Thursday, July 28, 2016

What is an extended wear hearing aid?

Yes, Lyric is the only extended wear hearing aid available.  There are several things that make it unique.  It’s 100% invisible, provides effortless hearing and has natural sound quality.


100% Invisible
Lyric is placed deep in the ear canal, approximately 4 millimeters from the eardrum.  This allows for both the microphone and receiver (speaker) to fit in the ear canal.  It cannot be seen from any angle, at any time.  The programmable device is comfortably placed during a routine office visit.  It is not an implant and it can be removed with a special tool. 

Effortless Hearing
Lyric is the only hearing aid that can be worn without daily insertion or removal and there is no need to change the batteries.  It can be safely worn through daily activities such as showering, exercising, sleeping and talking on the phone.

Natural Sound Quality;
Lyric uses the natural anatomy of the outer ear to direct sound to the microphone, where it is then amplified at the eardrum.  Because Lyric takes advantage of the ear’s anatomy, users experience natural sound quality and improved directionality and localization (the ability to hear where sounds come from).  Eighty six percent Lyric users agree that the sound quality is very good.


To learn more or to see if you are a candidate for Lyric call 440-205-8848 for a complimentary consultation and 30 day trial.  

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!




Jane Kukula, AuD & Ashley Spisak, AuD
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818




Thursday, July 21, 2016

How do you determine who is a good candidate for the extended wear hearing aids?

We look at three factors to determine whether or not you are a candidate for Lyric, the extended wear hearing aid.  

First, we assess your hearing to see if it falls in the fitting range.  For this assessment, we look in your ears, check your eardrums, and evaluate your hearing ability. The evaluation is done in the office and typically is covered by most health insurance plans.

Second, we will go over a questionnaire that looks at health issues and your lifestyle.  We want to ensure that there are no contraindications for using Lyric.  For example, while you can shower with Lyric, you cannot submerge your ears under water.  If you do water exercises and do not put your head under water, then Lyric is an option for you.

Third, we need to make sure Lyric will fit in your ear canal.  The length of the ear canal is measured to determine if it is long enough.  If it long enough to accommodate the device we will assess whether one of the 5 different diameters will fit.  The 5 sizes fit 80% of people.
If you are interested in a 30 day trial call 440-205-8848 to schedule an appointment.  

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!


Jane Kukula, AuD & Ashley Spisak, AuD
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Why can I hear the prayers at church but not the sermon?


This a great question!  You hear the prayers because they are familiar to you.  Your brain takes in everything it hears, sees, and knows, putting it all together to make sense out of what you hear.  When listening to something familiar such as the regular prayers at the Sunday service, your brain knows what is said allowing you to “hear it clearly”.  The problem arises with the sermon.  Since you don’t know what is about to be said, the brain cannot anticipate it.  One solution would be to ask your minister to provide copies of the sermon before the service starts.  Then you can read along, you’ll be surprised by how well you “hear”.  Even something as simple as an outline of the sermon will be helpful.
Further, it can be particularly challenging to hear in a church due to the echo.  High ceilings and hard surfaces such as bare walls or walls with little on them, windows without drapes, hard wood floors etc. create an echo.  You can reduce the echo by using drapes, carpeting and fabric wall hangings but this isn’t always practical for churches.  That is why some churches use a special amplifying system with headphones for people with hearing loss.  If your church has this type of system, give it a try.  It will also reduce the echo making it easier for you to hear.
Have regular check-ups with an audiologist.  Periodic hearing checks and routine hearing aid care will ensure your hearing aids are programmed to maximize your hearing and keep then running well. 



Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, Au.D. and Paula Webster, M.A.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818















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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Can falling be related to hearing loss?

Yes, it can be related if your father has difficulty hearing.  New research shows a link between hearing and falling.  A study at Johns Hopkins hospital looked at over 2,000 people between ages of 40-69.  They were assessed based on hearing ability and the number of falls over a period of one year.  Their findings showed that people with a mild loss of hearing were nearly 3 times more likely to fall.  They also found that for every 10 dB (a measure of sound intensity) increase in hearing loss, the chances of falling increased by 1.4.  They discovered on the average those

                With 25 dB loss were 3 times more likely to fall
                With 35 dB loss were 4.4 times more likely to fall
                With 45 dB loss were 5.8 times more likely to fall
                With 55 dB loss were 7.2 times more likely to fall
                With 65 dB loss were 8.6 times more likely to fall

This was true even when age, cardiovascular and vestibular health were taken into account.  One reason for is people with difficulty hearing are less aware of their environment, making tripping and falling more likely.  Another cause was the brain becomes be overwhelmed by the work load needed for hearing when hearing loss is untreated. 

