed. Depending on the style, age and other factors of your device, a T-coil may or may not be added.

If you know you do not have a T-coil in your hearing device or you do not use hearing aids and need assistance in hearing or understanding, use the special receiver provided with the audio loop system.

This overview was provided by The Audiology Offices. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact their office at the number below.