The Cochlear Baha System

The Cochlear Baha System: A Hearing Solution For People Who Can’t Use Hearing Aids

Hearing aids do an incredible job of amplifying sound and helping those who suffer from hearing loss live a more normal life. These devices rely on sound travelling efficiently through the eardrum and middle ear space so that sound can be received by the cochlea or hearing organ and converted into nerve impulses for the brain to process. Unfortunately, for patients with middle ear problems or a mixed type of hearing loss (both nerve damage and middle ear problems), regular … Continued

Single-Sided Deafness - CROS and Bi-CROS Systems

CROS and Bi-CROS Systems For Single-Sided Deafness

Have you ever wondered what amplification options are available for those with single-sided deafness? Single-sided deafness (SSD) refers to total hearing loss in one ear, while the other ear has normal hearing, usable hearing or hearing that would benefit from an assistive device. Total deafness refers to hearing loss where there is no usable hearing, meaning that the patient or the ear would not benefit from a hearing aid. The Complications of Single-Sided Deafness Although a person with single-sided deafness … Continued

Living with Hearing Loss Can Be Exhausting

Living with Hearing Loss Can Be Exhausting

The negative impacts of untreated hearing loss on overall quality of life is well-documented. Hearing loss can affect more than just communication ability. It can lead to irritability, social withdrawal, depression, reduced job performance and diminished psychological and overall health. For someone suffering from hearing loss, many environments can be intimidating due to the amount of mental energy needed to listen. Clinicians have long reported that hearing-impaired patients describe the feeling of exhaustion after attending social events or gatherings. Until … Continued

Bluetooth - Connecting to the world through your hearing aids

Connecting to the World Through Your Hearing Aids

Technology is driving so much of our lives. Smart phones, smart houses, smart apps; these are all things of the present. Thankfully, hearing aids are no different. While hearing aid devices have continued to decrease in size, their functionality is increasing at incredible rates. One area that has grown in popularity in the past few years is the use of accessories to maximize the benefits of every hearing device. These accessories include battery rechargers, Bluetooth devices and wireless microphones for … Continued

More to Treating Hearing Loss than Better Hearing

More to Treating Hearing Loss than Better Hearing: The Link Between Untreated Hearing Loss and Dementia

There is a growing body of evidence supporting the claim that treating hearing loss not only improves hearing but also improves quality of life. Various types of hearing loss can be treated using hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, and/or medical intervention. By treating hearing loss, not only are there improvements in the aided ability to understand speech with ease, but there are also demonstrable improvements in that person’s emotional, mental, and social aspects of life. Earlier this year, … Continued

Cochlear Implant

Cochlear Implants – What to do when hearing aids don’t help anymore

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted hearing device that helps people with significant bilateral sensorineural hearing loss hear when traditional hearing aids provide little benefit.  In some cases of severe and profound hearing loss, hearing aids may be of limited benefit due to little or no residual hearing to work with. Instead of amplifying sound, as would a hearing aid, a cochlear implant bypasses the outer, middle, and damaged part of the inner ear to directly stimulate the hearing … Continued

Across America Hearing Check Challenge

Across America Hearing Check Challenge

To help people understand the serious impact that hearing loss can have on their lives, the Better Hearing Institute has developed and validated a simple 15-item online test that individuals can take in the privacy and comfort of their own home. The test is designed to help people better understand just how serious their hearing loss is, and to determine whether or not they need further help. Across America Hearing Check Challenge Please realize that this online hearing test is … Continued

Vertigo

Vertigo: A Balanced Approach To Diagnosing And Treating Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common form of vertigo and occurs most often in the elderly population. Symptoms include brief episodes of dizziness, lightheadedness, imbalance, and occasionally even nausea in response to positional changes. BPPV occurs when detached otoliths, often referred to as “crystals” or “ear rocks,” cause a deflection of the sensory hair cells in one of the semicircular canals. This sends false messages to the brain that the patient is spinning. Head movement such as … Continued

Not All Digital Hearing Aids Are Created Equal: New Technology Options Offer Patients Greater Clarity

Thanks to recent technological advances, digital hearing aids offer greater comfort and audio quality than ever before. They are available in both high-end and entry-level models based on their features and capabilities. For some patients, however, the increased options have made the process of choosing a digital hearing aid very confusing. At CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, our certified audiologists have the training and experience to help your patient choose the hearing aid and options that best suit his or … Continued