Hearing Specialist Blog
How Long Does it Take to Get Used to Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids can make a huge difference in addressing problems with hearing; they can also take some getting used to.Learn More
Conquering Communication Breakdowns Caused by Dining
If you're hard of hearing, you might have difficulties communicating at the dining table. Whether you're eating dinner out, having a big meal at home for the holidays, or just going about the usual dinner routine at home, communicating can be difficult.Learn More
Conquering Communication Breakdowns On The Phone Caused by Hearing Loss
Phone calls are one of the most difficult places for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate.Learn More
Conquering Communication Breakdowns In The Car Caused By Hearing Loss
One of the best parts of any road trip is the conversations you have with the people you're with, but for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, car rides can present some communication challenges.Learn More
Conquering Communication Breakdowns At Home Caused By Hearing Loss
Home is where you're meant to feel the most comfortable and the most confident in your ability to communicate. So why do communication breakdowns still happen in our own homes?Learn More
What Is A Baseline Hearing Test And Why Do You Need One?
A baseline hearing test will determine your level of hearing and allow your audiologist to set up any necessary follow-up hearing tests so they can monitor any changes. Ideally, you should consider having your hearing tested for a baseline hearing level if you’re between 21-50 years of age.Learn More
Single-Sided Deafness: What It Is and How to Treat it
Experiencing hearing loss is difficult. In group conversations or at events with a lot of background noise, it can be incredibly challenging to understand what people are saying.Learn More
How Much Are Hearing Aids and Will Your Insurance Cover Them?
The price of hearing aids is a common question and a necessary discussion to have with patients. There are many different factors that determine the cost of hearing aids.Learn More
How to Connect Your Hearing Aids and Cell Phone
Being able to connect your hearing aids to your phone is not a completely new idea, as people previously were able to do so by wearing an additional accessory like a necklace. However, we can now connect your hearing aids wirelessly to your iPhone or android cell phone.Learn More
How to Talk to Loved Ones About Hearing Aids or a Hearing Test When They are Hesitant
80% of adults between the ages of 55 and 74 who would benefit from wearing hearing aids don’t use them. Without realizing it, we slowly begin to turn the volume up on devices, move closer to people to hear better, or begin to lip-read.Learn More
Compare Hearing Aid Brands and Reasons to Upgrade
If you are thinking of upgrading your current hearing aids for better and newer technology, now is the perfect time! This blog will discuss the hearing aid technology advancements of the most common brands we fit patients with.Learn More
Hearing Loss and The Holidays: Tips for Hearing Loss at Gatherings and Parties
The holidays can be a busy and stressful time, and perhaps even more stressful for people who are hard of hearing. See helpful tips to use as a listener or a speaker to make the holiday season easier on individuals with hearing loss.Learn More
What Are Locked Hearing Aids & Why You Should Avoid Them
Unfortunately, most patients who purchase a locked hearing aid were never told what a “locked hearing aid” is and what it could mean for you if you purchase them.Learn More
What the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act Means for You
We are excited to see positive movement for the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA) of 2021, a legislative bill that will help patients have direct access to an audiologist instead of needing a referral from their primary doctor.Learn More
What is Amptify and How It Can Benefit Your Hearing
Hearing aids can restore our access to sounds that we were unable to hear, but there is a crucial part of how we hear that can't be helped with hearing aids.Learn More
How to Protect Your Hearing From Fireworks
While the fourth of July is an exciting time and brings about beautiful fireworks, it is important to remember fireworks can cause damage to your hearing. Through proper preparation, you and your loved ones can enjoy the Fourth of July holiday without the fear of damaging your ears.Learn More
The Father's Day Gift to Give and to Receive
What better Father’s Day gift is there than the gift of hearing and better listening? Whether you are a father, a son, a grandfather, a grandson, an uncle, a nephew, a mentor, a mentee, a friend or just a human looking to enhance all of your relationships, learning how to listen is transformational.Learn More
Kirsten's Favorite Audiology Products
Each May, Better Hearing and Speech Month, is a time to raise awareness about communication and hearing disorders while letting people know more about available treatment options that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems speaking or hearing.Learn More
Am I ‘Losing It?’ - The Connection Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline
We begin experiencing hearing loss in our twenties. For many in our 50-60’s, we are more aware and work harder to be an active participant in conversation, especially in a noisy restaurant. At this point, we most likely have a mild hearing loss.Learn More
Everything You Need to Know About Medicare Advantage and Hearing Aids
If you’re thinking of changing to a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, we want to make sure that you have everything you need to make a well-informed choice when it comes to changing your coverage.Learn More
How Does Hearing Loss Affect Relationships?
Living with a person who has hearing loss can be difficult at times for both people. It requires a lot of patience and understanding, but in the end, working together is part of a strong relationship and it takes both parties to make it work.Learn More
Introducing Our New Partner... Dr. Kirsten McWilliams!
