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March 15, 2019 Uncategorized0

Yup, we’re talking about ear wax. Everyone has it, no one really likes it, so what does it do and what happens when we have too much ear wax?

Let’s start with a little brief anatomy lesson. Inside of our ears, in our canals, we all have little hair follicles and glands. This area produces an oily substance called cerumen. You probably guessed it, but we call this substance ear wax. Ear wax has a specific function, which is to protect our ear canals from all kinds of things, such as bacteria, dust, dirt, etc. Ear wax also protects our ear canals against water and excess moisture. In fact, ear wax is very natural and very healthy to have in your ears. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Do you wear hearing aids? Let’s help make your hearing aids last longer and perform better! Annual hearing healthcare check-ups help your Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist (BCHIS) or Audiologist (AuD) make sure you have the best hearing aid fit and technology updates to match your specific hearing loss. It’s important to pay attention to and invest time in following your hearing healthcare professional’s instructions for your hearing aid care.


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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.


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Over the past few years, we’ve learned that hearing loss can be linked to other health issues as well. In addition to hearing loss being frustrating to the person living with untreated hearing loss, recent research from John Hopkins concluded that hearing loss is also linked to walking and balance problems, falls and even Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 


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All kinds of things today produce noises that impact our hearing health. Loud noises happen every day and many of us just don’t notice. From cars and highways to crowded streets and constant background noise, our hearing allows us to amerce in our environment. As functioning humans working the daily grind, of course there will be increased noises. We’ve accepted these sounds as part of our everyday living. We do live in the age of ever-changing technology after all, but how much is too much noise for our own hearing health?


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