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6 Tips For Dealing with Tinnitus

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Finding Balance While Enduring Vertigo

Vertigo can be a debilitating disorder that has the ability to control your life. This disease affects the inner ear, which plays a large role in our ability to balance. When was the last time you had to really focus before getting up out of a chair or even just trying to walk around your home? Those with vertigo know that these simple tasks can become daunting. It can be even more frightening to the elderly who could be at a higher risk of injury if they were to fall.

What causes vertigo?

• Meniere’s disease
• Head injury
• Ear surgery
• Extended bed rest
• Inflammation of the vestibular nerve or of the inner ear
• Reduced blood flow to parts of the brain

Are there any symptoms?

• It is common to experience dizziness when you have vertigo. The dizziness can range from mild to being so severe that a person may not be able to stand due to fear of falling.
• Nausea is another common complaint… but is usually just the result of the intense dizziness.
• Ringing in the ears that might even turn into temporary hearing loss.
• Difficulty seeing straight or clearly.

But there is good news…

In most cases, vertigo is a treatable condition. With the proper medicine, most people who suffer from the disorder can resume a normal life without enduring any of these symptoms. Although, in a few severe cases, treatment may not fully cure the problem. Still, any medical attention will produce small improvements. Thus, if you think you may have vertigo, you should reach out to your doctor immediately.

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Everyone Deserves Their Beauty Rest!

In 2014, researchers presented a study at a study American Thoracic Society International Conference on how sleep apnea can affect hearing. The fairly conclusive results discovered that sleep apnea negatively impacts a person’s hearing. In addition, the research showed that sleep apnea can cause both high and low frequency hearing loss.

Sleep apnea is when a person has 15 or more episodes of shallow breathing or pauses breathing completely while asleep (over the course of a 1 hour period). Due to this suppression of oxygen, scientist have noted various issues with blood flow. Since blood flow is vital for your body to function optimally, this lack of oxygen also impacts your ears and hearing. A lack of blood flow can cause damage to the ear. Such that hearing loss may occur.

“What is so important about this study?”

Researchers studied a population of more than 13,000 participants from the Hispanic Community Health Study. The participants consisted of 52% women and had an average age of 41 years old. The team chose this population to mimic an average segment of the world’s population. Amit Chopra, MD conducted the study and made sure all of the participants had prior sleep apnea testing completed in their homes. They used a standard hearing test to gauge their starting level of ability. At the onset, 10% of the total participants demonstrated sleep apnea and 29% of all the participants started with some noticeable hearing loss.

Throughout the study, Dr. Chopra discovered that the participants with sleep apnea had increased hearing loss. His results showed high frequency hearing loss in 31% of the affected patients. More striking, he found a startling 90% loss at low frequencies for those with apnea!

As a result, researchers are now looking deeper into this connection and looking to see how medication for the disorder can possibly help avoid hearing loss concerns.

Do you have trouble sleeping?

If you worry that sleep issues may have had an impact on your hearing, we can help. Contact us for a free hearing assessment to ensure you hear well – and to address any deficits.

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Finding the Perfect Balance at Summer Music Festivals

Although it’s too late to enjoy Cochella in California, The Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island or GrassRoots in New York State, there’s still time to enjoy music this summer and fall in the beautiful outdoors. So, make sure you keep these important tips in mind.

Going to be in an unusually loud atmosphere? Take precautions

It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you are at a concert, ear plugs are a smart choice. We love concerts, but we don’t love the high decibel levels. Depending on where you stand, the amplification and the acoustics, you could be putting your ears in danger. Remember, if you are going to attend a very loud event and you already wear hearing aids, talk to your hearing care professional about how to handle it. You may still need to wear your hearing aids – to hear your friends, if not the music.

Give your ears a break

For every 60 minutes of excessive sound, give your ears equal amounts of “rest.” If you cannot leave the venue, try to find a less noisy spot, as far as possible from the amplifiers. One sign that your ears have enough is if you hear residual ringing after you have left the venue. Like after an evening in high heals or tight toes, your ears have a way of saying enough is enough.

The hearing aid wearer’s golden rule: keep your hearing aids dry

It’s less fun to be outdoors in a pouring rain, but the show must go on. If you wear hearing aids, remember to cover them up. Hearing aids are mini computers. Even getting a little wet may cause problems for their electronic components. Make sure when you are out in the open, you keep them protected from any elements, including rain, sprinklers and even excessive sweat.

Invest in earplugs

Worried about seeming uncool? Some professional-grade ear molds focus on discretion as a key component of their design. So no one needs to know you’re using them. If you are bringing children with you to any concert, it is always a good idea for them to wear noise-cancelling ear phones or other protection. Once you lose your hearing through noise exposure, the damage is irreversible. Speak with a hearing care provider to order your own fitted hearing protection. If you are concerned about past exposure to excessive noise, make an appointment today.

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Avoid summer’s challenges related to hearing

Protect your ears this summer.

Hearing aids are an important investment in your well-being. If you wear them, keep these important tips in mind during the summer months or year-round if you live in a warm climate. When you apply sunscreen, watch out for your hearing aids. Their outer shell is plastic, so the chemicals in the cream or spray can affect them.

Mind your ears at festivals and music concerts

Are you heading to summer music festival or concert? Perhaps your loved one is? If it will be loud, be aware of the dangers of hearing damage. In outdoor settings where the atmosphere is more open than an indoor environment, people are often unaware of the dangers to their ears. This is important for everyone – not just those with hearing loss!

Rule of thumb: If you have to shout to make yourself heard, your ears are under strain. Consider wearing hearing protection such as earplugs, and take regular breaks from the loud environment.

Keep hearing equipment cool, and beware the dangers of heat

Excessive heat is harmful for hearing aids and their accessories, so it’s important to keep them cool. Avoid leaving them in your car for any length of time in warmer weather, and always keep them out of direct sunlight.

Flying on vacation

Sometimes when flying (or going under water), you may experience a sense of pressure in the ears and nose. When the air can flow relatively easily, the higher pressure air will quickly flow to the lower pressure air, and the pressure difference will disappear. However, sometimes a blockage prevents air from flowing freely in our ears. This can be painful – or very annoying. A number of things can cause a blockage, including earwax, inflammation or a cold.

Note than when flying with hearing aids, you may wear your devices, including through security and on the plane. So keep them switched on as you travel – they’ll help you hear any important announcements.

At the beach and by the pool

Few hearing aids can tolerate being submersed in water –even if they are water-resistant. So make sure to take them off before getting caught in the middle of a water fight. While you’re enjoying the water, store them in a safe place or in something waterproof.

Finally – remember to dry your hair before putting your hearing aids back on.

Proper cleaning techniques for hearing aids

Everyone perspires a little more in the heat. Unfortunately the combination of heat and moisture creates a perfect environment for fungal microbes to develop in your hearing aids.

To avoid mold, keep cleaning wipes handy to clean your devices, and keep them dry. If you live in a humid environment, you may need to change filters and domes often. If you find significant moisture building up, a hearing aid dryer could prove a smart investment.

To ensure good air circulation through your hearing aids, open the battery drawer at night to allow fresh air inside and to release moisture.

Remember extra accessories on vacation

You will enjoy summertime more if you can hear well, so bring everything you need for your hearing aids, including extra batteries, tubes and filters (depending on your type of hearing aid).

Worried about your current hearing aids – we’re here to help!

The professionals at Clear Wave Hearing Center are always happy to clean your hearing devices. If you are concerned about flying with hearing aids or have other questions, our professionals have answers to your questions. Please call (507) 208-7002 or contact us online if you are away.

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