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What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Hearing Loss

diabetes and hearing loss

Hearing loss is the partial or total inability to hear. If you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves or are listening to the TV at a high volume, you may have some form of hearing loss. While anyone can experience hearing loss, if you have diabetes you are at greater risk. Read to learn how diabetes and hearing loss are linked.

Don't Wait Until It’s Too Late: 5 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

Protect Your Hearing

1. Limit Your Exposure to Loud Noises

Environments with loud noises vary from pleasure to work. If you are working in a noisy area like a concert or work with tools such as lawnmowers you need to protect your ears with earbuds. Earbuds reduce harmful sound levels while allowing you to have a conversation.

If you are in a noisy environment outside of work, such as a bar, remember to give your ears a rest. Step out side every 30 minutes to let them recover. Lastly, if you’re going to use headphones listen at no more than 60% volume.

Why You Should Be Getting Routine Hearing Checks

testing for hearing loss

When you schedule an annual health check, you probably don’t think about checking on your hearing. Routine hearing tests are important because hearing loss can be gradual and hard to detect. Read on to learn why you should be getting routing hearing checks.

Easy Ways to Protect Your Hearing

hearing loss and protecting against it

Everyone enjoys listening to a favorite song just a little too loud now and then, but at what cost? We only have five senses, and our hearing aids us in everyday life. Take care of your ears now so that you can enjoy them to their full capacity.

Why You Should Teach Your Children About Q-Tip Safety

q-tip safety and audiology

For some reason, Q-tips are automatically associated with cleaning the ears. While there is a label on the packaging not to insert cotton swabs into the ear canal, many people regularly clean their ears with Q-tips. It’s important to teach your child from an early age how to use cotton swabs correctly. The ear canal is a sensitive part of the body and should not have foreign objects shoved in.

Tips to Care for a Hoarse Throat

ear nose throat specialist for hoarse throat

Sometimes we want a break from our busy lives and wonder how it would be to sit in silence for awhile. While this is a typical daydream, the reality of losing your voice is less enjoyable. Not only is it painful, but a dry throat can make it difficult to complete daily tasks that require communication.

What to Do if Your Child Has Troubled Breathing

pediatric otolaryngology to help with breathing

Breathing is something our bodies do automatically so having to think about taking breaths can be scary. With kids, it can be hard to diagnose problems with breathing especially if they are not at an age to adequately describe what’s wrong. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of troubled breathing, so you know when to see a doctor.

Symptoms

A parent knows when something is not right with their child. The difficult part is narrowing down exactly what is wrong. Signs that your child is having trouble breathing are:

Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Weaken Your Health

Sleep Apnea can affect your health

Every night we go to bed hoping to reenergize and wake up ready for the next day. Restless sleep or our partner waking us to stop our snoring will ruin that hope, and we can start to feel defeated. If your bedtime ritual is more tiresome than relaxing, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when your breathing is interrupted during sleep. What this means is that your body is not getting enough oxygen throughout the night and leads to other symptoms during the day.

How Do I Treat My Child’s Sore Throat?

pediatric otolaryngology to help with soar throat

No parent likes to see their child in pain, and we all know how irritating a sore throat can be. While not usually dangerous, it’s best to take care of a sore throat quickly.

Best Treatment Options

To take care of your child’s symptoms, you should be able to differentiate between a viral and bacterial infection. Minimize your child’s pain with these tips.

Do You Have Adult Onset Allergies?

Adult onset allergies

As spring begins, we hope the sniffles and coughs from the winter season will finally end. Much to our surprise then, we experience similar cold symptoms as the environment around us begins to bloom and turn green. If you’ve never experience allergies before, don’t think you’re off the hook as adults can develop allergies at any time. Hay fever, otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, is caused by weeds, pollen, and grasses. Some mistake cold symptoms for allergy symptoms, so we broke down the differences so you know when to eat chicken soup and when to take an antihistamine.