Articles and Information on Hearing

Oticon’s Latest Microchip Redefines Performance: For as long as I have been an audiologist, hearing aids have relied on directional microphones to improve speech understanding in noisy environments. The microphones focus on the speech signal directly in front of the listener to increase intelligibility by decreasing interference caused by competing sounds from the rear. While this process works well in face-to- face conversation, it also limits the listener to hearing only one person’s voice at a time. Read more...

Untreated Hearing Loss: The impact of hearing loss extends beyond communication problems. People with untreated hearing loss have a lower quality of life that may affect their emotional, social and even their physical well-being. Read more

Take These Steps Before Purchasing Hearing Aids: Unfortunately, not every hearing professional chooses the most appropriate hearing instruments based on their patients’ type and severity of hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. All too often, hearing aids are not properly fitted and programmed. When this is the case, patients do not receive the maximum benefit the instruments were designed to deliver. What is your best solution? Read more

Hearing Instruments and Brain Function: As we age, our cognitive functioning (the ability to acquire knowledge through thought, experience and the senses) slows and becomes less efficient. The trend appears to be irreversible, but studies also indicate that the pace of cognitive decline can be decreased. Read more

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