Choosing Hearing Instruments

Cheryl Drost, Au.D.
Wyoming Otolaryngology
Casper, Wyoming

We are all familiar with the mantra, “When purchasing real estate, base your decision on Location, Location, Location.” Similarly, when making a decision to purchase hearing instruments (formerly referred to as hearing aids), follow three simple rules: provider, product and service.

Finding a provider of hearing instruments can be confusing. There are a plethora of acronyms used by those who offer hearing instruments for sale. Some have extensive education and credentials; others may have more of a sales orientation. In the recent past, Consumer Reports suggests finding a provider who is part of a medical practice—specifically, an Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) practice, specializing in hearing healthcare. This is important since hearing loss can be caused by a variety of situations. An Otolaryngology practice with an Audiology component can best serve your complete hearing healthcare needs. Since it is actually your brain that does the hearing, not just your ears, you want to make sure your provider understands the whole picture.

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Just Say Ahhh… Dr. Norcross Discusses Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Norcross appeared Monday, April 11, 2016, on Good Morning Wyoming—K2TV to discuss Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® with Brittany Moore.

Wyomingites are encouraged to get a quick, easy, painless cancer screening at the dentist or doctor office April 10-16, 2016, during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week®.

“Early detection saves lives,” said Dr. Cope Norcross, otolaryngologist at Wyoming Otolaryngology. “If oral, head and neck cancer is found early, it is often curable. Early detection also allows small tumors to be treated with a choice of treatment options, while the delayed diagnosis of a cancer usually means only the most aggressive treatments are possible.”

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How Do I Stop That Ringing in My Ears?

Cope Norcross, M.D., and Cheryl Drost, Au.D.
Wyoming Otolaryngology
Casper, Wyoming

If you have ringing or buzzing in your ears, you are not alone. Ringing in the ears, or what doctors call tinnitus, is a common problem for more than 50 million people in the U.S. alone, or about 10-15 percent of all adults[i]. It can be troublesome enough to cause sleep disturbance, distract from work and interfere with enjoyment of life. Although ringing or buzzing are the most common sounds heard, tinnitus is any sound you hear that is not present in your external environment. Some people will hear humming, clicking, whistling, whooshing or any number of other sounds. Although it is very common, it is just a symptom of an underlying problem. Most of the time, it is due to hearing loss or loud noise exposures but less common causes include medications, tumors or blood vessel abnormalities.

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