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All About Tinnitus

In Tinnitus by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

Have you ever experienced hearing a ringing or phantom sound in your ear? If so, you’ve experienced tinnitus, an incredibly common condition that nonetheless needs to be taken seriously. Tinnitus can be brought on by a variety of causes and it can manifest in different ways, but at the root it always indicates damage to the auditory system. Roughly one …

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Veterans and Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

Tinnitus and hearing loss are the number one and number two reasons that veterans go to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers seeking support. With this immense need in mind, you might wonder why they seem to have such high rates of these diagnoses and if their levels of tinnitus and hearing loss are greater than the …

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Occupational Hearing Hazards

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

The world we live in is a noisy one! From the moment we wake to an alarm clock, to our morning commute and our time at work, we are faced with all sorts of sounds. While sound is an important sense, allowing us to hear our family, friends, co-workers, as well as releasing dopamine when we hear sounds that cause …

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Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunion

In Uncategorized by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

This year’s holidays will look quite different for many of us. Whereas in the past we might have traveled many miles to meet up with family members for an annual reunion, the current global health crisis makes that impossible for some of ourselves or our family members.  When too many people in a family unit are unable to make the …

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Understanding Sensorineural Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

Hearing loss is a pervasive medical condition that over 40 million people experience in the U.S. There are three main types: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common form of impaired hearing, accounting for 90% of the hearing loss that people have. It is a permanent health condition that reduces a person’s ability to …

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Understanding Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

Most of us who are fortunate enough to reach old age will experience some form of hearing loss. The natural process of growing older is accompanied with hearing loss as the years go by, but some other people experience hearing loss due to exposure to very loud sounds. Indeed, even if that loud sound occurs for a rather brief period …

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Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month with a Hearing Test!

In Dementia & Alzheimer's by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

As we know, Alzheimer’s disease, along with other forms of dementia, afflict nearly 50 million people worldwide, leading to cognitive decline, memory loss, and eventual disorientation from the world. Without a cure, many have a sense of hopelessness when it comes to these conditions. This month comes as a challenge to truly celebrate the successes that have been made in …

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Adjusting to New Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

When you first start wearing hearing aids, sounds may seem loud or strange. Over a week or two, your ears and brain will adjust to your hearing aids, and you’ll be able to hear much better than you did without hearing devices. Adjusting to the Feeling of Hearing Aids Your hearing aids may feel strange during the first few days. …

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What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

Now that you have decided to take the step toward seeking hearing assistance, you will find that you have a lot to learn. Fortunately, your hearing health professional is there to guide you through the process. The first step you need to take is to schedule a hearing test. At this appointment you will not only have the examination and …

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Tips for Selecting Hearing Aids

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

The very fact you’re thinking of getting a hearing aid means you’re already well on your way toward better hearing.  Hearing aids won’t restore your hearing, but since they make soft sounds easier to hear, they can be incredibly beneficial. Catching these sounds can boost your ability to interact, be they one-on-one or in group settings, feel engaged when you’re …