Clock Ticking? Know When to See a Hearing Doctor.

Is Your 7-Year Clock Ticking?

If you lived with diabetes for seven years without a diagnosis, can you imagine what that raging blood sugar would do to your health? By year seven, your symptoms would probably be so bad you'd no longer be able to ignore them. You'd probably…
Ranges of hearing loss depend on frequencies

What Do We Actually Mean By Hearing Loss?

When we talk about hearing loss, we're usually referring to the permanent ranges of hearing loss, called age-related hearing loss or noise-induced hearing loss. But the official name is sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing…
Is it hearing loss? An ear exam can tell you if it's something else.

Wax? Fungus? Actual Hearing Loss?

"Where'd my hearing go?" Did you wake up one morning with ears that felt full, like you were listening through a tunnel? Did you think, "I really did a number on my ears this time -- is it hearing loss?"  Or, could it be something else? There…
cochlear implants

Referring Patients for a Cochlear Implant

Laurel was a 42-year-old promoter for a Memphis band. When she first visited me, she told me she was dealing with progressively worsening hearing loss. She'd been wearing hearing aids from my office for the last 10 years, but her hearing loss…
How Loud Is Too Loud

How Loud Is Too Loud?

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The world is a noisy place. From the A/C running at full blast this summer to trucks rumbling past on I-40 to people talking, our ears are bombarded with sound. It's no wonder that 15% of Americans over 18 have experienced some hearing…
The Link Between Blood Pressure and Hearing

What You Need to Know About Blood Pressure and Your Hearing

Chances are, the last time you saw your doctor, they checked your blood pressure. And the time before and before. You'll find a blood pressure machine in many grocery stores and pharmacies. There's a reason health providers are so focused…
ear muff to protect workers' ears

Types of Hearing Protection and Why They Matter

We've heard a lot about PPE (personal protective equipment) during the pandemic. But there's another kind of PPE that didn't get the spotlight in 2020. It's just as important -- and that's hearing protection. For those with noisy jobs or…
Hearing Aid for Tinnitus Will Help

Is There a Hearing Aid for Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a condition that causes ringing, whooshing, thumping, or another unexplained sound in your ears. We're not talking about that mild annoyance known as phantom hearing when a room goes quiet. Since you're reading this, chances are…
Newborn baby girl - newborns need hearing screenings

What to Expect During a Newborn Hearing Screening

You've made plans to bring your newborn home for the first time. The crib and changing table are all set up. Your drawer is full of diapers and supplies. Your family is anxiously awaiting the new arrival. But before you take…
Communication Tips for Hearing Loss

Good Communication Tips for Hearing Loss

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So often, I speak with parents who have a child with hearing loss or loved ones helping their aging mother learn to hear at her best with hearing aids. But today, I'd like to have a different conversation with you as a person with hearing…