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How Hearing Works
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Hearing Loss
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How Hearing Works
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Hearing Loss
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Meet Our Audiologists

Dr. Lukeman

Dr. Nardone

Anna Peters

Dr. Peters

Sarah Linskey

Dr. Linskey

Meet the Team

Meet Our Audiologists

Dr. Lukeman

Dr. Nardone

Anna Peters

Dr. Peters

Sarah Linskey

Dr. Linskey

Meet the Team

Meet Our Audiologists

Dr. Lukeman

Dr. Nardone

Anna Peters

Dr. Peters

Sarah Linskey

Dr. Linskey

Meet the Team

About New Hampshire Hearing Institute

The New Hampshire Hearing Institute (NHHI) is an independently owned Audiology practice serving Manchester and the Southern New Hampshire region since 1989.

Our audiologists hold doctoral degrees in Audiology, are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and have extensive experience in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of all hearing disorders.

Our highly-qualified team of Audiologists provides a complete range of therapeutic services for your hearing health. We are equipped to treat a variety of hearing-related issues pertaining to hearing loss and tinnitus. We provide hearing aids, hearing aid accessories, hearing aid maintenance, and related treatment plans to provide solutions that improve quality of life.

We are a team of doctors, passionate about our patients and the sacred relationships we share with them. As audiologists, we are concerned with your overall health. Your medical history, medications and conditions are key factors in determining the best treatment for you. Having someone who knows you, your history, your family, and your needs is always best, as any changes in your medication, heart function, memory, blood pressure and other medical conditions can affect and cause changes in your hearing and processing ability. It is, therefore, important to us that we be the doctors you trust to coordinate your hearing health with the rest of your health.

We believe that quality hearing healthcare is about the time we spend with our patients, getting to know them, and helping them improve their quality of life. We answer all patient questions and concerns, and work to find a lasting solution for all patient problems.

In educating our patients about the latest technology in hearing healthcare, and in personalizing their treatment plans to meet their specific needs, we can provide the best patient outcomes.

About New Hampshire Hearing Institute

The New Hampshire Hearing Institute (NHHI) is an independently owned Audiology practice serving Manchester and the Southern New Hampshire region since 1986.

Our audiologists hold doctoral degrees in Audiology, are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and have extensive experience in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of all hearing disorders.

Our Services
Our highly-qualified team of Audiologists provides a complete range of therapeutic services for your hearing health. We are equipped to treat a variety of hearing-related issues pertaining to hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis. We provide hearing aids, hearing aid accessories, hearing aid maintenance, and related treatment plans to provide solutions that improve quality of life.

Our Philosophy
We are a team of doctors, passionate about our patients and the sacred relationships we share with them. As audiologists, we are concerned with your overall health. Your medical history, medications and conditions are key factors in determining the best treatment for you. Having someone who knows you, your history, your family, and your needs is always best, as any changes in your medication, heart function, memory, blood pressure and other medical conditions can affect and cause changes in your hearing and processing ability. It is, therefore, important to us that we be the doctors you trust to coordinate your hearing health with the rest of your health.

We believe that quality hearing healthcare is about the time we spend with our patients, getting to know them, and helping them improve their quality of life. We answer all patient questions and concerns, and work to find a lasting solution for all patient problems.

In educating our patients about the latest technology in hearing healthcare, and in personalizing their treatment plans to meet their specific needs, we can provide the best patient outcomes.

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Hearing and Tinnitus FAQs

An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses and treats hearing and balance problems. An audiologist has received an Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology), or a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program in audiology.

Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage and treat hearing or balance problems for individuals from birth throughout adulthood.

If you or a family member suspect that you have a hearing problem or a balance problem, contact us today. After carefully reviewing your health history and evaluating your hearing, one of our audiologists will determine whether your condition might be medically treatable and will refer you to an appropriate professional. If your condition is not medically treatable, your audiologist will recommend audiologic care or treatment which may include hearing aids, aural rehabilitation or balance therapy.

New Hampshire Hearing Institute (NHHI) is an independently owned Audiology practice serving Manchester and the Southern New Hampshire region since 1989. Being an independently owned audiology practice means that NHHI is not owned by hearing aid manufacturing companies like other audiology practices are in the area.  This allows our hearing specialists to provide you with the best care possible without having to worry about meeting sale quotas from hearing aid manufacturers invested in a practice.

Make an appointment with us today if you’re experiencing hearing loss, symptoms of tinnitus, or are in need of a hearing test with a hearing specialist.

Hearing loss affecting adults is typically associated with aging, but can also be due to hereditary factors, noise exposure (occupational and recreational, viral and bacterial infections, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medications. To learn more, check out our page on Hearing Loss.

If you think you have a hearing loss, you should schedule an appointment to see one of our audiologists for a hearing test. Our hearing evaluations are very thorough and quick, usually taking no more than 20 minutes. We perform comprehensive hearing assessments for children 2.5 years and older, adults, and seniors.

Once completed, we will provide you with a complete report with interpretation of results and recommendations. We will also send a copy of the report to your physician.

To learn more, check out our page on Hearing Evaluations.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), sudden deafness, or sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), strikes one person per 5,000 every year, typically adults in their 40s and 50s. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) usually comes on suddenly and rapidly, and nine out of 10 people with SSHL lose hearing in one ear.

