The holidays are here, but if you’re hearing a constant ringing, buzzing, white noise, crickets chirping and/or roaring sound, it’s probably tinnitus, not holiday bells. In fact, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), tinnitus is very common, affecting approximately 50 million Americans to some degree. Usually it is a sound that only you can hear.
Recently, the Lancet Commission, a group of 24 international experts on dementia, estimated that one-third of dementia most likely can be prevented or slowed down by providing early intervention for hearing loss, hypertension, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and depression.
Most of us think of audiologists as health professionals who diagnose and treat hearing loss. But audiologists also can help patients prevent hearing loss by providing education and information about the damage exposure to loud noises can cause, and advising patients regarding the best hearing protection devices for their individual needs.
If you’ve decided it’s time to find a reputable audiologist who can fit you with the best hearing aid technology for your hearing loss, you may find there’s a lot of “noise” in the marketplace to sift through. These tips can help you find an audiologist who can help you hear your best, and offers you a variety of options that can work with your budget.
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The holidays bring families and friends together for dinners, parties and other special events. Unfortunately, if you have a hearing loss, this also can be a frustrating season as you struggle to hear in challenging listening environments, like restaurants or in theaters. What can you do to improve the odds that you won’t miss a word at these gatherings?
If you’ve had a few health care expenses in 2018, don’t let the end of the year slip by without investigating your hearing health care options. As you do, consider these three important questions:
According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, 80 percent of people 65 years old and older have experienced dizziness. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, the most common vestibular disorder, is the cause of approximately 50 percent of dizziness in older people. Overall, vertigo from a vestibular problem accounts for one-third of all dizziness and vertigo symptoms reported to health care professionals.
According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus affects approximately 50 million Americans and is a commonly referred ear problem. Of these 50 million people, 16 million have symptoms severe enough that they seek medical attention, and 2 million cannot function “normally” on a day-to-day basis
According to the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, an audiologist is a health care professional who diagnoses and treats hearing and balance problems. An audiologist has earned an Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology), or Ph.D. Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program.
When it comes to hearing aids, the old adage applies: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” At Associated Audiologists, we are aware that many advertisers use misleading strategies marketed as deals. Here are some common claims to watch out for: