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More than One Way: the Different Types of Hearing Loss and How It Can Affect You

Hearing loss affects millions of Americans annually. What many do not realize is that there is more than one type of hearing loss. Each affects

Leave the “Womps” Behind: Learning about Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be a real pain to live with. As one of the more common forms of hearing damage, it is important to be aware

You and Your Ears: the Major Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults

Hearing is an important part of our biology. As such, it is critical that we be made aware of the best ways to care for

Spotting the Early Signs: Indicators Your Child Has Hearing Loss

Parents and elders are always the first line of defense when it comes to the wellness of the young. Today, we discuss the indicators that

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Everyone Needs to Know: How to Effectively Communicate With People Who Have Hearing Issues

Ignorance is no longer bliss. When there is someone in your family who has hearing issues, it is important to learn the ways on how

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Early Detection and Pediatric Audiology - Early Detection and Pediatric Audiology: the First Line of Defense

Early Detection and Pediatric Audiology: the First Line of Defense

In life we need a lot of different doctors. It will primarily depend on what is going on in our bodies. When children are the subjects of illnesses, they require different sets of doctors as well. Pediatric Audiology is a rather important branch of medicine. There are a significant number of children born with hearing disabilities that are not detected until later on in life. A lot of things end up happening in the life of the child and the parents that could have been avoided.

Early Detection and Intervention (EHDI) is of paramount importance. This is where pediatric audiologists come in. The primary concern of pediatric audiology is to detect and aid young children who may have hearing disabilities. The physiology of young children is very different from what you can expect from an adult. As young children are still developing, there are a lot of different things to look out for.

Also, infants and very young children are rather difficult to treat as they require an extra bit more patience and careful handling. Pediatric audiologists are specially trained to soothe and handle young patients. Children are not the easiest people to talk to especially when something is wrong. They may perceive it as them being in trouble. A pediatric audiologist is fully capable of eliciting proper answers and suitable responses from young children.

When a hearing disability is not detected early on, learning language can be quite difficult and the child may end up lagging behind their peers. This can be extremely damaging to someone so young. Nowadays, it is more common to have hearing tested at birth. This is in direct correlation to the sheer number of youth that were not tested around ten to twenty years ago. People were late to realize that hearing impediments could start at a young age.

What is worse is that even with the early testing, hearing loss may not even be evident until a few months or years pass. Detecting developmental problems in young children is crucial if lifestyle adjustments are necessary. In certain cases, surgery or prescribed medication is needed. Pediatric audiologists are there to help young children and their families find a way to efficiently and effectively deal with the issue.

Pediatric audiologists understand that in order for the child to get the help that they need, the parents must be brought on. They need to be taught the proper ways on how to communicate with their child. Hearing impediments should no longer be a reason why children do not go on and lead successful lives. There are vast advances in medicine and technology to help them cope. The doctors in this field of medicine will be able to provide recommendations for after school programs or even specialized schools that are fully equipped to help those with disabilities.

With the vast importance of proper and competent pediatric audiologists, it is critical that proper certification is sought by professionals. If you believe that a young person in your life is experiencing some difficulties with hearing, do not dawdle. Bring them in to see a pediatric audiologist right away.

 

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Everyone Needs - Everyone Needs to Know: How to Effectively Communicate With People Who Have Hearing Issues

Everyone Needs to Know: How to Effectively Communicate With People Who Have Hearing Issues

Ignorance is no longer bliss. When there is someone in your family who has hearing issues, it is important to learn the ways on how to effectively communicate with them. Today, we discuss the different ways how.

Hearing loss is a big event for anyone. If you were to experience hearing loss, you would want those around you—especially your loved ones—to be able to effectively communicate with you. If communication is not reestablished, it can lead to the deterioration of the condition of the person with hearing loss. Even when there is a hearing aid, it is important to brush up on effective and respectful ways of communication. Feelings of isolation can start to creep up. This is why it is important for everyone to learn the simply ways on how to communicate with someone with a hearing impairment. Here are a few tips:

 

Never address them from a different room

Proper communication must be done face to face. The person with hearing issues must be able to visually recognize the fact that they are being spoken to.

 

Get their attention properly

Hearing aids get a bit of getting used to. So if the impaired person has a hearing aid, you should not expect them to get 100% proper hearing right away. There are also issues wherein the volume may be put in too high. By getting their attention, they can determine if hearing is ideal.

 

Speak to them distinctly but naturally

If there is anything a person with a hearing issue will hate is if people try to gesture a lot and speak too slowly. While speaking slower is advised, it is important to address the person as naturally as possible. Do not raise your voice more than necessary as the higher tone and volume can distort the words that you are saying.

 

Economize your words

There are always better ways to get your ideas across. It may take a bit more effort, but having someone who takes the time to think about what they say so you can better understand it is quite wonderful.

 

Write it down

If the topic or subject of your conversation is about directions or reminders, be kind and just write it down. It will help them digest each part of the instruction better and it will give them something to refer to if they forget.

