Physicians Hearing Solutions is pleased to announce that our East Providence, RI and Warwick, RI office locations will be hosting a 3-day event to demonstrate the latest and most innovative advancements in the Hearing Healthcare Industry. In fact, We are the only practice in our area to provide this unique technology and free public service.
Spring is right around the corner! Just a few more short months and we’ll be enjoying the sounds of spring again, or will we? Think about the last time you heard birds chirping or the sounds of the spring wind whipping across your yard. Maybe you are missing the sound of leaves rustling in the spring air, water trickling, or even the passing words of a friend or neighbor.
If you were to ask anyone how they would feel about wearing hearing aids, I would guess many answers would resemble this statement: “if I wear hearing aids I’ll be thought of as old.” This stigma could be tied to the fact that 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 in America suffer from hearing loss. But if you really dig into the facts, hearing loss can affect anyone, at any time, no matter what age you are.
Do you remember getting your first apartment or home? That feeling of being able to do anything you wanted to that space gave you an overwhelming feeling of exuberance and independence, right? Well many people compare getting hearing aids for the first time to that of the independence of their youth.
All too often, as we age, we put off giving healthcare problems our full attention. Maybe we feel like “it’ll just go away” or maybe we don’t want to admit there could be something wrong. Whatever the reason, it’s time to take charge of our own health. Why is now any different? Because we know more! We now know that ignoring signs of hearing loss can have huge implications on brain function.
Over the past few decades we, as a society, have come to realize that hearing loss is a major health issue, one that can lead to an array of various other health issues. As a result, untreated hearing loss can become the baseline for extremely increased healthcare costs.
This and other relevant factors have caused Dr. Frank R. Lin (Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and his colleagues to work to connect the links between untreated hearing loss to other major health issues.
“What is that annoying ringing in my ear(s)?!” or “Oh! I lost the hearing in my ear(s) again!” Chances are, if you have said either of these common phrases, you probably have a hearing loss of some kind. In fact, medical research in the past few years has shown that people who have tinnitus also have some form of hearing loss.
Hearing loss has many differing causes and severities. Some people living with hearing loss experience a small or narrow band of sound frequencies as the result of a minor injury to the inner ear. In these cases, the injury may not result in hearing loss, aside from the Tinnitus or ringing ears experienced. However, for the majority of Tinnitus cases, hearing loss is the underlying issue.