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Hearing Aid Batteries

Hearing aid batteries: While there are rechargeable batteries available on the market, the most common type is still the zinc-air button disposable battery...

Apr 15th, 2018
Audiology: Qualifications & Specialties

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who are skilled in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. As audiologists, we take pride in combining our enthusiasm for serving others with evidence-based practice...

Apr 2nd, 2018
Are my hearing aids water resistant?

Particularly during the summer, patients wonder about the water resistancy of their hearing aids. It is a great question! Today we will discuss how much moisture hearing aids can handle and some tips and tricks to protect your hearing aids from too much...

Aug 26th, 2020
Communication Strategies

People who have hearing loss usually exhibit one of the following strategies when communicating with others: Passive – Most people with hearing loss exhibit this communication style.

Jul 29th, 2020
Sound Apps to Help with Tinnitus

If you suffer from tinnitus, one of the best things you can do to help cope with the annoyance of the sound in your ears is to keep your ears and brain busy with a different sound. There are several sound apps available to help you.

Jul 22nd, 2020
Animal Audiology

People of all ages wear hearing aids. But, have you ever thought about your favorite furry friend having their hearing tested?

Jul 16th, 2020
Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise cancelling headphones are often used to eliminate ambient noise while listening to any other audio. They are a safe and effective way to get high quality sound from headphones at adequate volume.

Jul 8th, 2020
Newborn Hearing Screening

Newborn Hearing Screenings were developed to assist in quickly and effectively diagnosing hearing loss present at birth. Catching hearing loss at an early age and enrolling a child in early intervention maximizes communication, literacy, and...

Jun 29th, 2020
Sound Level Measurements

In the world of Audiology, it is great to see our patients, family, and friends beginning to pay attention to hearing health and protecting their ears for the future. With technology getting more and more advanced, when it comes to measuring sound...

Jun 24th, 2020
Hearing Loss and Cognition

It is estimated that 40–50% of adults over the age of 65 have a measurable hearing impairment. This rises to approximately 83% of individuals over the age of 70.

Jun 17th, 2020
More Prevalent Hearing Loss During Covid-19

Have you noticed an increased prevalence of hearing loss during this time of Covid-19? I sure have! This has caused me to stop and reflect on these changes. It is not necessarily that more hearing loss is being caused during this time.

Jun 10th, 2020
Nutrition and Hearing

Nutrition is fundamental to health. And nutrition is also connected to hearing health; however, this connection is often overlooked.

May 27th, 2020
Otitis Media and PE Tubes

Middle Ear infections (Otitis Media) Infections can occur in the three different parts of the ear: external, middle, and inner.

May 20th, 2020

Otosclerosis is a hearing disorder that is caused by an abnormal amount of bone growth in the middle ear ossicular chain. Our middle ear system is comprised of the tympanic membrane (more commonly known as the eardrum) and three little bones that make up

May 13th, 2020
Meniere's Disease

Ménière’s disease is an inner ear disorder that leads to aural fullness, tinnitus, fluctuating hearing loss, and dizziness. Ménière’s disease produces a recurring set of symptoms as a result of abnormally large amounts of a fluid called endolymph...

May 6th, 2020
Hearing Aid Connectivity Resources

Resound: With the most recent firmware updates, iPhone and Android users can utilize both the Resound Smart App as well as directly stream music and phone calls from the hearing aids to their cell phones.

May 1st, 2020
An Important Notice from Your Audiologists at PHC

As you may know, precautions are being put into place nationwide to decrease the transmission and spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are deeply concerned about your overall health and want you to know that during these times, we are still open...

Apr 30th, 2020
Well-Hearing is Well-Being

We are all experiencing some type of isolation at this time. It is difficult not to socialize and to distance ourselves from others.

Apr 23rd, 2020
Diabetes and Audiology Hearing Healthcare

Over the past 20-25 years, the percentage of Americans with type 2 diabetes has nearly doubled to over 9% of the nation’s population. Diabetes is defined as high blood glucose levels as a result of underproduction - or no production - of insulin, which...

Apr 15th, 2020
Health Literacy: Obtaining the Best in Healthcare

Health literacy is a growing concept in the healthcare and public health field. According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, health literacy is “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process...

Mar 18th, 2020
Mild and Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children

What is mild hearing loss? Hearing loss is determined by the softest sound a person can hear in decibels. In adults, mild hearing loss occurs when the softest sounds a person can hear on average fall between 26 and 40 decibels.

Mar 4th, 2020
What is New with Custom Hearing Aids?

So what is new with custom hearing aids? Custom hearing aids are amplification devices that are made using an earmold impression of the patient’s ear.

Feb 28th, 2020
What is a Cochlear Implant?

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that electrically stimulates the cochlear nerve which is the nerve for hearing. A cochlear implant is comprised of surgically placed internal components as well as external components that sit behind the ear...

Feb 19th, 2020
Genetics and Hearing Loss

Genes contain instructions that tell cells how to grow and work. Many genes are involved with hearing.

