From the category archives: Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat

How do you know which hearing aid is right for you? Read Dr. Ramakrishnan's article on how to choose the right hearing aid and more.

Is There a Connection Between Hearing Loss and Dementia?

Hearing loss is a natural part of aging. In fact, an estimated 25 percent of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss that is so prevalent it can become disabling, according to the Hearing Language Association of America

Of course, there are aspects of hearing loss that the statistics never show, such as the frustration of not being able to hear conversations in a restaurant or always asking others to constantly repeat themselves. 

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10 Tips on How to Live with Hearing Loss

About 15 percent of American adults have trouble hearing ---this translates to roughly 37.5 million people. Those who are 60 to 69 years old are much more likely to have hearing loss.  In fact, 25 percent of those between 65 to 74 have difficulty hearing to the extent that it is disabling, according to information from the Hearing Language Association of America. 

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Can Hearing Aids Treat Tinnitus?

It’s not unusual to occasionally experience a ringing in your ears, especially after being exposed to a loud noise or during a bad ear infection. While the noise is irritating and inconvenient, it eventually subsides.

But imagine what your life would be like if it didn’t.

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Audiologist vs. Hearing Aid Dispenser: A Comparative Chart

At first glance, there seems to be very little difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser. There are extensive differences in the education, clinical expertise and services offered by audiologists and hearing aid dispensers. For example, did you know that audiologists are required to have more than 1,800 hours of clinical training? Did you know they work closely with ENT doctors to help treat tinnitus and balance disorders? We realize these differences can be confusing. We compiled a comparative chart to help you better understand the important role audiologists play in your care.

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Should You Buy Your Hearing Aid Online?

Eyeglasses, vitamins, groceries…almost everything can be bought online. With retail giants like Amazon selling items ranging from computers to emergency medical supplies, it may seem logical to save money by purchasing your hearing aids online. While it may seem like you’re getting a deal, our audiologists caution that there’s much more to consider than merely getting a good deal. Purchasing a less expensive hearing aid online may actually cost you more money in the long run---and your online “bargain” may not resolve your hearing problems. 

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Do You Hear What I Hear? 6 Tips for Communicating with the Hard of Hearing

It’s great to visit relatives at large holiday gatherings, but do you find you often have to repeat yourself? Perhaps your grandmother can’t understand certain phrases or your aunt can’t understand you from another room. It’s not unusual to have several relatives who have difficulty hearing. When you’re trying to explain something to them, it can be exasperating  to repeat it three or four times.

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Three Ways to Know if You Need a Hearing Test

A Friday night dinner with friends is a time for good food and great conversation--but if you have difficulty understanding what they’re saying, an engaging evening out becomes a frustrating challenge. If you consistently have trouble hearing when in groups or noisy environments, it may be time for a hearing test. Hearing loss is incredibly common. Following are three ways to know if you need a test.

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The Four Best Hearing Aid Advancements

To say hearing aids have come a long way is an understatement. Digital technology has revolutionized their design, making them both smaller and easier to adjust. Some are even rechargeable, meaning there's no need to stock up on small batteries. See the four best hearing aid advancements.

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How Do Hearing Aids Work?

If you lived 100 years ago, a "portable" hearing aid was the size of a filing cabinet that weighed 220 pounds. Not exactly ideal if you're trying to catch the latest show at Raleigh Little Theatre. Hearing aid technology has revolutionized assistance for those who are hard-of-hearing, and it has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Learn more about the history of hearing aids and how they work.

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How Loud is Too Loud? Seven Ways to Protect Your Hearing

Listening to your favorite band during a gym workout can inspire you through those last five minutes, but it may be doing irreversible damage to your hearing. One in 5 Americans experience hearing loss, but a staggering 80 percent do nothing about it. Hearing loss can lead to other problems such as tinnitus, social isolation, and sleep disturbances. It can also triple your risk of falling. How loud is too loud? We’ve compiled some useful information to take the mystery out of sound measurement.

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