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.
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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.
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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.
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Ringing in the ears is called tinnitus. There are many factors that cause the ringing, buzzing or hissing sound.
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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.
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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.
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Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Evaluation
ABR is used to determine the cause of hearing loss and candidacy for hearing loss treatments.
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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.
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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.