Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the biggest health concerns in the U.S. It is the third most commonly reported physical condition, following arthritis and heart disease. It affects roughly 20 percent of the American population and can strike people of all ages. The most common causes of hearing loss are aging and noise exposure. What…

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Hearing Loss Causes

Presbycusis The most common type of hearing loss is presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss. Diminished hearing is a common side effect of aging, usually coming on gradually and affecting high-pitched sounds most frequently. It occurs as a result of natural changes in the inner ear of an individual over time due to a variety of…

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Hearing Loss Facts

There are many misconceptions about hearing loss. These are based on old myths, outdated technology or just a general misunderstanding of the condition. By learning some important facts about hearing loss, you’ll be better equipped to deal with it, whether it affects you personally or somebody close to you. Here are some interesting facts about…

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Hearing Loss Prevention

Noise exposure is a leading cause of hearing loss. It usually develops gradually and may go unnoticed until it has progressed to a point where treatment options are limited. There are steps you can take now to prevent hearing loss down the road. Some types of hearing loss are unavoidable. That which occurs with…

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Hearing Protection

We are exposed to sound on a daily basis. Volume levels vary considerably, and can easily exceed 85 decibels (dB) – the threshold that is considered safe. Any prolonged exposure to noise exceeding this is harmful and can cause permanent, irreversible hearing loss. Excess noise exposure isn’t the only cause of hearing damage. Diseases, drugs…

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Hearing Tests

Hearing evaluations consist of a series of tests used to determine whether a hearing loss exists and, if so, measure its type, degree and configuration. Your audiologist will assess the results of each individual test in order to develop a treatment plan geared toward your unique hearing loss. Who Should Be Given a Hearing Evaluation?…

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Medications and Hearing Loss

Medications that damage the ear are known as ototoxic medicines. These medications can be a cause of hearing loss, ringing in the ears and/or balance issues especially in older adults who have to take medicines on a regular basis. Ototoxic medications may cause damage to the inner ear which are used in hearing and balance.…

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What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist is a healthcare professional who specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Most have earned an Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) degree while others have received a master’s degree or Ph.D. from an accredited university. Audiologists receive extensive training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing…

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