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Have a Great Conversation

Guest Author: Amber Frazier, Student Clinician Conversation is key to healthy relationships. But when and where is the ideal time and place to have a meaningful conversation? Should couples and partners converse about important topics at home? In the car? At a restaurant? Communication encompasses three variables: the speaker, the listener, and the environment. Each of these variables…
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Communication: The Key to Connection

There is a month dedicated for many causes: February is National Heart month, September is Falls Prevention Awareness month, November is National Diabetes month, and May is Better Speech and Hearing month (BSHM).  BSHM was first established in 1927 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  ASHA’s theme for this year’s BSHM is Communication: The Key…
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Start the New Year with a Hearing Screening!

Do you remember an elementary school hearing screening? Donning bulky headphones and raising your right or left hand when you heard a beep in the respective ear? Hearing screenings are important for children, especially as they learn language in school. Designer Audiology previously wrote a blog about them (See The Important of Hearing Screenings for…
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Consumer Checklist for Purchasing a Hearing Aid: Part 3/3

The Hearing Loss Association of America has a checklist for consumers purchasing hearing aids. There are three sections: Testing, Dispensing, and Full Disclosure. In this post, we cover the last section: Full Disclosure. Missed one of the first two? Go back and read Part 1 and Part 2. FULL DISCLOSURE   Did you receive a…
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Consumer Checklist for Purchasing a Hearing Aid: Part 2/3

The Hearing Loss Association of America has a checklist for consumers purchasing hearing aids. There are three sections: Testing, Dispensing, and Full Disclosure. The first of these three blogs was posted last month and addressed the “Testing” category. This post discusses how Designer Audiology addresses the “Dispensing” section DISPENSING   Do you know why a particular…
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Consumer Checklist for Purchasing a Hearing Aid: Part 1/3

The Hearing Loss Association of America has a checklist for consumers purchasing hearing aids. There are three sections: Testing, Dispensing, and Full Disclosure. This post discusses how Designer Audiology addresses the Testing section, and next blog posts will cover Dispensing and Full Disclosure. TESTING   Were you given a hearing screening or full hearing exam? In the…
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October is Maryland Audiology Awareness Month

Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, signed a proclamation declaring October, 2016 as Maryland Audiology Awareness month.  The proclamation was requested by the Maryland Academy of Audiology (MAA) and highlights the fact that people tend to neglect their hearing difficulties as the aging process occurs.  It also highlights the current research of comorbidities related to hearing…
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The Importance of Hearing Screenings for Children

It’s that time of year again: the days are getting shorter, the leaves are just starting to fall, and the kids are back in school. Maryland statue (7-404) and regulations (05.05.07) ensures that school-aged children receive a hearing screening the year the child enters school, in first grade, and when he or she enters eighth…
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Trends in Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries

As mentioned in the previous post about batteries, hearing aids have four main components: microphone, amplifier, speaker/receiver, and a battery. Batteries range in size, from #10 (small) to #675 (large), depending on the size of the hearing aid. A new trend in hearing aids is the option of rechargeable batteries. There are two main advantages for users who…
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Tips for Buying Hearing System Batteries

There are four main components to a hearing system, including personal sound amplifier (PSAP), hearing aid, and cochlear implant: microphone, receiver, amplifier, and battery. Without the battery to power the device, the system would not function. As I explain to patients during a PSAP, hearing aid, or cochlear implant orientation, batteries can be purchased in…
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