What is Tinnitus?

It is estimated that one in ten U.S. adults have experienced “tinnitus” during the past 12 months. These people experience ringing in one or both of their ears when there is no external sound present. Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom of a problem in the auditory system. It most often occurs […]

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Icons of the Baby Boom Generation Deal with Hearing Loss

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.) is a nonprofit “… dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of noise exposure that can lead to permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.” It’s a formal organization dealing with one of the facts of the aging baby boomer generation, namely that years of loud amplified music takes a […]

That’s a Computer Behind Your Ear

Smart hearing aids are part of the much larger and ever-evolving world of smart products. These include everything from Tesla cars to Medtronic’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) device to the Petcube Camera.

These products are distinct not only because of their ability to connect with other devices and exchange data, but also to upload internal monitoring data they collect to the “product cloud” for further analysis.

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Time to Think About Hearing Aids?

When do you need a hearing aid? Well, obviously, when you can’t hear.

But things are never quite that simple. There are some situations — the buildup of earwax, a perforated eardrum, an infection of the inner ear, or other medical conditions — that can result in hearing loss. These may or may not be situations that require a hearing aid.

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Succeeding With Hearing Aids in the Spotlight

A number of famous professionals handle their hearing loss issues and have used hearing aids while in the spotlight — probably without you even knowing it. That they can succeed in an environment where verbal communication is their core activity shows just how seamlessly a hearing aid can be incorporated into someone’s everyday life.

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The Lyric: Invisible and Convenient

The Lyric by Phonak is a virtually invisible hearing aid that delivers cutting-edge sound quality. Positioned deep in the ear canal, it’s not obvious the person using it has a hearing aid. Individual units are inserted and worn for up to 4 months and then replaced when the battery is at the end of its life. A plan covering a specific time period, rather than individual units, is the most common payment method.

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Best New Hearing Aids on the Market in 2017

With the ever-increasing sophistication and size minimization of computer electronics, new hearing aids continue to come on the market that provide not only better hearing experiences, but more options for connecting wirelessly with other electronic devices.

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Hearing Aids for Moderate Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is generally categorized into four distinct levels: mild, moderate, severe, and profound. Which kind of hearing aid is best for moderate hearing loss?

One advantage of dealing with moderate hearing loss is that it allows for smaller, more discreet hearing aids. There are complete-in-canal (CIC), invisible-in-canal (IIC), and receiver-in-canal (RIC) models that can provide enhanced hearing with a minimum of awkward equipment.

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Learning How to Use Your Hearing Aid

Getting used to using a hearing aid is like getting used to any new tool. It will take a little time, patience, and practice to learn how to use your hearing aid.

A number of strategies will help. The first is to wear your hearing aid most of the time during the day. Like any tool, the more you use it the sooner it will become natural and incorporated into your innate sense of hearing.

Imagine a musician whose instrument seems to be an extension of their body, something that they apparently use effortlessly. That didn’t just happen. They practiced with their instrument for countless hours, building up muscle memory and eventually a subconscious connection with the device. The more you use your hearing aid, the sooner that will happen.

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Surfer’s Ear

Anyone who regularly swims in cold ocean water or chilly natural bodies of water may be surprised to learn about “external auditory exotosis” (otherwise known as surfer’s ear).  This condition, which is essentially a buildup of bone in the ear caused by repeated exposure to cold water and wind, can be induced by any cold water activity.  The closure of the ear canal associated with surfer’s ear is six times more likely to be found among people who surf in cold water.  The problem develops because the ear is the only place in the body where skin is directly on top of bone.  Without insulation, cold water stimulates bone growth, increasing the likelihood of ear infections and hearing loss.

Surfer’s ear can occur in any activity with cold, wet, windy conditions, including windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, jet skiing, kitesurfing and diving.  Some exostoses do not require surgical treatment, but once these have been diagnosed, it may be wise to protect the ears from cold water exposure using ear plugs or a neoprene headband or hood.  To schedule an appointment or to learn more about this condition, please call CORTLAND HEARING AIDS at 1-888-614-8064 or visit our website at www.cortlandhearingaids.com.