“He who has ears to hear, let him hear” – Loops in Churches

A letter to church leaders: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” –Romans 10:17 According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “approximately 17% of American adults report some degree of hearing loss”. As an example, for the Christian population in the United States, that would equate... Continue Reading →


Living a Balanced Lifestyle

Many people use the changing of a calendar year as an excuse to make new resolutions or goals they hope to accomplish in the coming year. One that I hear often, and have made myself, is to live a balanced lifestyle or to be more balanced. Although I realize in this context most individuals are... Continue Reading →

October is Audiology Awareness Month!

October 3rd: All About Audiologists! Hearing is a critical aspect of daily life, from communicating with a loved one to learning something new in school to recognizing the ambulance siren from down the street. Use the post below, and many more to come in October, to expand your knowledge on audiology and hearing loss. Let's start with the... Continue Reading →

The Marketing of Q-Tips—A Brief History

1923: Leo Gerstenzang, upon observing his wife apply wads of cotton to toothpicks, invented the first ready-to-use cotton swab, marketing as baby care accessories. He introduced Baby Gays, the first sanitized cotton swaps made of wood and single-sided. When Baby Gays came out, there was no discouragement of putting them inside of ears. 1927: A... Continue Reading →

The Q-Tip Addiction

There it is again. That itchy, nagging feeling. It seems to come every day. There is only one thing that can alleviate the feeling: Q-Tips. The dependence on Q-Tips is prevalent but the addiction isn’t something that has come forth in recent years. In 1923, Leo Gerstenzang, upon observing his wife apply wads of cotton... Continue Reading →

Equalize: Early and Often

What is the most common scuba diving injury?? Decompression sickness? Cuts from coral reefs? Animal attacks? No, in fact, the most common injury is of the EAR. From swimmer’s ear to barotrauma, ear injuries are frequent but preventable with an increase focus on ear anatomy and awareness of what could go wrong.   The most... Continue Reading →

Fear the Ear (Buds)

“Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow.” “Listen to Your Buds.” “Make Listening Safe.” These are just a few of many campaigns to discourage individuals, especially young teenagers, from improper use of ear buds and headphones.   Why is this message so prevalent in media today? Since their creation in 1910 by Nathaniel Baldwin, headphones have always been... Continue Reading →

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