Gain

Gain is the amount of intensity (loudness) a hearing aid (or other amplifying device, like a loudspeaker or microphone) adds to the incoming sound signal. 

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Ear Wax

Yuck!  Let’s talk about ear wax, otherwise known as cerumen, a gross fact of life that actually has some pretty incredible properties!

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What Is a Decibel?

The decibel is a measure of the intensity (loudness) of sound.  It is named for Alexander Graham Bell.  Decibel is abbreviated dB.  Humans with intact hearing systems can typically detect sounds between 0 and 140 (the point at which sound starts to hurt and becomes more “feeling” than “hearing”) decibels.

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What Is an Audiologist?

AUDIOLOGIST:

 

An audiologist is a professional trained to diagnose and treat non-medical problems of hearing and balance.  The entry degree for audiologists is either a clinical doctorate (AuD) or research doctorate (PhD), though audiologists used to be able to practice with a Master’s Degree, so some have been grandfathered in.

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The Cochlear Implant Process: From Identification to Candidacy to Activation and Beyond!

When you begin to investigate cochlear implants for your child or yourself, the amount of information, terminology, and decisions can seem overwhelming.  Once you feel that you have a handle on things, someone throws another twist or curve your way.  Don’t you just want someone to hold your hand and walk you through the process step-by-step?  Your wish is my command…

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Mapping a Cochlear Implant

Mapping (or MAPping) is the term for programming a cochlear implant to the specifications and needs of its user.  While any cochlear implant user, or parent, caregiver, or family member of a CI user, has probably attended countless mapping appointments with an audiologist, the process is often confusing or poorly understood.

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How to Read an Audiogram

I often say that becoming a parent of a child with hearing loss is like being drafted onto a team for a sport you’ve never played and expected to be the MVP.  Almost overnight, you’re bombarded with technical jargon, communication options, opinions, appointments, and waves of emotion.  Who wouldn’t be overwhelmed?

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