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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How to talk to loved ones about hearing loss

20090914-mother-daughter-290x218Hearing problems can make it challenging to live your daily life. It may be hard to have conversations with friends, family and coworkers, and can even cause embarrassment and frustration. For some, hearing loss can even be dangerous if it becomes difficult to hear alarms or other warning signals. While it may seem obvious to seek medical attention for hearing loss, many people wait years before getting hearing aids. Here are a few ways to take charge if a loved one is suffering from hearing loss:

Small steps

The first time you have a conversation with a loved one about hearing loss, chances are they will not immediately respond by seeing a hearing practitioner. They may be experiencing denial or believe that their issue does not require attention.

Begin by creating awareness about the ailment and having conversations about symptoms and solutions, they can become more comfortable with what is going on and what needs to happen.

Ask them about what instances cause them the most trouble: Talking on the telephone, watching television, how their hearing fairs when there is background noise. Allowing them to realize on their own that hearing loss is affecting various aspects of their life can be very motivating.

Don’t chastise them

Use the word ‘I.’ If you are referring to ‘their’ problem, it can come off as distressing and it increases the chance that someone will shut down and refuse help. Have a conversation with your loved one about how the issue is affecting you and other family members, but do this in a way that won’t cause them to become defensive. For example, show your concern about them enjoying a child or grandchild’s company before they get too old.

Create positivity

Many people have negative feelings toward hearing aids, but you can create awareness and bring positivity to the situation. For example, you can tell a story about a close friend, relative or coworker who has had a great experience with hearing aids. Better yet, ask that individual to have a conversation with your loved one that is suffering.

Being able to hear well has been shown to decrease dementia and brain atrophy and relieve symptoms of depression and isolation. Talk to your loved ones about the things they will gain with help from a hearing device.

Encourage them to be proactive

During your conversation with a loved one about hearing loss, talk about all the things he or she can enjoy to the fullest with the help of hearing aids. Discuss hearing nutrition, new technologies and community-oriented engagement with your loved one as well. The more they learn about hearing aids, the more comfortable they may be with seeing a hearing aid professional.

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.

Ten ways to recognise hearing loss

hearing-loss_0Take a look at the 10 most common indicators of hearing loss and see if you recognise any.

  • Problems hearing over the telephone?
  • Trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
  • Do you turn the TV volume up too high?
  • Strain to understand conversation?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
  • Asking people to repeat themselves?
  • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
  • Misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
  • Trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
  • Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

If you or a loved one answered yes to three or more of the above questions, you may want to make an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

Hearing loss can be caused by something as simple as wax in your ears. Hearing loss due to noise exposure is preventable by wearing adequate ear protection and turning the volume down.

There is no cure for some hearing losses yet. However, current hearing aid technology is amazing. You can connect your hearing aids to your cell phone, your iPod, your baby monitor, your doorbell, your television, etc. The technology offers significant help in noisy backgrounds, in meetings, or wherever your life brings you.

 

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.

 

Maureen Nolan reveals how her sister’s health fight inspired her to sort out her hearing problems

The Nolan sisters are no strangers to tragedy and trauma. Between them they have endured difficult childhoods, infidelity, domestic violence and divorce.

And now they are facing their biggest ordeal of all as Bernie bravely confronts the final stages of breast cancer.

The+Nolan+SistersIt’s a situation that has focused the minds of all the girls – and left one of them, Maureen, determined to tackle a health problem that has been blighting her life: deafness

‘Seeing Bernie so poorly has made me more aware than ever that we should do what we can to look after ourselves and make sure we live life to the full,’ she explains.

‘I feel so blessed that hearing is my only health problem, which is entirely in my control to fix and can be easily resolved.’

Maureen, 58, says her problems date back to the early days of the sisters’ singing career. ‘I have just 50 per cent hearing in my right ear,’ she reveals. ‘I remember doing a 1960s rock ’n’ roll tour and being deaf every night when I came off stage, with a hissing in my ear.

