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Hearing Loss

Is there a Connection Between Diabetes and Hearing Loss?
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

Yes. Hearing loss is a known complication of diabetes, so hearing abilities should be regularly assessed in people with diabetes. Currently hearing tests are not a regular part of medical monitoring for people with diabetes, causing many people to go without treatment for their hearing impairment. Why Does Diabetes Cause Hearing Loss? Diabetes can cause hearing impairments when high levels of blood sugar damage the… Read More

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Got Hearing Problems? Who do you see?
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

Do you hear but not always understand what is said? Do you feel like other people mumble? You may have a hearing loss, but what’s causing it and what do you do about it? There are many contributing factors of hearing loss making it difficult to pinpoint a particular cause. Hearing loss may occur as a result of: Aging – Diminishing hair cells in the… Read More

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What is Cerumen Management and What Methods are Used?
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

What is cerumen? Cerumen, commonly called ear wax, is produced in the outer 1/3 of the ear canal. 95% of the population maintains open ear canals by regularly showering and bathing and allowing the cerumen to naturally travel out of the ear. Some people however, due to an over production of cerumen, improper “Q-tip” usage, and other factors may require the cerumen to be removed… Read More

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When are Custom Earmolds Used for Hearing Protection?
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

Custom earmolds are available for a variety of purposes. Custom earmolds can be manufactured for use with hearing aids, cell phones and headphones. specifically for hearing protection or to protect ears from water during swimming or bathing. specifically for musicians. These are manufactured with a specialized feature that suppresses sound once the volume reaches a level that could damage your hearing.

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What is Ototoxicity & How is it Monitored?
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

What is Ototoxicity? Ototoxicity is a term used to describe damage caused to the hearing and balance organs as a result of certain drugs. A variety of drugs/treatment options, particularly life-saving powerful antibiotics and anti-neoplastic drugs, may lead to auditory and/or vestibular (balance) dysfunction. How is Ototoxicity monitored? Audiologic monitoring for ototoxicity is primarily performed for early detection of hearing changes presumably attributed to a… Read More

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Preventing Auditory Sensory Deprivation
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

Every day we use five senses to navigate ourselves around the world. These five senses are touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. Typically we notice if something tastes different, we can’t feel something, we can’t smell dinner cooking or if we are not seeing clearly. But, do we always notice that we are not hearing sounds? Similar to our other senses, our ears are very… Read More

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Chemotherapy Drugs Can Cause Hearing Loss
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

In late fall 2002 (approximately 1 month prior to my wedding), I received a telephone call from my mother informing me that she had Stage V breast cancer. We quickly shifted gears from wedding plans to preparing for what turned out to be a five-hour surgery, which resulted in a double mastectomy. While she considered herself well-informed by her doctors of the expected side effects… Read More

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Hair Helps You Hear
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

No, not the hair on top of your head, but through the hair cells in your inner ear. Let’s say the teller at your bank asks “Checking or Savings?” The sound of the teller’s voice is first picked up by the Pinna. This is the part of the outer ear that you can see, and it is mostly made of skin and cartilage. The Pinna works… Read More

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National Hearing Protection Month
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

The ability to hear is a gift—it’s something to value and protect because typically, once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. In honor of National Protect Your Hearing Month, here a few tips for protecting this gift on a daily basis. Know how loud is too loud. Exposure to sounds above 85 decibels (dB) for prolonged periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. It… Read More

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Communication Tips For Hearing Loss
Hearing Professionals of Maryland

If you know someone with hearing loss, you too know how frustrating it can be to communicate with someone who has hearing loss. But, try to avoid all the embarrassment and frustration on both sides by using good communication skills and strategies. Gain attention. Approach from the front and face the person as you move closer. Don’t engage in conversation from another room—it sets up your… Read More

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