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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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Hunting? Be sure to protect your hearing

Noise over 140 decibels can permanently damage hearing, and almost all firearms are in that range or higher, putting hunters at risk for hearing loss. Learn how protective devices can reduce that risk.

Katie Kendhammer AuD By Katie Kendhammer September 30, 2022

Are OTC hearing devices a good fit for you?

Pharmacies and other retailers soon will offer over-the-counter hearing devices for people with moderate hearing loss. Here's what you should know before you buy.

Katie Kendhammer AuD By Katie Kendhammer September 12, 2022

Mold reshapes baby Adelyn's 'different' ear

About 25% of newborns have an ear deformity, including little Adelyn. A painless, nonsurgical treatment used a mold and maternal estrogen to reshape her ear and avoid future surgery.

August 22, 2022

6 common questions about earaches and ear infections

Ears are amazing organs. They help us hear and experience the world. Yet some people are prone to painful ear infections. Get answers to questions about this common condition.

Luke Andera MD By Luke Andera July 18, 2022

The scoop on earwax

Ear wax has many important jobs, including protecting and lubricating your ears. Discover the simple, safe way to keep your ears clean and why you shouldn't put a small object into your ear canal.

Fareeda Hussain MD By Fareeda Hussain June 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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