South Bay Hearing https://www.southbayhearing.com Over 30,000 Lives Transformed In The South Bay Of Los Angeles Since 1996 Sun, 09 Sep 2018 20:58:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://www.southbayhearing.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/south-bay-favicon.png South Bay Hearing https://www.southbayhearing.com 32 32 Eyes and Ears: More in Common Than You Think! https://www.southbayhearing.com/eyes-ears/ Sun, 01 Jul 2018 08:00:17 +0000 http://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=3796 4 Reasons to Keep Your Hearing and Vision in Check We all know that eyes and ears play a huge role in helping people — and animals, too! — experience life’s adventures. Seeing or hearing the people, places, and moments that matter can make for wonderful, lasting memories. But did you know that seeing and […]

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4 Reasons to Keep Your Hearing and Vision in Check

We all know that eyes and ears play a huge role in helping people — and animals, too! — experience life’s adventures. Seeing or hearing the people, places, and moments that matter can make for wonderful, lasting memories.

But did you know that seeing and hearing have more in common than just their rock-star status? Here are four reasons to make regular checkups for hearing and vision an important part of your overall health and wellness:

  • Hearing actually enhances the sense of sight, according to a UCLA study, with both working as a team to help you perceive and participate in the world around you. In the study, which ran participants through a series of trials to correctly identify the direction in which a display of dots were moving, hearing the direction in which the dots were collectively traveling enhanced participants’ ability to see the direction of the movement.
  • Visually impaired older adults are more likely to also experience hearing loss, per a study published in the medical journal JAMA Ophthalmology. Researchers investigating links between age-related vision and hearing problems found that even after considering age, the two conditions are somehow linked and “have a cumulative effect on function and well-being, significantly affecting both physical and mental domains.”
  • Vision and hearing loss go hand in hand with cognitive decline, per research showing that either condition is somehow connected to reduced brain functioning over time. One study, according to an online news article, found that participants with the most profound vision impairment had the lowest average scores on cognition tests. And hearing-impaired seniors on average may experience significantly reduced cognitive function at least three years before their normal-hearing counterparts.
  • Healthy eyes and ears — along with your joints, muscles, and brain — help keep you steady on your feet, reducing your risk of falling. It’s probably pretty obvious how seeing your best helps you stay upright, but many people may not realize that the inner ear also plays an important role in maintaining balance. Conversely, untreated hearing loss could nearly triple your risk of a fall, per a Johns Hopkins study.
Hearing and vision work together to help you live your best, so remember to keep them both in top shape. Start with a hearing checkup by contacting us today!

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What Does Hypertension Have to Do With Hearing? Plenty! https://www.southbayhearing.com/hypertension-and-hearing/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:00:49 +0000 http://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=3773 We’ve got a tip for your wellness checklist: Keeping your blood pressure down may help keep your hearing up! Both hearing loss and hypertension, or high blood pressure, impact millions of people around the world, but few realize that these two chronic conditions might go hand in hand. For your best health, here are three […]

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We’ve got a tip for your wellness checklist: Keeping your blood pressure down may help keep your hearing up!

Both hearing loss and hypertension, or high blood pressure, impact millions of people around the world, but few realize that these two chronic conditions might go hand in hand. For your best health, here are three important things to know:
 

Hypertension and Hearing Loss Are Connected

Like hearing loss, which affects an estimated 466 million people worldwide, hypertension is a serious public-health challenge that can take a toll on your health and overall quality of life. It could also put you at greater risk of hearing impairment.

In one study of 274 men and women ages 45 to 64, researchers found a strong relationship between high blood pressure and age-related hearing loss, with hypertensive patients having a higher threshold below which they couldn’t hear — indicating hearing loss.

The study didn’t pinpoint the causal link between the two conditions, but suggested that hypertension may damage inner-ear blood vessels, accelerating age-related hearing loss.
 

High Blood Pressure Can Be Reined In

The bad news? Hypertension, often labeled a “silent killer,” can develop gradually, persist without any signs or symptoms, and lead to dangerous complications such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and more. It’s a big risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is also linked to hearing loss.

The good news? Detecting possible hypertension is as simple as getting blood pressure readings during regular checkups with your medical provider, and you can control the condition with lifestyle changes and medication. One high reading doesn’t necessarily indicate hypertension, so it’s important to check your blood pressure over time.

It’s also important to know the risk factors for hypertension, which can include age, race, family history, alcohol and tobacco use, stress, obesity, chronic conditions such as diabetes, and more.
 

