Five Do's and Don'ts of Living with Tinnitus


  1. Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate or take part in normal activities.

  2. Do realize that every person responds to tinnitus differently. There is no right or wrong way.

  3. Do avoid anxiety and/or stress as it can aggravate tinnitus.

  4. Do look at apps and equipment that can help at bedtime to make falling asleep easier.

  5. Do know that tinnitus can be managed even if it cannot be cured.


  1. Don’t believe everything you read about tinnitus being cured by herbs or supplements. Management via sound therapy or personal devices is the most successful way to treat tinnitus.

  2. Don’t forget that tinnitus can be a symptom of something else, so it is important to have it checked out by a professional.

  3. Don’t forget about things that can aggravate tinnitus like caffeine, lack of sleep, stress, and even aspirin.

  4. Don’t think you are alone!

  5. Don’t forget about hearing protection!Loud sounds and environments can trigger and/or aggravate tinnitus.

12 Signs That You Need Your Hearing Checked

  1. Other people (especially your nearest and dearest) say you you’re not hearing very well – over and over again.

  2. You can’t tell what tree the bird is singing from. Heck, you’re not even sure it is a bird. (Sound location is a challenge with hearing loss.)

  3. Your TV volume is making your family’s ears ring.

  4. Pardon (or what, eh, huh) is your favorite word.

  5. You get nervous in a waiting room, because maybe you won’t hear your name called.

  6. People wave at you to get your attention. (You thought perhaps they were being friendly?)

  7. Parties are no fun anymore, because you have trouble carrying on a conversation (due to background noise).

  8. Your family doctor says your hearing is normal ‘for your age’, but that means you need your hearing checked.

  9. You need people to face you when they speak. You read lips, not the back of heads.

  10. The high, sweet voices of young children are also incomprehensible.

  11. Music and bells are playing in your head – but you’re not connected to a music player.

  12. Romantic ambiance means having all the lights on so you can understand your partner’s love-words.

Greg Moore interviewed about Fly Ottumwa by the Ottumwa Courier

"That included at least one Vietnam veteran eager to see the A-10 Warthog fly.

'I saw one, one time, in Vietnam,' said Greg Moore, now an Ottumwa audiologist known for his dry sense of humor. 'We called one in for air support. I don't know that they called them Warthogs at the time. It was rare for us to request air supports. We always called in artillery.'

Often, those shells came in from sea. When the A-10 came in, it caught the ground troops attention. It wasn't a strafing run, it came in to drop bombs. Moore remembered ing how the aircraft was avoiding the shells from the US Navy ship guns.

Had the paratroopers called for an A-10 specifically?

'No,' he said. 'They don't let you pick the plan you want. You get what they send you.'

He was seated with his family. To the left of their chairs sat a clean, ready to fly A-10. While Moore waited, he enjoyed the other parts of the show, including what he called 'daredevil biplane pilots.'

He also liked the demonstration version of paratroopers.

'The jump team was really great,' he said.

His airborne unit would have been really great, too, right?

'Not quite the same. We had sergeants shouting at us and sort of -- pushing us out of the airplane. It was very different.'

He turned more serious about the last jumper Saturday.

'To watch that, with those accurate parachutes as he came down with the American Flag, it was glorious,'" wrote Mark Newman of the Ottumwa Courier.

Treating hearing loss can have a large impact on income

Research by the non-profit Better Hearing Institute (BHI), looking into the “impact of untreated hearing loss on household income”, resulted in many interesting findings. 

For instance, it found that the use of hearing aids in people with hearing loss “reduced the risk of income loss” by between 65 and 100 percent, depending on the severity of hearing loss; that people with untreated hearing loss had double the unemployment rate as hearing-aided peers; and it revealed these findings.

Did You Know?

  • Tylenol and other pain killers can cause hearing loss if you take more than 2 pills a week for several weeks.

  • Adults with a hearing loss (and no hearing aids) are more likely to develop problems thinking & remembering.

  • When you smoke, you are four times more likely to get hearing loss from noise.

  • Adults with a mild hearing loss (and no hearing aids) are two times more likely to develop dementia.

  • Kissing directly on the ear can cause permanent hearing loss.

  • Waiting until you “really need hearing aids” may result in poorer speech clarity when you do get hearing aids.

  • Untreated sleep apnea puts you at 31% to 90% risk of hearing loss. Untreated sleep apnea has been known to lead to dementia

  • Medicare and Medicare supplements DO NOT cover hearing aids or related things (testing).

  • The most common cause of hearing loss is smoking. This includes second-hand smoke.

  • Speech testing during the hearing test demonstrates the patient’s potential speech  clarity with good hearing aids.

  • Those with diabetes are twice as likely to develop a hearing loss.

  • If you have oily skin, consider water resistant hearing aids for fewer repair problems.

