allergiesUnbeknownst to many, seasonal allergies prey on sufferers’ hearing as well as their eyes and sinuses.

The body’s response to allergens including pollen, grass, fur and some drugs includes the production of antibodies. These antibodies release histamine, which can be overly aggressive and cause allergic reactions, including runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion in the sinuses and ears. It can even lead to temporary hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing, whistling or humming in the ears).

Harbor Audiology & Hearing Services in the Seattle and Tacoma, Washington metropolitan areas reminds you that allergic reactions can create issues for the outer, middle and inner ear.

Image of man getting hearing aid.The average person waits seven years before making an audiology appointment to address their hearing loss.

Those years spent avoiding treatment can lead to a host of other health and personal problems. Harbor Audiology & Hearing Services offers a variety of hearing aids and services. Here are some reasons you should not put off a visit with an audiologist:

Olympic Hearing Harbor 300x300Harbor Audiology, with practices in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Silverdale Washington, will be adding a fourth location, effective July 1, 2018. The new office in Sequim Washington will allow for Dr. Laura Day-Moran, and the team, at Harbor Audiology to continue to provide the quality of service their patients have come accustomed to, and share that service with the residents of Sequim and surrounding areas.

"We are really excited to be working with the residents of Sequim,” says Dr. Laura Day-Moran, owner of Harbor Audiology & Hearing Services. “Harbor Audiology will be celebrating 20 years on the Olympic Peninsula this October, and this is a great new addition to the family. We are an independent local small business, which allows us to work with all insurance benefits and all manufacturers to get the best hearing healthcare for our patients."

The new location will be at 538 North 5th Avenue in Sequim, Washington. 

Image of illustration of brainDid you know someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s Disease every 65 seconds?

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and we want to help spread awareness in hopes of helping you or your loved ones recognize symptoms and early warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Memory loss can sometimes occur as you get older, but memory loss that disrupts your daily life is one of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s. Things like forgetting important dates, or asking for the same information repeatedly and the increasing need for things like reminder notes should be cause for concern. Other early warning signs include difficulty solving problems, completing familiar tasks, confusion, trouble comprehending or understanding visual images, problems with words while speaking or writing, misplacing items, decreased or poor judgment, withdrawal, and changes in mood or personality.

ear acheTreatment options for tinnitus – the ringing, hissing or buzzing in the ears – are as varied as its causes.

Some 30 million adults suffer from tinnitus, with it being serious enough to impact everyday life for 12 million of them. The condition can be constant or sporadic and be heard in one or both ears. The sounds are the result of neural activity in the brain that presents itself as tinnitus.

Most causes of hearing loss (noise exposure, aging, head injury or a side effect of medication) can also cause tinnitus symptoms.

Harbor Audiology is teaming up with Otoharmonics Levo Systems specialists on May 21 (at our Gig Harbor office) and May 22 (Tacoma office) to provide tinnitus testing and consultations. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Otoharmonics Levo Systems, which was recently featured on CBS News.

The Levo System takes an FDA-cleared neuroscience-based approach that treats your tinnitus while you sleep. By matching and playing the sound of your tinnitus through earbuds over the course of 90 nights, the system “trains” your brain to ignore the unwanted sounds while you’re awake.