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What is hearing loss

What is hearing loss? Hearing loss is the partial or total inability to hear. It’s a common problem that can affect anyone. Also referred to as hearing impairment or deafness, hearing loss covers a wide range of categories and symptoms which can be caused by a variety of factors and circumstances. Hearing problems can be temporary or permanent and can occur gradually or suddenly depending on the cause. One or both ears can be affected, or one ear may be affected more than the other. What are the causes of hearing loss? Hearing loss can be caused by many different …

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Eustachian Tube

Patulous Eustachian Tube Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) is often thought of as a problem of the Eustachian tube not opening properly due to swelling of either the tissues immediately comprising the tube or of adjacent structures such as the tonsils or adenoids .  An Eustachian Tube which does not open sufficiently results in inadequate aeration, pressure equalization, and drainage of the middle ear space and is one of the key underlying problems leading to otitis media and the problems associated with that condition (i.e. pain, pressure, conductive hearing loss).  This type of ETD is particularly common in the pediatric population …

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Modern technology is damaging our hearing

Modern technology is damaging our hearing April 20, 2017 Today’s technology makes the world a noisy place, but there are ways to lessen the impact it has on your body and psyche. Many of us have experienced the morning commute where every car on the morning train is full of people with white wires sprouting from their ears and the aggravation of having to listen to multiple people’s music as it throbs out of their ear buds. With the distinct lack of education around noise pollution, many of us are blissfully unaware of how our unhealthy relationship with digital devices …

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Did you know?

Did you know? Hearing aids do far more than amplify sound – they also help protect people’s health. Did you know that people with a mild hearing loss who don’t get treatment are twice as likely to develop dementia as those who do get treatment? For people with moderate or profound hearing loss, the risk is even higher. Fortunately, people can dramatically reduce the risk with proper treatment. Hearing aids: How to choose the right one Perhaps you’ve thought about getting a hearing aid, but you’re worried about how it will look or whether it will really help. It may …

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Make Listening Safe

 Make Listening Safe What is safe listening? Safe listening levels depend on the intensity (loudness), duration (length of time) and frequency (how often) of the exposure. These three factors are interrelated and contribute to the overall sound energy level that a person’s ears are exposed to. The total amount of sound energy a person can safely receive is effectively constant. We can be exposed to the same amount of energy at lower volumes listened to over long periods of time as we might receive when louder sounds are heard for a short duration. Permissible levels of daily exposure to noise …

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Tinnitus research

Tinnitus research What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is an awareness of sound in the ears or head which is not from an external source. There are many different types of tinnitus sounds. Common descriptions are that it is a hiss, whistle, whirr, ring or buzz. Occasionally, it can be segments of music. The pitch can be high or low and the level can vary over time. In its mildest form, tinnitus is extremely common and many people experience occasional sounds in their ears, for example after being in a noisy place such as a concert or loud pub. An estimated 10% …

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Some Facts about Autism

Some Facts about Autism What Is Autism? What is autism spectrum disorder? Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be …

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Tinnitus awareness

Tinnitus awareness What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus is noises in the head, not related to any psychiatric condition. The noise can be heard anywhere in the head or in one or both ears. So far there are no scientific proven cure for tinnitus. Imagine a constant ringing, buzzing or whistling in your ear, 24 hours a day. It is called tinnitus. You never get a break. It is always there. Nobody else but you can hear the noise because it does not come from any external source. Although you are the only person who can hear the noise it is not a …

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What causes tinnitus?

What causes tinnitus? The most common cause of tinnitus is damage and loss of the tiny sensory hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear. This damage typically occurs as a result of the normal aging process, and from prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise. Hearing loss coincides with tinnitus. Research also suggests that the sensory loss of certain sound frequencies leads to changes in how the brain processes sound. As the brain receives less external stimuli around a specific frequency, it begins to adapt and change. Tinnitus may be the brain’s way of filling in the missing sound …

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