Introduction to Hearing Concerns
Annotation:American Academy of Family Physicians - A helpful flowchart for symptoms of hearing problems.
Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Easy to read summary of how to determine if you have a hearing problem, what devices exist to help, what to do for yourself, and how to help others with hearing loss.
Annotation:National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health - Description of causes, treatment options and research in the area of “tinnitus” commonly described as a ringing in the ears.
Annotation:American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - This site offers a set of questions which can be used as an initial screen to see if an audiologic (hearing) evaluation is needed.
Annotation:Starkey Hearing Foundation - The site offers 5 questions and an online sound screening test which can be used as an initial screen to see if an hearing evaluation is needed.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - An annotated series of graphics illustrate the mechanics of hearing.
Annotation:American Speech, Language, Hearing Association - A concise description of hearing loss.
Annotation:Hearing Loss Association of America - A list of important terms, with definitions, related to hearing loss.
Annotation:American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery - An interactive decibel scale. Click on the scale to see what produces sound at that level.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Provides information on symptoms, tests, treatment, coping, what to ask your doctor and what you can expect from your doctor.
Annotation:National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health - A discussion of the gradual loss of hearing that occurs in most people as they age.
Annotation:American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - An excellent discussion of how noise damages the ear, the physical, emotional and performance changes caused by excessive noise levels, how to protect yourself against loud noise, and workplace noise issues. A chart of decibel levels is included.
Annotation:Get Healthy at the Library: Santa Clara County Library and PlaneTree Health Library - A brief tutorial showing how to search MedlinePlus for health topics, using hearing loss as an example.
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Visit the PlaneTree Health Information Center online: http://sccl.org/services/planetree NOTE: This information should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.