Regular Hearing Checks Can Make a Difference

It’s unclear exactly how high blood pressure and hearing loss are connected in all cases, but the potential links between them offer another compelling reason to take care of your circulatory system and your hearing.

Eat a balanced diet, stay active, keep stress in check, and remember to schedule an annual hearing test. Keeping an eye on your blood pressure and catching potential hearing problems early helps ensure better health and an improved quality of life.
 
Do you have hypertension? Don’t delay. For a comprehensive hearing evaluation, contact our caring team at today!

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Health Effects of Noise Pollution https://www.southbayhearing.com/health-effects-noise-pollution/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 08:00:04 +0000 http://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=3764 Noise is just noise, right? You learn to tune it out and, unless it’s really loud, you don’t worry about it. You definitely wouldn’t worry about its effects on your heart — would you? As far back as 1972, awareness of the adverse health effects of noise pollution was so strong that the U.S. Environmental […]

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Noise is just noise, right? You learn to tune it out and, unless it’s really loud, you don’t worry about it. You definitely wouldn’t worry about its effects on your heart — would you?

As far back as 1972, awareness of the adverse health effects of noise pollution was so strong that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency passed the Noise Control Act to establish “a national policy to promote an environment for all Americans free from noise that jeopardizes their health and welfare.” This naturally leads to the question, “How bad can noise pollution really be?”
 

What Is Noise Pollution?

Noise pollution isn’t just rush-hour traffic, living near an airport, or working near a long-standing construction site. To truly understand noise pollution, let’s try a little experiment, either in real life or in your imagination:

Go to your favorite spot in nature. Keep your headphones packed away (or better yet, leave them at home). Now turn off your smartphone. Just be there, and note what you hear. Water? Bugs? Maybe your dog sniffing something “interesting”?

Odds are, the silence is almost overwhelming. You’re exposed daily to even more noise than you realize. Appliances, computers, traffic, the constant hum of the furnace or air conditioner — that’s just the environmental component. Use of headphones for video games and music as well as the din of socializing in public spaces contribute, too; so much so, in fact, that researchers consider them a separate category: social noise.

So what is noise pollution? It’s any sound that reduces your quality of life. That simple definition, however, has more packed into it than you might suspect.
 

How Does Noise Pollution Affect My Health?

Hearing loss

The most obvious effect is noise-induced hearing loss. Any noise above 85 decibels (dB; a measurement of sound intensity) can damage hearing. Everyday life is full of noise above 85 dB: a gas lawn mower (91 dB), hair dryer (94 dB), headphones turned too loud (100 dB), and a plane takeoff (120 dB) are just a few commonplace noise sources that can damage your hearing. At 85 dB, hearing damage occurs after about 8 hours of exposure, but at 91 dB — only a 6-dB increase — damage occurs after about 2 hours.

Reduced brainpower

It is well established that environmental noise pollution reduces learning outcomes and cognitive performance in children. The more consistently a classroom is exposed to noise from aircraft, road traffic, or trains, the poorer the children’s reading ability, memory, and standardized-testing performance compared to children not exposed to noise at school.

Cardiovascular problems

Noise pollution has long been linked to cardiovascular disease, and a recent article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology offers a suggestion as to why: Noise triggers a stress reaction that includes the fight-or-flight response of the nervous system and an increase in stress hormones such as cortisol. Over time, this repeated flooding of the system with stress hormones can damage the cardiovascular system.

Sleep problems

Other than hearing damage, it’s been established that sleep disturbance is the most harmful effect of environmental noise pollution. Short-term effects of poor sleep are mood changes, daytime sleepiness, and decreased cognitive abilities. One significant long-term effect of poor sleep is cardiovascular disease.

Psychological stress

A study in the Journal of Sound and Vibration found that those in homes exposed to road traffic on one side — even at a maximum of 68 dB, about the noise level of average TV audio — experienced annoyance and a reduction in daytime relaxation and psychological well-being. But those ill effects were reduced significantly if residents moved to the side of the home not exposed to the road-traffic noise.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Hearing protection

Whether you choose inexpensive, all-purpose, drugstore disposables or custom-molded earplugs, you can find hearing protection that fits your budget or needs. Usually there is a noise-reduction ratio (NRR) number associated; the higher the number, the better the softening of sound should be. Here are some common situations for which you can find over-the-counter or custom hearing protection:

  • Sleeping
  • Shooting (range or hunting)
  • Listening to live music
  • Playing music
  • Flying
  • Kids’ safety (use earmuffs, as they are safer and easier for kids to use)

Another form of hearing protection? Simply turn down the TV or music, whether you’re listening with headphones or speakers. A general rule is to listen to your music device for no more than 60 minutes at 60 percent volume.

