Category: Medical

How Occupational Noise Exposure Causes Hearing Loss

Occupational noise exposure occurs when a worker is exposed to loud noise or ototoxic chemicals causing a hearing loss.  Examples of excessively loud sounds are a jackhammer, factory, sports arena, bar or sirens. Working with solvents, metals or taking specific medications can

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Medications that Damage Hearing and Balance

There are many over the counter and prescription medications that have a negative effect on hearing and balance.  This is known as ototoxicity.  Loss of hearing, tinnitus (noises in the ears) and balance issues can be temporary or permanent. 

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Noise-induced Hearing Loss: Causes and Prevention

One of the main causes of hearing loss is exposure to loud sounds. It can happen from occupational noise (factory, lawnmower), leisure activities (sports arena, firearms)  music (bar, concert)  or accidental exposure such as a fire cracker explosion close by the ear.

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Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants, What’s Right for You?

Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants are both treatments for hearing loss.  A hearing aid is an externally worn device that processes and amplifies sounds delivered to the eardrum, middle ear system, and through to the inner ear where electrical impulses are generated for ascending nerve transmission. 

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Airplane Air Damage: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

We are all familiar with our ears popping when flying in an airplane, specifically when ascending or descending.  The air in the ear canal and the air in the middle ear cavity, which is equal at rest, become vastly different as the plane rises or lowers. 

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Congenital vs. Acquired Hearing Loss

The cause of hearing loss is either congenital or acquired.  A congenital hearing loss occurs when an individual is born with a hearing impairment.  It could be caused by a hereditary trait, neonatal developmental condition, or birthing problem.

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Comorbidities with Hearing Loss

Many comorbidities, co-existing diseases, are associated with hearing loss including diabetes, thyroid disease, chronic kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease.  Any health problem, particularly these, which cause a disruption to the blood’s chemical balance

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Adjusting to Hearing Aids

Adjusting to new hearing aids, especially as a first-time user, can be a daunting task.  Many factors including age, type/severity of hearing loss, the time-lapse between noticing hearing problems and seeking help as well as coexisting conditions can influence

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Pathway to the Brain: How Do We Hear Sound?

The hearing mechanism is an amazing system that passes, conducts, transduces and transmits sounds from the environment to our brain in a matter of milliseconds.  Sound waves are collected by the outer ear (pinna) and travel down the ear canal to the eardrum.

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