  • Those with rheumatoid arthritis are at significant risk of developing a hearing loss.

  • In-the-ear hearing aids will make your voice echo and need to be repaired more often. Behind-the-ear hearing aids are clearer sounding and need fewer repairs.

  • If you have a moderately-severe or worse hearing loss, don’t get hearing aids that are too small, or you will not hear clearly.

  • For better hearing in background noise with hearing aids, the brain usually has to relearn how to separate out sounds.

    • How would the hearing aids know which person in a group to listen to? It is the brain that does this. Practice improves group listening.

  • Usually new hearing aids are programmed to a soft level when they are dispensed. Otherwise all the new sounds would be too much.

  • Hearing aids that do not block the ear canals  cannot stop background noise from getting into your ear.

  • Storing your hearing aids in a hearing aid drier every night cause the hearing aids to work better and last longer.

  • When you are being dispensed hearing aids request real ear testing with   speech while the hearing aids are in your ears.

  • Hearing aid batteries will last longer when you cover the battery air holes with scotch tape at night. (Then wait 3 minutes before closing the battery door in the morning).

  • Different programs  can be programmed in hearing aids for different listening situations.

  • Advanced hearing aids reduce background noises, are more automatic, and are clearer sounding than basic hearing aids.

  • Mowing the lawn is a common cause of hearing loss by noise in Iowa. Earplugs do not protect your ears from the noise that travels through the bone. Earmuffs are much better.

  • The ringing in your ears does not cause your hearing problems. Your hearing loss is causing the ringing. Improve your hearing and the ringing may disappear.

What is a hearing aid?

A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It makes some sounds louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities. A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situations. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one.

A hearing aid has three basic parts: a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The hearing aid receives sound through a microphone, which converts the sound waves to electrical signals and sends them to an amplifier. The amplifier increases the power of the signals and then sends them to the ear through a speaker.

Hearing aids are primarily useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss that results from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss. The damage can occur as a result of disease, aging, or injury from noise or certain medicines.

11 Reasons You Should Get Your Hearing Tested

Hearing loss happens. It’s the third most common health problem in the U.S., according to WebMD. Hearing loss is also very treatable – and more successful when started early. If you suspect you have hearing loss, why not find out for sure?

  1. A hearing test is painless and takes less than an hour. 
  2. Hearing loss may be an early warning sign or red flag for other health conditions including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  3. If your hearing test shows your hearing is normal, you can tell your friends to get off your back.
  4. The Mayo Clinic recommends baseline hearing tests for adults.
  5. Untreated hearing loss increases your chance of developing dementia.
  6. Most hearing clinics serve free cookies and coffee. 
  7. Untreated hearing loss increases your chances of falling.
  8. Treating hearing loss with hearing aids is proven to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
  9. Untreated hearing loss is known to contribute to depression and social isolation.
  10. Hearing loss treatment has been shown to improve earning power.
  11. Because you're proactive about your health and care about your quality of life.

Think you may have a hearing loss? Find out sure by scheduling a hearing loss at the Moore Hearing Clinic. You’ve got nothing to lose and possibly tons to gain.

How to Stay Safe with a Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects more than 48 million Americans (about 15% of the population) and is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing older adults. Although digital hearing aid technology is often the recommended treatment for the majority of sensorineural hearing loss cases, less than 20 percent of those who would benefit from treatment actually seek it. Those who do wait an average of 10 years to seek it; most wait until they cannot communicate in even the best of listening situations. 


Studies show that older adults with untreated hearing loss have significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression and social isolation. But with the use of hearing aids, most of these psychological conditions improve. Older adults with hearing aids are more likely to participate in social activities then those who don't have hearing aids. Relationships at home, work, mental health and self confidence improve with hearing aids.

Cognitive Decline

Research discovered that individuals with hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia than those with normal hearing. This risk increased three times with moderate hearing loss and up to five times as likely in those with hearing loss.But fortunately, scientists have discovered that with the use of amplification such as hearing aids, dementia improves.

Risk of injury from falling

Another study found that those with a mild hearing loss, were three times more likely to have a history of falling. With every 10db of hearing loss, the risk for potential falls increase by 1.4%. Balance is very "cognitive demanding" just as well as hearing loss is, which means the brain spends extra energy compensating for the hearing loss; it spends less energy on balance.

Reduced alertness

Untreated hearing loss can also lead to your own safety too. If you can't hear well, you may not respond to important danger symbols. You many miss the railroad warnings, police sirens, tornado sirens and smoke detectors. This could lead to not only your personal safety being in danger, but also your loved ones. Studies show that regular smoke detectors are not always effective at waking those with a hearing loss.

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What's causing the ringing in my ears?

If you have ringing or hissing or buzzing in your ears, you have what medical experts refer to as “tinnitus."

