Hearing Health Blog
Central to the type of hearing loss known as “sensorineural” is damage to the tiny “hair cells” that reside within the cochlea, where these sensory receptors convert sound waves into electrical signals that they transmit through the acoustic nerve to the brain. Unfortunately, once hair cells become damaged by loud noise, they do not have the ability to regenerate.
As increasing numbers of people have come to view hearing instruments as a technology extension to the smartphone, their coolness factor has risen commensurately. No longer regarded simply as a means of improving hearing, hearing instruments with Bluetooth connectivity have attained new status as communication and information-gathering devices. While once only compatible with Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems, newer
“Tinnitus” (ringing or buzzing in the ears) typically occurs as a result of overexposure to loud noises that damage the hair cells of the inner ear. Consequently, musicians, landscapers, factory workers, police/fire/ambulance workers, military personnel, and power tool users are afflicted with chronic buzzing in their ears. Although tinnitus’ exact cause remains elusive, the problem probably rests with noise-related
When people lean in to intently listen to what another person is saying, they usually instinctively turn their heads to the right side. There is a reason for this. Recent research has found that both children and adults rely more on their right ears for processing and retaining what they hear. This bias can largely be explained by the
The human ear is a very complex thing that is made up of several parts. Therefore, hearing loss can occur when any of those elements start to show signs of failure. Understanding the different types of hearing loss can give you the best chance of spotting and treating those problems. When a problem does surface, booking an appointment to see
Despite the fact that smoking during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that ten percent of women still smoke during the first three months of pregnancy. Now, women have one more reason to give up their smoking habit. Recent research indicates
Individuals who have normal to moderate hearing loss in one ear and no usable hearing in the other ear might be helped by a “CROS” (contralateral routing of signal) or “BiCROS” (bilateral routing of signal) hearing instrument. By using a transmitter unit with a microphone that is worn on the ear with no usable hearing, sounds are gathered and