April 3, 2018

How loud is too loud?

The louder the sound, the more damage it can cause to your hearing, and the quicker this damage will occur. Sound is measured in units called decibels. Any sound at or above 85 decibels can damage your hearing. Researchers have found that people who are exposed over long periods of time to noise levels at 85 decibels or higher are […]
April 3, 2018

Can hearing loss lead to deafness?

Although the nature of hearing loss can change over time, deafness is generally not the ultimate result. There are some important differences between deafness and hearing loss. Deafness is defined as having little to no hearing whereas hearing loss is a broad term encompassing all degrees of hearing impairment. Those who are deaf often rely heavily on lip-reading and/or sign […]
April 3, 2018

How does my brain help me hear?

You hear with your brain, not with your ears. Of course, we need our ears to capture sounds, but we only understand these sounds once they arrive in our brains. So hearing – and especially speech understanding – is a cognitive process, not a mechanical one. In other words: hearing is thinking. Our ears deliver all sounds to our brains. […]
April 3, 2018

Who is at the highest risk for hearing loss?

Hearing loss is a condition that affects people of all ages, though it’s commonly associated with old age. Hereditary factors, as well as environmental factors can also increase ones risk of developing hearing loss. So, who is at the highest risk of hearing loss? Here are some high-risk groups to pay attention to. Those with Hearing Loss Genes Hereditary hearing […]
April 3, 2018

How can I encourage my loved ones to get a hearing test?

For many people, getting a loved one to take a hearing test is an incredible feat. What do you do when brochures and pamphlets about hearing health are tossed aside by those who need the information the most? One way around this is to make hearing testing a group event. Those with hearing loss are less likely to feel singled […]
April 3, 2018

How can I prevent infections that can cause hearing loss?

For some people, ear infections are a common occurrence and chronic ear infections can lead to permanent hearing loss. Some illnesses may increase the likelihood of an ear infection, but there are some simple ways to prevent one. One of the best ways to prevent infections in general is to practice proper hygiene. Some viruses that can cause ear infections […]