Jan 28th, 2020
Types of Pediatric Hearing Tests

There are several tests that may be completed during your child’s appointment with an audiologist based on their age and the reason for their visit. At their appointment, the audiologist will perform tests that assess the health of your child’s outer...

Jan 22nd, 2020
Central Vestibular Disorders

Dizziness or vertigo is grouped into 2 main categories: peripheral vestibular disorders and central vestibular disorders. This week I will discuss central vestibular disorders. See previous post for details about peripheral vestibular disorders.

Jan 14th, 2020
Peripheral Vestibular Disorders

Dizziness or vertigo is grouped into 2 main categories: peripheral vestibular disorders and central vestibular disorders. This week I will explain peripheral vestibular disorders.

Jan 8th, 2020
Hearing Conservation

Work Noise, or unwanted sound, is one of the most prevalent occupational health problems. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is permanent damage to the tiny hair cells in your ears, which are responsible for sending sounds to the brain.

Dec 31st, 2019
Vestibular Migraines

Vestibular migraine (VM) or migraine associated vertigo (MAV) is defined as a migraine variant presenting with additional vestibular symptoms in addition to typical migraine symptoms. It is estimated that around 40% of migraineurs have a vestibular...

Dec 24th, 2019

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, otherwise known as BPPV, is the most common cause of vertigo. Vertigo is the sudden sensation that you are spinning or that the room is spinning.

Dec 18th, 2019
How to Properly Clean Hearing Aids

It is imperative that hearing aid users clean their hearing aids daily in order to keep them in good working order. Parts of the hearing aid can often get clogged with earwax, dry skin, hair spray, or other cosmetics.

Dec 3rd, 2019
How to Hear Your Best for the Holidays

The holidays are an exciting time to spend with friends and family. If you have hearing loss, it can be very difficult to follow conversations with those around you.

Nov 27th, 2019
Can Hearing Aids Damage Your Ears?

A very common question we often get when working with hearing aids is “Will wearing the hearing aids cause further hearing loss?” The quick answer to this is generally no.

Nov 20th, 2019
Classroom Acoustics

Modern classrooms are loud! This blog will define components of classroom acoustics and give tips to reduce background noise and reverberation in order to benefit learning environments.

Nov 13th, 2019
Hearing Loss and Comorbidities

The connection of hearing loss to other health conditions has been a hot topic lately. In the past few years, there has been an increase in society’s focus on wellness and hearing health.

Oct 30th, 2019
Rechargeable Hearing Aids

One exciting new advancement in hearing aid technology that is improving patient satisfaction for ease of use is the availability of rechargeable hearing aids. These rechargeable hearing aids eliminate the need for patients to change disposable...

Oct 23rd, 2019
How to Help Your Child with Hearing Loss

When a child receives any diagnosis, it can be accompanied by feelings of fear, frustration, and confusion for a parent. When a child is diagnosed with hearing loss, parents are often stepping into uncharted territory in parenting that many of their...

Oct 18th, 2019

At Professional Hearing Center we find it very important to share our knowledge about ear-related topics with our community. Today I would like to discuss tinnitus.

Oct 9th, 2019
Bone Conduction Headphones

Bone conduction headphones are another way, besides traditional earbuds or headphones to listen to a device (music, videos, phone calls, etc.) without others hearing. If you have ever had your hearing tested by an audiologist, they typically test...

Oct 2nd, 2019
Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline A recent study investigating the association between hearing loss, hearing aid use, and cognitive decline was published in the Journal of American Geriatric Society.

Sep 25th, 2019
Pulsatile Tinnitus (Hearing Heartbeat)

Tinnitus is most commonly referred to as the conscious perception of a noise or sound in a person’s ear. Some individuals state that their tinnitus sounds like a ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing, roaring, or even a pulsating sound that resembles...

Sep 18th, 2019
Pediatric Hearing Aids

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Hearing Screening and Follow-up Survey, about 2 out of every 1,000 infants screened at birth show some degree of hearing loss.

Sep 3rd, 2019
What is Misophonia?

What is Misophonia? (more commonly known as “please stop chewing/breathing/grinding your teeth/etc so loud it’s driving me CRAZY”).

Aug 28th, 2019

If you have difficulty tolerating everyday sounds, you may suffer from hyperacusis. Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder that causes sounds which would otherwise seem normal to most people to sound unbearably loud.

Aug 20th, 2019
Hearing Aid Accessories

Hearing aids are becoming more and more advanced each year. Manufacturers spend countless hours and dollars conducting research about what people with hearing loss need assistance with the most, and which situations tend to create the most difficult...

Aug 14th, 2019
Get to Know Your PHC Audiologists - Lorann Brown, Au.D.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Memphis, TN but moved around a lot as a kid since my dad was a Master Chief in the Navy. Where did you go to school? I went to high school in Memphis, then to the University of Tennessee for my Bachelor of Science...

Aug 9th, 2019
PE Tubes in Children

Pressure equalization (PE) tubes are commonly used in infants and children to treat recurrent middle ear infections. PE tubes are small, hollow cylinders made of plastic or metal that are surgically inserted into the eardrum.

