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Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D. For most people with hearing loss, background noise is an ever-present issue.  Whether you are in a restaurant, at a party, or at a sporting event, background noise can make having a conversation challenging.  Many hearing aids combat the issue of background noise through the use of directional microphones.  All hearing aids have microphones, which pick

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Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D. Nerd Alert: This week’s blog post is on physics!  Feel free to run away, or hide underneath something heavy.  I promise I won’t tell your high school science teacher. For those of you who remain, let’s talk science! Before we can discuss how we hear, we have to first understand what sound itself is, and how

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Q: What do your ears and your oven have in common? A: They are both self cleaning It’s true! Your ears can clean themselves with the help of cerumen. Cerumen, the medical term for earwax, forms in the outer one-third of your ear canal, naturally migrating out of your ear with jaw movements, such as talking or chewing, to naturally

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Written by Candace Mohammed, Patient Care Technician for Chevy Chase With all the excitement of the holidays and outdoor water activities, it may prove difficult for some to keep their hearing aids secured from water play. Whether taking a rest in the hot tub, wading in the pool, or enjoying a dip in the deep blue while at the beach,

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Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D. The Fourth of July is a great time to spend the day with family and friends.  It’s a day for hotdogs, swimming pools, and occasionally burning your hand with a sparkler.  (Please don’t do that one!) In the excitement of the holiday, it’s easy to forget to protect your hearing.  Fireworks, cannons, and other celebrations can

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Our ears were engineered to work together to allow for the best possible hearing and understanding. Binaural listening is impaired when one experiences a hearing loss in one or both ears. When a hearing professional finds a hearing loss in one or both of your ears, it’s always better to get two aids, even though it may be less expensive

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Emily Martinson, AuD, PhD I hope that everyone had a very happy and fun Father’s Day this past Sunday!  Father’s Day is a great time to celebrate what dads do best: tell Dad’s Jokes (for example, when you tell him you are hungry, responding with “Hi Hungry, I’m Dad).  My own dad is particularly good at this, a trait that,

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Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D. The sun is shining, the ice cream truck is coming down the street, and kids are putting down the books and headed to camp… summer is here!  If you’re anything like me, you’re looking forward to long days by the pool with an ice-cold lemonade and good friends. As warmer weather approaches, now is the perfect

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Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Some sounds can permanently damage hearing in an instant. Over ten million people in the United States have irreversible hearing loss from noise. Even when noise damage is gradual, exposure can seriously risk hearing.  Common warning signs of hazardous noise include: • Not being able to hear someone three

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Hearing loss affects a person’s personality, cognition, and hearing acuity.  Hearing loss can cause daily frustration, irritability, and stress in a person’s life. When senses are altered, the brain reorganizes and adjusts.  Losing the ability to hear can accelerate gray matter atrophy in auditory areas of the brain.  Hearing aids can not only improve hearing but can also preserve the

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