Regrowing Sound-Sensing Cells Might Be the Future — But How Can You Help Your Hearing Today?

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Hearing is a delicate dance between your ears and your brain. This dance isn’t possible
without hair cells, which transmit sound signals to your brain to be interpreted as sound.
If these cells are damaged, you begin to lose hearing, and these cells can’t be replaced.
However, the authors of a recent article in the journal Cell Reports think they may be
able to encourage growth of new, viable hair cells in the inner ear, thereby restoring
hearing. It’s not science fiction, but it could be science future. In the meantime, we’d like
to tell you how simple it is today to maintain your hearing health.

Protect Your Ears From Damage
The most preventable form of hearing loss is noise-induced hearing loss. If harmful levels
of noise can’t reach your hair cells, they can’t harm your hair cells. Avoiding loud noise
is the easiest way to protect your hearing, but we offer hearing protection for most leisure
or work situations:
• Custom-fit earplugs
• In-ear studio monitors for musicians
• Custom-fit musicians’ earplugs and headphones
• Custom-fit hunters’ earplugs and headphones
• Swimmers’ earplugs

Get Your Hearing Tested
Hearing loss is cumulative, so even if you think your hearing is fine, it pays to get your
hearing tested as a preventive measure. Hearing care isn’t always about hearing devices:
There are simple, easily fixed causes of hearing loss, such as excess earwax buildup,
another kind of object blocking the ear canal, or certain kinds of medication that can
affect your hearing. Our testing process is simple but thorough.

The interview. We ask a series of questions to learn whether there are areas of concern
or possible sources of the hearing loss. Our questions cover topics such as hearing issues
in your family, your workplace noise levels, medications you’re taking, and any illnesses
or injuries that might contribute to or cause your hearing loss.

The examination. We take a look inside your ear to determine whether you have an ear
canal obstruction, damage to the eardrum, or some other physical cause for the hearing
loss.

The hearing test. We’ll conduct a hearing screening. Based on those results, we might
do a pressure test on your middle ear or a speech assessment to measure how well you
understand regular conversations.

The treatment options. As stated before, you could simply have something blocking
your ear canal; in that case, we’d remove the culprit. In other situations, you may need
technology of some sort. Every person’s hearing loss is different. If you need technology,
we make sure we understand your hearing lifestyle and then recommend the most
appropriate device for your unique situation.

Hearing care is always evolving. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about ways
to optimize your hearing health.

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