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An audiologist specializes in evaluating and treating people of all ages with hearing loss, dizziness and balance disorders. Specialty audiology consultation is available for assessment and treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness and balance disorders.

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Are you hearing crickets?

Does it sometimes sound like a warm summer night in your head? If you're hearing crickets and other noises, you may have tinnitus. Learn more about this condition.

Katie Kendhammer AuD By Katie Kendhammer March 15, 2022
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8 reasons to visit an ENT specialist

You know that ear, nose and throat (ENT) providers care for ear infections. But they treat a much wider range of conditions. Read about the 8 common conditions treated by ENT, ranging from tonsillitis to dizziness.

Luke Andera MD By Luke Andera July 30, 2021
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Is it time to get your hearing checked?

Do people comment on the volume of your earbuds or TV? Does it seem like voices are too soft and everyone's mumbling? If so, it may be time to get your hearing checked.

Katie Kendhammer AuD By Katie Kendhammer June 25, 2021
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5 common misconceptions about vertigo, dizziness

Short-term bouts of dizziness or vertigo affect about one-third of Americans. Learn about the causes and 5 common misconceptions of these sensations.

MIndy Zenke, CNS, A.P.N.P. By Mindy Zenke January 19, 2021
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy restores hearing for Marge LaFrance

Mysterious hearing loss led Marge to an unexpected treatment: hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Read how treatments stimulated healing and helped her hear what she had been missing.

October 5, 2020

Treating your child's hearing loss

As an audiologist, I often work with parents who are concerned about their child’s hearing. Hearing loss is a huge concern for parents who understand it can impair speech and language skills as their child develops. The Baha system may be the right solution.

Katie Kendhammer AuD By Katie Kendhammer October 13, 2017

Huh? Hunting and your hearing

Autumn colors and cool mornings in early September signal the beginning of the long-awaited hunting season. Shooting without hearing protection practically guarantees you will suffer at least some degree of hearing loss in your lifetime.

Thomas Lowry, M.D. By Thomas Lowry September 8, 2017

Tinnitus and quality of life

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be exceedingly bothersome and affect your quality of life. It is important to discuss possible management strategies with your audiologist and health care team.

March 23, 2017

Routine appointment leads to uncommon diagnosis

Corinne Breidung suspected her son Brett’s well-child exam would be as uneventful as his previous exams. But then Brett’s provider in Wabasha, Sharon Riester, Family Medicine nurse practitioner, said words no parent ever wants to hear.

August 25, 2014

What's that, you say? Hearing loss is a problem

Although hearing loss is common in older adults, the problem affects people of all ages. Some are born with hearing loss, and others can lose hearing at a young age.

John Tunnell AuD By John Tunnell March 18, 2014
Carrie Kern DO

3 reasons why you did not receive antibiotics from your provider

Have you ever left your health care provider’s office feeling frustrated that you didn’t get an antibiotic for a sinus infection, sore throat, or ear infection? If you answered yes, you are not alone.

Carrie Kern DO By Carrie Kern January 23, 2014
Katie Kendhammer AuD

Noisy gifts: Staying ear-healthy this holiday season

This holiday season remember to purchase ear-healthy gifts for your loved ones.

Katie Kendhammer AuD By Katie Kendhammer December 13, 2013