We all put things off, regularly talking ourselves out of strenuous or uncomfortable activities in favor of something more pleasant or fun. Distractions abound as we tell ourselves that we will eventually get around to whatever we’re presently working to avoid. Usually, procrastination is fairly harmless. We might plan to clear out the basement, for…Read more »
The ironic part of hearing loss is that we don’t tend to begin appreciating our favorite sounds until after we’ve lost the ability to clearly hear them. We don’t stop to think about, for example, how much we appreciate a good conversation with a close friend until we have to habitually ask them to repeat…Read more »
The hearing healthcare marketplace has two barriers that prevent individuals from obtaining better hearing: The inability to recognize hearing loss in the first place (owing to its slow onset), and The temptation to find a quick, easy, and inexpensive remedy. Regrettably, numerous people who have overcome the first barrier have been lured into the apparently…Read more »
Blausen.com staff. “Blausen gallery 2014”. That there is a right way to clean your ears implies that there is a wrong way, and in fact, there is a very wrong way. The wrong way is prevalent, and it violates the first rule of cleaning your ears: don’t insert foreign objects into your ear canal….Read more »
It’s common to think of hearing loss as an inevitable problem associated with aging, or, more recently, as a consequence of the younger generation’s routine use of iPods. But the numbers illustrate that the larger problem may be direct exposure to loud noise at work. In the US, 22 million workers are subjected to potentially…Read more »
The adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly true of hearing aids, and though present day hearing aids are engineered to be more effective than ever, they’re not exactly inexpensive, either. Thankfully, modern digital hearing aids, while not cheap, ARE becoming more inexpensive, in the same way that the majority of consumer…Read more »
More often than not, people are unaware that they have hearing loss. It develops so slowly that it’s often undetectable, and moreover, the majority of family doctors do not regularly screen for hearing loss at the annual physical examination. Taking into account these two facts, it’s no wonder that most people first realize they have…Read more »
Nearly 45 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, which is the perception of sound where no outside sound source exists. This phantom sound is normally identified as a ringing sound, but can also manifest as a buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, or clicking. The first thing to understand about tinnitus is that it’s a symptom, not a…Read more »
Zinc-air-battery-types by Marc Andressen is licensed under Attribution CC 2.0 You could make a strong case that the most critical component of your hearing aid is the battery: without it, nothing else works, and if it fails, your hearing fails with it. In this brief guide, we’ll reveal everything you need to know about…Read more »
The World Health Organization reports that 1.1 billion people are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss, induced by exposure to excess sound levels from personal audio devices and very loud settings such as clubs, bars, concerts, and sporting events. An projected 26 million Americans already suffer from the condition. If noise-induced hearing loss results from…Read more »
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