STTA July 2019: Hearing Loss

Dr. Aami Molloy with Doctors of Hearing Healthcare, Rockford, joined me on Something to Talk About.
Dr. Molloy explained how we hear and what types of hearing losses are experienced by about 37.5 million American adults. (WebMD ).
According to WebMD, hearing loss falls into three basic groups:
1. Conductive hearing loss is a mechanical problem with your ear. Sound has trouble moving from the outer ear to the eardrum and middle-ear bones;
2. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) comes from nerve damage in your inner ear. It usual permanent;
3. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both.

Dr. Molloy talked about some of the leading causes of hearing loss such as disease, aging, loud noises and medications.
Then, she discussed tinnitus or “ringing in the ears”.
After all of the talk about the ears and the problems that can affect hearing, Dr. Molloy shared valuable information about the importance of hearing and how to assist your hearing with hearing aids.

Many people with hearing issues find many ways to cope with not hearing all of a conversation. However, there is a cost for not getting help with hearing loss: social, economic, and emotional.

The new hearing aids are digital high tech. No more embarrassing obvious hearing aids but hearing aids that are no more telltale than the latest wireless ear pods. Besides, headphones and ear pods are quite popular now and some of the new hearing aids work with the iPhone.

Get that hearing test at least once a year just like your annual physical. It is that important. Don’t let the thought of wearing hearing aids make you miss out on the beautiful sounds of life. ###

Published by Charlyne Blatcher Martin

Freelance Writer; Editorial Consultant; Creator/Host of Comcast’s Something To Talk About; and, Playwright. I enjoy reading Regency and other historical fiction and non-fiction and sci-fi. Gourmet cooking is a favorite pastime.

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