First Time to the Audiologist? Here’s What You Should Expect.

What to expect at your first audiology appointment.

Have your friends or family members mentioned to you that you may have hearing loss? Chances are, you were able to brush them off for a while, giving out excuse after excuse, until now. Regardless of the reason you have finally decided that now is the time to seek help (either you have realized that
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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Every May, the nearly 48 million people in Boone, NC, and throughout the country with hearing loss come together to celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month. The goal is to raise awareness of hearing loss and speech problems. The theme this year is “Communication for All.” 10 Tips For Effective Communication Below are 10 tips
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What is Earwax?

What is Earwax?

Earwax is often the butt of many an ill-conceived joke on a Saturday morning cartoon. Your Boone audiologist is here to set the record straight – earwax is important. Cerumen is the medical term for the waxy, yellowish substance found in healthy ears. It not only protects your ear from bacteria, water and foreign particles,
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The Baffling Booger

Deposited into a tissue and then thrown away, boogers are typically never given a second thought. But do you know what they are? What they’re made of? What your Boone physician can tell about you from them? What are Boogers? So let’s start from the beginning. A booger is a mixture of water, mucus and
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Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is common. In fact, it is the third most common physical condition in the United States behind only arthritis and heart disease. Turns out, there are a wide variety of causes for this popular condition. Age-Related Hearing Loss Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, is one of the most common causes. It occurs as
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Halloween and Food Allergies

Now that it is finally October, Halloween is almost here. Time to break out the skeletons, pumpkins and allergen-free treats. Unfortunately, not all families in Linville, NC are on the same page about the third item on the list – allergen-free treats. Halloween is a holiday designed to be scary. But for those children with
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Balancing Act (Part 2)

As we discussed in the last blog post, our balance system is made up of our inner ear and what we see and feel. This week, we will discuss what happens if something goes wrong. Causes of Balance Disorders Countless things can cause a balance disorder: medications, head injury or a change in the inner
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