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The Sounds of a Day

My alarm goes off at 6 am. Ugh. I just want to crawl back under the covers, but my dog whimpers from the living room letting me know she needs to go outside. As I open the back door for her, the automatic timer clicks on the coffee pot and the pitter patter of brewing coffee gives me hope for a little relief from my morning grogginess.

As I walk into my garage, I note that there are children laughing and talking nearby walking to school. I’ll need to be especially careful as I back my car out. As I pull onto the highway, my car makes a quiet clicking noise. What on earth is that? That can’t be good. I’ll need to stop by the dealer and have that checked out.

As I’m walking into work, a friend calls out to me from across the street. I haven’t seen her in forever. I need to remember to give her a call later and make plans for a lunch date. The bells on the front office jingle as I walk in announcing my arrival to my coworkers, and the day proceeds with an array of phone calls, e-mails, and meetings. The last meeting of the day is a large staff meeting. Everyone is talking over one another with ideas for the new training program. Is that the phone ringing in the next room? It’s barely audible with everyone speaking at once. I’d better go answer it.

On the way home, ambulance sirens fill the air and I look in my review mirror to see if I need to pull to the side of the road. Sure enough, here they come. My phone pings that I have a text message, so I check it while I’m still pulled over. I finish driving home and pull back into my garage. When I get out, I press the button on my keyless entry and wait for the chirp that informs me my car is now locked.

My dog barks a greeting as I enter the house and my cat purrs next to my leg equally excited to see me. I set the oven to preheat and put a pot of water on the stovetop to begin the preparation of my dinner. As the oven lets out a long beep to let me know it’s finally reached 350 degrees, the pot of water softly bubbles in the background.

The friend that I saw earlier calls to catch up and her quiet voice is difficult to discern over the hectic noises of her kids playing in the background, but we set up the lunch date I’d been thinking we needed. I finally settle in to watch my favorite TV show, and eventually head off to bed setting my alarm for the next morning.

Sounds impact every part of my day. They have social, economic, and safety effects. My ability to hear makes the difference between whether or not I wake up on time for work, whether I catch the mechanical issue on my car early enough to fix it before it causes bigger problems, and how fully I get to participate in the world around me. Losing those sounds would not only create a wall between me and the people (and animals) I interact with and care about, it would also just make daily activities far more difficult. So the question is–are you missing some of the sounds in your life? And are you living your life to its fullest without them?

–Allie

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Working With Hearing Loss

If you have hearing loss, you may face many challenges in the workplace. Research has shown that those with hearing loss earn less and get passed over for promotions more often than those with normal hearing. Trying to work when you have a hearing loss is a challenge. Phone conversations are difficult. Not being able to hear in the board room or during staff meetings can leave you out of the loop and cause you to miss out on important information. If you wear hearing instruments, you will certainly be able to hear better. Taking a few extra steps will help ensure you are hearing and working your best.

Share Your Story

First, tell your boss and co-workers about your hearing loss. Let them know what your challenges are and how they can communicate with you to be most productive.

Talk In Person

People with hearing loss tend to communicate better in person than over the phone. Let your colleagues know that when possible speaking face to face is better for you. Watching visual cues when having a conversation helps you better interpret what people are saying.

Stay In Your Line Of Sight

If people are trying to get your attention and you aren’t responding, ask them to walk into your line of sight. Being tapped on the back can be startling, but if someone walks toward you from the front, you can anticipate his or her arrival.

Face Forward

In meetings, ask others to face forward when talking, and not talk when their backs are turned, like when writing on a whiteboard or taking notes. When their backs are turned to you, his or her voice projects away from you, making it harder to understand what is being said.

Get Some Private Space

Open office cubicles tend to be louder than closed office environments, and can put a strain on anyone’s listening skills, let alone someone with a hearing loss. If possible, ask to be put into an office with a closing door.

Patience

Talk to your colleagues and let them know your hearing loss can be frustrating for everyone, a little patience goes a long way in creating a happy, productive work environment. Visit your hearing professional on a regular basis to make sure you have the tools you need to hear your best.

 

-Kelli

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Ringing in the Ear: Tinnitus

Understanding Ringing in the Ear: Tinnitus

Are you hearing ringing, whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing sounds?  You may be suffering from tinnitus.

What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears which can only be heard by the affected individual.  It has also been described as whistling, hissing, buzzing or pulsing in the ear.  These sounds may come and go; however, most sufferers experience symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life.  The American Tinnitus Association estimates that over 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.

Causes of tinnitus are varied and the condition is typically accompanied by hearing loss.  Your hearing healthcare professional can properly diagnose and treat both conditions.

Tinnitus Treatment
Due to the personal and unique nature of each tinnitus condition, proper evaluation and specialized treatment is necessary.  Although there isn’t a single cure for tinnitus, hearing healthcare professionals are experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis.  After completing a hearing test, your professional may refer you to an otolaryngologist for further examination.

In many cases, the distressing combination of tinnitus and hearing loss can be relieved with advanced hearing technology.  While worn, a hearing system can restore ambient sounds and help eliminate the effects of tinnitus.  An electronic device call a Masker may also be worn to distract from the ringing sensation.  Maskers fit in the ear much like hearing aids and produce low-level sounds.

Your hearing healthcare professional will also evaluate other treatment options, including drug therapy and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).  Your professional can explain the possible side-effects of various medications with you.  Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) combines low-level, steady background sounds played through a device with intensive counseling.  TRT is an involved process that can take 12-24 months to reduce the effects of tinnitus.  

Causes of Tinnitus may include:

  • Noise-induced hearing loss and nerve damage
  • A buildup of earwax
  • Some prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Ear infections or eardrum rupture
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Cardiovascular problems, such as hypertension

The most important step you can take to find relief from tinnitus is to speak with a hearing healthcare professional and complete a thorough hearing evaluation.

Source:  American Tinnitus Association

 

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