 

Be patient

Remember, it is not about you. Living with hearing loss or hearing impediments is a truly difficult process. Yes, the adjustment might take a while and it may take quite a bit of effort but things are ultimately better if everyone keeps their cool—because the hearing impaired person may not always be the calmest person in the room (especially if the hearing loss is sudden or because of an injury).

 

Final Notes

If you are still unfamiliar with how to communicate with someone with hearing impediments, it would be in your best interest to enroll or join in aural rehabilitation classes with the impaired individual.

 

 

More than One Way - More than One Way: the Different Types of Hearing Loss and How It Can Affect You

More than One Way: the Different Types of Hearing Loss and How It Can Affect You

Hearing loss affects millions of Americans annually. What many do not realize is that there is more than one type of hearing loss. Each affects people differently. Join us as we dissect the different types of hearing loss. Last month, we discussed the concept of Tinnitus and how to live with it. Again, Tinnitus is not actually an illness in itself but a symptom or an aftereffect of another illness in your system.

It may even be a direct result of a certain type of hearing loss. In order to provide you with a better understanding of the different kinds of hearing loss, read on. There are three commonly known types of hearing loss:

 

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss - More than One Way: the Different Types of Hearing Loss and How It Can Affect You

This is normally associated with the middle and outer ear. This is when there is something stopping or hindering the processing of the sound into the middle ear. This is the more common form of hearing loss.

The causes can be something as simple as too much wax buildup or something as serious as a perforated eardrum, ear infection, or even Otosclerosis (the abnormal growth of a bone in the middle ear). Conductive hearing loss can be treated quite easily with medication, maintenance, and even mild forms of surgery. Technologies have even evolved to help those that suffer from conductive hearing loss. There are now better hearing aids available.

 

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss - More than One Way: the Different Types of Hearing Loss and How It Can Affect You

This type of hearing loss is the more permanent form. This type of hearing loss normally occurs when there is actual damage or issue with your auditory nerve or your body’s hearing organ: Cochlea. The ear has tiny hairs which pick up vibration and send it up the pathways into your brain. This is where your body processes sound. If those tiny hairs and other cells that have to do with auditory sense are dulled or damaged, the process cannot complete itself. Sensorineural hearing loss does not usually happen without a direct cause.

Advanced age is one of the predominant causes of sensorineural hearing loss. Other common causes are massive injuries or incidents where in trauma is dealt to the ear. Those born without the ability to hear often have sensorineural hearing loss and usually has a structural malfunction in the basic components of the ear. If you have sensorineural hearing loss the sound you hear is either distorted or dulled.

 

Auditory Processing Issue

Auditory Processing Issue - More than One Way: the Different Types of Hearing Loss and How It Can Affect You

Your hearing is affected when your brain is not able to fully process the stimulation from your ear. This type of hearing loss occurs when the ear is fine but the brain is not. Think of it this way: the drive-thru function is there but the store is shut.

In such cases, the issue can either start early in life—which is why early detection is necessary. It could be something as simple as a speech developmental issue. It could also be born from injury and accidents. It is best to partner up with a GP or a specialist that can provide you with clear options to pursue if you have auditory processing disorders.

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Leave the “Womps” Behind: Learning about Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be a real pain to live with. As one of the more common forms of hearing damage, it is important to be aware of what it is and how it can affect you. Tune is as we discuss more about tinnitus. More and more Americans are suffering from various degrees of hearing loss. There are many reasons for them and most of them are easily managed. If they are not managed, the can lead to many types of consequences like Tinnitus.

 

What is Tinnitus?

This is what is referred to as the heightened awareness of an existing sound in your ear that is not caused by any sort of external factor. If you have ever heard of the expression “ringing in your ear”, this is pretty much that. Only it does not go away and could actually even get worse. The difficult thing about tinnitus is that the sound that people hear can often vary.

Most people believe that tinnitus only comes in the sound of a high pitched ringing. However, the more common description of the sound can include buzzing, clicking, whistling, or low whirring. In some cases, some patients have described it as the sound that you hear when your neighbor is vacuuming their house. It is fairly easy to mistake as something that comes from the outside.

 

Causes

There are several events and occurrences that can lead to the development of Tinnitus. Some of them include:

  • Head or Neck injuries
  • Loud Noises
  • Massive and prolonged bouts of stress
  • Medication

There are many others so it is very important to get yourself checked for a better understanding of what might be causing your tinnitus.

 

Is it Permanent?

Depending on the direct cause of your Tinnitus, there are cases wherein you can expect it to go away within two to three days. However, there are some cases in which Tinnitus persists for months and even years. The American Tinnitus Association claims that over 44 million struggle with Tinnitus. While there is no outright cure for this, it is important to note that Tinnitus itself is a symptom or aftereffect of another possible illness or injury and not the actual illness itself.

What is important is that you bring yourself or anyone who has had persistent ‘ringing’ in their ears to the nearest Eyes, Ears, and Throat specialist.

