Hearing: Beyond the Ears

Hearing: Beyond the Ears

A traditional hearing test evaluates the ears.

The ears are responsible for:

  • Collecting sounds,
  • Amplifying sounds, <...

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by Sarah Curtis, Au.D., 5/17/20, 4:58 PM

The Wax We Packs

Today I will engage in a Q & A regarding the fascinating world of earwax. We in the audiology world call it "cerumen". Enjoy!

Q: What is cerumen?
A: Per Okuda et al.(1991): "Earwax is a mixture of desquamated keratinocytes and hair combined with the secretions of both the ceruminous and the sebaceous glands of t...

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by Sarah Curtis, Au.D., 4/4/20, 4:35 PM

Do you hear what I hear? I hope not.

Did you know my ears ring?

All. Day. Long.

Imagine a tea kettle battling it out with some cicadas. That's what's in my head. 24/7.

I have NO CLUE when it started. When I was taking my intro to audiology class, at age 23, my professor started talking about tinnitus. I went up to him after class and said: "You mean, not everyone hears this all day long?" I had had it so long at that point that it had become my normal. I think that my tinnitus has probably been present since I was a kid. I think it was exacerbated by playing my flute and piccolo very loud in the band with ...

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by Sarah Curtis, Au.D., 2/11/20, 2:16 PM

Dr. Curtis's Tips for Hearing Aid Success

5 Steps To Success With Your Hearing Aids

This June, I will have been an audiologist for 10 years. I’ve worked in various settings – VA hospital, speech and hearing center, hospital, retail, and now my own private practice. I’ve cared for infants, children, working adults, and geriatrics. I’ve seen patients from all walks of life and from opposite financial ends of the spectrum. I have fi...

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by Sarah Curtis, Au.D., 2/4/20, 11:22 AM