What Does ‘Degree of Hearing Loss’ Mean?

Degrees of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss, also known as hearing impairment, is defined as a partial or total inability to hear. It can affect one ear (unilateral) or both (bilateral) and be permanent or temporary. This condition is considered a public health epidemic in Americans, affecting more than 48 million people nationwide and approximately 477 million around the world.… Continue reading What Does ‘Degree of Hearing Loss’ Mean?

6 Viruses That Could Cause Hearing Loss

Viruses and hearing loss

As we’ve become all too aware, a virus can often seem to come out of nowhere and cause a variety of frustrating, sometimes scary, symptoms. Viruses can be as mild as the common cold or as severe as Ebola. What you may not know, is that some viruses have also been linked to hearing loss.… Continue reading 6 Viruses That Could Cause Hearing Loss

The Crucial Impact of Hearing Loss on School Attendance

Hearing Loss & School Attendance

Though most children complain about going to school at some point in their life, studies show that youngsters with hearing loss have a higher incidence of school absences than their peers with normal hearing. A recent study led by Dr. Jiunn-Yih Su of the Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research,… Continue reading The Crucial Impact of Hearing Loss on School Attendance

What is Listening Fatigue?

Auditory Fatigue aka Listening Fatigue

Do you find that you’re unusually tired as the day goes by? Does conversation with others drain you more than it should? These could be signs of listening fatigue, otherwise known as auditory fatigue, and it is a common condition that goes hand-in-hand with hearing loss. What is listening fatigue? The process of listening involves… Continue reading What is Listening Fatigue?

Do’s and Don’ts for Ear Irrigation

The best way to clean ears

While most people don’t think twice about using cotton swabs to clean their ears, they may actually be causing more harm than good. By pushing small objects such as swabs, bobby pins, keys, or other items into the ear, it has the potential to make any wax present move deeper into the ear canal. This… Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts for Ear Irrigation