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How an Audiologist Can Help Find the Right Earmold for Your Lifestyle Feb 18th, 2020

Believe it or not, your ears are not only as unique as your fingerprints, they may even be more effective as an identification tool in the future. If you’ve ever wondered why a friend raves about earbuds that you can’t wear comfortably, it may come down to the unique shape of...

How Hearing Aids Could Help That Ringing Sound in Your Ear Jan 1st, 2020

If you’ve noticed ringing in your ears at some point in the last year, you have plenty of company. About 25 million Americans experience tinnitus annually, for at least five minutes. Tinnitus is also a symptom that frequently accompanies hearing loss, and for some sufferers, the experience is constant.   Tinnitus...

Untreated Hearing Loss Is a Costly Key Contributor to Anxiety and Depression Dec 5th, 2019

Hearing loss can create feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression. Communication is at the core of our existence, so when we have trouble hearing the people we know and love, we can start to feel sad. If left untreated, hearing loss can lead to depression and other problems. At Professional...

How to Tell if You Have Tinnitus Nov 14th, 2019

It’s not uncommon to experience ringing in your ear. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, tinnitus affects 15%-20% of people. But tinnitus itself isn’t a disease, but a symptom that indicates something else is going on. At Professional Hearing Aid Service in Reston, Virginia, our experienced audiologist Bhama “Bee”...

Adjusting to Life With Hearing Aids Sep 30th, 2019

Even though age is the single greatest predictor of hearing loss, many people wait as long as 15 years before attempting to address it. Even more concerning – of those age 70 and older with hearing loss, only 30% have used hearing aids.1 The consequences of untreated hearing loss include...

Top Causes of Hearing Loss and How to Avoid Them Sep 1st, 2019

Chances are even that, by the time you reach the age of 75, you’ll have some degree of hearing loss. This is usually referred to as presbycusis or age-related hearing loss, but how you lose your hearing isn’t always a singular or unavoidable event. In fact, there’s much you can...

How to Know If You Need Cerumen Removal Aug 12th, 2019

Sometimes, systems in your body work too well and overproduce secretions. Acne is often due to an overproduction of sebum, leading to blackheads and pimples.  Earwax is another substance that can sometimes build up. Medically called cerumen, earwax usually keeps your ears clean, lubricated, and free from bacterial growth, but...

What Causes Tinnitus (And What Can I Do About It)? Jul 15th, 2019

Are you hearing sounds, even in a quiet room, with no noise sources around you? You could be hearing a symptom called tinnitus in the medical industry, but more commonly referred to as ringing in your ear. You’re not alone. As much as 20% of the population experiences tinnitus as...

How to Know When to Repair Your Hearing Aids or Replace Them Jun 4th, 2019

Hearing loss affects about 48 million Americans, and if you’re older, you may be one of three people over 65 with hearing loss, while those over 75 have a 66% chance of impaired hearing. While some people resist treatment for compromised hearing, many have found that hearing aids restore the...

Three Reasons You Need Your Ears Professionally Cleaned May 20th, 2019

Your body is usually very good about performing its own routine maintenance. This is true of your ears. Earwax — medically called cerumen — is a substance that forms in the outer ear to keep your ear canal moist and protected. Usually, there’s no need to clean your ears, but...

The Connection Between Hearing Loss and Dementia Apr 16th, 2019

If you have trouble hearing people or find yourself often turning up the volume on the TV, you probably realize you have auditory challenges. What you may not know is that hearing loss may increase your likelihood of suffering from cognitive issues and even dementia. Here at Professional Hearing Aid...

When Should I Remove My Hearing Aids? Mar 13th, 2019

Receiving your first set of hearing aids is a time of big adjustment, particularly if you’ve been living with hearing loss for a long time before your fitting. There’s a period where you’ll adapt to the new capabilities of your hearing with these assistive devices. Whether it takes a couple...

How to Prevent Your Hearing Loss From Getting Worse Jan 31st, 2019

There could be as many as 48 million Americans living with some degree of hearing loss, about 1 in 5 people. Many people associate hearing loss with aging, an effect that does occur, but it’s a cause that’s sometimes attributed incorrectly. For example, someone who experiences hearing loss in their...

Learn to Recognize the Symptoms of Earwax Impaction Jan 4th, 2019

Earwax is healthy at normal levels, but when it accumulates, it can cause serious problems. When the wax builds up enough to impact your ears, your symptoms could range from bothersome pain to potentially severe hearing loss. For more information about earwax impaction, contact us at Professional Hearing Aid Service....

Our High-Tech Speech Mapping Verification Ensures Your Hearing Aids Are Optimally Programmed for You Dec 13th, 2018

Just as no two people are the same, no two people have the same kind of hearing loss. The shape of your ear canal, the type and extent of your hearing loss, and other factors can affect how well your hearing aids work. Speech mapping allows the professionals at Affordable...

