Is Hearing Loss Related to Teeth Grinding?

teeth-grinding-health-400x400Teeth grinding is a common oral condition classified as Bruxism. It doesn’t often cause serious harm however, chronic cases of teeth grinding can have some serious repercussions.  Not only can it end up damaging the teeth, but it can also cause a number of other health complaints.
One of the more worrying problems is tinnitus, which causes a ringing in the ears and is linked to hearing loss. If you suspect this, it is advisable to see an audiologist and get your hearing checked.  Hidden Hearing offers free hearing tests at its 65 branches nationwide.
Sometimes teeth grinding motions are known to be accompanied by a temporary hearing loss.  A recent study conducted by the University of Ioannina in Greece has found a link between bruxism, and hearing loss.  The study involved 464 healthy Greek university students (156 men and 308 women) and found that there is a high correlation between grinding your teeth and suffering from tinnitus.  The condition can be induced by the constant grinding noises that persist through the nights in several cases.  The intensity of constant noise can have a resultant effect of dysfunction in the hearing abilities.  On the other hand, the severity of the teeth grinding can also lead to extreme stress in the muscular as well as the bone mass in the region.  When the teeth grinding motions – involving forceful forward and backward movement of clenched teeth – is intense, the condition can cause inflammation in the areas around the ear and result in symptoms resembling hearing loss, ear aches, or abnormal sounds in the ear.
Luckily, there are all sorts of ways in which you can stop grinding your teeth. One of the easiest ones is to simply visit your dentist and ask for a mouth guard – this will fit over your teeth (usually the bottom set) and you’ll wear it while you sleep.
Because stress and anxiety are common factors in causing you to grind your teeth, reducing them can stop you doing it. Try starting a regular exercise programme or enquiring about muscle relaxants.
Other things you can do are to cut back on caffeinated products like cola and coffee, and cutting out alcohol. Unnecessary chewing should be avoided (biting pencils or chewing gum), and you can also try relaxing your jaw muscles with a warm cloth before bed.
In most cases, hearing loss caused by teeth grinding is of a temporary nature.  However, if you are worried about your hearing make an appointment with an audiologist at your local Hidden Hearing branch.
If you’re worried about hearing contact your local Hidden Hearing branch.  Hidden Hearing offers free hearing tests at its 60 branches nationwide. To book a test Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit http://www.hiddenhearing.ie.

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Hearing aids are useful in the workplace

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Nine out of ten hearing aid users say that their hearing aids are useful in the workplace, surveys have found.

Surveys conducted in seven countries among people with hearing loss show that hearing aid users find their hearing aids to be useful in the workplace. The persons involved in the survey responded to the question:  ”How useful are your hearing aids in the workplace?” and around 60% said that they found hearing aids to be of significant use, while around 30% found hearing aids to be of some use.

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In the same surveys, around 50% of those who used hearing aids agreed to some extent that people with an untreated hearing loss tended to have a reduced chance of promotion and did not get the jobs they deserved.

These questions, along with others, were asked in the EuroTrak and JapanTrak surveys. The surveys were carried out in Italy, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Japan in 2012.

The figures were published in an article about the EuroTrak and JapanTrak surveys in The Hearing Review, March 2013. Source: www.thehearingreview.com

 

With over 25 years’ experience in hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing is committed to providing the most professional hearing healthcare service to its customers. Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.

Liam Gallagher reveals he has tinnitus like brother Noel

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Both brothers experience a ‘ringing’ in their ears when no actual sound is present

Beady Eye frontman Liam’s Gallagher has revealed that he suffers from tinnitus – the condition that causes a ‘ringing’ in the ears when no actual sound is present.

The condition affects a number of musicians who’ve been subjected to large amounts of loud noise over the years. Both Chris Martin of Coldplay and The Who’s Pete Townshend are sufferers and Liam’s brother Noel revealed he was diagnosed earlier this year (2013).

“Without a doubt I have tinnitus. You’re not a proper rock’n’roll star if you don’t,” Liam told The Sun after Beady Eye’s instore gig at London’s Rough Trade East on Monday (June 10). “I learned to live with it a long time ago. I put up with it – I just talk really loudly over it. I’m proud of it. Anyone who doesn’t have ringing in their ears can *!@% right off.”

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With over 25 years’ experience in hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing is committed to providing the most professional hearing healthcare service to its customers. Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.

Don’t let hearing loss create a wall around you

Don't let hearing loss isolate you

Don’t let hearing loss isolate you

Hearing loss, if left untreated, can create a wall between you and the ones you care about. It may cause you to gradually avoid the people and places that once brought you joy. Use of hearing instruments can bring you back in touch with the important things in life. Spokesperson for Hidden Hearing Dolores Madden said “Hearing devices have come a long way. They are nothing like your grandparents’ hearing aids. Hearing instruments are essentially miniature computers that are programmed to meet your individual needs.” Madden offers good advice and the truth is  advanced hearing aid technology now has given a greater emphasis to speech, and provides improved comfort and understanding in difficult listening situations. In fact, some of the high-end digital aids have the ability to communicate with each other so instruments are working together as a hearing system rather than two individual hearing aids. They automatically adapt to the changes in your environment, making manual adjustments a thing of the past. Advances have been made to cosmetics as well; most people will not even know you have a hearing aid in your ear unless you tell them.

If you’re worried about  hearing contact your local Hidden Hearing branch.  Hidden Hearing offers free hearing tests at its 60 branches nationwide. To book a test Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit http://www.hiddenhearing.ie.

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