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.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


In case you missed it, Physicians Hearing Solution’s own (5-time RI Top Doc Winner) Dr. Mark P. Andreozzi was featured on The Rhode Show on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, where he introduced Dr. Amit Patel, Board Certified Otolaryngologist and fellowship-trained Laryngologist, specializing in voice and swallowing disorders. Both Dr. Patel and Dr. Andreozzi discussed the importance of hearing throughout the holiday season. Now is your chance to watch The Rhode Show segment, “Hear for the Holidays” now.


For many people living with hearing loss, the holiday season can be overwhelming and challenging. Many of us not living with hearing loss look forward to family gatherings, holiday parties and visiting with friends and family. For a person living with hearing loss however, parties and gatherings bring a host of anxieties. This is primarily true for people living with hearing loss because parties and social situations can lead to challenging listening obstacles.


Not all types of hearing loss are preventable. Certain types of hearing loss are age-related, but many types of hearing loss are not age related. There are things we can do to preserve our hearing abilities when it comes to noise-induced hearing loss to help reduce the impact of loud noises from permanently damaging your hearing. The following are three basic tips to prevent long-term permanent hearing loss from occurring:


There are three areas of the brain that connect with our auditory system, which helps each person to interpret sounds correctly and produce speech. If you’re feeling a loss of energy, it could be because you have hearing loss and your brain is working over-time trying to connect signals.

Three areas of our brain connect with the auditory system to help interpret sound and produce speech:

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