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Rights and Resources for Montana Students and Employees

Whether you’re in school or the workforce, there are hearing service programs available to you. Below we highlight help for both students and employees. Students If you’re a recent high school graduate or current college student, check out the hearing services programs available at our local colleges. Our public educational institutions offer services to students who have hearing loss, wear 

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How Is Your Child’s Hearing?

The human body is uniquely resilient and adaptable, able to overcome debilitating infections, viruses, bacteria, and congenital difficulties — and that includes hearing loss, thankfully. A bevy of recent studies suggests that our children may not be getting all of the quality hearing care that they truly need to be successful academically, socially, and professionally. Yet with all the developmental 

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Are Balance Problems Related to Hearing Loss?

It’s common for people with hearing loss to have balance issues, and vice versa. This phenomenon might even affect you or a loved one. Do they occur together as a coincidence, or are hearing and balance actually related? It turns out the answer is, “It depends.” Let’s look at some basics first. The Inner Ear The inner ear is also 

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The History of Hearing Aids

Modern hearing technology is truly amazing. Some devices are so small they’re practically invisible, others are waterproof, and most have advanced features that allow you to stream music and phone calls directly to your ears. But how did we get here? Through thousands of years of scientific innovation! Take a walk through the halls of hearing aid history to learn 

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Early Hearing Loss Screenings Can Prevent Developmental Delays in Children

Hearing plays a critical role in a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. If hearing loss goes undiagnosed, serious delays can occur, and speech and ability to understand language can be affected. Early detection and intervention can minimize the negative impacts of hearing loss. In order to identify hearing loss and provide intervention before the age of six months, each state has 

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Online Hearing Tests: Can They Help?

From blood-pressure kiosks in retail stores and vision exams online to home kits that test for HIV, blood-sugar levels, colon cancer, and more, the do-it-yourself approach to health screening continues to expand as the demand for greater convenience and consumer empowerment grows. Even online hearing tests are a part of the DIY mix, but do they work? What role can 

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Some Patience and a Nerf Gun

Not a week passes that I don’t hear from a wife, husband, daughter, or neighbor that one of my patients, or someone they know and love, doesn’t wear their hearing aids. They are at their wits’ end! It’s a common frustration experienced by many. Hundreds or thousands of dollars spent after years of waiting and excuses, only for the hearing 

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What You Need To Know About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the auditory perception of a phantom sound. Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease. Tinnitus might sound like buzzing, crickets, hissing, static, swooshing, or roaring. It can be a combination of sounds as well and can fluctuate in loudness. It is thought that tinnitus is produced by an overstimulation of the hair cells in the inner ear, causing 

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Your Hearing and Your Heart

Hearing loss can be caused by heart disease. The connection between hearing loss and heart disease was made decades ago, but scientists and researchers were unsure of the connection. In recent years, it has become clear that the issue lies within the very fine circulation in the inner ear and the disruptions that are caused by poor heart function. Charles 

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