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If I Have Hearing Loss Why Do Loud Sounds Bother Me?

You know you have a hearing loss because every single person you know complains that you can’t hear.  You know you need to get it checked and you know you shouldn’t put it off.  But what doesn’t make any sense to you is if you have a hearing loss then why do loud sounds bother […]

Can Everyday Loud Noises Cause Hearing Loss?

If you think because you don’t work around a lot of noise that you don’t have to worry about damaging your hearing from loud noises…think again.  The world is a very noisy place.  It’s easy to think of some things as “noisy”, jet engines, construction sites, rock concerts, power tools and warning signals.  But there […]

Hearing Loss is Common in Adults with Diabetes

Hearing loss is roughly twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Hearing loss may be an under-recognized complication of diabetes. As diabetes becomes more common, the disease may become a more significant contributor to […]

Can My Antibiotic Cause Hearing Loss?

You just started taking a new antibiotic.  Now you think you’re not hearing as well as you did a few days ago.  Should you be worried? Any drug that can damage your inner ear (your hearing and balance systems are both part of your inner ear) is called an ototoxic drug. There is a long […]

Is Having One Good Ear Good Enough?

As a general rule of thumb, you need all the parts that you came with, ears included. So the real question(s) should be: Is it a problem that you can hear better in one ear than the other? Can you hear with one good ear as well as people with two ears can hear? Let’s […]

Is Your Hearing Loss Making You Fall?

You’ve fallen, again.  And you’ve known for a while that you aren’t hearing as well as you used to.  Is there a possibility that the two things are connected? A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging suggests that hearing loss significantly increases your risk of falling. To make the connection between hearing […]

Can My Water Pill Cause Hearing Loss?

You just started taking a new water pill and you’ve noticed that you have some ringing in your ears.  Should you be worried? Any drug that can damage your inner ear (your hearing and balance systems are both part of your inner ear) is called an ototoxic drug. There is a long list of drugs […]

Can Hearing Loss Cause Dementia?

Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a study by Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. The findings, the researchers say, could lead to new ways to combat dementia, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide and carries heavy […]

Hearing Loss Affects 1 in 5 Americans

Affecting millions of people, one of the most common health problems in the U.S. today is hearing loss. Dr. Frank Lin from Johns Hopkins Hospital reported recently that 1 in 5 Americans has hearing loss.  Nearly a fifth of all Americans 12 years or older have hearing loss so severe that it may make communication […]