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Practice News and Blog

Dallas Ear and The Hearing Center News and Blog

Practice news and blog

DOES STRESS CAUSE RINGING IN MY EARS?

Tinnitus is very often a symptom of hearing loss or other medical issue. However, the ringing, buzzing, whooshing, or roaring in the ears can be exacerbated or even triggered by stress. When the tinnitus then causes more stress, this creates a vicious cycle of ringing that causes anxiety that causes ringing!

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Is a cochlear implant a type of “high-tech” hearing aid?

No. Hearing aids amplify sound in very sophisticated ways to enable a hearing impaired person to better use the residual hearing they possess. Modern hearing aids are very “high-tech” themselves and can work remarkably well even for patients with severe hearing loss. In order to work effectively the patient must have enough quantity and quality of residual natural hearing with which the hearing aid can work cooperatively.

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Are people with hearing loss more likely to experience falls?

Hearing loss has been associated with a variety of conditions, including dementia, as detailed in our last issue.  Recently, a study from the National Institute on Aging and Johns Hopkins University showed that hearing loss may also be a risk factor for a big problem, especially in the elderly population: falls.

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What’s the difference between a personal sound amplifier (PSA) and a hearing aid?

Thinking about ordering a hearing aid or sound amplifier from a magazine or late-night TV advertiser? Doing so could delay the diagnosis of a treatable or serious ear condition and lead to further hearing loss or other complications.

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BEST DOCTORS IN DALLAS

Best Doctors In Dallas

Congratulations Dr. Yoav Hahn on being named one of D Magazine's 2019 Best Doctors! On behalf of everyone at D Magazine Partners, your patients, and the rest of the city, we thank you for making Dallas an even better (and healthier) place to live.

D Magazine Best Doctors In Dallas


Do you hear that? Noises in my ear that no one else hears.

Have you ever heard a sound that no one else hears? You are not alone. There are many sounds that can be heard in the ears or head. Some are benign. Others may be need to be evaluated. All can be concerning if you have never experienced a sound no one else hears.

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Hearing Protection

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to loud sounds. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), often accompanied by tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, or roaring) may be caused by prolonged exposure to sounds at an unsafe volume (concerts, heavy machinery) or by a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound (explosion, gunshot). Nearly 24% of the adult population have features of their hearing test that suggest hearing loss in one or both ears from noise exposure (NIDCD, 2017).

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Tips for flying from your ear doctor

Flying can be difficult on your ears. Problems that arise during or after flying are helped by understanding them. Your middle ear is an air containing cavity behind your eardrum that requires the pressure to be continually equalized so that the ear drum doesn’t bulge out or retract in (and cause severe pain).

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Can wearing a hearing aid make my hearing worse?

Before wearing new hearing devices, many patients cautiously ask if wearing hearing aids will make them dependent on the devices or damage their hearing. Often patients will return after wearing their new hearing aids for a few weeks and say “Help! My hearing has worsened! I cannot hear without my hearing aids!” While it seems as though your unaided hearing has gotten worse, what's really happening is adaptation to hearing aids.

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Top 3 Ways to Prevent Ear Pain on Your Next Flight

Flying can be difficult for your ears. Problems that arise during or after flying are helped by understanding them. There are some easy tips that can prevent them all together.

Most problems are related to the Eustachian tube. It is a paired structure (one for each ear) that connects the middle ear (behind the eardrum) to the nasopharynx (a recess behind your nasal cavity at the top of your throat). The Eustachian tube acts as a valve to regulate pressure in the middle ear. The valve is opened by moving particular muscles in the head and neck. Swallowing, chewing, and yawning activate these muscles.

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Can I have a migraine without a headache?

When someone tells you that they are having a migraine, you may immediately think of a terrible headache.  You picture them sitting in bed with the shades drawn, an ice pack on their head, and maybe even ear muffs over their ears.  Their headache is often bad enough to keep them home from school or work. 

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Navigating hearing aid choices

The world of hearing aids can be confusing and overwhelming. You may be one of the many people reaching up from under a mountain of hearing aid advertisements and crying “Help! Where do I start!?". That question and others may be answered with an assessment of your hearing and a consultation with a licensed audiologist.

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Do you hear that? Noises In My Ear That No One Else Hears

Have you ever heard a sound that no one else hears? You are not alone. There are many sounds that can be heard in the ears or head. Some are benign. Others may be need to be evaluated. All can be concerning if you have never experienced a sound no one else hears.

