Coronavirus Update – We Are Open!

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

Dear Patients of Ear-Tronics Hearing Healthcare Centers: We are taking the lead of our Governor and starting a 3-phase opening of our offices. We will have limited hours available: North Fort Myers: (Patient Days) 8am – 4:30pm, Monday | Friday (Non-Patient Days) 9am – 4pm, Monday | Tuesday | Thursday | 9am – 12pm, Friday Closed, Wednesday Cape Coral: (Patient …

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 – …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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% …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

How Hearing Aids Can Change Your Life

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

When a lot of people hear the words “hearing aids,” they conjure images of gigantic, flesh-toned plastic monstrosities, whistling and screeching away while the wearer yells “HUH?” That may have been an accurate image prior to the 1990s, but hearing aids have come a long way since then. Incidentally, so has the noise level of our modern society. Earbuds come …

View Post

How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

In Communication, Family & Friendships, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Signs & Symptoms by Dr. Robert Hooper Au.D.

What would you say is the most important thing in your life? Would it be your house or car or job? Most likely when most people think about it the most important thing in life are not material and are the priceless relationships that evolve as we age and keep us engaged and connected. Whether with friends, family, romantic partners, …