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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...

BPPV – A Common Dizziness Sensation

Suddenly experiencing vertigo can be frightening. You might change your body position and feel the world spinning or feel like you are falling. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV might cause you to experience these sensations. BPPV happens to people of all ages and becomes more common as people grow older. Younger people might experience BPPV after other medical conditions, including migraines, ear infections, or mild concussions. BPPV is normally not life-threatening, but sudden dizziness could put you at...

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...

Another Effect of COVID: Lasting Hearing Problems?

Coronavirus disease or COVID-19 has been linked to several long-term problems, including lung, heart, and neurological damage. Emerging research demonstrates that COVID-19 may also be associated with tinnitus and hearing loss. Other types of bacterial and viral infections are known to cause hearing loss. However, other types of coronavirus, including MERS and SARS, have not been linked to hearing problems. SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, appears to work differently. Recent research demonstrates that it may be linked to...

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...

Five Ways To Make Ringing Stop After Long Exposure To Loud Noises

Being exposed to loud noises for a long period can cause damage to the structures of the ear. This damage can lead to tinnitus, which causes ringing in the ears. People with tinnitus may have difficulty hearing, and the ringing sound can interfere with daily life. Tinnitus can be temporary and subside over a few hours. However, the damage to the ear structures can also be permanent, making it important for you to try to prevent additional hearing loss....

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...

Hyperacusis – Symptoms, Types, Causes & Treatment.

If everyday sounds bother you, you might have hyperacusis. People who have this condition are very sensitive to regular sounds in the environment. Hyperacusis can negatively impact many areas of your life and can harm your career and social life. Suffering from this condition can make simple activities such as watching television, vacuuming, or talking to friends nearly impossible. In some cases, people who suffer from hyperacusis are unable to tolerate the sounds of their voices or those of...

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...