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Viewing entries posted in May 2017

Smoking And Hearing Loss

Posted by on 31 May 2017

May 31 is the World Health Organisation’s “ No tobacco day’.

In addition to a long list of negative health effects and reduction in overall health and wellbeing, smoking can be forerunner for hearing loss.  Smokers are 70% more likely to have a hearing loss compared to non-smokers.  Many of the substances inhaled in a puff of cigarette smoke are ototoxic.  Ototoxic chemicals are chemicals that have a toxic effect on the ear and balance system. Smoking can lead to hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems.   The prevalence of hearing loss in smokers is related to the dose of cigarette smoke; more smoking the higher the incidence and degree of hearing loss.
How cigarette smoke affects hearing:
•    Nicotine and carbon monoxide restricts blood flow to the tiny and delicate blood supply of the inner ear causing damage to the cochlear hair cells, these hair cells that are responsible for detecting sounds
•    Nicotine interferes with  messenger systems along the auditory nerves
•    Smoking irritates the Eustachian tube and lining of the middle ear creating middle ear issues
•    Smoking causes release of free radicals in the body
•    Smoking can make you more susceptible to the effects of damage to the inner ear by loud noise. Smokers are more susceptible to getting noise induced hearing loss

If you are a smoker and concerned about your ears, please arrange to have your hearing assessed.  Hearing loss can impact communication, relationships,  productivity and advancement at work.

Are you ready to stop smoking?

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Sign Of Hearing Loss - Trouble Following Conversation In A Group Of People

Posted by on 30 May 2017

Frequently having trouble following the conversation when the conversation moves quickly from one person to the next, such as, in meeting or at the dinner table might be a sign of hearing loss.   Maybe it's time for a hearing assessment? Read more about a comprehensive hearing assessment at Melbourne Audiology Centre.  If a hearing loss is identified, we will talk to you about the solutions available for you.

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Signs Of Hearing Loss - Feeling Tired Or Exhausted From Straining To Hear The Conversation

Posted by on 29 May 2017

If you have a hearing loss you could be constantly straining to hear what is going on.  This can be tiring and may leave you exhausted by the end of the day.  If you find that after a day of talking, meeting, chatting and communicating with colleagues, family or friend that you are tired or have a headache, it could be because of your efforts to hear better, it's a sign of possible hearing loss. Book a hearing assessment at Melbourne Audiology Centre.

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Signs Of Hearing Loss - People Seem To Mumble

Posted by on 26 May 2017

When people sound like they are mumbling, it may be because you can't hear some speech sounds. People with hearing loss commonly can't hear high pitch sounds and it's the high pitch speech sounds that give clarity to speech. You or someone you know may say things like, " I can hear, but I don't understand what people are saying"  or  " I can hear, there's nothing wrong with my hearing, young people today don't know how to enunciate properly, they all mumble".   If the people around you sound like they are mumbling, book a comprehensive hearing assessment at Melbourne Audiology Centre to rule out hearing loss.

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What to do if your hearing aids stops working

Posted by on 24 May 2017

If your hearing aid stops working here are a few tips on things that you can do.

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Is it time to put yourself first?

Posted by on 24 May 2017

Your LinkI have been working as an audiologist for over twenty years now (how time flies), and every day I feel privileged to be involved in helping people who would otherwise struggle with one of our basic but most important human needs – communication.

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Is tinnitus the "phantom pain" of the ear?

Posted by on 24 May 2017

Tinnitus is a perceived sound in the ears or head that does not originate from an external sound source. It is often described as a ringing, whistling, whooshing, buzzing or pulsing sound.  Some people describe it as being there all the time, and for others, it can come and go. 

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Signs of Hearing Loss - You say 'what' a lot

Posted by on 24 May 2017

With presbyacusis (age related hearing loss) hearing soft high pitch sounds becomes difficult.  High pitch speech sounds include /th/, /s/, /f/, /h/ or /k/ and these sounds are often confused or misheard.  For example /f/ and /s/ sounds can sound the same to someone with mild hering loss.  One of the first signs of presbyacusus is saying 'Pardon" or "what"  frequently, especially when there is some background noise, such as when in a cafe.  If you are saying 'Pardon" or "what" frequently, it may be a sign of hearing loss.   Book your comprehensive hearing assessment at Melbourne Audiology Centre

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Hearing Loss - Signs Of Hearing Loss

Posted by on 22 May 2017

Statistics estimate that 1 in 6 Australians have hearing loss and like any medical problem, the sooner you address the issue the better.   Our ears detect sounds and our brain actually 'hears'. There are many benefits of doing something about a hearing loss including; improved  quality of life and protecting against cognitive decline, dementia and depression.  Similar to the way our eyes change with age, hearing can also gradually decrease with ageing- this is called presbyacusis.  We recommend that after the age of 55, you should have your hearing assessed every 3 years.  Book your comprehensive hearing assessment at Melbourne Audiology Centre.

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Custom Ear Plugs in Workplace

Posted by on 18 May 2017

Loud noise in the workplace is damaging to hearing. Custom made ear plugs are more comfortable, more durable, easier to insert, tend to be more discrete and securely fit in the canal.

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