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Frequently asked questions about Otosclerosis

What is Otosclerosis?The bone where the inner ear and the third hearing bone (stapes) meet is called the oval window. This is where otosclerosis affects the ear. Bone is constantly being broken down and rebuilt by our body. In otosclerosis, the rate of rebuilding is increased resulting in the formation of new bone at the oval window.

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What is leaking from my ear?

Anyone who has experienced drainage from their ear can tell you what an unpleasant experience it is. It can cause stains on your pillow or the collar of your shirt. It can be associated with hearing loss. It may even come with ear pain. It often leaves the sufferer wondering: what is leaking from my ear?

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cholesteatoma

What is a cholesteatoma? A cholesteatoma is a skin cyst that occurs in the middle ear. When certain risk factors are present, the ear drum becomes floppy and retracted.  This creates a pocket in the middle ear that collects skin cells and skin debris. 

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Is my yoga class making me dizzy?

Many people find yoga classes relaxing.  They may provide improved flexibility and fitness, better circulation, improved immune systems, and stress relief just to name a few benefits.  But have you ever found yourself dizzy during yoga?  Maybe you had to avoid a certain position or couldn’t finish the class.  If so, you are not alone.

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What is the best way to clean my ears?

This is one of the most common questions heard by hearing healthcare specialists.  The purpose of cerumen, or earwax, is to lubricate, clean, and protect the ear canal from bacteria, insects, and other foreign objects. For the most part, ears clean themselves. Cerumen typically works its way out of the ear canal naturally like a “conveyor belt” with assistance from jaw movement such as talking and chewing.

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Can hearing aids help my tinnitus?

People often complain that they would be able to hear just fine if it weren’t for the incessant ringing in their ears. Actually, it’s the other way around. Hearing loss is typically the underlying cause of tinnitus.

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IS THAT A HEARING AID OR A HIGH-TECH HEADSET? IT’S BOTH!

Connectivity and Accessories

You may have heard the latest tech rumor about hearing aids:  Many are now iPhone compatible.  (Isn’t everything?)  Several hearing aid manufacturers have partnered with Apple to offer direct streaming from iPhone to hearing aid as well as the use of a remote-control app for both iPhone and Android users.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BUYING A HEARING AID ONLINE

These days, everything you could ever want can be delivered directly to your door: clothes, books, even fresh groceries! We live in a world where purchasing items online is easy and is quickly becoming our standard way of shopping. So, can this means also be applied to medical equipment? Say… to a hearing aid? Consider these things before dumping hearing aids into the same bucket as other (simpler) goods.

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WHEN IS HEARING LOSS NOT JUST HEARING LOSS?: HOW HEARING LOSS CAN BE A SIGN OF MORE THAN JUST GETTING OLDER.

Hearing loss is very common. It is estimated that one in every five people have it. Many people consider hearing loss normal with age and do not feel it is necessary to have it evaluated.

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CAN I JUST WEAR ONE HEARING AID?

A common question hearing professionals receive during a hearing aid evaluation is the question, “Can I just wear one hearing aid?” Although each patient’s hearing loss is different, in the majority of cases the answer is two. The following is a list of reasons why two hearing aids are better than one.

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WILL HEARING AIDS MAKE ME LOOK OLD?

Many people struggle for years before seeking help with a hearing condition. Many times they decide to seek help when encouraged by a friend and/or family member. Some worry that having a hearing loss will make them seem “old”. While it is true that hearing loss can be a part of the normal aging process, hearing loss can impact people of all ages. Today’s technology is completely different than that of the past and can allow users to stay engaged and active...allowing them to feel younger!

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TOP 10 TIPS FOR CHOOSING A HEARING CENTER

You’ve decided to look for a solution to your hearing loss. You’ve searched the Internet, asked friends, considered the pitch of hearing loss junk mail … what do you do?   It’s important to find a trusted local team of hearing experts to help you understand the type of hearing loss you or a loved one is dealing with and to provide you with options for treatment.  In order to do so, job one is to choose the best hearing center.  In an effort to help you find the best hearing center, we’ve provided a top 10 list of tips for choosing a hearing center.  

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Tinnitus Sufferers and You

Do you hear that?!

Ringing, roaring, hissing, or rushing sounds in your ears? Your friends don’t hear them?  Don’t panic.  This is typically not an indication of a serious medical condition. Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when no external noise is present.  It may seem like this sound is coming from the ears or from the center of the head.  If you experience tinnitus, you are certainly not alone.  50 million people in the United States alone experience some form of tinnitus.  About 16 million people in the U.S. are bothered enough by their tinnitus that they seek medical attention, and about two million people in that group are seriously debilitated by this condition. 

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