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“Surprising Medical Causes of Hearing Loss”

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“Surprising Medical Causes of Hearing Loss”

There are many health conditions that are not directly connected to the ears that you wouldn’t think would result in hearing issues.  Some of the health conditions are quite common, such as diabetes and hypertension, both of which affect one-third of the U.S. population. Because diabetes and hypertension impair the cardiovascular system, the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear can become damaged and hearing diminished.

This kind of hearing loss, which occurs due to problems with the inner ear (cochlea), is called sensorineural. Sensorineural hearing loss also encompasses hearing loss that results from damage to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain (the auditory nerve) or to the central processing centers of the brain.  Usually permanent and irreversible, sensorineural hearing loss can generally be treated with the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants.

By contrast, conductive hearing loss is mechanical in nature, stemming from problems in the outer or middle ear.  This includes damage to the three tiny bones of the ear or to the eardrum.  For example, health conditions that  cause fluid in the middle ear can lead to conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss can often be reversed medically or surgically.

It is possible to have both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, or what is called mixed hearing loss.  So make a conscious effort to have your hearing checked every year.

To schedule a hearing evaluation with Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith, please call 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South, Dothan, AL.


Did You Know That Over 360 Million People Have Hearing Loss?

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Did You Know That Over 360 Million People Have Hearing Loss?

According to new global estimates on the prevalence released by the WHO, more than 360 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss.  One in three persons over the age of 65 years old live with hearing loss and another 32 million affected are children under the age of 15.

Did you know that infections of the ear are the leading cause of children affected with hearing loss?  Some of the infectious diseases that cause hearing loss is rubella, meningitis, measles and mumps.  Most of these diseases can be prevented through vaccination. Some other common causes of hearing loss consist of being exposed to excessive noise, injuries to the head or ear, aging, genetic causes and problems during pregnancy.

Half of most cases of hearing loss could have been easily prevented, while many can be treated if caught in the early stages and diagnosed.

To schedule a hearing evaluation with Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith, please call 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South, Dothan, AL.


May is Better Hearing Month: Discover Your Hearing!

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May is Better Hearing Month: Discover Your Hearing!

It Is National Better Hearing Month!

Among the five senses we rely on, hearing allows us to not only enjoy life but also to perform the necessary things we need to live safely.  It is essential to most work and recreational activities and permits us to communicate more fully.  The ability to hear is a fundamental part of life that many people take for granted.

More than 2.5 million cases of hearing impairment are reported annually in the United States.  However, most hearing loss goes undiagnosed and untreated.  Permanent hearing loss can result from repeated exposure to noise at hazardous levels such as noise from firearms, rock music, portable MP3 players with headphones, jet airplanes, lawn mowers, power tools and many others. Approximately 30% of the people over age 65 and 70-80% over 75 years of age have significant hearing impairment.  Baby boomers (49-66 years of age) are showing increased hearing loss at earlier ages.

Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. There are many reasons why they choose to wait.  Maybe they are embarrassed to admit that they have a problem.  Maybe they feel like they can get by without it and wait years, even decades to get help.

There are considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive, and health issues associated with untreated hearing loss.  Hearing loss can affect quality of life. Elderly people with a hearing impairment experience reduced mobility, reduced involvement in social activities, and loneliness.

Call Gene Smith, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, to schedule your FREE HEARING SCREENING in celebration of National Better Hearing Month. Eye Center South, Dothan, AL 334-793-2211


Cataract Surgery Can Improve Night Time Driving!

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Cataract Surgery Can Improve Night Time Driving!

Click the link below to check out our new commercial highlighting our Custom Cataract Care Package including a new lens to provide patients with BETTER NIGHT TIME DRIVING!

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Call our office at 334-793-2211 to schedule a cataract evaluation with one of our Eye Center South Cataract Specialist, Dr. Marnix Heersink, Dr. William Bennett or Dr. Sebastian Heersink, and learn more about the freedom you can experience after cataract surgery at Eye Center South.  At Eye Center South in Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany and Andalusia, Your Vision is our Mission!


Can Hearing Loss Lead to Depression?

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Can Hearing Loss Lead to Depression?

Studies have shown that individuals who suffer from hearing loss are much less likely to engage in social activities than those who are able to hear clearly. This degree of isolation from social interaction can very often lead to depression. Unfortunately, 1 in every 10 people (which exceeds more than 34.5 million Americans) experience hearing loss to some degree. Hearing loss is currently thought to be one of the most commonly ignored health conditions in the United States. However, hearing aids have proven to be a great solution to this issue. In individuals who regularly wear hearing aids, significant increases in mood and quality of life have been noted. Hearing aids have also been said to improve confidence, sense of safety, and have allowed people to become more actively engaged in social events.

