The Centers for Disease Control reports that about 10 percent of the U.S. adult population (about 25 million Americans) experiences tinnitus. Tinnitus is a condition in which people hear noises, described as a ringing sound, a high-pitched tone, sometimes a humming, hissing, static or buzzing sound. These noises are not objectively present, and that is why we refer to the condition as subjective tinnitus.
48 million Americans have significant hearing loss. 1 out of 3 people over age 65 have some degree of hearing loss. 2 out of 3 people over 75 have a hearing loss. 14% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss.
1) Age Related Hearing Loss:
The most common cause of hearing loss is presbycusis,
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There are several ways of evaluating how well a hearing aid compensates for hearing loss. Below are three of the most common options.
One approach is audiometry, which measures a subject’s hearing levels in laboratory conditions. The advantage of testing in a lab is that threshold levels for various sounds and intensities can be measured under a variety of conditions.
The Epley Maneuver is used to treat vertigo caused by the disorder paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
- Beningn – it is not life-threatening
- Paroxysmal – it come in sudden, brief spells
- Positional – it gets triggered by certain head positions or movements
- Vertigo –
Nosebleeds, while sometimes aggressive and very messy, are usually extremely easy to handle. They are very common, especially in children between 2 and 10 year old and adults between 50 and 80 years old.
A nosebleed seems fairly straightforward: blood is exiting the body from your nose.
Cerumen, commonly known as ear wax, ranges between 20 to 50 percent fat and coats the ear canal. It’s purpose is to help moisturize, clean, and fight off infection in the ear canal. Produced by the wax glands around the outer part of the ear canal, it is typically sticky and shiny nature.
If you have started to read my posts, you may notice that I’m becoming a fan of Jane Brody and her pieces in the New York Times.
Here is another example of how she advances our understanding on how hearing loss can cost you far more than just your ability to hear.