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Hearing Aid Feedback

Have you ever heard someone’s hearing aid buzzing and whistling? Nobody wants their hearing aids to whistle. Hearing aid feedback happens for two reasons: either the hearing aid doesn’t fit correctly or there is too much power. In both cases, sound from the hearing aid leaks out of the ear and is re-amplified by the […]

High Blood Pressure and Hearing Loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure, or hypertension. That amounts to nearly one in three adults; furthermore, another one in three adults are living with elevated blood pressure results that are below the level considered to be high blood pressure […]

Saving Hearing Lives on the Bolivia and Peru Hearing Aid Mission

My Experience by: DeAnne Pacheco, TeleHear Clinical Director I had the honor of serving in a Starkey Hearing Foundation mission with the most amazingly dedicated, hard-working people. We completed four mission days in three cities: Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Cusco, Peru and Trujillo, Peru, where we fit nearly 2000 children and adults with hearing aids. I […]

Hearing Loss Studies: Life is Worth Hearing

Hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in the world. In the United States, 12 percent of the population, or 38 million people, have a significant hearing loss. Yet, only one out of every five people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wears them. Reduced hearing acuity can not only be […]

Verification and Validation: Are You Hearing As Well As You Should Be?

“Are you hearing as well as you should be?” seems like a simple question. Believe it or not, that is actually one of the hardest questions for my patients to answer. Typically, patients respond with, “I don’t know” or “How can I tell?” That is the main reason why verification and validation are some of […]

Hearing and Memory Loss

Did you know that your hearing, or lack thereof, can affect your memory? People with poor hearing often mistakenly feel that their hearing loss only affects their ability to hear other people. They do not realize that hearing loss has a far greater impact. Over the last ten years there have been numerous studies linking […]

Earwax and Hearing Loss

One of the most common causes of hearing loss is earwax, or cerumen, blocking sound from reaching the eardrum. This occurs when the wax is pushed back toward the eardrum or if the ears produce more wax than is needed. Earwax is also the most common cause of hearing aid malfunctions. A tiny amount of […]

Ask An Audiologist: What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is described as any abnormal ear noise and can arise in the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear or the brain.  It is not a disorder in and of itself, but rather a symptom and may be perceived as ringing, buzzing or humming. Some people describe it as a “clicking” or “pulsing” […]

Aural Rehabilitation Exercises

You have taken, or are planning to take, a wise first step, the investment in hearing instruments. Hearing aids help you to hear sounds which are interpreted by your brain. This brain stimulation is an important part of hearing health. The following aural rehabilitation exercises will allow you to increase brain stimulation and improve your […]

Sudden Hearing Loss

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), commonly known as sudden hearing loss, should be considered a medical emergency. As professionals, we train our patients to see their family doctor at the onset of a sudden hearing loss, and if the doctor can’t immediately see the patient, to go to their nearest emergency room. Why is treatment […]

Why Are Hearing Aid Prices So Different?

Your family has been telling you over the last few years you need to get your hearing checked. Since then, you noticed you have been asking people to repeat themselves. You need to really strain to be able to understand conversations. The ringing in your ears appears to be getting louder. It seems like everyone […]

Hearing Loss and End-of-Life Care

“I know I should wear hearing aids, but why should I bother?  I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be around!” We hear this kind of response all the time in our many offices.  There is usually a moment of laughter and a casual disagreement of their objection.  The truth, according to new […]

When A Loved One Gets Hearing Aids

First, say thank you!  It has probably been a long time coming with years going by with lots of “what did you say” or “huh” or “I didn’t hear that” to get them to agree to a hearing exam and then getting the hearing test scheduled, getting there and then following through with the trial […]

Dr Franklin Shepel Health Fair

Community Outreach in Casa Grande

Dr. Franklin Shepel attended two events this past week to provide information regarding hearing and hearing aids to the community. The first event was the Annual Province Community Health Fair in Maricopa, AZ. Province is an active adult community in Maricopa. 15 businesses attended this event to provide information on a variety of services available […]

Hearing aids: What the professionals wish you knew

An individual’s Hearing Health needs to be an equal partner with concerns regarding vision and dental health and given the same amount of respect. If you or a loved one has decided to ignore a hearing loss because you have some sort of stigma about wearing hearing aids, take note. Here’s what audiologists wish you knew: They’re not […]

Health Expo 2016 Living Magazine

Dr Frank Shepel attended the Casa Grande Medical Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, June 11. The event was held in the ballroom at the Palm Creek RV Resort. Dr. Shepel met with and provided information to many members of the community during this event. The Expo included over 20 booths where information was available […]

CROS or BiCROS

Are These Hearing Aid Options Right For You? What are CROS and BiCROSS hearing aids? CROS stands for contralateral routing of signal and BiCROS is the acronym for bilateral routing of signal. What type or degree of hearing loss utilizes these styles? These hearing aids are utilized when a hearing impaired individual has normal to […]

Rev. Cones Testimonial

Written: 3/1/16 Dear Dr. Shepel- I want to thank you from the depths of my heart for all you have done for me and especially for the recent display of your kindness in getting my hearing aid repaired. You went above and beyond duty to get this done for me at a cost I could […]

Common Myths About Your Hearing

We read a lot of things on the internet and have grown up with ideas about our ears that were planted in us by our mothers or others we have come in contact with.  How can we tell what is TRUTH and what is MYTH.  I will attempt here to bring to you some of […]

Brain and Ears Need To Work Together As A Team!

Did you know that you do not hear with your ears! This sounds strange but the ears and the brain need to work together for you to understand and interpret sounds. The ears are the transmission line which capture sound and send it to the brain for interpretation. The outer ear captures sound, sends it […]

Dr. Frank Shepel Volunteers for Feed My Starving Children

July 25, 2015 Phoenix, Arizona Dr. Frank Shepel, his spouse Joan and oldest grandson Kyle worked with the Feed My Starving Children project at the Phoenix Civic Center on Saturday, July 25th filling and packing meals to be sent to starving children around the world.  This three day effort was attempting to fill and package […]

Glenn R. Hearing Aid Testimonial

Dr. Shepel, Thanks again for having my hearing aids adjusted to overcome the noise caused by the sensors in my car. I wanted to let you know that the noise has not been completely eliminated since there is still some interference depending on the position of my head while in the passenger seat, mainly from […]

Franklin Shepel at the Casa Grande Home, Health and Garden Showcase

Franklin Shepel, from SoundPoint Audiology and Hearing  will be displaying information regarding hearing loss and hearing aids at the Casa Grande Home, Health and Garden Showcase  on Saturday, January the 10th from 10-4 at the former Outlets of Casa Grande center. Dr. Shepel has over 36 years of experience helping individuals and families overcome hearing […]

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