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Real Ear Measures (REM)

What are Real Ear Measures (REM)? REM is considered a “gold standard” in fitting hearing devices.  It is a verification/validation process where an audiologist places a fine probe microphone into the ear canal to measure the sound at the eardrum. These measures include the response of the ear canal acoustics …

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Introducing Our Intern Nikolas Mikus!

Nikolas Mikus is a 2nd year audiology graduate student at Gallaudet University. He is currently working in both our Greenbelt, MD and Waldorf, MD offices.  Nikolas is originally from Winchester, VA and currently lives in Falls Church, VA. He loves audiology because it is a profession that incorporates a perfect balance of …

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Hearing Loss and Balance Disorders

Hearing loss may be a risk factor for another public health concern, falls. Untreated hearing loss increases the chance of falls by 50%. A research study by Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health found that individuals with a 25 dB (classifies as a mild hearing loss) were nearly …

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Face Masks, Hearing Loss, and Hearing Aids

Face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) help protect us from the coronavirus, but they add communication challenges for everyone, especially people with hearing impairments. That’s because: Face masks lower the volume of a person’s speech and slightly garble it. Face shields, social distancing and plastic barriers further muffle or reduce sound. Face …

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Charlie Bucy Project Update

One year ago today, we officially started The Charlie Bucy Project! COVID may have delayed our plans to fit our first winner in May 2020, but we were able to fit two people with new devices in November. Both of our 2020 recipients were excited to be chosen, and were …

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Your Hearing – Use It or Lose It!

By: Dr. Gina Diaz, Clinical Audiologist Hearing loss usually occurs in a slow and progressive manner, which commonly allows a person to “compensate” and/or experience subtle difficulties hearing in the early stages.  Even after diagnosis, most individuals wait too long before they invest in treatment options, or they invest in …

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Proud Sponsor for Local Heroes Nights

Freedom Hearing Center is proud to sponsor Local Heroes Appreciation Nights for Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center’s Garden in Lights event!    We would like to add to the excitement by giving away free hearing protection* to one local hero.  To enter your favorite hero to win, follow these …

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Update on The Charlie Bucy Project Winner Mr. Garraway

By: Pamela McIntyre, Director of Marketing and Patient Services Have you ever had an experience where you just walk away with a great big smile on your face? I had this experience yesterday! As the Director of Marketing and Patient Services, most of my job is behind the scenes, and …

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Freedom Hearing Food Drive

Freedom Hearing Center is always looking for ways to give back to the communities in which we practice. This year will be our first annual food drive to support local food pantries. From now until the 18th of December, we will be collecting canned goods, nonperishable food items, personal care …