Understanding the Different Types of Hearing Loss
Forty-eight million Americans experience hearing loss. Before you can seek proper treatment, it is important to understand your specific type of hearing loss. There are three types: conductive, sensorineural and mixed; the causes and corresponding treatments are outlined below. Conductive Hearing Loss Conductive hearing loss describes problems with the ear canal, eardrum and middle ear […]
Drugs That Can Cause Hearing Loss
There are more than 200 drugs with a known link to hearing loss – these medications are known as “ototoxic.” The severity of hearing problems varies depending on the drug, dosage and length it is taken, but generally the risk increases the more the drug accumulates in the body. Hearing loss caused by medications may […]
Mental Health Awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and social distancing make this a challenging time for all. For those with untreated hearing loss, who are at an even greater risk of developing mental health issues, raising awareness and developing a coping strategy is key. Social Isolation A report from the National Academies of Sciences, […]
Diseases Linked to Hearing Loss
While hearing loss is usually attributed to old age or noise exposure, there are many other possible causes. In fact, hearing loss is linked to a number of chronic and acute diseases. Knowing which ones have an association with hearing loss will help you take action should you start noticing symptoms. Heart Disease Heart disease […]
Which Musicians Are Most at Risk of Hearing Loss?
Multiple studies have confirmed the link between loud music and hearing damage, mostly from attending concerts or playing music through headphones too loudly. However, a 2013 study has examined the link between orchestral musicians and hearing loss. The results are in: French horn players are at the greatest risk for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). About […]
As you know, we are in the midst of a pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus. As a health care facility, we have an obligation to serve our patients while at the same time doing our best to limit the spread of this highly contagious disease. We have instituted the following internal policies to limit […]
Keeping Hearing Aids Safe from Pets
Keeping your hearing aids away from pets is very important for two reasons: 1. Hearing aids are a significant investment in money and time, and 2. Hearing aid batteries are toxic to pets. Below are some tips for keeping your hearing aids stored safely away from your furry friends. Use a Hearing Aid Storage Case […]
7 Reasons to Get a Hearing Test
Hearing loss affects more than 48 million people and is the third most common chronic health condition among U.S. adults, after arthritis and heart disease. Hearing loss, in most cases, is also easy to treat with hearing aids. If you suspect you may have hearing loss, here are seven reasons you should finally schedule a […]
Resolve to Treat Your Tinnitus
This year, do something for you – resolve to finally treat the ringing in your ear. Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a buzzing, ringing, hissing, chirping or whistling in the ear. Even though tinnitus is common – the American Tinnitus Institute estimates that more than 45 million Americans experience the condition – many choose not […]
Why Do My Ears Ring After a Concert?
Your inner ears contain tiny hair cells, called stereocilia, that translate soundwaves into electrical energy that is then transmitted through the auditory nerve to the brain. When you attend a concert or any other event that exposes you to loud noises, you can harm those little hairs. Once damaged, they can misfire, sending made-up sound […]
How to Make Shopping with Hearing Loss Less Stressful
With the big day less than two weeks away — and if you have to ask “what big day?” then the situation is especially dire for you — we hope you have finished your holiday shopping (or at least made a significant dent in it). If you are one of the thousands of people with […]
Got Tinnitus? Here’s How to Get ZZZ’s.
San Diego residents with tinnitus often have trouble falling asleep. A constant ringing in your ears is a distraction even in the middle of the day; lying in bed in the dark, it can leave you tossing and turning even when you’re dead tired. We have some sleep strategies that should help tinnitus sufferers get […]
Hearing Aids: More than Just a Hearing Solution
Many people with age-related hearing loss in San Diego benefit from wearing hearing aids. Not only do they help users follow conversations more easily and ease the burden involved in taking part in social activities, they can also help stave off some of the negative health effects linked to hearing loss, and help ward off […]
Can Hearing Loss Be Improved with Surgery?
If you have hearing loss in San Diego, you might be wondering whether surgery can provide a solution. The short answer is, probably not; for 90 percent of people with a hearing impairment, the condition is irreversible. But there are some instances in which a surgical procedure might provide some benefit. The Odds Aren’t in […]
Can Untreated Hearing Loss Lead to Injury?
