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How to Shop ‘Til You Drop with Hearing Loss

people holding shopping bags on a mall escalator

Black Friday has come and gone. Whether you were out in the trenches with a bazillion other crazed shoppers searching…

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Hearing Aids & Cellphones

man holding a cellphone

Just because you have hearing loss doesn’t mean you aren’t as attached to your smartphone as everybody else! Cellphones are…

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Pediatric vs. Adult Hearing Loss

If you’re like most people in California, you probably have some misconceptions about hearing loss. One of the biggest is…

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What Does it Mean to be Hard of Hearing?

Woman in Thousand Oaks living with hearing loss

If you’re hard of hearing, in the simplest of terms this means you cannot hear well. There is no universal…

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Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Hearing Loss

If you or someone you love experiences hearing loss, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The Social…

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Hearing Myths That May Be Hurting You

List of Hearing Myths

Chances are, you’ve heard things about hearing loss you’ve believed to be true, even though the sources may be questionable….

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Make Hearing Protection During the World Cup Your “Goal!”

Hearing Loss at the World Cup

Like the Olympics and the Presidential election cycle, the World Cup takes center stage every four years. This provides soccer…

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Are You Making Your Tinnitus Worse?

Are You Making Your Tinnitus Worse?

As we have discussed on multiple blogs, tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sounds that are not present. We have…

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Better Hearing & Speech Month

Better Hearing & Speech Month

School is almost out, the weather is getting hotter and Memorial Day is right around the corner. But none of…

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Are There Hearing Aids Just For Kids?

Are There Hearing Aids Just For Kids?

While we may like to think of kids as just tiny versions of adults, this is not always the case….

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Types of Hearing Tests

Types of Hearing Tests

Before your hearing loss can be treated, your Thousand Oaks audiologist must first confirm the type and degree of the…

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Tinnitus Week

February 5-11 is Tinnitus Week. For the second year, the American Tinnitus Association has joined forces with the British Tinnitus…

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Can Balloons Cause Hearing Loss?

Balloons May Cause Hearing Loss in Thousand Oaks

Have you ever been at a birthday party only to jump out of your skin because of an unexpected balloon…

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Talking to Your Boss About Hearing Loss

Talking to Your Boss About Hearing Loss in Simi Valley

There are 48 million people in Simi Valley and throughout the country with hearing loss. Many of these individuals are…

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What is High-Frequency Hearing Loss?

One of the most common types of hearing loss is caused by aging. Known as presbycusis, this type of hearing…

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Hearing Aid Benefits vs Discount Program

As the year winds down and December approaches, many people try to get into the office as they know their…

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What does hearing loss sound like?

Hearing loss is one of the biggest health concerns in Thousand Oaks and throughout the U.S, affecting nearly 48 million…

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What is Ototoxicity?

Chances are, you have heard your Simi Valley audiologist mention ototoxicity as a possible cause of hearing loss. But what…

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Hearing Loss in the Classroom

Last year, we published an article about what the future of hearing was in schools. Since then, the Center for…

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Improvement in Hearing Devices

Decibel Hearing Services has been around for well over a decade and Kelley and I have been audiologists for many…

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The Importance of Hearing Aids

The top three physical conditions in Thousand Oaks and throughout the country are: Arthritis Heart disease Hearing loss There are…

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10 Tips for Efficient Communication with the Hearing Impaired

Communicating With Hearing Loss Communicating well is an art form. Knowing when to pause, listen and laugh are all skills…

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Are You Living with an Acoustic Neuroma in Thousand Oaks? Part 2: Risks, Diagnostics & Treatment Options

Although acoustic neuromas aren’t the most common audiological concern affecting Thousand Oaks residents’ hearing and balance, these tumors affect a…

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Welcome to Our New Office

Those of you who received our most recent newsletter will have seen we moved our Thousand Oaks office to a…

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Are You Living with an Acoustic Neuroma? Part 1: Understanding Auditory Tumors

An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor of the inner ear that can cause problems with the auditory system, including…

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The History of Hearing Aids

Think hearing loss is a modern-day condition, occurring in line with the development of personal music players and industrial equipment?…

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Hearing Aid Fitting. The Best Next Step

After months (more likely years) of your family and friends urging you to seek help for your fairly obvious hearing…

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Diagnosing Tinnitus

How to Diagnose Tinnitus Have you ever heard a ringing in your ear that could not be attributed to any…

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Maintaining Your Hearing Aid

maintaining your hearing aids

Would you buy a new camera and never clean the lens? What about buying a beautiful five-burner gas stove and…

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Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

tinnitus treatment therapy

Figuring out the cause of your symptoms is an important step in any treatment process. If your allergies are caused…

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Client Interaction

I always love it when my clients share information they have found pertaining to hearing loss with me. I learn…

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Why Do You Hear a Ringing in Your Ears?

ringing in your ears

Do you ever hear sounds that are not really there? I don’t mean like footsteps in your upstairs hallway or…

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When Should You Upgrade Your Hearing Aid?

New Technology, Better Hearing Experience Most people are in no rush to update their belongings, especially when things still work….

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Baseline Hearing

It always amazes me that our primary care doctors send us for all sorts of tests as we hit another…

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Tinnitus treatment is just a buzz, ring or click away

When you are alone with your thoughts in sunny Simi Valley, California, as you often are when trying to fall…

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Can Young People Also Suffer from Hearing Loss?

Much like poor eyesight and back pain, hearing loss is not confined to just older adults. Children of all ages…

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Hooray for Rain!

