Ototoxic Medications That Cause Hearing Loss

Did you know that approximately 200 prescription and over-the-counter medications are known to be ototoxic, which literally means, “poisonous to the ears”? Ototoxic drugs have the potential to damage the inner ear or cause vestibular dysfunction, which can result in hearing loss, tinnitus or even balance disorders. Many ototoxic effects are temporary and go away… Continue »

Hearing Loss Communication Strategies

The sounds of the holiday—joyous music, lively conversation and family gatherings—are a cherished part of every holiday season. But if a loved one has trouble hearing in crowded, noisy situations, or suffers any degree of hearing loss, the holidays may lose some of their luster. A person with hearing loss symptoms may have difficulty hearing… Continue »

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Do you, or someone you know, have diabetes and hearing loss? It shouldn’t be surprising. A link between the two conditions has been recognized since the 1960s. In 2008, researchers found that diabetics were twice as likely to have hearing loss compared to their non-diabetic peers. Why the link? The exact causes are unknown. But… Continue »

Audiology Awareness Month

In recognition of Audiology Awareness Month, North Fulton ENT Associates wants to remind you to take care of your hearing by scheduling your annual hearing test. Just as you recognize the importance of getting an eye exam every year, or having a dental exam every six months, it is equally important to have an annual… Continue »

Alzheimer’s & Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is now associated with many physical conditions, and in the last few years, it has been proven that hearing loss is connected with cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and dementia. In honor of World Alzheimer’s Day, we wanted to take a closer look at how hearing loss and Alzheimer’s are connected. Researchers from Johns Hopkins… Continue »

Simple Hearing Loss Tips

If you’ve ever been on BuzzFeed, you’ve probably seen the phrase “life hacks.” These shortcuts and quick tricks have quickly become popular due to their comedic nature and practical applicability. We decided to imitate BuzzFeed and come up with five “hearing hacks” specific to hearing loss and hearing aids. See below for how to “hack”… Continue »

Communicating with the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

This blog is a piece by Michelle Friedman about tips for helping hearing practitioners communicate to those with hearing loss in the medical field. Friedman is mom to an adorable little boy who is hearing impaired, and serves as the Director of Marketing at an online medical scrubs retailer, Medical Scrubs Collection. The blog originally… Continue »

Hearing Loss Health for Men

Hearing loss related to health issues affect men and women differently. Here are 6 important facts men should now about hearing health. Hearing impairments are more common in men than in women. Hearing loss can increase the risk for depression in adults, especially in 18 to 69-year-olds. Use of pain relievers, aspirin, NSAIDs or acetaminophen can increase the… Continue »

Hearing Loss: 7 Startling Facts

More than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, according to February 2013 research released by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, a large majority of those who need help do not receive it. In fact, only one out of every five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one (National Institute on Deafness and… Continue »

Hearing: Use it or Lose it

Hearing isn’t quite like riding a bike Studies have shown that, on average, people will wait eight to ten years between first experiencing symptoms of hearing loss and finally seeking help. Unfortunately, during this timeframe, people fall into coping mechanisms. They ask people to repeat themselves, turn the TV up louder, or avoid challenging listening… Continue »