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Water is Not Your Hearing Aid’s Best Friend!

When you have a hearing aid, you have to make sure you are careful when you are around water. This can be difficult in the summer months, when the call to the seashore beckons. Yet for those that spend all their days in a warm climate, this could be a daily occurrence. Thus, it is vital to know if your hearing aid is water resistant.

“Are there even waterproof hearing aids?”

They do exist, but even these devices may only be approved up to a certain level of water. A rogue ocean wave may spell doom to even the hardiest of hearing aid models. To learn more about your hearing aid and if it is water resistant, be sure to ask your audiologist.

“I’m not a beach person so this doesn’t apply to me!”

Not so fast! Your hearing aid may still come in contact with some water. Even the small bit can damage a unit that is not properly suited for water. Due to the small size of the current hearing aid models, they can easily become an after-thought. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the damage if your unit accidentally gets wet.

Remember these steps!

1. Turn off your hearing aid immediately!
2. Take out the hearing aid’s battery.
3. Shake the hearing aid to try and get all of the water out from the battery’s housing.
4. Find a clean and dry cloth to thoroughly dry your hearing aid battery. No water should be present when reinserting the battery into the device.
5. Keep the battery component open and place your hearing aid in a dry area. If you can place the hearing aid in a warm area, all the better!
6. You want it to dry out completely… but just make sure it doesn’t get too hot. Melting will be more catastrophic than the water damage!
7. Once fully dry, reinsert the battery to your device.

“Did I save it?”

If you follow these steps, your hearing aid will have a much better chance of working optimally once again. If it is still malfunctioning, you need to take your hearing aid to your audiologist. Only a trained hearing specialist will be able to assess the damage and tell you if the unit can be salvaged.

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Finding Balance While Enduring Vertigo

Vertigo can be a debilitating disorder that has the ability to control your life. This disease affects the inner ear, which plays a large role in our ability to balance. When was the last time you had to really focus before getting up out of a chair or even just trying to walk around your home? Those with vertigo know that these simple tasks can become daunting. It can be even more frightening to the elderly who could be at a higher risk of injury if they were to fall.

What causes vertigo?

• Meniere’s disease
• Head injury
• Ear surgery
• Extended bed rest
• Inflammation of the vestibular nerve or of the inner ear
• Reduced blood flow to parts of the brain

Are there any symptoms?

• It is common to experience dizziness when you have vertigo. The dizziness can range from mild to being so severe that a person may not be able to stand due to fear of falling.
• Nausea is another common complaint… but is usually just the result of the intense dizziness.
• Ringing in the ears that might even turn into temporary hearing loss.
• Difficulty seeing straight or clearly.

But there is good news…

In most cases, vertigo is a treatable condition. With the proper medicine, most people who suffer from the disorder can resume a normal life without enduring any of these symptoms. Although, in a few severe cases, treatment may not fully cure the problem. Still, any medical attention will produce small improvements. Thus, if you think you may have vertigo, you should reach out to your doctor immediately.

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Do You Have Ear Wax Build Up?

Do you suffer from frequent ear blockages due to ear wax build up? This can be a very pesky issue that leaves many worried! Not only is your hearing affected, but this buildup may cause other stress over health and even hygiene.

“Why do I have excess wax? I eat well, exercise, and am a perfectly healthy person!”

Although, ear wax build up is not always directly related to general health and hygiene. Some people simply just produce more ear wax than others. There is no magic pill that can cure you of this condition. Thus, when you clean your ears, you need to be very careful not to push the wax any further into the ear canal. Which is why Q-Tips are not meant for ear canals and should never be used for this.

Here are some tips so you can become wax free:

• If the ear wax is too hard (enough to cause pain), you can try to soften the wax with a simple over the counter purchase. Try some mineral oil, baby oil, or for the most daring hydrogen peroxide. These can be used in small amounts (eyedropper) to help soften and break up the excess ear wax. Use a cotton swab to gently wipe the outer part of the ear.

• If the buildup is too serious to soften, ear irrigation is the best technique to attempt. You can often buy an ear irrigation kit at a local pharmacy. The process is simple. Make sure you are standing with your head centered (no leaning). Pull your ear gently upward to open it. Use your irrigation kit: take a syringe full of lukewarm water and push a stream into your ear. Lean your waterlogged head over to let the liquid drain.

• Sometimes home remedies will not solve the issue. Go to your local audiologist and ask to have your ears cleaned. If you are worried about tackling this task on your own, simply make an appointment at your local hearing care center. This is the quickest solution to true ear care.

But remember this above all else…

NEVER PUSH ANYTHING INTO YOU EAR CANAL! This includes those harmless cotton swabs that are stereotypically viewed as your ear’s best friend. These foreign objects may alleviate the problem, but they will more likely cause damage to your ear canal. They can also push the wax further in your ear causing unneeded damage to your ear drum.

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Tinnitus Types

There are two clinically differentiated types of tinnitus: subjective tinnitus and objective tinnitus. Out of all of the tinnitus cases reported, 99% of those cases fall within the subjective tinnitus category, making subjective tinnitus the more common of the two types.

What is subjective tinnitus?

Subjective tinnitus is defined as perceiving sound when there is no acoustic source present. In the absence of any auditory stimuli, a person experiencing subjective tinnitus may hear a diverse range of sounds – from a ringing to a whistling to a buzzing – either in one ear or both ears. Due to the fact that there is no acoustic source, subjective tinnitus can only be heard by the person perceiving the sound.

Within the subjective tinnitus type, there are two additional categories – primary and secondary tinnitus. Primary tinnitus occurs more frequently and is characterized as tinnitus that is a result of hearing loss or accompanied by hearing loss. Secondary tinnitus is provoked by a specific cause that is unrelated to hearing loss or auditory issues, such as certain medications or underlying medical conditions.

Understanding objective tinnitus

Objective tinnitus is defined as the perception of sounds that are caused by internal structures. Because the sound is actually being generated by an acoustic source, a doctor or hearing care specialist is able to hear what the patient is hearing by inserting a small microphone into the ear canal or placing a stethoscope or other listening device on the patient’s neck or surrounding area.

Problems in a person’s cardiovascular and circulatory systems are generally the cause of objective tinnitus. Irregularities in the passage of blood flowing through arteries and veins in the head or neck may result in discernible thumping or whooshing noises. Muscle spasms and structural problems within the inner ear and brain may also cause objective tinnitus.

Pulsatile tinnitus: a certain type of objective tinnitus

A specific form of objective tinnitus is pulsatile tinnitus – the perception of pulsing noises that sound similar to a heartbeat. This rhythmic throbbing can often be heard in time with a person’s actual pulse and is generally symptomatic of cardiovascular issues.

If you or someone you love is experiencing tinnitus-like symptoms, the first step is to speak with a hearing care specialist and have an assessment*. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional.

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