Every day, we hear thousands of sounds and complex tones. But what exactly does our hearing system perceive, what doesn't it and to what extent does it differ from other beings? Let us tell you. We humans don’t just hear sounds but rather a combination between frequencies – meaning tone pitches – and the sound pressure level of these tones.
Coming down with a cold or the flu can make you feel miserable. It is bad enough to have to deal with the annoying symptoms of runny nose, stuffy ears, sinus pressure; your troubles rarely end there. Because your ears, nose, and throat are all tightly connected, a problem in one area often leads to another. Ear congestion is one example of the many uncomfortable symptoms that you may encounter when dealing with conditions impacting your sinuses, nose, or throat.
Hearing is one of the five senses that allows us to interact with our surroundings. Hearing not only enables us to perceive music, the sounds of nature or the words uttered by other people. This sense is also fundamental when it comes to our safety and spatial orientation. However, most people don't protect their hearing adequately but instead adopt habits that are detrimental to it. Often they are not aware of the damage they are causing. In the following we list a few ways in which all people should protect their hearing. Learn more!
Do certain sounds upset you or do you know a person who might be affected? Intolerance of certain sounds is not necessarily a hearing issue. In fact phonophobia and misophonia are psychological conditions that can significantly impair a person. Reacting overly frightened or irritated when someone makes a sound that is perceived as unpleasant is not normal. This condition can cause fits of rage, panic attacks and nervous breakdowns. Would you like to learn more about phonophobia and monophonia? Read on to find out more about the symptoms of these conditons and how they are treated.
Improving brain function using games is a strategy that is used even on children. Allocating shapes, piling up blocks and recognizing colors are tasks that promote cognitive development and allow people to live a healthy life. However, the ability to grasp concepts, store information and perform simple tasks decreases with age. The same games that prove useful for children become valuable once more when the challenge is to keep elderly people’s memory healthy.
Excessive buildup of earwax is a relatively common issue that many people struggle with at some point over the course of their life. Doctors refer to this condition as cerumen impaction. Although having impacted earwax is a relatively benign condition, wax removal is a delicate process that is best addressed by a hearing professional.