Danny W. Gnewikow, PhD, FAAA
Audiologist, CCC
Founder & Chief Audiologist


Danville, VA
  (434) 799-6288

Lynchburg, VA
  (434) 528-4245

Educational Videos & Blog

4 Habits for Healthier Hearing for People with Diabetes

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Because hearing depends on small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear, researchers theorize that high blood glucose levels over time in diabetics can damage these blood vessels and nerves causing diminished ability to hear. 13 studies found that diabetics were 2.15 times more likely to have hearing loss even in their early years. 1. Annual Hearing Exam by an Audiologist. You do it for your eyes. Now do it for your ears. 2. Use hearing aids, if recommended. Hearing aid technology has advanced radically in recent years. Hearing loss is not reversible; however, today’s hearing aids - virtually invisible - can dramatically enhance your ability to hear and engage with others. Hearing aids today can stream sound directly from your smartphone and other Bluetooth devices. 3. Keep your blood sugar under control. Blood sugar levels can affect your hearing health. 4. Use ear protection. Using ear protection is one of the best - and simplest - things you can do to preserve your hearing. Carry disposable earplugs with you. Limit your use of headphones and ear buds.

Love Your Heart, Test Your Hearing

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Your heart and hearing may have more in common than you realize. A person’s hearing health and cardiovascular health frequently correspond. A healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee says, “The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body.” 4 heart-healthy reasons to get a hearing test: 1. Research points to heart-hearing health link. 2. The ear may be a window to the heart. 3. The same lifestyle behaviors that affect the heart impact hearing. 4. Addressing hearing loss improves quality of life, helps reduce stress.

Please vote us as “Best Hearing Aid Services” in the Danville region!

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Patients and friends of Audiology Hearing Aid Associates in Danville, the Danville Register & Bee is again offering their annual Readers’ Choice Best of the Danville Area award. You can cast your vote online at www.GoDanRiver.com. We would appreciate your support by completing a ballot on our behalf. Please vote us as “Best Hearing Aid Services” in category B53 using the name “Audiology Hearing Aid Associates.” Paper ballots must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on January 12, 2015. Online voting ends February 2nd. All ballots will be included in a random drawing for a $200 cash prize. The winner will be announced in The Readers’ Choice Awards section, published on March 15, 2015. Thank you for your continued support!