Why are People Ashamed of Hearing Loss?

Why are People Ashamed of Hearing Loss?

Think back to the last time you had a conversation with someone who has untreated hearing loss. When you tried to communicate, did you encounter any problems? Some people have found a way to make do with the limitations on their hearing, but most continue to struggle to have a conversation. Perhaps you found it difficult to move from one idea to the next, seemingly jumping around to random topics. You might have had to repeat yourself or move your body in a way that made it easier to understand. In the worst cases, one or both of you might …

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Does Tinnitus Cause Hearing Loss?

Does Tinnitus Cause Hearing Loss?

If you have ever been to a loud concert, you might recall the experience of going home, laying your head on the pillow in the quiet of the night, and suddenly hearing a loud high-pitched scream in your ears. If you have experienced that sound, you can relate with someone who has tinnitus. Most people who suffer from ringing in their ears after a loud event such as a concert will find that it goes away very quickly, even by the morning after the event. However, a person with tinnitus finds that the sound does not go away. That inescapable …

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Can Hearing Loss Be Restored?

Can Hearing Loss Be Restored?

Only a short while ago, it might have seemed unimaginable that someone with a cancer diagnosis would be able to live for even a few more years. Take a look at the medical community today, and you will see just how far innovations have come regarding formerly fatal conditions. Similarly, those who might have suffered for many years with debilitating illnesses have found treatments that make their lives happy and thriving once again. However, we still have a long way to go when it comes to illness and chronic health conditions. Research and development in medicine require incredible resources, and …

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What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation

What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation

The time has finally come for your hearing exam and consultation! Perhaps you were unsure if you had hearing loss at all. Now that your exam is coming, you will know for sure if you are struggling to hear more than you used to. With that information in hand, you can an informed choice about assistance options. However, you will want to know a lot about your options before making such a big purchase. When you go for your hearing test and consultation, you can expect your audiologist or hearing specialist to ask you a number of questions, but you …

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Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

The realization that you have hearing loss can come as a heavy blow. Although some people take this fact in stride and immediately seek assistance, many others have trouble coming to terms with the reality of hearing loss. Although they might have experienced situations in which it was difficult to hear, they move immediately to denying the possibility of hearing loss, shifting the blame onto environmental or social factors instead. Denial is a very common response to hearing loss, but it is often not the final step toward acceptance. If you are having trouble dealing with the complicated emotions associated …

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Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

When you hear about “Artificial Intelligence” (or, AI), many images may come to mind. You might think of robots in pop culture, such as R2D2 or C3PO in Star Wars or HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. On the other hand, you might think about dystopian visions of the future in which robots become smarter than humans and take over the planet. Although our first associations with AI might be these extremes, in fact AI is already an important part of many processes in our everyday lives. What is Artificial Intelligence? Although computers have been used for calculations of …

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The Role of Ears in the Balance System

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Balance disorders come in many forms, each with a debilitating effect. The ability to orient to our surroundings is crucial not only to mobilizing on two legs but also to avoiding dizziness and the feeling that the room is spinning. Others with vertigo may feel suddenly faint and disoriented, seemingly out of the blue. Like walking on a tight rope or a balance beam, we use our senses to take stock of the environment, checking in on subtle changes in distance, elevation, and pressure. With so many variables in the natural world, it is remarkable that we are able to …

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Hearing Loss and Sleep

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When you think about the relationship between hearing and sleep, you may recall a time when you heard too much to sleep. A noisy environment can be quite distracting when you are trying to let your mind go to rest, and we have all experienced interruptions to the sleeping process due to sound at one time or another. Indeed, unwanted sounds can get in the way of restful, deep sleep, but we might be curious, on the other hand, about the relationship between sleep and hearing loss. Does hearing loss actually make it easier to sleep, due to the lack …

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Things Your Ears Reveal About Your Health

Things Your Ears Reveal About Your Health

Have you noticed any changes in the appearance of your ears? Has something started to bother you, or have you been feeling any pain or discomfort? You might not realize it, but your ears can actually tell you a lot about your health, and could reveal that something isn’t quite right in your body. Pay attention to your ears, and see what they have to tell you about your health.   Creased Earlobes Have you noticed any changes to the physical appearance of your ears? Have they changed color, or do you have any strange creases running diagonally across your …

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Hearing Loss & an Increased Risk for Depression

Hearing Loss & an Increased Risk for Depression

If you’re struggling to hear, you might not think it’s a very big deal. You’ve decided you can use your good ear to compensate for the sounds you can’t hear, or that you can still communicate well enough to get by. However, your hearing loss will continue to get worse over time, and your ears aren’t the only thing that’s affected when you have hearing loss. In fact, straining to hear greatly increases your risk of depression.   Studying Hearing Loss and Depression For seniors with untreated hearing loss, the chances of developing depression are very high. A third of …

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