‘Tis the season for fuzzy sweaters, hot cocoa, thick blankets, and…hearing protection? Whether you live in a cold climate, or you’re visiting family or friends for the holidays, chances are you’ll be experiencing the bitter sting of cool winter air at some point this season. You may know that a drop in temperatures can cause your body to shiver and your teeth to chatter, but did you know that it can also cause changes in your ears that lead to ringing in the ears, pain, dizziness, and even hearing loss? Learn more about the potential dangers to your hearing and how you can protect your hearing in cold weather.
It’s that time of year again. You know - when families gather and reconnect over a fabulous meal. Everyone’s excited to share stories and catch up on each other’s lives. But for some, this time of year brings on frustration and dread. But why would spending time with loved ones cause this reaction?
With more than 36 million Americans who have hearing loss, there’s a good chance that one or more of them will show up at your table this holiday season. For these individuals, normal conversation can be a big challenge — a challenge that’s compounded at holiday gatherings by multiple simultaneous conversations, clanging silverware, shrieking children and other competing sounds.
November is American Diabetes Month®, shining a light on the risks of diabetes and pre-diabetes. One of those risks is potential hearing loss. In fact, studies show that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes than in those who don’t have it.
Consumers today have access to an unprecedented array of hearing aid styles, technology levels and options. This is great news in terms of tailoring a solution to your hearing loss, lifestyle and preferences. However, all of these options can overwhelm the average consumer.
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You have an inkling that something is wrong with your hearing. But it’s not always bad. For example, perhaps you can clearly hear and understand a friend who’s visiting you at home. But in a busy restaurant, it’s almost impossible to have the same conversation. Like a lot of other health conditions, hearing loss comes in various types and degrees, and no two people experience it exactly the same way.
Chances are you’ve probably heard of both an Audiologist and an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) Doctor, but what’s the difference between the two and when should you see each one?
Each year in October, we observe National Protect Your Hearing Month, an optimal time to raise awareness about the importance of preventing noise-induced hearing loss.The ability to hear well is vital for a lot of good reasons. It may stave off adverse health conditions, such as depression, dementia and injury-causing falls. It’s also essential for effective communication.
Tinnitus is frequently caused by an underlying health condition, although the exact cause may be difficult or impossible to diagnose. But even without a precise diagnosis, a large percentage of people can find relief from tinnitus. On its website (www.ata.org), the American Tinnitus Association offers several tinnitus management tips, including:
There’s no doubt about it, hearing aids are expensive. That’s part of the reason why only 1/3 of adults who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them1. But, a 2016 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery suggests that the cost of untreated hearing loss may actually be more than cost of hearing aids.