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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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Protect children's hearing from noisy toys, gifts

Many toys that children play with can produce levels equal to 90 decibels, which typically requires hearing protection. Get tips to help you choose toys and games that protect kids' hearing.

Katie Dease, Au.D. By Katie Dease December 12, 2022

Do ear infections always need to be treated with antibiotics?

When your child has an ear infection, it's common to think an antibiotic is necessary. Learn why that may not always be the case and how you can treat it at home.

Timothy Slama DO By Timothy Slama October 19, 2022

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 Dease, Au.D. By Katie Dease 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 Dease, Au.D. By Katie Dease 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 Dease, Au.D. By Katie Dease 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 Dease, Au.D. By Katie Dease 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