6 Uncommon Disorders That Affect Hearing

Hearing loss is a widespread problem in the U.S., one affecting 48 million people – approximately 20 percent of the entire population. The chances you know someone who has hearing loss are around 1 in 5.
Generally, hearing loss is due to prolonged exposure to loud sounds or simply the consequences of aging. For some individuals, though, hearing loss is a symptom of a less common condition.
Consider six little-known hearing disorders you should know more about.


How Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) Works


Tinnitus can be frustrating for a number of reasons. First, it’s entirely subjective, so you can’t show anyone what the ringing sounds like, how loud it is, or how bothersome it is.

Second, there’s no objective way to measure tinnitus, so you can’t, for example, go into the doctor’s office, get some blood drawn, and get diagnosed.

And third, we still don’t understand exactly how tinnitus works, so our understanding of the causes and treatment options remain less than perfect.


Getting New Hearing Aids: What to Expect...

Getting New Hearing Aids: What to Expect… Hearing aids are a very personal thing: one size does not fit all. To get the best out of your hearing aids, make sure to prepare for each step along the way and to work with a qualified hearing care professional. Follow these steps for a successful hearing aid experience:


Why Healthy Hearing is Essential to Physical and Mental Health

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The links among various aspects of our health are not always obvious.

Take high blood pressure as an example. You ordinarily can't perceive elevated blood pressure, and you wouldn’t feel any different than if it was normal. Internally, however, higher blood pressure can slowly damage and narrow your arteries.