Tinnitus is described as a condition where a patient hears ringing and buzzing in their ears, despite no outside noise being present. Often, cases of tinnitus induce stress and depression in the individual suffering from the condition.
Studies have shown that older adults with untreated hearing loss have a higher incidence of fall- and accident-related death, social isolation, and dementia than those without hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss also can interfere with cognitive abilities because so much effort is put toward processing and understanding speech. As people age, basic cognitive skills, including working memory and processing can decline, which may negatively affect the ability to process speech in a noisy environment, or the ability to process information quickly. Research has also demonstrated that hearing aid use can reduce the social, functional and emotional consequences of hearing loss.
Every year, approximately 22 million people are exposed to potentially hazardous noise levels in their workplace. Experiencing bouts of hearing loss while at work can greatly impair your ability to concentrate on daily work tasks; additionally, it can create obstacles for conversing with coworkers and clients. This hearing loss, if left untreated, could potentially lead to complications at work and may even jeopardize your job.
We’ve compiled some tips on dealing with hearing loss in the workplace. Contact Associated Audiologists if you or a loved one are suffering from persistent occupational hearing loss.
Summer is for fun — just make sure that fun doesn’t come at the expense of your ears! Swimming, boating, water sports and fireworks are all a natural part of what makes summer so great, but you don’t want to inadvertently do any damage to your hearing.
Think back to when you were a child: Did you ever go too fast on a merry-go-round? That feeling of dizziness might have been a rush then, but it was a sensation that faded quickly. For millions of adults, dizziness is not a passing feeling — it’s a real issue that affects their everyday activities and quality of life.
If you’re a music lover, or a musician yourself, your ears are one of your most precious senses: You rely on them to help you grasp the joy of sound. But there’s a lot of risk involved in surrounding yourself with music at high volumes, which is often how music lovers and musicians tend to enjoy and produce music. This can result in noise-induced hearing loss.
Most hearing aids use sophisticated technology, and as professionals in the industry, we keep seeing trends in the technology improve. But sometimes, users have questions about battery life and battery quality which are important not to overlook.
Freedom of choice is an important key to accessing and benefitting from the best hearing aid technology to meet your needs. Though there are many options to acquire hearing aids, not all hearing aids, providers, options or locations are created equal.
“If you purchase your hearing aids from a big box store, outlet or retail chain, you need to ask if your hearing aids use proprietary technology or software,” said Tim Steele, PhD, FAAA, President, Associated Audiologists. “If so, you can only return your hearing aids to the retail outlet or store where you bought them for adjustments or service,” Dr. Steele explained.
Hearing plays an integral role in our day-to-day lives. We rely on our hearing for so much information about the world around us. Our ears help us understand speech, which allows us to communicate. We rely on our ears to tell when something sounds pleasing, like a catchy song, or when something sounds jarring, like a siren or alarm. On a primitive level, our hearing enables us to hear simple things like the rustling of leaves or claps of thunder, which alert us to other sensory affiliations (the changing of seasons, shifting weather patterns).
But how does the human ear actually work? First, let’s look at the different parts of the ear and how they work together. The ear can be divided into three parts connecting to the brain: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.
Seeing your parent or partner struggle with their hearing loss can be challenging. Often, it’s emotionally difficult for someone to come to terms with their hearing loss. Depression is common among people dealing with hearing loss; they may begin to isolate themselves as they have an increasingly difficult time understanding the words and sounds around them.
This is why it’s so crucial for you to offer your loved one all the support they need as they navigate through their hearing loss and treatment options. If your loved one is having a hard time coming to terms with their hearing loss, there are a few things you can do to help them address their situation and consider treatment.