Hearing Loss

How Noise Exposure Can Cause Hearing Loss

Exposure to loud environmental noise can cause permanent damage to the tiny hairs located inside of the cochlea. Your cochlea is an organ used for hearing inside of the inner ear. When these small hairs are damaged or destroyed, it can reduce your ability to hear sounds in a certain range. The damage is called noise-induced hearing loss, and it can either be immediate or gradual. immediate noise-induced hearing loss can occur when you are exposed to a sudden,...

8 Common Sounds That Can Damage Your Hearing

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of people ages 60 and older have a hearing loss. As more people live longer, the number of people with hearing loss is expected to reach 86 million by 2040. Hearing damage accumulates as people grow older, and many people who suffer from hearing loss were likely exposed to loud noise, causing damage over time. Repeated or prolonged exposure to noise of 85 decibels or higher can...

10 Mistaken Ideas People Have About Hearing Loss

Many people have mistaken beliefs about people who have hearing loss. Because it can be invisible to others, hearing loss is not as easily recognizable as a disability to others in the way that mobility difficulties are. Clarifying misconceptions about hearing loss can help to reduce the stigma that people experience and lead to greater acceptance and understanding. Here are 10 of the most common misconceptions that many people have about what it means to have a hearing loss...

The Challenges Of Communicating With A Mask While Hearing-Impaired

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the importance of face masks apparent because they can significantly reduce or eliminate the transfer of virus-containing respiratory droplets. For people who have hearing impairments or hearing loss, however, wearing face masks can pose a barrier to communication whether they are wearing hearing aids or not. Face masks can change the volume of sound from speaking and the clarity and tone of the words that are spoken. They can muffle sounds. People who have learned...

Early Hearing Loss Could Pave the Way For Dementia, Study Says

People are exposed to loud sounds throughout their lives, including people who live in urban environments. However, city noises are normally not loud enough to damage your hearing. However, if you are consistently exposed to sounds that exceed a certain threshold of loudness, they can damage your hearing over time. Measurement of sounds The intensity of sounds is measured in decibels. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sounds can be designated as harmless or dangerous based on...

Dining Out for People with Hearing Loss

Dining out with a hearing loss Millions of Americans suffer from hearing loss, and many wear hearing aids. While hearing aids can help people to hear better and to understand what others are saying to them, they might not work as well when people are eating out at restaurants. Modern restaurants tend to use decorative details such as glass and hard flooring that allow sound to echo off of them. When you combine these types of decorative features with the...

About hidden hearing loss

What is hidden hearing loss? Hidden hearing loss a relatively new term. It describes hearing loss that cannot be measured by standard hearing tests, even though patients report difficulty hearing, especially in background noise. How is hidden hearing loss measured? There is no standard test protocol to detect hidden hearing loss. A person with hidden hearing loss may have normal results on a standard hearing test battery. An audiologist may elect to do additional testing that evaluates a patient’s hearing abilities in...

Musicians with Hearing Loss

Beethoven is the most famous example of a musician who had a severe hearing loss. Beethoven lost his hearing in his early 20s and wrote many of his best works after he was deaf. Here are some other examples of famous musicians who have suffered hearing losses as a result of their careers. Chris Martin of Coldplay Chris Martin developed tinnitus at a young age that includes headaches and ringing in his ears. He works with the Action on Hearing Loss...

Rare Ear Condition Makes Woman Unable to Hear Men’s Voices

A woman who lives in China was recently diagnosed with a type of hearing loss that is called reverse-slope hearing loss. The woman awakened and was unable to hear her boyfriend's voice, which prompted her to see a specialist. This condition is named after the appearance of the slope on audiology exams and refers to a hearing loss in which people are unable to hear sounds of lower frequencies. Reverse-slope hearing loss is very rare and affects an estimated...

Working with Hearing Loss

Making a Sound Investment in Hearing Loss Hearing loss might appear at first to be a mere annoyance or minor health issue. However, hearing loss can have severe and negative results if left unchecked. In the workplace, hearing loss can adversely affect employability and workplace productivity, which has far-reaching effects into society. According to the World Health Organization, or WHO, expenses related to hearing loss in the work environment can cost upwards of 750 billion dollars each year. An Economic Issue Although the...