How Tinnitus Impacts Daily Life

Tinnitus – or ringing in the ears – is a diverse condition that can manifest in many forms. It can be acute or chronic, tonal or pulsatile, constant or irregular. While some people perceive tinnitus as a mild distraction, millions of Americans struggle with severe cases that negatively impact their daily lives.

If you suffer from tinnitus, schedule an appointment at Universal Hearing Care in Tarzana, CA, send us a message or call us at  818.345.3200. Our audiologists in the San Fernando Valley can help with your overall hearing health and discuss how we may help to relieve your tinnitus symptoms. Read on to find out how.

The audiologists at Universal Hearing Care in Tarzana, CA, believe that when a loved one has hearing loss, it affects the entire family. Communication is a two-way street – both the listener with hearing loss, and his or her communication partner, can take steps to lessen conversational difficulties.

The Better Hearing Institute has compiled a list of 5 common strategies for both the listener and the communication partner that might significantly reduce misunderstandings:

1. Don’t try to hide your hearing loss

Listener: Acknowledge your hearing difficulties so that speakers are more like to speak clearly when addressing you, and look directly at you when talking. When your conversation partner knows that you have hearing loss, there will be fewer misunderstandings.

Communication Partner: When conversing with a loved one who wears hearing aids, don’t exaggerate your mouth movements or shout. Speak clearly, and pause between phrases to give the listener time to process what you’re saying.

Oticon has introduced its newest, most innovative hearing aid – the Oticon Opn. This device is a “BrainHearing” solution that actually makes listening easier on the brain. The Opn hearing aid “opens” up a whole new direction in hearing technology. Universal Hearing Care proudly offers this exciting new device to our clients in the San Fernando Valley area. Contact us today or call 818.345.3200 to schedule a consultation with one of the audiologists at our Tarzana office.

4 Reasons Opn is a Life-Changing Hearing Aid

Summer Activities sizedExposure to loud noise can cause hearing loss that often takes the form of tinnitus - temporary or permanent.

Tinnitus is described as "buzzing, whistling, whining, or screeching noise in the head or ears that varies in intensity and can be intermittent or constant". The degree of loudness and even the type of sound is particular to each person. Some tinnitus sufferers describe the noise as being as piercing and sharp, such as the signal used in the emergency broadcast system.

Fotolia 129087144 Subscription Monthly XLFor many with hearing loss, hearing aids have become an essential part of a healthy lifestyle by bringing back sound. Studies show that healthy hearing reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive decline.

A twenty-five-year study at the University of Bordeaux, France showed hearing aids helped preserve cognitive abilities. In fact, the study found people with hearing loss who used hearing aids were no more likely to suffer cognitive decline than those without hearing loss.

The study also looked at people with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids. The results, which echoed prior studies, showed a marked cognitive decline in people with a hearing loss who went unaided.

Fotolia 112646796 Subscription Monthly XXLSummer means warm weather, days at the beach, and more hearing aid care challenges!
Moisture is the cause for many hearing aid maintenance problems. Excessive moisture due to sweat and humidity can cause distortion, static and other issues. To help avoid the unnecessary cost of a manufacturer repair, follow the tips below.

  • Leave your hearing device’s battery door open at night to allow air to circulate and dry it out.
  • Purchase a hearing aid dehumidifier — they are inexpensive, simple to use, and act as a handy storage spot.

A song, a laugh, or ocean waves, they all can be beautiful sounds to our ears. Sometimes we take sounds for granted because we encounter so many throughout our lives. But there will always be one particular sound that will stand out as our favorite.
Unitron, a leading global designer and manufacturer of hearing devices created a worldwide conversation with one simple question, “What’s your favorite sound?”