Summer Heat and Humidity

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With temperatures rising and the humidity currently feeling like Miami in August, it is likely that moisture may become an enemy to your hearing devices. The best way to protect them is with the Dri-Aid Hearing Aid Dehumidifier. This simple system helps to maintain the life of your hearing devices. Dri-Aid comes in 2 sizes – large for $20 and small for $15 and is available at our office. Just place your hearing aids overnight in the little jar and the moisture-absorbing pellets will do the rest.

Simple and effective!

Hearing Loss, Tinnitus & Your Medications

There are some medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) that have been known to cause hearing loss or tinnitus in some people or exacerbate an existing hearing problem.  Usually this results from exceeding the recommended dosage.  Here are some of the most common medications that can contribute to tinnitus or hearing loss:
  • Some antibiotics
  • Chemotherapy agents
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Loop diuretics http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-prescription-medication-pharmacy-pill-vials-cascading-out-orange-isolated-white-image48808646
  • Salicylates such as aspirin
  • Legatrin used for night cramps
Be sure to consult with your medical professional as well as our office if you are experiencing any changes in your hearing while taking any new medications.

Can We Prevent Hearing Loss?

Many people ask if there is something they can do to prevent hearing loss.  Our genes play a major role in how early and how quickly we lose our hearing, but noise is the number one contributor to a declinfree-hearing-test-vaughane in hearing.  Listening to sounds that are too long and too loud can damage our ears. These excessively loud environments can include rock concerts, music at the gym, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, firecrackers, motorcycles, gun ranges, car radios and the use of headphones and earbuds.  Experts suggest a 60/60 rule when using our personal listening devices.  This means limiting the volume to 60% of the full range and listening time to 60 minutes per session.  Limiting our time exposed to noise and using ear protection when we are exposed to sounds over 85db intensity levels is practicing good hearing loss prevention.  Ask us about custom ear molds that are made to fit your own ears.  They come in a variety of styles and colors and are very easy to use.  They are also great for swimming and anyone who has chronic ear infections. You can visit www.westone.com for more information on the variety of custom ear protection available.
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Sticker Shock: Why are hearing devices so expensive?

Starkey_Wireless-CIC-ITC-ITE-RIC312-RIC13_cmykThis is an ongoing question and concern that is laced with a plethora of confusing information and misleading links to various types of technology.  Some clarification is greatly needed, as this tends to deter people who are in dire need of hearing devices. First of all, hearing devices that we provide here at Conejo Hearing Center are not just amplification.  These are medical devices that are programmed specifically for the individual.  Everyone has a “thumbprint” of their hearing and through the medical diagnostic testing, we can pinpoint exactly what your thumbprint is. Secondly, each device is backed by the ongoing service and support we provide our patients; office visits, programming, batteries and other supplies, clean and checks, repairs, and the manufacturer warranties that come with the devices. Our office is staffed with knowledgeable people who take care of your hearing needs as you step into your journey of experiencing these devices.  

Warning of Scam Alert

Warning! If it’s too good to be true….

There have been several websites springing up lately offering the latest hearing technology for incredibly low rates. This has caused some concern among Audiologists, not because of the low rates, but because most of these are counterfeit devices, also known on the streets as “knock-offs.” Hearing aids are medical devices and each legal device is given a serial number that is now being documented by the FDA. Counterfeits obviously will have false serial numbers which will not be legally recognized by the manufacturers and backed properly with valid warranties. So, if you purchase one of these counterfeit devices (and trust us, it will break down), you will not be able to get it repaired. Warning of Scam Alert When you purchase a hearing device from a certified Audiologist, you are not only paying for the device, but the customized programming (according to your diagnostic test), warranties (for repairs, loss and damage), service and ongoing professional support. It’s unfortunate that there are unscrupulous people out there, but we are staying vigilant in order to keep our community safe and informed. If you have any questions or concerns about this situation, please feel free to call us. We are here to provide you with the proper information and the best in hearing technology.