Custom-Made Wireless Earphones

September 29th, 2017 by

“No more tangled wires. Experience listening freedom with true wireless earphones.”

Dash Pro Wireless Earphones

Wireless Earphones

Experience wireless earphones as a “hearable“.  Similar to the “wearable” you wear (such as a smart watch).  It offers both an enhanced hand-free listening experience and biometric data for heart-rate monitoring, fitness tracking, etc.

The Tailored Dash Pro features a custom shell for better retention and comfort along with enhanced sound.  Only available at select hearing centers – including Hearing Solutions in the Triangle! 

What does the Tailored Dash Pro offer?    

Dash Pro wireless earphones

Custom-made Wireless Earphones

  • Completely wireless and customized to your ear canal:  The Tailored Dash Pro connects to any Bluetooth device for crystal clear stereo and hands-free communication.  No more wires!
  • Automatic fitness tracking:  Running, swimming, cycling or walking, the Tailored Dash Pro can automatically identify your activity and track different aspects of your workout similar to other wearables ( watch).
  • Smart phone optional:  Hands-free calling capabilities make communicating easy with a single tap to answer calls.
  • 4 GB of storage:  Store up to 1,000 songs and use as a stand-alone music player whenever you feel like leaving your smartphone at home.
  • Signature Sound:  Optimized by world-renowned acoustic engineers for elevated bass and EQ optimization.
  • Communicate in over 40 languages with the use of iTranslate app.
  • Waterproof up to 1 meter:  Rain is nothing for these earphones.  Feel free to dive into the water up to 1 meter worry free!


The Tailored Dash Pro is designed just for you.  It makes a great gift as well!  Contact us to schedule your appointment if you’re interested in wireless freedom!


Accents and Hearing

September 24th, 2017 by

Why Can’t I Understand Accents?

Accents can affect hearing and understanding conversations.  Do you avoid conversations with someone who has an accent?  Do you struggle with understanding regional or foreign accents?  Many blame the accent but it may just be your hearing!!     

Accents and hearing

Accents and hearing

Miscommunication is easy within any region or language.  Especially with those who have a different manner of speaking.  Understanding accents is difficult for all but can be more problematic when you have even a mild hearing loss.  Your brain works harder to fill in the gaps because your ears are not sending complete information to the brain.

We all use our native, childhood language to help us “fill in the blank” for a missed word.  This includes intonation, cadence and grammar.  Typically, the conversation proceeds without a hitch!  But when you have even a slight hearing loss, accents send more gaps of unfamiliar information to your brain – and is unable to make sense of what you hear.

Someone who has an accent may be speaking your language but use different sentence structure.  The cadence and inflection may be different and unfamiliar.  As a result, your brain is unable to “decode” what is being said.  Add a slight hearing loss and this creates more gaps -making it more difficult to follow conversations.

Accents place additional stress on a weakened area of hearing.  You may have a reduced region of hearing that compounds the problem for your brain.

What to do?:

  1.  Verify and Clarify:  “Just to be clear, you said that I leave from gate #25?”
  2. Practice:  Listen to movies, podcasts, radio, TV that include accented speech.  This will help your brain acclimate to different intonation and grammar patterns.
  3. Don’t pretend to understand:  Say, “I am having trouble understanding you.  Please slow down a bit so I can get it correctly.”
  4. Don’t hurry the conversation so it will end quickly.  This is rude to the speaker.

Contact us for more suggestions or to schedule an appointment for your hearing check!

Hearing Loss + Emergencies – Be Prepared!

September 10th, 2017 by

If you have hearing loss, it is important to prepare for emergencies and disasters!  Make sure you can communicate when the power goes out or you need to evacuate.  Take steps to ensure you are safe and can understand in case of emergency!

Emergency and hearing loss

Hearing loss and emergencies

  1.  Have a communication plan.  Your normal ways of communicating may not be available.  Think how you will communicate with family, rescuers, medical personnel.
    1.  Have paper and pen for writing down what you need (for those with severe hearing loss)
    2.  Post “Hearing Loss” sign on windows or doors to alert emergency rescue personnel
    3.  Use Facebook to communicate if cell phone and email are unavailable.  (Facebook Safety Check)
    4.  Install “In Case of Emergency” app on your smart phone.  This puts your emergency contacts, blood type, etc on your lock screen to be accessed without a password.
  2.  Special kit for hearing loss.
    1.  Waterproof container or bag
    2.  Extra hearing aid batteries and supplies
    3.  Cleaning tools (small toothbrush, tissue)
    4.  Flashlight and batteries – will help with lipreading in the dark
    5.  Old or spare hearing aids
    6.  Dry aid kit to absorb moisture
  3.  Establish an “emergency support network” (friends, family, caregivers).
    1. Be sure they know you have hearing loss and hearing aids
    2. Show them your hearing aids, batteries and how to operate
    3. Can they communicate with you in normal situations?
    4. Give them an extra kit for access in an emergency
  4.  Stay informed.
    1. Sign up for email or text alerts for weather emergencies and other incidents
    2. Written alerts are best for hard of hearing
    3. Keep a written list of emergency numbers for assistance
  5.  Know evacuation plans and routes as well as shelter locations.
    1. Find out how to reach by foot
    2. Bring hearing kit with you – to maintain communication

Being prepared will reduce the additional impact of hearing loss on an emergency.  Make your plan now before you need it!








