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What infections are linked to hearing loss?

Many different types of infections can cause damage to the inner ear and cause balance problems, tinnitus, and hearing loss. While some people might recognize their hearing problems resulted from a recent illness, others might suffer hearing problems without knowing that they had infections. In these types of cases, the hearing problems might be the first sign that something is wrong. Some instances of hearing loss can also be traced back to infections that occurred decades before because of a...

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids—What to Know

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved over-the-counter hearing aids for consumers with mild to moderate hearing loss. While this might make hearing aids more accessible to millions of Americans, it is still important for people to consult a professional audiologist before purchasing these devices. Pros of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids There are a couple of pros of over-the-counter hearing aids. Some people fail to get hearing aids because they are concerned about cost, so their hearing loss can become progressively worse...

Myths & Misconceptions About Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

Many people have misconceptions about hearing loss and hearing aids. Understanding the facts is important for people to achieve better hearing and overall health. Here are five common myths about hearing loss and hearing aids. 1. Myth - Only older adults suffer hearing loss. Out of the estimated 48 million Americans with hearing loss, 66% are younger than age 65. A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at comprehensive data. The researchers found that 20% of children...

Earwax Buildup & Blockage – When Does It Become A Problem?

While everyone has earwax, most people are perturbed by it. Earwax is naturally produced by the sebaceous glands in your ears and is also known as cerumen. This waxy substance helps to lubricate your ear canals and trap debris and dust so that they can't travel further down in the ear canal. While this substance helps to protect the health of your ears, it can become problematic when too much of it builds up in your ears. Your body should naturally...

Is Hearing Loss in One Ear Possible?

For most people who have hearing loss, both of their ears will be affected. This type of hearing loss is called binaural hearing loss. However, it is possible to lose hearing in only one ear, which can happen at birth or later. Hearing loss in only one ear is known as unilateral loss. If the loss in the affected ear is profound, it is called single-sided deafness. The loss of hearing can occur suddenly or gradually. When the loss is sudden,...

New Gene Therapy on the Horizon for Hearing Loss

Many people with mild or moderate hearing loss rely on hearing aids to help them hear what others say. Other than some potential surgical procedures, hearing devices have traditionally been the type of help people have turned to when dealing with hearing loss. However, gene therapy might be a way to address hearing loss in the future. Researchers across the U.S. are investigating gene therapy as a possible way to help people recover their hearing abilities. Gene therapy in the inner...

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, loud...

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 have...

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 risk...

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 or...