Tag Archives: hearing

Is it safe to see an audiologist or hearing care provider during the pandemic? A checklist

If you’ve been putting off seeing an audiologist or hearing care specialist while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s understandable. Many Americans have chosen to delay non-emergency medical care while waiting for things to improve. At the same time, keep in mind that untreated hearing loss is not benign, and the longer you put off… Read More »

Which drugs cause hearing loss?

Many drugs cause side effects, including hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). In fact, there are currently more more than 200 medications linked to hearing loss and balance disorders, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Medically, this is known as ototoxicity. (“Oto” means ear and “toxic” means harmful.) The severity of the hearing loss and tinnitus can vary widely,… Read More »

House panel to hold hearing on VA delay of first EHR go-live

The chair of the House subcommittee charged with legislative oversight of the VA’s Cerner electronic health record implementation is concerned about the agency’s decision to delay the EHR’s initial go-live. “I’m concerned that as we’ve moved closer to the go-live date, we have been told repeatedly that there were no showstoppers in the implementation, that… Read More »

Universal signs for hearing loss

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, life has become a lot more accessible for everyone–especially for people who are deaf or hearing impaired. The signs of accessibility are everywhere, if you know what you’re looking for. Common signs for hearing impaired services   International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss Also referred… Read More »

Sudden hearing loss in one ear

If you or a loved one has suddenly developed hearing loss, see your doctor right away. While often downplayed as not serious, any new or sudden hearing loss should be taken seriously by you and your healthcare providers. Why? The sooner you get a thorough audiological workup, the better your chances are for a full recovery.… Read More »