Maintaining Your Independence with Hearing Loss

If you already have hearing loss, you are not alone. It is estimated that 50% of all people age 75 and older have some form of hearing loss. Hearing loss can cause a lot of problems. But the problem that is becoming more and more important to our patients is losing their independence. In addition to countless office appointments, we …

Ask the Expert: December 2018

Each month we will be doing an “Ask the Expert” blog post. If you have questions for our expert, scroll down to the bottom and fill out the form and we may include your question next month! Q: My wife says I can’t hear. But if I had a hearing loss, isn’t that something my doctor would have caught? A: …

Earwax May Be the Culprit of Hearing Loss among Assisted Living Residents

Earwax May Be the Culprit of Hearing Loss among Assisted Living Residents

At Custom Hearing Solutions, most of the hearing loss we see is permanent noise and age related hearing loss, but it is also important to remember that sometimes a hearing issue can be temporary. An example of this is hearing loss that is caused by excessive or impacted earwax and it is more common than you may think. What Is …

Scientists Have Discovered the Protein That Enables Hearing and Balance

Scientists Have Discovered the Protein That Enables Hearing and Balance

It took 40 years, but scientists at Harvard Medical School (led by Jeffrey Holt, PHD) have finally worked out in detail how hearing is so important to our balance. They have discovered that a protein called TMC1 transmits sound and head motion into electronic signals, which are then used by the brain to maintain hearing and balance. This discovery follows …

Hearing Loss and Alzheimer's Disease: An Important Connection

Hearing Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease: An Important Connection

It’s World’s Alzheimer’s Month, which makes it a great time to address the subject of hearing loss. As more and more research suggests, the two conditions are strongly associated with each other, and treating hearing loss could have a significant effect on healthy brain function. Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition affecting older adults, after arthritis and …

Former Harley-Davidson Employee Has Work Related Hearing Loss

Former Harley-Davidson Employee Has Work Related Hearing Loss

After a six-year process, Wisconsin courts have ruled in favor of a former Harley Davidson employee, who had been seeking compensation for work-related hearing loss. Robert Schulfer worked as part of the Harley Davidson assembly line from 2000 until 2011 when he retired and discovered he had sustained significant hearing loss while at the job. While there are OSHA guidelines …

Sound amplifiers aren’t hearing aids

Sound amplifiers aren’t hearing aids

Hearing technology has grown and expanded in leaps and bounds over the past several decades, developing innovative new ways to effectively treat permanent hearing loss. While reliable companies in the business of hearing aids continue to increase the power and adaptability of new hearing aids, the market has also exploded with untested and unreliable options. When it comes to treating …

Why a Professional Should Clean Your Hearing Aid

Why a Professional Should Clean Your Hearing Aid

Because at least a portion of our hearing aids sit inside of our ears, an accumulation of sweat and earwax is inevitable. Sometimes, this buildup is visible when we look at our hearing aids and when this happens, it can be very tempting to try to remove the debris on our own. While daily maintenance and light home cleanings of …

How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health

How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health

If you suffer from hearing loss, you risk far more than missing out on a few words here and there, struggling to follow conversations, or feeling embarrassed by answering inappropriately. Hearing loss is closely linked to your mental and emotional health, and those with hearing loss are far more likely to suffer from depression than their hearing peers. Treating hearing …

Tips for Managing Tinnitus

Tips for Managing Tinnitus

Many of us have experienced a bothersome ringing or buzzing in the ears after loud events, such as concerts and sports games. But what if the noises persist long after? Hearing intermittent or continuous sounds in the ears is known as tinnitus, and it is an extremely common condition, affecting about 50 million Americans, according to a 2010 study. And …