As with many other health issues, hearing loss is commonly linked to various additional health conditions. It is only within the last several years that hearing loss has been linked to disabling health conditions. Hearing loss creates a sort of petri-dish that cultivates the progression of other health issues. Hearing loss supports social isolation and loneliness, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, such as serious cognitive decline connected to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, clinical depression, balance and fall issues among the older demographic, heart disease and more.
Physicians Hearing Solutions of Warwick & East Providence, Rhode Island are proud to announce Dr. Mark P. Andreozzi, Otolaryngologist, was chosen as 2019 Rhode Island Top Doc for Otolaryngology. As one of the top ENTs in Rhode Island, you can rest assured you’ve chosen the best ENT for your health needs when you choose Dr. Andreozzi.
Hearing loss can be caused by aging, as well as noise, disease and heredity. Although some people do experience age-related hearing loss, this does not mean that it should be left untreated. Unfortunately, many people who experience hearing loss purchase mail-order hearing devices and/or over-the-counter (OTC)hearing aids without consulting an Audiologist. Although some people may get lucky and such devices could be useful to them, the majority of people who purchase OTC hearing aids end up giving up on the devices due to inaccurate programming for their specific hearing loss.
There are many reasons people choose to put off either getting hearing aids or taking the initial steps to find out about their hearing capabilities, or lack thereof. Because of factors, such as intimidation and/or apprehension toward the hearing loss process, denial, financial concern, etc., many people avoid seeking hearing healthcare assistance for a very long time. In fact, the average time a person waits to seek hearing help is approximately 7 years.
Nowadays we can basically find everything we need or want online, including hearing aids. But, like the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. In this case, hearing aids are tricky to get exactly right in an over-the-counter type of setting. Much like our finger prints, our ear shapes are all different making it very difficult for a mass-produced over-the-counter hearing aid to really work as hearing aids are intended.
Hearing loss shouldn’t keep anyone from fully enjoying every special moment with their friends and family this spring. If you know of a loved one or someone in our community who could benefit from improved hearing, please submit your nomination on why you think they deserve it. One winner from each Physicians Hearing Solutions offices (located in Warwick, RI and East Providence, RI). Each winner will receive a free pair of Phonak hearing instruments.
We’ve discussed ear wax becoming a blockage for your hearing, and medications that can be poisonous to your hearing (ototoxicity). Now let’s cover Tinnitus and your hearing health. Tinnitus is an awareness of a sound in the ear or head that is not caused by actual external noise. Many people assume experiencing Tinnitus means you are experiencing hearing loss. This is not always the case. In fact, nearly 50 percent of individuals who experience Tinnitus don’t show any measurable sign of hearing loss at all.