Studies about weight often concern its relation to overall health. Common connections include weight and the risk for or prevalence of heart disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea, to name a few. One topic that doesn’t get as much attention is the connection between weight and risk for hearing loss. But is there a connection?
To understand how weight affects hearing, you need to know about something tiny but important in your inner ear: the hair cell.
The Hair Cell
Your brain doesn’t ...
It’s no surprise that getting hearing help can make communicating and connecting with the world around you so much easier, but did you know that using hearing aids might also have a hand in cutting down emergency-room visits and hospital stays?
In a study published earlier this year in the medical journal JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, University of Michigan researchers investigating connections among hearing technology, health care consumption, and spending linked seniors’ self-reported use of hearing aids to changes such ...
Question: I have several health problems in addition to hearing loss. My family is advising me to treat my hearing loss first, but I don’t understand why.
Answer: Your family is giving you wise advice. Addressing your hearing loss is priority for many reasons:
As you are hearing better, you will be understanding your doctors and family better.
The conversation you are missing around you is important for staying involved and in touch with your circumstances.
Improved hearing improves ...
The connection between smoking and heart disease, cancer, and respiratory problems gets all the attention, but the effects of smoking on hearing have long been known. If you’re one of the 40 million U.S. adults who smokes cigarettes — or someone who lives with a smoker — read on to find out how smoking is linked to hearing loss.
How does smoking affect hearing?
Compared to nonsmokers, smokers have a 70% greater chance of developing hearing loss.
Nonsmokers are twice as ...
Question: Can I get a hearing aid without anyone at my home knowing about it?
Answer: Well that will be up to you and whether or not you can keep from shouting praises about them. Your question sounds much like the story of a man who had hearing loss and didn't tell his family he had new hearing aids. He went home, heard their discussion about him and changed his will three times.
Seriously, if your concern is the appearance of a hearing ...
You’ve packed the swimsuits, floats, safety vests, caps, goggles, kids, and snacks for a summer afternoon at the lake or neighborhood pool, but what about the earplugs?
These small accessories can make a big difference in keeping the good times going during family fun in the water. Before you go, here are four things to know about swimmers’ earplugs:
They Help Protect Against Ear Infection
Ears and moisture don’t always mix. Otitis externa, an outer-ear infection also known as “swimmer’s ear,” is typically caused ...
Question: How can I help my Mother understand me on the phone while wearing her hearing aids?
Answer: Hearing aids and telephones can sometimes be difficult, especially with hearing aids that fill up the ear canals. The newer technology has made this transition easier. There are choices available depending upon her type of hearing aid, the amount of hearing loss and her ability to use new technology.
One option for you both is the closed captioned phone that allows your Mother to see ...
It’s common for people with hearing loss to have balance issues, and vice versa.
This phenomenon might even affect you or a loved one. Do they occur together as a coincidence, or are hearing and balance actually related? It turns out the answer is, “It depends.” Let’s look at some basics first.
The Inner Ear
The inner ear is also known as the bony labyrinth, and it consists of both the cochlea and the vestibular system.
The cochlea (hearing): The cochlea is where sound signals ...
Question: Can you assist us in ordering musician monitors for our praise team?
Answer: Look no further! For our Doctors of Audiology, custom earmolds is a skilled procedure used almost weekly for area musicians and performers.
We inspect the ear and canals closely, insert a cotton/foam ear dam deep inside near the eardrum and ensure the jaw is wide open. A compound of soft material is compressed into the canal and outer ear bowl. The material firms to make a cast of the ...