Infant Hearing Screening Is Critical in Avoiding Impact on Speech and Social Development |

Hearing loss is one of the most frequently occurring congenital disabilities, affecting approximately three in 1,000 people. Without early detection and intervention, hearing impairment in infants and young children can negatively impact speech and language acquisition, academic achievement, and cognitive and social development. It is a potential source of liability for the patients’ physicians if the problem is not caught and addressed in a timely fashion. If detected and treated, however, these negative impacts can be greatly diminished and even eliminated through early intervention. In 1993, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended that all infants be screened for hearing impairment at birth, preferably prior to hospital discharge. Since then, there has been a rapid increase

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Digital Hearing Aids Are Effective For High Frequency Hearing Loss |

High frequency hearing loss, which results in difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise, was not easily treatable in the past. Analog hearing aid technology amplifies the overall sound in an area, and doesn’t help a person differentiate speech from surrounding noise. With the progression of hearing aid technology from analog to digital, there are new solutions for high frequency hearing loss. Most major hearing aid manufacturers have a line of digital hearing aids specifically for high frequency sensorineural hearing loss or noise induced hearing loss. These instruments are designed to be virtually invisible. Previous obstacles in aiding individuals with high frequency hearing loss included complaints of over-amplified sounds and an unpleasant sound quality due to an occluded

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Technology, Ingenuity & One Operation Erase A Lifetime Of Hearing Loss For This Young Patient

By the time Caitlin Echave was a high school sophomore, she and her family were resigned to the fact that her hearing loss, which began when she was 11 years old, would never get better. She had reluctantly started wearing hearing aids, but still hid that fact from everyone except for close friends. After moving to Charlotte, Caitlin never imagined that a trip to yet another otolaryngologist would change her life forever. Caitlin was referred to CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat after complaining that her ears felt stopped up during an office visit with dermatologist John VanGurp, MD. She had her first appointment with Bill McClelland, MD, FACS, on May 17, 2006, and her mother remembers that day well. “He examined Caitlin’s ears under a microscope, which her former ENT didn’t have,”

Not All Digital Hearing Aids Are Created Equal: New Technology Options Offer Patients Greater Clarity

Thanks to recent technological advances, digital hearing aids offer greater comfort and audio quality than ever before. They are available in both high-end and entry-level models based on their features and capabilities. For some patients, however, the increased options have made the process of choosing a digital hearing aid very confusing. At CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, our certified audiologists have the training and experience to help your patient choose the hearing aid and options that best suit his or her individual lifestyle, environment, dexterity and financial considerations. Unlike most retail hearing aid providers, our audiologists are not paid commission based on hearing aid sales or technology sold. New Digital Hearing Aid Features Extra options are typically available