Spring HearingSpringtime helps to raise awareness about the significance of hearing healthcare.  May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, which makes it a great time to have your hearing evaluated to identify if you are suffering from hearing loss.  For millions of Americans, this time of year has increased their awareness of the importance of hearing, how to protect it, and how to improve it.

Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. That’s why it’s important to see an audiologist at the first signs of hearing loss, no matter what stage you are in. When ignored, hearing loss can have a major impact on both your social and professional life.

“It’s what keeps us connected to those around us, and involved in the relationships that are important to us,” said Dr. Laura Day-Moran, doctor of Audiology at Harbor, when talking about the importance of hearing health.

Hearing BalanceWill we see you at The Upside of Downsizing® Conference on April 22, 2017?  The Upside of Downsizing® Conference helps boomers and seniors simplify their lives by downsizing. The conference will have multiple presentations to offer ideas and insights on making a successful transition into a healthier and more manageable living environment.  But could your hearing health be holding you back from simplifying your life?

De-cluttering and downsizing a home can be a dizzying process. The overwhelming stress can even throw us off-balance. However, if you are reorganizing and notice you are clumsier than usual; your body could be signaling something more.

Our balance system, also known as the vestibular system, helps us stay upright and allows us to move without falling. Our balance and equilibrium are controlled through signals from the eyes, inner ear and sensory systems to the brain.

Orlando AHAA Convention 300x225This past February, the team from Harbor Audiology traveled from coast to coast to attend the 2017 AHAA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

We attend the conference every year to hear about the issues in the industry and to receive recommendations on how to better serve patients.

Vision 2020 was the overall theme for the conference, and many of the seminars and workshops focused on planning ahead for the future. With technology and trends rapidly changing and developing, at Harbor we understands how important it is to stay ahead of the curve.

FIJIDr. Laura Moran, owner and audiologist at Harbor Audiology in Gig Harbor, WA, recently returned from volunteering in Fiji with the Oticon Foundation. In October 2016, she joined a group of medical professionals to provide quality auditory healthcare to underprivileged families and help raise awareness for hearing health, an often-overlooked aspect of medical care.

“We did a lot of ear cleaning and testing, and thankfully most children we saw had normal hearing,” said Dr. Moran.

The volunteers worked with Project H.E.A.V.E.N in Lomawai Village over a three-day period. They saw about 500 patients (free of charge), conducted over 400 hearing tests, and fit nearly 300 hearing aids.

Tinnitus PainWhat is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the term used to describe chronic ringing, buzzing or other noise in the ears. Tinnitus is not a disease, but rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition.

In most cases, tinnitus is the brain’s sensorineural response to damage in auditory system. While tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss, there are about 200 health conditions that can result in ringing or buzzing in the ears.