Hearing is a sense that many of us take for granted but it is essential to our well being and for keeping us connected to our friends, family, peers, and colleagues. Unfortunately there comes a time for almost everyone – 1 in 3 over the age of 65 to be exact – where hearing clearly in a noisy environment starts to become difficult. We may have trouble talking on the telephone or engaging in conversation in a busy restaurant. Have you started turning up the volume on the television to hear it clearly?
The ear is a complicated piece of anatomy. Simply put, sound waves pass through the ear canal causing the eardrum to vibrate which in turn moves the small bones of the middle ear. The movement of the last small bone taps on the cochlea — the spiralled tube known as the inner ear — which is filled with liquid and microscopic cells including stereocilia that have hair-like endings. When sound reaches the cochlea, vibrations move the hairs creating a nerve signal understood by the brain as sound. When everything is working well, messages are received loud and clear. But with so many moving parts there are many ways and degrees to which we can do damage to our hearing. This article explores tinnitus, one of the possible side effects of not properly protecting our hearing. According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control, approximately 15% of the general public, or 50 million Americans, experience some form of tinnitus in their lifetime.
With today’s ongoing advancements in technology, including new automated tablet based audiometers, offering your patients a clinically valid, diagnostic hearing test is now a possibility. These modern, mobile audiometers make accurate hearing testing fast, simple, and cost effective. In this article we summarize why you should consider adding hearing testing to your practice and how to get started.
For many hearing clinics, acquiring new clients means resorting to traditional marketing approaches such as cold calling, email campaigns, print and digital advertising, even television ads. While these are all tried-and-true techniques, they won’t necessarily ensure that all responders are properly qualified. Your efforts may gain you numbers, but if the people who walk through your clinic doors as a result have no problem with their hearing health, then your efforts have just cost you both money and valuable time.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a global pandemic, and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) presents additional, unique challenges for those who suffer from this debilitating disease. Existing drug treatments are multifactorial and complex with lengthy treatment regimens, complicated administration, and toxic secondary effects. The costly treatment of drug- resistant TB can take up to two years and presents significant challenges to health systems, payers, and patients. Recognizing that significant hearing loss can be a side effect of the current treatment regimen for MDR-TB, there is a need to closely monitor patients undergoing treatment with existing and new drug therapies.
Audiometric testing is an important component of an occupational hearing conservation program. It is the process of tracking and managing a worker’s hearing health over time. The programs starts with the production of a baseline audiogram, followed by annual hearing testing, protection training, and follow-up procedures.