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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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Telecoil Technology Expands the Power of Hearing Technology

Do you have hearing aids and/or a cochlear implant, but still have trouble hearing and understanding speech in large spaces? A telecoil might help! A telecoil, or t-coil, is a wireless receiver made from a small, copper wire that is wrapped around a core that picks up special broadcasted electromagnetic signals. Telecoils are often placed in hearing devices including personal…
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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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Ear Canal Cleaning 101

“Remember to clean your ears!”  I can hear my mother telling me this after a long day of playing outside in the Michigan summers.  At that time, I’m not sure I knew what an ear canal cleaning really was, or even how to do it. Have things changed?  Thanks to my advanced training in the…
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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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Intro to Hearing Amplification Devices

Interested in hearing better, but not yet ready for hearing aids?  Hearing amplification devices may be for you!  Hearing amplification devices, also called personal sound amplifier products (PSAPs) or assistive listening devices (ALDs) are intended for use in specific situations and for limited times during the day.  These devices can help enhance the clarity of…
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Communication During Better Speech and Hearing Month

May is Better Speech and Hearing month. Jada Pinkett Smith once said “My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships.” At Designer Audiology, we are passionate about all-around communication. Communication is more than speech and hearing; it includes spoken words, tonal qualities, inflection, eye contact, body language, and more. Services…
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