Music and Hearing LossTinnitus is a condition where sufferers experience ringing in the ears when no external, physical noise is present. An estimated 10-15% of the United States adult population experiences tinnitus frequency. Around 5% say it affects their quality of life.

You’re not alone if you have tinnitus symptoms – and you can take control of your condition and enjoy all of life’s sounds!

For instance, Beethoven developed tinnitus by 1800, which made it hard for the classical musician to hear melodic tones and enjoy conversations. But even Beethoven didn’t let tinnitus stop him! He used hearing aids like ear horns and became more socially active.

basketballMarch Madness is a great time for sports fans to cheer on their favorite college basketball teams by watching some exciting games for hours at a time. Enjoying numerous games in a noisy and cheerful environment while you root on your favorite teams is a highlight for many college basketball fans.

Unfortunately, all this cheering can result in hearing reduction.

Experts say contact with noise levels of 80-90 decibels for eight consecutive hours can result in serious damage in the inner hearing. Exciting plays can lead to noise levels this high or even louder as fans cheer on their teams.

Universal Hearing Care AwardThis past month, the team from Universal Hearing Care traveled coast to coast to attend the 2017 AHAA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The purpose for the convention was to acquire a better understanding of the issues in the industry and how to better serve patients. 

From learning about optimizing patient care, improving practice efficiency and making the offices more patient-friendly, UHC returned with valuable insight to grow and improve.  

Family HearingPerhaps you’ve noticed small signs that a family member is hard of hearing, like asking you to repeat yourself multiple times. It’s never easy to talk about health problems, particularly with relatives who are getting older. But how should you approach a loved one who is showing signs of hearing loss?

Signs of Hearing Loss

Does your loved one:

  • Say “what?” “excuse me,” or ask people to talk more slowly several times in a conversation?
  • Miss what people say if his/her back is turned?
  • Listen to the TV or radio at maximum volume?
  • Have trouble hearing in loud public places, like restaurants?
  • Have problems hearing the doorbell or phone ring?
  • Misunderstand directions (or make similar mistakes)?
  • “Forget” something you said?
  • Lean toward a person who is speaking?

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About 20% of the U.S. population, approximately 48 million Americans, experience hearing changes significant enough to impact their physical and mental health.

But for people with hearing loss who choose the effective and appropriate treatment option of hearing aids, there’s good news. These tiny marvels of technology have been shown to improve balance, alertness, and help support an active social and physical lifestyle. Here’s the start of a growing list of what hearing aids might do for you:

Types of Hearing Loss

Types of Hearing Loss NewHearing loss affects men, women and children of all ages and walks of life. There are three classifications of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural and mixed. Each type of hearing loss has unique symptoms, causes and treatment options. Let’s explore all three types.

Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss occurs when the outer or middle section of the ear prevents sound from being transferred to the inner ear. The most common causes of conductive hearing loss are:

Symptoms of Hearing Loss

symptoms of hearing lossMore than 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss. Some know they have a hearing loss and seek treatment (about 1% of this population), but most do nothing. Hearing loss affects people of all ages, genders, and races – and it can slowly creep into your life over time. At Universal Hearing Care, we want to make sure that you are aware of some of the signs of hearing loss in order to help yourself, or a loved one, should a hearing loss be present.

Take a moment to review the symptoms of hearing loss below to see if it’s time to schedule a hearing screening: