Rechargeable hearing aids are a recent development for the hearing loss community, having come on the market within the last six to eight months. Unlike older hearing aids, these rechargeable models don't require a separate battery that must be taken out and recharged. The entire unit is recharged in a charging case, and the battery lasts the life of the unit.
If you suspect a loved one or significant other is suffering from hearing loss, convincing them to get a hearing aid -- or even to get their hearing tested -- may not always be easy.
What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?
You may have heard or read about the term "balloon sinuplasty" before, particularly if you have had ongoing trouble with your sinuses. A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure where a balloon catheter dilates the sinus so it can function better. This technique is often done in-office and involves no cutting of bone or nasal tissue. Recovery usually takes a few days.
When a child starts making the distinctive "barking" coughs associated with croup, it can be concerning or even frightening to parent and child alike.
Is your clogged ear just annoying, or might it be the symptom of another problem?
One of the trickier aspects of diagnosing this particular ear problem is the variety of reasons a patient may feel a clogged sensation in the ear. Common causes include colds, sinus infections, wax build-up, water in the ear, altitude changes, hearing loss, jaw problems, and more.
Is the Richmond weather making your voice scratchy and hoarse? The cold temperatures and harsh winds of winter can be hard on your voice. Here are some easy ways to take care of your voice during the cold winter months.
Nosebleeds are a common occurrence, so common that in the United States, one of every seven people will develop a nosebleed at some point in their lives. They’re commonly caused by ruptures of the small blood vessels inside of your nose, and can be fairly frequent. We see them in patients of every age, but are most common in children and older adults.
New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration and renewal. It’s also a time for loud parties and fireworks, which can inflict hearing damage. New Year’s Eve can be a particularly troublesome time when it comes to noise, but it’s possible to safeguard the hearing of yourself and your family without missing out on the fun.
Winter is coming, and that means more than just holidays and cold weather. It also means the arrival of colds, coughs, and sore throats. If you want to avoid suffering with a sore throat all season, here are the most common causes of sore throats, and how you can help prevent them.
Holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year! For those people dealing with hearing loss however, it can bring on a multitude of issues such as increased blood pressure, depression, trouble concentrating, anxiety and social withdrawal. If you are a person living with hearing loss, there are some ways to help make the holidays easier for yourself and others.
As you may already know, sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing temporarily stops during sleep. Obvious symptoms of sleep apnea such as loud snoring can indicate the possibility of sleep apnea -- but how is officially diagnosed, and how is it treated? Do more severe cases require surgery, or are there more comfortable remedies available?
Loss of smell, or anosmia, is a condition that can range from nuisance to safety hazard. The loss of smell can affect the taste of food or appreciation of pleasant odors -- but a complete loss of smell could mean being less alert to dangerous situations, like fire or a gas leak. While rarely an indicator of a serious condition, loss of smell can impact quality of life.
There are two major types of hearing loss: sensorineural and conductive. If you are suffering from hearing loss (or think you may be), you might be wondering which type of hearing loss you have. What are your treatment options? What causes each type of hearing loss? In this article, we explain the difference between the two types, who is most affected, how hearing loss is generally diagnosed, and sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) management.
How long has it been since you have upgraded your hearing aid? If it’s been awhile since you’ve updated, you may be surprised at the improvements in hearing technology. If you find yourself pursuing a hearing aid for the first time, we can help guide you through the different options on the market and help pick the one that is best for you!
Hearing loss affects approximately 20 percent of Americans -- more than 48 million people. Being hard of hearing means it’s not only harder to hear the things you want to hear -- it’s more difficult to separate out the things you don’t want to hear. Hearing loss occurs due to the death of hair cells in the ear that amplify sound. When these cells die, it makes it more difficult for people to hear in noisy environments and areas with a lot of background noise. Fortunately, advancements in hearing technology have made significant strides in recent years, making life easier than ever for the hard of hearing.
What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a condition wherein acidic stomach juices flow back up into the esophagus. GERD can have many causes and happen at any age, although it tends to be more common in adults.
“Always use sunscreen.” No doubt you will hear this advice sometime over the summer, and for good reason. Using sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do for your health, skin-related or otherwise. But did you know that not all sunscreen is created equal, or that “sunscreen” does not always mean an application of lotion or cream? Here are some sunscreen facts that could make a huge difference in your health.
Those suffering from allergies must overcome the daily challenges they cause. Whether patients know the specific allergens to avoid or not, one of the most important questions they seek an answer to is who should they turn to for help.
If you’re currently in the market for a hearing aid, you may find yourself tempted by some of the inexpensive models available on the Internet or advertisements in newspapers. Unfortunately, taking an online hearing test or buying an inexpensive device online is very unlikely to get you the hearing assistance you need and deserve and can be a waste of your finances as well. Hearing aids have become very technical and advanced. This guide will walk you through the steps of choosing, buying, and getting fitted for a hearing aid that will offer you the best possible results -- not just the lowest price.