Health Watch -- Listen Up: Hearing

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Your ears allow you to listen to music — or to Health Watch — hear the sound of children laughing, or even the quiet rustle of leaves in the trees. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about hearing and your ears.

Do you know if your ears are working properly? Dr. Angela Shoup, an ear, nose and throat specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says about 28 million Americans have a hearing loss. You may need to have your hearing checked if you notice a change in hearing, are exposed to loud noises, have a ringing in your ears, or if you have a family history of hearing loss. You may have a hearing loss if you have trouble hearing speech against background noise, if you can’t understand people from a distance, or if you have trouble hearing dialog in television or movies.

Next: Restoring lost hearing.


November 2006

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