How Medicine Can Cause Hearing Loss

Medication 300x150Did you know that medicine designed to make you feel better can actually contribute to hearing loss?

Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs are known as ototoxic, meaning they are known to contribute to hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems. Audiology Services or Marin reminds you that more than 200 medications are linked to ototoxicity, particularly when taken in large doses.


Listen to These Reasons for Not Delaying Your Hearing Appointment

man getting hearing aidIf you’ve been delaying making that appointment with your audiologist, May is Better Hearing Month – the perfect time to quit procrastinating.

There are many reasons why putting off your hearing health is detrimental to not only your ears but many other aspects of your health and overall well-being.

Bulk Up Your Brain

Your brain is the instrument that processes the sounds your ears receive and makes sense of them, telling us what to do with them. When your brain’s cerebrum is affected by hearing loss, it reassigns its hearing capabilities to other senses, including sight and touch.


Progression of hearing loss and hearing solutions through the years

Image of pocket hearing aidAlthough hearing loss can be experienced at any age, pop culture during your generation can often be a determining factor in the reasons of your auditory issues.

The Greatest Generation

Those born in the first part of the 20th century faced a number of world events that impacted their hearing. Many experienced noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) as a result of serving in World War II or working in loud factories.

Furthermore, recent hearing loss for people in this generation may be attributed to presbycusis, a common type of sensorineural hearing loss due to natural aging.


Hearing Heart To Heart

grandma and grandaughterThere are many reasons why a person may avoid having their hearing tested:

  • It happened so slowly they don’t even notice the problem
  • It’s a sign of aging
  • It’s a sign of impairment

The family and friends of those experiencing hearing loss will often notice the issue long before the patient is willing to admit it.  For some individuals, they may not respond to being told: “you have a hearing problem.”


Food and Tinnitus

Healthy Meal Tinnitus is a common occurrence, affecting over 20 million people in the United States.  The symptoms and severity can vary person to person, as well as triggers. 

Your diet can affect your tinnitus symptoms; here are some foods to limit.