hearing ismusic & social & family

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You are strolling a street market that is full of people, merchants, and musicians. The band is playing one of your favorite songs, but something seems off. You can’t hear the violin clearly and the music is dull. What's going on?
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One of the first signs of hearing loss is missing some tones or sounds that fall into a specific audio range. The violin is one of the most high-pitched instruments and would be one of the first sounds that would become hard to detect.

Hearing is Music. Music is Hearing.

Hearing music is an essential part of our lives.

What is hearing loss

Hearing loss is very common and can happen to anyone.

The causes of hearing loss vary and the type of hearing loss is determined by the part of the ear in which the impairment occurs.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. In fact, it accounts for 90% of all adult hearing problems. Although the cause is not always known, it is often related to aging and a history of noise exposure. It affects hair cells in the cochlea and the auditory nerve. When the ear anatomy does not function properly, it becomes difficult for the brain to receive sounds to interpret. With sensorineural hearing loss, sounds not only diminish in volume but become distorted, and the ability to hear high-pitched sounds is usually affected first. As a result, we often subconsciously begin to withdraw from social situations.

Conductive Hearing Loss

A conductive hearing loss is often temporary and can sometimes be corrected with wax removal, medication or surgery. Conductive loss stems from problems in the outer or middle ear and can be caused by:

  • Infection
  • Build-up of wax or fluid
  • Punctured eardrum
  • Otosclerosis – an abnormal bone development in the middle ear

Mixed Hearing Loss

With a mixed hearing loss, both conductive and sensorineural losses occur at the same time.

In these cases, you may need treatment, such as wax removal, medication, or surgery, in addition to hearing aids.

How we hear

Hearing well depends on tiny cells called “hair cells” that are found within the cochlea in the inner ear. There are two types of hair cells—inner hair cells and outer hair cells. Outer hair cells amplify soft sounds and help to ensure that different pitches of sounds are separated. Inner hair cells transmit sounds to nerve impulses that are sent to the brain, where we hear them as sound.

You take your grandson to the playground, which is full of other kids playing, screaming and yelling. Your grandson turns to you and asks you something… but you can't make out the words. What is happening?
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Children have high-pitched voices which are much harder to hear for someone with hearing loss. When we find ourselves in a loud noise environment, being able to clearly understand a child’s voice becomes even more difficult.

Hearing is Laughing. Laughing is hearing.

Hearing your children’s voices and laughter is one of the greatest joys in life.

Main causes of hearing loss

There are many reasons why we lose our hearing, but the most
common are prolonged exposure to noise and the aging process.

  • AGING
  • LOUD NOISE
  • EAR INFECTION
  • AUTOIMMUNE
    DISEASE
  • MENIERE'S
    DISEASE
  • TUMOR
  • CERTAIN
    MEDICATIONS
  • HEAD
    TRAUMA
 

Degree of hearing loss

Measured in degrees, hearing loss is divided into levels that are based on a person's auditory thresholds, or the softest sounds (decibels), they can hear.
The levels are divided into mild, moderate, severe or profound and each level has different implications in terms of hearing loss.

Do you have ringing in your ears ?

Tinnitus is the name for the perception of sounds, such as ringing, buzzing or hissing in your ears, when these sounds are not present in the environment.

Approximately 4 in 5 people with tinnitus also experience some level of hearing loss. The use of a hearing aid to amplify sounds has proven to help mask tinnitus and make it less distracting.

Hearing Loss Simulator

Find out how people with hearing loss experience three
different everyday life situations

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It’s Thanksgiving and you’re having a big dinner with family and friends. The TV is playing, people are talking in different groups and noise is abundant. You have a lot of difficulty in following conversations so you tend to drift away in your own world...What is going on?
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Having difficulties following conversations clearly and understanding every word when many people are talking at the same time may be a sign of hearing loss. Sounds tend to blur and conversations with the ones you love become difficult.

Hearing is talking and sharing. Sharing is hearing.

Being part of a social conversation is an integral part of life.

 

Hearing is music, laughing, dancing and sharing. Hearing is living

 

HEARING IS BELTONE

Your life is filled with moments that you can continue to enjoy if you take action and understand there may be an issue. What can you do?
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HEARING IS BELTONE

Checking your hearing and knowing what you can do to improve it are steps that can lead you to a fuller life, where dancing and laughing and talking and sharing with your loved ones can again become the greatest joys of life.

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