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I have kidney disease and hearing loss. Are they connected?

Question: I have kidney disease and hearing loss. Are they connected? Answer: It has been found that older adults with moderate, chronic kidney disease do have an increased chance of developing hearing loss. It is thought that toxins building up in the kidneys may impair the hearing nerves of the inner ear, and there may be tissue similarities between the ear and kidney. Routine hearing examinations by a doctor of audiology are recommended to monitor hearing and communication needs. Detecting ... Read more

How does treating hearing loss help with stress?

Question: How does treating hearing loss help with stress? Answer: Coping with hearing loss is more stressful than you may realize. When you’re straining to hear, you can sometimes watch the face and mouth of the person talking. The struggle is even greater when you look away; you might not understand. You become auditorily fatigued from trying your best to hear and understand, especially in background noise. You become mentally fatigued from the strain of trying to understand words you cannot hear ... Read more

Why do I need to open the battery doors on my hearing aids at night?

Question: Why do I need to open the battery doors on my hearing aids at night? Answer: Opening the battery door is an easy method of turning off the aids and preserving their battery life when not in use. In addition, it allows air to circulate within the aids to dry them out from daily moisture, humidity, and sweat. Your hearing aids should then be stored in a hard case, which is provided by their manufacturer. This is for protection from pets, ... Read more

What should cancer survivors know about hearing loss?

Question: What should cancer survivors know about hearing loss? Answer: While acquired hearing loss from specific medications may not affect everyone, they can impact the hearing of some. Certain chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments for cancers may cause hearing loss by damaging healthy cochlear hair cells found in the inner ear. Fortunately, when this occurs, the large majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. People with hearing loss who use hearing aids enjoy a better overall quality of ... Read more

How many years should I expect my hearing aids to last

Question: How many years should I expect my hearing aids to last Answer: A good rule of thumb is four to five years. Hearing aids will continue working and making sound at that time, but most people begin to notice their aids are not performing as well as they once did. Wearing hearing aids all day, every day for 365 days a year, for four to five years in environments of dust, sweat, humidity, pollens, and more will impact their performance over ... Read more

What are some potential causes of the constant noises in my ears?

Question: What are some potential causes of the constant noises in my ears? Answer: Tinnitus (noise in the ears or head) is very common. Almost 1/3 of adults have experienced it at one time or another. About 10 to 15% of adults have persistent tinnitus requiring further examination and treatment. The causes of tinnitus vary. Some conditions that may result in tinnitus are: hearing loss, inner ear disorders, head injury, hypertension, stress, wax touching the eardrum, ear infections, Eustachian tube dysfunction, ... Read more

Do you have anything to keep water out of my child’s ears while swimming?

Question: Do you have anything to keep water out of my child’s ears while swimming? The generic devices are not effective. Answer: Yes, we routinely make swim molds for both children and adults. Our doctors are skilled at making them using soft silicone, which provides the best seal from water entry into the ear canal and fits comfortably in the ear. They float and come in a variety of colors to match swim suits or your color preference. We also provide a ... Read more

How do I know which hearing aid is best for me?

Question: How do I know which hearing aid is best for me? Answer: This decision is best made with your audiologist. We consider factors such as the severity of your hearing loss, your daily activities, your job, your vision, and the size and shape of your ear canal. We like to let our patients listen to different brands to see which sounds best to them and are most comfortable. For this reason, we offer many brands and styles rather than ... Read more

Can opiate use affect hearing loss?

Question: Can opiate use affect hearing loss? Answer: Opioids are derived from chemicals that bind to receptors in the ears and brain. In some people, opiate abuse can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. It may start out as temporary loss and, after repeated use, become permanent hearing loss. The loss may be in one ear or both ears and vary from high frequency loss to a flat loss for most all frequencies. The U.S. is in an unprecedented opioid overdose epidemic. ... Read more

What is the best treatment for recurrent ear infections in children?

Question: What is the best treatment for recurrent ear infections in children? Answer: Your pediatrician may share with you that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a "wait and watch" approach because many mild ear infections will resolve on their own without antibiotics. There is some concern for over-prescribing antibiotics at a young age as well. However, treating ear infections is a partnership between parents and pediatricians, and concerns should be discussed in detail. It's good to know that studies show rates of ... Read more
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