Restaurant Noise Review – Shiki Sushi, Durham, NC

August 30th, 2017 by

Shiki Sushi, Durham, NC, Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 6:30 pm

Restaurant Noise Decibel Reading:  70 dB     Sound Equivalent:  Vacuum

Conversation:  Easy with occasional difficulty


Comments:  This restaurant allowed us to chat easily at a table for 4 even during a busy dining time.  The tables were close but did not interfere with conversation.  Enjoyable to dine and hear!  Suggest choosing your table near perimeter to keep conversation easy.  Also keep in mind the busier weekend evenings may be noisier than mid-week.

Restaurant Noise Review

Motorcycles and Wind Noise

August 27th, 2017 by

Wind noise on motorcycles makes for an uncomfortable ride!  Wind noise increases rider fatigue, tension and impacts safety.  It is the dominating source of noise for the rider above 30 mph.

Custom earplugs are recommended for easier rides, better communication and less wind noise. Reducing wind noise prevents ringing in the ears that occurs after noisy rides.

“I love them.  I used them for a two day motorcycle training class where we rode all day long. I barely noticed them.”         Tyler S.

wind noise and motorcycles

Wind noise and motorcycles

Rider Options:

Foam earplugs:  Does not reduce sound evenly and are less effective in the low frequencies where wind noise occurs. Are not comfortable to use for long rides.

Custom earplugs:  Comfortable for extended wear and long rides.  Made of soft silicone material with an active filter reducing wind noise.  No muffling and distorting of sounds.

In-ear monitors:  Custom-fit, provide good isolation, maintains fidelity of sound. Comfortable for extended wear.

We can help reduce wind noise from recreational motorcycle rides. Contact our office at 919-968-7556 or schedule an appointment online today!

Right Ear, Left Ear – What’s the Difference?

August 6th, 2017 by

Right Ear Best for Speech – Left Ear Best for Music!

Each ear has a function! Each side of the brain handle functions differently.  In fact the right and left ears process and

Right ear,Left Ear:  What's the Difference?

Right Ear, Left Ear: What’s the Difference?

handle types of sound differently.  The right ear is generally better for interpreting speech, while the left ear is better for interpreting music.

It has to do with how our brains process information. Although the left and right sides of the brain are similar, they have different functions. Sounds that enter into our RIGHT ear cross over to the left side of the brain which is the analytical part of the brain.  It is better at following rapid rhythms of speech.

The LEFT ear dominates in following prolonged tones such as in music. Sounds that enter into our left ear cross over to the right brain – which is the creative and emotional side of the brain. This is why music often evokes an emotional response.

Can’t comprehend someone in a crowded room?  Lean in with your RIGHT ear!  It sends messages to your left brain which is better at analyzing speech patterns.

Want to pick out the lyrics of a new song:?  Listen with your LEFT ear!  It sends messages to your right brain which is better at analyzing music.

Bottom line:  Use your RIGHT ear for voices and your LEFT ear for music.

Want to dig deeper into how your brain hears?  Contact our Audiologist who coaches individuals for accurate hearing in their careers at meetings, group conferences and noisy restaurants.


Airplanes and Ears

July 23rd, 2017 by

Airplane Effect Ears

Airplane travel increases in the summertime and many will notice its effect on their ears.  Have you ever noticed the following when flying:

Airplanes and Ears

Difficulty hearing on board:  It’s hard to hear on an airplane and requires extra focus to communicate with flight attendants, traveling companions or nearby passengers.

Ringing ears / muffled hearing:  You may notice that your ears “ring” or “hum” after an airplane flight.  Often your hearing may also be a little muffled.

Mental fatigue:  You will notice that you are less able to “focus” and “process” incoming information after airplane travel.  You may often feel overstimulated as well.

What Causes This?

Noise exposure to loud levels of noise on board an airplane can cause you to experience this. Here is why:

Difficulty hearing on board:  Noise levels on a plane vary due to plane size, number of engines and location of seating.  The cabin noise is much louder than average speech levels.  As a result, the noise overpowers individual voices – especially those that are soft or high-pitched.  (Average cabin noise levels are between 80-90 dB.)

