Question: My mother had hearing loss, and I understand the importance of treating it early. Since it runs in my family, what signs should I watch for?
Answer: Hearing loss is usually gradual. Therefore, it is easy to be unaware of the onset of hearing loss until the degree of loss is so prominent that others are noticing it before you do.
We all want to prevent this from happening. Early signs might be:
Asking others to repeat themselves
Ahhh, spring! As power tools whir, ball games bloom, and concerts sprout, are your ears protected from the louder sounds of the season?
Some noises pack a bigger punch than your ears should take, so for Better Hearing Month this May, we’re sharing three quick tips to keep harmful volumes at bay.
TURN DOWN THE SOUND
Planning a hearty run in the fresh air with favorite tunes in your ears? It’s tempting to crank up the beats, but MP3 players can reach ...
Question: My family says that I have trouble hearing, but I think they mumble. I don’t want to get a test unless I need it. How do I know if the problem is my hearing or my family mumbling?
Answer: Let’s do a quick self-assessment. If you answer yes to any of these questions, you will want to schedule a hearing test with a Doctor of Audiology to learn what you are dealing with, receive suggestions for home modifications, and other tips.
March is National Nutrition Month, and that makes this an especially great time to talk about hearing wellness and nutrition. Never thought about food in relation to your ears? You’re not alone. But considering food is a critical source of elements crucial to healthy skin, muscles, organs, and more, it’s no wonder that nutrition and hearing are connected.
Take children and hearing loss, for instance. Did you know that a lack of adequate nutrition early in life could mean problems with ...
Question: I have hearing loss in one ear that cannot be helped with a hearing aid and normal hearing in the other ear. Can you suggest anything to help me?
Answer: Single sided deafness, unilateral hearing loss, can be helped by using a contralateral routing of signals (CROS). In other words, the hearing aid system uses a microphone device on the poor ear to “send” sounds wirelessly from that side to a device in the better hearing ear. With this system, even ...
The human body is complex. So complex, in fact, that some things you read about it might seem downright far-fetched. For example, your heart health affects your hearing health.
The Heart–Hearing Link
That might sound a little squirrelly, but it’s supported by more than six decades of research. How are they connected?
Your inner ear is where sound waves get translated into a language — electrical impulses — that your brain understands. Structures critical to this translation process depend on nourishment from tiny ...
Question: Why do my new hearing aids cause my ear canals to itch?
Answer: If itchiness in the ear canal persists for more than a few days, you may need to change the size of the silicone domes that are attached to the hearing aids that sit within the canal. However, if your earpiece is a custom hard acrylic shell, you may consider having this remade in a hypoallergenic material. For practical everyday precaution, it is wise to use antibacterial wipes made ...
Question: Are itchy ear canals normal?
Answer: Itchy ears are common among hearing aid users. If there is no skin condition contributing to the itching, then it is likely brought on by the hearing aids. One cause of itchiness may be the presence of an earpiece in the ear canal pressing on the small fine hairs, as hairs within the canal are not accustomed to being touched. If itching does not resolve within a few days, we can offer suggestions — Miracell ...
Question: Are there ways to deep clean my hearing aids? I feel like they are never clean enough.
Answer: Typically wiping the hearing aids at night with a soft dry cloth or tissue is sufficient for most cleaning, and tools are available to brush away debris from the hearing aids. Wax guards are monthly tools that ensure adequate sound transmission. In addition to routine techniques regularly performed in the office, there are antibacterial wipes and nightly disinfecting drying systems that discourage bacterial ...
Question: What type of hearing protection is best when I’m near loud noise?
Answer: Hearing loss from hazardous noise levels is a serious health concern. More than 26 million U.S. adults have noise-induced hearing loss and the research is showing that even teens have evidence of early onset noise-induced hearing loss. There are many types of hearing protection devices available —the correct type is dependent upon the type of noise you are around, what you are doing in that noise (working, talking, ...