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Better Hearing for Your Safety

Attention Please!

Auditory signals are present constantly in everyday life. Numerous times a day we encounter telephone ringers, door bells, and smoke detectors. In emergency situations, auditory signals are frequently used to get our attention as well. Police, ambulance, and fire signals are good examples of these warning systems. For individuals with hearing loss, however, these signals can seem weak, and therefore the alert can be missed altogether. As we approach hurricane season and the threat of severe weather, The Hearing Clinic would like to remind you of the importance of being prepared for emergency situations. We all most likely have a checklist for emergencies that includes flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and canned food. How about a hearing check (evaluation) to ensure that you and your loved ones aren’t missing the common alerting signals?

“Sound voids” are moments during listening that lack clarity or understanding. A person that experiences these …

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Smoking and Hearing Loss: One More Reason to Kick the Habit

As we prepare to observe the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 20, it’s important to note that health professionals have known the dangers of smoking for decades — that smoking cigarettes contributes to lung cancer, throat cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, allergies, and other breathing disorders. Yet with all the solid statistical data in place, one out of every five Americans still puffs away daily.

However, a published report on Audiology Online from Western Michigan University indicates a strong link between smoking and hearing loss — yet another reason to kick the habit. According to a study including more than 3,000 people, smokers were nearly 70% more likely than nonsmokers to suffer hearing loss.

The first consideration is related to hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Nicotine and carbon monoxide may actually deplete oxygen levels to the cochlea (the auditory portion of the inner ear), which is bathed in …

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Manage Your Tinnitus in 2014

Are you or someone you know experiencing ringing in the ears? Have you been told that you need to “learn to live with it?” If so, you are not alone. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is severe enough to seek medical attention. Furthermore, approximately two million persons have tinnitus that is so debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives.

Defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present, tinnitus is often referred to as “ringing in the ears” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking sounds. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or changing frequencies. Because there are so many causes of tinnitus, it is important to be thoroughly evaluated to determine what exactly is causing the ringing. Many times people are told that tinnitus is …

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Stop Ringing in the New Year – Manage Your Tinnitus in 2014

You Are Not Alone

Are you or someone you know experiencing ringing in the ears? Have you been told that you need to “learn to live with it?” If so, you are not alone. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is severe enough to seek medical attention. Furthermore, approximately two million persons have tinnitus that is so debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives.

What Is Tinnitus

Defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present, tinnitus is often referred to as “ringing in the ears” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking sounds. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or changing frequencies. Because there are so many causes of tinnitus, it is important to be thoroughly evaluated to determine what exactly is causing …

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