All of us living in Southern California know that we have experienced drought for way too long. So when this…

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The Link Between Concussions and Hearing Loss

Contact sports, car crashes and falls are the leading causes of concussions in Thousand Oaks, California. A concussion is a…

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Tips for your Valentine’s Dinner

Don’t let your hearing loss prevent you from celebrating love this Valentine’s Day. A romantic dinner out with your partner…

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Turn Down That Noise in Your Headphones!

The number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled within the past 30 years. Children in Thousand Oaks as well…

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Date Night? Discover the Hearing Loop

The start of the year is always a quiet time, after many over-scheduled weekends full of traveling and countless activities…

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Hearing = Happiness

Research shows that those who treat their hearing loss have a significantly improved quality of life than those who don’t…

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Better Hearing for the New Year

Pop open the bubbly and ring in the new year! 2017 will bring many things; for the 48 million individuals…

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New Year’s Resolutions

There are so many things we want to change in the new year – we want to be more organized,…

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Prevalence of Hearing Loss in the Military

While work-related injuries can occur in nearly every profession, certain careers are inherently riskier than others. A clear example of…

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Socially Meaningful Sounds to Benefit Your Hearing

Social interaction can have many positive effects on a person’s well-being. Without it, people are at a greater risk of…

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Improved Testing Technique for High-Frequency Hearing Aid Fitting

In the majority of instances, hearing loss occurs as a slow degeneration of your auditory abilities over many years. The…

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A Better Career with Hearing Aids?

Because the majority of hearing loss cases occur gradually over many years, it can be easy to acclimate to an…

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Save Your Pets from Hearing Aid Hazards

pets and hearing aid hazzards

In many ways, pets are forever toddlers. Despite our best efforts to train and protect them, they have an uncanny…

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The Hidden Hearing Loss Effect

Each day we all experience sound in the environment.  Many of these sounds are low intensity, satisfying, and others are…

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The Importance of Annual Hearing Tests in Seniors

The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could very well be the motto of…

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Don’t Let Hearing Loss Affect You Career

For decades, our society has attached social stigma to losing your hearing. More often than not, a hearing impairment is…

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Does Stress Affect Hearing?

Many times I have clients come in and tell me they think their hearing has dropped off or their hearing…

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Can Hearing Loss Affect Your Dreams?

Our senses allow us to take in the world. Each sense provides a different way to connect and interact with…

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The Musician Hearing Loss Evolution

As we work through the clinic day, we may find ourselves jealous of our patients with those high frequency hearing losses…

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Hearing Loss Preventative Care Practices

Did you know that October is National Audiology Awareness month? Each time this year, audiology professionals make an additional effort…

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Mapping Hearing Loss Solutions

Google.org, the charitable arm of the world’s largest search engine, is supporting  World Wide Hearing (WWH) to find a solution to…

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October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

You can permanently lose your hearing from prolonged exposure to noise! 12 million Americans have hearing loss as a result…

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Future of Hearing in the Classroom

As many as 12% of children in the United States experience some degree of noise-induced hearing loss. For these children,…

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Why You Should Treat Uneven Hearing Loss

In the same way that our vision may differ between our eyes, hearing loss may occur asymmetrically and the hearing…

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The Latest on Cognitive Decline, Listening Effort and Hearing Aids

The prevalence of dementia is expected to soar as the average life expectancy increases, but recent estimates suggest that the…

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Improvements to Hearing Technology

Our ability to hear fundamentally shapes how we relate to the world around us. However, hearing is often taken for…

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Why is there a wide variety of pricing for hearing aids?

People often ask why there is such a wide variety of pricing for hearing aids. One of the main reasons…

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Protect Your Hearing During Sporting Events

In our previous blog, we provided a set of tips to help the hearing impaired hear more effectively during sporting…

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TV Sound Quality

One of the complaints I hear most from people is that they have trouble hearing their televisions. People with hearing…

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Upcoming Event: Dr. Ellen Baker to lead discussion on tinnitus

Audiologist Ellen Baker, Au.D., owner of Decibel Hearing Services, will lead a talk on the effects of tinnitus and possible…

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The Evolution of Hearing Aids

Technological and scientific development over the last few decades has been staggering. In fact, some of the technology today borders…

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Tips for Communicating

If you notice, I didn’t title this blog “tips for communicating with people with hearing loss”. The reason is because…

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Love My Music and Love My Hearing

It seems as if I have been to more concerts lately than I did in my youth! My kids don’t…

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Celebrate the Sounds of Your Life

The American Academy of Audiology is using the slogan of “celebrate the sounds of your life” as a tribute to…

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Happy Anniversary to Us

This week marks the 12th anniversary of Decibel Hearing Services. I started my own business later in life so it…

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Why Do Hearing Aids Have Such a Bad Rep?

Everyone remembers our parent’s and our grandparent’s hearing aids. They were big old beige things that filled the ear and…

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Which Manufacturer is the Best?

There are six major hearing aid manufacturers at the present time: Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Siemens, Starkey and Widex. Some of…

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When it Comes to the Big Screen, Your Ears Play a Role

Sonic launches new infographic focusing on memorable movie sounds, just in time for the Oscars. March 28, 2014.  Somerset, NJ….

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2016 Wellness Fest

“Life is not merely being alive, but being well.” — Marcus Valerius Martialis This is the theme of this year’s…

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Surviving the Holidays with Hearing Loss

Ah, the holiday season! We have such fond memories of happy times, family get-togethers and the joy of it all….

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Is hearing loss and cognitive decline really related?

There have been studies over the last several years that have implicated hearing loss being associated with accelerated cognitive decline…

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