Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States, following arthritis and heart disease. Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to isolation. Studies have shown that people with hearing loss, without hearing aids, experience more sadness, fear, and anxiety than hearing aid users. Hearing loss affects the whole family.
What to look for:
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous and can vary in loudness. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it in a quiet room. In rare cases, the sound beats in sync with your heart (pulsatile tinnitus).
Vertigo/dizziness is a sensation of spinning or disorientation. If you have these dizzy spells, you might feel like you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning. This could be caused by an inner ear problem so it’s important to visit the audiologist when you begin having these symptoms.
It is no surprise to learn that life exposes us to sounds at all levels. Over time, sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can lead to potential hearing loss. Now is the time to take simple steps to protect your hearing and prevent future damage. Noise-induced hearing loss can result from a one-time exposure to a very loud sound, or from listening to loud sounds over an extended period. In most cases, damage to your hearing occurs gradually. Give us a call to learn more about hearing protection.