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

Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss   

Getting your hearing checked is an important part of your healthcare. Hearing exams not only look at whether or not hearing loss is present, they also indicate the degree of hearing loss, from mild to profound, which is found. Knowing the degree of hearing loss present can be an important tool for making decisions about your hearing, if you understand … Read More

A Link Between Hearing Loss & Rheumatoid Arthritis

A Link Between Hearing Loss & Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hearing loss is a growing public health epidemic that impacts over 40 million people in the U.S. Projected to increase, hearing loss already is the third most common health condition that older adults experience. Impaired hearing reduces a person’s ability to hear and process sound which can significantly impact how they navigate daily life. It strains communication, making is challenging … Read More

Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs Over Time

Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs Over Time

Over 40 million people in the U.S. live with some degree of hearing loss. One of the most common medical conditions, hearing loss impacts 1 in 8 people. Additionally, the World Health Organization estimates that 1.1 billion teens and young adults globally are at increased risk of impaired hearing. Though these statistics highlight the pervasiveness of hearing loss, it still … Read More

Growing Evidence that Noise is Bad for Your Health

Growing Evidence that Noise is Bad for Your Health

Our ears encounter all sorts of sounds everyday. Some of these sounds are pleasing like the birds chirping or the wind blowing through the trees. Other sounds we may find annoying like a jackhammer outside your window every morning at 6am.  Not only are certain sounds irritating but there is mounting evidence that suggests that noise can have negative consequences … Read More