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Audiology in General Sep 14th, 2021

Hello again! Today we are going to talk about audiology in general. Who are we? What do we do? When should you see us? What to expect when you meet with us? These are all questions that we’re going to answer today.     So first up, what is audiology? Audiology is “a...

What is Sleep Apnea? Aug 25th, 2021

Sleep apnea is abnormal breathing during sleep. You can be diagnosed with either central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, or both. Central sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing stops and starts at different times during sleep. Central sleep apnea can occur when your brain doesn’t send proper...

What To Do If You Have a Sudden Hearing Loss Aug 17th, 2021

Hello to all our valued patients and friends! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Today I would like to take a moment to talk about sudden hearing losses. These hearing losses are a medical emergency and require urgent treatment. By knowing what steps to take if you...

The Importance of Sleep Aug 5th, 2021

Sleep plays a massive role in everyone’s life, whether it be someone who works 9-5:00 or someone who works 12-hour night shifts. The amount of sleep we get can surely alter our mood and how we feel, but lack of sleep, or disrupted sleep can be detrimental to our overall...

How Do We Treat Tinnitus? Feb 26th, 2021

Hi again, Audiology fam! We at Andros hope you are all healthy and relatively happy, and continuing to #maskup as we all find our way through the current landscape. Welcome to part TWO of our tinnitus series – oh, how time flies when we’re all having fun (sincerely hope). Today...

Tinnitus 101 – Part 1 Jan 12th, 2021

Hi Audiology folk! Here’s hoping that as of this writing you are all safe and continuing to social distance as the beautiful Minnesota winter descends upon us! If you remember, our last letter to the public discussed the basics of what tinnitus is, how to say it, etc. If you...

What Is Tinnitus? Oct 13th, 2020

Hi Audiology Friends and Fam! Hope this message finds you well and you’re continuing to find a socially distant way to connect with people! To keep up our tradition of educating and (hopefully) entertaining our patient population, I’ve decided to embark on a grand journey – the journey of tinnitus...

Hearing Loss + Masks – Communication Tips Sep 29th, 2020

Hi Audiology Folks! I hope this blog finds you all enjoying cool breezes, relatively healthy, happy, and wearing a mask! I know it’s a been a minute since we were able to chat here, but as we make our way into the beautiful Minnesota fall, I’ve got a timely topic...

Tele-Audiology May 4th, 2020

Hi all!  I hope that everyone is staying safe and socially distancing during this time! While figuring out what our new day to day is going to look like, one of our goals is to continue to educate our patients (that is probably you, but if not, welcome newcomers!). Today’s blog...

Stay Safe And Be Healthy! Apr 17th, 2020

Stay Safe And Be Healthy!

How To Make Your Own Saline Solution Mar 9th, 2020

Saline solution is a saltwater mixture that can easily be made at home. The saline solution can be used to irrigate the nasal passages and sinuses to help wash away mucus, bacteria, and viruses. Like handwashing, nasal “washing” helps reduce the amount of the virus, bacteria, allergens, etc that theimmune...

Why Come To An Ear, Nose, And Throat (ENT) Office For Your Hearing Aids? Jan 20th, 2020

Andros Audiology has a unique advantage in the hearing aid world because we are connected to Andros ENT & Sleep Center. Being part of an ENT clinic means better care for you, not only hearing aid care, but also your overall ear health. Sometimes hearing loss can be as simple...

Hearing Aids And Batteries: Part 1, Disposable Aug 2nd, 2019

Hello everyone! With the relatively recent advent of rechargeable batteries for hearing aids, we have received a lot of questions about hearing aid batteries, and how all the different options work. The information available can be a little confusing, so we thought we would break it down for you here!...

Andros Audiology Summer Update! Jul 9th, 2019

Hello again, friends! With this time of year comes many opportunities to get out of the house and into the community to mingle – block parties, barbeques, and of course, city days! Here at Andros ENT, we’re heading out to see old friends and make some new ones. We’ll be...

Summertime Tips Jun 14th, 2019

Welcome to summertime, Minnesotans! It’s that wonderful time of year when we all remember outside exists and is GLORIOUS! But with the glory also comes questions about how best to keep hearing aids in tip-top shape as the heat rises. With that being said, we are here to help! We...

The Future Of Hearing Aids Aug 16th, 2018

Hearing aids are sophisticated computer technology. Like all computers, this technology is under constant development for improvement. One focus of hearing aid manufacturers is to improve speech understanding in noise. Companies have also worked to improve product durability from moisture and wear. Now, companies are starting to introduce sensors that...

What Is Bundled Hearing Aid Service? Jun 15th, 2018

When purchasing a hearing aid, it is common to find bundled services. What does bundling mean? EQUIPMENT COSTS Bundling means combining equipment and service costs for hearing aids. One part of the price for hearing aids is the cost of the equipment. Hearing aids are sophisticated computers. Another part of...

