A Week of TED on Hearing

We recently did a special week of posts on our Facebook Page featuring five TED talks. These influential videos from expert speakers showcased five topics related to hearing. Monday Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health — even costing lives. He lays out an 8-step plan to soften…
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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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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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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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Should you buy from online hearing aid stores?

You’ve probably noticed that you can buy almost anything on the internet today. You can order toilet paper, groceries, cars… even live ladybugs! Unfortunately, the ease of buying things online sometimes ignores the need for professional service. For example, when was the last time you heard someone shopping for a hip replacement online? When you think…
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What is an Audiologist?

When meeting people for the first time, I’m often asked “What do you do for a living?”  Enthusiastically, I respond, “I’m an Audiologist!” “What?” I pause for a moment to see if the person starts laughing, thinking I’ve never heard that joke before, or to see a blank face waiting for me to repeat or…
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