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  By Nobuko Ito, Au.D. Board Certified Audiologist It was many years ago when I met “Emma.” She came in for a hearing test to my clinic, and I was immediately curious when I first saw her. She was young, in her early thirties. Sitting among the people in the waiting room, I wondered what brought her in for a

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By Nobuko Ito, Au.D ., Audiologist HearBright, an Audiology Corporation Why is Field Testing Important? At HearBright, we know that hearing aids have to work in all kinds of environments, not just in research labs. We have to wear them in noisy places, humid or dusty places, and for all hours of the day. The variety of elements is so

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Who is Buying Enhancers? By Nobuko Ito, Au.D., Audiologist What is an “Enhancer?” An Enhancer is not a hearing aid, yet it is generally categorized as one. Unfortunately, the term “hearing aids” conjures up images of old, clunky things which protrude from the ear or sit heavily behind the ear, an ugly plastic prosthesis that yells out to the world,

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As seen on KPIX-TV, CBS, Channel 5, American Health Front.

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By Nobuko Ito, Au.D. Board Certified Audiologist By the People, For the People “Hearing is Important to the Health of the Nation!” This message has grown louder and more urgent with each passing generation, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The prevention agenda for the United States Healthy People

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By Nobuko Ito, Au.D. Love Story When I met my husband in 1999, I was really astounded. Well aside from his rugged good looks and his hearty laugh, I was really surprised that he did not even own a cell phone. He had a “beeper.” You know, one of those little square things that people used to clip on to

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Hearing Loss and Accelerated Brain Tissue Loss by Nobuko Ito, Au.D. Study at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine A recent study by Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., Otolaryngologist and Assistant Professor in the schools of medicine and public health at John Hopkins University suggests that hearing impairment is associated with accelerated rates of brain atrophy. In his study published in

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Lower the pitch of your voice. Although it will seem unnatural at first, try talking in a lower tone. This will increase the chance of your words falling into the better hearing portion of the thresholds.  Talk at a slower pace. This will allow the listener to take a moment to "fill in" that gap in hearing. Tap the listener

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The ear is very sensitive, and rightly so! It's designed so that even small changes can be felt. The sensitivity is there for a reason; there are delicate and important structures in the ear. Before you do anything, determine the following: Do you use a Q-Tip to clean your ear? If so, you may have packed wax into the ear

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Sit in front of a piano keyboard. The low pitches are the "bass" keys toward the left, and the high pitches are the "treble" keys toward the right.  If you push the piano keys one by one going from left to right, you will hear the tones getting higher and higher in pitch.  Note that the average intensity level of

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