Defining Microtia and Atresia

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The shape of your outer ear and ear canal affects your ability to hear and localize sounds. Microtia and atresia are congenital conditions that impact the shape of the ear and can cause hearing loss. What is Microtia? A birth defect that affects up to 7,000 babies every year, microtia is the underdevelopment of the […]

Oral Hygiene and Hearing Loss

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Forgetting to brush your teeth infrequently or skipping flossing for a couple of days may not seem like a big deal at first. However, your oral hygiene can indirectly affect your hearing health. Keeping Bacteria at Bay Brushing twice a day keeps the bacteria in your mouth under control. Poor oral hygiene may cause tooth […]

How Ear Shape Affects Sound Perception

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A recent suggests the shape of your auricle or outer ear controls how your brain perceives the vertical location of sounds. In other words, your ear shape can affect how well you hear. Shape Is Essential The auricle includes the visible portion of your external ear and a portion of the ear canal. When a […]

A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Hearing Loss

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According to the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), about three million children in the United States have lost some of their hearing. By discussing the importance of protecting their hearing, you can help your child form good listening habits to prevent premature hearing loss. Causes of Hearing Loss in Children Children are attracted to loud noises. They could […]

Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids: What’s the Difference?

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On the surface, cochlear implants and hearing aids serve a similar purpose. Both devices improve sound interpretation and speech recognition for people with sensorineural hearing loss. But that’s where their similarities end. How They Work Hearing aids are inserted into the ear canal to amplify sound before it reaches the inner ear. Each device has a mic, […]

Useful Apps for Hearing Aid Wearers

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Whether you use them to adjust your hearing aids or learn language skills, hearing and language apps can improve your communication. Apps for Hearing Loss Communication can become complicated when you or someone you love has hearing loss. Having hearing loss often requires learning special language skills. Luckily, there are plenty of apps for smartphones and tablets that […]

How Hearing Loss Affects Your Relationships

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It isn’t easy to communicate when you can’t hear what other people are saying. Hearing loss causes you to miss the small, personal moments that build the bedrock of relationships. Your Relationships Hearing loss affects your ability to communicate with family members, friends, spouses and significant others. You may feel embarrassed about asking friends to repeat themselves […]

Driving Safely with Hearing Loss

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You rely on your ears while you’re behind the wheel more than you realize. Honking horns, emergency sirens, interior car alerts and turn signals give you a sense of your environment inside and outside your vehicle. But hearing loss affects your ability to perceive sounds while driving, which puts you and other drivers at risk for accidents. […]

How Meniere’s Disease Affects Your Hearing

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Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear that affects your balance and can cause hearing loss. It typically occurs in one ear, though people have experienced Meniere’s in both ears. Causes Unfortunately, researchers still don’t know the exact cause of Meniere’s disease. However, it’s believed to be triggered by excess pressure in the […]

Good Nutrition Can Help Hearing Loss

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Good nutrition can mitigate the side effects of hearing loss. Eating well is an essential part of a comprehensive approach to treating your hearing loss effectively. How Poor Nutrition Affects Your Hearing A lack of nutrition exacerbates health conditions that negatively impact your hearing. Supporting your overall health allows your body to protect your ears. Circulation: Healthy […]