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Are Two Hearing Aids Better Than One?

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

A common question people have is whether they can use one hearing aid rather than two. People often initially think that they can get by with one hearing aid. This could be to save costs or the perception that their hearing is bad (or worse) in one ear over the other. However, hearing healthcare experts typically recommend using two hearing …

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Osteoporosis and Sudden Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

Osteoporosis is a health condition that causes bones to weaken, making them increasingly vulnerable for breakage. Nearly 44 million people have osteoporosis or low bone mass, making this a prevalent disease. Like other medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and hypertension; osteoporosis has been linked to hearing loss. Research has long shown that osteoporosis can contribute to the development …

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Treat Your Hearing Loss to Stay Happy and Healthy

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

Though hearing loss is a common health condition, it can go unaddressed for quite some time. Impaired hearing often happens gradually, so subtly in fact that people may not notice the incremental changes to their hearing as it is happening. Additionally, accepting changes to your health can be difficult.  While it can be challenging, it is incredibly important to address …

Coronavirus Update – We Are Open!

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

Dear Patients of Ear-Tronics Hearing Healthcare Centers: To provide the safest environment for you, our patients, and our staff, we are implementing the following guidelines: Pre-screening of our patients to assure wellness BEFORE entering the office for: Fever Cough Shortness of breath Chills Have been exposed to the flu, cold or COVID-19 Have traveled outside of the United States within …

A Message from Ear-Tronics Healthcare Centers

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

Dear Patients of Ear-Tronics Hearing Healthcare Centers: Beginning Monday, May 4th, we are taking the lead of our Governor and starting a 3-phase opening of our offices. We will have limited hours available: Fort Myers: 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday North Fort Myers: 9am – 3pm, Monday/Wednesday/Friday (opening May 11th) Cape Coral: 9am – 3pm, Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday Sebring: 9am – …

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Sensitivity to Sound As We Age

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

Hearing loss is a very common experience of aging. As our body grows older so do our ears. Often the tiny hairs called cilia and nerves that transmit sound information to the brain break down reducing our range of hearing. Along with this can also bring a difference to how we perceive sound in general. Certain sounds may seem louder …

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When to Get New Hearing Aids

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

If you are wearing hearing aids it is important to understand that they will not last forever. You must monitor them regularly to make sure they are still functioning at their peak performance so you can hear the world around you as best possible. After years often the technology will start to not be as sharp or as state of …

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Memory Loss & Psychological Distress with Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

Older people who report hearing loss are more likely to experience outdoor activity limitations, experience psychological distress and are more likely to have memory loss than those without hearing loss, a Japanese study finds. Study findings People with hearing loss showed a higher prevalence of outdoor activity limitations. 28.9% of those who reported hearing loss experienced limitations compared to 9.5% …

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Musicians & Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

It might not come as much of a surprise that musicians suffer hearing loss at a higher rate than the rest of the population. The long list of superstars who report tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and/or hearing loss include household names like Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Ozzy Osbourne, Sting and Phil Collins. But it may surprise you that it …

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Difficulties with Communication Could Signal a Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

Imagine that you’re out at a restaurant with an old friend. On the way in you were chatting with no problems, having a great time. Now that you’re seated, there is background music playing and a lot of blurred speech sounds coming from other tables. Your friend points out a song that is playing, an old favorite of both of …