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Did you know that some medications, including some over the counter medications, can affect your hearing? This adverse effect is called ototoxicity and can cause hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing or noises in the ears), or dizziness. Ototoxicity is not common, but there are a few medications that are known to have ototoxic effects. People who are taking more than one ototoxic medication at the same time or people with kidney problems are at higher risk of developing ototoxicity from medications. Continue reading “Ototoxic Medications” »
Imagine a windmill was placed in your area. You might not think it would affect you – but people in Canada, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, the UK, and the United States are saying otherwise. They are reporting migraines, vertigo, tinnitus, sleep deprivation, memory problems, nervousness, fear, chest tightness, or increased heart rate.
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What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus describes the noises or sounds that are heard in one or both ears, or in the head, which do not come from outside noise sources. Tinnitus can be steady or intermittent, can vary in loudness or pitch, and may consist of more than one type of sound. Common descriptions include ringing, humming, buzzing or roaring in the ears. Despite being very common, tinnitus is not well understood.
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In the past, the sudden onset of hearing loss was a relatively rare condition. Today, at Sussex Audiological Center (SAC), we see an average of one sudden hearing loss case a week.
Sudden Hearing Loss (SHL) is a marked reduction in hearing sensitivity (greater than 30 dB) across a minimum of three adjacent frequencies occurring over a short period of time (up to 72 hours). Typically SHL affects only one ear, but both may be affected. The amount of hearing loss will vary as well. Some clients will notice a rapid deterioration in hearing ability over a span of a few hours; others notice they can’t hear out of one ear when they wake up in the morning.
Though there are many causes of hearing loss, the most common is a gradual deterioration over the passage of time – or presbycusis. Presbycusis is also referred to as ‘age-related’ hearing loss.
Better Hearing, Better Communication
We hear speech across a range of frequencies, from low-pitch to high-pitch (bass to treble). The volume of speech, such as vowels, occurs in the low range or bass, whereas the clarity or understanding of what is said occurs mostly in the highs or treble. Presbycusis affects the higher frequencies first, especially the quietest consonants such as “s, t, sh, p, k, h and th”, which are barely audible to even those with normal hearing. To the impaired ear, these sounds are heard inconsistently, if at all. The person affected can hear people talking as loudly as before (they still hear quiet low-pitched sounds), but words are not as clear because they miss important consonants that tell us the difference between words. This causes them to miss the subtle punch lines of jokes or to think a friend just asked them for “a dime” when they were really asked for “the time”. People with hearing loss are usually the last to be aware of it, because it has come on so gradually. Those around them have learned to make up for it by raising their voice, repeating themselves, getting the person’s attention before they talk, or simply letting what they said pass once it is not responded to.
An Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Practitioner Discuss Hearing Loss In Their Own Lives
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Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health problem among older Canadian adults; only arthritis and high blood pressure are more common1, and many younger adults and children are also susceptible.