Hearing loss is the #1 disability in the US

Did You Know Hearing Loss Is the #1 Disability?

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Did you know that by the young age of 54, two percent of people have hearing loss bad enough to qualify as a disability? That jumps to 8.5% by 64. By 74, that's 50%. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 billion…
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…
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…
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…
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Spring Allergies and Your Hearing

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In Memphis, we get to enjoy early springs and long summers compared to our northern neighbors. But with all the flowers in bloom, springtime can be really rough for people with spring allergies. I've had people come into my office who moved…
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What Actually Happens to Our Ears on Airplanes (Explaining Fullness of the Ears)

Most of us have been there. Whether you were on an airplane, taking a ski lift up to your favorite range, or diving to the bottom of a pool, any time our body moves quickly to a higher or lower place, you feel this fullness in your ears.…

COVID-19 and Hearing Loss: New Challenges for Many

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Most of us are getting used to wearing masks in public and when with others outside of our household to slow the spread of COVID-19. But, we still face challenges – fogging glasses, less breathability, forgetting what the local grocery store…
Dr. Coltharp

Audiologists Are Here to Help

When most people think of an audiologist, hearing loss comes to mind. But I'm here to tell you we do a lot more than treat hearing loss. As an audiologist, my number one goal is to improve the quality of life for the patients and the families…

What Does Your Medicine Cabinet Have to Do with Your Hearing?

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When 45-year-old Jonathon first came to see me, he had just reached his two-year anniversary cancer-free. He and his family had been through so much during the chemo, so I definitely realized why getting his hearing checked had been…