Personal technology solutions

Masking. Depending on the source of the noise, this could be ideal. Masking is when one sound is used to draw focus away from other, less pleasant sounds. White noise, classical music, and nature sounds — all at low volume — are just some examples of masking using headphones or speakers. Plus, there are plenty of white noise and nature-sound apps available for your smartphone.

Noise-canceling headphones. Many apps that are labeled as noise-canceling apps are actually masking apps. True noise canceling can only be achieved with a combination of a microphone, circuitry, and a speaker, so true noise canceling is only found in noise-canceling headphones. They identify problematic noise and create a sound that neutralizes the incoming, problematic sound. In essence, it truly cancels sounds. In addition, the headphones are made with more sound-absorbent materials than traditional headphones.

How Can I Reduce the Noise Pollution Around Me?

Sound waves can be absorbed — use it to your advantage! Here are just a few ideas to help you look at your home a little differently. How else could you set up your living space to soundproof it?

Floors. Do you have hard floors? Consider installing carpet — the shaggier the better. For a simpler, more affordable solution, get area rugs to put in rooms that generate a lot of noise — think TV, laundry, and exercise rooms.

Furniture. Is your furniture out in the middle of the room? Push it up against the walls to absorb the sound waves that make it through the wall. The more overstuffed your furniture, the more sound is absorbed. Add accent pillows, drape throws or blankets — anything tasteful that absorbs sound.

Bookcases. Put bookcases against walls that get a lot of noise exposure. The bookcase absorbs sound like a second wall, and the paper from the books absorbs plenty as well.

Curtains. Even thin curtains will absorb sound. Already have curtains on all the windows? Swap them out for heavier ones to add extra absorption on sides of the house that get more outside noise.

Appliances. If possible, close the door when running loads of laundry. Start the dishwasher when you won’t be in the kitchen for the rest of the evening. If larger appliances are in unfinished areas — think laundry in an unfinished basement — hang old blankets, towels, or clothes on the walls to act as sound absorbers.
 

Contact us today to schedule a hearing-protection consultation!

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San Pedro Audiologists Explain Cognitive Overload & Memory Loss https://www.southbayhearing.com/san-pedro-audiologists/ https://www.southbayhearing.com/san-pedro-audiologists/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 12:48:47 +0000 http://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=26383 Your hearing is one of your most valuable assets. It connects you to your friends, family, and the world around you. What you may not realize already, however, is the degree to which hearing takes place in your brain, not your ears! In fact, because your brain is different from everyone else’s, you hear differently […]

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Your hearing is one of your most valuable assets. It connects you to your friends, family, and the world around you. What you may not realize already, however, is the degree to which hearing takes place in your brain, not your ears! In fact, because your brain is different from everyone else’s, you hear differently than other people around you. Our 5-star-rated San Pedro audiologists are here to discuss the fascinating ways that your brain helps you to hear… and the ways that BrainHearing™ technology has brought hearing aid treatment to an entirely new level.

What Does Your Brain Have to Do with Hearing?

Think of your ears as microphones that pick up sound. Once those sounds enter your ears, your brain has to decode and figure out what the sounds mean. Without your brain, you wouldn’t be able to process, enjoy, or comprehend anything that you hear.

According to our San Pedro audiologists, your brain does something else amazing with the sound received by your ears. To demonstrate this, try reading the following verse…

Roses are red
Violets are _____
Sugar is sweet
And so are you!

Did your brain figure out that the blank in that verse is supposed to say “blue”? It does the same thing when you are listening to someone speak in a noisy room. Sometimes, your ears might not catch sound completely. When this happens, your brain works to fill in the gaps to create meaning.

Avoid the Danger of Cognitive Overload

Unfortunately, when you suffer from hearing loss, your brain must go into overdrive to fill in numerous sound gaps all the time. After a while, this can take its toll. You may end up feeling tired, and social gatherings can start to feel like work instead of fun. Your memory can suffer, as well, since your brain can only work so hard at so many things at once.

