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Maximize the Benefits of Your Hearing Devices

Kimberly Knudsen, CCC-A, Au.D. Kimberly Knudsen, CCC-A, Au.D. May 18, 2022 0 Comments General Health

To maximize the benefits you receive from wearing hearing devices, follow these hearing health and maintenance guidelines. Maintaining Your Hearing Health 1. We recommend you have an audiogram every two years to determine if your hearing devices should be reprogrammed to compensate for any additional loss. 2. Wear your hearing devices daily to allow your […]

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Cochlear Implants | What to Know

Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. February 23, 2022 0 Comments General Health

Cochlear implants treat severe to profound hearing loss in patients with sensorineural (inner ear-related) hearing loss. A trained physician surgically implants the devices, which bypass the problematic areas in the ear by directly stimulating the auditory nerve and sending signals straight to the brain. How does it work? A cochlear implant works differently than a […]

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Poor Heart Health Can Contribute to Hearing Loss

Kimberly Knudsen, CCC-A, Au.D. Kimberly Knudsen, CCC-A, Au.D. February 8, 2022 0 Comments General Health

It’s February, so get ready to focus on chocolate, roses, heart-shaped cards—and heart health? Widely known as the month where Valentine’s Day falls, February is also American Heart Month, which makes it a great time to explore the importance of good heart health and its role in preventing hearing loss. Hearing involves several parts of […]

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Shop for a doctor, not a device


The difference between medical and retail hearing care Today’s hearing care landscape is crowded. Hearing aid retailers, big-box stores like Costco and over-the-counter hearing device makers alike all claim that they can effectively treat hearing loss without an audiologist. But can they? Fort Healthcare Audiology follows a medical model, meaning you can trust that you […]

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Hearing Devices Aren’t Enough without Good Communication Habits

Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. October 1, 2020 0 Comments Audiology

If you’ve taken the first step toward better hearing by investing in hearing devices, you deserve to be congratulated. But satisfaction is not guaranteed by a simple purchase. You have a responsibility to develop good communication habits designed to maximize the benefits you receive from wearing hearing devices. Try these tips for better hearing and […]

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Tips for managing tinnitus at home

Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. May 20, 2020 0 Comments Audiology

Tinnitus can’t be cured, but there are treatments that make it less of a distraction. The approach taken depends on the underlying condition responsible for the ringing in your ears. Here are some tips for managing your tinnitus: Determine what worsens your tinnitus For some people, drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages, eating salty or spicy […]

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Hearing screenings versus evaluations

Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. March 13, 2020 0 Comments Audiology

The difference between a hearing screening and a hearing evaluation is important. A screening refers to a single, preliminary test used to determine whether a patient has hearing loss whereas an evaluation is an in-depth series of tests conducted by an audiologist used to measure the type, degree and configuration of the impairment and identify […]

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Tinnitus: Understanding that ringing in your ears

Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. May 15, 2019 0 Comments General Health

Many people experience a persistent ringing in their ears. This common affliction, known as tinnitus, affects roughly 20 percent of the American population. Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when none is actually occurring. For some it is a minor nuisance but for others, a major impediment to their quality of life. It […]

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3 Facts About Tinnitus

Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. December 20, 2018 0 Comments General Health

Tinnitus occurs when you hear noises, called phantom sounds, even when there is no sound occurring around you. Phantom sounds can occur in either one or both ears; be extremely loud or very quiet; have low or high pitches; and can be continuous or come and go. Typical phantom sounds include hissing, ringing, buzzing, roaring, […]

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Why Hearing Screenings are Important for Children

Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. Cheryl Kinney, Au.D. May 1, 2018 0 Comments General Health

Although hearing loss is common in older adults, it can occur at any age—even in babies and children. When children have undiagnosed hearing loss, it can affect their ability to learn to speak, understand language, thrive in a classroom, and interact with others. Why are hearing screenings important for children? Children begin learning how to […]

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