If you have hearing loss in San Diego, you’re already at a disadvantage when it comes to daily communication. People with impaired hearing also have a higher risk of experiencing a variety of physical, social and psychological conditions. One of these is accidental injury. Hearing Loss & Safety The National Health Interview Survey found that […]
Restaurant Noise: A Form of Discrimination?
If you suffer from hearing loss in San Diego and have ever tried to enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant, you have probably struggled. Restaurants are one of the noisiest public environments – and when you have trouble hearing, your experience can be downright unpleasant. It’s enough to make you want to stick to […]
Protect Your Ears During Festival Season
Summer is almost here. For many people in San Diego, that means it’s festival season. Whether you’re going to see a three-day lineup of the hottest bands in the country or a one-off concert, the music is bound to be loud. To avoid damage to your ears, you’ll have to be sure to protect your […]
Age-Related Genes for Hearing Loss Discovered
Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, is the most common cause of hearing impairment in San Diego. Unfortunately, a lifetime of noise exposure takes its toll on hearing. A recent study uncovered information on the genes responsible for age-related hearing loss, results that might someday lead to early intervention, mitigating the long-term effects of this physical […]
Sounding the Alarm: Hearing-Impaired Individuals at Higher Risk in Fires
House fires are frightening for anybody who experiences them. Fortunately, smoke alarms are literal lifesavers; they have led to a 50 percent decrease in fire-related fatalities over the past 30 years. But many people with hearing loss in San Diego are unable to hear the audible, high-pitched alarm – putting them at risk of being […]
Practice the Buddy System When Having Your Hearing Tested
If you’re planning on having a hearing test in San Diego, it’s a good idea to bring along a close companion such as a spouse or family member. Having somebody there who is familiar with you can provide your audiologist with valuable information when developing a treatment plan. The Benefits of Having a Companion Despite […]
Memory and Hearing Loss
We all forget things from time to time. This begins early in life – many a five-year-old has “forgotten” that it’s bedtime or mom said they could only have one cookie – and misplaced car keys plague adults of all ages. Serious memory loss is worrisome, but usually not an issue until later in life. […]
Take this Job and Love It: How to Prevent OTJ Hearing Loss
Canadian rock ‘n roll band Loverboy famously sang, “everybody’s working for the weekend.” It’s okay if you don’t love your job, but you shouldn’t have to worry about physical harm in the workplace. Unfortunately, one out of five people in San Diego has hearing loss, many of them developing it as a result of excess […]
The Best Gift You Can Give Your Family This Year: Your Hearing
Still unsure what to get your spouse for Christmas? Hint: a vacuum cleaner is a very bad idea! When it comes to finding that perfect gift for your loved ones, think outside the (wrapped) box this year. If you have hearing loss in San Diego, the best gift you can give your family this year […]
What Phone Apps Help You Hear Better?
People with hearing loss in San Diego will have a newfound app-reciation for their smartphones thanks to an abundance of free and inexpensive mobile apps designed for both iPhones and Android devices. Calorie counters, heartrate monitors, fitness trainers, and even mobile versions of popular health care sites like WebMD make it easier than ever for […]
Why Should You Wear Musician’s Earplugs?
Whether you’re a wannabe rock ‘n roll star playing to a few bored friends in your basement or have already made it big, showcasing your mad axe skills to enraptured audiences at gigs across San Diego, constant exposure to loud music can have long-term consequences. No, we’re not talking about groupies, but rather, hearing loss. […]
Can Hearing Aids Help Your Marriage?
Hearing loss is associated with a number of physical and sociological side effects. Not only can it negatively impact your health, but it might also be bad for your relationship. San Diego couples who believe their partners never listen to them may have a valid point when one of them returns from the grocery store […]
What Type of Hearing Aids are Best for You?
If you’re in need of hearing aids in San Diego and wondering which type is best for you, the short answer is: the ones you wear. While that answer may seem like a cop out, there’s a certain truth to the statement. Your audiologist in San Diego knows that in order to ensure you get […]
Can Headphones Prevent Hearing Loss?
