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

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

Understanding Your Hearing

Understanding Your Hearing

In order to understand hearing, or the auditory system, and the ability to perceive sound and understand speech, it is best to consider the ear as being divided into 3 parts:  the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The external ear consists of the auricle and the ear canal. These structures direct sound towards the eardrum. The middle ear is the space that lies between the external ear and inner ear. The middle ear is made up … Continued

The Facts About Wax: New Medical Guidelines Recommend Avoiding Ear Wax Removal

The Facts About Wax: New Medical Guidelines Recommend Avoiding Ear Wax Removal

Most people feel the need to remove ear wax or cerumen, which is the mixture of secretion, hair and dead skin. But new guidelines released by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation state that, as long as the ears are functioning properly, people should leave ear wax in its place. Highlights from the report include: Overall, ear wax is beneficial and self-cleaning. Each year, 12 million people in the United States seek medical care for impacted … 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

Digital Hearing Aids Are Effective For High Frequency Hearing Loss

High frequency hearing loss, which results in difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise, was not easily treatable in the past. Analog hearing aid technology amplifies the overall sound in an area, and doesn’t help a person differentiate speech from surrounding noise. With the progression of hearing aid technology from analog to digital, there are new solutions for high frequency hearing loss. Most major hearing aid manufacturers have a line of digital hearing aids specifically for high frequency sensorineural … Continued

Technology, Ingenuity & One Operation Erase A Lifetime Of Hearing Loss For This Young Patient

By the time Caitlin Echave was a high school sophomore, she and her family were resigned to the fact that her hearing loss, which began when she was 11 years old, would never get better. She had reluctantly started wearing hearing aids, but still hid that fact from everyone except for close friends. After moving to Charlotte, Caitlin never imagined that a trip to yet another otolaryngologist would change her life forever. Caitlin was referred to CornerStone Ear, Nose & … Continued