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Dr. Emily Martinson, AuD, PhD New and seasoned hearing aid users alike know the importance of keeping their devices clean.  One often-overlooked element of cleaning is the humble wax guard, also known as the wax stop or filter. The wax guard is the little white filter that sits in the inner-most end of your hearing aid speaker.  It looks like

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Believe it or not, this is one of the most frequently asked questions I get as an audiologist. But before I answer it, I first like to remind people why we have earwax. Cerumen, often referred to as earwax, is produced by the ear for several different reasons. It collects dirt, debris and bacteria, preventing unwanted foreign bodies from entering

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Dr. Emily Martinson, AuD, PhD With winter here in full force, many of us are taking advantage of the snow and ice by planning ski and snowboard trips. Hitting the slopes is a fun family activity and a great way to stay active, with the added plus of fondue after. Several patients have asked me about wearing their hearing aids

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Dr. Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D. Every new year is the start of a new beginning, which for many of us means New Year’s resolutions. Whether that means losing weight, organizing the garage, or spending more time outdoors, New Year’s resolutions are a great way to plan something in a champagne-fueled bid for self-betterment, and then abandon that plan within 6

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When meeting with your hearing healthcare provider, you were probably given a questionnaire asking about situations where hearing is challenging. If TV was on that list, your provider may have discussed some solutions to help make TV listening easier and more enjoyable. Like many people, you might have decided to ‘just start’ with the hearing aids, knowing you could add

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Dr. Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D. Now that we’ve defined sound and discussed various properties of the sound wave, we can talk about the ear itself and how the shape of the ear helps us to hear.  The ear is made of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear.  As they say in  The Sound of Music ,

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When you have hearing loss, understanding speech in a conversation can be difficult, especially if there is noise in the background. Communicating in a large group is even harder with multiple speakers, a mix of high- and low-frequency voices, and maybe one or three conversations happening simultaneously. But conversation is a two-way street, and when you have hearing loss you

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Dr. Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D. The holiday season is here in full force, and if you’re anything like me, that means procrastinating on choosing gifts for family and friends.  While some people are easy to shop for, finding the perfect gift for everyone can be hard.  Here are a few gift ideas for loved ones with and without hearing aids.

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Dr. Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D. With the Christmas season coming up, many of us will be hosting holiday parties.  The combination of eggnog, chestnuts, and good company is one of the best things about this time of year.  Often these get-togethers can be busy with lots of people, which can be challenging for people with hearing loss.  The most important

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Dr. Emily Martinson, AuD, PhD Thanksgiving is the time of year when family comes from far and near to spend time together and to catch up with each other.  Conversations around the dinner table can be challenging for people with hearing loss.  Here are some tips to make sure that you have a very happy Thanksgiving: Position yourself in the

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