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 […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Have you ever wondered whether there are any significant differences in the performance results you could expect, depending on which cochlear implant (CI) you chose? Doctors, and cochlear implant centers typically tell you that all CI brands are good (and this is true). Thus, you might assume that they all […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. July 9, 2015 Don’t let the weird Greek words in the title scare you off from reading this fascinating article on one category of Musical Ear Syndrome (MES). Musical Ear Syndrome is a relatively common phenomenon where you hear non-tinnitus, phantom sounds that are not of a psychiatric nature. […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Our brains are marvelous organs. They are always trying to make sense out of what we hear. Thus, when we miss something, they try to fill in the gaps in what we misheard with something that seems to make sense, even if it doesn’t really make sense—if that makes sense. As […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. If you are like numbers of hard of hearing people who have worn hearing aids for some time, you probably have several sets of old hearing aids kicking around in your dresser drawer. You keep your previous set of aids as backup in case anything happens to your current aids. But […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady that has Musical Ear Syndrome (MES) (hearing phantom sounds—mostly musical) explained, “A friend who is a psychologist hypnotized me for my MES. I learned from that experience that if I focus totally—100%—on a pleasant sound, such as the ocean waves, my MES goes away (at least for awhile). The […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Tammy, a hard of hearing lady, explained, “In spite of the many hardships I’ve experienced from my progressive hearing loss, I am by nature an optimist and always try to see the silver-lining and humour in situations. I have had countless opportunities to laugh at myself over misunderstood conversations, misheard words, […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. There is a terrible, yet invisible, toll that hearing loss extracts from many hard of hearing people at family gatherings when family members do not take steps to effectively meet the hard of hearing person’s hearing needs. To help you understand what it is like to be hard-of-hearing at family gatherings, […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady wrote, I am profoundly deaf from contracting meningitis in 2010. I have severe tinnitus and have recently been diagnosed with acid reflux. I have been prescribed Prilosec and Protonix which makes the tinniutus much worse. Can you recommend another drug that will not give me that additional discomfort. I […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. In order to avoid (as much as is possible) the ototoxic (ear damaging) side effects from taking drugs, for years I have suggested that you: Take the least ototoxic drug that will do the job Take the lowest effective dose Take it for the shortest time possible By doing this you […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. June 11, 2015 There are a number of assistive technologies that help us (people with hearing loss) hear beautiful, clear sound. In addition to loop systems, there are FM (and other RF and bluetooth systems), infrared systems and direct wired systems. All of these work well for us, although […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. 1. Hearing Aids Do Not Correct Hearing to Normal You might think that getting hearing aids would give hard-of-hearing people normal or near-normal hearing again. Surprisingly, the truth is that hearing aids only give you back about half of the hearing you have lost. This means that if you have an […]
© 2014 by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Hooking a home audio loop amplifier to your flat-screen TV isn’t as simple as it used to be to hook a loop amplifier to the older-style picture-tube TVs. There are more options available, and thus there are more hoops to jump through. However, don’t despair, it is still […]