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Subjective Tinnitus

The Phantom Sounds of Subjective Tinnitus

By Ralph D Thomas / October 19, 2021 / Comments Off on The Phantom Sounds of Subjective Tinnitus

Subjective Tinnitus, the infamous “ringing in the ears” derives its name from the Latin verb tinnire, which means “to ring.” It is said to be a symptom of an underlying process rather than a condition in itself. Usually simply referred to as “Tinnitus,” it is defined as the perception of sound in the absence of an outside noise…

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SNR Hearing Loss

SNR Hearing Loss

By Ralph D Thomas / December 17, 2020 / Comments Off on SNR Hearing Loss

What did you say? Old problem gets a name An almost standard comment from people with hearing loss goes like this: “If only I could turn the speakers’ voices up louder, I would be able to hear and understand better over the room noise.”  The issue of not understanding speech in background sound is known…

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Noise induced hearing loss

Noise-induced Hearing Loss and Sound Danger Zones

By Ralph D Thomas / May 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Noise-induced Hearing Loss and Sound Danger Zones

By now, it is well known that repeated and prolonged exposures to excessively loud sound damage and age ears and hearing permanently and prematurely. This is called Noise-induced Hearing Loss. The damage is cumulative but it is preventable.  So, how loud is it? Many people are willing and eager to protect themselves from sound damage but they do…

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Covid 19 Hearing Loss

COVID-19 — Suddenly a Quieter World.

By Ralph D Thomas / April 20, 2020 / Comments Off on COVID-19 — Suddenly a Quieter World.

Calm and serenity: A silver lining?   Like everybody else, I do not enjoy social distancing. After all, I love doing my Safety and hearing loss presentations in person, with actual people! Feelings of isolation? As a person with hearing loss, I have my share of those already.  What I do enjoy about this virus-imposed quarantine…

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Why Noise-induced Hearing Loss Should be a Public Health Issue

By Ralph D Thomas / February 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Why Noise-induced Hearing Loss Should be a Public Health Issue

Permanent but preventable  Excessively loud sound prematurely ages the ears. It leads to Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), which is the second leading cause of hearing loss worldwide, right after aging. It is a major reason why younger and younger people are joining the ranks of those with hearing and communication challenges. The sad part is…

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Six Tips for Better Hearing in the New Year.

By Ralph D Thomas / January 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Six Tips for Better Hearing in the New Year.

In the interest of quality of life, keep communication and learning alive. Don’t let the music die. How can all of that be done? Prevent hearing loss and preserve existing hearing.!.  1) Get out of denial Hearing no longer what it used to be? Let this be the year to get out of denial. Find out…

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