If you’re like many people in San Diego and across the country, you like listening to music. And let’s face it: the louder it’s played, the better it sounds! With the possible exception of easy listening music, of course. But play your music too loudly, and you’re at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-Induced […]
The History of Hearing Aids
Think hearing aids are a new invention, created in San Diego just to treat baby boomers and those of the greatest generation? Think again. Hearing loss has been a problem since the beginning, and when there is a problem there are often people actively trying to solve it. For many years, individuals with hearing loss […]
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month
Every May since 1927,the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has been educating the public about hearing and speech disorders. The cause gained even more traction in 1986 when President Reagan issued a formal proclamation designating May as the official month to encourage people to take action if they believe there might be a problem with their […]
Do You Have Hearing Loss?
While there are 48 million people in San Diego and around the country with hearing loss, it may be surprising to learn that many of these individuals would answer no to this question. That is because hearing loss is a progressive condition. It appears gradually over time so some simply do not realize they are […]
What are Musician Earplugs?
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noises, known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), is one of the most common and preventable types of hearing loss. It is estimated that 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 are experiencing hearing loss that is the result of exposure to […]
Dating with Hearing Loss
Dating is hard enough; add hearing loss into the mix and the whole thing seems daunting. But San Diego audiologists agree that with a few little tweaks to the process, you can date to your heart’s content. Below are our top tips. Location is King Just like in real estate, picking the right date spot […]
What is Real Ear Verification?
If you are in the process of getting a hearing aid, no doubt you have had your fair share of fittings. One of the most important ones is called a real ear verification test, as it is used to program your hearing aid to your specific type of hearing loss. Why is Fitting Your Hearing […]
Hearing Loss from Balloons?
A new study by a pair of researchers at the University of Alberta found that the sound of a popping balloon can be louder than a gunshot. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Sounds are measured in decibels; anything over 85 dB can cause hearing loss. Noise induced hearing loss is caused by exposure to an extremely loud […]
How to Test Kids for Hearing Loss
Nearly three of every one thousand babies are born with some form of hearing loss. In most cases, however, hearing issues aren’t discovered in children until they are at least two years old. The first two years of a child’s life are hugely important in physical development as well as in forming emotional, learning and […]
The Dangers of Cotton Swabs
Your San Diego audiologist would be the first to tell you not to put something in your ear. And of course you would agree with them! I bet you even still agree with them when you are using a cotton swab to clean out your ear after a shower. Unfortunately, cotton swabs are in fact […]
Why Socialization is Good for Your Hearing
We previously published an article about the role socializing plays in your ability to hear. One study suggested that more social interactions increase your capacity to understand social sounds. It also showed that these sounds can physically modify the ear to increase sensitivity, though the precise location of this change is unknown. This research has […]
Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss affects an estimated 48 million people in San Diego and throughout the country. There are many different causes, which translates to different types of hearing loss. An understanding of the cause and type of hearing loss is essential in developing a successful treatment plan. Types of Hearing Loss There are three main types […]
High-Frequency Hearing Loss
One of the most common types of hearing loss is high-frequency hearing loss. People in San Diego and around the country with this condition have trouble hearing sounds in the 2,000 to 8,000 Hz range. This typically prevents individuals from hearing s, h or f sounds as well as women and children. Other sounds these […]
Hearing Loss Facts for Summer
Do you know how to protect your ears from hearing loss all winter long? There are plenty of festive activities throughout the summer months, some of which may increase your risk for noise-induced hearing loss if. Many San Diego residents remain unaware of the potential problems caused by noise from Padres games and other high-volume […]
How to Diagnose Tinnitus
Wow, that fly sure is annoying. If you are one of the almost 50 million people in San Diego and throughout the country that has just realized there is in fact no bee, you are probably suffering from tinnitus. So, How do you diagnose tinnitus? What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a […]
Hearing Loss’ Connection to Mental Health
Have you ever sat by yourself in a quiet room for days or weeks on end? Hopefully not. Unfortunately, this is how many individuals with untreated hearing loss in San Diego live their everyday lives. There are 48 million Americans suffering from hearing loss but only one in five of them actually seeks treatment. These […]
Hearing Aid Attachments
The Right Attachments for Your Hearing Aids You bought the best hearing aids in San Diego, your hearing is as good as it can get now, right? Wrong! There are many additional features, called hearing aid accessories that can be added to your device to elevate your hearing even more. Think of them like attachments […]
Why Do You Hear a Ringing in Your Ear?
