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Tinnitus—the myths and the facts

Tinnitus is the name given to abnormal noises such as ringing, clicking, humming or whistling in the ears or head. They create discomfort and stress in varying levels for many people. According to the 2011–2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, around 15% of the American population suffer from tinnitus[1] with some 45% of those people suffering chronic or severe distress including sleep deprivation[2]. Tinnitus is not a new malady but in today’s increasingly noisy environment, it does seem to [...]

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The Connection between Smoking and Hearing Loss

Smoking is a dangerous addiction that raises for your risk of many diseases, conditions, and illnesses over time including various cancers, heart disease, lung disease, and, perhaps surprisingly, hearing loss. Scientists have not fully explored this link but a number of studies since 1998 have probed into the new, interesting area of research and have discovered some shocking parallels. Here are two highlight studies and what they discovered about the link between smoking and hearing loss. – A study by [...]

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The Link between Dementia, Hearing Loss, and Hearing Aid Use

Numerous medical studies, research ventures, and data trends have shown that there is a link between hearing loss in old age and the development of dementia but complete understanding of the reasons behind these trends has yet to be completely understood. Researchers are now attempting to unlock the mysterious link between dementia and hearing loss by investigating the effects of hearing loss on the brain. Dr. Frank Lin, a professor at John Hopkins University, has suggested that social isolation, [...]

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Prevalence of Hearing Loss in the General Population in Canada

Many people are under the misconception that hearing loss only affects older individuals. This is not the case many people are experiencing hearing loss at younger ages for a multitude of reasons. This could be contributed to the heavy use of headphones or simply being exposed to louder environments on a continuous daily basis. Some individuals are born with hearing disorders that cause hearing loss and results in the use of hearing aids.

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Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids require a bit of care and maintenance in order to make sure that they’ll last. There are actually different types of hearing aids, so it’s only natural to have varying methods of hearing aid cleaning as well. If you’ve recently bought a set of in-the-ear hearing aids, then this is what you must do in order to make sure that they’re taken care of properly, specifically how to clean them the right way. Things to Remember in Terms [...]

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How We Hear

The Ear is Made up of Three Parts The Outer Ear Is made up of skin and cartilage on the outside and the ear canal, which leads into the head. Each individual’s ear canal will vary in shape and size. The most common causes of hearing loss in the outer ear include excessive accumulation of wax and infections of the ear canals. The Middle Ear Begins at the eardrum about 2.5cm inside the head and includes the little bones that help move the [...]

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Improving Your Hearing

Hearing Aid Benefits

Hearing aids can reduce communication difficulties and improve quality of life [1], yet of the estimated three million Canadian adults with a hearing problem, only one in six people who could benefit from a hearing aid currently have one [2]. This is a particularly troubling statistic when considered alongside evidence that even a mild hearing loss [3] can be detrimental to physical and mental wellbeing [4]. Untreated hearing loss linked to brain atrophy In much the same way as a muscle needs to be used regularly [...]