How long will it take to get used to new hearing aids?

One thing that we often hear from our audiology and hearing aid patients is, "How long will it take to get used to my new hearing aids?" The short answer is between 30 and 45 days. The state of Connecticut actually requires that we give patients at least 30 days to "trial" their hearing aids before you keep them and at Advanced Specialty Care, we actually go beyond that. Our policy is a 45-day trial period and the reason we give you that additional two weeks is because it can really take a month and half to acclimate to the…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hearing Aid, Jocelyn Dore, Au.D.

A Day in the Life of Audiologist, Jocelyn Dore

  Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of an Audiologist looks like? Jocelyn Dore, Audiologist at Advanced Specialty Care, gives us a look into what her typical schedule looks like treating audiology and hearing aid patients. Read on to find out what goes into evaluating, treating and restoring hearing in patients of all ages! 6:00 AM I wake up this morning at about 6 am to the sound of my son running up the stairs to our bedroom. My husband and I think he's part rooster. It is a very energetic way to start the day.…
Dr. Jocelyn Dore: Audiology & Hearing Aid Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Jocelyn Dore, Au.D.

Children Recognize Speech Before They Can Talk

  We see many young children, between the age of 1 and 3 years old, for hearing testing at Advanced Audiology. While it may seem young, this is the age range when parents and pediatricians start to notice speech and language delays in children. And with any speech and language concerns in children, the first thing clinicians recommend is a hearing test. Audiologist, Jocelyn Dore of Advanced Specialty Care, illustrates how and why hearing loss can impact a child's speech and language development if left untreated and why early intervention is so important. Perception Precedes Production Audiologists and speech-language pathologists use the…
Kid Hearing Test
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Jocelyn Dore, Au.D.

I Need Hearing Protection for That?

The weather is still warm which means you may still be wearing fewer layers, but that doesn't necessarily apply to your ears! Before you tackle yard work, crank up the tunes, watch the big game or hop on your motorcycle, make sure you aren’t putting your hearing at risk. How Loud is Too Loud? The inner ear has an extremely complex and sensitive structure full of nerve endings that communicate sound to the brain. Over time and with repeated exposure to loud noises, these nerves can become permanently damaged, and can even break off, causing hearing loss and the distortion of sound.  How do…
Dr. Jocelyn Dore: Audiology & Hearing Aid Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Jocelyn Dore, Au.D.

Hearing Health: Sounds Of The Storm From An Audiologist’s Perspective

As an audiologist, I think a lot about how sound and how it affects hearing health. Background noise particularly important to take into consideration when adjusting my patient's hearing aids.  I recently realized there was a pattern to the sounds of our community in Danbury, Brookfield and New Fairfield following a recent damaging storm on May 15, 2018. Quiet after the Storm In the hours following the storm, I remember sirens.  As I drove to pick up my child at daycare, andattempted, unsuccessfully, to drive home, it seemed the air around me was filled with sirens.  Up and down Federal Road, Newtown Road, up What I…
Dr. Jocelyn Dore Portrait
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Jocelyn Dore, Au.D.

How Do You Conduct A Hearing Test For Babies?

All babies born in Connecticut hospitals, and most other states in the U.S., have hearing screenings shortly after birth. It is possible to measure parts of a baby's hearing even a few hours after they are born. There are two ways this is accomplished, either with Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) or Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR.) Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) are measured by placing a soft tip at the opening of the ear canal.  A machine generates a series of sounds that stimulate the hair cells in the cochlea, the organ of hearing. If those hair cells are working, they make a…
Baby getting a hearing Test
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Jocelyn Dore, Au.D.

My Hearing is Muffled

  People frequently arrive in our offices with complaints of muffled hearing.  They describe this as feeling as if their ears are filled with cotton and realize that they can’t hear things as clearly as they used to. Muffled hearing can have several causes and a variety of associated solutions. Ear Wax May Be The Culprit The first thing we do in our audiology offices is examine the person’s ear canals.  So often the cause is wax!  Ear wax can build up suddenly, and we find this to especially be the case in the humid summer months. If you think…
Man Touching His Ear
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Jocelyn Dore, Au.D.
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