‘I have been subjected to such massive noise through work – you’ve no idea how loud it could be on stage, even performing in the working men’s clubs when we were kids.’ You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but Maureen has two new hearing aids that she says have transformed her life.

 With her beauty, youthful looks and glamorous make-up and hair, Maureen certainly crushes the stereotype of a hearing-aid wearer as elderly and debilitated.

‘I know there’s a stigma about wearing hearing aids but I don’t understand why,’ she says. ‘I don’t mind mine at all – with these new models, you can’t see them at all anyway.’

 

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.

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How to clean your hearing aid

Oticon-hearing-aids2A hearing aid consists of several parts, most of which should be cleaned and maintained regularly to ensure they perform at their optimum levels. With a minimal amount of daily care, they should provide you with quality services for years to come. 

Your Hidden Hearing audiologist will give you detailed instructions on how to care specifically for the make and model you’ve purchased, but there are a few general care tips to keep in mind.

  • Before cleaning a hearing aid, a towel should be put down to create a soft surface to clean over, this ensures that if you drop anything the impact will be small.
  • When handling your hearing aid, be sure your hands are clean.
  • For a Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aid, the mould should be removed from the hearing aid and placed in lukewarm soapy water to clean, before being dried thoroughly afterwards – ensuring it is clear of water.
  • For In-the-Ear (ITE) models, they should only be cleaned with a gentle wiping of soft tissue and careful brushing with the supplied brush. Wax build up can be removed from the hearing system using a cleaning loop and wax spray remover. For an ITE hearing aid, water and solvent should never be used to clean the device.
  • For both ITE and BTE models, it is important to never use pins or needles to remove wax from the device.
  • Keep your ears clean and free from earwax. This yellow substance can clog the microphone and receiver, blocking the sound to your ear.  Hidden Hearing offers a free ear wax removal service for over 60s so talk to your local branch about making an appointment.
  • Apply any hair products – such as sprays or gels — and face creams before you put your hearing aids in for the day. If you wash your face with a cleanser at night, take your hearing aids out before you do. These materials can clog the microphone and may also be damaging to the plastic material.
  • When your hearing aids are not in use, store in a safe place that’s dry and cool.  Always carry the hearing aids in their case to protect them from damage and dirt. 

At Hidden Hearing, we pride ourselves on providing a level of service which is second to none.  If you have any queries on how to clean your hearing aids talk to a Hidden Hearing audiologist.  Hidden Hearing has 65 branches and clinics nationwide.  Freephone 1800 370 000 or check out www.hiddenhearing.ie.

Orla O’Sullivan against all odds.

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<p>Picture: Eddie O'HareOrla O Sullivan is a Deaf-Blind pianist, and teacher. She uses music as a way of overcoming her profound deafness and visual impairment. Qualified teacher since 1991, she teaches music in a unique and successful way, as to which her many pupils can attest.

“I teach music in a standard, normal way. The difference is in how I prepare,” she said.

“I memorise everything, even the questions that are normally asked by students at the various levels. With my hearing aids on and with close lip-reading I can usually make out what is being said.

“As regards the music, again, with my hearing aids on, I can hear/feel some of the notes. The notes I cannot hear, I hear in my imagination. As regards sight, what I see is normal for me. I can only imagine what a person with perfect vision can see.”

Ms O’Sullivan was among nine people with hearing loss commended at the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards.

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.

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Lightning proof hearing aids

Hidden Hearing K90 hearing aids

Hidden Hearing K90 hearing aids

Whilst on a visit to his holiday home in the West of Ireland with all his family in tow, a Hidden Hearing client with a K90 hearing aid had the unfortunate experience of having his hearing aid struck by lightning in his right ear. The unfortunate hearing aid blew out of his ear not to be found for some hours until he offered a reward to his grand children. Eventually one of his grand daughters found the aid and it was still in perfect working condition.

His grand kids had been out on the bay in Kayaks with their father who witnessed the same storm but did not realise what had happened back on shore.

0Nobody was any worse for wear after the experience and the hearing aid wearer says he has never felt better in his life and is looking forward to his next break next week in the sunny West of Ireland.

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.