If you would like to make an appointment with our Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith,  please call our office at 334-793-2211.


Drastic Increase in Nearsightedness

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Drastic Increase in Nearsightedness

Recent studies have found that the number of individuals living with nearsightedness is on the rise. In the 1970s, statistics showed that approximately 25% of people were nearsighted. Today that percentage has grown to 42%. Nearsightedness is also known as myopia and prevents individuals from seeing objects at a distance clearly. This condition has not only been recognized in the United States, China also has a large number of individuals who are nearsighted- up to 80% of the total population. The cause of this drastic increase is believed to be the all of the close-up work used in modern society including the use of computers, smartphones, reading, and video games.

Nearsightedness can be easily corrected with laser vision correction known as LASIK and with ICL Procedure (Implantable Contact Lens). Both of these Vision Improvement Procedures are offered at Eye Center South.  If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please contact our office at 334-793-2211 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Marnix Heersink, Dr. Sebastian Heersink and Dr. Zsolt Bansagi.


Do You Suffer From Ocular Migraines?

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Do You Suffer From Ocular Migraines?

Although ocular migraines are more common in women, this neurological condition can happen to anyone. Some symptoms of these migraines are visual, such as seeing lightning bolts, kaleidoscope images, or zig zag lines. However, other symptoms can also include nausea, light sensitivity, and vomiting associated with severe head pain. Unfortunately, it is not known what exactly causes ocular migraines. Scientists believe that it could be a result of an abnormality in the transmission of serotonin which could cause blood vessels to constrict and reduce oxygen supply to the brain. There are also certain foods that are believed to trigger these migraines including cheese, alcohol, aspartame, chocolate, and caffeine. Ocular migraines can be treated by either avoiding specific triggers or with medications such as Imitrex, Maxalt, Amerge, and Zomig.

If you are experiencing symptoms of ocular migraines it is important to see your primary care physician as well as your ophthalmologist. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the Board-Certified Ophthalmologists at Eye Center South, please call 334-793-2211 today.


New Dr. Bryant Billboard!

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New Dr. Bryant Billboard!

We hope you all have been able to check out our new Dr. Bryant billboard on the Ross Clark Circle!  Dr. Bryant is an Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery, facelifts, neck lifts, brow lifts, Botox, Juvederm and Restylane.  Call 334-793-2211 to schedule your cosmetic evaluation.


How to Prevent Ocular Injuries

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How to Prevent Ocular Injuries

Athletes are especially susceptible to ocular injuries, or injuries of the eye. Surprisingly, basketball results in the most ocular injuries of all sports. Bruising of the face is common and does not result in a serious injury; however, serious injuries such as retinal tears and detachments can occur. Soccer and baseball also account for a great deal of ocular injuries. These are typically caused by direct kicks to the eye or a direct hit from a baseball which can lead to corneal abrasions and orbital fractures. Skiers must also be cautious of eye injuries. UV eye protection is essential when skiing at high elevations. Without this protective eyewear, temporary blindness called Solar Keratitis can occur. Chronic exposure to UV rays can lead to more complicated diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye.

If you experience any of these ocular injuries, you should be seen immediately by an Eye Care Professional. To make an appointment with one of the Board-Certified Ophthalmologists at Eye Center South, please call 334-793-2211.


Vision Changes During Pregnancy

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Vision Changes During Pregnancy

Many changes take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy; changes in vision are no exception to this rule. Fortunately, these changes are rarely serious.

The cornea, or main lens, is most often affected by pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s body holds more water than it typically would. This can cause the cornea to become swollen which may slightly change the shape of your lens. For this reason, a pregnant woman may notice a change in her prescription if she currently wears corrective lenses. Also, since the lens shape may be temporarily altered, it is not recommended that women undergo laser corrective surgery during pregnancy or while nursing.

Some of the more severe vision changes are seen in women who develop preeclampsia. When suffering from preeclampsia blood vessels become narrow, including those in the eye, causing women to see spots or have darkened vision.

These changes usually reverse themselves after pregnancy. However, it is important to maintain healthy eyes before pregnancy so that if these changes occur you can properly assess the differences. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an Eye Care Professional of Eye Center South, please call our office at 334-793-2211 or 800-467-1393.