A Head Cold + Hearing Loss = A Perfect Storm

Everyone hates a head cold. The watery eyes, runny nose, and stuffed up feeling are awful. Your ears and throat burn and you barely have the energy to hold up your own head, because it feels like it weighs two tons. And then there is the hearing loss. When I have a head cold, my hearing almost always takes a temporary turn for the worse. While I think this happens for everyone, when you start with...

Am I Speaking At The Right Volume?

Have you ever been in a coffee shop, where all of a sudden it seems to get quiet and everyone turns their heads to look in your direction? When this happens to me I always wonder if I am accidentally shouting. Conversely, once in a while someone will ask me to repeat myself several times. This makes me worry if I am speaking too quietly. It is often hard for me to tell.

I hope my compan...

Does Hearing Loss Make It Harder To Remember Things?

Do you sometimes meet a new person but forget his or her name almost immediately or hear the specials at a restaurant only to have trouble recalling them when it is time to order? And forget about directions — was that two lefts and a right or two rights and then a left? This happens to me quite a bit. If I read something or hear it and immediately write it down, I do better, but if I hear some...

Hearing Loss in Young Adults

The Alarming Increase of Hearing Loss in Young Adults

In practice, the gradual deterioration in one’s ability to hear is almost inevitable. Known as presbycusis, it is a process that tends to start near the end of the third decade of life, and then progress at a rate that, more often than not, is unlikely to present much of a problem until the retirement years. Today, however, the imag...
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