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I ...... 22 TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013 HEALTH & FITNESS Cape Gazette Q. It seems like a lot of my friends are watching TV with the volume way up, and accusing everyone of mumbling. How com- mon are hearing problems among seniors? About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. There are two basic cat- egories of hearing loss. One is caused by damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss is perma- nent. The second kind occurs when sound can't reach the inner ear. This can be repaired medically or surgically. Presbycusis, oneform of hearing 10ss, occurs with age. Presbycusis can be caused by changes in the inner ear, auditory nerve, middle ear, or outer ear. Some of its causes are aging, loud noise, heredityl head injury, infection, illness, certain prescription drugs, and circulation problems such as high blood pressure. It seems to be inherited. Tinnitus, also common in older people, is the ringing, hiss- ing, or roaring sound in the ears frequently caused by exposure to loud noise or certain medi- cines. Tinnitus is a symptom that can come with any type of hearing loss. Hearing loss can.by caused by "ototoxic" medicines that damage the inner ear. Some antibiotics are ototoxic. Aspirin can cause temporary problems. If you're having a hearing prob- lem, ask your doctor about any medications you're taking. Loud noise contributes to presbycusis and tinnitus. Noise has damaged the hearing of about 10 million Americans, many of them baby boomers who listened to hard rock with the volume turned up as far as possible. Hearing problems that are ignored or untreated can get worse. If you have a hearing problem, see your doctor. Hear- ing aids, special training, medi- cines and surgery are options. Your doctor may refer you to an otolaryngologist, a physician who specializes in problems of the ear. Or you may be referred to an audiologist, a professional who can identify and measure hearing loss. An audiologist can help you determine if you need a hearing aid. There are other hearing aids you should consider. There are listening systems to help you enjoy television or radio Beebe Health- Millville expands hours To meet the growing need" The Walk-in Care Center is in for walk-in healthcare this win- the same building that previous- ter, the Beebe Health Campus ly housed a Beebe emergency - Millville Walk-in Care Center center during summer seasons has expanded its hours to seven in past years. The Walk-in Care days a week through the end of Center allows patients to receive January. non-emergency and immediate The center has been open from care. Illnesses and health prob- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through lems that are appropriate for Monday, for visitors and resi- treatment in the center include: dents whose primary-care phy- allergies; cough, cold, flu; upper sicians are unavailable. Now it's respiratory infections; bronchi- also open on Tuesdays, Wednes- tis; laryngitis; strep throat/sore days and Thursdays from 10 a.m. throat; sinus infections; ear in- until 5 p.m. The need for extend- fections; swimmer's ear; minor ed hours will be re-evaluated in eye infections, pink eye, stye and February. Also, the healthcare abrasions; bladder infections; providers at the walk-in can test sprains and strains; minor burns, for flu if indicated, cuts and simple lacerations; in- No appointments are neces- cision and drainage; and simple sary at the Millville Walk-in splinting. Care Center, which is located in The telephone number at the the Creekside Plaza on Route 26, Walk-in Care Center is 302-541- five miles west of Route 1. Also 4175. In the event of a life-threat- in the same shopping center are ening illness or accident, call 911. outpatient services: Beebe Imag- This will allow the patient to ing, Beebe Lab Express and Bee- receive immediate, emergency be Rehab, which offers physical treatment by emergency re- therapy, occupational therapy, sponders. and speech and language pathol- For more information, visit ogy. www.beebemed.org. without being bothered by other soun4s around you. Some hearing aids can be plugged di- rectly into TVs, music players, microphones, and personal FM systems to help you hear better. Some telephones work with certain hearing aids to make sounds louder and remove background noise. And some auditoriums, movie theaters, and other public places are equipped with Special sound systems that send sounds dP rectly to your ears. Alerts such as doorbells, smoke detectors, and alarm clocks can give you a signal that you can see or a vibration that you can feel. 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