3 Habits Which Could Cause Harm To Your Hearing

There are many habits that can be damaging to our health, whether you’re living in Pinellas County or any other part of the world. Many of these habits can impact our outer appearance, such as hair, skin, and nails, as well as the internal parts of our bodies such as organs, circulation, and immunity. Some unhealthy habits may also begin to impact our senses too. Our sight, smell, and hearing may be affected by some of the unhelpful habits which simply become another part of our lifestyle. Let’s take a closer look at some of the habits which could be impacted your health, in particular your hearing, and some of the things you can do to prevent hearing loss and look after your oral health. 1. Excessive Alcohol Consumption Consuming excessive quantities of alcohol, listed by the CDC as more Read More +

The Gluten Dilemma

In recent years an ever increasing body of research has shown the havoc that gluten can wreak on people’s health and well-being. What was once thought to be a problem primarily limited to the autoimmune condition celiac disease is now understood to be a more prevalent epidemic, with many more people than originally thought suffering from varying degrees of gluten intolerance. What Is Gluten Intolerance? Gluten intolerance, sometimes called gluten sensitivity, refers to a person’s inability to properly digest and absorb gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Theories on why this condition occurs vary somewhat, but researchers such as Dr. William H. Davis of the popular Wheat Belly book point to agricultural practices to grow bigger, stronger crops of wheat creating crops of grains that the body is not equipped to digest. Whatever the reasons may be, Read More +

Hearing Loss and Ototoxic Medications

Did you know that certain types of drugs may harm your hearing? Ototoxicity (“Oh-toe-tox-issity”) ‘is the state or condition of having ear (oto) damage, specifically of the cochlea or auditory nerve(s) and sometimes of the vestibular (ear cavity) system, by a poisonous (toxic) substance.’ Such poisoning can occasionally be caused by ototoxic medications. Ototoxic drugs include certain antibiotics such as the aminoglycoside Gentamicin, “loop” diuretics such as Furosemide, and platinum-based chemotherapeutic agents such as Cisplatin. A number of nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Meloxicam, have also been shown to be ototoxic. This can sometimes result in a sensorineural hearing loss. Sometimes this hearing loss is temporary, sometimes it is permanent. How common are ototoxic side effects? The short answer is, “No one really knows.” As an extreme example, let’s look at the drug Cisplatin, used in the treatment of Read More +

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR HEARING AIDS…

One of the common myths of hearing aid use, particularly among first-time wearers, is that hearing aids will restore “normal” hearing, helping them hear everything exactly as they did before hearing loss was diagnosed. The fact is, no matter how sophisticated the hearing technology, no hearing aid yet designed will help you hear all the sounds you used to hear, exactly the way you used to hear them. We’re here to help you learn the most realistic expectations for your best hearing experience. As a result, one of our most important responsibilities is to work with every patient, whether first-time or repeat, individually. Each person’s experience is unique, and it is essential to each individual’s success that we help them become accustomed to not only wearing hearing instruments, but to the changes they’ll experience in how they’ll hear the everyday Read More +

How You Can Help Your Family & Friends Hear Better

Everyone knows that successful communication is a two-way street, requiring both a speaker and a listener who are engaged in the conversation. When the listener is hearing impaired, they tend to become disengaged if the conversation is difficult to understand. Eventually the speaker follows suit, leading to miscommunication – or worse, no communication at all. In relationships, this often leaves both parties feeling frustrated, disconnected and lonely. Here are a few tips that you, as the hard-of-hearing communication partner, can offer your circle of family and friends to help you understand words more clearly – so that everyone can enjoy the conversations more. Ask them to slow down a bit and speak just a little louder; shouting does not help. Ask them to say the words as clearly as possible and look at you while speaking if at all possible. Read More +

TOO MUCH “BOOM” FOR BABY BOOMERS?

What do men and women over the age of 55 have in common? Probably a lot, in terms of a lifetime’s worth of experiences. But one thing many “Boomers” have in common is that they have come to realize that their hearing is not what it used to be. According to a survey conducted by the Prince Market Research Company, nearly 50% of the 75 million Boomers in the United States are experiencing some degree of hearing loss. The survey also indicates they’re losing their hearing at a much more rapid pace than previous generations. Earlier estimates, from previous surveys conducted by the National Institute of Health, indicated that perhaps only 20% of Boomers were suffering from hearing loss, compared to the now 50% reported. It appears from these two surveys that the pace of hearing loss among the Post-World Read More +

WHAT IS STOPPING YOU FROM HEARING YOUR BEST?

Let’s talk about this a minute. Most of you are already wearing our hearing systems and taking advantage of our programs for hearing aid check-ups. By doing so, your hearing instruments are kept in the best possible working order. Many of you also make sure to have an annual hearing test, knowing this helps us to discover if there have been any significant changes in your hearing. And, if there have been changes, we can usually reprogram your hearing system to accommodate those differences. All of this works together to give you the best hearing results you can get. On the other hand, some of you who are reading this have had your hearing tested, but have delayed ordering hearing aids for some reason. Some of you have had your hearing aids for a long time but have postponed having Read More +