Deafness/Hearing Impairment/Improving hearing

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Are there exercises to imrprove hearing? I am only 33 and have some trouble determining sound distance and direction. Makes driving with radio on a scary thing sometimes. lol. Also I don't have the range of frequencies I used to hear well. How can I improve these things?

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James,

There isn't any way to recover your hearing once it is gone.  However, it is important to have a diagnostic hearing test to determine how much hearing you have lost and what type of hearing loss you have.  A "conductive" type of hearing loss is often treatable and can be resolved medically.  A "sensorineural" hearing loss is the more common, permanent hearing loss that is associated with noise exposure, aging and many other things.  If you have a sensorineural hearing loss there isn't any exercise or supplement that you can take that will bring back anything you have loss.  Prevention is the only help for hearing loss.

You are young to already have significant hearing loss, so I would recommend seeing an audiologist and let them determine the cause and degree of your loss.

Thank you for your question.
Kelley Linton, AuD
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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Organizations
Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Publications
Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Education/Credentials
Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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