 

Living with Tinnitus

Here are a few tips for you if you or anyone in your home is suffering from Tinnitus:

  • Avoid excessive stress
  • Get enough rest
  • Avoid stimulants like coffee and nicotine
  • Avoid excessive noise

An interesting point that has been asked is if it is possible to sleep with Tinnitus. What a lot of people may not realize is that Tinnitus is a 24/7 thing when you have it. Those who live with Tinnitus often invest in a sound machine that can drown out the sound in their ears.

As always, check in with your general practitioner or a specialist to get a really comprehensive list of what you can do if you have Tinnitus.

 

You and Your Ears - You and Your Ears: the Major Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults

You and Your Ears: the Major Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults

Hearing is an important part of our biology. As such, it is critical that we be made aware of the best ways to care for it. Today, we take a look at the major causes of hearing loss in adults in the American public. There has been a rather unfortunate spike in the number of adults and children who are experiencing damage in their ears which lead to subsequent hearing loss.

The thing is hearing loss happens over time and kind of creep up on you. That being said, it is important to educate yourself on the very real reasons why millions of Americans are losing or damaging their hearing. Here are some common causes:

 

Consistent Exposure to Loud Music

Consistent Exposure - You and Your Ears: the Major Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults

Remember when mother said to keep the noise down? She was not wrong about that one. Since the invention of the headset, more and more people are cranking up the volume. It may not seem like it is something so damaging when you listen to a song or two. However, if you pile up all the instances that you listened to something truly loud (and as such close proximity to your ears) you will end up with a pretty bad picture.

Loud noises often make your eardrum vibrate more than in should when it is processing the sound. If you are not careful, you can actually end up with Tympanic Membrane Perforation aka broken eardrum. It is not just your ear drum that you put in danger when you consistently listen to loud music. Consistent loud noises can tear up the cells of your cochlea. If you are not familiar with that organ, it is the tiny little thing that sends sound signals to your brain.

If you damage those cells, the efficacy in which they transmit signals to your brain will dull over time. Over time, it may not even be able to process those signals at all—this means that you have fully landed into loss of hearing.

 

Ear Infection

Ear Infection - You and Your Ears: the Major Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults

If you have ever had a really bad case of the flu or even a cold, chances are that you have experienced a bit of difficulty with your hearing. Often, an infection like a cold can lead to fluid getting trapped in the middle ear. If the ear infection is not treated properly or immediately, it can lead to gradual and eventual hearing loss or even permanent damage to the ear.

If you feel any sort of itching or dull hearing in your ear, it is important to get yourself to your general practitioner’s office. Do not wait to contract a fever—some infections come without them. They will be able to give you a pretty suitable idea of what you can do to battle your ear infection successfully. Do not ever be stubborn about being assigned medication for your ear infection. People have actually died from refusing to take their ear medication.

 

Remember:

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You are your first and last line of defense in protecting your ears and hearing.

 

 

Spotting the Early Signs - Spotting the Early Signs: Indicators Your Child Has Hearing Loss

Spotting the Early Signs: Indicators Your Child Has Hearing Loss

Parents and elders are always the first line of defense when it comes to the wellness of the young. Today, we discuss the indicators that may point out that your child has hearing loss or hearing issues. As children and teenagers are still developing on a biological standpoint, it may be a tad difficult to ascertain if they are legitimately experiencing hearing loss or are simply refusing to reply.

The important thing that you must look out for is consistency. If your child is consistently showing these indicators, it is important that you get them checked out by their pediatricians immediately:

 

Raised voice when speaking

If you have ever listened to loud music through a headset and tried to communicate, chances are you were speaking loudly. This is because humans automatically adjust the volume of their voices in a manner that their ears can pick up efficiently. It is a biological thing and it is something that most people may not even realize that they are doing.

So when your child has a sudden spike in volume when they are talking (and you have asked them to tone it down repeatedly) they may be experiencing hearing loss. Speaking in a raised tone of voice when they are merely trying to convey something (read that as not angry) is a very clear sign that there might be something amiss with their hearing.

 

Automatically moves ear closer when spoken to

What is easy to locate about the indicators of hearing loss is that they are done consistently and automatically. When you are addressing your child and they tend to move their favored ear closer to you in order to hear you speak, you may be staring at one of the clearer indicators that something is amiss.

A pretty sure indicator is their face when you are speaking. If they appear that they are focused on your mouth (trying to read your lips) and seem like they are concentrating extra hard to try to digest your words, you may need to ask if they having difficulty hearing you.

 

Slipping Grades

An odd indicator, but often fairly spot on—if you notice that your child’s grades have been slipping drastically, schedule an appointment with the teacher. If there are any points like difficulty hearing, inattentiveness, or lack of participation in class, determine the causes. If both you and teacher agree that there are very little outside factors to illicit that sort of performance from your child, it might be time to take your child to their pediatrician.

For this pointer, it is crucial that you be kind. Do not bully your child into providing reasons why their grades might be slipping. Grades fall all the time and it is important to remember that your child needs your help most of all.

 

Remember:

Early detection is important in order to help your child adjust and cope to any progressive hearing loss. If the hearing loss is temporary, getting them checked is a great way to get them started on recovery.

 

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