What Is BrainHearing™? Our San Pedro Audiologists Explain

According to our expert audiologists, BrainHearing™ is part of the broader NeuroTechnology™ field of audiology (science of hearing), and as the name suggests, this technology works in harmony with your brain. It automatically adjusts and optimizes sound to match your unique hearing profile and personal sound preferences. The result is a more natural hearing experience that’s customized exclusively for you.

When your hearing aid incorporates BrainHearing™ technology, your brain doesn’t have to work as hard to filter out unwanted background noise to create meaning from sound. The result is greater enjoyment and more energy to listen to your friends and family!

Schedule Your FREE Hearing Assessment with Our 5-Star-Rated San Pedro Audiologists Today

South Bay Hearing can provide you with a completely free, no-obligation, real-world hearing assessment and treatment consultation, during which we will be happy to answer all your questions about BrainHearing™ and other hearing rehabilitation technologies. Click here or call 310.375.6161 to schedule your appointment today!

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Torrance, CA, Hearing Loss Treatment Doctors Explain Real-Ear Hearing Aid Measurements https://www.southbayhearing.com/torrance-ca-hearing-loss-treatment/ https://www.southbayhearing.com/torrance-ca-hearing-loss-treatment/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 12:30:57 +0000 http://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=26378 According to our audiologists, recent studies on hearing aid use have made an astounding discovery. Although Torrance, CA, hearing loss treatment technology has improved significantly during the last decade, hearing instrument user satisfaction has not increased at the same rate! If you wear hearing aids or are thinking of pursuing hearing loss rehabilitation, this may […]

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According to our audiologists, recent studies on hearing aid use have made an astounding discovery. Although Torrance, CA, hearing loss treatment technology has improved significantly during the last decade, hearing instrument user satisfaction has not increased at the same rate! If you wear hearing aids or are thinking of pursuing hearing loss rehabilitation, this may be the most important article you read all year! Keep reading to learn how to ensure a 5-star hearing aid experience for yourself.

What’s Wrong with Today’s Hearing Aids?

Reports published by Hearing Review and the Hearing Journal indicate that 34.25 million people in the United States suffer from some type of hearing loss. Of those people with significant hearing loss, 25% already own hearing instruments, and the majority of these owners experience moderate-to-severe hearing loss.

More than one million of these patients are not “satisfied” with their hearing instruments and confess to leaving them “in the drawer.” If hearing instrument technology and design have improved, why are people not having an improved experience?

Key factors expressed for keeping “hearing instruments in the drawer” are:

  • Not enough benefit
  • Poor fit
  • Unacceptable discomfort
  • Unsatisfactory performance with background noise

Our Doctors for Torrance, CA, Hearing Loss Treatment Discuss Improving Your Hearing Aid Experience

Our goal at South Bay Hearing is to help our patients achieve the best benefit possible from their hearing instruments. Studies have shown that if audiologists adjust your hearing aid solely based upon the manufacturer’s fitting algorithm, without real-ear testing, it may result in an inaccurate hearing prescription. Studies found that these initial-fit algorithms are often an inadequate amplification prescription, and research in England showed improvement in patient satisfaction when patients were fit with real-ear measurement.

What are Real-Ear Measurements (REM)?

Real-ear measurements provide a method for objectively assessing the accuracy of a hearing aid fitting. The reason for real-ear measurements is that individual ears are very different between patients, and occasionally one ear can even differ from the other ear on the same patient! Those differences have a major effect on the benefit a hearing instrument provides to the wearer. The only way to truly account for those individual ear differences is for your audiologist to take a physical measurement of how your hearing aid is amplifying sound in the specific ear canal. Real ear measurements make this possible, and that is why they are considered the “gold standard” method for achieving a proper hearing aid fit.

Schedule Your Assessment with Our Doctors for Torrance, CA, Hearing Loss Treatment Today!

At South Bay Hearing, we use the most advanced equipment on the market to measure Real-Ear Measurements (REM) on our patients who use hearing instruments.

