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Don't Believe Everything You See on the Internet

Posted by angela.esterline on March 20, 2019 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve been hearing a lot about a certain YouTube audiologist lately. I’ve been hearing a lot of questions I haven’t heard before and, some answers that just lead to more questions. Since I fully support learning and being completely informed, I thought I’d check him out.

He’s very entertaining. He appears to be well-informed. Some of what he says is right on target. And, some of it just misses the mark entirely. For example, he claims to know “the single most important thing that will determine your success with hearing aids”. Really? Has he met you? Does he know your specific listening needs? Does he know your preferences for (or tolerance to) sounds? I dare say he does not. As such, how can he claim to know what’s best for you?

The issues each hearing impaired person deals with are unique and should be treated as such. Treatment plans are created one at a time. Some include an entire battery of objective measures. Some require baby stepping into the use of amplification. Others need communication strategies and training with a friend or family member. Whatever the needs are, I highly recommend meeting them on an individual basis.

While claiming to hold the key to hearing aid success might make for exciting TV, be careful about believing everything you see on the internet. So here’s your assignment: when you see something that looks too good to be true, ask me about it. I will find the answer (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and let you know what’s real and what’s fluff. Leave your comment/questions right here on this blog. I’m already looking forward to hearing from you.

Exercise is good!

Posted by angela.esterline on February 12, 2019 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Exercise is good! It makes us feel better, rest more completely, and fit into that killer suit. So, I was a bit surprised when I saw a headline about exercise being bad for hearing health. And since I hate to exercise, I thought I’d look into and see if I had a ready excuse. Turns out I don’t.

Noise is bad for hearing health and gyms have noise in them. People wear earphones for their music. Most people don’t even think about the abuse their ears get at the gym. Music has been proven to motivate people toward a more consistent exercise routine. Loud, pumping music really gets a body moving.

OSHA says anything louder than 85dB is call for hearing protection. But, how loud is that, really? A quiet room has a noise floor of about 40dB. Add normal conversational speech and it hits about 60dB. A crowded school cafeteria can reach 80dB. Turn on the music so it can be heard over the ruckus and we are in the danger zone where hearing is concerned.

A study conducted at the University of Louisville demonstrated that even with warnings placed on the exercise equipment cautioning against exposure to loud music during a workout, participants still turned the volume to “10” on the head sets. And that’s how exercise is bad for your hearing.

Exercise is good. Music is good. Exercising to music is good. Please be responsible and share this bit of wisdom with your work out buddies: “Turn it to the left. Keep the volume reasonable.” Next time you go to the gym, look for a warning about excessive volume. If you see one, let us know where. I’d like to thank them. If you don’t see one, let us know. I’d like to put one up.

Hearing Loss & Diabetes

Posted by angela.esterline on January 14, 2019 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

So, my husband was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I learned that a lot of the things I thought I knew, I really didn’t. But, the one thing I did know was something our counselor did NOT know.

Compared to the 17% of diabetics who suffer vision issues, roughly 65% of all diabetics suffer with hearing loss! Why doesn’t that statistic get any comment? In all the recommendations for diet and exercise and lifestyle change my husband received, there was no recommendation for a baseline hearing test. No mention of anoxia (loss of oxygen) in the inner ear. No mention of permanent hearing loss. No recommendation for annual testing to monitor the progressive nature of the beast. Nothing.

Naturally, I tested his hearing. And, guess what I found…in the five years since his previous test, there has been a drop in hearing sensitivity in both ears. His hearing is still “within normal limits”, but he is only 46 years old, he has no medical history with the ears, and he has no history of noise exposure. His hearing should be within normal limits, and yet it is not as good as it was five years ago. He is already scheduled for his annual test for next year!

Please ask all your diabetic friends and family if they have noticed a change in their hearing, then invite them to get an annual hearing test. Because, really, how can they be compliant to the physician’s recommendations if they can’t hear them?

As for you, dear reader, has your primary care physician (or any other care provider) recommended/ordered a hearing exam for you?