We have some exciting news here at The Hearing Solution! We have a brand new partner: Dr. Kirsten McWilliams.Learn More
Hate your hearing aids? It’s most likely a problem with the programming, not the device!
Is your hearing aid device not working as it should do? Is it causing you more issues than it’s solving? You might not have to replace your hearing aids - you can actually get them reprogrammed instead!Learn More
Audiologist Kirsten McWilliams is Now a Doctor Cliff AuD Approved Provider!
We’ve got great news to share with you. Our very own Dr. Kirsten McWilliams is now “Dr. Cliff Approved.”Learn More
Considering Buying Hearing Aids? Here’s What to Ask Your Provider
If you are considering the use of hearing aids, answer these important questions during the purchasing process.Learn More
Recent Study Shows That Mild Hearing Loss Can Lead To Cognitive Decline
Recent research has shown that adults who develop age-related hearing loss also have a higher chance of cognitive decline.Learn More
4 Tips To Help Enjoy The Holidays With Hearing Loss
For those with hearing loss, the holidays can often be a frustrating time filled with social anxiety and isolation. It’s hard to participate in the festivities and be included in conversations if you can’t hear what’s being said.Learn More
New Hearing Aids and Difficulty Communicating with Loved Ones
After being tested and fitted for hearing aids, it can take anywhere from 4 to 20 weeks for the brain to adjust to the new audio input it receives. This adjustment period is 100% natural.Learn More
Audiology Medicare Access: When Will You Be Eligible?
For years, basic services like hearing aids haven’t been covered under Medicare. However, recently proposed legislation could correct some of these glaring gaps.Learn More
Can Hearing Aids Really Reduce the Risk of Dementia, Depression and Accidents?
The relationship between hearing loss and dementia is well-documented. But only recently have researchers started to take a more active interest in studying this link in greater detail.Learn More
What’s the Difference between Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers?
If sound clarity is important to you, you may want to visit a licensed professional trained in proper hearing aid fitting and customization. Check out the differences between audiologists and hearing aid dispensers to help you decide which path to go.Learn More
Cochlear Implant Pros and Cons: What You Need to Know
Cochlear implants are implantable medical devices that allow wearers to hear and process audio information more clearly. Although cochlear implants perform the same basic function as hearing aids, there are several key differences between how both assistive hearing technologies work.Learn More
Constant Ringing in the Ears (A.K.A. Tinnitus - What It Is and How to Treat It)
For many sufferers, it’s a simple annoyance that comes and goes. The official name for this medical condition is ”tinnitus,” and can be “a constant buzzing, hissing, humming or ringing in the ears – with no apparent sound source.”Learn More
Are Bluetooth Hearing Aids Truly Worth It?
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids work by creating a wireless connection with other Bluetooth devices to send and receive audio information. This wireless “pairing” can be established with everything from speakers to cell phones to TV’s to computers.Learn More
Are Hearing Loss and Dementia Related?
It’s not uncommon for hearing to degrade with age - in fact, gradual hearing loss is a natural part of growing older. However, many of our patients worry that the hearing loss they are experiencing may be an early indicator of dementia or some other type of neurological disease. Are these fears unfounded?Learn More
High Pitch Hearing Test – What it is and why you might need one.
It’s very common for adults to lose hearing for high pitches or in the higher frequencies. The process happens slowly over time, making hearing conversation in noise and small details of speech more challenging to understand. But what causes this type of hearing loss?Learn More
What Is the Best Hearing Aid on the Market?
It’s not uncommon to treat hearing aids like any other consumer item. During the shopping process, you might read reviews or talk to friends as you search for the highest rated hearing aids you can find. And on the surface, this makes perfect sense. Better quality means better audio input, right?Learn More
How to Deal With Hearing Aid Problems in Noisy Environments
Are your hearing aids effective in noisy situations – like when dining in a crowded restaurant? It’s incredibly frustrating. Here's why just hearing aids don't always work.Learn More
Sudden Hearing Loss – What Does it Mean and How is it Treated?
As the name suggests, sudden hearing loss can strike suddenly and without warning making it a life-disrupting experience. If you've lost partial or full hearing, do not panic. There are several treatments that could remedy your condition.Learn More
How Auditory Training Can Retrain Your Brain to "Hear" Better
Even mild hearing loss can change your brain. So, what does this mean and how does auditory training help?Learn More
The Hidden Link between Hearing Loss and Memory Loss
How do you know if you’re suffering from memory loss, hearing loss, or a combination?Learn More
Sound Therapy for Tinnitus to Reduce Ringing in the Ears
Tinnitus is the perception of a sound without an external sound source and is most often described as a high pitched ringing or buzzing.Learn More