Are you or someone you know experiencing ringing in the ears? You are not alone! TINNITUS is pronounced either ti-NIGHT-us or TIN-i-tus. Both pronunciations are correct; the American Tinnitus Association uses ti-NIGHT-us. The word is of Latin origin, meaning "to ring or tinkle like a bell.” Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present, and is often referred to as “ringing in the ears.” Tinnitus can also be described as hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking sounds - every person suffering from tinnitus has their own variation of sound. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is so severe that medical attention is required. Furthermore, approximately 2 million people have tinnitus that is so severely debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives.
So, we know that when we wear earplugs or earmuffs when exposed to loud noises such as concerts, construction sites, and leaf blowers we are protecting our hearing from future damage, right? Kudos to you for protecting your hearing! But, did you know another way to help protect our hearing? FOOD!!!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we want to share with you all the reasons why it’s so important to bring a loved one with you to an audiologist appointment! Someone who is visiting our office is asked that they bring a spouse, significant other, or close family member or friend to the appointment for a variety of reasons. Although it’s not mandatory, it is certainly helpful. Our audiologists want to answer all your questions, and we’re sure your loved one has a few, too!
January 30, 2019
There are two main categories of hearing aids: daily-wear and extended-wear. The most common type of hearing aids is daily-wear devices. This means you put them on in the morning and take them off in the evening. You are changing batteries roughly once a week and take care of the cleaning and maintenance of the devices.
January 23, 2019 Hearing Tips
Communication is essential for humans to exchange information and ideas with one another. It is fundamental for growth and a high quality of life. People with hearing loss can find themselves in situations where it is difficult to effectively communicate with friends and family.