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Audiology in the Headlines

Pop-music artist, Justin Bieber, has been in the media headlines recently for his viral video explaining his recent diagnosis with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS), and demonstrating his symptoms. Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS) occurs when the varicella-zoster virus, which is responsible for the chicken pox, re-emerges within the body. When individuals recover from the chicken pox,…

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Hearing Loss in the Spotlight at the Oscars

Hearing loss and the Deaf community took center stage at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27. 2022. The movie ‘CODA’ was nominated for an won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur), and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie ‘CODA’ is about a normal hearing teenager whose parents are Deaf and how she navigates her…

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World Hearing Day

March 3 is World Hearing Day—a World Health Organization (WHO) based campaign to raise awareness to prevent hearing loss and to promote ear/hearing related healthcare. This year, we’re celebrating “To hear for life, listen with care!” The WHO encourages everyone to practice safe listening by using ear protection in loud environments, educates on the importance…

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The Relationship of COVID-19 and the Ear

There are many viruses that can impact the ear, and recent reports have shown that the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus can be added to that list. Respiratory issues are one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19; however, it is known that it is not the only. Some patients may notice a decline in some of…

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Noisy Christmas Toys 2021

Every year, the Sight and Hearing Association tests a random selection of toys on the market for the holiday season. This year, they tested 24 toys, 19 of which tested louder than 85 decibels (dB).  This is the level where the National Institute of Occupation Health and Safety (NIOSH) mandates hearing protection. This year’s loudest…

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October is National Protect Your Hearing Month!

Although most people tend to see audiologists after they have already started noticing hearing difficulties, audiologists also strive to educate the public on protecting their hearing. Back in July, we posted a blog about the different types of hearing protection. Many of these you can buy over the counter, but some custom-made devices need to…

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Hearing Aids Make an Appearance on Team USA

Although COVID took a larger than expected spotlight during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, pushing the games back a full year into 2021, for audiologists, there was a special player on Team USA that caught our attention. That player is David Smith, the 36 year old middle blocker of Team USA Men’s Volleyball. Including…

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Simone Biles and “The Twisties”

If you have been following the Tokyo Olympics this Summer, you have likely heard about American gymnast Simone Biles suffering from a case of what she calls “the twisties,” causing her to withdraw from several Olympic events. But what exactly are “the twisties” and what does that have to do with ears? Gymnasts describe it…

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Updates in Cochlear Implant Technology

At Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute we work with all three of the FDA approved cochlear implant manufacturers. One of those manufacturers, Advanced Bionics, has recently released their newest sound processor. Below you will find a video introducing the new device! If you are interested in discussing this new technology, you can sit down and…

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Vertigo in the Headlines

Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert announced recently that he has been diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). He reported that when he would stand up from a seated position, everything began to spin and subsequently he would fall or sit down. This particular type of vertigo is characterized by the sensation of…

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What a hearing test is like during COVID-19

With the introduction of COVID-19, the world has changed in many ways. Masks are the new normal and staying six feet apart is common courtesy. Businesses are shut down or have major restrictions in place. There are many new and different ways each one of us has had to change our own lives. This includes…

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