Have you ever thought you heard a fax coming in only to realize that you have not owned a personal fax machine for at least two decades? Hearing a low buzzing, hissing, ringing in the ear, roaring or clicking is a sign you may be suffering from tinnitus. What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus is the sensation […]
How to Troubleshoot Your Hearing Aids
Troubleshooting Hearing Aids We are all busy people. Who has the time to drive back and forth to their San Diego audiologist’s office whenever the slightest thing goes wrong with their hearing aid? Before you sit in San Diego traffic, try the following techniques for a quick fix. If there is no sound: Make sure […]
The Why and How of Hearing Aid Maintenance
There is no getting around it, hearing aids are expensive. Like any pricey purchase, you want them to last as long as possible. Do you have the oil in your car changed regularly? Do you keep your house clean? Do you wash your favorite shirt right after you dribble wine on it? Of course you […]
Can Light Therapy Be Used to Treat Tinnitus?
Who doesn’t love hearing sounds that are not really there? Not. Annoying. At. All. Ever considered using light therapy for your tinnitus treatment? Patients in San Diego with tinnitus report hearing a number of different sounds, such as a ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking or hissing, and these sounds may range in pitch from low to […]
Can Young People Also Suffer from Hearing Loss?
Hearing Loss in Children San Diego kids these days seem indestructible. They jump off monkey bars, flip on trampolines and even dive in the shallow end of the pool. But one thing does seem to catch up to them – hearing loss. Children of all ages in San Diego and around the country can experience […]
New Wireless Hearing Aid Technology
Remember back in the day when you only had a corded home telephone? And that was all! You connected with your friends and family while sitting 4 inches from the wall in your kitchen. Times sure have changed. Not only do fewer and fewer people even have a home phone, but we are overloaded with […]
The Sweet Sounds of Tinnitus!
After anxiously waiting in the online queue for what felt like hours, you finally snagged those tickets to the hottest show coming to San Diego. We will call him “Truce Ringsteen”. Once you are done celebrating, it is time to figure out how to prepare for the concert of your life. Concerts are one of […]
Children, Headphones & Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Children in San Diego and throughout the country are at an ever growing risk of developing hearing loss. The number of Americans with hearing loss has actually doubled within the past 30 years. This steep increase can be partially attributed to the use of personal music players. San Diego audiologists explain that the danger of […]
How Hearing Aids Can Help Date Night
January is a weird month; you’re tired from all the holiday travels and still in a food coma from all the cookies. If you feel like taking it easy but still want to get out of the house the best place to go is the movies. The theater has everything those in San Diego want: […]
The Big Hearing Aid Misconception
Are you part of the 80 percent of the 48 million individuals in San Diego and around the country who suffer from hearing loss but don’t use hearing aids? If so, separating hearing aid facts from fiction may help convince you that you have nothing to fear by taking the plunge toward better hearing. Myth: […]
How Socialization is Good for Your Hearing
There are many mysteries left to discover about our auditory system. Key among these mysteries is its capacity to adapt over time, which generally occurs as a response to our environment. As sounds enter our outer ear, pass through the cochlear and are transmitted to our brain, they have the power to influence our auditory […]
Exercise May Help Your Hearing
The benefits of exercise are widespread and well-documented. Regular physical fitness can positively impact your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Commonly referenced benefits of exercise include improved mood, reduced risk of chronic illness and a longer life. Recently, a new addition to the long list of exercise-related benefits has been discovered at the University of […]
Improved Test for Hearing Aid Fittings
Hearing loss is often referred to as a “silent disease.” Both the invisible nature and gradual progression of the condition can make it hard to identify, but one of the early indicators in difficulty hearing high-frequency sounds. Because individuals with high-frequency hearing loss are often able to hear low- to mid-frequency sounds normally, this impairment […]
The Do’s and Don’ts of Hearing Aid Repair
Hearing aids consist of many small, technologically advanced parts. As a result, the occasional malfunction is commonplace. Should your hearing aid need servicing, take the following do’s and don’ts into consideration. The Don’ts of Hearing Aid Repair : Don’t Do It Yourself (DIY) Hearing aids may appear to be a straightforward piece of technology; however, […]
The Hidden Hearing Loss Effect
