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Symptoms and Causes of Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus is the term for the perception of noise when no external sound is present; it is often referred to as "ringing in the ears." This "head noise" is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. Tinnitus is a common disorder affecting over 50 million people in the United States. It may be intermittent, constant, or fluctuant, mild or severe, and tinnitus may vary from a low roaring sensation to a high-pitched type of sound. The location of the ... Read more

Serous Otitis Media and Hearing Loss

Serous otitis media describes a collection of fluid in the middle ear. This may be a recent onset (acute) or may be long standing (chronic). Serous otitis media is the most common cause of hearing loss in children. Fortunately, the hearing loss associated with this condition usually is not permanent, but if left over a long period of time, serous otitis media has been known to cause or exacerbate speech and language delays. Serous otitis media may result from any condition ... Read more

Chronic Ear Infections

Chronic ear infection is the result of an ear infection that has left a residual injury to the ear. Chronic ear infection (or chronic otitis media) symptoms depend upon whether there is involvement of the mastoid bone and whether there is a hole in the eardrum. In addition, the hearing level depends on whether there has been injury to the middle ear bones as well as the eardrum. There may be drainage, hearing impairment, tinnitus (head noise), dizziness, pain, or rarely, ... Read more

Acoustic Neuroma and Hearing

Acoustic tumors are fibrous growths originating from the auditory or balance nerves and are usually not malignant. They do not spread to other parts of the brain other than by direct extension. They constitute approximately 10 percent of all brain tumors and are located between the brain stem and the inner ear, adjacent to vital brain centers. As they grow, they press on surrounding nerves and, over time, can press on vital brain centers, and thereby could be fatal. In most ... Read more

How Do I Know If I Have Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss can be caused by the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (at birth) or genetic factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes. Recent data suggests there are over 34 million Americans with some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss often occurs gradually throughout a lifetime. People with hearing loss compensate often without knowing they have hearing loss. You may have a hearing loss if: You hear people speaking, but you ... Read more

Medical Science Shows Insight into Noisy Eyeballs and Tinnitus

Recently an article was published in Scientific American on noisy eyeballs. Yes you read correctly, noisy eyeballs. You see R. Douglas Fields developed noisy eyeballs. Each time he moved his eyeballs he heard a grating sound. As luck would have it, R. Douglas happened to meet Josef Rauschecker, a professor of physiology and biophysics at Georgetown. Fields started discussing his noisy eyeballs and Rauschecker, an expert on the brain's auditory cortex, suggests Fields have his serotonin levels checked. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in ... Read more

Save Your Ears from Pain When Flying

Individuals with an Eustachian tube problem may experience difficulty equalizing middle ear pressure when flying. When an aircraft ascends, the atmospheric pressure decreases, resulting in a relative increase in the middle ear air pressure. When the aircraft descends, just the opposite occurs - atmospheric pressure increases in the cabin of the aircraft and there is a relative decrease in the middle ear pressure. Either situation may result in discomfort in the ear because of abnormal middle ear pressure compared to the ... Read more

What is an Auditory Processing Disorder?

Auditory Processing (also called Central Auditory Processing) refers to the means by which we make sense of what we hear. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) refers to the abnormal interaction of hearing, neural transmission and the brain’s ability to make sense of sound. People with APD have normal hearing sensitivity, however, they have difficulty processing the information they hear. Individuals may experience difficulty understanding speech in the presence in noise, problems following multi-step directions, and difficulty with phonics or reading comprehension. Parents, educators, ... Read more

Hearing Problems in Children

Five thousand children are born profoundly deaf each year in the United States alone. Another 10 to 15 percent of newborns have a partial hearing loss. Early identification and intervention of hearing loss is essential for successful treatment and rehabilitation. Critical speech and language development starts within the first three to four months of life. Once a hearing loss is identified, it should be determined if this loss is progressive or stable. Your child may require periodic audiograms to be sure ... Read more

Businesswomen of Rutherford County

Creating a Better Community Spring/Summer 2010 - Local businesses are so much more than a source of revenue - they are a vital part of the fabric of life in the communities they serve, bringing variety and color, meeting needs and offering valuable goods and services. This third annual Women in Business issue for Who’s Who in Rutherford County features six phenomenal women who use their diverse gifts, talents and passions in business to make Rutherford County an even better place to ... Read more
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