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Ototoxicity and Hearing Loss

Author | American Academy of Audiology Up to 80% of adults have hearing loss after chemotherapy[1] Ototoxicity refers to damage to the hearing and/or balance organs that occurs after exposure to medications or chemicals that affect the inner ear.  Ototoxic medications can damage hearing, balance, or both. • Hearing System Sounds travel from the outer ear through the ear canal and eardrum, through the middle ear, and finally to the hearing organ located in the inner ear.  From here, sounds are converted into neural impulses that travel to the brain. The ears are fully formed at birth but mature through childhood. [...]

Tinnitus Management & Definition

Author | American Academy of Audiology • What is Tinnitus? The perception of noises within the ears or head (e.g., ringing, buzzing, whooshing, roaring, crickets, etc.) in the absence of an external sound. Candidates for Tinnitus Management Approximately 30 million Americans experience tinnitus on a regular basis. However, approximately 1-2% of the population have tinnitus severe enough that may lead to the following: anxiety, depression, problems with family and friends, an inability to concentrate and lack of sleep. Audiologists work with people with debilitating tinnitus for management of their symptoms. There is no one-size-fits-all program for tinnitus management.  In general, most [...]

Research Connects Heart Disease, Hearing Loss

You may want to take getting an annual hearing exam to heart. Several studies have suggested there is a link between hearing loss and heart disease. More research is still needed to help determine what and why there is a link, but researchers have found there is a strong connection to those with low-frequency hearing loss and cardiovascular health. “The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body,” Dr. David R. Friedland said in a written [...]

Don’t Let Hearing Loss Ruin The Holidays

The holiday season can be a nightmare for someone with a hearing loss. Dinners, visits with grandchildren and crowded family gatherings can all be experiences that cause someone with hearing loss to act like Scrooge. That’s because these situations can  be very difficult for someone with a hearing loss. Situations with a lot of background noise like holiday music and multiple conversations occurring in the same room can make it nearly impossible to hear. It’s also hard for someone with a hearing loss to understand the voices of children and women. Here are a few other signs you might have [...]

Tinnitus Treatment Now Featured In Wireless Hearing Aids

ReSound’s wireless hearing aid, the Alera, is now available with a tinnitus treatment option. Tinnitus causes ringing in the ears and affects about 15% of the world’s population.  It is the most prevalent physical condition reported by military service members and veterans. The Bluetooth Alera TS combines an advanced hearing aid with a Tinnitus Sound Generator. The technology is used to administer sounds that make the disturbing tinnitus noise less noticeable, drawing your attention away from it. Over time, it can help retrain your brain to not notice the tinnitus even when you aren’t wearing the instrument. “This kind of sound [...]

Myth Busther: Hearing Loss Isn’t Measured In Percentages

There are more myths surrounding hearing loss and hearing aids than most professionals can even keep track of. If you aren't careful where you get your information, you could end up confused or even causing more damage to your hearing. That's why it's important to find a hearing professional you trust. In the meantime, here is one common hearing loss myth we want to set the record straight about. Myth: It’s accurate to describe your hearing loss in a percentage. Maybe you have heard a friend say something like this: "My doctor told me I have a 30% hearing loss in my [...]

Free Amplified Phones Available To Texans With Hearing Loss

Did you know there is a program in Texas that provides specialized amplified phones – for free – to Texans who have a hearing loss?  It’s called the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program, or STAP.  The program is part of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. A paragraph from their website explains what it is: “The Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) is a statewide program that provides financial assistance for the purchase of specialized assistive equipment or services for Texans having a disability that interferes with their ability to access the telephone network.” Here is what it means:  If you are [...]

Don’t Miss Out On Holiday Sounds

The holidays can be stressful. There’s lots of hustle and bustle this time of year to make sure everything’s perfect for the season. Shoppers are hurrying to make sure every detail is considered. One detail you don’t want to overlook is your hearing. There’s plenty to be heard this time of year – carols, greetings from friends and family and giggles from happy children. For those experiencing hearing loss, the season can be incredibly frustrating. If you suspect you have a hearing loss, don’t keep putting off doing something about it. The longer you are missing important sounds in your life.  [...]

State Benefit Helps Texans Get Free Amplified Phones

Texans listen up: if you have a hearing loss, free help is available. First, if you do have a certain level of hearing loss, we can help you get a free  amplified  telephone through the state’s STAP (Special Telecommunications  Assistance Program) so you don’t have to strain to hear  those important conversations. STAP is part of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and is funded by taxes assessed on people’s telephone service. A portion of these taxes is used to fund the STAP program and pays for the amplified telephones. The program pays for one telephone per household every [...]

Hearing Damage in Movie Theaters

A friend forwarded us the SmartMoney.com article "10 Things Movie Theaters Won't Tell You." The list contains some interesting information — theaters prefer that you don't come to a movie on opening night, and concessions usually account for about 25 percent of a theater's revenue, for example. But what's most applicable to our Hearing Aid Blog came in at number nine on the list: "Going to the movies could be hazardous to your hearing." The article states that decibel levels are different at every movie theater, but the loud special effects of some action films can be as dangerous to your [...]