This is startling information and another great reason to seek hearing help.  If you, or another loved one is experiencing changes in hearing or experiencing falls, call to schedule a hearing evaluation.  

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, Au.D. and Paula Webster, M.A.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818


Thursday, September 24, 2015

My husband plays in a rock band and doesn't use hearing protection. Can this hurt his hearing?

Yes, loud sound, even loud music, can harm hearing. Hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sound is called noise induced hearing loss.  Using hearing protection can help him preserve his hearing.  If he has played in the band for many years, it may already have had a negative impact on his hearing. But that doesn’t mean hearing protection would not help, it can help prevent increased hearing loss when used properly.

There are many types of earplugs and muffs available.  Custom fit musician’s earplugs were designed for musicians. They have filters which do not distort the sound allowing maintaining the quality of music.

Musicians’ monitors can be custom fit to provide clear hearing, eliminate feedback and lower noise levels so that one can reduce the volume on the monitor.  Your audiologist can help find the best solution for your husband.

By raising awareness of noise induced hearing loss we hope to help people maintain healthy hearing.  Part of our commitment to our community is to provide disposable ear plugs at no charge.  Just stop in this month to pick up a pair.  


Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, Au.D. and Paula Webster, M.A.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Myths about hearing loss

The American Academy of Audiology Reported the following Myths about hearing loss.

Myth: Portable music and video devices do not affect your hearing.
Fact
: 1.1 billion people are at risk for hearing loss due to unsafe personal use of portable music devices.
What to do: Limit your use of portable devices and keep the volume at the half-way point or under.  If you have to take out your ear buds to hear someone speaking at an arm’s length away, the volume is too high.

Myth:  Everyone who has hearing loss is older than age 65. 
Fact: Half of those with hearing loss are under the age of 65.
What to do: If you suspect a hearing loss or have ringing in the ears, visit an audiologist.

Myth: Hearing loss does not affect newborn babies.
Fact: About 6 out of 1,000 babies have a significant hearing problem at birth.  And, more than 4,000 babies are born with a hearing loss each year.
What to do: Make sure your newborn’s hearing is screened before leaving the hospital or within the first a couple weeks of life.  If he or she does not pass the screening, schedule an appointment with an audiologist.

Myth: Everyday loud activities do not affect you hearing.
Fact: Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by lawn/farm equipment, concerts, sporting events, fireworks, hair driers, firearms, and alarm clocks.  A single exposure to excessive noise can also cause permanent hearing loss
What to do: Noise-induced hearing loss almost always preventable!  Wear hearing protection when around sounds louder than 85 dB (about the volume of a vacuum sweeper).

Myth: Hearing loss does not affect your day-to-day life.
Fact: Individuals with untreated hearing loss are often excluded from communication and often have feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, and frustration.
What to do: If you suspect a hearing loss, visit with an audiologist to evaluate your hearing and provide treatment when needed. 

FACT: Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who provide evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation for hearing loss. 

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, Au.D. and Paula Webster, M.A.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why do I have more trouble hearing in restaurants then I do at home?

Hearing in noisy places can be difficult and frustrating.  The first and best thing you can do hear in noisy places is to keep both ears hearing.  Wear two hearing aids when you have difficulty hearing in both ears.
Second, studies show that those who use hearing aids with directional microphones do better in noisy places then those who use hearing aids without them.

Third, the restaurant you choose and where you sit affects how well you hear in noise. Her are a few suggestions  from the Better Hearing Institute for dinning out.

1.       Choose a quiet restaurant.
2.       Go to restaurants at less busy times.  For example, have lunch at 1:00 instead of noon.
3.       When you are being seated, ask to be seated along the wall or in a corner away and from the kitchen.
  1. Avoid dark restaurants.  You will be better able to pick up lip clues and facial expressions.
  2. Restaurants with carpeting, drapes and tablecloths absorb sound and create a quieter atmosphere.
  3. If the music is too loud, ask to have it turned down.
  4. Pick restaurants that don’t have a bar, or those where the bar is in a separate room.
  5. Last but not least, simply ask for a quiet table! There’s bound to be at least one.
Planning ahead and carefully choosing where to go will help ensure a pleasant evening. 


Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, Au.D. and Paula Webster, M.A.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818