Entries by VPoint

Successful Management of Balance and Vestibular Disorders with A Team Approach

  Feeling a Little Off Balance? According to the Vestibular Disorders Associations article on The Human Balance System, “Balance is the ability to maintain the body’s center of mass over its base of support.”  The human balance system involves a complex set of sensorimotor-control systems. Its interlacing feedback mechanisms can be altered through damage to […]

Diabetes and Hearing Impairment

Does diabetes lead to hearing impairment? According to the ADA, diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss. While these numbers may be startling, linking diabetes to hearing loss specifically has […]

Current Perspectives on Traumatic Brain Injury

Hearing Deficits and Traumatic Brain Injuries   TBI as a Health Problem According to  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association https://www.asha.org/Articles/Current-Perspectives-on-Traumatic-Brain-Injury/ an approximate 1.5 million Americans survive TBI each year, and approximately 230,000 are hospitalized for the condition. About 50,000 Americans die each year following TBI, representing one third of all injury-related deaths. Leading causes of TBI are falls (28%), […]

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED)

What is Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease? According to www.american-hearing.org, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease is defined as a syndrome of progressive hearing loss and/or dizziness that is caused by antibodies or immune cells which are attacking the inner ear. In most cases, there is a reduction of hearing accompanied by tinnitus (ringing, hissing, roaring) which occurs over a few months. Variants […]

Lyric Hearing Aids

What are Lyric Hearing Aids? They are the first extended wear hearing device that is 100% invisible. They are comfortably placed in the ear canal by a Lyric  trained hearing professional and can be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for up to 4 months at a time. No surgery or anesthesia is required. Unlike many […]

A Look into Lip Reading

What is Lip Reading? Lip reading allows you to “listen” to a speaker by watching the speaker’s face to figure out their speech patterns, movements, gestures and expressions. Often called “a third ear,” lip reading goes beyond simply reading the lips of a speaker to decipher individual words. Some also refer to it as Speech […]

The Benefits of Cochlear Implants

What are the Benefits of Cochlear Implants? What is a Cochlear Implant? Cochlear implants are a means of surgical amplification for patients with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. There is an internal and external device as part of the implant. Appropriately-identified adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss can be implanted starting as early […]

Children and Hearing Loss

What Causes Children to Have Hearing Loss? There are several possible causes for children and hearing loss, whether it’s congenital or acquired. Hearing losses in children can also be conductive, sensorineural or mixed. It’s important that parents, caretakers, physicians, teachers and others know the signs of and addresses hearing loss in children because early hearing […]

Hearing Aid Accessories

Batteries Batteries are perhaps one of the most important hearing aid accessories; without them, the hearing aid wouldn’t have any power. Hearing aids come in many different sizes and styles and with different power needs. Larger hearing aids require larger batteries. Additionally, hearing aids for people with severe or profound hearing losses typically require more power and […]