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Preventing Auditory Sensory Deprivation
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

Every day we use five senses to navigate ourselves around the world. These five senses are touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. Typically we notice if something tastes different, we can’t feel something, we can’t smell dinner cooking or if we are not seeing clearly. But, do we always notice that we are not hearing sounds? Similar to our other senses, our ears are very… Read More

Categories: Hearing Loss
Chemotherapy Drugs Can Cause Hearing Loss
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

In late fall 2002 (approximately 1 month prior to my wedding), I received a telephone call from my mother informing me that she had Stage V breast cancer. We quickly shifted gears from wedding plans to preparing for what turned out to be a five-hour surgery, which resulted in a double mastectomy. While she considered herself well-informed by her doctors of the expected side effects… Read More

Categories: Hearing Loss
Hearing Aid Discount Plans
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

Before making a large investment in your hearing health care, it is important that you consider the pros and cons of your purchasing plan. Discount plans oftentimes sound like the benefit you receive is equivalent to the level of technology that you need. This is not always true. Prior to any major purchase, it is important that you know what you are purchasing. Remember that… Read More

Categories: Hearing Aids
History of Hearing Aid Technology
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

Around 1990, hearing aid manufacturers routinely developed devices that would automatically capture softer inputs (sounds) to provide extra enhancement (more volume) while at the same time, reducing amplification (volume) for louder inputs (sounds) without any digital enhancements.  In 1996, the onset of 100% digital processing brought about the use of noise algorithms (mathematics) that would analyze incoming sound signals and automatically adjust the emphasis of… Read More

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Hair Helps You Hear
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

No, not the hair on top of your head, but through the hair cells in your inner ear. Let’s say the teller at your bank asks “Checking or Savings?” The sound of the teller’s voice is first picked up by the Pinna. This is the part of the outer ear that you can see, and it is mostly made of skin and cartilage. The Pinna works… Read More

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Causes of Motion Sickness & How To Prevent It
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

During the summertime our schedules fill up with road trips, amusement parks, beaching, and boating. But if you frequently experience motion sickness during these usual summer activities, you probably aren’t going to be jumping to participate. The eyes, inner ears (which contain fluid that sloshes around in reaction to movement), skin and muscles send sensory information to your brain which determines the body’s position and… Read More

Categories: Vertigo
National Hearing Protection Month
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

The ability to hear is a gift—it’s something to value and protect because typically, once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. In honor of National Protect Your Hearing Month, here a few tips for protecting this gift on a daily basis. Know how loud is too loud. Exposure to sounds above 85 decibels (dB) for prolonged periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. It… Read More

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Communication Tips For Hearing Loss
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

If you know someone with hearing loss, you too know how frustrating it can be to communicate with someone who has hearing loss. But, try to avoid all the embarrassment and frustration on both sides by using good communication skills and strategies. Gain attention. Approach from the front and face the person as you move closer. Don’t engage in conversation from another room—it sets up your… Read More

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Fixing Common Hearing Aid Problems
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

If the hearing aid doesn’t work at all: Make sure the aid is turned on (don’t laugh; this happens!). Make sure that that the T-switch is correctly positioned (not in the “T” position). Check if the battery is inserted correctly (+ and in the right place). If you have to force the battery, you probably have it wrong. Check to see that the battery is… Read More

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Tips for Managing Vertigo Symptoms
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

Our Maryland hearing and balance specialists have put together the following list to help patients suffering from vertigo better manage their symptoms. 1. If you have trouble with your balance at night, be sure to keep a nightlight on or have easy access to lights before you begin to walk. 2. Keep a dizziness journal where you record descriptions of your sensations, how long they last, how frequently, general… Read More

Categories: Vertigo