Do Hearing Aids Come With A Guarantee? May 30th, 2018

Do hearing aids come with any sort of guarantee? There is often a significant financial decision to make when pursuing better hearing. There are also many brands, styles, clinicians, and stores to purchase them from. With so many options, it can be hard to know if you have chosen the...

Hearing Aids In Summertime May 18th, 2018

Hooray! It’s finally warm and green outside but with that comes some other unpleasant things like humidity (especially up here in Minnesota)! If you wear hearing aids, you might want to take a minute and review your maintenance routine to make sure you’re protecting your valuable devices that connect you...

Getting Used To A Hearing Aid May 11th, 2018

GETTING USED TO A HEARING AID Making the decision to improve your hearing is a big step towards improving your overall quality of life. It can take time to get used to hearing aids once you receive them. Every new hearing aid user experiences an adjustment period. Getting used to...

Hearing Aid Batteries- Tips And Tricks May 4th, 2018

Photo by Hilary Halliwell from Pexels HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR HEARING AID BATTERIES One of the most important parts of your hearing aid is the battery! Did you know that some simple steps can help prolong the life of your hearing aid batteries? SOME BACKGROUND ON...

Why Are Hearing Aids So Costly? Apr 24th, 2018

Hearing aids have a bad reputation for being costly. This can lead to frustration and avoidance from consumers looking to receive help for their hearing. This blog post will not help make hearing aids more affordable, but should help shed some light on these expenses. So why are hearing aids...

How Does The Ear Work? Mar 30th, 2018

How does the ear work? Hearing is an essential sense that we rely on every day for communication and safety. Most people don’t realize how important this sense really is on our day-to-day life. For information on the importance of hearing, check out our previous blog. So, how do we hear?...

10 Reasons… Not To Put Off Seeing Your Hearing Professional Mar 23rd, 2018

10 REASONS… NOT TO PUT OFF SEEING YOUR HEARING PROFESSIONAL Missed connections Raindrops on your roof Your spouse Squeaky brakes Your children/grandchildren Whispers Joke punchlines Music Brain health Your social life BOTTOM LINE: Don’t let another day of “I hear what I want to hear” get in the way of...

Tinnitus: What Is It? Why Do I Have It? And What To Do About It? Mar 16th, 2018

People who experience tinnitus know that it can be very bothersome. Tinnitus (pronounced ten / ih / tus) is the perception or sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. These sounds are typically described as ringing, buzzing, roaring, chirping, or hissing. The noises may vary in pitch from...

What Is Noise Induced Hearing Loss And How To Prevent It? Mar 9th, 2018

Over the next few weeks, here at Andros Audiology and Andros ENT & Sleep Center, we are focusing our conversation on noise induced hearing loss. Our patient often ask: WHAT IS NOISE INDUCED HEARING LOSS? Noise induced hearing loss is hearing loss that is permanent in nature. Long-term exposure to...

Easy Tips And Tricks For Hearing Aid Maintenance Mar 2nd, 2018

One question Audiologists always get asked about hearing aids is: How long do they last? The short answer is: it depends. The biggest factor in how long a hearing aid lasts is how well they are maintained. That hearing aid maintenance starts at home with some easy steps to clean...

What’s The Difference Between Different Hearing Aid Brands? Feb 23rd, 2018

When beginning the journey to find better hearing there is a lot to consider. You may not know who to go to, what style is best for you, which brand to choose, or even which price point in most appropriate. When it comes to finding the right brand for you,...

Communication Strategies For Family Members Feb 16th, 2018

So someone in your family has a hearing loss? Here are some tips to help with the communication breakdowns that are bound to happen. Last week’s blog post was dedicated to the topic of issues people with hearing loss have in effectively communication. Because communication is a two-way street, it is...

Communication Strategies For Combating Noisy Situations Feb 9th, 2018

Difficulty hearing in noisy situations is one of the most common complaints of people with hearing loss. In some cases, people with hearing loss will get a hearing aid and this difficulty is alleviated to some degree. Other times however, the hearing loss is not enough to a need for...

Help! I Have High Frequency Hearing Loss. Feb 2nd, 2018

Two very common types of hearing loss include noise induced hearing loss and presbycusis, or age related hearing loss. Both of these are permanent in the fact that once our inner ear hair cells are damaged, we have no way in restoring their function to normal. Both conditions frequently result...

What Is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction And How Is It Treated? Jan 26th, 2018

Now that winter is officially upon us, many people are experiencing some symptoms associated with colds and sinuses. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and affect all sort of areas in our bodies as well as in our daily lives. One of the most common symptoms associated with this...

When Is It Time To See Your Audiologist? Jan 19th, 2018

Audiologists are health care professionals that evaluate hearing and how the ear functions. Most audiologists have trained for 8 years and achieved a Doctorate degree making them specialists in evaluating hearing disorders. When is the right time to see an audiologist? Hearing is a vital sense that connects us to...

Why Hearing Is Important Jan 12th, 2018

Your hearing is important because it is what connects you with the world around you. It is one of our five precious senses. It is not something that is typically asked about by your family practice doctors but it is the sense that stimulates the brain the most. How important...