1. A hearing test is painless and takes 30 minutes.

2. Hearing loss may be an early warning side for other health conditions.

3. A hearing test is recommended if you experience dizziness or tinnitus (sensation of noise in one or both ears).

4. If the results show your hearing is normal, you can remind everyone that you can hear fine, and they need to speak more clearly.

5. If your ears are full of wax, we will clean them for you before the test.

6. If you have other ear, nose, and throat related medical problems  you can discuss it with our ENT doctor as well.

7. If you spend a lot of time around loud noise or in the water, we can make custom fit earplugs that will protect your ears.

8. If your hearing test shows that you have a hearing loss, we will provide the appropriate treatment.

9. If the hearing aids are recommended, we will fit you with the appropriate instruments.

10. Hearing aids can improve your quality of life.



New study shows sound deprivation can lead to permanent hearing loss

 http://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52605-New-study-shows-sound-deprivation-can-lead-to-permanent-hearing-loss ."



If you have a feeling of fullness in one ear, or voices sound muffled, the results of a new research study show that it could be a problem with long term consequences if left untreated. But the good news is that a simple visit to a hearing care professional could not only prevent further problems down the road, but might just save your hearing.

tree with roots exposed due to erosion
Much like erosion can damage the
roots of a tree, sound deprivation
from conductive hearing loss can
cause irreversible damage to
auditory connections in the brain.

The new study, done at Eaton-Peabody Laboratories at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, investigated whether the auditory deprivation that occurs from adult onset chronic conductive hearing loss could have long term, lasting effects. Conductive hearing loss is hearing loss that occurs when sound transmissions from the ear canal to the inner ear are impaired or blocked. Causes of conductive hearing loss can include something as simple as an earwax blockage, or could be a result of an ear infection (otitis media) or otosclerosis (an abnormal bone growth of the middle ear).

The new research was conducted on mice with unilateral conductive hearing loss, meaning they only experienced sound deprivation in one ear. Results of the study, recently published in PLOS ONE, showed that a period of auditory deprivation caused irreversible damage to the inner ear; the damage manifested itself in a significant loss of the vital connections between the sensory cells and the brain.

Researchers also noted that the mice in the study experienced damage to hearing mechanisms which mimicked that of age-related or noise induced hearing loss.

So what does all of this mean for humans? It means that there is a possibility that the auditory deprivation caused by chronic conductive hearing loss, whether from ear infections, blockages or other medical issues, can lead to permanent hearing loss if left untreated. The findings may be especially significant for children, since 80 percent of kids will have at least one ear infection before age 3 and many children suffer from chronic ear infections. Ear infections are the most common cause for doctor visits and prescriptions for children, and those chronic ear infections can lead to “communication deficits” that persist long after the ear infections subside.

For adults, problems are more likely to occur when they experience problems in just one ear, so just opt to use their “good ear” instead of seeking treatment. And for children, physicians often advocate for waiting as long as two to three months before checking to see whether effusion (fluid that builds up behind the eardrum, and may or may not be the result of an infection) has cleared. Those months of waiting are often accompanied by diminished hearing, which can lead to communication delays at a crucial time in speech and language development. Researchers are hopeful that for both children and adults, the results of the study will change the approach to conditions of the middle ear from a “wait and see” stance to one of more immediacy.

If you or your child are experiencing trouble hearing, ear pain, muffled hearing or a feeling of fullness, don’t put off seeking treatment in the hopes that the problem will resolve itself, or because you can simply “use the other ear." It is important to make an appointment with your physician or hearing health care professional as soon as possible; that one phone call might make all of the difference to your hearing down the road.

"Copyright 2016. Reprinted with permission from Healthy Hearing. Please visit our site for the original article: http://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52605-New-study-shows-sound-deprivation-can-lead-to-permanent-hearing-loss ."

By Angelique A. Cohen, M.D., S.C.
March 01, 2013
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