Hearing Articles

Do you need a hearing test?

People who feel that everyone is mumbling and have a hard time carrying on a conversation in a noisy environment may have hearing loss. The condition may be caused by aging, genes, or nerve cell damage from too much exposure to loud noise. People with symptoms of hearing loss should see an ear, nose, and throat doctor to determine if difficulty hearing represents hearing loss or results from infection, earwax buildup, or tumor growth. Hearing loss may be treated with hearing aids. (Locked) More »

Are painkillers also killing your hearing?

Frequent and long-term use of pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), may be a risk factor for hearing loss. Researchers say the pain relievers may damage the cochlea, the snail-shaped hearing mechanism in the inner ear. Ibuprofen can reduce blood flow to the cochlea, which could result in cellular damage and cell death. Acetaminophen may deplete the antioxidant glutathione, which protects the cochlea from damage. It’s important to take these medications mindfully and to limit their use as much as possible. (Locked) More »

Boost your hearing aid success

When buying a hearing aid, it’s easy to be distracted by price and technology. Experts recommend that consumers insist on hearing aids they can make too loud with no feedback, as well as a volume control to adjust the device to the desired loudness. Basic devices may have enough technology for a person’s needs. Sometimes a larger, more powerful aid will do the job better than a small device. Audiologists know dozens of tricks to make sure a hearing aid will be comfortable and work properly. Hearing aids purchased on the Internet do not come with the assistance of an audiologist to help make sure it’s properly adjusted. (Locked) More »

Should you be screened for a hearing problem?

  Hearing loss is an inevitable part of aging. Although hearing loss can be treated, most older adults live in silence rather than get a hearing aid. A primary care physician can look for earwax buildup and administer a hearing test to diagnose hearing problems. An audiologist can administer follow-up tests and fit people for hearing aids to help them hear the sounds they’ve been missing. Lifestyle measures, such as talking in quiet environments and using assistive devices, can also ensure that women don’t miss out on important conversations.   (Locked) More »

Tips for living with tinnitus

  Millions of Americans live with tinnitus, a constant ringing or sound in the ears. Most treatments aim to minimize the symptoms, mask the sound, or deemphasize one's negative response to the sound.   (Locked) More »

When to get your hearing checked

  If you are having trouble hearing—or others say you are—a hearing test is a good idea. Common signs of hearing loss include difficulty hearing people on the phone or in noisy environments, or needing to turn up the TV or radio volume.   (Locked) More »