“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….” (Cue trumpets and drums)

“It is a period of civil war, Rebel spaceships striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.”

We are all familiar with Star Wars, its legacy, its iconic films, including the new movie, The Force Awakens, opening in theaters December 18th, 2015. One of the most recognized parts found in each of these films are the opening credits. The upward scrolling gold font across a dark star-filled space makes us feel like we are a part of the story immediately. The musical score, composed by legendary composer and conductor John Williams, is equally iconic as the films themselves. But listening to the musical score, sound effects and dialogue with your hearing device throughout the film can be somewhat difficult if the theater you’re in doesn’t have a hearing loop installed.

Ladies, next time you find yourself at the coffee shop, treat yourself and order up the extra-large coffee.

A longitudinal study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston revealed that women who drank more caffeine were less likely to experience tinnitus symptoms.

Nearly 50 million people in America experience tinnitus, which is commonly described as “ringing in the ears”. However, tinnitus patients have also described hissing, buzzing, roaring, clicking or chirping.

The holiday season begins this month, bringing music, laughter, family gatherings, and special conversations. The audiology professionals at Parker and Castle Rock Centers for Audiology want to help you and your family overcome any hearing health issues that might interfere with these activities.

Family members who have not seen each other for some time may be the first to notice changes. For instance, parents may not have thought much about a child's growth, but Grandma may say he is much taller than last year. Hearing loss changes may also have happened so slowly that immediate family had not noticed.

To promote the launch of their new customer support center for the hearing impaired, Samsung Turkey arranged for an entire neighborhood in Istanbul to learn sign language for its deaf resident, Muharrem.

Pairing with his sister, Ozlem, the production crew placed hidden cameras around the city and held secret sign language classes.

In the ad, Muharrem is expecting to have an ordinary day. However, as he goes through his routine, he notices that every person interacting with him is speaking sign language. As his confusion grows, one of the neighbors reveals the surprise.

Watch the video below to see the amazement on Muharrem’s face.

The staff at Parker & Castle Rock Centers for Audiology in Colorado want you to know that Childhood Immunizations against the following diseases may also help prevent hearing loss.

The Flu: Congestion from any influenza virus can cause temporary hearing loss that usually resolves once the disease runs its course. However, permanent hearing loss can result if the virus directly attacks the middle or inner ear.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles): These diseases can cause hearing loss for approximately ten percent of children who contract them. Permanent hearing loss is a possibility. German Measles are especially problematic for pregnant women because the virus can be transmitted to the fetus and produce deafness as well as other birth defects.

Your nose runs, your feet smell and soon your tongue may be able to hear.

Researchers at Colorado State University have combined a Bluetooth earpiece with a mouthpiece capable of transmitting information the brain will understand as sound. When users press their tongue against the device, they’ll feel a distinct pattern of electric impulses as a tingling or vibrating sensation.

The idea is that, with training, the brain will learn to understand specific patterns as words, similar to braille.

Watch the video below to learn more.