Trouble hearing? No one wants to admit they don’t hear well.
Do you have ringing in your ears? Find that you’re turning up the volume of your TV and phone, and wish you had a volume control for everything?
You may be suffering from hearing loss, tinnitus or vertigo. The only way to know for sure is to talk to your audiologist, who is your local hearing expert.
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Could it be as simple as earwax?
Some people just make more earwax than others. Over time, wax builds up in your ear canal and can harden and become stuck, despite your best efforts to clean it out. Cleaning with swabs can actually make the situation worse by pushing the wax in deeper. You can’t feel this buildup, but it can lead to temporary hearing loss.
The solution is simple. Call us to schedule a visit. We’ll check your ears and can unplug them right away, if need be.
How to treat tinnitus?
The most common symptom of tinnitus is ringing in your ears. This is annoying at a minimum, and can make it hard to hear everyday sounds. Severe tinnitus can be loud enough to keep you from sleeping, cause dizziness and nausea.
In some cases, tinnitus symptoms can be caused or exacerbated by allergies and congestion in your nasal passages. More often, the symptoms are an indication of developing hearing loss. Either way, the smart thing to do is to get your hearing tested right away and discover what your treatment options are.
Is vertigo putting you at risk?
Vertigo, or what some people just call dizziness, can cause you to lose your balance and increase your chances of falling. That’s the last thing anyone wants, but unfortunately the incidence of falls increases for people over 65.
It’s not a coincidence that many people over 65 are also experiencing hearing loss. Vertigo is caused by a disease affecting your inner ear. Your inner ear function is what helps you stay upright and helps with your balance.
If you or a loved one are experiencing vertigo, the first step is to get your hearing evaluated and to receive a professional diagnosis. The next step is to get treatment so you can maintain your balance and avoid injury.
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