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Why Diabetes Increases Your Chances for Hearing Loss

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Diabetes isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the major causes of hearing loss. Excessive exposure to loud noises, aging, as well as certain diseases like otosclerosis and Meniere's disease are obvious contenders. But, diabetes (and to some point, obesity)? It seems like these two conditions don't really correlate to one another. But research shows otherwise. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people who suffer from diabetes are twice at risk for hearing loss compared to non-diabetics. This is an alarming figure, considering the fact that almost 10 percent of the population of the United States have diabetes. The Hidden Connection Between Hearing Loss and Diabetes According to a press release...

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DIY Earwax Cleaning Could Damage Your Hearing

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There are a lot of people who are in the habit of cleaning their ears with cotton swabs or Q-tips. After all, it's perfectly harmless, right? And all of that excess earwax and dirt are pretty icky anyway. However, according to medical experts, this habit does more harm than good. Not only do you run the risk of puncturing an eardrum with a swab, you are also pushing most of the wax further into your ear, thereby compounding the problem. Not good. Aside from your usual Q-tips, some of the most interesting (and horrifying) things that people have been using to clean their ears according to doctors include: Pen caps Car keys Tweezers Matches Straws Toys Hair pins Paper clips...

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Halloween Safety Tips for People With Hearing Loss

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Halloween is right around the corner. You can see the signs just about everywhere. From the inflatable ghosts that your neighbor has installed on his lawn to the fake cobwebs that your boss has strewn around the office (not to mention all of the pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween-themed sweets that people are consuming with much gusto), it's pretty clear that Halloween has finally come upon us all. Kids and adults everywhere are joining in on the revelries and trying to spook one another in keeping with the spirit of the season. However, amidst all the chaotic Halloween fun, it's easy to forget how to take care of one's hearing health. But this should not be the case. No matter...

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Research Shows Hearing Loss as a Major Cause for Dementia

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Dementia is a condition affecting individuals mainly above 65 years of age, which is caused by memory loss and other mental inabilities. Currently, dementia has no known effective cure, making it a high risk and highly expensive disease to manage. A report by Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care shows that there are nine age related factors that cause dementia. Key among factors is hearing loss. Managing hearing loss is one of the ways one can lower the chances of developing dementia. The key nine factors that lead to development of dementia are; Level of education before the age of 18 Obesity, hypertension and hearing loss during middle age 45-65 years Depression, inactivity, social isolation, diabetes and smoking during...

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Keep Your Hearing Health Routine in Check for the Fall

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Summer is over -- the beach balls, sun hats, and bathing suits are finally stored away, and in their place come the books, backpacks, pencils, pens, and calculators. Yes, finally, it's that time of the year again. The start of the school year can be quite a busy time for most people, especially the school-aged kids. But this sudden burst of frenetic activity can also make them forget their usual hearing aid and ear health routine, which, if left unattended for quite some time, would just cause bigger problems for them at school. Here are the steps to kick-start your hearing health routine into high gear this school season: Start Wearing Your Hearing Aids. Again. Hearing aid wearers tend to...

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Hearing Aids Doesn’t Have to Be Unsexy

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Hearing aids, for most people, aren't the sexiest of devices. They used to be these big, clunky, ear plug things with wires that almost stick out from the side of your head. One of your grandparents must've had one, and this is the reason why a lot of us associate hearing aids with the elderly. They're just not that “cool” enough for the rest of the population. And if their weird appearance is not enough, these devices actually don't work that well at all. They hiss, buzz, whistle, and generate all sorts of unwanted audio feedback. What About Young People? While hearing loss can be considered as an unavoidable part of the aging process for millions of Americans, the number...

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The Connection Between Hearing Loss and the Zika Virus

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The Zika virus that made headlines last year has already slowed down. However, it is only now that researchers are finding out about the negative consequences that the virus can cause on people's hearing. When it comes to its effects on the body and mode of transmission, the Zika virus shares similar properties with the West Nile virus and dengue fever. All three are borne through the bites of mosquitoes, and anyone, regardless of age or gender, can be affected by the disease (though those with weaker immune systems like babies and the elderly are especially vulnerable). Despite its similarities, at least 80% of the cases of people afflicted with the Zika virus are asymptomatic. The remaining 20% exhibit visible...

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Fast Facts About Earwax

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Cerumen, the medical term for earwax, is a bodily excretion that is as mysterious as it is misunderstood. A lot of people seem to want to be rid of it, not fully understanding the health benefits that this seemingly "gross" excretory substance does for our bodies. Though medical professionals and researchers don't fully understand why the ears produce earwax, the overall consensus is that it plays an integral part in keeping them healthy. Earwax has both protective and cleaning properties, and removing it unnecessarily might result into bigger ear problems later on. What Is Earwax Exactly? Cerumen (earwax) is a waxy substance naturally produced by the ears. Most of it is made out of dirt and dead skin cells mixed...

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Tinnitus Myths Debunked: Dispelling The Top Nine Misconceptions About Tinnitus

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Ever experienced a constant buzzing or ringing noise in your ears that just won't go away? If so, you are among the millions of people around the world with tinnitus, a hearing condition that makes the sufferer perceive noises (such as ringing and buzzing in most cases, but also hissing, whistling, and roaring in some) when no actual noise source is present. Tinnitus is also closely associated with hearing loss. Not only does tinnitus have the capacity to negatively affect your day-to-day life, if left untreated, it can also lead to stress, depression, and social anxiety. Despite the fact that it is among the most prevalent hearing conditions in the world (with an estimated one out of ten people suffering...

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Ten Tips on How to Help Your Loved Ones Cope with Your Hearing Loss

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1. Of course, the key step in ensuring that your loved ones are able to cope and work their way around your hearing loss is making sure that they know about it in the first place. Talk to them. Let them know that you find it hard to hear them in most situations. Most importantly, educate them on some of the ways with which they can communicate with you more clearly. Children are especially interested in the scientific aspect of things, so you can try showing them your digital hearing aids and explaining how they work. 2. You are more apt to hear and decipher what a person is saying if your full attention is on him or her. So,...

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