Hearing Specialist Blog

What Are Locked Hearing Aids & Why You Should Avoid Them

What Are Locked Hearing Aids & Why You Should Avoid Them

November 4, 2021

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.

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Tinnitus: Why Does It Happen?

Tinnitus: Why Does It Happen?

October 1, 2021

Tinnitus is not a disease, but rather a symptom associated with a number of causes and aggravating co-factors. Before we can understand what tinnitus is, we must understand how we hear.

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Back to School, Back to Hearing and Processing

Back to School, Back to Hearing and Processing

September 7, 2021

As September brings the start of a new school year, we must ensure students are prepared to learn in all ways. Hearing is critical in providing access to all sounds and information needed to guarantee success.

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What the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act Means for You

What the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act Means for You

July 29, 2021

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.

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What is Amptify and How It Can Benefit Your Hearing

What is Amptify and How It Can Benefit Your Hearing

July 8, 2021

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.

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How to Protect Your Hearing From Fireworks

How to Protect Your Hearing From Fireworks

June 28, 2021

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.

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The Father's Day Gift to Give and to Receive

The Father's Day Gift to Give and to Receive

June 10, 2021

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.

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Why is Hearing in Noise So Hard?

Why is Hearing in Noise So Hard?

May 25, 2021

The ability to hear in noise is complex. To hear in noise, we use our brain’s higher areas which are responsible for our processing ability. Hearing in noise is dependent upon a couple factors.

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Am I ‘Losing It?’ - The Connection Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

Am I ‘Losing It?’ - The Connection Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

May 5, 2021

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.

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Kirsten's Favorite Audiology Products

Kirsten's Favorite Audiology Products

May 5, 2021

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.

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How Fast Will My Hearing Loss Progress?

How Fast Will My Hearing Loss Progress?

April 21, 2021

If you have a hearing loss you probably have questions about the progression of this loss. In this article, we’re answering some of our own patient’s common questions.

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Everything You Need to Know About Medicare Advantage and Hearing Aids

Everything You Need to Know About Medicare Advantage and Hearing Aids

February 16, 2021

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. 

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How Does Hearing Loss Affect Relationships?

How Does Hearing Loss Affect Relationships?

February 5, 2021

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.

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How To Manage Tinnitus

How To Manage Tinnitus

January 8, 2021

Tinnitus is the perception of sound without an external sound source. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears” although the sound can also be described as hissing, roaring, buzzing, whistling, chirping or clicking.

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Tinnitus: Understanding Ringing In Your Ear

Tinnitus: Understanding Ringing In Your Ear

January 7, 2021

Many people experience a persistent ringing in their ears called tinnitus, a condition that affects roughly 20 percent of the American population. Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when none is actually occurring.

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Introducing Our New Partner... Dr. Kirsten McWilliams!

Introducing Our New Partner... Dr. Kirsten McWilliams!

September 29, 2020

We have some exciting news here at The Hearing Solution! We have a brand new partner: Dr. Kirsten McWilliams. 

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Hate your hearing aids? It’s most likely a problem with the programming, not the device!

Hate your hearing aids? It’s most likely a problem with the programming, not the device!

September 4, 2020

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!

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I can’t understand you with a mask on!

I can’t understand you with a mask on!

August 12, 2020

What can we do to improve our ability to understand our speech and listening with others while we wear masks?

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Audiologist Kirsten McWilliams is Now a Doctor Cliff AuD Approved Provider!

Audiologist Kirsten McWilliams is Now a Doctor Cliff AuD Approved Provider!

June 25, 2020

We’ve got great news to share with you. Our very own Dr. Kirsten McWilliams is now “Dr. Cliff Approved.”

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Benefits of Lip Reading with Hearing Loss

Benefits of Lip Reading with Hearing Loss

May 28, 2020

If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, lip reading is an incredibly useful tool to have at your disposal. Lip reading is the art of being able to see, interpret and understand speech sounds.

