Hearing Loss

If you are a musician, work on a tractor or in construction, your ears may be at risk. Even mothers with colicky babies can be at risk. Perhaps you just work in a loud setting, like a bar, or restaurant. A hearing test with your family physician may be in order. If you have concerns you will want to consider seeing an audiologist. Your family doctor should be able to tell you if you have any cause to worry.Protecting your hearing is something that doesn’t occur to you when you’re young. So much damage can be done by the time we get around to thinking of it. The use of ear buds with your favorite portable music player has become the number one cause of loss. The rock concerts, and the years we spend comforting our crying babies can all take a toll on our ears. Perhaps you have even chosen a profession that damages your ears like being a drummer in a band. All of these things can damage your ears.To properly protect your ears, it is important to understand what sounds can damage them. Your ears are meant to warn you of danger, or tell you that your baby needs you. Your ears are meant to help you communicate. The sound of normal conversation is safe. The sound of a rock concert can be much louder than your ears can handle. This does not mean that you cannot enjoy a concert. This simply means you shouldn’t enjoy a concert too often, and you should sit away from speakers. You might also consider getting a hearing test if you have any concerns about loss.To protect your ears you will want to keep the sound turned down on your personal music player. You will want to be sure that you take a break from your colicky baby, and you will want to be sure to use earplugs when using loud equipment. A lawn mower, snow blower, or even your food processor can be considered loud. If your job is in a loud environment you might want to ask your employer about hearing protection. They may offer you earplugs. If you can, it is a good idea to take breaks from loud sounds. You should also avoid medications that cause hearing loss. While a hearing test cannot truly repair hearing it can help identify loss. You can discuss protection with your doctor or audiologist. You can also have a full understanding of what options are available to you. If you have no concerns now, it is a good idea to take steps to protect your ears.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I improve my severe/profound sensorineural hearing loss naturally without hearing aids?
    Has anyone been able to improve their sensorineural hearing loss naturally? I want to hear better without(and with) hearing aids, especially in the high frequencies. What kinds of herbs or medicines can do this? Also what kind of hearing exercises should I do?

    • ANSWER:

      once the hair cells are damaged they are damaged. there is no magical-medicinal cure for a sensory/ neural hearing loss.

      buck up and get your self some hearing aids. if you have a high frequency loss. make sure they have directional microphones and at the very least 8 channels so the audiologist has greater programming ease.

    Whats the difference between High frequency and Low frequency hearing loss?
    I have hearing loss in my right ear (60%) and my army recruiter told me, if its High frequency hearing loss its a good chance that it would get Waived. I will have to go through MEPS and get cleared, But I would like to know before hand. So please be specific.

    • ANSWER:
      Sound occurs over a wide spectrum of frequencies. The human ear is sensitive to a frequency band withing that spectrum. Since sounds occur at different frequencies, you will not be able to hear the sounds at the high end. The frequency that dogs can hear covers a different range. That is why a dog can respond to a human voice, but also to a silent dog whistle which is too high of a frequency for humans. The most common frequency hearing loss for men is the same frequency that their wives speak.

    I am looking to start in a nursing program this Fall. Could moderate hearing loss disqualify me?
    I just went to the doctor and they said I have moderate hearing loss in both ears. They also say I may need a hearing aid in one ear. They didn’t seem concerned about disqualification from nursing, but I was rejected from the Border Patrol and struggled with the the Philadelphia Police Department over it. I just don’t want to lose yet another opportunity for something that is not debilitating in any way to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hate to break it to you, but hearing is fundamental in nursing.

      You need to be able to use a stethoscope with accuracy, and sometimes there is background noise which can make it difficult even for 100% hearing. You need to be able to hear when people call out for you as they don’t always use a call bell. You need to hear unusual sounds or faint alarms that might be pointing to something much bigger.

      I think you might be able to work in an area of nursing like research or administration, but I’m not sure you’d be able to make it through nursing school with a hearing loss.

      The best thing to do is contact the nursing schools directly to see.

    How long before hearing loss develops in people who use their portable devices?
    such as Iphones, Ipads and the like. I know some docs were saying you could get 25% hearing loss and more by the time you reach your early teens and be almost completely deaf by the time you reach adulthood. And what is a ‘safe’ level? I can’t stand any more than a few minutes in my ears; they hurt too much.

    • ANSWER:
      The louder the sound, the more hearing loss. It’s very simple. Just don’t turn it up if you don’t want hearing loss. One can listen through earphones / earbuds indefinitely without significant hearing loss as long as the volume is kept low. The problem is that people who use these things tend to crank up the volume. The volume doesn’t have to be whisper – soft. Normal volumes, such as one would experience in a typical room without earphones / earbuds where one could easily talk over the volume level of the music are quite acceptable. The simple act of having earphones / earbuds in / on ones ears does not cause hearing loss. It’s the high sound pressure level coming out of them that does the damage and this is easily attenuated with the volume control. There is also a difference between the physical discomfort caused by the pressure exerted on the ear / ear canal by the earphone / earbud – the “cauliflower ear effect.” This would occur even if the device wasn’t plugged in and does not cause hearing loss. As far as being completely deaf by adulthood, I think that’s exaggerated. Complete deafness is actually rare and is usually caused by nerve damage or physical damage to the inner ear. People who are effectively deaf usually have at least some perception of low frequency sound. The high frequencies are the first ones to go. They are the frequencies that allow us to distinguish between different sounds and recognize sibilance in speech and is why people who are “hard of hearing” have a hard time understanding what you are saying. The long and short of it is: Turn it down.

    Can temporary deafness that occurs more than once, cause permanant hearing loss?
    I’ve experienced temporary hearing loss when I have flown on commercial airplanes the last couple of times, never before.So this does worry me that I may have eventual hearing loss from this, i’m 31 years old. And it usually lasts about 24 hours.

    • ANSWER:
      I often get partial hearing loss when i fly.
      Don’t think it’s anything to worry about.

      Rock concerts tho, can be damaging…i’ve heard.

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