Hearing Problems

In this section you’ll find practical information about the causes and effects of hearing problems—including hearing loss, tinnitus, balance issues and other hearing-related problems—and what you can do about them.

What Kind of Hearing Loss Do I Have?

What Kind of Hearing Loss Do I Have?

There are several possible explanations for why you might not hear well. Here are the four most-common (non-syndromic) reasons for hearing loss, as well as what is typically recommended for them.

Do Wireless and Bluetooth Hearing Aids Pose a Health Risk?

Do Wireless and Bluetooth Hearing Aids Pose a Health Risk?

The short answer is no. Wireless hearing aids are safe and strictly regulated as FDA Class 2 medical devices that meet governmental wireless FCC communication standards in addition to those stipulations set forth for medical devices. But this article addresses this lingering concern among some hearing aid wearers.

How Hearing Loss Impacts Relationships: Whose Problem Is It?

How Hearing Loss Impacts Relationships: Whose Problem Is It?

Hearing loss isn’t just the problem of the person with poor hearing; it can be a huge problem for his/her spouse, partner, or loved one. Here is some advice from a respected audiologist about dealing with a person who is resistant to taking action on their hearing problem.

Sighs and Whispers: Sex, Intimacy, and Hearing Well

Sighs and Whispers: Sex, Intimacy, and Hearing Well

Hearing affects communication and therefore virtually every significant aspect of your life involving your loved ones and the time you spend with them. Here is a perspective from a hearing care professional about a little-mentioned aspect of better hearing: intimacy, sex, and private moments with your partner.

Tinnitus: That Ringing You Hear is Not a Bell

Tinnitus: That Ringing You Hear is Not a Bell

Tinnitus is the evil companion of hearing loss. As a general guideline, some audiologists and researchers subscribe to the 80/80 rule: they estimate 80% of people with tinnitus—or ringing in the ears—have hearing loss, and 80% of people with hearing loss have some tinnitus. The good news is that relief can be found in hearing aid solutions, sound therapy products, counseling, and more.

Take Note: Music and Quality of Life Go Hand in Hand!

Take Note: Music and Quality of Life Go Hand in Hand!

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has squashed a lot of music-lovers’ live concert activities, it’s likely they’re still enjoying music—and possibly hurting their ears with high sound levels. There is help for people who have abused their ears and lost hearing due to loud music, and even more help is on the way.

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