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Brain Fog and Central Auditory Processing Disorder

Since 2020’s pandemic, our world has been evolving. Those who had COVID-19 may have experienced cough, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, and fever. These symptoms are well known, but research about the aftermath of COVID-19 is still ongoing.  According to Talya Fleming, M.D., research has discovered that about 20 to 30 percent of COVID-19 survivors may experience brain fog that makes everyday tasks difficult. Brain fog may also affect one’s ability to remember and concentrate. (Can COVID-19 cause brain fog, 2021.) According to Harvard Health Publishing, brain fog is not an official medical term but a way that patients canContinue reading “Brain Fog and Central Auditory Processing Disorder”

Hearing Aids and Safety

Hearing aids can not only improve quality of life but also your safety. Hearing aids improve safety in many ways. You need hearing when walking along busy streets to avoid passing cars. You need hearing to notice your cooking timer going off and avoid burning your dinner or starting a fire. You need hearing to answer a doorbell or respond to a security system when an intruder attempts to enter. Finally, you need hearing to recognize the calls for help of a loved one who has fallen in the house.  Research shows that treated hearing loss dramatically decreases the riskContinue reading “Hearing Aids and Safety”

How Hearing Aids and Glasses Differ

I often find myself counseling patients regarding the difference between vision loss and hearing loss. Most patients feel as though amplification is an easy fix, just as their prescription eyewear. Types of Hearing Loss Although both glasses and hearing aids are used to improve sensory problems, they differ in several ways. With most vision loss, corrective lenses can fully reset eyesight to 20/20 by bending light waves as they enter the eye. However, hearing aids cannot always restore all lost hearing. Whether or not hearing aids can fully restore all auditory processing depends on the type of hearing loss.  ForContinue reading “How Hearing Aids and Glasses Differ”

Finding Optimism in the Diagnosis 

February is known for Valentine’s Day but did you know that February 3rd is National Optimist day? Optimism can be described as a reflection of hope and positivity during hard times. Finding optimism during challenging times can be hard, and maintaining positivity can be stressful when facing adversity.  How does one find optimism when given a diagnosis they were not expecting?  Personally, I often try to find the good in all hard situations that I or my patient’s can not change. I also know that support, after receiving a hearing loss diagnosis, is exactly what Harbor Hearing aims to achieve.Continue reading “Finding Optimism in the Diagnosis “

Sudden Idiopathic Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Our ability to hear is something we often take for granted. We don’t understand the wonder of hearing until the sounds around us are taken away. Although hearing loss is generally gradual, it can sometimes be sudden. If you experience a sudden loss of hearing, a number of factors might be at play. You should always treat the problem as a medical emergency.  What is Sudden Hearing Loss?  Officially known as sudden idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss, sudden hearing loss is a rapid, unexplained reduction in hearing that typically occurs in one ear. The exact cause of idiopathic sensorineural hearing lossContinue reading “Sudden Idiopathic Sensorineural Hearing Loss”

6 Communication Strategies to Help Hearing Aid Users

Good communication habits are vital in any relationship but especially when talking to someone with hearing aids. By acting strategically about where, when, and how to communicate, friends and relatives can avoid miscommunication pitfalls and optimize their interactions. A person’s success with hearing aids can be strongly influenced by using the following six strategies: Avoid talking from different rooms. Talking back and forth across rooms causes poor sound quality and eliminates visual cues such as hand motions and expressions. Instead of speaking across rooms, face the person you are talking to and speak clearly and at a steady volume.   MuteContinue reading “6 Communication Strategies to Help Hearing Aid Users”

The Who, What, Where, When and How of a Central Auditory Processing Evaluation

Who can diagnose a Central Auditory Processing Disorder?  Only an Audiologist can evaluate and diagnose a Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Processing is a complex task; those with auditory processing concerns may be referred to other specialties for further evaluation.  Who can be diagnosed with a Central Auditory Processing Disorder? Any person of any age can be diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder.  What does a Central Auditory Processing Evaluation consist of? The first step is to receive a comprehensive hearing test to determine hearing sensitivity as your audiologist will want to evaluate if your concerns are related to a potentialContinue reading “The Who, What, Where, When and How of a Central Auditory Processing Evaluation”

Common Deceptions About Hearing Aids and How They Limit You

“Everybody has excuses. Champions don’t use them.”  Every time I hear this quotation, I am reminded of how much our mindset influences our lives. The top athletes in the world have had to overcome incredible obstacles—difficult training, severe injuries, and rough financial obligations—but they don’t carry these excuses to the Olympics. Each athlete knows that their hardships aren’t crutches to fall on but steps to climb. Without them, they would’ve never gotten to where they are today.  When counseling patients about their hearing health, I attempt to pinpoint deceptive beliefs patients have about themselves—beliefs that hold them back from aContinue reading “Common Deceptions About Hearing Aids and How They Limit You”

Tinnitus Causes and Treatment

As an audiologist I was trained to identify, diagnose, and manage or treat disorders of the inner ear. One of the most common disorders I help treat and manage is called tinnitus. Tinnitus is commonly described by my patients as ringing or buzzing in the ears that can vary from low to high-pitched. The noise can be present in one or both ears, and it may be constant or returning. Tinnitus is a common problem affecting over 50 million Americans, according to the American Tinnitus Association. It can be caused by a number of health conditions such as ear andContinue reading “Tinnitus Causes and Treatment”

Common Misconceptions About Amplification

Have you ever said the following: “Hearing aids are too expensive,” “Hearing aids are all the same” or “Hearing loss is normal for my age”? These common misconceptions are dangerous since they can cause you to ignore your hearing loss or to purchase an ineffective product.  Don’t be misinformed. Even with a small budget, you can still afford reliable hearing aids. Take the advice of a professional.  My name is Dr. Sharon Rophie, and I have my doctorate in audiology. Below are my tips for saving money on hearing aids while choosing the right prescription.  “Hearing aids are too expensive.”Continue reading “Common Misconceptions About Amplification”


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