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Some fundamental information on hearing loss are discussed first. Hearing impairment happens the moment a person notices a reduced level in his or her hearing ability. Hearing loss varies in severity and can affect anyone regardless of age group although the elderly have the most number of hearing loss cases. If you are suffering from hearing loss, taking the time to understand the type of hearing loss you have as well as the causes of hearing loss is important so you can look for the best solutions to the problem. The causes of one’s hearing loss are actually divided into three regions: outer, middle and inner ear hearing problems. Hearing loss in the outer ear is commonly caused by ear wax buildup and infection in the auditory canal. Although treatments for these problems are simple; you need to make sure that you get treatment quickly so as to prevent the problem from worsening.
Middle ear hearing loss on the other hand are caused by stiffening of the bones found in the middle ear; fluid behind the eardrums due to water activities or at certain cases, moist environments and inflammation; all of these causes cause an interference on how the middle ear functions. Middle ear hearing loss can typically be treated using surgery or by taking medications but in cases where either solutions are not available, using hearing aids are the alternative. The most common hearing problems occur in the middle ear and the most common cause is aging although hearing loss can also be cause by medications; overexposure to extremely loud noise and skull fracture. These factors damage delicate hair cells in the inner ear that affects the transmission of signals to the auditory nerves within the ear. Although most hearing loss in the inner ear cannot be medically addressed, the use of hearing aids or implants are recommended.
So what do you have to do if you find yourself with hearing loss? There are different options that you can look into when it comes to treating and rehabilitation from hearing loss and it all depends on the severity of the condition, the onset and the type of hearing loss that you are experiencing The first thing that you need to do is to undergo hearing assessments and medical evaluation so the audiologist can determine the type of hearing loss you are experiencing and the treatment options that you should look into. Although there are certain types of hearing loss that can be treated using medication or surgery, most audiologists recommend the use of hearing aids. Choose an audiologist wisely; choose to consult with doctors that not only has been in practice for a long time but are recommended by their previous and current patients.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to a person losing their ability to hear. The most common cause of course is age and being exposed to extremely loud noises for a long period of time. Review may not believe it but there are a number of different natural methods that you can look into so you can reverse hearing loss. A common and natural method is to get enough of vitamin D in your diet saints and vitamin D is known to help reverse with hearing loss and naturally. This is the reason there are many people that think getting enough morning sunshine helps improve their ability to hear. Getting more than enough morning sunshine helps our body produce more vitamin D. Not getting enough vitamin D in our system would cause insufficient amounts of Cal shown that is needed in the fluid found in the inner ear.
Getting calcium in the inner ear is very important because without it, the tiny bones on the inner ear would easily get damaged and cause interference with the transmission of sound. This is the reason that other than taking Vitamin D supplements, you are advised to spend up to 20 minutes a day sitting in the morning sunshine. You need to understands that hearing loss can be reversed with the proper nutrition as there are studies that have shown people with Vitamin A, E and D deficiency are more prone to suffer from hearing loss. You can also consider taking nutritional supplements to get more of these vitamins into your system.
You can also try avoiding extremely loud noises. So turning up the volume of your ear phones or head phones that can damage the tiny inner ear hair cells and cause hearing loss. You need to make sure however, that you would avoid any medications are treatments and that you did not consult your Physician about. This can help guarantee you would not suffer any adverse side effects from treatments or drugs you do not know anything about. If you are going to consult with a Physician for the first time, you need to tell him or her about your complete medical history so the Physician can properly diagnose and prescribe treatment or medications. Choose to consult with Physicians that have been around for a long time and have established a pretty good track record among their previous and current patients.
According to the NID (National Institute of Deafness), some 36 million people in this country have some form of problem with their hearing. The NID also revealed that people who are frequently exposed to high frequency or loud noises are at the biggest risk of developing problems. Many people who work in loud environments do not seek help for their hearing until after the damage has been done. They then require hearing aid technology in order to improve their hearing. This is highly unfortunate, as their hearing problems could easily have been avoided. There are a number of jobs where the risk of developing hearing problems is particularly high. This is why, if someone is employed in any of the following professions, they must work towards protecting their hearing.
