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June 26, 2017 London Audiology News

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There’s an App for That!

Hearing Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets

Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM

Sean Brac

Audiologist, London Audiology Consultants

There are many applications available for smart phones and tablets that can help with your hearing and with using your hearing aids.

In this talk, Sean will walk you through a variety of different applications that you can download to a smart phone or tablet and how they can benefit you.

The talk will commence at 2:00 pm.


Light refreshments served following including tea, coffee, and snacks.

Please join us and bring a friend or family member. Everyone is Welcome


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June 20, 2017 Blog0

Today I would like to continue talking about our health by addressing the very
important health issue of diabetes. One aspect of diabetes, often overlooked is
its silent partner, hearing loss.

Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes than those without.
The data suggests that diabetics may experience hearing loss at an
earlier age. Diabetics between the ages of of 40 and 69 years have a 67%
incidence of high frequency hearing loss.

The most likely cause of hearing loss is poor blood flow to the cochlea or
auditory pathways in the brain. Researchers believe that over time, high blood
glucose levels can damage the small blood vessels and nerves of the auditory
system causing hearing loss. Poor blood flow also causes eye and
kidney problems, often associated with diabetes.

It is strongly recommended that all diabetics have their hearing tested
annually, along with their vision. Earlier diagnosis of hearing loss can lead to
earlier intervention, improving patients’ communication, safety and overall
quality of life.



June 20, 2017 London Audiology Blog

I promise to stop blogging about hearing loss and health very soon. However,
it’s such an important topic and we audiologists want to get the message out
there that more people need to get their hearing tested!

 

Many people never think about the fact that certain medications can damage the
ear resulting in hearing loss, tinnitus and vestibular (balance) disorders.
These drugs are ototoxic.

 

Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears) is often the first sign of damage to
the auditory system.

 

Medication induced hearing loss ranges from mild to profound and can be
temporary or permanent.

 

Up to 33% of adult patients have been reported to experience Ototoxicity while
taking amino glycoside antibiotics, with a 3% chance of the damage being
permanent.

 

There is a strong link between cancer treatments and hearing loss. Certain
chemotherapy medications can cause hearing loss. The chemotherapy agent,
cisplatin, for example causes Ototoxicity in as a many as 50% of patients.

Approximately 60% of children receiving platinum based chemotherapy
experience hearing loss.

 

Obviously, life saving medications are necessary. However, the ototoxic effects
can be minimized. A baseline hearing test should be performed before starting
potential ototoxic medications. Monitoring during treatment can let physicians
know at the first sign of damage and if appropriate the medication or its dosage
can be modified before damage is permanent.

 

In cases where the damage is permanent, the audiologist can propose treatment
plans to manage the hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Audiologists should be an
integral member of the team helping to improve the quality of life during and
after treatment.


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