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4 Myths About Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss is one of the top three chronic health conditions in the United States. With all of the conflicting information available online it can be difficult to sort out the facts about hearing loss and hearing aids. Here are four common myths that Starkey, a leading hearing aid manufacturer, has pointed out that can prevent someone from seeking hearing help.
MYTH: Hearing loss only affects the elderly REALITY:There are 48 million people, nearly 1 in 5, over the age of 12 with hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. According to data from the Better Hearing Institute, the majority of people with hearing loss (65%) are under the age of 65.  Hearing loss is a challenge for individuals of all ages because it can adversely affect educational and occupational performance, social interactions, as well as personal safety. MYTH: Hearing aids are noticeable and uncomfortable REALITY:Hearing aids are small and weigh only a few ounces. Frequently asking someone to repeat themselves o…

Do You Hear Ringing, Buzzing or Humming? You Are Not Alone!

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Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, which is the perception of sound (usually ringing, buzzing or humming), when no other sound is present. The majority of researchers agree that tinnitus develops due to a miscommunication between the inner ear organ of hearing, (the cochlea) and the area of the brain and auditory system where sound is processed and assigned meaning. While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, there are several options for management with the help of a professional.
Audiologists with experience in diagnosing and treating tinnitus are the best professionals to work with for tinnitus management. A thorough case history, tinnitus questionnaires and a diagnostic hearing evaluation will help the audiologist determine the specific cause of an individual's tinnitus and develop a treatment & management program. Tinnitus management programs include a combination of counseling and sound therapy with a goal of achieving immediate relief, as well as promot…