We educate our patients about the effects of hearing loss.
Hearing Care at Lawson’s Hearing Center
Hearing loss is the inability to hear or process certain sounds, often due to damage to the hearing nerve. There are many possible causes of hearing loss such as head/ear trauma, ear infections, certain medications, or most commonly, noise exposure. Certain underlying health issues (keep scrolling for more info) also contribute to the cause of hearing loss.
At Lawson’s Hearing Center, its all about improving your quality of life! We believe in taking a rehabilitative approach to hearing loss. We educate our patients about their hearing loss to help them understand their unique situation, then show them what their options are so they can have the best quality of life possible.
Hearing loss is like a fingerprint, it is unique to every individual. When managing hearing loss, it is important to remember that what works for someone might not work for everyone. We pride ourselves on providing a personalized solution for each patient. Hearing is an important part in how you converse and connect with other people, and you need your hearing to enjoy life to the fullest.
Hearing and Your Health
Many people don’t realize that our hearing is connected to our overall health. Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors, including underlying health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. It’s important to monitor your hearing health if you have any of these conditions and to schedule regular check-ups with your physician.
Hearing loss is also connected to your mental health. Hearing doesn’t happen when sound reaches the ears, it actually happens when sound reaches the auditory cortex of the brain. When hearing loss is left untreated, your brain doesn’t receive the proper stimulation it needs to remain active and healthy. This can lead to cognitive decline and even to dementia. Healthy hearing is a crucial part of your overall well-being. If you suspect you have hearing loss, make an appointment with us today. With a hearing test we can determine your type and degree of hearing loss and help you find a solution that will keep you healthy and hearing your best.
What is Tinnitus?
- Tinnitus (ringing/buzzing in the ears) affects 10% of Americans on a regular basis.
- 25 million Americans have reported having had tinnitus for five or more continuous minutes in the past year.
- Roughly 90% of tinnitus cases occur with an underlying hearing loss.
- 16 million people seek medical attention for tinnitus.
What Causes Tinnitus and What Cures It?
Although the cause of tinnitus is still unknown, studies have suggested that it worsens with stress. The more stress present in someone’s life, the greater the potential to experience tinnitus. We also know from research and practice that the more severe someone’s hearing loss is, the worse the tinnitus can be. There is no cure for tinnitus, but we will help you determine the best methods for managing it.
How Do I Manage It?
The best way to manage tinnitus is to manage the exposure to stress in your life. One way to reduce stress is by seeking help for the hearing loss that is correlated in about 90% of all tinnitus cases. Hearing aids can reduce stress by giving the brain the information it needs to make sense of sound and reduce the effort it takes to focus and interpret sound correctly. Hearing aids can potentially provide relief for tinnitus. In research and practice, statistics support that hearing aids have management technology and features to relieve tinnitus. By decreasing the cognitive load (effort) on the brain, this can potentially provide tinnitus relief. Furthermore, clinical evidence shows that the use of hearing aids in tinnitus patients provides two benefits: it makes the patient less aware of the tinnitus and it improves communication by reducing the annoying sensation when sounds and voices are masked by the tinnitus.
There are many hearing aids available today that offer tinnitus relief settings or programs that will mask the annoying ringing in your ears. Ask us about the hearing aids we have and how they could help you experience relief.
Other Ear Conditions
In addition to hearing loss, other abnormal conditions of the ear consist of:
- Perforation of Tympanic Membrane (Eardrum)
- Cholesteatoma (cyst)
- Drainage or bleeding
- Dark, impacted wax
- Cloudy or yellow colored Tympanic Membrane (Eardrum)
- Prolapsed (closed) ear canal
If you suspect or experience any of these conditions, consult your family physician or an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist.