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New Year’s Resolution Time: Think About Your Hearing Health

It’s the New Year, do you make new resolutions every year? Many of the most common resolutions are difficult to keep up with. We have 5 easy tips that will help you make a big impact on your hearing health with minimal effort.

  1. Protect Your Ears from Loud Noises: You may not realize what types of noises and sounds can actually cause permanent hearing loss. Many people realize that loud concerts, gun shots, fireworks, airplanes, and machinery are loud enough to cause damage; however, there are unlikely culprits too. How loud is too loud?  Noise levels over 85 decibels can become dangerous, especially over long periods of time. You can download a smartphone app that will let you know how loud of an environment you are in. Then you will realize that power tools, vacuums, even night clubs or restaurants can be loud enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss if you are exposed for extended periods of time.
  2. Turn Down the Volume when Using Media: Another cause of noise-induced hearing loss is listening to media through earphones. Most newer devices give you a warning alert when the level is too high. Don’t ignore this because if can cause permanent hearing loss. This applies to any media listened through headphones including phone calls, music, or other entertainment. If you find yourself constantly turning the volume up past 60% in order to hear through your headphones, then consider having your hearing evaluated.
  3. Exercise: This is a common New Year’s resolution; however exercising isn’t just for weight loss! Studies have shown that your hearing can be preserved when you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  4. Eat Healthy: Just like exercising, eating right is another popular New Year’s resolution. A healthy diet also helps preserve your hearing as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  5. See Your Hearing Professional Regularly: If you are concerned that you are experiencing any hearing loss, then resolve to make an appointment for a hearing evaluation with us. Even if you don’t recognize any hearing problems, we recommend that after the age of 50 you should start having your hearing evaluated. Hearing loss isn’t always easily recognized.

Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again

At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us  to schedule an appointment  with one of our hearing professionals today. We have 6 convenient audiology clinic locations for you in Long Island, NY: Babylon, Bayside, Bellmore, Great Neck, Jericho, and Rockville Centre.

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Is Hearing Loss Always Permanent?

Is hearing loss always permanent? This is a popular question and one that is very important to understand and investigate if you are experiencing any type of difficulty hearing. There are different types of hearing loss and not all hearing loss is permanent; but if you have temporary hearing loss it is important to understand the reason behind it and seek treatment so it doesn’t become permanent.

Causes of Temporary Hearing Loss

Temporary hearing loss is often caused by something health related, or it can be an obstruction in the ear. Any time your hearing ability changes, you should seek medical attention immediately. Depending on the cause, you might need to see an audiologist or an ear, nose & throat specialist. Here are some causes of temporary hearing loss:

    1. Too much ear wax. Earwax is produced in order to protect our ears and prevent foreign objects from getting into the ear canal. However, sometimes too much ear wax can build up to the point where it interferes with your hearing. If you believe that you have a buildup of earwax, you should seek professional help to have it removed. Trying to remove it yourself can make the situation worse.
    2. Foreign object stuck in the ear canal. Besides earwax buildup, other foreign objects that don’t belong in the ears often can become lodged inside the canal and will cause temporary hearing loss until they are removed. Once again, do not try to remove anything yourself; it could get lodged further inside the ear canal and that can cause more damage or even permanent damage to your ear and hearing. Instead, seek professional help from an audiologist, ear, nose & throat specialist, or other medical professional. Treatment should be sought out immediately, even if that means urgent care or the emergency room.
    3. High blood pressure. High blood pressure is something that you should see your doctor about whether it is affecting your hearing or not. However, it can cause a buzzing or ringing in the ears also known as tinnitus.
    4. Strenuous exercise. While exercising is always recommended, in some cases if you go beyond your fitness level and overexert yourself, it can result in a temporary hearing loss. Symptoms usually dissipate in a few hours; if they continue seek medical attention.
    5. Ear infection. When you have an ear infection in the outer ear or the middle ear it can also cause temporary hearing loss. Treatment is usually given in the form of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor and your hearing should begin to improve as the infection clears up.
    6. Hole in the Ear Drum. A hole in the ear drum, also called a perforation is usually the result of trauma but can also be caused by a quick change in air pressure or pressure build-up during a middle ear infection. This is a condition that is diagnosed by a medical professional. Smaller perforations will usually heal on their own; but in some more severe cases tympanoplasty has to be performed to patch the eardrum. Hearing will return to normal once the hole has closed up.
    7. Noise induced hearing loss. This is a growing problem. In some cases noise-induced hearing loss is permanent or will become permanent if exposure to loud sounds continues.

Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again

At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us  to schedule an appointment  with one of our hearing professionals today. We have 6 convenient audiology clinic locations for you in Long Island, NY: Babylon, Bayside, Bellmore, Great Neck, Jericho, and Rockville.

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Ten signs of hearing loss you can’t afford to miss

If you had hearing loss, would you know it? Not necessarily. Hearing loss often starts subtly and symptoms can take decades to manifest themselves as it progresses slowly over time. The most common type of hearing loss, age-related hearing loss (presbycusis), can shift so gradually that you may not realize how much you are missing. In fact, as hearing worsens, you may subconsciously adjust everyday activities and social interactions to cope with hearing difficulties. In time, you might not notice how gradually hearing loss has diminished your ability to live your life to its fullest. Luckily, you can do things to improve this situation and re-engage with loved ones.

Knowing the signs of hearing loss is key to success

There are many signs of hearing loss. It starts with everyday annoyances. Some are blatant, others are subtle. If you or a loved one are showing these signs, we encourage you to make an appointment for a complimentary hearing assessment.*

  1. “People are mumbling” – This could indicate hearing loss.

    You may notice that certain words are difficult to understand. People, especially women and children, may seem to be talking too softly or not enunciating their words. Chances are you find yourself saying, “What did you say?” all the time. If this sounds like you, you may be experiencing hearing loss.

  2. Are restaurants too loud?

    Restaurants are among the hardest places to navigate for people with untreated hearing loss. Background noises, such as clinking dishes, people speaking loudly at other tables and loud music all make it exceptionally challenging to follow a conversation.

  3. Social gatherings aren’t fun anymore

    People talking passionately, music, laughter and other competing sounds can make it harder to take part in get-togethers with family and friends. Perhaps you find yourself “sitting out” of the fun or heading home early. There is good news. You don’t have to. The professionals at Hearing Help Associates can help you with ways to cope with hearing loss so you can enjoy the holidays with this simple guide to enjoying social events with hearing loss.

  4. Conversations take too much effort

    Are you exhausted at the end of the day, or a end of the meeting at work? The stress of straining to hear what others are saying can take its toll on your wellness.

  5. Telephone conversations are a struggle

    Telephone, and especially cell phone, transmission is not perfect. Most people can fill in the gaps. Hearing loss compounds the problem and you may struggle to take in the information. This may lead you to avoid phone calls and resort to texting.

  6. Hearing loss affects you and your loved ones

    Hearing loss can take an emotional toll on you and your loved ones. If one or more of these descriptions ring true to you, hearing loss may be the culprit.

  7. High volume is a sign of hearing loss

    Even if you think the volume is fine, if your family and friends complain that you turn up the volume too loud when you watch television or listen to music, you may be experiencing a well-known sign of hearing loss. Are you tired of the constant battle to enjoy TV with family or friends at a sound level that makes everyone happy? It might be worth it to check your hearing, if only to make your family happy.

  8. Are your ears ringing?

    Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is often the first sign of hearing loss. Tinnitus impacts people of all ages, and may be attributed to trauma, exposure to loud noise or illness. It might be a slight annoyance or make it difficult for you to concentrate, sleep, work and even maintain relationships. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 56% of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss.[i]

  9. You are out of balance – loss of balance is a sign of hearing loss

    Hearing loss may be a sign of an underlying condition that is also impairing your balance. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Universityii found that even a mild degree of hearing loss tripled the risk of an accidental fall.

  10. You are opting out of engaging with people

Is hearing loss putting you in solitary confinement? Have you noticed that you are embarrassed to meet new people? Perhaps you are afraid to join in because you may not understand what is being said. Perhaps you withdraw if it is easier to live without straining to hear people.

Other signs of hearing loss – You are not yourself

Have you felt depressed, distracted or unengaged? Hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression and other brain-related ailments, including stroke.

Take the first step to better hearing

Perhaps you’ve avoided getting treatment because you are afraid of the stigma that some people associate with hearing aids. That’s old-school thinking. Besides, today’s hearing aids are minicomputers that subtly fit your ears – and your lifestyle.

To get started, we encourage you to come in for a professional hearing assessment. Book an appointment to speak with a professional about addressing your hearing loss.*

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10 Tips for Learning Sign Language

Sign language is a great communication tool to have. It’s like learning another language; but for those with hearing loss, it is a way to get back the communication skills you need. Not only deaf people use sign language, it is a great tool and resource to have in your communication arsenal if you are experiencing any type of hearing loss and is very effective in environments that are too loud to hear properly.

What is Sign Language?

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) defines American Sign Language as a complete, complex language that employs signs made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions and postures of the body. It is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Learning Sign Language

Nowadays there are so many different ways to learn sign language, it makes it easy to find whichever method works best for you. In addition, there are quite a few free ways to learn sign language, so you don’t have to tax your budget in order to learn it. Here are 10 different tools and methods you can use to learn sign language.

  1. Start out just learning the alphabet.
  2. Hire a private tutor.
  3. Take a class at your local school or community center.
  4. Find a hearing loss support group near you, this can be a great resource for learning sign language and you can get even more out of it.
  5. Get a sign language dictionary or a how to book. Free ones are usually available at the library.
  6. Take an online course.
  7. Watch videos online. (Hint: YouTube has many free tutorials).
  8. Ask a friend who knows sign language to teach you.
  9. There are many different software programs, websites, or mobile apps that teach you sign language. We have a short list below.
  10. Practice makes perfect! Continue to practice as much as you can.

Mobile Applications and Websites that Teach Sign Language

Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again

At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us  to schedule an appointment  with one of our hearing professionals today. We have 6 convenient audiology clinic locations for you in Long Island, NY: Babylon, Bayside, Bellmore, Great Neck, Jericho, and Rockville.

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