vapingElectronic cigarettes are sometimes regarded as a tobacco alternative that is not as harmful to our lungs, but does vaping pose a hidden danger to our hearing?

Research still has a long ways to go in determining the lasting health impacts of vaping (using an e-cigarette) and whether it’s truly an ideal way to quit tobacco. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 20% of high school students used an e-cigarette over the past month, while 3% of U.S. adults were regular users in 2017.

Read more: Is Vaping Hard on Your Hearing?

Image of guitarist at concertWe know loud noises are bad for our ears, but did you know they can impact other areas of our health as well?

Studies have shown that repeated exposure to high-level noise impacts our health in some surprising ways. Being subjected to sounds of 85 decibels or more over eight hours can lead to permanent hearing loss, while exposure to 100 decibels can cause hearing loss in just 15 minutes. Sounds louder than 110 decibels cause immediate, permanent hearing loss. For comparison, the average conversation is about 50 decibels.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama presents the following information on the dangers of loud noises:

Read more: Sounding Off On Health Risks Of Loud Noises

Woman covering her ears from the loudest sound in the worldWe all love music and enjoy attending concerts of our favorite musicians. But did you know that the loud concert you’re enjoying could damage your hearing? Noises occur every day, but some could even lead to complete hearing loss or even worse, death.

What is the loudest sound in the world?

The loudest sound in the world happened in 1883, on the island of Krakatoa, which sits between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. It was caused by a volcanic eruption.

Read more: Loudest Sounds in the World

Woman drivingDriving can be difficult enough with all of your senses working perfectly, so operating a motor vehicle with hearing loss does pose some unique challenges.

However, there are some techniques you can use to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and other drivers on the road. Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama offers the following advice for better driving with hearing loss:

Read more: Tips on Better Driving With Hearing Loss

Family holidayMany of us think of noisy toys simply as annoyances to adults in the room that may have to hear them while children are playing.

However, toys with excessive noise levels can actually damage the sensitive ears of the young people on our shopping lists. Over time, exposure to noise can result in permanent hearing loss. Studies have found that nearly 15 percent of youth between the ages of 12 and 19 have some level of hearing loss in at least one ear.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama offers the following suggestions and tips for giving gifts for the children on your list this holiday season:

Read more: Toys That Make Too Much Noise

thanksgiving dinner friends familyMany of us look forward to the holidays because it means scrumptious-smelling kitchens and time spent catching up with loved ones.

For those with hearing loss, however, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can also be frustrating due to difficulty communicating with family and friends.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama offers the following suggestions for both those with hearing loss and their loved ones to have more satisfying communication this holiday season:

Read more: Keys To Communication During The Holidays

Phonak-FB807d-FB-Audeo-B-R-300x300Gone are the days when you had to remember to take spare hearing aid batteries with you everywhere you went.

With traditional batteries running out of power every few days, rechargeable hearing aids are becoming increasingly popular due to their convenience. Not only do they last longer, they are more dependable and run circles around typical batteries in the environmental category due to less landfill waste.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama is pleased to offer rechargeable hearing aids to our customers.

Read more: Plugging Into The Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Fotolia 129087144 Subscription Monthly XLThose with hearing loss don’t have to reserve themselves to a life without enjoyable listening experiences. On the contrary, there are a number of auditory training measures we can take to help our brains actually hear better.

Auditory training seeks to improve listening skills and improve speech comprehension for hearing aid wearers. Formal listening activities are utilized to improve speech perception by “training” the brain processes that aid the listening process.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama reminds you that these exercises have been shown to help hearing aid wearers’ speech understanding, even in noisy surroundings.

Formal listening programs are for hearing aid wearers who have adjusted to hearing sounds with their devices and have reached a plateau in their listening skills. Training is often utilized by those who have recently experienced a change in hearing abilities.

Developments in the following three areas over the past decade have seemed to suggest auditory training is working:

Read more: Train Your Brain to Hear Better

man wearing hearing aid looking at smartphoneHearing aids have greatly benefited from the rise of smartphones, offering those with hearing loss expanded listening experiences.

Digital hearing aids that connect wirelessly to your smartphone allow you to control a number of aspects of your listening experience, including volume levels and getting audio delivered directly from your phone calls, TV and music. 

They can also help you transition more easily between different hearing environments, automatically switching to different settings when you arrive at frequently visited spots: home, work, school, church or your favorite breakfast spot.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama offers a number of hearing aids that give you a “smarter” listening experience.

Read more: Practice Smarter Hearing With The Help of Phones

Fotolia 111011615 Subscription Monthly XXLAge-related hearing loss is a likely and natural occurrence for most people who live long enough.

That doesn’t mean we have to wait until we are “aged” before we take steps to address it, however.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama reminds you that there are a number of proactive steps we can take in the pre-retirement years to better protect our hearing health in the future.


Read more: Don’t Wait to Address Hearing Health

couples eating 300x150Do you love dining out with family and friends, but hate how noisy restaurants can ruin the meal and conversation?

Hearing loss can make the restaurant scene frustrating, even for those of us with hearing aids. Fortunately, Physicians Hearing Center’s team in Dothan, Alabama knows there are some techniques to try when dining out that can make your listening experience as pleasant as possible.

Go Small or Go Home

The larger the group at your table, the more difficult it may be to follow the conversation. Try to keep your party a more manageable size, so you can maintain eye contact and not have to strain to hear someone at the other end of the table.

Read more: Make Hearing a Main Course at Noisy Restaurants

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