Bluetooth Technology: "Bells and Whistles" or Necessity?
Hearing loss sufferers and their family members typically have four primary complaints:
Bluetooth (wireless) technology makes the following solutions possible:
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Monday, February 27, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
New Hearing Aid for Treating Tinnitus
Siemens Hearing Instruments has released a new device to mask tinnitus and simultaneously work as a hearing aid. The Siemens Life hearing aid is equipped with 4 different "masking sounds" used to mask tinnitus and enhance hearing. It also contains:
If you would like to know more about Siemens Life or other hearing aids that can help you cope with tinnitus, please call our offices to schedule a no-charge consultation with one of our clinical audiologists.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Interest in finding a cure for tinnitus has dramatically increased in recent years due to the number of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from this condition. Presently, over 50 trials are being conducted by the VA to find a cure for tinnitus. Promising treatment options include:
Neuromonics of Australia
In 2005, neuromonic treatment of tinnitus was introduced in the United States after approval by the FDA. This treatment involves an acoustic signal which targets the neural pathways in the brain to reprogram them to filter the sounds produced by a patient's particular type of tinnitus. The process takes about six to eighteen months under the supervision of a clinical audiologist.
Open-Fit Digital Hearing Aids
Nearly 80% of patients properly fit with open-fit, digital hearing aids report relief from tinnitus. Because tinnitus usually accompanies hearing loss, hearing aids have traditionally been an effective treatment method to mask tinnitus. Researchers have reported that the benefits of digital hearing aids in treating tinnitus increase dramatically every three months during the first year of wearing the hearing device.
The Future of Treating Tinnitus
Perhaps the most encouraging development in the treatment of tinnitus is a new compound under research at the University of Buffalo. In controlled studies, the compound eliminated tinnitus with a single dose. Research is ongoing.
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Monday, February 6, 2012
Risk Factors for Tinnitus
There are multiple risk factors that can contribute to the potential onset of tinnitus. These risk factors include:
Before deciding on a course of treatment, a clinical audiologist must first look for any potential contributing factors to the onset and presence of a patient's particular type of tinnitus. A thorough history and lifestyle evaluation must be completed. In many cases, lab work is essential to investigate various potential or contributing factors like salt intake, very high or very low blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.