Deafness And Hearing Loss And What You Can Do To Help Prevent It

Hearing loss is a common problem that affects millions of people around the world, including in Clearwater. Deafness and hearing loss can range from mild loss of hearing to complete deafness and loss of this sense altogether. Hearing loss can affect people of any age, and it can be debilitating and life-changing for anyone who experiences this condition. There are several steps that you can take in order to reduce the risk of hearing loss or prevent complete deafness. We’ll consider some of the effective things you can do in order to help prevent hearing loss. Don’t Expose Your Ears to Loud Noises Avoiding loud noises as much as possible can help to prevent hearing loss in later life. People who listen to loud music, especially through earphones, will increase their risk of developing hearing loss. It’s important to keep Read More +

Cicada’s Sounds Are Problematic For People With Hearing Loss

Cicadas are a type of insect that spends the majority of its lifetime underground. They make their return every 15 years and this year the cicadas have returned. This is because they’re ready to mate before they die. For this reason, they make a loud clicking sound that’s used to attract their mate and repel birds. Cicadas are noisy insects but they’re also beneficial insects as well. This is because they help prune mature trees, aerate the soil, and once they die, their bodies act as an important source of nitrogen that trees need in order to help them grow. However, even though these insects are mostly harmless, they’re still annoying nevertheless. This is because their high-pitched buzzing sound is so loud. In fact, it can be loud enough to drown out the sound of a jet plane flying overhead. Read More +

How Auditory Perception Is Improved By White Noise

There are different types of noise. For instance, when you have a continuous background of white noise you’ll be able to hear pure sounds better. This is something that researchers from the University of Basel have recently discovered. They’ve included a summary of their findings on their website and in Cell Reports. Although we know that hearing is an important part of communicating, we don’t have a good understanding of how acoustic signals are perceived or processed so that we can make sense of them. What is clear is that the more precisely we’re able to distinguish sound patterns the better we’re able to hear. This is especially true in noisy backgrounds. Understanding the “Auditory Brain” The University of Basel’s Department of Biomedicine Professor Dr. Tania Rinaldi Barkat led this investigation into the neuronal foundation of sound perception and discrimination Read More +

The Link Between Playing Musical Instruments And Hearing

Learning to play a musical instrument early in life is a huge benefit. Not only has it been proven to help with math, language, and time management skills but the skill of listening carefully to music is also beneficial. Some researchers have also discovered that playing a musical instrument and hearing loss are also interrelated. Learning to Play an Instrument Affects Your Need of Hearing Aids Northwestern University’s Professor Nina Kraus (neurobiologist, physiologist, and otolaryngologist) conducted a study in regards to how a person detects and processes sounds. In doing so Kraus discovered that when it came to musicians who were suffering from hearing loss or wearing hearing aids were able to detect, process, and remember sounds better than nonmusicians. According to Kraus, a person’s hearing system can “tune in” to different sounds better when you have a background in Read More +

The Connection Between Sleep Apnea And Hearing Loss

When you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea you should also schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist. Although this is something researchers are still looking into there does seem to be a relationship between the two – something that’s been discovered by several recent studies. Understanding What Sleep Apnea Is Although several types do exist, the most common is known as obstructive (OSA). It occurs because the muscles around your airway have relaxed so much that they’re now blocking your breathing. When this happens you’ll snore until you wake up gasping or choking and feeling out of breath. This may leave you feeling sleepy and irritable throughout the day. It also places a strain on your heart which then increases your likelihood of developing heart disease. Research also suggests that it also increases the likelihood you’ll develop hearing loss. Why Read More +