by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. March 1, 2016 A recent article (1) noted that people can’t use their eyes and ears well at the same time when they are intently concentrating watching one thing while listening to something else. This article began, Do you ever get accused of “not listening” because you’re glancing down at your phone? It […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. February 26, 2016 The Center for Hearing Loss Help has just released the 2016 edition of what is probably the most comprehensive list ever compiled of the hundreds of drugs, herbs and chemicals that have been associated with tinnitus. Neil Bauman, Ph.D., the author of the books, “Ototoxic Drugs […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. February 22, 2016 A man asked, I just want to be sure I understand correctly that if there is no “T” switch on my hearing aid, then my hearing aid does not have a t-coil? The manual for my hearing aid says they “may” be equipped with a t-coil. They […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. February 19, 2016 A man explained, I have profound sensorineural hearing loss and don’t want to lose any more hearing because that could change my life! I have been diagnosed with prostatitis (prostate infection) and I showed my doctor your book. We decided against Tetracycline (class 3) in favor of […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. February 6, 2016 I recently came across three reasons why tinnitus will never go away. So if you can’t get your tinnitus to habituate and fade into the background (at least to some degree), see if one of these reasons might apply to you. Here is an excerpt from the […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. January 29, 2016 I have compiled a number of my closely-related articles into booklets in PDF format so you can freely download them, print them out and give them to your clients or friends. They are not to be sold or posted on any website. These booklets are designed to […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. January 24, 2016 A man wrote, I am a 29 year old male. 11 days ago, I shot about 60 rounds from an AR-15 (.223) rifle, outdoors, with foam ear plugs in both ears. I might not have had the plugs in as deeply as they could go, but the […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. and Steve Barber January 12, 2016 A person asked, I have recently been diagnosed with significant bilateral hearing loss. I will be seeing an audiologist to be fitted with hearing aids for the first time. What do I need to know about hearing loss and hearing aids? As a hard […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. January 12. 2016 If you want to have unparalleled performance in your home loop system, then the new Contacta HLD3 loop driver is for you. I used to say that the Univox CLS-1 was the Cadillac of loop drivers (and it was and we sold hundreds and hundreds of them), […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. January 11, 2016 A lady asked, Are there assistive listening technologies that are compatible with cochlear implants (CIs)? I pore over your articles, but it is not very clear to me with reference to which technologies match the needs for people with CI devices. Each inquiry directed to other resources […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. January 3, 2016 If you have tinnitus you need to stop focusing on your tinnitus. Constantly and repetitiously mulling over your tinnitus will only make your tinnitus worse. Therefore, you need to consciously choose not to dwell on it. Instead, focus on living a happy productive life. Get involved in […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. December 29, 2015 A number of people believe that drugs ending in “–mycin” (and “-micin”) are all members of the extremely ototoxic Aminoglycoside class of antibiotic drugs and should be avoided so they don’t damage their ears. This is not totally true. It is true that about half of […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. November 30, 2015 A man explained: While talking on the phone the other day, I accidentally turned on the T-coil program in my hearing aids and got a boost in volume and since the microphone was muted in that particular program, cut out the noise in the room. I also tried […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. November 8, 2016 The concept of a CROS (Contralateral Routing Of Sound [or Signal]) hearing aid is simple. Route the sound from the “deaf” (worse hearing) ear to the “good” (better hearing) ear. The result is that people who are deaf or hard of hearing in one ear can now […]
How serious are the side effects of ototoxic drugs? What can I do to help preserve my hearing?
This article is an introduction to ototoxic drugs and how they turn lives upside down. It includes a list of a few of the hundreds of ototoxic drugs commonly used. Furthermore, it explains the side effects of such drugs, the risk factors associated with them, and the steps you can take to reduce this risk.
My mother began hearing music in the form of Christmas carols and other songs. She insisted that she was hearing actual carols coming from a neighbor’s house. I couldn’t hear a thing, but I drove around the neighborhood trying to find a source of this [phantom] music without success. Is she losing her mind?
If you hear phantom voices, singing or music, you are not nuts. You are just hearing some of the strange auditory hallucinations many hard of hearing people experience. Learn the causes of MES, and more importantly, how to bring these phantom sounds under control.
This article explains reverse-slope hearing loss, what it is like to have an extreme reverse-slope hearing loss, and tips for fitting hearing aids and ALDs to people with reverse-slope losses. It also contrasts reverse-slope losses to the common ski-slope hearing losses that most are familiar with.
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Revised January 21, 2017 Introduction To most people in the medical community, Ménière’s disease is a mysterious condition—I say mysterious because although it has been known for more than 150 years, doctors still don’t know what Ménière’s disease really is. You see, unlike a typical disease where doctors can […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. For a number of years I maintained a web page listing the various facilities of which I was aware in the USA that used hearing loop systems. As the number of looped facilities snowballed, it became harder and harder to keep this list up to date. Now, with the advent of […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Quick. In what year was the first electric hearing aid was made? Take a guess. Bet you’ll be surprised how far off your guess was. Non-electric hearing aids such as primitive hearing horns have been around for many hundreds of years. In contrast, electric (and electronic) hearing aids are of relatively […]