Spring HearingMay is Better Hearing Month, which is the perfect time to raise awareness of the importance of having your hearing checked.

Hearing loss can lead to more than just missing out on conversations. It has also been linked to causing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, anxiety, and depression. A person’s balance can also be affected by hearing loss.

“Keeping a patient’s ability to hear helps to avoid these systems and prevent cognitive decline,” said Dr. Julie Ann Rikard of Physicians Hearing. “We hear with our brains so once a patient losses that comprehension, the rest of their life will be negatively impacted.”

Some common factors that can lead to hearing loss are being around tractors, gunfire, heavy equipment, and genetics. Dr. Rikard suggests having your hearing checked when you are 40 since hearing loss tends to occur as you age, but you should come in sooner if you experience symptoms of hearing loss before then.

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Hearing Aid Essay ContestFor the last 17 years, Physicians Hearing Center has partnered with the Dothan Eagle for the annual hearing aid essay contest held during May, Better Hearing and Speech Month. To help promote hearing loss awareness, Physicians Hearing teamed up with the Dothan Eagle to give away a free set of hearing aids.

“Better Hearing month is important because we get to celebrate hearing health. We are having our annual hearing aid giveaway contest this month which is so exciting,” said Dr. Julie Ann Rikard of Physicians Hearing Center. “It’s fun to give hearing aids away and provide someone in need with better hearing for FREE! We can’t wait to give away these sets of hearing aids.”

The 2017 submissions are now being reviewed. To qualify, Wiregrass residents had to submit a short essay explaining the need for a set of hearing aids. Entrants must be available to come in for a free hearing test to determine the extent and the severity of hearing loss and need of the nominees.

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Hearing loss and basketballRooting on your favorite basketball teams with friends and fellow sports devotees during March Madness is a fun time for many individuals. For most, this is a superb chance to view multiple games personally and submerge yourself in to the sports activities atmosphere of yelling and cheering during each match-up.

The downside is that all that loud noise can result in hearing reduction.

When people are exposed to noise levels of 80-90 decimals for eight hours or longer, serious damage can be done to one’s hearing. Most sports arenas regularly reach these sound levels throughout the span of a game, especially when supporters start to cheer loudly during a thrilling play.

Most basketball games don’t last for eight hours, but these sound levels can still do damage to your hearing. So when sports enthusiasts are fortunate to view multiple video games in a row (which is obviously a choice during March Madness), long lasting damage to your internal ear can start to occur.

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Family HearingAs Easter approaches, this can be a great time for families to get together and visit one another. But for people with hearing loss, holidays can be a stressful time, even with hearing aids.

While everyone else is enjoying group conversations, people with hearing loss may be having a difficult time following conversations and hearing what everyone is saying.

If you are hosting a holiday get together this year, here are some tips for accommodating a loved one with hearing loss:

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Musicians with TinnitusWhat is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the medical term for an awareness of sound in the ears that’s not from an external source. In its mildest form, tinnitus is common after exposure to loud sound, like attending a noisy concert or shooting a gun. However, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 15% of the U.S. population suffers from chronic tinnitus. Around 5% of these sufferers find it affects their quality of life.

Treating Tinnitus

While there’s no cure for tinnitus, hearing aids are the most common way to manage tinnitus symptoms. Tinnitus specialists also recommend avoiding silence. Why?
Increasing the level of background noise can help you stop focusing on tinnitus. Many people find playing low-level music from a radio or iPod is beneficial. In fact, research shows that some types of low-volume music can actually help us relax.

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