Do Not Wait If These Symptoms Happen Suddenly

Published February 2, 2023 8 Views

Do Not Wait If These Symptoms Happen Suddenly

A woman we know recently experienced sudden spinning dizziness, tinnitus, and loss of hearing in one ear. She waited a few days to see if this would pass. After about four days of bed rest, she went to an urgent care center, where she was told to “wait and see.” She received no firm diag...

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How Do I Know When I Need to Have My Ears Checked?

Published January 31, 2023 11 Views

How Do I Know When I Need to Have My Ears Checked?

People with good hearing may assume that hearing loss would appear in an obvious way. You wake up and you can’t hear. You hear only out of one side. Sounds are suddenly dull or absent. In cases of sudden loss of hearing, these examples ring true. People call our office in a state of concern an...

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Our Baby Failed a Hearing Screening. Now What?

Published January 24, 2023 21 Views

Our Baby Failed a Hearing Screening. Now What?

In today’s world of early awareness and detection of medical conditions, screening tools have been valuable assets in speeding up intervention. There are screenings for cognitive function, skin cancer, blood pressure, BMI, contagious diseases, genetic conditions. One screening that has been ma...

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Take Charge of Your Wellness with Clear Choice Hearing and Balance

Published January 6, 2023 44 Views

Take Charge of Your Wellness with Clear Choice Hearing and Balance

At Clear Choice Hearing and Balance, we make it our mission to provide each of our patients with all the expertise, treatment, and education needed to guard their ear health at every age, starting from birth. We’re proud to provide care for a wide range of individuals and families with cutting...

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Can my medicine affect my hearing?

Published November 16, 2022 40 Views

Can my medicine affect my hearing?

It is well known that chemicals can affect the human body in various ways. We use the term “side effects” for medications. The intended target of the drug is only a part of the overall affect, as the pill breaks up and courses through your bloodstream. One area of concern with certain dr...

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How Balance, Hearing, Ear Wax and Hearing Aids Fit Together

Published October 31, 2022 26 Views

How Balance, Hearing, Ear Wax and Hearing Aids Fit Together

How it fits together. We pride ourselves on being a “full scope” practice. By that we mean we perform virtually all the functions an audiology/hearing aid dispensing practice could encompass. Fully diagnostic, we perform evaluations that include outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, ear w...

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Why do my ears make so much wax?

Published October 11, 2022 41 Views

Why do my ears make so much wax?

Often patients tell us they think their ears are dirty. By “dirty” then mean having ear wax in the canal. We may clear the wax if it is excessive, but we always remind patients their ears are not actually dirty. It is easy to understand why one would confuse a natural bodily secretion wi...

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Hearing Conservation Through Partnership With Musicians

Published September 26, 2022 30 Views

Most audiologists will agree that musicians are not like other patients. Clinical encounters with musicians are often and affectionately described as challenging, with the potential to be highly rewarding. Musicians often push our understanding of sound and hearing to the limits, not because they ar...

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Greece Hearing Center Opens Brighton Office

Published September 26, 2022 39 Views

Clear Choice Hearing and Balance, an audiology practice specializing in tinnitus and other hearing and imbalance disorders, recently opened a new office in Westfall Surgery Center, 1065 Senator Keating Blvd., Rochester. The hearing center expanded to Brighton to meet the growing demands of hearing...

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CDC Study: 1 in 4 US Adults Who Report Good Hearing Already Have Hearing Loss

Published September 26, 2022 34 Views

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (February 7, 2017), 1 out of 4 US adults who report excellent to good hearing already have hearing damage. The new CDC Vital Signs report by Yulia Carroll, MD, PhD and colleagues finds th...

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Hearing Loss Costs Far More Than Ability to Hear

Published September 26, 2022 34 Views

Mark Hammel’s hearing was damaged in his 20s by machine gun fire when he served in the Israeli Army. But not until decades later, at 57, did he receive his first hearing aids. “It was very joyful, but also very sad when I contemplated how much I had missed all those years,” Dr....

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Study Shows That Hearing Aids Improve Brain Function

Published September 26, 2022 42 Views

According to a recent study by Jamie Desjardins, PhD, an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, hearing aids improve brain function in people with hearing loss. It is known that hearing loss if left untreated, can lead to emotional and...