Aug 7th, 2019
Get to Know Your PHC Audiologists - Maddy Larson, B.S.

Where did you grow up? I have lived in Kansas City all my life and love it here! Where did you go to school? I went to Olathe South High School, Kansas State University for undergrad (Go Cats!), and the University of Kansas Medical Center for grad school.

Aug 5th, 2019
Get to Know Your PHC Audiologists - Abigail Hartzell, BA

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Baldwin City, Kansas - home of the Maple Leaf Festival! Where did you go to school? I went to Baldwin High School, Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas for undergraduate classes, and the...

Jul 29th, 2019
Pediatric Hearing Testing

Hearing is a crucial part of any child’s development, especially in the first few years of life. Even a mild or partial hearing loss can affect a child’s proper speech and language development.

Jul 24th, 2019
Real Ear Measurements

Real ear or probe-microphone measurements are a method audiologists use to verify the amount of amplification hearing instruments provide at the patient’s eardrum. This method takes into account the device, hearing loss, and ear canal acoustics..

Jul 17th, 2019
Lyric Hearing Aids

Professional Hearing Center is excited to announce that we now offer Lyric! What is Lyric, and what is unique about it? Lyric hearing aids are completely invisible and can be worn for up to 12 weeks without removal.

Jul 10th, 2019
Top Bluetooth Hearing Aids

At this point in the hearing aid world, Bluetooth capability inside of hearing aids is standard. In this blog post I will discuss what Bluetooth technology, in my opinion, is the best.

Jun 26th, 2019
Why don’t insurance companies cover hearing aids?

This is a question that we as audiologists hear every day, and as approximately 37 million people suffer some form of hearing loss, insurance coverage - or the lack of - is something that has a tremendous impact on the communication ability of so many.

Jun 19th, 2019
Better Speech and Hearing Month!

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month! In honor of that, this month we want to recognize our interprofessional collaboration with our own speech-language pathologist, Teri Burns. Let’s get to know her!

May 29th, 2019
Muscle Tension Dysphonia

Continuing Better Speech and Hearing month, this week our speech-language pathologist Teri Burns shares some information with us on Muscle Tension Dysphonia, which is a common condition she treats. You can reach our office at 816-478-4200 if you...

May 23rd, 2019
Dysphagia: A Swallowing Disorder

For Better Speech and Hearing Month, last week we had the chance to learn about our speech-language pathologist, Teri Burns. This week we would like to share some information on one of the common disorders that she treats: dysphagia.

May 16th, 2019
Get to Know Your PHC Audiologists - Kelly Spiller, Au.D.

Professional Hearing Center wants to offer you a chance to get to know the audiologists a little better! We are starting a series where each week you will get to learn a little bit more about one of our audiologists.

Apr 14th, 2019
Custom Earplugs and Hearing Protection

Professional Hearing Center is pleased to offer patients custom earplugs and hearing protection. We offer a wide selection to fit a variety of different needs.

Mar 18th, 2019
Comorbidities: Hearing Loss and Diabetes

Hearing loss is common for individuals with diabetes. According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, hearing loss is twice as common in an individual with diabetes compared to individuals without diabetes.

Mar 11th, 2019
Welcome to PHC at the Legends!

Professional Hearing Center has 14 locations around the greater Kansas City area to serve all of your audiology-related needs! This video highlights our Legends location! Get a glimpse of what you can expect when you schedule an appointment with us...

Mar 4th, 2019
How Do I Communicate with Someone with Hearing Loss?

Listening skills and communication strategies involve more than auditory access. Oftentimes, changes in the environment or the communication partner’s behavior yield huge improvements in understanding.

Feb 18th, 2019
Audiology in Our Schools

From the American Academy of Audiology Schools are required to provide hearing screenings to all children. American Academy of Audiology (2011) Screening guidelines suggest children have a hearing screening.

Feb 4th, 2019
Bone-Anchored Hearing Device

From the American Academy of Audiology Bone-Anchored Implants Bone-anchored implants are surgically implantable systems used to treat specific types of hearing loss.

Jan 28th, 2019
How Do We Test Kids’ Hearing?

From the American Academy of Audiology 2-3 in 1000 children are born with a significant hearing loss.[1] Children of any age can be evaluated for hearing loss.

Jan 21st, 2019
Making Room for Better Hearing

From the American Academy of Audiology Listeners with hearing loss have greater difficulties understanding speech in challenging listening environments (e.g. noisy environments) even when wearing assistive devices, such as hearing aids or cochlear...

Jan 14th, 2019
Congential CMV Infection

From the American Academy of Audiology 1 in every 200 babies are born with congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection.

Jan 6th, 2019
Presbycusis: Say What?!

From the American Academy of Audiology One in three people older than age 60 have hearing loss; one in two people older than age 85 have hearing loss.

Dec 30th, 2018
Meet some of our wonderful PCCs!

When you make an appointment at Professional Hearing Center, your first point of contact is one of our Patient Care Coordinators. This group of wonderful ladies takes care of everything from phone calls to appointments to fixing hearing aids and keeping...

Dec 23rd, 2018