Hearing and balance are related!

It has been said that the inner ear is a balance organ first, a hearing organ second. The snail-shaped inner ear is divided into the cochlea at one end and the utricle, saccule, and semicircular canals at the other. The cochlea contains the hearing organs. The other structures house the organs of balance and are filled with fluid shared by …

An ethics crisis in our field

In the world of hearing healthcare, as in all professions, there are standards we all must maintain. Practices that are licensed to dispense hearing instruments have strict laws and codes of ethics designed to ensure patients are dealt with in a professional and fair manner. These guidelines involve the handling of protected health information (the HIPAA law), scope of practice, …

Positional Vertigo Workshop

On Wednesday March 11 we presented an in-service on benign positional vertigo to the volunteer staff at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center in the South Wedge section of Rochester. Over a dozen physicians, nurses, interns and staff attended this interactive vertigo workshop. We explained the purpose of the inner ear balance center, the basic function of the organs of balance, the …

Earplugs – which ones are right for me?

There has been increased awareness of noise damage to hearing lately. People are increasingly cognizant of the punishment loud noises or music can inflict on our ears. Temporary damage can become permanent damage over time. OSHA has established guidelines about workplace noise “dosages”, and shooters and musicians are lately hearing more about hearing protection devices. What do earplugs do, and …

Why can’t I hear in noise?

Very often patients will ask us why they cannot hear well in noisy places, such as restaurants. Some of these people have normal or near-normal hearing. The situation is puzzling to them, since they don’t present with significant decrease in hearing, yet they are noticing a breakdown when in challenging environments. In quiet they hear fine. In noise they become …

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FREE BOX of BATTERIES contest!!! We want to thank you for being a patient at Clear Choice Hearing & Balance or one of our Facebook fans!!! To be ENTERED into the CONTEST you must LIKE “AND” SHARE this FACEBOOK post. DEADLINE for ENTRIES is JANUARY 31, 2015! Box will be whatever size batteries you or your loved one needs! Click …

Can audiology be “holistic” within the medical community?

We have long been proud to present a collaborative approach to the care of patients’ ears and hearing. With every patient we seek answers and direction from not only the patient’s symptoms and history, but also from our diagnostic testing. This may push us to ask about other systems in the body. It is not uncommon that hearing disorders may …

Your symptoms are telling you something!

Your symptoms are trying to tell you something Frequently we will see patients with disruptive ear symptoms. These may be sudden hearing loss, plugged ear sensations, sudden-onset tinnitus, veering while walking or spinning dizziness sensations. Some of these people will wait weeks or even months to be examined. This may be due to either lack of concern, scheduling concerns or fear of the unknown. …

Why we ask so many questions

Why we ask so many questions. You probably would not find it unusual for your primary physician to ask many questions regarding your health. We all know PCPs need to take a thorough history in order to fully diagnose and treat a problem or refer to an appropriate specialist. As audiology and hearing professionals, we often ask questions about seemingly …

Adopt-a-Band program

On Friday, September 5, 2014 we visited a rehearsal of the Fairport High School Day Jazz Band, directed by Bill Tiberio. We have “adopted” this award-winning ensemble as part of the Adopt-a-Band program initiated by Etymotic Research. Students had an opportunity to learn about hearing, acoustics, the dangers of loud sounds, temporary and permanent ear damage. Strategies to conserve hearing while …