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Is it Time to Consider Hearing Aids
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Craig Newman, Ph.D.

  • Vice Chair Head and Neck Institute
  • Section Head Allied Hearing, Speech, and Balance Services
  • Cleveland Clinic

Sharon Sandridge, Ph.D.

  • Director of Clinical Services in Audiology
  • Co-Director of the Tinnitus Management Clinic and Audiology Research Lab
  • Cleveland Clinic

Approximately 30 million people in the United States have some degree of hearing loss (about 1 in every 10 people). Most people with hearing loss, however, can be helped by hearing devices — even those with a mild hearing loss. People with tinnitus (with or without a hearing loss) can also receive benefit from hearing aids. Today’s hearing aid technology is better than ever before, allowing you to enjoy the sounds around you and helping you to communicate better with family, friends and coworkers. The latest hearing aids also allow you to connect to your smart phone technology to control your hearing devices and extend your listening opportunities. We offer patients devices that meet their personal listening, lifestyle and financial needs.

Early warning signs or changes in your behavior that may be related to hearing loss include:
• Complaining that people mumble
• Continually asking people to repeat what they have said
• Avoiding noisy rooms, social occasions or family gatherings
• Preferring the television or radio to be louder than other people do
• Having trouble hearing at the movies or theater, your house of worship or other public gatherings
• Having difficulty understanding people when you cannot see their faces
• Having difficulty understanding conversations in a group
• Becoming more impatient, irritable, frustrated or withdrawn
• Being more tired at the end of the day because you had to spend more energy and effort to listen
• Finding yourself straining to hear conversations

If hearing loss is impacting your life, please join Cleveland Clinic audiologists Craig Newman, PhD, and Sharon Sandridge, PhD, in a free online chat. They will answer your questions about hearing loss, hearing aids, tinnitus and other hearing-related topics.

About the Speakers
Craig Newman, PhD, is currently a Vice Chair in the Head & Neck Institute, Section Head of Allied Hearing, Speech, and Balance Services and Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Newman's clinical interests include the audiologic treatment of older adults, hearing assistive technology, and tinnitus management. He has presented and published numerous research articles and chapters in the areas of hearing, dizziness and tinnitus outcome measurement; amplification, balance function assessment, and auditory-evoked potentials. Dr. Newman's most current research efforts focus on development of audiologic outcome measures and efficacy of sound therapy for tinnitus management. Dr. Newman serves as a reviewer for a number of scholarly journals and is an associate editor (Rehabilitation) for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was awarded the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology in 2004 by the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Dr. Newman has also served on the Board of Directors for AAA.

Sharon A. Sandridge, PhD, is currently Director of Clinical Services in Audiology and Co-Director of the Tinnitus Management Clinic and Audiology Research Lab at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sandridge received her BA and MA from the University of Akron and her PhD from the University of Florida. Her primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of amplification, the evaluation and treatment of tinnitus, and auditory electrophysiologic assessment including neurodiagnostics, intraoperative monitoring and identification of children with hearing loss and hearing loss prevention. She and her colleague, Dr. Craig Newman, have completed a number of funded research projects and have authored a number of articles in the areas of amplification, outcome studies, electrophysiology and tinnitus. She serves as a reviewer for multiple journals. She was awarded the Presidential Award from the American Academy of Audiology, the Outstanding Research Award from the Ohio Academy of Audiology and Health Educator Award from the Cleveland Clinic Allied Health. Dr. Sandridge served as the 2007 Convention Chair for the American Academy of Audiology and is currently serving as the 2018 Convention Chair for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Appointments
To make an appointment with Dr. Newman, Dr. Sandridge, or any of the specialists in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Audiology, please call 216.444.8500 (toll-free 800.223.2273, ext. 48500) or visit us at clevelandclinic.org/audiology for more information.

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