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Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing sound some people experience in their ears. Tinnitus severity can come and go and last for different amounts of time. People sometimes experience tinnitus when they are living with a high frequency hearing loss. Tinnitus can usually be managed with an appropriate hearing aid.


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Today, with hearing loss on the rise in both younger people and aging adults, it’s time for us as a society to recognize the impact of untreated hearing loss. A variety of scientific studies have been performed over the past decade and longer, which produced results proving that hearing aids keep your brain healthy and may protect against cognitive decline.


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We all know physical activity keeps your body healthy. So, it’s no surprise that physical activity and hearing health are related to each other as well. Your hearing health is related to many parts of your overall healthcare. As hearing loss professionals, we have come to realize that hearing loss is a major health issue, one that can lead to an array of various other health issues. And, in the new year, our media is overflowing with messages pushing us to get healthier and add exercise to our daily schedules.


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It’s finally 2020, which is not only a new year, but a new decade! If you’re like most people across the globe, you probably had some version of a new year’s resolution. If you made a commitment to get healthy in the new year, consider including your hearing health within that resolution. Of course, resolutions only work when we are emotionally invested and committed to them.

For you to be healthy this year, your hearing health should absolutely be a part of your overall plan. Why? Well, aside from your hearing health being one of your primary five senses, your hearing health is very much connected to your long-term brain health as well.


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Did you know you have a set of sensory hair cells in your inner ear that are responsible for how you hear? The hair cells (Also known as stereocilia) in the inner ear receive sound vibrations from these hair cells, which are rolled up and live inside the cochlea. Unlike the hair on your head, these hair cells do not grow back once they are damaged or die. What many of us don’t realize is that there is a great deal of things that happen that can permanently damage these hair cells, which are actually very delicate.


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From loud noises to an infection and the aging process, many of us will experience hearing loss at some point in our lives. Today, nearly 50 million Americans experience some level of hearing loss. An additional 20 percent of Americans experience Tinnitus, which is a ringing or buzzing the ears. 90 percent of Tinnitus cases are connected to a form of hearing loss.

So, how exactly does hearing loss happen? Hearing loss is the result of damage to the hairs or nerve cells in the cochlea that send sound signals to the brain. There are four distinct types of hearing loss: Conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, Mixed hearing loss (sensorineural and conductive) and neural hearing loss.  


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For a majority of people living with hearing loss, that hearing loss does not happen overnight. In fact, for many people, hearing loss happens gradually over time and progresses slowly enough that many people living with hearing loss do not realize it. This is because sounds start missing so gradually, it’s not noticed. For some people, a sudden hearing loss can occur—even overnight. If you think you may have hearing loss, here are the steps to help you determine if your hearing loss is real and what you can do about it.


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Consider these questions: When was your last hearing test? Does it often feel as though you’re asking people to repeat themselves? Do other people in your household complain that you turn the volume on the TV up too loud?  These are very common signs that you may be living with an untreated hearing loss.


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