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Hearing Health Blog

Over the years, numerous patients have come into my office and asked if chemicals at their workplace can cause hearing loss.   There are studies that suggest common industrial chemicals can cause hearing loss themselves or exacerbate the effects of noise. The chemicals may damage the cochlea in the inner ear or the auditory neurological pathways leading to hearing loss, tinnitus

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  There have been some amazing advances in digital hearing aid technology over the past several months.  One such advancement allows the hearing aid user to adjust their hearing aids discreetly through an app on their phone.  This allows the user flexibility in changing the sound in a discreet way.  Once the app is installed, the program will walk you

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Throughout the holiday seasons, many hearing impaired people find it difficult to communicate whether at a party, or around the table.   There are several strategies when trying to communicate in high noise environments. Plan ahead by picking a quieter restaurant.  Avoid places like sports bars, where there may be multiple televisions.  If they don’t use closed captions on the tv,

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Hearing loss is usually a gradual process.  People don’t feel as though they are having hearing issues because it doesn’t sound like it’s their fault.  Our ears hear high and low pitch sounds.  Generally, when people lose their hearing, they tend to lose the ability to hear some types of sounds more so than others.  This usually occurs more in

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There are so many different types of hearing aids available today.   One question to ask when deciding on what type of hearing aid to order is how often you will have to change your battery.  For many people with dexterity issues, this can be a little challenging.   There are others who want the convenience of not having the battery die

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Recent studies conducted by Johns Hopkins conclude that untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increased likelihood of falls.   Even those with mild hearing impairment were shown to have a greater chance of losing their balance.  How is hearing loss and your balance connected?  Your vestibular system is within the inner ear.  It keeps track of the movements of

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They’re virtually invisible.   Many new hearing aids sit discreetly inside the ear canal.  These are comfortable hearing aids that provide both natural sound quality and are easy to use. They automatically adjust to all kinds of sounds.  Technological advances with directional microphones have made hearing aids more versatile than ever before working in a broad range of different environments. They

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Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is the perception of sound in a person’s ears or head that has no external source.  Many people describe the tinnitus as ringing, buzzing, humming, or chirping in their head.   Tinnitus is more common than many people realize.  It affects nearly 50 million Americans.  There are ways to help manage the tinnitus and address the

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Today is a beautiful summer day.   Imagine spending the morning outside, drinking your morning coffee while listening to the birds and enjoying the sunshine.  Later in the day, you are sitting around the table with your family and friends telling stories and laughing.  Now, imagine a day where you walk outside and can’t hear the birds, or when you sit

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Over the past 40 years, the medical community has recognized the danger smoking presents to hearing health.  Pinpointing how smoking affects hearing loss is very difficult because the hearing process is extremely complex.  Recent studies ( https://www.researchgate.net/publication/40870184_The_effects_of_smoking_and_alcohol_comsumption_on_age-related_hearing_loss_the_Blue_Mountains_Hearing_Study ) have also found smoking to have deleterious effects in individuals not exposed to occupational noise hazards.   A 2011 study in mice showed

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