Ringing ears / muffled hearing:  Sounds that are louder than 85 dB are hazardous to hearing. Many airplane’s cabins are in this hazardous zone.  Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and muffled hearing are classic signs of overexposure to loud sound.  Most of the time these signs will go away but if it happens repeatedly, it may not.

Mental fatigue:  Noise has a negative impact on our overall health by adding mental stress and increasing distortion in the ear – creating a heavier “load” on the brain.

What to Do?

Pack and keep an EXTRA set of hearing protection in your carry on!

Foam earplugs are the simplest and cheapest and can be found in most drug stores and airport kiosks in case you forget!

Noise-cancelling headphones help to reduce the environmental sounds around you – which is especially helpful on an airplane.  Helps you to tune out the sounds you don’t want to hear.

Custom earplugs provide great protection and are comfortable for longer wear and longer airplane flights.  Often can replace your media earbuds!

Choose an option that works well and is easy to use!  If comfort is an issue – contact us to discuss custom earplug options for travel!

Other Airplane Effects on Ears

Muffled hearing / ear popping:  Many of us have difficulty equalizing pressure during an airplane flight.  This can be due to ear structure, allergies and congestion from colds or flu. Ear popping, muffled hearing and occasional pain can result until the ear equalizes pressure through the Eustachian tube.  These signs usually will go away but can sometimes continue after airplane travel and may require medical attention.

Consider trial of EarPlanes pressure regulating earplugs which can be found at most drug stores.  They are special ear plugs with tiny valves that help with ear pressure discomfort.  They can be worn before airplane takeoff and removed after landing.


Custom Swim Ear Plugs

July 9th, 2017 by

Swim Ear Plugs for all Water Fun!

Summer is here!  Waterproof ear plugs keep your ears dry during swimming and ward off swimmer’s ear.  Whether in the ocean, pool or lake or any form of water activity – custom swim ear plugs will keep water out of the ear and free from infection.

Custom Swim Plugs

Custom Swim Ear Plugs

Custom swim ear plugs protect:

  1. Those with a hole in the eardrum
  2. Pressure Equalization tubes
  3. Individuals that don’t like water in their ears!

The waterproof protection helps to avoid ear infections and more serious problems like hearing loss.

Everyone has different needs when it comes to ear protection.  We can assist you in personalizing your ear plugs for any use or condition.   Our Audiologist has helped residents in the Chapel Hill, NC and Durham areas find custom swim ear plugs for years – from swim teams to individuals!

Hearing Solutions in the Triangle, PLLC has been happily serving the surrounding areas of Chapel Hill and Durham for years.  Dr. Carroll is dedicated to providing our clients with exceptional custom hearing protection solutions, so look us up if you need an ear plug solution today!  For online appointment scheduling click here.


Hearing Aids – Where to Begin?

March 5th, 2017 by

Getting hearing aids?  Ready to start the process?  You’ve finally decided to improve your hearing but are unsure where to start.  Here are a few tips to begin:

  • Begin with a comprehensive hearing evaluation – not just a “free hearing test”.

    Getting Hearing Aids – Where to Begin

    This should include an assessment of several aspects of your hearing as well as your communication needs.  It is the baseline for appropriate recommendations and positive results with your hearing aid.

  • Find an experienced Audiologist – not a “salesperson”.   It takes many years to become an expert in treating communication problems.  “Salespersons” are trained in selling you the product only.
  • Finding an Audiologist can best be done via word-of-mouth and is the beginning of a long-term relationship similar to your physician/patient relationship.  Find someone you know is happy with their hearing care and ask them for a recommendation.
  • Beware “discounts” and insurance “benefits”.  Many are surprised to learn that  independent Audiologists are competitive with online searches and insurance benefit “discounts” for hearing aids.  Many times “out of network” pricing has proven to be lower than “in-network” discounts.  Don’t assume it is a real dollar difference.
  • Realize you are not just purchasing a “product”.  Rehabilitation is the other half of the equation.  If you don’t know what to do with a hearing aid – how will it help you?  You should receive communication training and counseling for your listening skills to re-learn to hear again.

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Listeners: 4 Types

January 29th, 2017 by

4 Types of Listeners:  What are you?

  1.  People-oriented:  Focus on feelings of others and the importance of relationships.  They enjoy humor and examples.
  2.  Action-oriented:  Focus on task as hand and what needs to happen.  They are problem solvers and focus on who, what, when and where it will get done.
  3.  Time-oriented:  Focus on efficiency and facts.  They just want the important details to make it clear and concise.
  4.  Content-oriented:  Focus carefully on content from different viewpoints.  They want evidence to back up the facts.

    What type of listener are you?

Listening allows you to correctly interpret what you hear.  Listening skills can degrade as your hearing declines.  Practice focused listening for short time intervals each day to strengthen these skills.  Good listening skills will help if you have reduced hearing!

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