Real-ear testing enables measurement of the sound delivered by a specific hearing aid in the ear canal of a specific individual. It is the most accurate procedure for measuring actual results. If you are interested in having an optimum hearing experience, real-ear measurement provides the most accurate information to fit your hearing aid. Schedule a free, no-obligation appointment with our audiologists today by clicking here or by calling 310.375.6161

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Redondo Beach Hearing Doctors Explain Loud Noise & Hearing Loss https://www.southbayhearing.com/redondo-beach-hearing-doctors/ https://www.southbayhearing.com/redondo-beach-hearing-doctors/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 12:14:25 +0000 http://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=26375 Our Redondo Beach hearing doctors emphasize the importance of protecting your hearing from loud sound, so you can avoid the difficulties that accompany noise-induced hearing damage. By opting for ear plugs during a loud concert or in a noisy work environment, or by keeping the volume low when you wear headphones, you help to ensure […]

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Our Redondo Beach hearing doctors emphasize the importance of protecting your hearing from loud sound, so you can avoid the difficulties that accompany noise-induced hearing damage. By opting for ear plugs during a loud concert or in a noisy work environment, or by keeping the volume low when you wear headphones, you help to ensure a lifetime of better hearing. Why does noise cause such damage to our ears, however?

How Does Sound Travel in Your Ears?

When sound enters your ear, it must journey a little further before your brain receives the signal:

  1. First, the sound travels through your ear canal until it reaches your eardrum.
  2. The eardrum vibrates from the sound, and these vibrations carries further into the three tiny bones in your middle ear.
  3. From there, the bones in your ear transfer the sound vibrations to the fluid in your inner ear (in the cochlea ).
  4. These vibrations are then picked up by special cells deep in your ear that are called “hair cells.” These cells transfer the vibrations into an electrical signal, which is then sent to your brain.

When sound vibrations are too forceful, these hair cells can get worn out or damaged, and eventually they die. In this way, you can progressively lose your hearing as more and more hair cells get damaged or die over time.

Can You Restore Your Hearing?

Once a hair cell becomes damaged, it is not able to regenerate, and your body won’t grow new ones. Therefore, you cannot restore your natural hearing once it is damaged. Happily, significant advancements have been made in audiology (the science of hearing), and you may be able to restore your hearing to a certain degree with the help of our Redondo Beach hearing doctors.

Today’s hearing aids are a far cry from the ones of the past. Many are so small and can sit so deeply in your ear that no one will notice them. In addition, today’s advanced wireless technology can even link your hearing aid to devices such as your cell phone or television!

Call Our Redondo Beach Hearing Doctors for Your Free Hearing Assessment

Do you believe you or a loved one is suffering from noise-induced hearing loss? If so, call our hearing center at 310.375.6161 or click here to request a free, no-obligation real-world hearing assessment and treatment consultation. We look forward to helping you once again enjoy the sounds of the world around you!

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Torrance, CA, Hearing Aid Repair Doctors Discuss Invisible Hearing Aids https://www.southbayhearing.com/torrance-ca-hearing-aid-repair/ https://www.southbayhearing.com/torrance-ca-hearing-aid-repair/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 12:04:23 +0000 http://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=26370 If you have been considering hearing rehabilitation for yourself but dislike the appearance of hearing aids, then our Torrance, CA, hearing aid repair doctors have great news for you! Thanks to the incredible advancements in hearing-assistive technology today, hearing aids are now available that can improve your sound experience with true discretion. Keep reading to […]

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If you have been considering hearing rehabilitation for yourself but dislike the appearance of hearing aids, then our Torrance, CA, hearing aid repair doctors have great news for you! Thanks to the incredible advancements in hearing-assistive technology today, hearing aids are now available that can improve your sound experience with true discretion. Keep reading to learn more about today’s invisible hearing aid options!

What Is an Invisible Hearing Aid?

Invisible hearing aids, as you might have already guessed, are not literally invisible. However, their incredibly small size allows them to be placed deep in your ear, so no one will know you are wearing a hearing aid unless you tell them. Because these compact hearing aids fit snugly into your ear, they are also sometimes called invisible in-the-ear hearing aids.

What Are the Benefits of Invisible Hearing Aids?

In addition to the obvious benefit of having a truly discreet hearing solution, our there are many other reasons to love invisible hearing aids, including:

  • Minimal Upkeep Required. You can wear your invisible hearing aid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months at a time.
  • Convenience. You can keep wearing your hearing aid during everyday activities, such as sleeping or showering. They also won’t interfere with your glasses or the telephone.
  • Comfort. When fitted properly, invisible hearing aids sit completely and comfortably inside your ear canal.
  • Clarity. You can enjoy natural sound quality with invisible hearing aids.
  • Technology. Thanks to their wireless capability, you can connect your hearing aid to your cell phone and other devices.

