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could my tinnitus be non-neurological2/3/2014Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I'm 60 years old and I've had tinnitus in my left ear for two years now. It seems to be around ...
  A: Malcolm, You ask a very complex question, but the short answer is "yes, your sinus problems could ...
Plugged right ear2/3/2014Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: For about 4 days now, perhaps more since it initially started, I have had what I presumed to be an ...
  A: I am sorry you are having this problem. My first thought is that you should stop using the home ...
unilateral hearing loss1/30/2014Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I have unilateral hearing loss in my left ear. The pure-tone audiogram suggests mixed hearing loss, ...
  A: Wendy, You ask a good question. Eustachian tube dysfunction would explain a "retracted" eardrum ...
Ears popping crackling dizzy1/24/2014Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: Started off one day feling like I were going to faint. Er said anxiety without looking at me. Next ...
  A: I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. It sounds as though you may have some middle ear ...
Plugs10/17/2013Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: What ear plugs would you recommend for some nice peace and quiet in a noisy room? I purchase some ...
  A: If you are looking for low cost plugs, I would recommend you consider something like Mack's ear ...
own inner voice echo in ear6/5/2013Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I constantly hear own inner voice echo in my ears for many years and am sure of it.Is there any ...
  A: This problem is very difficult to speculate on, but could certainly be caused by a variety of ear ...
Hearing improvement5/30/2013Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: At age 82 my mother was in a coma for 11 days due to a knee replacement. She had always been very ...
  A: While it is known that sudden hearing loss can occur as the result of surgery (thought to be a ...
Ringing in Ear3/7/2013Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I went to the doctor about a week ago due to a sore throat and cough. I was told I had a bronchial ...
  A: CJ, Very sorry for the delayed response! I hope that you are already finding relief, but in case ...
Pressure1/4/2013Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: The past couple of days I have noticed pressure in my left ear. There is no pain and I have no fever ...
  A: Definitely could be a precurser to an ear infection, but may just be eustachian tube dysfunction ...
Ears pop EVERY time i swallow?12/16/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I can hear a popping/crackling noise in my ears every single time i swallow. I've had wisdom teeth ...
  A: The sound you are hearing is the result of your eustachian tube (passage that connects the middle ...
Ringing in ears12/14/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I am a self-employed 61 year old male. For the most part, my daily environment and routine is fairly ...
  A: What you are describing is referred to as "tinnitus" and is a very common ear-related complaint. As ...
BPPV12/13/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I contracted a bad virus over 2 years ago. I have the ringing and noise in my ears. My Dr gave me ...
  A: I am sorry that you have been dealing with your dizzy/vertigo symptoms. The key aspects to realize ...
clickingsound in left ear12/13/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I have this clicking sound in my left ear when I walk. It sounds like the same sound I hear when I ...
  A: Cole, This may be your Eustachian tube or middle ear causing this if wax has already been ruled out ...
Hearing muffled after shower.12/9/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I was taking a shower and after the shower my left ear went muffled, and when I chew and tap my head ...
  A: Dustin, Most likely, you did get some water down the ear canal, which may have taken a chunk of wax ...
buzzing head and unbalanced walking12/5/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I had asked earlier a question about my mother's deafness. my mother has also problem with her ...
  A: As you may or may not know, the inner ear provides head movement information to the brain as part of ...
permanent total hearing loss12/3/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: My mother had total hearing loss two years ago. after numbers of different tests, doctors said that ...
  A: If the diagnosis is severe to bilateral (both ears) profound sensorineural hearing loss which is not ...
ENT12/2/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: Firstly, I'm not sure if this should be placed under this category although I have seen you answer ...
  A: You have chosen an excellent category to ask your question. The two most specialized professionals ...
Recurring dizziness11/30/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: For about 5 years, I have suffered dizziness on and off. It was last triggered (after 6+ months of ...
  A: I have had patients describe dizziness that seems connected to sinus pressure and problems, but you ...
hello11/28/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I had my left ear clog with wax and got it remove at the emergency room yesterday and today I woke ...
  A: Although it is possible that it could resolve on its own, proper medications are the way to go to ...
BAHA Implant11/27/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I live in Palm Coast, Florida and I would like to get a ballpark figure on the cost of the BAHA ...
  A: I would suggest you contact Cochlear Americas by phone (800 483 3123) or through their ...
BPPV, vertigo, tinnitus and disc problems11/27/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I have had tinnitus for over 10 years in my right ear. Almost a year ago I started having vertigo ...
  A: It is difficult to know what if any impact your neck problems have on your vertigo. With bppv, neck ...
Toddler with speech/language delay, questionable hearing issue11/26/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: My 29 month old was diagnosed with mixed receptive and expressive language disorder at 24 months. ...
  A: I think your continued concern about hearing is valid. Any time speech and language delays or ...
16 month old with hearing loss11/22/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: My daughter recently had an abr after failing normal hearing tests and come to find out her R side ...
