Audiology

Video: Why Get a Hearing Test?

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

WALNUT CREEK — Host, Sarah Rutan: You may think your hearing is fine, but if you’ve never had it tested, you don’t know what you might be missing. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Services to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Mark Sanford: Deciding to come and have your hearing tested, or deciding to actually do something about your hearing loss, for many people is an unknown. And, it’s scary. Because, they don’t know what’s going to happen. You know, is the hearing test going to hurt? What am I going to find out? Do I have a hearing loss? Read more

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Video: Two Types of Hearing Aids

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

WALNUT CREEK – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re in need of a hearing aid, you’ll want to be aware of two types of hearing aids and how they function. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Center to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Mark Sanford: Today’s hearing aid world, there are really two types of devices. And, one is what we call a daily wear device; a device that’s worn every day. It’s taken in and out of the ear every day. Patients change batteries. They use it – they’ve been around for a long, long time. And, they are wonderful. Read more

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The Importance of Proactive Hearing Care

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

WALNUT CREEK — Hearing loss is sometimes called the “invisible condition” because most people who experience it aren’t aware they have a problem. This is because hearing loss sets in very gradually, which makes it easy to miss until the symptoms are considerable. Due to the surreptitious character of hearing loss, proactive testing and treatment are critical to avoid the potential consequences.

Over the last few decades, audiologists have learned a great deal about the connection between hearing and mental health. Many years ago, when a patient was diagnosed with hearing loss, he was fitted with a device on one ear, even if hearing loss had taken place in both ears. Over time, Read more

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Video: Proactive Hearing Care

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

WALNUT CREEK – Host, Sarah Rutan: While hearing is a commonly overlooked area of health, delaying treatment can have substantial consequences. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Center to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Mark Sanford: Okay. In today’s world of hearing loss, you know, things that we’ve learned is that when a family member first starts noticing a person having trouble hearing. Before they actually come in and have their hearing tested, is an average of 5 to 7 years, if they come in, and they have tested, and they have a hearing loss. And, they don’t do anything about it, Read more

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The Importance of Preventative Hearing Loss Treatment

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

BERKELEY — At least 28 million adults in the United States suffer from hearing loss, a condition that impacts communication and functional ability, which often leads to cognitive decline, depression and an overall decrease in quality of life. However, despite its prevalence, hearing loss is both under-recognized and under-treated. While this is partly due to the gradual nature of its progression, another reason is that its significance as a condition tends to be marginalized.

There exists a prevalent yet erroneous belief that hearing loss is a normal part of aging and isn’t readily treatable. This may account for the fact that, despite the well-documented benefits associated with hearing aid use, only 20 to 25 percent of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually get them. Read more

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Video: Proactive Hearing Loss Treatment

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

BERKELEY — Host, Sarah Rutan: While many people ignore the symptoms of hearing loss, addressing it proactively can greatly increase the effectiveness of treatment. Today, we’re in Berkeley with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jonathan Lipschutz of Berkeley Hearing Center, to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jonathan Lipschutz: At least 28 million adults in the US have hearing loss. Hearing loss impacts communication and functional ability and is strongly associated with decreased quality of life, cognitive decline, and depression. Despite its prevalence, hearing loss is both under recognized and under-treated. Typically, this is because of its slow, insidious progression or because of the erroneous belief that hearing loss is a normal part of aging and is not readily treatable. Read more

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Video: Dealing With Hearing Loss

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

VACAVILLE — Host, Sarah Rutan: In most cases, hearing loss can be a slow and gradual process, which is why it is important to heed the signs and seek preventive treatment. Today, we’re in Vacaville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Eric Stratton of Advanced Instruments Hearing Aid Center to learn about some of the common symptoms to be aware of.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Eric Stratton: Hearing loss is very gradual. When people come into my office for a hearing test for the first time, they have this question in their head, “Is there really anything wrong with my hearing? I don’t think there is, I hear just fine. Read more

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