Dentistry is the first job. Few people consider dentistry to be an at risk job, but the noises generated here are actually very high. It only takes a noise to be above 85 decibels for hearing to be at risk, and various pieces of dental equipment actually exceed this. It is the drill in particular that poses the most risk, which is why protective hearing devices should always be worn when this is used. Construction workers are also at risk. The biggest issue here is that the exposure to loud noises is almost continuous. Because workers want to communicate with each other, they often don’t wear ear plugs. They should make far greater efforts to be supplied with protective hearing products that also allow them to still communicate. Aviation is another profession where workers are at risk. They have to deal with high frequency and high intensity noises all day long. This can be caused by the various elements of airplanes, including the actuators, propellers and rotors for instance. The military is also at particular risk. Indeed, a huge proportion of veterans suffers from some form of hearing problem. This is why current research is being done into whether military personnel could do their job properly while wearing protective hearing devices. Soldiers are most at risk from explosive noises. However, wearing protective hearing devices could make it harder to be aware of surroundings.
Although not a job, those who shoot or hunt as a hobby are also at risk. Although it cannot be enforced, those who engage in these sports should be committed themselves to protecting their hearing. The above professions post the most risk of hearing loss. However, the risk exists in any profession where noises are common.
Too may people think that wearing a hearing aid is just a way to help people hear better, so they can enjoy sounds. It cannot be denied that people with hearing aid can suddenly enjoy sounds properly, but hearing aids are actually about a lot more than that. In reality, they help to increase people’s personal safety. Not just that, they actually increase both physical and mental personal safety, which is very important. Let’s explore these issues in greater details.
It has been demonstrated that those with untreated hearing problems are at an increased risk of mental health issues. One of the more common mental health issues is depression, sometimes coupled with suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, many people with undiagnosed or untreated hearing problems become paranoid, sometimes to the point that they start to put themselves at risk while actually thinking they are protecting themselves from an imaginary threat. As these issues can all be resolved by wearing a hearing aid, it quickly becomes clear how important they actually are for personal safety. However, the physical personal safety is perhaps even clearer. Our children are told again and again to never cross a road until they have stopped, looked and listened. It is obvious that listening is not an option for people who don’t have fantastic hearing. Furthermore, not being able to hear the sounds of life around you can be a real problem and danger. One situation would be if something is falling. People with normal hearing are generally able to hear the sound. If not, then you will probably hear the people around you who are shouting to be careful. This is why, when a tree is felled, the logger will shout “timber”. If you hearing isn’t perfect, then you wouldn’t be able to hear this, meaning the chance of you getting hurt is bigger. Once again, this demonstrates how strong the link between hearing aids and personal safety actually is.
Wearing a hearing aid is something that can help people live happier, safer lives. This really demonstrates the importance of these devices. This also points to the fact that there should be far greater awareness about hearing problems. It is very rare, for example, for a patient to have their hearing tested if they come to their physician with mental health problems. Furthermore, we have to recognize that people often don’t seek medical attention because they don’t even notice their hearing is deteriorating, because it is such a gradual process. Clearly, they have to take some steps to recognize their problems as well, which can be done by increasing overall awareness of hearing problems and the benefits of hearing aids.
All musical instruments could potentially cause hearing loss as they make a lot of noise. It is the high frequency noises that people need to be most aware of. Two instruments that are particularly concerning are the viola and the violin, because they have to be placed close to the ear in order to be played. Only those musicians that can hear all the sounds properly are able to play their instrument the right way too. This is why it is so important for people to use mutes when practicing, whether it is for a rock band or an orchestra. It seems, however, that those who play in rock bands have worse hearing then those who play in an orchestra. Interestingly, spectators of rock bands tend to have worse hearing than spectators of orchestras too.
It is very important to be protected from potential noise injuries. Ear plugs would be a good solution, but they distort sound. As such, they aren’t suitable either for those playing instruments or those visiting music events. A lot of people do find that vented ear plugs are a good solution. There is also the option of choosing an ear plug designed for specific instruments, which is the best option of all. These, however, are not suitable for people visiting music events. You could also choose to use a plexiglass baffle. There are also various ear monitors available that can benefit people who need to protect their hearing. These monitors should be worn by anybody who only needs to hear their own instrument.
People who visit musical events need to be particularly concerned about the loudspeakers. This is due to the fact that speakers emit low frequencies in all directions, and high frequencies in a straight line. It is for this reason in particular that attending a rock concert is more damaging to hearing than attending an orchestra performance. Loudspeakers are generally not used for an orchestra performance, as they simply use the natural projection of sound. As such, if you want to attend a rock concert, you should always wear some form of ear protection. However, this does not mean your hearing cannot be damaged by attending an orchestra performance. Since orchestra performances are all about hearing the individual sounds, most spectators do not like to wear ear protection. Too many of us think our hearing will always be fine, damaging it slowly but irreparably over time. It is possible to enjoy or play live music and protect your hearing at the same time. Because knowledge about hearing is becoming more advanced, more protection is out there as well now.
