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If the hockey game was blurry and hard to see what was happening, you would do get your vision checked immediately. Hearing loss is essentially the same effect. You are missing out yet people are willing to wait on average 7 years before they do something about it.

To hear what you have been missing, give us a call at (204) 788-1083.

tinnitus pain - polo park hearing centre winnipegIt’s true. Despite knowing what tinnitus is, I did not actually recognize that I was experiencing tinnitus because it was relatively minor and transient in nature. Because tinnitus is a symptom of another hearing or health related issue it’s important to recognize you have it and seek medical help. Do not ignore it like I did!

What is Tinnitus

Simply put, tinnitus manifests itself as a sound that we think we hear but it does not come from outside of our body. It can also be referred to as a non-auditory sound that can be either intermittent or continuous in one or both ears. People often say tinnitus sounds are most noticeable at night or during quiet periods of time.

What Does Tinnitus Sound Like

I am lucky in the fact that although I have 2 types of Tinnitus, subject tinnitus and pulsatile tinnitus, they don’t interrupt my ability to hear much. The first is an intermittent tone similar to what you would hear when a TV station went off air and showed the test pattern. A whine that isn’t very high pitched and only lasts one to 10 minutes once a week. The second type of tinnitus, the pulsatile tinnitus is commonly described ad a rhythmic pulse that sounds like a heartbeat with a bit of a whoosh to it. That is about as close to what I hear as I can describe. The sounds seem to be synchronized with my heart rate which I am told is common as pulsatile tinnitus is most often related to disturbances in blood flow. Click below to hear samples of each noise.

Tinnitus Sound 1 – “The Tone”

Tinnitus Sound 2 – “The Heartbeat Whoosh”

More often tinnitus is related to hearing loss and is perceived as being loud enough to drown out other sounds we rely on in our everyday lives. Too often it is constant or varies in volume but does not seem to stop. Some people have to deal with listening to whirring, buzzing, or banging sounds at full volume for most of their day. Luckily there are treatments available.

Why It’s Important To Get Medical Help

Although hearing loss is the most common reason behind tinnitus, there can be several other rather serious medical conditions. Pulsatile tinnitus can be caused by vascular and non-vascular issues including:

  • Glomus Tumor – a benign vascular tumor usually located in or near the ear.
  • Vascular Lesions – These include aneurysm and abnormal connections between an artery and a vein.
  • Atherosclerosis – is the narrowing of the artery due to cholesterol build-up on the artery wall.
  • Intracranial Hypertension – an increase in pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain. Other symptoms can include hearing loss, ear fullness, dizziness, headaches and visual disturbances leading to a loss of site if your retinas are affected.

Here are some issues that can cause subjective tinnitus:

  • Hearing loss
  • Jaw joint dysfunction known as TMJ
  • Neck muscle strain
  • Excessive noise exposure (including a single very loud event)
  • Medications
  • Ear infection

There are many more possible cause of tinnitus. By now you get the picture – it’s possibly something serious and needs to be brought to your doctors attention.

Do you have questions about your tinnitus and treatments available? Give us a call and will be happy to answer all your questions (204) 788-1083.

 

While there is at least one scientific study that shows Canadians live longer and have healthier lives than our American neighbors, there’s one group of Americans that are outliving everybody.  The residents of Loma Linda, located in southwestern San Bernardino County in the state of California, routinely live well into their late 90’s and 100-year birthdays are not uncommon. The best part of the resident’s story is that they aren’t just living longer, they are living healthier without reliance on medication or suffering disabilities.

A Canadian born in 2009 has a life expectancy of 81 years, vs. 78 years for an American born the same year.

father and child

Lifestyle and Staying Young

Although Californians are commonly thought to be health-conscious, the twenty-four thousand plus residents of Loma Linda take healthy living to a whole new level. Consider their lifestyle:

  1. Smoking is banned in the town.
  2. The largest grocery store in town does not sell meat.
  3. Alcohol is available, but you must make an effort to find it.
  4. Most restaurants are vegetarian.
  5. Fast food restaurants are few and far between.

By now you’re wondering what motivates the residents of Loma Linda to place so much weight on health? The answer is that Loma Lina is home to one of the largest concentrations of Seventh-day Adventists in the world. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a conservative Protestant Christian denomination that considers the human body and soul to be one.

Treating your body like a temple appears to increase to increase longevity by as much as 10 years.

Diet

While the Seventh-Day Adventists, like Jews and Muslims, stay away from foods that the Bible deems impure, like pork, most also practice strict vegetarianism. In Loma Linda vegetarianism is so popular that most restaurants, including fast-food restaurants, feature a vegetarian menu in addition to regular menu items.

A healthy lifestyle, including vegetarianism is a key tenet of the faith.

Staying Active & Involved

While the Seventh-Day Adventists enjoy the health benefits of a healthy diet, they also focus on being physically active and involved in their community. In the articles we researched, there were numerous anecdotes of people in their late 90’s exercising on a regular basis by walking a half mile or more at a time. Participation in organized sports, running clubs, exercise classes and outdoor activities such as hiking were the norm for all ages. If that wasn’t enough, the fitness center at the Loma Linda University campus offers free exercise programs and diet counselling for anyone in the community to attend. The strong sense of community is reinforced with an emphasis on volunteering and being active in the church and related activities.

The Bottom Line

The population of Loma Linda have created an environment that fosters a healthy diet, regular daily exercise, and a lifestyle that includes family and meaning. The net result, longevity with vitality, is a goal than we can achieve for ourselves with self control and perseverance.

Hearing Loss is stressful

Treating hearing loss can decrease debilitating stress. The first step to better hearing is having a hearing test and assessment. To book and appointment call us at (204) 788-1083.

Check out the silent auction at the 2018 Winnipeg Ride for Dad to bid on a pair of custom earplugs from The Polo Park Hearing Centre. We thought earplugs would be perfect for a motorcyclist as we have shown in previous posts, wind noise and a loud motorcycle can cause temporary hearing loss that will likely become permanent noise induced hearing loss over years of repeated exposures. To read more about noise induced hear loss click the previous link.

Custom-fit earplugs provide outstanding noise protection and comfort

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Custom Moulded Earplugs

Since ear shape is unique to every individual, to get the earplugs made you will have to make a visit to our office to get a custom mold made of each ear. We then send the molds off to Starkey Labs to have solid silicon earplugs made that will fit perfectly into your ear. The exact fitting seals out noise and truly makes the earplugs all day comfortable. One convenient option is to have a lanyard connect the two earplugs together so when they aren’t needed you can just let them hang around your neck like sunglasses. Another option is more for fun – you can choose the color of your earplugs.For information on musician earplugs, swimmers earplugs and even earplugs customized for a quiet night sleep, click custom earplugs. For everything else, call us at the Polo Park Hearing Centre (204) 788-1083.

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