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5 Surprising Things Treating Hearing Loss Says About You



Are you brushing off a hearing problem because you’re afraid it might say the wrong thing about you?  Well think again. Research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids enjoy a better overall quality of life. In fact, you just may be surprised—and inspired—by these five things that treating hearing loss says about you:

(1) You’re a go-getter

Research has found that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to tackle problems actively. Addressing hearing loss shows self-assurance and a willingness to deal with issues head-on. Most hearing aid users in the workforce even say it has helped their performance on the job.

(2 ) You value your relationships

Healthy relationships thrive with good communication. Treating hearing loss lets close family and friends know that you want to stay connected and involved in your relationships with them. Most people currently wearing hearing aids say it not only helps their overall ability to communicate effectively, but it also has a positive effect on their relationships. And they’re more likely to have a strong social network.

(3) You like to be active

If you enjoy an active lifestyle, you’re not going to let untreated hearing loss stop you. Treating hearing loss means you have every intention of keeping up the pace of a fulfilling life. In fact, research shows, people with hearing difficulty who use hearing aids get more pleasure in doing things and are even more likely to exercise and meet up with friends to socialize.

(4) You love living life

The more exuberance you have for life, the less likely it is you’ll let untreated hearing loss get in your way. When you address hearing loss, you let the world know you love living life, and you’re going to live it with delight. Research even shows that people

with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic and feel engaged in life.

(5) You’re tech savvy & make the most of what modern life has to offer

Sleek and cutting-edge, today’s wireless hearing aids are a front-runner in personal consumer electronics. At its best, technology offers solutions, enriches life, and makes us more efficient. Today’s modern hearing aids do all three. When you invest in your hearing health by using state-of-the-art hearing aids, you make it clear that you’re a present-day leader ready to reap the rewards that modern technology has to offer.

August 21st, 2015|Hearing Aids, Hearing Health|

Information about ear wax!

  • Earwax is produced by glands in the ear canal.
  • The purpose of earwax is to trap dust and other small particles and prevent them from damaging or infecting the eardrum.
  • Normally, the wax falls out of the ear, along with any trapped dust or debris.
  • Everyone makes ear wax, but the amount and type are genetically determined.
  • Smaller ear canals make it difficult for wax to get out, leading to wax impaction.
  • Impaction also occurs when wax gets pushed deep within the ear canal.
  • Blockages affect about 6% of people and are one of the most common ear problems.
  • The most common cause of wax impaction is the insertion of cotton swabs or other objects in to the ear.
June 17th, 2015|Hearing Health|

The MP3 Generation: Headphones and Hearing Loss

Many people listen to their portable music player while commuting, working out, or waiting for an appointment.

What they may not realize, however, is that listening to music through headphones may damage hearing. According to headphones and hearing loss statistics, 17% of adults, along with 12.5% of children and adolescents, have hearing loss that may be caused by excessive exposure to noise.

How loud is too loud?

According to the Dangerous Decibels Campaign from the Oregon Health and Science University, the accepted standards for exposure to loud noise over a continuous time before hearing loss occurs is pegged at 8 hours for 85 dB. For every 3 dB increase above 85 dB, the permissible time of exposure is cut in half. Personal music players can reach up to 110 dB or more.

Most of the hearing loss caused by headphones may fall between 16 to 24 dB, or the volume amounting to a whisper. But if you use ear buds with the volume cranked up to 90%, even two hours a day can cause hearing loss of up to 40 dB over a period of time. It can cause problems when the background noise goes up and can really affect your ability to follow conversations and communicate with others.

Listening to music at a loud volume can set you on a fast track to permanent hearing damage. Habitually listening to music at as loud as 85 dB can permanently damage the microscopic hair cells in the inner ear.

Prolonged exposure to loud noise may cause hearing loss, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot use your music player.

What can you do to save your hearing?

Personal music players are great, and you don’t have to give them up to save your hearing. These practical tips will help you prevent headphone-related hearing loss.

  • Don’t increase the volume to more than 70% of the maximum limit. Never crank it up to the max.
  • If you absolutely must listen to loud music, do it only for a very short time. Give your ears a chance to recover between sessions.
  • If your device supports it, use the volume limit setting to prevent accidentally increasing the volume.
  • Use noise-canceling headphones, which will reduce the background noise, so you don’t have to increase the volume to hear the song.
  • Try not to use earbuds. Headphones that sit over the ear are a much better alternative than earbuds that are stuck deep inside the ear canal.
  • Use earplugs at music concerts, regardless of how far you are from the stage.
  • Have your hearing tested regularly to catch damage early
May 13th, 2015|Hearing Health, Hearing Loss|