How Does Active Noise Cancelling Work?

If you love listening to music through headphones, you are likely aware of how many models are insufficient at competing with the external world. Earbuds tend to be the worst at this game of “one-upmanship.”  Without a cone of padding and noise protection to block out the external world, most wearers of earbuds find that they create a puzzling combination … Read More

Tips for Cleaning Your Ears

Nearly everyone has had the temptation to put a cotton swab into the ear canal. Seemingly designed for this express purpose, it seems like a cotton swab could be a good way to clean excess wax out of the ears. Although this hygiene habit seems good at face value, upon closer inspection, you will find you are doing more harm … Read More

Seeking Hearing Loss Treatment Could Help Prevent or Delay Dementia

Nearly 50 million people, globally, live with dementia. Dementia is a group of medical conditions that reduce cognitive function: critical thinking, reasoning, memory, decision making etc. Types of dementia include Lewy body, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease but the most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s accounts for 60-80% of the dementia that people experience. The number of people impacted … Read More

Tips for Virtual Communication from People with Hearing Loss 

In recent months, virtual communication has become the primary way we spend time with others, attend events, participate in talks, and work. There are different platforms that facilitate virtual communication which many of us use daily at this point. Though it is designed to be convenient and easy, virtual communication can present specific challenges for people with hearing loss. It … Read More

What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation

If you are anticipating your upcoming hearing test then let’s start by saying congratulations! Of the 28 million people who could benefit from hearing aids due to a hearing issue, less than one in three, or 30 percent have ever used them.  Taking the leap to admit you may have a hearing problem is an often difficult step in dealing … Read More

Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month with a Hearing Test!

Every September, the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) celebrates awareness and challenges the stigma that surrounds dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating disease of the brain, causing large amounts of brain cells to die, affecting an individual’s ability to think clearly. Most common in people over the age of 65, the risk of Alzheimer’s increases with age, affecting an estimated 1 in … Read More

Hearing Loss and Sleep

Restful sleep is critical for the overall health of our bodies. We are all familiar with the impact of little, or disrupted sleep – lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, groggy, headache, irritability etc. Sleep allows the body to repair and regenerate all the vital components that actively work to sustain the body: blood vessels, muscles (including the heart), the brain, … Read More

Top Tips for Earwax Removal 

Earwax is a bodily production that we are all familiar with and have a routine for regularly removing. But earwax, in small amounts, is actually needed to maintain a healthy ecosystem in our ears. Excessive earwax can be potentially harmful which is why removal is so important. So, what is the purpose of earwax? And what is the balance between … Read More

Tinnitus Treatment Options

Have you been suffering from a seemingly inescapable buzzing, ringing or roaring in your ears that seem to be coming from nowhere? This is called tinnitus and is fairly common, affecting an estimated 50 million in just the US, or one in six people.  While a little buzzing every now and then might not seem like a big problem at … Read More

The Role of Ears in the Balance System

While people often believe that hearing happens in the ears, it is important to understand that it occurs equally in the brain. While our ears collect sound, it is the brain that processes that sound so we can understand speech and recognize the source of the audio information in our world. Similarly, our balance is a collaboration of our ears … Read More