Taking care of your auditory systems involves more than a series of tests or the right hearing aids. Patient education and resources are also improtant to ensuring you’re getting the most out of your time with us. That’s why Ears4U offers a number of valuable resources, including:
Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids
Knowing which hearing aid to choose can be difficult. While the professionals at Ears4U can make recommendations and suggestions, it is always a good idea to dive into research on your own. Check out our consumer’s guides to hearing aids to learn what other people like you think about different styles of hearing aids
Frequently Asked Questions
Guess what? There are people just like you looking for an audiologist with the same questions. Check out our FAQ page to learn more about audiology and how an audiologist can improve your hearing health and overall wellbeing.
How Hearing Works
To be able to understand how hearing loss happens, it is important to first know how the ear works. To understand how the ear works, you first have to know the three main components of the ear: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear.
The outer ear contains the pinna, ear canal and eardrum while the middle ear consists of the ossicles, or malleus, incus and stapes, and the eardrum. The inner ear consists of the cochlea, the auditory nerve and the brain. We understand sound when the three parts work harmoniously together in a dominos-fashion: sound waves enter into the ear canal, making the eardrum vibrate. The vibration moves the tiny chain of bones (the ossicles, malleus, incus and stapes) inside the middle ear. The last bone, the stapes, taps the membrane window of the cochlea, pushing the fluid inside the cochlea to move. The fluid movement then triggers a response in the hearing nerve. The hearing nerve sends a signal to the brain, which acknowledges the sound, enabling you to register every sound, from the whisper of the wind to the scream at a football game.
Degrees of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss impacts people differently and can be mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe or profound in degree. Understanding the severity of hearing loss is crucial to developing the best approach to treatment.
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Musicians’ Hearing Loss and Prevention
It might not seem like musicians are at risk for falling victim to many occupational hazards, but the reality is that musicians and performers face a hidden risk: hearing loss. Any individual who subjects themselves to noise that registers higher than 85 decibels puts themselves at risk for developing hearing loss. While some occupations might be able to provide jobs for those with hearing loss, musicians often find performing difficult when they begin to lose their hearing.
As such, it is very important for musicians to wear hearing protection during all aspects of their career. Whether they are writing music, practicing or performing, musicians would benefit from ear protection like earplugs. At Ears4U, musicians are welcome to learn more about ear protection options by making an appointment with one of our highly trained and knowledgeable audiologists.
Have you ever experienced a constant ringing, buzzing, whooshing or whistling in your ear? If so, it’s likely you experienced tinnitus. Tinnitus is a symptom of a larger underlying condition that causes individuals to perceive noise when no external noise is actually present. Tinnitus can be a symptom of myriad issues, including hearing loss, jaw disorders, ototoxic medications, balance issues and more. Because there are many causes of tinnitus, there is no set treatment. An audiologist, like the trained professionals at Ears4U, will work with individuals suffering from tinnitus to find a treatment that can help alleviate the symptoms some.
Hearing Health Blog
Check out our monthly blog to learn about how to protect your hearing the next time you go to a big concert.