Various studies have demonstrated that men and women with untreated hearing loss are at a greater risk of having a number of mental health problems. Although depression is the most common of these problems, anxiety and paranoia are also prevalent. It is truly compelling to see the evidence that supports the link between hearing loss and mental health issues.
The NCOA (National Council on Aging) recently conducted a study that people over the age of 50 with untreated hearing loss were more likely to also experience depression, anger, anxiety, paranoia, emotional instability and frustration. Also, these people were less likely to take part in various social activities. There was also a direct correlation between the level of hearing loss and the level of mental health problems. It has also been found in a different study that elderly people have an 80% increased chance of developing depression and 46% increased chance of having low self-esteem if they also have untreated hearing loss. However, the problem exists not only in the elderly. One recent Italian study monitored people between the age of 35 and 54. The conclusions drawn by the study were pretty similar to the others. Effectively, the higher the rate of hearing loss, the more depressed and socially isolated people felt. One of the main things that they reported was that people with hearing loss struggled to participate in recreational activities. A lot of people also mentioned that they struggled to work properly and that they experienced a lot of hostility. Some 60% of the people in the study actually reported having feelings of depression. On a clinical basis, 20% had at least three of the clinical depression symptoms. Other commonly reported problems were issues with sleeping and loss of interest.
Sadly, none of these people should have to feel this way, as they can simply use a hearing aid. The improvements to overall quality of life and mental health issues is huge. Indeed, their overall health would improve significantly, also because they would have a better self-view. The biggest conclusions of all the different studies are that people should have any hearing problems identified as soon as possible. This means health and mental health professionals must sign up to this idea as well. Unfortunately, at the minute, it is very rare for a health professional to even consider whether their patients may have hearing problems when they present with mental health symptoms. This does show that it is hugely important that greater awareness is raised, and that this also includes the general public.
For military veterans, the damage on the ears from extremely loud noises like the sounds of shooting firearms; aircraft engines an explosions would contribute to hearing loss on top of their advanced age. This exposure to loud noises damages the delicate hair cells within the inner ear and not given enough time to recover, preventing sounds to be transmitted properly and preventing them from hearing properly. Not being able to hear conversations clearly or not hearing anything at all is a sure sign that a person’s hearing has deteriorated significantly. But in order to know the severity of one’s hearing loss, physicians may refer patients to an audiologist that can do hearing tests. This would help the audiologists recommend solutions and treatments that can help the veterans hear better.
The audiologist determines treatment depending on the severity or extent of the patient’s hearing loss. If there is severe hearing loss, the audiologist would recommend the use of hearing aids as it makes sounds louder, allowing patients to hear better. But there are other veterans that suffer from extreme hearing loss in which case surgically implanted hearing devices are considered. This is after they have done even more hearing tests and after exhausting all possible options. Regardless of age, there are a number of things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to getting treatment for hearing loss.
To start, you need to see a physician right away if you notice any signs that you are losing your hearing. Be certain that you are going to choose the right audiologists. Usually, your doctor would recommend specialists but you can also do your search for local audiologists if none was recommended by your doctor. This can help you guarantee that you are going to consult with an audiologist that you can trust when it comes to services. You could do background research on these audiologists. You can check if the audiologist has been in practice for a long time as this would indicate that the specialist is dependable and can be trusted to provide quality services to their patients. You also have to determine if the audiologist is recommended by their previous patients and have a good reputation in the industry. You can also compare at least two audiologists with each other to be sure you would consult with the best.
Chemotherapy affects different people differently, but it is never nice. There are well over 100 chemotherapy drugs out there, which is one of the reasons why it is experienced so differently. For every drug, a whole list of side effects exists. It is best to have a conversation with your physician before you start your treatment in order to gauge what you can expect. They will have all the necessary information about the specific drug that has been prescribed to you. You can, of course, do some research yourself but be aware that the internet almost always shows the worst case scenario. Also keep in mind that it is highly unlikely that you will experience every single one of the listed side effects. Additionally, many people only have mild side effects, even if they have many. Naturally, it is never nice to go through chemotherapy and you are likely to only experience the side effects for a short period of time. Once you have completed your course of chemo, the side effects will start to get less bad and you can also take medication to help lower the effects. However, if you are worried about your side effects, speak to your physician.
