Tag Archives: hearing loss

Coronavirus-Related Hearing Loss

COVID and Hearing Health Most otolaryngologists will agree that hearing complaints are on the rise this past year – whether it’s sudden hearing loss, new onset sensory hearing loss, and new or worsening tinnitus (ringing in the ears).  We have seen these complaints during and following a confirmed COVID-19 infection, as well as seemingly on […]

Is hearing loss costing you $20,000 a year?

The numbers may be a little bit dated now, certainly higher in today’s terms. A good article from 2012 broke down some of the occupational expenses of untreated hearing loss. Most notably, the average employee with any degree of untreated hearing loss earned about $11,000 less than their peers. For severe untreated hearing loss this […]

Hearing Aid Tech for Background Noise

Hearing aid technology that helps with limiting undesired background noise When a person with hearing issues opts to use a hearing aid, the last thing they want to experience is unwanted noise. More often than not however, background noise is a major nuisance that keep irritating these clients. Many confess that this undesired noise is […]

Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation for Ear Pressure

There is now a treatment option available for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD). The ear’s eustachian tube connects the sealed-off middle ear space to the back the nose/ sinuses to help keep ear pressure regulated. Blockage of the eustachian tube happens by conditions like allergies, sinus infections, adenoiditis, or just poor development to begin with. When […]

Untreated hearing loss and risks of cognitive decline and dementia

Untreated hearing loss usually take its toll on the patient gradually. According to the American Hearing Loss Association of America, almost 50 million Americans suffer from varying degrees of hearing loss. Many of these are those over 65 years. At 75 years, about a half of the population have the problem. Early intervention can help […]

Safe Treatment for Earwax

ear exam

The role of earwax The body produces earwax (scientifically referred to as cerumen) for a number pf reasons. These include: Keeps the ear lubricated Traps dust Kills any microorganisms invading the ear canal Traps insects and other crawling things from getting to the eardrum Overall, earwax keeps the ear clean Should I have my earwax […]

Hyperacusis and Her Little Sister Misophonia

The uncoiled cochlea

Hyperacusis is an over-sensitivity to sounds. For those individuals experiencing hyperacusis some everyday sounds (the dishes, the vacuum, laughter, riding in the car etc.) may be uncomfortable or even painful for them. The first step for a person with hyperacusis is to get a complete evaluation by an Otolaryngologist (ENT) and an Audiologist. A variety of possible causes will […]

Hearing Loss & Mental Decline: It is Real!

In the April 2016 Journals of Gerontology a large study reporting over a thousand older adults with hearing impairment was published.  The study looked at the impacts of moderate-to-severe hearing loss versus mild loss on memory and cognitive decline.  The findings were remarkable for there being a 55% higher rate of decline in the more severe […]

Dizzy? Is it vertigo?

Benign Positional Vertigo (or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) Vertigo is special kind of dizziness that give you a severe sense of spinning or motion. It is usually a sign of an inner ear disorder, but can be a result of the balance nerve (vestibulo-cochlear nerve) or balance center in the brain. Vertigo can be quite […]