Can My Antibiotic Cause Hearing Loss?

You just started taking a new antibiotic.  Now you think you’re not hearing as well as you did a few days ago.  Should you be worried? Any drug that can damage your inner ear (your hearing and balance systems are both part of your inner ear) is called an ototoxic drug. There is a long […]

What is a Hearing Aid?

Okay, I admit it.  “What is a hearing aid?”, is not one of the more interesting articles you’re ever going to read. However, knowing a little bit about what you might be sticking in your ear isn’t really such a bad idea, is it? A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear […]

Is Having One Good Ear Good Enough?

As a general rule of thumb, you need all the parts that you came with, ears included. So the real question(s) should be: Is it a problem that you can hear better in one ear than the other? Can you hear with one good ear as well as people with two ears can hear? Let’s […]

Is Your Hearing Loss Making You Fall?

You’ve fallen, again.  And you’ve known for a while that you aren’t hearing as well as you used to.  Is there a possibility that the two things are connected? A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging suggests that hearing loss significantly increases your risk of falling. To make the connection between hearing […]

Can My Water Pill Cause Hearing Loss?

You just started taking a new water pill and you’ve noticed that you have some ringing in your ears.  Should you be worried? Any drug that can damage your inner ear (your hearing and balance systems are both part of your inner ear) is called an ototoxic drug. There is a long list of drugs […]

Choosing Hearing Aids, What Do You Need to Know?

Hearing loss has many causes.  Fortunately, hearing aids can reduce the effects of hearing loss.  Although hearing aids can benefit many people, it’s important to keep in mind that no hearing aid can restore normal hearing.  The benefits depend on many factors, including the degree of hearing loss. Initial Evaluation A hearing evaluation should only […]

Can Hearing Loss Cause Dementia?

Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a study by Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. The findings, the researchers say, could lead to new ways to combat dementia, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide and carries heavy […]

Do Hearing Aids Really Work?

Good question and although the answer is a BIG yes, it requires an explanation.  Hearing loss is any degree of impairment in the audibility of sound.  We can divide hearing loss into two categories: Volume – Volume correlates to how loud or soft a sound is. Clarity – Once the volume is adequate, clarity is […]