Hearing seminar coming up Saturday, March 9

Woodland Tinnitus and Hearing Clinic in Williams Lake is hosting a free seminar on hearing loss on Saturday, March 9.

Woodland Tinnitus and Hearing Clinic in Williams Lake is hosting a free seminar on hearing loss on Saturday, March 9.

Called Hearing Loss is a Family Affair, the event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Seniors’ Activity Centre.

The seminar will address issues of support for hearing aid users, friends and family.

There will be refreshments and door prizes. Reservations are suggested by calling 250-392-2922.

Please enjoy the following article on Tinnitus supplied by Lindsay Satchell IAT, ILE-HIS, B.C.-Hearing Instrument Specialist.

Tinnitus is one of many types of hearing loss that can affect quality of life and is a serious issue for many people.

Tinnitus is commonly described as ringing in the ear(s) or head and is often perceived as a roaring, hissing, chirping or whistling.

It is a perception of sound when no external sound is audible.

The perceived loudness varies from person to person ringing from very quiet to very loud.

It is estimated that 20 per cent of the population suffers from tinnitus.

Tinnitus can affect both males and females some people with a normal hearing threshold may experience tinnitus.

Tinnitus is believed to be initiated from auditory cortical regions of the brain — not the inner ear — but origins are still uncertain.

Causes are varied and sometimes unknown.  Sources associated with tinnitus include loud noise.  Excessive wax build up in the canal can also increase the intensity of tinnitus.

Tot-toxic medications may also be a factor. Trauma to the head and neck region, facial abnormalities and jaw movement may also induce tinnitus. Stress levels and lack of sleep also affect tinnitus.

There are no cures for tinnitus.  No approved medications for permanent elimination of tinnitus are available.

There are several factors that are known to intensify the condition of tinnitus including: alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, aspirin, stress and fatigue, exposure to loud noises, food with excessive amounts of sugar and salt.

Neutral “cover-up” sounds such as soft music or a fan decrease the perception of tinnitus in quiet situation such as when trying to have a restful night’s sleep.

Tinnitus retraining therapy, stress management and relaxation techniques all help reduces the effects of tinnitus.

Many hearing aid wearers report that their tinnitus becomes less noticeable when using hearing aid devices.

Hearing aids help increase the amount of sound you want to hear while reducing effects of tinnitus.

Sources: Tinnitus Association of Canada, Introduction to Audiology, 9th edition, by Fredrick Martin.

 

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