Experts have tried to pinpoint an exact physiological cause of tinnitus, but the mystery remains unsolved. Exposure to loud noise, head injuries, medication, and even earwax are thought to trigger the onset or worsen existing tinnitus. The sad fact is, science and medical professionals have yet to figure out what causes ringing in the ears. 

Some people experience tinnitus after a single exposure to loud noise. Others attribute their tinnitus to a lifetime of not wearing hearing protection. Still others say their tinnitus started while battling a cold and flying.

What we do know is that tinnitus is too common, affecting 1 in 6 Americans which is over 50 million people. Tinnitus usually accompanies hearing loss, although hearing loss is not believed to be caused by tinnitus. The reverse is also true: Tinnitus is not caused by hearing loss, even when the two are present together.

We also know that however it started, whatever it sounds like, and regardless of whether the tinnitus is mild or severe, each and every tinnitus sufferer wants the same thing — relief.

Is there a way to stop the ringing in your ears? 

Unfortunately, a tinnitus cure is something else science and medical professionals have yet to figure out. But while there is no cure for tinnitus, there are effective treatment options available.

Specially designed hearing aids with tinnitus technology are becoming more popular, as they are proven to help. They deliver a customizable sound stimulus that can soothe the annoying sounds associated with tinnitus and provide relief. 

Facts about Hearing

Why the way you hear is fascinating

Think about it. All of the components of this intricately designed process must work at peak function to carry waves in the air around you to your brain, where they are understood as distinct sounds. Hearing allows you to communicate, learn, experience, and enjoy the world around you.

The following are ten fun facts about hearing:

  1. The smallest bones are the ossicles in the middle ear: the incus, the malleus, and the stapes (also called the anvil, hammer, and stirrup).

  2. The inner ear is no larger than a pencil eraser in circumference.

  3. Your sense of hearing is dependent upon tiny hairs deep inside your ear. If you lose these hairs, you lose your hearing.

  4. You do not need to clean wax out of your ears unless you have an abnormal condition. Ears push excess wax out as needed.

  5. The majority of individuals suffering from hearing loss are under the age of 65.

  6. The number one cause of hearing loss is exposure to excessively loud sounds (85 decibels or higher).

  7. Your hearing can be damaged permanently even after a single incident of exposure to extremely loud noise (shotgun blast, explosion, etc.).

  8. Your ears never stop hearing, even when you sleep. Your brain just ignores incoming sounds.

  9. Your ears are more than just necessary for hearing; they also help you keep your balance.

  10. Not all living creatures hear with ears. Snakes use jawbones, fish respond to pressure changes, and male mosquitoes use antennae.

What Is An Audiologist?

An audiologist is a person with specialized training (at least a Master's degree in Audiology) qualified to provide professional assistance concerning communication problems associated with hearing impairment. Such an individual specializes in the prevention, identification, assessment and rehabilitation of hearing impairment.

Audiologists are certified by the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA awards certification to audiologists (9 months after graduation). The State of Iowa requires that audiologists meet these requirements prior to licensure from the Iowa Board of Speech/Language Pathology and Hearing Examiners. Finally, to dispense hearing aids, the audiologist must also meet the requirements of the Iowa Board of Hearing Aid Dealers.

The Latest Techonology in Hearing Aids and Accessories

High Tech Innovations Make it Easier to Hear Better

As an independent hearing aid clinic, we fit patients with hearing aids from several prestigious companies – among them Siemens, Phonak, Starkey, Widex, and ReSound. We are not locked into just one, as some franchises are. We can recommend hearing aids from the company and model that best suit your particular hearing loss.

Lately, we have found the state-of-the-art hearing aid technology at Siemens (Signia) to be excellent. The new digital hearing aids help wearers understand speech in demanding listening situations. Studies have shown that sometimes, you might even be hearing better than people with “normal hearing.”

Siemens hearing aid accessories are also here and ready to blow you away. If you have a hearing loss, hearing aids programmed to your particular loss will help you hear much better. With the newest accessories, you can also do it EASILY.

The new easyTek and easy Tek App allow you to stream a phone call, TV show or music DIRECTLY TO YOUR EARS. Worn around your neck (over or under your clothing) the easyTek acts as a remote control and streams what you want to hear directly into your ears.  [I don’t wear hearing aids, but I’d love to have the ability to do this!] Also, if you have an Android or iOS smartphone, you can also use your phone to adjust programs and the volume of your hearing aid or zoom in on the person next to you at the restaurant, AND no one will know what you’re doing. It’s that discreet!

The feedback has been amazing. Patients who have purchased Siemens hearing aids and accessories are thrilled with them.

If you want to “test drive” either new, advanced hearing aids or the latest accessories, please call us to set up an appointment (641) 683-3277! We have been in business for nearly 30 years. We love serving the public and helping people hear as well as possible. If you’re not happy, we’re not happy.