I’m Dr. Melissa Segev, and I recently had the pleasure of participating in an informative discussion on Direct Connection about hearing loss, tinnitus, and over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. I want to share some highlights from the interview and provide further insights on this important topic that affects so many lives.
Head Injuries and Hearing Loss
During the interview, we discussed the prevalence of hearing loss, its impact on overall health, and the various solutions available to address it. One question that came up was about head injuries causing hearing loss or tinnitus.
I can confirm that head traumas can indeed make a difference, as our ears are connected to our entire body. A thorough diagnostic hearing test and case history can help us understand any potential connections between head injuries and hearing problems.
Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids: A Starting Point
We also talked about the introduction of OTC hearing aids and their potential benefits. While these devices are not a one-size-fits-all solution, they can serve as a starting point for individuals experiencing mild to moderate hearing loss. By trying an OTC hearing aid, people can determine if they need to see a specialist for a more advanced device or if an over-the-counter solution is sufficient.
The Importance of Personalized Hearing Care
One of the key points I emphasized during the interview was the importance of a personalized approach to hearing care. I strongly recommend taking the Consumer Ear Disease Risk Assessment, a 15-item questionnaire developed by Northwestern University and the Mayo Clinic of Florida. This assessment, which has an 85% accuracy rate, can help you decide whether you should consult a physician or explore OTC hearing aids as a potential solution.
Hearing Aid Retainer Clips
During the interview, we also addressed a caller’s concern about hearing aid retainer clips. These small but useful accessories can be attached to the frames of glasses or clothing, helping to prevent hearing aids from falling off or getting lost.
They can be particularly helpful for individuals participating in sports or other activities where hearing aids might be at risk of falling out. You can find these clips at your local audiology clinic, and they typically cost less than $15 for both ears.
The Connection between Ear Health and Overall Health
I would like to stress the significance of ear health as it relates to your overall health. Our ears have many comorbidities, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and cognitive issues.
Monitoring your ear health can provide valuable insights into other aspects of your well-being. This holistic approach to care is essential in maintaining good health as you age.
Advancements in Hearing Aid Technology
Another interesting topic we covered was the advancements in hearing aid technology, particularly in the area of battery life.
Most modern hearing aids now feature rechargeable batteries that can last up to 24 hours, and some even come with accompanying smartphone apps to monitor battery life.
Professional Hearing Aid Cleanings and Maintenance
Finally, I want to emphasize the importance of regular professional cleanings for your hearing aids. Most patients I see throughout the day come in for cleanings of their devices and ears.
Just like you clean your glasses, your hearing aids should be cleaned at least once a day and professionally cleaned every four to six months. This ensures that the microphones are clear and that you are hearing well while maintaining a healthy ear environment.
Seeking Professional Help for Hearing Health
I would like to reiterate the importance of seeking professional help when dealing with hearing issues. As audiologists, we not only fit and adjust hearing aids, but also monitor patients’ overall ear health, including ear cleanings and examinations.
Remember, your hearing health is closely connected to your overall well-being, and we are here to help you navigate this journey.
When to See an Audiologist
If you’re experiencing hearing loss or other related issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to a qualified audiologist for assistance. We can help guide you through the process of identifying the cause of your hearing problems, selecting the appropriate solution, and ensuring that you receive the ongoing care necessary to maintain optimal hearing health.
Staying Informed and Proactive
Stay informed about the latest advancements in hearing technology and treatments by following our clinic’s blog and keeping up with industry news. By staying proactive in managing your hearing health, you can prevent further damage and ensure that you’re taking the right steps to maintain your quality of life.
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If you have any questions about hearing loss, tinnitus, or hearing aids, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always here to help and provide support for all of your hearing health needs.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article, I hope that the information shared during my interview on Direct Connection has been both enlightening and helpful.
Together, let’s work towards better hearing and a healthier, happier life!