MYTH: There is nothing I can do about my tinnitus.
FACT: Many people complain to health care professionals about ringing or buzz-ing in their ears and are told that there is little they can do about it. “Tinnitus is just something you will have to deal with,” they say. “Try to ignore it.” But the fact is that there is a LOT you can do to lessen the effects of tinnitus.
We are often asked if the hearing aids sold at Costco are the same as the products that are fit in the private clinic. The answer is similar to the famous Hertz commercial, “not exactly.”
Have you ever used cotton swabs to clean your ears? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Many people do this, which is unsurprising given that cotton swabs appear to be the perfect size and shape for the job. Despite this, most medical professional recommend against using cotton swabs (also known as Q-Tips) to clean earwax and other debris out of the ear. Read this week’s article for more information.
Which sounds are considered “loud but not harmful” and which are considered “harmful for your hearing”? How am I supposed to know?
Power tools, lawn mowers, carpentry tools, concerts, loud music, firearms, sporting events, noise from our jobs …there is potentially “harmful noise” all around us. But fear not! There are ways to measure how loud these sounds are, how long we can safely be around them, and when we need to put in hearing protection.