When it comes to hearing aids, try before you buy

By Diane Krieger Spivak If you’ve just been told you need hearing aids, you may be confused by the different types of devices that are available. Analog, digital, in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, and even more. There are different kinds of  hearing aids for different kinds of hearing loss. That’s why it’s important to be able to “test …

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Drugs that cause hearing loss

By Diane Krieger Spivak Certain medications can cause hearing loss. Called ototoxins, there are more than 200 on the market today, available by prescription and over-the-counter, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Many are used to treat serious infections, cancer, and heart disease. Ototoxins damage the sensory cells in the inner ear, which causes the …

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How We Hear

By Diane Krieger Spivak Hearing, one of the five senses, helps us to be aware of the world around us and to communicate with others. According to the American Hearing Research Foundation we hear sound when a series of sound waves, or vibrations, pass through the ear and reach our brain for interpretation. Babies’ hearing is …

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