The Role of Ears in the Balance System

Most days we walk around and have a whole day without wondering how we stay upright. It is often not till we begin to have problems with keeping balanced that we wonder how this works in the first place. It is a complicated and seamless process to keep balanced which relies on the brain, our skin, joints, muscles, eyes and … Read More

Hearing Loss & Vertigo: All About Meniere’s Disease

Have you ever felt unexpectedly dizzy, like you cannot stand up any longer? This phenomenon is considered vertigo. There are many causes of vertigo, such as a blow to the head, a migraine or an infection. One cause which is rare but rather serious is Ménière disease. This disorder occurs in the inner ear and can seriously impact balance and … Read More

March 3 is World Hearing Day: Hearing Care for All

World Hearing Day is here, and the World Health Organization (WHO) is launching its World Report on Hearing to alert governments and individuals alike to the hearing needs of people all around the world. With an emphasis on screening, rehabilitation, and communication, the WHO suggests that policymakers would be wise to “integrate person-centered ear and hearing care” into universal health … Read More

Osteoporosis and Hearing Loss 

Older adults experience an increased risk of developing osteoporosis and hearing loss, two medical conditions that are linked. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, nearly 44 million people have osteoporosis or low bone mass. Making bones in the body more vulnerable, osteoporosis can impact health in a variety of ways. Research has shown that it can contribute to the development … Read More

Are Ear Candles Effective or Dangerous?

We are all familiar with earwax. This sticky substance is naturally made in the ear and consists of a mixture of dead skin cells, hair, dirt, and other debris. A little bit of earwax is actually good for the ears because it helps trap bacteria, preventing it from entering the inner ear. Additionally, earwax helps keep the ears lubricated which … Read More

All About Ototoxic Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be caused by a wide range of factors, from infections to noise exposure to natural aging processes. One of the most unexpected causes of hearing loss is from certain medications. Medications that can damage your hearing are called “ototoxic” – literally meaning “harmful to the ears”. They can cause hearing loss suddenly or gradually, often in permanent … Read More

Ear Candles: Effective or Dangerous?

If you’re looking for ways to remove earwax from your ear canals, you may have come across ear candles. Some people say they’re very effective, but you should think twice about using ear candles. Here’s what you need to know about using ear candles, and some of the dangers of using them to remove earwax from your ears. What are … Read More

Weather Preparedness Tips for People with Hearing Loss

It is always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies. The more precautions you take ahead of time, the less you will find you have to worry when unexpected emergencies occur. Michigan is a wonderful place to live because we do not deal with as many dangerous weather conditions as the east and west coasts, which are subject to … Read More

Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunion

The holiday season is a time for families to come together in the darkest time of the year, in order to stay warm and celebrate being together. This year has presented a whole new set of challenges and the holiday season is no exception.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that gatherings with family and friends who do not … Read More

How to Properly Care for Your Hearing Aids  

Hearing aids are a big help in a tiny package, they offer high-performing digital sound processing and amplification in a device that tucks discreetly within or around your ear. If you live with hearing loss you know how much hearing aids can help you manage your hearing and improve your comprehension. You also probably recognize that your hearing aids are … Read More