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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Testing Your Hearing As You Age Can Determine If You Need A Hearing Aid

by Clifton Davidson

As you age, you may notice that it is getting harder for you to hear clearly. There are several reasons for that. One reason is that the little bones in your ear may start to calcify and meld together, which means they aren't moving the way the should. Another reason is that you may have accumulated hearing damage over the years by being around noises that are too loud. Whatever the reasons are, you want to make sure that you can hear clearly. One way to do that is to get a hearing aid. Before you get a hearing aid, you are going to have to go in for some hearing tests to determine how much hearing you have lost.


One top of determining how much damage has been done to your hearing, there are other things that hearing tests can do. They can help to determine what range you have lost hearing in. Sound waves come in a range of frequencies. You may have lost some of your hearing in the middle frequencies but hear just fine in the upper and lower ranges. In that case, you are going to need to have a hearing aid that will help you to hear those middle ranges clearly, which is where voices regularly fall. 

Type of Tests

In order to be thorough, there are going to be several tests that your audiologist is going to run. They need as much information as possible. Many of these tests will be run in an anechoic room. That room has been insulated so that no sound from outside can get and so that there are no echoes or reverberations of your voice in the room. Generally, the room looks somewhat like a bank safe lined with egg crate foam. 

Frequency range test

This test is going to involve you wearing a set of headphones. The audiologist is going to play a series of beeps, you are going to have to acknowledge when you hear them. These beeps will cover the whole audible range of sound waves. You may hear the beeps in one ear or both. Telling the audiologist when and which ear you hear the noise will let them determine the frequencies you need help in. 

Lost some hearing as you get older is a somewhat normal part of aging. If you have lost enough that it is really impeding your life, you should go in to see an audiologist to get your hearing tested and get a hearing aid. Contact a business, such as the Hearing Specialists of DuPage, for more information.