Learn More About Invisible Hearing Aids with Our Torrance, CA, Hearing Aid Repair Doctors

You can learn more about invisible and other styles of hearing aid technology during your completely free, no-obligation hearing assessment and treatment consultation with our expert audiologists. Click here or call 310.375.6161 to schedule your appointment today!

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Palos Verdes Estates Hearing Doctors Explain Tinnitus https://www.southbayhearing.com/palos-verdes-estates-hearing-doctors/ https://www.southbayhearing.com/palos-verdes-estates-hearing-doctors/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 11:53:42 +0000 http://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=26365 Ringing in your ears is an annoyance at best. When it continues as a chronic problem, it can also disrupt your life in more ways than one. Whether you suffer from unwanted sound in your ears on rare occasion or as part of an ongoing battle, our Palos Verdes Estates hearing doctors are here to […]

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Ringing in your ears is an annoyance at best. When it continues as a chronic problem, it can also disrupt your life in more ways than one. Whether you suffer from unwanted sound in your ears on rare occasion or as part of an ongoing battle, our Palos Verdes Estates hearing doctors are here to discuss some ways to keep the ringing at bay.

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the name for unwanted sound in your ears. This sound can be present in a variety of forms. Some people hear ringing; others hear a rushing sound; yet others experience a buzzing in their ears or in their head.

Tinnitus (pronounced tin-NY-tus) is a surprisingly common condition in people who suffer from hearing loss. In fact, as many as 75% of hearing loss patients report tinnitus as a side effect. If you suffer from chronic tinnitus, we recommend that you have your hearing tested, since that unwanted sound could be a sign that your hearing has diminished.

What Causes Tinnitus?

There is still some discussion in the medical community about what causes tinnitus, but the prevailing theory suggests that tinnitus is your brain’s way of compensating for your hearing loss. When you cannot hear well, your brain loses the stimulation that sound normally provides. To make up for this missing stimulation, your brain creates phantom sound in your ears.

How Can You Treat Tinnitus?

Be wary of places that promise cures for tinnitus with pills or surgery. These types of “miracle cures” simply do not work, and in some cases they can even endanger your health.

There is hope, however! The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has approved one method of treating tinnitus, and while this method may not be an overnight cure, it is safe, non-invasive, and scientifically shown to help decrease or even eliminate ringing in the ears. This FDA-approved treatment is called tinnitus therapy, and it involves ongoing, doctor- or specialist-supervised activities to help stimulate your brain.

Learn More About Tinnitus Treatment with Our Palos Verdes Estates Hearing Doctors

At South Bay Hearing, we strive to stay at the forefront of safe, advanced treatment options for tinnitus. If you suffer from ringing or other unwanted sound in your ears, schedule a completely free, no-obligation hearing assessment with our expert audiologists. We will be happy to explain more about tinnitus, its causes, and its treatment. Click here or call 310.375.6161 to schedule your appointment today!

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Better Hearing & Speech Month: 7 Accessories to Turn Up Your Tech https://www.southbayhearing.com/7-tech-accessories/ Tue, 15 May 2018 08:00:37 +0000 http://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=3753 Have you heard? We’re celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month in May! In honor of the theme, “Communication for All,” here are seven hearing aid accessories to make sure you’re communicating and connecting your best with the people, places, and moments that matter in your life. Wireless Mic Conversations rock when everybody around the table […]

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Have you heard? We’re celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month in May!

In honor of the theme, “Communication for All,” here are seven hearing aid accessories to make sure you’re communicating and connecting your best with the people, places, and moments that matter in your life.

  1. Wireless Mic

    Conversations rock when everybody around the table can join in, but background noise at restaurants and other spaces can make that a tall order. Whether you’re having a one-on-one chat or hanging with a crowd, an extra microphone can help. A wireless Bluetooth® microphone worn on your companion’s lapel can send speech directly to your hearing aid, or place the mic in a central spot for group conversations.

  2. Phone Clip

    Does talking on the telephone seem harder than it used to be? Try using a phone clip. The ReSound Phone Clip+, for example, lets you stream phone calls, music, and other audio straight to your hearing device from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. It’s hands-free — simply clip it to your clothing — and easily mutes background noise for clearer communication.

  3. Captioned Calls

    Speaking of easier phone chats: You may qualify for a caption telephone that shows the spoken words of the person you’re talking to. This landline device is free if a qualified hearing care professional certifies your hearing loss and need for the phone — and it works with hearing aids. All you need is a standard phone line, a broadband internet connection, and electrical power.