  A: I know finding this diagnosis out for your daughter can be difficult, but you are doing the right ...
earache11/20/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I noticed this morning that my left ear was itchy, and leaking fluid - on closer inspection, I could ...
  A: I am fairly certain you have an ear infection (otitis media, or possibly otitis externa) and should ...
Recurring ear infections in adult11/13/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: Fr the past 4 years I have been dealing with recurring ear infections. I am in my upper 40s, and ...
  A: I am sorry to inform you that your question is outside my expertise/scope of practice currently. ...
ringing sound in the ears11/2/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: i am a 19 year old girl and i have a ringing sound in my ears. I think i have always had this ...
  A: I am glad you asked. Tinnitus (internal sounds in your ears or head) is very common and can be ...
Rumbling In Ear11/2/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I had a virus of some kind, my ear specialist did not know which one exactly as he said it was only ...
  A: I am sorry you have not been feeling well. The dizziness and tinnitus (internal noises) may or may ...
clipping/popping sound in left ear10/29/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: Please excuse my English as itís not my mother tongue. Iím a 28-year-old male. I have had tinnitus ...
  A: You are young at 28 to have mild high frequency hearing loss. Was this sensorineural or conductive? ...
Left ear deafness10/28/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: Three years ago I sneezed, and about 1/2 hour later after I stood up I became very, very dizzy and I ...
  A: I am sorry to hear of your sudden hearing loss in one ear. Unfortunately, occurrences such as yours ...
side effects from sudden hearing loss10/28/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: Five months ago, I woke up one morning with my left ear blocked. I had been struggling with an ...
  A: Kaki, I am sorry to hear of your sudden hearing loss and resulting asymmetry in hearing and the ...
Improved Hearing10/24/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: With age and with loud music a person's hearing will continue to get worst and naturally there is no ...
  A: James, Many factors contribute to losing hearing. Genetics (or heredity), noise exposure ...
Adenoidectomy10/19/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I'm aware that this surgery is less commonly performed in adults because their adenoids have usually ...
  A: I am sorry, Michael, but this question is outside of my area of expertise. I believe you should ...
Outer ear lump?10/5/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: my name is michelle. Im hear to ask about an ear problem that my mom has. On the outer visible ...
  A: Although the problem you describe is on the outer portion of the ear, this question would be better ...
Quivering sensation in my ear9/30/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I've had a quivering sensation in my right ear for about 6-9 months. Had an ENT Surgeon who cleaned ...
  A: Based on your description of "quivering" in your ear, my primary suspicion is an involuntary muscle ...
EAR PAIN FROM NOISE9/25/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I had a brain trauma CT and was diagnosed with ataxia, muscle weakness, visual disturbances, ear ...
  A: Your ear pain symptoms may very well be a neurological phenomenon (related to your brain and nervous ...
Hearing distortion9/23/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I am a musician aged 55. I recently noticed that when I whistle any note in the scale up to middle G ...
  A: The distortion you describe in your right ear may have a couple different causes. You should first ...
Mother was a patient of yours9/14/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: My mother went to her hearing appointment and was very disappointed that you're no longer there. ...
  A: I appreciate you finding me for your mother. Please get in touch with me through my email ...
Desperately Need Help8/28/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: Keifer, My son has congenital Sensorineural Unilateral Hearing Loss (profound)in his right ear. He ...
  A: Dr. SJ, I am glad to hear that your son is doing well. Although unilateral hearing loss has a ...
vertigo8/20/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: I need to find cause of my vertigo, BPPV or Meniere's suspected, where do I go for diagnosis?
  A: Lloyd, I would try to find a Hearing and Balance clinic to obtain a few tests. Sometimes these ...
light headed8/17/2012Dr. Clint D. Keifer, Audiologist
  Q: Although, you may not be able to help me, I figured I would give it a shot. I'm a healthy, 40 y/o ...
  A: I do hope that I can give you some information that will help. Often dizziness can be categorized ...

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I am qualified to answer all questions related to the diagnosis and rehabilitative treatment of hearing and balance disorders. This includes evaluation of hearing and balance, counseling, amplification (hearing aids and assistive devices), tinnitus (noises in head) evaluation and management, cochlear implants, and audiology in general.

Experience

I started my career as a hearing instrument specialist (on a trainee license) in 1998. After almost 2 years, I decided that I needed to pursue higher education if I was to provide the best care to hearing impaired patients that I could. In 2007, I completed my Doctor of Audiology and have been providing audiological care for almost 5 years. I have vestibular, cochlear implant, and pediatric experience along with prescribing, fitting, and verification of hearing aid amplification as part of comprehensive hearing loss rehabilitation.

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Audiology doctor and owner at Great Lakes Audiology in Toledo, OH. phone: 419 327-2273 website: www.GLAudiology.com American Academy of Audiology American Speech-Language Hearing Association Ohio Academy of Audiology

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Western Michigan University, Speech Pathology and Audiology Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.), Ohio State University Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A)

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