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Hearing Health

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Hearing Health: What You Need to Know

  • You can take several steps to lower your risk of hearing loss, starting with a baseline hearing test. Other precautions include wearing earphones with custom ear molds or earplugs when you are exposed to loud performances, activities or work environments and turning the volume down on TVs, computers and MP3 players.
  • If you already have hearing loss, a skilled audiologist can help find the right hearing aid or assistive listening device for your lifestyle and needs. A range of companies make and develop hearing technologies and patients today have a wide array of hearing aids to choose from. Your audiologist will work closely with you to test, fit and fine-tune your hearing device.

Protecting your hearing health is vital to everyone, no matter what their age. Loud music, games and other entertainment, along with noise pollution and other factors make it vital to protect your hearing.

What is an Audiologist?

And audiologist is a health care professional who identifies, assesses and manages disorders of hearing, balance and other neural systems.

Learn more about audiologists.

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects nearly 36 million adults in the United States. Hearing loss can have hereditary causes or be brought on by damage to the hearing system.

Learn more about hearing loss.

Caregiver Guidance: Resisting Help for Hearing Loss

Older adults may struggle to accept hearing loss. If hearing loss is left untreated, it can worsen. Untreated hearing loss is associated with a greater risk of psychological problems.

Learn more about how you can help a loved one who is resisting help for hearing loss.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are many different types of hearing loss, from loss of hair cells in the inner ear to inherited factors. Treatment options vary between types.

Learn more about the types of hearing loss.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

The inner ears may be damaged when exposed to extremely loud noises or loud noises for an extended period of time.

Learn more about noise-induced hearing loss.

Tinnitus

Ringing in the ears is called tinnitus. There are many factors that cause the ringing, buzzing or hissing sound.

Learn more about tinnitus.

Age-Related Hearing Loss (Presbycusis)

Age-related hearing loss is a gradual loss of hearing in both ears. It’s a common problem, affecting one in three adults over 65.

Learn more about age-related hearing loss (presbycusis).

Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing loss in children can be present at birth or develop later in childhood. Early intervention is key to achieving the best outcomes.

Learn more about hearing loss in children.

Age-Appropriate Speech and Hearing Milestones

While children respond differently at different stages of growth and development, hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not developing their language skills appropriately.

Learn more about age-appropriate speech and hearing milestones.

Baseline Hearing Testing

Baseline hearing testing is used to identify hearing ability. It is used to create a picture as to how severe your hearing loss is.

Learn more about baseline hearing testing.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Evaluation

ABR is used to determine the cause of hearing loss and candidacy for hearing loss treatments.

Learn more about ABR evaluation.

Otoacoustic Emission Testing (OAE)

OAE testing measures hair cell function in the inner ear.

Learn more about OAE testing.

Speech Audiometry

Speech audiometry is a two-part test which evaluates how loud speech needs to be for you to hear it and how clearly you understand and distinguish different words when you hear them spoken.

Learn more about speech audiometry.

Understanding Your Audiogram

An audiogram is a chart that shows the results of your hearing test.

Learn more about understanding your audiogram.

Hearing and Speech Communication Services and Devices

Along with medical intervention and hearing aids, there are many devices and services available to help improve and support communication in daily life.

Learn more about hearing and speech communication services and devices.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are electronic, battery-operated devices that can amplify and change sound.

Learn more about hearing aids.

How Do Hearing Aids Work?

Hearing aids work through a three-part system: a microphone, amplifier and speaker.

Learn more about how hearing aids work.

Caring for Your Hearing Aids

Proper care of your hearing aids can help them continue to work effectively and avoid the need for repairs.

Learn more about proper hearing aid care.

Troubleshooting Hearing Aids

If your hearing aid is not working properly, you may be able to resolve the issue on your own.

Learn more about troubleshooting your hearing aid.

Cochlear Implant Surgery

A cochlear implant is different from a hearing aid. A hearing aid makes sounds louder and helps someone who has some hearing loss. But a cochlear implant can help a person with very little or no hearing (partial or complete deafness).

Learn more about cochlear implants.

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