Hearing Loss: The Most Common Causes & How to Manage Your Hearing Health

October 19, 2018 2
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Hearing Loss Facts

Hearing loss is much more common than you might think. In fact, hearing loss, in one form or another, affects nearly 750 million adults worldwide. Breaking that huge number down, that’s more than 48 million Americans who are living with hearing loss right now. According to Frank Lin, M.D., associate professor of otolaryngology and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, “That includes 1 in 6 baby boomers and two-thirds of people over 70”. And, hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States to date, falling only behind Heart Disease and Arthritis.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three basic types of hearing loss; Conductive, Sensorineural and a combination of the two. Conductive hearing loss is generally caused by infections of the ear, scarring of the eardrum, excessive wax collection, and other various medical issues. Sensorineural hearing loss is the more common type of hearing loss and can be caused by loud noise exposure, aging, smoking, ototoxicity (medication interactions) and a variety of other health issues (e.g. stroke, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, shingles…etc.). Hearing loss can also be hereditary. Yup! We can get that from our families as well!

 

The Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss

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Odds are, you may be living with some type of hearing loss. Every type of hearing loss has several contributing factors and can be caused by a number of various combinations of things. According to Starkey Hearing technologies, “Exposure to loud noise is a common cause of both hearing loss and tinnitus. Infections are also a common cause, as are birth defects, genetics and reactions to drugs (especially chemotherapy or drugs used for cancer treatment).”

Get to Good Hearing Health

The best way to stay in good hearing health is by making sure you receive a complete hearing exam annually, especially as you reach your adult years. Let’s face it, we put our hearing abilities to the test throughout our lives. This can be especially true as teenagers and adults who work with loud noises.

Your brain devotes a lot of resources toward hearing well,” says Lin. “When words are garbled, it [your brain] has to work harder to hear at the expense of other functions.” This is exactly why not wearing a hearing aid (s) causes a variety of concerns.  Because hearing loss has the ability to disconnect us from our surroundings, hearing loss has been linked to falls, social isolation, depression and even dementia.

Remember when they told you “40 was just a number” or “30 was the NEW 40”? Well, hearing aids could be the NEW and improved you! Many people think hearing aids will make them look older, but what they don’t realize is that hearing loss is serious. Oh, and not being able to hear makes you look pretty old too. It’s time to remind yourself that needing help with hearing is no different than needing glasses to read.

Rhode Island Hearing Aids & Hearing Care

Physicians Hearing Solutions is committed to working together to bring the most quality hearing healthcare to our patients in order to achieve our overall goal of improving all of our patients with an increased quality of life. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to earning the trust and respect of all of our patients, through providing professionalism; ensuring a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment; exceeding your expectations; listening to those we are privileged to serve; and always striving for continuous improvements at all levels.

At Physicians Hearing Solutions, we offer specialized hearing help from determining a hearing loss to finding the right hearing solution for your lifestyle and budget. Physicians Hearing Solutions also offers patients the choice of seeing one of our Doctors of Audiology or our National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist. Our hearing healthcare professionals offer patients a clear path to better hearing health combined with specialized hearing support services. Each of the Physicians Hearing Solutions team member’s value providing a superior patient experience and quality hearing healthcare services to all patients, every time.

Schedule your free hearing screening today: (401) 921-0181 or find us online at: www.phsdocs.com.


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