Ear Wax, By Any Other Name, Can Still Cause ProblemsDid you know that ear wax has a more official name? It’s called “cerumen.” It’s produced in the ear canal to protect you from dirt, dust and bacteria that make their way in; the motion of chewing slowly moves the cerumen out of the ear canal and into the bowl of your ear.
Smoking Is Bad for Your Hearing, TooCigarettes are bad for you in all sorts of ways, but you may be surprised to learn that they can also have a negative effect on your hearing. That’s right. It’s not just your heart and lungs that get stressed by cigarettes.
Eating Well May Support Healthy Hearing
Although you may know about the importance of diet to your overall health; you may not be aware of the connection between healthy eating and your ability to hear. Take minerals, for instance: there are a lot of them, each with a different health benefit. Learn how they may be helpful to your hearing:
Schedule an Annual Hearing TestMost people won't notice right away that their hearing ability is diminishing. It often takes years for people to notice symptoms, like having to turn the television up or having to ask people to repeat themselves more often. This is due to the gradual nature of hearing loss. As your hearing continues to get worse, you might end up finding yourself avoiding group situations, loud restaurants and things you typically enjoyed.
Hearing Assessments & Your Overall Health
Hearing loss affects people of all ages and demographics and often happens gradually, so it’s hard to detect until you notice symptoms. Do you suspect hearing loss? Have you noticed that you have a difficult time hearing conversation, particularly in noisy places?
Most adults have had a hearing screening as a newborn, in grade school, but not again after that. It is advised that everyone over the age of 21 get a hearing test in order to have a baseline screen. If you do this, as you age, your doctor will know the best ways to treat any symptoms of hearing loss you experience.
Hearing health history
Before getting screened, your hearing health professional will want to know your hearing health and medical history. There are many causes of hearing loss, so getting a history helps determine if you have a genetic or medical condition that increase your risks of hearing loss.
Getting a hearing test
Hearing tests are painless and non-invasive. You will usually wear headphones or earplugs with wires connected to an instrument called an audiometer which conducts the test. You will be asked to focus, listen carefully and respond to the tones and sounds you can hear.
Online hearing test
If you’re curious about how your hearing is, an easy self-evaluation is an online test. Online hearing tests are not a replacement for a thorough diagnostic hearing exam, but they are a great start.
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How the Brain is Affected by Hearing Loss
March is Brain Health Awareness Month!
The human brain is made up of approximately one hundred billion neurons. Communication between these neurons is essential to understanding everything we see, think and do. So, what happens to our brain as we age and our senses start to fail?
When our hearing starts to fail
When hearing loss occurs, the part of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized, or reassigned to other functions.
A study done at the University of Colorado’s Department of Speech Language and Hearing Science, assessed adults and children with varying degrees of hearing loss to measure how the brain responded to sound stimulation.
What they found is that when hearing loss occurs, the areas of the brain that manage other senses, like vision and touch, take over the areas of the brain that normally process hearing. Essentially the brain compensates for the loss and adapts by rewiring itself. The brain is a “use it or lose it” organ, and hearing loss should be addressed as soon as it’s identified.
Early diagnosis and intervention to aid in hearing loss can help maintain cognitive function. Hearing loss can impact the brain’s ability to process sound, which can affect a person’s ability to understand speech. Even mild hearing loss can cause changes in the brain, so hearing screenings for all ages are important to protect against reorganization of the brain.