Why Is Hearing Loss So Sneaky?

The Sound Void: How Hearing Loss Sneaks Up on You

When you come to your first appointment with us, we encourage you to bring a companion, someone who spends a lot of time with you. Why is that? Because they’re able to give us a different perspective on your hearing loss. In fact, your companion probably noticed your hearing loss — and how it was affecting you — before you did.

But how is that possible if you’re the one with hearing loss?

How Sound Works

To begin with, it helps to understand how sound works. Most people think hearing loss is a question of volume. But that’s only part of the story. Sound is a combination of frequency (also called pitch) and intensity (also called loudness).

Frequency

Frequency measures how fast (or how frequently) a sound wave vibrates. High frequency means a high pitch, like the notes on the right side of a piano, and low frequency means low …

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Tackling Hearing Loss: Hope for Tomorrow, Help Right Now

Let’s hear it for science! As long as hearing loss — one of the most commonly reported chronic conditions — continues to affect millions of people around the globe, researchers aim to leave no stone unturned in investigating treatment innovations and a future cure.

Various individuals and organizations worldwide are putting forth funding, expertise, and dedication toward uncovering more answers and improving quality of life for people living with hearing challenges. Take a look at these three exciting developments:

GENETICS Professor Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology, won a $3 million grant last summer from the National Institutes of Health toward continued research on hearing-loss-related biological treatments and clinical diagnosis. Per a university news release, the professor and his team will use the award to “expand their comprehensive genomic and phenotypic deafness database for clinical …

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Myth Busting: 5 Facts About Your Hearing Health

Is hearing loss an isolated issue that doesn’t affect my overall health? Can a simple sound amplifier take the place of hearing aids? Is there nothing I can do about that ringing in my ears?

Nearly all hearing problems can be effectively managed, but misconceptions can get in the way of continuing the journey to better hearing health. We’re busting five myths with facts to help you stay on track!   Myth: Hearing impairment simply comes with aging. Fact: “Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss” for 20- to 69-year-olds, per the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, but did you know that about two to three of every 1,000 U.S. kids enter the world with a detectable impairment? In Canada, an estimated 4 out of 1,000 children are born with some form of hearing loss or will develop it early. Plus, noise-related hearing damage — …

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TV Watching + Hearing Loss: 5 Tips for a Better Experience

Give Up the Frustration — NOT Your Favorite Shows!

Everybody in your household’s gathered around the television for a treasured weekly ritual — back-to-back shows on Netflix with a side of laughter, popcorn, and cliff-hangers.

But when someone in the group has hearing loss, settling on a volume that keeps everybody happy can be difficult and downright frustrating.

Don’t let it put a damper on the fun! With these five tips for TV watching, you can keep the good times rolling for everyone.

 

Optimize Your TV Audio System

Isn’t muffled dialogue the worst? Sometimes it’s a production’s poor miking or sound mixing. It could be a matter of fine-tuning your TV or audiovisual receiver’s settings — if available on your make and model — for voice clarity. Make sure the settings are optimized for the type of show you’re watching, whether it’s a dialogue-heavy drama, …

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You Can Delay Age-Related Hearing Loss

Physical Activity Delays the Onset of Age-Related Hearing Loss

Age-related hearing loss affects almost two-thirds of U.S. adults over the age of 70. It’s a result of natural changes that happen in your inner ear, middle ear, and neural pathways as you age. The loss is gradual and can lead to communication problems, feelings of isolation, and decreased physical function. But results from a recent study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggest that regular exercise can delay age-related hearing loss.

The Study The researchers compared two groups of mice for 24 months. The experimental group regularly exercised by running on a wheel; the control group did not.

Mice in the exercise group had better hearing after 24 months than did the control group, and the physical findings supported this: For mice in the exercise group, key areas of the inner ear hadn’t broken down as much as the same …

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