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Ways to Stay Connected During Tough Times

Ways to Stay Connected During Tough Times

May 6, 2020

Staying connected with those around us helps us feel calmer about the whole situation. Here are some ways in which you can still stay connected with those around you, even when you’re social distancing. 

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Raising the Bar: What is Normal Hearing?

Raising the Bar: What is Normal Hearing?

March 30, 2020

Logical thinking says that if your hearing is in this range your ability to understand speech would require little effort in higher areas of the brain. New research is questioning this. 

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Single-Sided Deafness: What it is and How to Treat it

Single-Sided Deafness: What it is and How to Treat it

February 26, 2020

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.

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Considering Buying Hearing Aids? Here’s What to Ask Your Provider

Considering Buying Hearing Aids? Here’s What to Ask Your Provider

February 4, 2020

If you are considering the use of hearing aids, answer these important questions during the purchasing process.

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Recent Study Shows That Mild Hearing Loss Can Lead To Cognitive Decline

Recent Study Shows That Mild Hearing Loss Can Lead To Cognitive Decline

December 17, 2019

Recent research has shown that adults who develop age-related hearing loss also have a higher chance of cognitive decline. 

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4 Tips To Help Enjoy The Holidays With Hearing Loss

4 Tips To Help Enjoy The Holidays With Hearing Loss

November 22, 2019

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. 

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New Hearing Aids and Difficulty Communicating with Loved Ones

New Hearing Aids and Difficulty Communicating with Loved Ones

November 12, 2019

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.

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Audiology Medicare Access: When Will You Be Eligible?

Audiology Medicare Access: When Will You Be Eligible?

November 12, 2019

For years, basic services like hearing aids haven’t been covered under Medicare. However, recently proposed legislation could correct some of these glaring gaps.

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Can Hearing Aids Really Reduce the Risk of Dementia, Depression and Accidents?

Can Hearing Aids Really Reduce the Risk of Dementia, Depression and Accidents?

November 7, 2019

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.

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What Is Auditory Deprivation?

What Is Auditory Deprivation?

August 13, 2019

If you suffer from some type of hearing loss and don’t wear assistive technology, you face a very high risk of “auditory deprivation” as incoming sound signals are not properly reaching or being processed by the brain.

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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

June 26, 2019

The relationship between hearing aids and health care coverage is complex, with a lot of confusing and inconsistent information out there. But what about Medicare?

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What’s the Difference between Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers?

What’s the Difference between Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers?

June 5, 2019

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.

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Are Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Worth It?

Are Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Worth It?

May 21, 2019

Over-the-counter hearing aids are not inherently bad. No matter what model or brand you use, there will likely be some increase in overall loudness. But over-the-counter hearing aids suffer from several limitations.

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Cochlear Implant Pros and Cons: What You Need to Know

Cochlear Implant Pros and Cons: What You Need to Know

February 25, 2019

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.

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Constant Ringing in the Ears (A.K.A. Tinnitus - What It Is and How to Treat It)

Constant Ringing in the Ears (A.K.A. Tinnitus - What It Is and How to Treat It)

January 17, 2019

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.”

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Are Bluetooth Hearing Aids Truly Worth It?

Are Bluetooth Hearing Aids Truly Worth It?

January 3, 2019

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.

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Are Hearing Loss and Dementia Related?

Are Hearing Loss and Dementia Related?

December 5, 2018

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?

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High Pitch Hearing Test – What it is and why you might need one.

High Pitch Hearing Test – What it is and why you might need one.

October 19, 2018

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?

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What Is the Best Hearing Aid on the Market?

What Is the Best Hearing Aid on the Market?

September 25, 2018

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?

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How to Deal With Hearing Aid Problems in Noisy Environments

How to Deal With Hearing Aid Problems in Noisy Environments

August 27, 2018

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.

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Sudden Hearing Loss – What Does it Mean and How is it Treated?

Sudden Hearing Loss – What Does it Mean and How is it Treated?

August 2, 2018

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.

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What Is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

What Is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

July 9, 2018

There are many different types of hearing loss – with each case stemming from its own root causes. But in the United States, sensorineural hearing loss is the most common, accounting for up to 90% of all hearing loss.