  4. Audio Loop

    Audio loops or audio induction loops — installed in homes, museums, theaters, churches, classrooms, medical offices, and other venues — allow sound to be broadcast directly to individuals within the loop who have telecoils or T-coils, which can be embedded in hearing aids and cochlear implants. You could even install an audio loop in a vehicle, switch on your hearing aid’s T-coil setting, and voila!

  5. Remote Control

    Who says remote controllers are just for TVs, DVRs, car alarms, and drones? With remotes designed for hearing aids, you can change your device’s volume and program settings, switch the source of the audio you’re streaming, set ambient and streamed audio at different sound levels, and keep an eye on battery levels. Boom!

  6. TV Streamer

    When it comes to family time with a favorite TV show, setting the volume to everyone’s taste is no small feat. And with hearing loss, it can be even more challenging. Innovations such as the ReSound TV Streamer 2 — a small tabletop device — let you stream audio from your TV, stereo, or PC straight to your hearing aid at a level that’s customized to your needs without changing the volume for everyone else.

  7. Batteries

    It may seem pretty basic, but we had to throw this in: Getting the most out of hearing aids takes power, so be sure to keep extra batteries on hand. Batteries can last from a few days to a couple weeks — depending on variables such as size, care, usage, and environmental conditions — but our hearing experts can help you find the right match.

Interested in the latest hearing tech and accessories? Contact our caring team to learn more tips or to schedule a complimentary technology demonstration today!
 

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5 Ways to Support Your HEARing Health https://www.southbayhearing.com/5-ways-support-hearing-health/ https://www.southbayhearing.com/5-ways-support-hearing-health/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 08:00:25 +0000 https://www.southbayhearing.com/?p=3747 The whir of a hummingbird. The warning of an approaching ambulance. The round of laughter after your deviously funny — and deftly delivered — wedding toast. That sublime guitar riff or soulful crescendo in your favorite song. As we celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month in May — and the theme, “Communication for All” — […]

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The whir of a hummingbird. The warning of an approaching ambulance. The round of laughter after your deviously funny — and deftly delivered — wedding toast. That sublime guitar riff or soulful crescendo in your favorite song.

As we celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month in May — and the theme, “Communication for All” — it’s a great time to remember the many ways hearing makes a difference in your life. And to help you maintain those connections that matter, we’re sharing five easy tips for hearing your best.

  1. Know the Signs

    More than 466 million children and adults have disabling hearing impairment, according to the World Health Organization, but nearly all hearing loss can be treated. One of the first steps is recognizing the potential signs. If you experience muffled speech sounds, difficulty hearing on the phone or in a crowd, trouble understanding women’s or children’s voices, or complaints from loved ones about your TV or radio volume, consider a professional hearing test.

  2. Curb the Noise

    Did you know? Noise-induced hearing loss — a largely preventable public-health problem — affects children and adults and is on the rise, according to the Hearing Health Foundation. Whether rocking out at a summer concert, enjoying New Year fireworks, or using power tools, consider limiting the duration of your noise exposure and wearing quality hearing protection.

  3. Hold the Swabs

    If you like the feeling of a cotton swab rubbed in your ear, you’re not alone. It’s a common habit but, oh, so dangerous. Sticking objects in your ear can cause injury and push earwax farther into the ear canal. To remove excess cerumen, use a warm soft cloth after washing or showering, or soften the wax with drops of warmed olive oil, water, or a commercial solution — as long as you don’t have a perforated eardrum. In cases of persistent ear pain, hearing loss, or blockage of the ear canal, contact us for a professional evaluation.

  4. Bring on the Bananas

    Healthy eating offers endless benefits, including better hearing wellness, so consider selected fruits, vegetables, legumes, and other key foods that can make a difference. Bananas, for example, pack potassium, which plays a role in regulating the inner-ear fluid crucial to healthy hearing. Look for foods rich in vitamins and minerals such as A, C, E, folate, magnesium, and zinc, too.

  5. Schedule Regular Checkups

    It’s easy to make better hearing a family affair by scheduling hearing evaluations for the whole household. How often? At least once a year, just as you would for your eyes or teeth. Staying atop your hearing health helps catch any potential changes or problems early, which is important for overall wellness.

At [practice-name], we’re here to help you and your loved ones hear your best during Better Hearing & Speech Month and beyond. Keep our five easy tips in mind, and contact our caring team for your next hearing check!

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