So how does chemotherapy actually case side effects? The drug gets to work in damaging the different dividing cells. Compared to healthy cells, cancer cells divide much quicker. As such, chemo tries to destroy these cells. Unfortunately, some of the healthy cells have to divide quickly too, and these then also get destroyed. This is true for the cells of hair, skin and nails for instance. However, these cells are healthy meaning that they will recover once treatment has been completed. The bone marrow, nerves, the digestive system and the mouth are often affected by chemotherapy. You should be given information about how to cope with these side effects by your physician.
It is possible, as stated, that your nerves are affected. More often than not, it is only the nerves in the hands and feet that are affected. They can be left to feel numb, or you may experience pins and needles. Unfortunately, it can take a long time after treatment has finished for this to go back to normal. However, you will definitely see a gradual improvement. Last but not least, the nerves of your hearing may be affected. Luckily, this should also improve after your treatment ends. However, do inform your physician immediately if this is one of the side effects you experience. Unfortunately, hearing loss can be permanent, hence your physician may want to change the dosage of your drugs or even change it altogether.
Though not the most appealing of conversational topics, there are actually a number of interesting facts about earwax that you have never heard (the pun stops here) of before. First things first; what exactly is earwax made of? Earwax or cerumen, if you prefer its scientific name is formed when dead skin cells, sebum and gland secretions from the outer ear canal combine. And there are two types of ear wax. There is the wet and dry ear wax and the type you have depends a lot on genetics. Though mostly unappealing, ear wax is actually one of our body’s protective device. Ear wax has the exact same functions as eyelashes and nose hair does; it is used to trap dust, bacteria and micro organisms that could infect the body or cause sickness by entering the ears.
Also, ear wax provides lubrication in the ears pretty much working the same way tears do. Without ear wax, both our ears would feel itchy and dry all the time. Ear wax also make our ears self-cleaning. This happens when we chew or move our jaws; the ear wax is slowly churned from our ear drums up to the opening where it would dry up or flake off. This is why you should never, ever stick anything bigger than your thumb inside your ears and yes, this would include those soft, cotton-tipped ear swabs; your ears are cleaning themselves, leave them alone. You actually do no more than push the ear wax further into our ear which can cause blockage and a lot of other problems. It is also best that you consult with your doctor first if you are having problems with ear wax blockage, it is best that you avoid self medication or trying any treatments without getting a green light from your doctor.
However, if you prefer to clean your ears yourself, you can look into a few things before you decide to spend your time and effort fixing the problem. To start with, you have to soften the wax by putting a drop of baby oil in your ear at least twice a day until the ear wax get soft enough to be washed away easily. If none of the known home treatments work, you need to consult with your doctor so he can remove the blockage himself or prescribe some other type of treatment. And to help you prevent any other problems, you could choose to set ear cleaning appointments with your doctor. Before you try medications and treatments do keep in mind that you have to consult with your doctor first before you decide to try anything to guarantee your safety.
Hearing dogs are specifically trained to inform deaf or hearing impaired people to everyday household sounds like telephone ringing; smoke and burglar alarms; door knocks, etc. Before you decide to get one of these hearing dogs, it is important to learn about the two types of hearing dogs. First, you have the Home Hearing Dog. These are dogs that are trained to alert their owners specifically to home sounds and home sounds only. This means that home hearing dogs do not have certification and thus are not allowed to assist their owners in public areas. So for people that do not leave home without a companion and does not have a need to pay attention to sounds that are coming from public places, home hearing dogs are their best options.
On the other hand, you have Certified Hearing Dogs. These types of dogs are trained and certified to alert their owners to sounds that come from public areas like restaurants. malls, supermarkets or even airports. So how exactly are hearing dogs trained? What training centers do first is they adopt young adult dogs from shelters and train them over a period of four to six months. Training centers choose dogs with the right temperament for training: confident, friendly and displays interest in human interaction and toys or treats or both. The dog’s training involves socializing in public areas; responding to obedience commands and responding to common household sounds. When the dog nears completion of his or her training they are matched with applicants that not only would benefit from having a hearing dog but can also provide a good, loving home to the dog.
So what are the different requirements you need to complete in order to get qualified as a hearing dog owner? To get approved for a home hearing dog, you need to have severe hearing loss; you need to love dogs; you need to have enough time and patience to care for the dog and that there is no other dog living in the house. To get qualified for certified hearing dogs, you have to be at least 21 years old and capable both mentally and physically to keep the dog well behaved when the two of you are out in public areas. Most training centers do not require payment for the dogs they train however, they require applicants to show proof that they have the finances to support the dogs they get.