Preparing Yourself For A Long Hospital Stay

Welcome to my site about tactics you can use to cope with hospitalization. I am Edward Collins. I created this site after a long hospitalization left me feeling uncomfortable and dying to go home. I was ill-prepared for the lengthy stay at that facility. Despite my nurses and doctors’ best efforts, I felt lonely, bored and somewhat isolated during my stay. On this site, I will help you prepare for hospitalization well before you need your next medical procedure. Please come by my site daily to learn the information you need to know. Thank you for visiting my website about preparing for hospitalization.

Mosquito Ringtone: Your Teen's Phone Might Let You Know You Have Hearing Loss

Health & Medical Blog

Teens are so tech savvy and sneaky with their smart phones! A new type of smart phone ringtone was developed that rings at a pitch that cannot be detected by older adults. This allows them to set their phones to ring undetected by teachers in class. The interesting thing is that marketing for this ringtone has brought attention to hearing loss that may indicate a need to see an audiologist.

Stereocilia: Hairs In Your Ears Help You Hear High Frequency Sounds

Your ear is an amazing organ. Its parts work together in harmony to allow you to hear sounds from very soft whispers to loud rock music. What many people don't realize is that there are tiny hairs in their ears that are critically important to their hearing. Each person's ear is home to 18,000 ear hair cells called stereocilia. And, they're so tiny that all of them could fit on the end of a pin. When these hairs die due to damage or age, hearing high-pitched sounds becomes difficult or impossible. It's this lack of stereocilia that prevents many adults from hearing the popular ringtone.

What Does it Mean if You Can't Hear the Ringtone?

The popular ringtone rings at a high-frequency level above 17 kHz. Due to age and damage to the stereocilia, most people over the age of 30 can't hear the sounds. The popularity and interest in these ringtones has led to websites that explain their use and how they work. Often examples of the different high-frequency sounds can be played as audio files directly from the computer. By playing these sounds, a person can get an idea if they may have damage or a condition that is leading to a hearing problem.

While these audio files can be useful to bring a potential hearing problem to a person's attention, they are no substitute for a medical opinion. Audiologists know the proper techniques and have the appropriate tools to assess and diagnose hearing problems and recommend treatments. Sometimes hearing loss is caused by conditions as simple, and easily treated, as impacted earwax. And, these audio files come with a warning and should be used with caution. While it may be interesting (and even useful) to see which levels you can hear, the high-frequency levels can be uncomfortable and damaging to hearing. It's important that they not be played loudly or at close range. If you suspect you have a hearing problem, consult an audiologist for proper testing. For more information, contact a clinic such as RI ENT Physicians Inc DBA Hearing Centers of RI.




25 November 2014