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Bryan Grover, Contributor

Are Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Related?

It’s completely normal to have a ringing in your ears every once in a while. If it goes away, that's just a transient sound. It’s only when that perception doesn’t go away (and there’s no sound that could be causing it) that it’s considered tinnitus.

Much like hearing loss, tinnitus affects millions of people worldwide.

According to an analysis of various studies, tinnitus in the United States affects anywhere from 8% to 25.3% of the US population (approximately 1 in 10 adults) with other nations having similar rates ranging between 4.6% to 30%.

This blog will explain what tinnitus is, its potential causes, the link between hearing loss and tinnitus, and conclude with various treatment options that are available.

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What is Sudden Hearing Loss?

Waking up and finding out you can’t hear is a scary prospect.

According to research, this type of hearing loss, known as Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), occurs in 10-20/100,000 people per year but is estimated to be much higher for one major reason. This condition is “often misdiagnosed or regarded as age-related unavoidable fate.”

While SSHL is treatable and in some circumstances, one can make a full recovery, knowing the signs and characteristics of it is the first step to protect against this type of hearing loss and, potentially, prevent it from being permanent.

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Is It Possible to Reverse Hearing Loss?

“One of the most common questions I get asked,” said Vibe Hearing audiologist Annie Duchen, Au.D, CCC-A in a recent interview, “is whether or not hearing loss is reversible.”

Like many questions about health issues, it can be hard to give an exact answer to this question. 

Hearing is a complex process that can be affected by a variety of different things and individual health situations can vary wildly.

The short answer is this:

There are some situations and types of hearing loss that are reversible but, unfortunately, the most common type of hearing loss is not.

Let’s talk about the different types of hearing loss, whether or not they can be reversed, and give you some ways to protect your hearing from damage (or further damage).

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How Hearing Loss Can Affect Your Income

Hearing loss doesn’t just affect your quality of life—it can also have a measurable effect on income.

According to recent studies, the number of people with hearing loss is increasing over time. 

The projected number of people with hearing loss in the United States is estimated to grow from the current 44 million to over 73 million by 2060 with the vast majority of these individuals (62.4 million) aged sixty and older.

With the retirement age continuing to increase as well, this means more and more adults in the workplace will be dealing with some level of hearing loss. 

The best way to prevent hearing loss from interfering with your ability to succeed at work is by understanding how to deal with the effects and having a plan for managing them.

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Is There a Link Between Hearing Loss and Balance Issues?

Hearing loss and balance issues are both scary issues to have. 

They can leave you feeling disconnected from the world around us and make simple, daily tasks several times more difficult.

Can one issue cause the other? In short, no. At least not directly. 

For a longer explanation and exploration of the link between these two issues, read on to learn more about what causes both hearing loss and balance issues, we’ll dive into how the inner ear works and what can cause hearing loss or balance disorders.

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4 Ways to Overcome Listening Fatigue

There are plenty of side effects of hearing loss, ranging from the inconvenient to severe.

One that is most often overlooked or attributed to other causes is fatigue.

Studies have shown that those with hearing loss can often feel more tired because of the extra effort they are expending in trying to hear.

This week, we’ll be discussing how and why hearing loss can make you feel more tired and give you a few ways to help minimize the exhaustion.

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Is Hearing Loss Genetic?

These days, we know plenty about all the environmental causes for hearing loss.

From exposure to loud noises to certain medications, it’s far more common knowledge of the ways to prevent hearing loss. 

Now the focus has shifted to a much smaller scale: genetics.

The short answer to the question “Is hearing loss genetic” is “it can be, but isn’t always.” 

Advances in molecular biology have made it possible to identify and intervene much earlier in instances where hearing loss can be driven by genetic factors.

Before we dive into that, let's start with a quick overview of how hereditary conditions are passed down.

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Don’t Let Hearing Loss Get In The Way of Your Social Life

“Loneliness,” according to a study at UCSF, “can be especially debilitating to older adults and may predict serious health problems and even death.”

We’ve talked before on this blog about the side effects of hearing loss, especially those that it can have on your emotional well-being. There are many risks that hearing loss opens one up to, including those posed by social isolation and loneliness.

But just because you have hearing loss doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do! 

This week, we’re going to talk about how you can take matters into your own hands. We’ll dive into how hearing loss and a decline in social life are linked, why this matters, and what you can do about it.

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20 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Hearing Loss in 2022

According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States alone approximately 40 million adults aged 20–69 years have noise-induced hearing loss, and about 1 in 4 adults who report “excellent to good” hearing already have hearing damage.

Unfortunately, hearing loss only goes in one direction - worse. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can protect your hearing. Here are 20 ways to protect your hearing loss in 2022.

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How to be an Ally to Someone with Hearing Loss

It can be extremely difficult to sit on the sidelines and watch as a friend or loved one suffers from the side effects of hearing loss.

Broaching the topic can be difficult as well as there is still a stigma around hearing loss much like there was around wearing glasses at one point.

Today’s blog will be about helping those with hearing loss in a thoughtful, sensitive way.

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