Each day we all experience sound in the environment. Many of these sounds are low intensity, satisfying, and others are the mundane sounds of life, such as television, radio, household appliances, cars running, traffic, etc. Most of these sounds are at very safe levels and do not cause any danger to hearing. We also know however, […]
How Hearing Aids Will Help Your Career
The average US citizen is staying in the workforce longer than in previous generations. One consequence of this trend has been an increase of hearing impaired employees. Due to social stigma, a high percentage of people avoid seeking immediate treatment for their condition, choosing instead to cope with their hearing loss privately. However, the use […]
Listen Up, Seniors! Don’t Forget to Get Your Hearing Checked
Hearing loss is the third most common health condition in the United States. Hearing loss is often overlooked due to the invisible nature of the condition; however, it affects as many as 48 million Americans. The stigma of hearing loss often prevents individuals from seeking treatment for a hearing impairment, but early intervention is one […]
6 Ways to Stop Those Annoying Tinnitus Sounds
The only thing more annoying than the ringing in your ears is being unable to make it stop. Tinnitus is a term that describes the persistent presences of phantom sounds, which can manifest in many forms including ringing, buzzing or whooshing. There is still no proven cure for tinnitus; however, there are many ways individuals […]
The Gift of Sound: The Benefits of Wearing Hearing Aids
The old adage of “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone” rings especially true in reference to your hearing. Many individuals fail to appreciate the many benefits hearing provides. Once you lose your hearing, you lose more than the ability to hear well; you also lose your capacity to communicate and connect with […]
Mapping Hearing Loss Solutions
Google.org, the charitable arm of the world’s largest search engine, is supporting World Wide Hearing (WWH) to find a solution to what the World Health Organization (WHO) has described as one of the largest disabilities on the planet. Hearing loss. It affects one-third of people over the age of 65 and more than 1 billion young people are at risk for impaired […]
Hearing Loss in Children
October is a time for celebration—not just in the costumes-and-candy way, but also in the empowerment through education way! For those who might not know, October is Audiology Awareness month, and as hearing health professionals, we welcome the opportunity to encourage awareness and education about America’s third most common health problem: hearing loss. Hearing loss […]
Insects May Shape the Future of Hearing Aids
The scientific community has dedicated years to researching the human ear in order to understand how sound is transmitted to the brain. New advances in technology have allowed us to explore the auditory system more comprehensively than ever before. As a result, hearing technology conglomerates are creating the most innovative and effective treatments for the […]
The Latest on Cognitive Decline, Listening Effort and Hearing Aids
The prevalence of dementia is expected to soar as the average life expectancy increases, but recent estimates suggest that the age-specific incidence of dementia is declining in high-income countries. In the February 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Claudia Satizabal and colleagues report “robust evidence” of dementia’s decline. Using observational data collected […]
Will Gene Therapy Help Cure Tinnitus?
Tinnitus, a condition where individuals hear persistent phantom sounds, is more prevalent than you might realize. The condition affects up to 50 million Americans, or 20 percent of the population. Tinnitus sounds can manifest differently depending on the individual—buzzing, whooshing, ringing, for example—and the severity can range from mild to debilitating. There are proven tinnitus […]
When to Repair or Replace Your Hearing Aids
As audiology professionals, we are often asked whether it is better to repair or replace a hearing device. The truth is, both hearing aid repair and purchasing new technology have their benefits and the correct answer is largely dependent on the patient. At San Diego Hearing Center, we take each individual’s needs into consideration when […]
What’s the Best Way to Treat Your Tinnitus?
If your life has been affected by tinnitus, a perception of sounds when no sound is present, then you understand what a drastic impact it can have on an individual’s well-being. Persistent and unwanted sounds can impede a person’s ability to perform their daily activities, cause sleep disorders and even lead to depression. Fortunately, there […]
Hearing Health and Outdoor Concerts
The summer is winding down, and in other parts of the country, so are outdoor music events. However, San Diego’s incredible climate allows us the distinct pleasure of enjoying outdoor concerts well into the fall. For example, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps provides unparalleled ocean views during its summer-to-fall concert series. Humphrey’s Concerts at the […]