Common Mistakes New Hearing Aid Owners Make and How to Avoid Them Nov 16th, 2018

It’s perhaps easy to think of hearing aids as similar to eyeglasses. You’re tested, your prescription is filled and, voilà, you have a corrective device that can instantly help you. However, as those with eyeglasses may know, it’s not always as simple as that — new frames may slip, pinch,...

EuroTrak France: the highest satisfaction Oct 30th, 2018

Eurotrak 2018 The fourth EuroTrak to be undertaken in France continues to show a positive picture with satisfaction with hearing aids over 80% and 65% wishing they had obtained hearing aids sooner. The EuroTrak survey also shows potential social cost savings due to the use of hearing aids: work competitiveness is increased,...

5 Important Factors to Consider When Selecting Hearing Aids Oct 24th, 2018

Once you’ve taken the plunge and pursued treatment for hearing loss, you’re faced with a decision about what kind of hearing aid you want. Being fitted with a comfortable, quality hearing aid is an important part of the treatment, for if you don’t like the sound or feel of your...

Tinnitus depiction in Hollywood movie Oct 19th, 2018

The latest box office success in cinemas is ‘A star is born’ featuring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Cooper) discovers − and falls in love with − struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a...

Hearing tests more likely in Germany, Can US do better! Oct 18th, 2018

45 % of people questioned in the latest Eurotrak survey in Germany say they have had a hearing test in the last five years, far higher than the numbers reported in France and the UK. Hearing loss prevalence is also higher, along with the number of hours that hearing aids are worn. 97...

Can You Prevent Tinnitus? Oct 10th, 2018

Tinnitus is an ear condition that causes people to hear sounds that are not actually there. While tinnitus is not particularly dangerous to health in and of itself, it can have severe consequences for a person’s lifestyle, mental health, and ability to sleep. Given how difficult it can be to live...

How Will the Audiologist Conduct Hearing Tests Sep 20th, 2018

As we go through life, our senses change. We see less, and so need to make appointments to get some new glasses from time to time, and we start to lose our hearing. Not everyone will experience hearing loss, but those that do tend to notice it come on later...

Many adults with trouble hearing have not recently seen a healthcare provider Sep 19th, 2018

Just last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) devoted one of its monthly Vital Signs reports to noise-induced hearing loss. Each month, Vital Signscovers “an important health threat” and, as the CDC notes, hearing loss is the “third most common chronic health condition in the U.S.” The report goes on to...

Depression from Hearing Loss Sep 13th, 2018

Research continues to link hearing loss to depression, loneliness, and many other chronic diseases. It would seem logical that hearing loss might lead to social isolation, then to loneliness, depression, and an erosion in quality of life. However, as this webinar by Victor Bray, PhD, of Salus University points out, the problem...

Join us at our OPEN HOUSE and Receive $1000 off a set of premium hearing devices Aug 31st, 2018

Join us at our OPEN HOUSE and Receive $1000 off a set of premium hearing devices

3 FAQs About Hearing Aid Fittings Aug 15th, 2018

It is normal for people to be a little bit nervous about their hearing aid fitting, especially if they have never had one before. Once you’ve had your hearing test and been told that you are going to need a hearing aid fitted you need to book the appointment. But many...

Are ITE Hearing Aids Right for You? Aug 3rd, 2018

When most people picture a hearing aid, they imagine a visible device that loops over the back of the ear. This kind of device is still in common usage; they are known as behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, and they are a suitable choice for a wide variety of people. However, BTE...

The Hearing Risks of Lawncare Aug 3rd, 2018

Maintaining a yard can take a lot of effort, and it can also take a toll on your hearing. Lawnmowers, trimmers, chainsaws, and other machinery can expose you to dangerous noise levels and lead to hearing loss. With proper hearing protection, you can minimize the risk while making your lawn...

4 Signs You Need Ear Protection Jul 27th, 2018

Your ears and your hearing are more vulnerable than you think. You can damage your ears and your hearing by constantly or consistently exposing yourself to loud noises. Unfortunately, many of us have to work in loud environments. Others may choose to expose themselves to loud noises for fun. For...

What Happens When You Need Hearing Aid Repairs Jul 3rd, 2018

Your hearing aid will last a long time if you maintain and care for it properly. But, the reality is that your device will need to be repaired at some point in the future. And when you need hearing aid repairs, it can be an incredibly anxious time. You may experience a...

Hearing Aids: Why Buying Online Can be a Mistake Dec 4th, 2016

Hearing aids vary a great deal in price, and that has a lot to do with the technologies contained within them. If you’re in need of a hearing aid or the services of an audiologist in Washington DC, you’ll find that the more expensive hearing aids, available to you, are...