When it is quiet in the house, I can practically hear “a pin drop” or the sound of the cats paws walking across the kitchen floor. My hearing is very good. Most of the time.
However, as a musician, I have been exposed to enormously dangerous sound levels during various concert and rehearsal settings. Horn players often sit in front of the percussion, trumpet, or trombone sections, a situation which can lead not only to pain but to hearing loss.
When one experiences prolonged exposure to sounds greater than 85 decibels, the tiny hairs in the ear which help transmit sound can become permanently damaged. So I have had a good excuse for any “what did you say?” moments.
But I’ve noticed something which has changed since I developed MS. I can’t hear well although I have extraordinary hearing. Doesn’t make sense, I know, but it’s true.
Let me describe what it feels like. Sound waves traveling thr...
Worried about your brain shrinking as you age? You might want to check your hearing. And that’s important for older women to consider since our hearing may start declining during the menopausal transition.
First, let’s look at hearing loss in middle-age women. A 2009 study out of Sweden involved 104 women who were, on average, 51 years of age. Their hearing was tested twice during this longitudinal study. The researchers found that the menopausal transition may trigger rapid hearing decline in healthy women. This decline is seen first in the left ear within four years after the last menstrual period. Hearing in the right ear tends to decline between 5-7 years after the final menstrual period. From that point until the 13th year after a woman’s last menstrual period, the decline in hearing in both ears seems to be more subtle.
Now, let’s talk about the link between hearing loss and brain shrinkage. A new study out of Johns Hopkins University lo...
Dear Dr. Borigini, Is TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) often associated with migraines? I have had chronic classical migraines since Feb. 2004 due to my jaw dislocation. Patients suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders exhibit significantly more jaw dysfunction and pericranial muscle tenderness compared to migraine patients. Jaw pain that occurs with chewing often is considered to be TMJ dysfunction, particularly if subluxation (abnormality of the normal position of a joint) of the jaw can be shown on the physical examination. The cause of migraines is unknown; there may be some genetic influence. Regional alterations in blood flow in the brain due to dilation of the arteries in the brain accompany a migraine attack. Migraines can be on one side of the head, or they can be generalized. They may be preceded by visual changes, numbness or tingling, restlessness, or depression . The patient may have attacks daily, or every several months. I...
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