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How to use audiobooks for hearing rehab

Published September 26, 2022 33 Views

How to use audiobooks for hearing rehab

Do you ever listen to audiobooks? The form of storytelling can be also very beneficial for hearing rehab. Oral storytelling is one of the most ancient art forms. Stories have been passed on by word of mouth to entertain, educate and inform from generation to generation, long before recorded histo...

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How To Talk To Your Grandchildren About Hearing Loss

Published September 26, 2022 31 Views

How To Talk To Your Grandchildren About Hearing Loss

You love your grandchildren — their smiles, the way they look like their parents did when they were young, and their exuberance — but sometimes, they are very hard to hear. Children have a way of swallowing their words, or slurring them together, and typically have softer and higher pitc...

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Hearing aid improvements

Published September 21, 2022 30 Views

Hearing aid improvements

The labs that produce the world’s top hearing instruments have been making high quality products for decades. Like many other products, hearing aids evolve and improve over time. Patients and prospective patients with hearing loss frequently ask how modern day hearing aids compare with those o...

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Music is good for the ears and the brain

Published August 29, 2022 43 Views

Music is good for the ears and the brain

Last summer the musical group King Crimson toured the world. Their tour was called Music Is Our Friend. Music lovers know that music can “calm the savage beast”, enhance our mood, relieve boredom and provide perfect backdrops for sporting events, worship and social activities. Music can...

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An important message about “over the counter hearing aids”

Published August 9, 2022 51 Views

An important message about “over the counter hearing aids”

An important message about “over the counter hearing aids” Recent news broadcasts have featured stories about “hearing aids” that can be bought “over the counter”, or without a prescription, an exam or professional fitting. This has naturally generated many que...

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Why are my ears plugged?

Published July 20, 2022 25 Views

Why are my ears plugged?

One of the most common complaints we hear from patients is a plugged sensation in the ears. Patients feel they can still hear, have no pain or dizziness, however, they feel as if something is blocking their ear canals. Why does this happen? Is this normal? Can it be helped? Where is the probl...

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Why is Hearing Loss a Public Health Concern?

Published June 26, 2022 23 Views

Question: People do not die from hearing loss, so why should it be added to the list of public health concerns like tobacco use and obesity? Answer: Because hearing loss is highly prevalent, with numerous associated health risks that burden affected individuals, their family, and their community....

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Shingles of the ear?

Published June 15, 2022 23 Views

Shingles of the ear?

Often a celebrity will unintentionally bring a medical condition to the public eye. Singer Cher introduced many fans to Epstein-Barr Syndrome. Serena Williams has Sjogren’s Syndrome. Selena Gomez had people talking about Lupus and auto-immune disease, and Magic Johnson made HIV more real to mi...

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When it’s more than loss of hearing

Published June 12, 2022 39 Views

When it’s more than loss of hearing

People can suddenly lose hearing. This is more likely to occur in only one ear. It may be both ears, however, and there may be additional symptoms. There are many possible causes. Healthcare providers need to be able to find the most likely cause and begin treatment fast. Symptoms that may go...

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Dealing with Sudden Loss of Hearing

Published June 6, 2022 32 Views

Dealing with Sudden Loss of Hearing

You wake up one morning and something is different. Your ear feels plugged. Perhaps you switched ears on your phone and cannot hear out of one side. You need more volume to hear the news report. Your ear buds only work on one side. Is this normal? What could it be? What can be done? Sudden lo...

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Hidden Hearing Loss

Published June 1, 2022 28 Views

Hidden Hearing Loss

Hearing is a highly complex task that can take vibrations in the air and turn them into an idea. Great speeches, alarm sounds, dog barks or beautiful music begin as mere vibrations reaching the ears. Hearing begins with detection (“a sound is present”). Next comes discrimination (&ldq...

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A Plug for Ear Plugs

Published May 31, 2022 26 Views

A Plug for Ear Plugs

It is well known that loud sounds damage hearing. Many adults are at risk. Ear infections resulting in tubes are common in young children through adulthood. What do these facts have in common? Both result in ears that need protection, from loud noises or from water in the ears. There are now several...

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