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What Causes Hearing Loss?

What Causes Hearing Loss?

May 17, 2018

On the surface, it’s a very simple question. But the answer is surprisingly complex since “20/20” hearing involves 4 separate components of the auditory system: the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, and the brain.

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How Much Are Hearing Aids, & Will Insurance Cover Them?

How Much Are Hearing Aids, & Will Insurance Cover Them?

April 26, 2018

Hearing aids are more accessible than ever before. But what option is best for you, and how do you pay for them?

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How Auditory Training Can Retrain Your Brain to "Hear" Better

How Auditory Training Can Retrain Your Brain to "Hear" Better

April 2, 2018

Even mild hearing loss can change your brain. So, what does this mean and how does auditory training help?

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The Hidden Link between Hearing Loss and Memory Loss

The Hidden Link between Hearing Loss and Memory Loss

March 9, 2018

How do you know if you’re suffering from memory loss, hearing loss, or a combination?

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Sound Therapy for Tinnitus to Reduce Ringing in the Ears

Sound Therapy for Tinnitus to Reduce Ringing in the Ears

March 8, 2018

Tinnitus is the perception of a sound without an external sound source and is most often described as a high pitched ringing or buzzing.

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How to Take Care of Your Hearing Aids

How to Take Care of Your Hearing Aids

November 9, 2017

How can you best protect your hearing aid from damage and how can you keep it clean? The following are tips from those with experience.

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Traveling with Hearing Aids

Traveling with Hearing Aids

July 28, 2017

Traveling with hearing aids requires extra preparation to guarantee a good trip. Here are some suggestions on improving your travel.

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Eating Out with Hearing Loss

Eating Out with Hearing Loss

June 15, 2017

Eating out in Sacramento restaurants can be a challenge for people with hearing loss. Read our tips to enjoying a fine meal with your friends and loved ones.

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Protect Your Hearing During Exercise

Protect Your Hearing During Exercise

April 20, 2017

A healthy lifestyle involves exercise and protecting your hearing during those moments is important. Consider some tips here.

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Exercise and Your Hearing

Exercise and Your Hearing

November 10, 2016

Exercise can have great benefits for your hearing. Learn more about why this is true from this article describing how to take advantage.

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The Healthy Way to Better Hearing

The Healthy Way to Better Hearing

October 7, 2016

Maintaining good cardiovascular health can go a long way towards protecting your ears from hearing loss. We discuss recommendations from heart doctors.

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Getting Used to Your New Hearing Aids

Getting Used to Your New Hearing Aids

September 9, 2016

Hearing aids are wonderful devices, but they usually have a "break-in" period where the user gets adjusted to wearing them. The Hearing Solution can help.

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Why You Can’t Fail a Hearing Test

Why You Can’t Fail a Hearing Test

August 12, 2016

The average person has hearing problems for a long time before they get a hearing assessment. We talk about why no one fails a hearing test.

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Popcorn and ear plugs?

Popcorn and ear plugs?

August 11, 2016

KCRA 3 investigators wanted to find out just how loud movies are in local theaters? They monitored the volume of popular family movies and found that many of the overly loud movies are in fact movies for children.

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Juggling the Aging Process

Juggling the Aging Process

July 15, 2016

Can juggling and other activities actually improve your brain function, even in fully-mature adults? Research scientists reveal the answer.

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Are movies getting too loud?

Are movies getting too loud?

August 11, 2015

Summer blockbusters are about to hit theaters, but could those movies be harmful to your health — specifically, your hearing?

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How the Ear Works

How the Ear Works

January 14, 2015

The hearing mechanism in the human body is a highly sophisticated and robust system. Sound is transformed from pressure waves in the environment to mechanical energy.

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Hearing Strategies Program

Hearing Strategies Program

December 23, 2014

Hearing Strategies is a four week group aural (hearing ) rehabilitation (workout for the brain) program combining auditory brain training, communication strategies and lip reading instruction.

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