Category Archives: Hearing

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Better Hearing Month is Here Again

About this time last year (wow time has flown), I wrote a blog about why people avoid getting help for their hearing loss. As studies have shown, the average individual will wait about 5 years before they admit that they have hearing loss (likely at the behest of the family) and another 2 years before taking action. That blog was important to share in the month of May because May is Better Hearing and Speech month. Well, guess what? May is around the corner and it’s time to write about better hearing again, right?. Well, maybe not this time. Instead … Continue reading »

Charging Ahead on Hearing Aid Technology

Technology has driven many improvements in hearing aids, and our Anchorage, Alaska patients are always quick to take advantage of them — from fully automatic functionality to streaming services from smartphones. Yet one thing has remained constant through all these advancements over the years: battery consumption. On average, batteries have to be changed in hearing devices every week. Some last less and others more, depending on the battery size and power of the device. And with the additional need for streaming phone calls and audio to rely on them, batteries drain even faster. I’m always carrying replacement batteries in my pocket! … Continue reading »

Affordable Hearing Aids: Our Gift to You

The turkey’s in the oven, and all the family’s in the house. It’s that time of year, and the spirit of the season is everywhere. We’re getting in the spirit, too, with a fabulous promotion that will improve your quality of life through better hearing — so you can better enjoy these special gatherings with friends and family! When we at the Alaska Center for Ear, Nose, and Throat think about hearing aid options for our Anchorage patients, we often recommend ReSound. As a manufacturer of smart hearing devices, Resound mimics the way the ear naturally processes sound, allowing for … Continue reading »

Understanding Hearing Loss: Types, Causes & Treatment

Hearing loss is unique to each individual that arrives at our ENT office. While hearing aids are often the answer for our Anchorage, Alaska patients, audiometric evaluations are the first step. The gold standard in determining a patient’s hearing loss, audiometric evaluations also help us decide on a to address the patient’s symptoms. Each diagnostic test provides information to complete the full picture of a patient’s type and severity of hearing loss. The results of each test will reveal one of three types of hearing loss, each with different symptoms and treatment plans. Conductive Hearing Loss A conductive hearing loss … Continue reading »

This Summer, Protect Your Hearing

Summer’s here, and outdoors we go here in Alaska! It can be noisy out there with concerts, air travel, sporting events, and other loud environmental sounds. Of course, here at our ear, nose, and throat practice, we’re always thinking about keeping our Anchorage patients’ hearing in tiptop shape. That’s why we think you should know about a great new product that has literally been flying off our shelves. It’s called the Westone TRU™. The TRU is a full-frequency precision hearing protection system that uses acoustic filter technology to reduce the overall volume coming in, while maintaining the sound quality across … Continue reading »

Meet Our Physicians

Each of our physicians is board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and Dr. Ellerbe is board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.