Unfortunately, most people who experience SSHL delay treatment or don’t seek treatment at all, because they think the condition is due to allergies, sinus infections or ear wax impaction. If you suspect you have SSHL, you should seek immediate medical care, because any delayed treatment could result in a permanent hearing loss.

About 80% of people diagnosed with SSHL do not have any identifiable cause. For the other 20%, causes have been attributed to secondary issues associated with primary illnesses or medical conditions, including:

  • Ototoxic Drugs (drugs that affect the sensory cells in the inner ear)
  • Autoimmune Diseases (such as Cogan’s Syndrome)
  • Trauma (head injury)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Blood Circulation Problems
  • Tumors (tumors on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain)
  • Neurologic Diseases and Disorders (such as Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Disorders of the Inner Ear (such as Ménière’s Disease)

If you suspect you may have SSHL, contact us today for a full evaluation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that noise exposure levels should not exceed 70 decibels (dB) over a 24-hour period, and 85 dB over a 1-hour period to avoid hearing impairment.

Check out Vital Signs’, “Too Loud! For Too Long!” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explaining how loud noises damage hearing.

Noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented with the use of custom hearing protection (e.g., earmolds and earplugs) and in limiting your exposure to loud sound levels.

Custom hearing protection helps to reduce the sound intensity, though, they do not block out sound completely.

If you are interested in custom hearing protection, contact us to set up an appointment.

Whether or not a hearing aid will work for you usually depends on the type of hearing loss or the degree of hearing loss you may have.

To learn more, check out our page on Hearing Loss.

If your hearing test reveals permanent hearing loss, your audiologist may recommend a hearing aid for one or both ears. Your audiologist will also explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid (or hearing aids) can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids.  In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your audiologist will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features, and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your financial circumstances. However, the final decision regarding which hearing aid to purchase is yours.

When selecting a hearing aid style, our audiologists consider the following factors to ensure you get the right hearing aid for your needs:

  • The degree of hearing loss (power requirements)
  • Manual dexterity and visual abilities
  • Patient budget
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anatomical/medical considerations

Generally, we can fix most hearing aids made by most manufacturers. We cover basic repairs, including ear wax and debris removal within the hearing aids. Excess earwax and debris can cause damage to internal parts. With proper cleaning and care, these basic repairs can be avoided.

To learn more, check out our page on Hearing Aid Services.

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external sound is actually present. It is a symptom (not a disease) indicating that something is wrong in the auditory system, which includes the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process sound. Because the function of the auditory nerve is to carry sound, when it is irritated from any cause, it produces head noise. This phenomenon is similar to the sensation nerves elsewhere. If one pinches the skin, it hurts because the stimulated nerves carry pain sensation.

Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a roaring, clicking, hissing or buzzing. It can affect one or both ears.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), roughly 10 percent of the U.S. adult population, or about 25 million Americans, has experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes in the past year.

Noise-induced hearing loss, the result of damage to the sensory hair cells of the inner ear, is one of the most common causes of tinnitus.  

Other causes are usually the result of a number of health conditions, including:

  • Age-Related Hearing Loss (Presbycusis)
  • Ear and Sinus Infections
  • Earwax Blockage
  • Head and Neck Injuries
  • Diseases of the Heart or Blood Vessels
  • Ménière’s Disease
  • Medications
  • Brain Tumors
  • Hormonal Changes in Women
  • Thyroid Abnormalities

At NHHI, your audiologist will help you explore potential causes that are triggering your symptoms of tinnitus.

People who suffer from tinnitus have varying symptoms, but often describe the sounds they perceive in one of three ways:  

  • Tonal – a continuous sound with well-defined frequencies 
  • Pulsatile – a pulsing sound, like that of a heartbeat 
  • Musical – a music or singing sound on a continuous loop  

Tinnitus symptoms can have a grave effect on one’s daily life, and as a result may cause secondary symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, and pain. For some people, tinnitus also affects sleep and concentration, or their ability to work and socialize.

Men are at a higher risk for developing tinnitus than women because they are often in occupations that expose them to loud noise over an extended period of time (e.g., factory workers, construction workers, military service, and the music industry). Other factors that may increase a person’s risk for developing tinnitus include age, smoking, and cardiovascular problems.

A person may be diagnosed with either subjective or objective tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus is the most common type and refers to head or ear noises that only the patient hears. Objective tinnitus is less common than subjective and refers to head or ear noises that are audible to both the patient and others. These sounds are usually produced by internal functions in the body’s circulatory (blood flow) and somatic (musculoskeletal movement) systems.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus for patients with chronic (ongoing) symptoms (e.g.,  people with a sensorineural hearing loss); however, for patients who have an acute (temporary) case of tinnitus, they may see those symptoms go away over time with proper treatment.

At NHHI, we have deep compassion for people with tinnitus and thus strive to be a trusted and helpful resource for tinnitus patients. In that regard, we offer several treatment options to help patients experience a better quality of life, no matter the degree or severity of their tinnitus.

During your tinnitus consultation, your audiologist will go over the various treatment options available and will help you decide which one would best meet your needs and lifestyle.

Many of the treatment options available are FDA-approved. To learn more, check out our page on Tinnitus Treatment.

Contact us today for any of your hearing healthcare needs. For your convenience, you may schedule an appointment online or give us a call at  (603) 792-4327.

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