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May 14th, 2013

Tinnitus And Dental Issues

The following article from Quiet Times was written by my friend and fellow tinnitus expert, Barry Keate. Thank you, Barry. I will reserve comment until near the end of this post.

“Dental Issues and Tinnitus

By Barry Keate

There appears to be a correlation between certain dental procedures and tinnitus. Dental work has the ability to mitigate some types of tinnitus but can also exacerbate and even cause it. Over the years I have heard numerous stories and been asked many questions about the possibility of dental work causing tinnitus. There are several mechanisms by which dental issues can cause or worsen tinnitus. Here is my best effort to untangle some of the mystery of how and why this can happen.

Dental Drills

The high-pitched noise of dental drills is the most prominent way tinnitus can be caused or worsened. When the dentist is drilling in teeth, the sound is transmitted by bone conduction directly into the inner ear. It sounds much louder than it normally would because bone conduction has essentially no loss of intensity over short distances.

Some difficult procedures including tooth extraction and others where drilling is intense and long-term can cause noise damage to the cochlea. Wearing earplugs in this case will not be helpful; it will not prevent the damaging sound from reaching the cochlea. Anesthesia will also not be helpful as the damage will continue even though the patient is unconscious.

Dr. Jack Vernon, of the Tinnitus Center at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), states that the best way to avoid hearing loss and tinnitus is to ask the dentist to drill in short spurts. Drill for five seconds then stop for ten seconds, drill for five seconds and stop for ten seconds, and so on. “The exacerbation of tinnitus by sound is a time-intensity function and by reducing the time of each drilling episode, the degree to which this kind of insult will influence the ears is also reduced.” (1)

Ultrasonic Plaque Removal

Ultrasonic cleaning tools for plaque removal can also be a cause of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. These tools operate at a frequency of 12,000 to 15,000 Hz and emit bursts of high intensity sound that lasts for about ¼ to ½ second. Many people have complained of tinnitus due to these instruments.

Many technicians, if asked, will clean patients’ teeth with non-mechanical scaling implements. I have been having my teeth cleaned this way for many years as the ultrasonic devices were worrisome and also were very uncomfortable for me.

Dentists with Tinnitus

High-speed drills affect dentists much more than their patients. Dentists who work with high-speed drills for year after year in their practice are much more likely than those in other professions to acquire hearing loss and tinnitus. Estimates range from a low of 30% of dentists to a high of 100%.

One study conducted in Italy in 2012 compared hearing loss in general dental practitioners (GDPs) and general medical practitioners (GPs). Results were that 30% of GDPs had hearing impairment compared to 15% of GPs. (2)

On the other hand, Dr. Jack Vernon of OHSU reports that a dentist patient of his surveyed all the dentists in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California. He found that all who had purchased a high-speed drill, which became available in 1955, had high frequency hearing loss and tinnitus. (3)

“Most of the current high-speed hand pieces, such as high-speed drills and scalers used by dental professionals are between 90 and 100 decibels,” says Robert Folmer, PhD, a study leader on hearing loss and high-speed dental tools. “That’s the equivalent of a gas lawnmower or other power tools, which are loud enough to cause hearing loss over time.” (4)

None of the 54 dental schools nationally are known to require dental students to wear ear protection while treating patients and very few dental professionals wear earplugs.

Abscesses, Impacted Wisdom Teeth and TMJ

It is reported that tooth abscesses or impacted wisdom teeth can cause tinnitus. (5) In such cases further dental work may curethe condition. Other times the tinnitus will gradually fade over time. One way this can occur is by aggravation of existingTempero-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Infection in the tooth or impacted wisdom teeth can cause inflammation that affects the TM joint.

TMJ dysfunction can be treated by dentists who specialize in the condition. They begin by fitting a mouth guard that aligns the lower jaw with the skull. When needed, more advanced, non-invasive therapies are developed to relax the muscle tissues.

There have been isolated cases of bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus that occurs following dental surgery to remove impacted wisdom teeth. (6)

Another way that tinnitus can be caused is by the prolonged neck bending that occurs during dental surgery. This is referred to as somatic tinnitus and happens when bodily signals due to muscle strain can influence normal auditory pathways.


Unconsciously clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth is known as bruxism. This is one of the primary causes of TMJ dysfunction and often leads to tinnitus. It is a habit, which can be broken, not a reflex chewing activity. It can originally be caused by a number of conditions including allergy, trauma or high stress. Once bruxism becomes a habit, the original stimulus can be removed and the bruxism will continue.

Bruxism can also be treated with mouth guards, much like TMJ therapy. Further treatments may involve biofeedback or hypnotherapy to promote relaxation.

Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Dental amalgam fillings are commonly referred to as “silver fillings.”  However, they contain approximately 50% mercury and only about 25% – 35% silver. Mercury is a neurotoxin and leads to numerous neurological problems including hearing loss and tinnitus.

There is a great debate about the safety of mercury amalgam fillings. The American Dental Association insists they are inert and safe. However, many researchers have found undeniable evidence that these fillings outgas mercury vapor and people inhale it, whereby it is absorbed into the body.

The World Health Organization proceedings of 1991 concluded the average person in the industrial world with an average number of amalgam fillings and no occupational exposure to mercury would absorb, on average, 10 micrograms of mercury per day from the fillings, with a high of 17 micrograms per day. For a 170 lb man, the maximum allowable dosage of mercury is 7.5 micrograms per day, Many scientists think even this allowable dosage is much too high.


(1)  From Questions and Answers, Reprinted from Tinnitus Today, June 1998.

(2)  Messano GA, Petti S. General Dental Practitioners and Hearing Impairment, J Dent. 2012 Oct;40(10):821-8.

(3)  From Questions and Answers, Reprinted from Tinnitus Today, June 1999.

(4) Folmer, R. Hearing Loos and High-Speed Dental Drills.

(5)   Tinnitus: Theory and Management, J.B. Snow, ed. (2004) pp 115-7.

(6)  Wilson RH, Witkowski CE, Wilson AA. Bilateral Idiopathic Sensorineural Hearing Loss Following Dental Surgery. J Am Acad Audiol. 2009 Mar;20(3):180-6.”

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The above information is accurate and extremely important for everyone in order to prevent hearing loss and tinnitus. It is especially important for anyone who already suffers from these conditions. For more information, visit: TINNITUS CONTROL.

God Bless you,


April 5th, 2013

Are You A Good Listener?

The following is  from my friend, Carlson Yamamoto, at GMT University.

“I never take the ability to listen for granted. Maybe it’s because my oldest daughter was born profoundly deaf, and though she has benefited from the modern technology (and miracle!) of a cochlear implant and the early intervention that has enabled her to hear, I have come to value listening more than ever. It’s also crucial to my livelihood. As a writer, I certainly can’t pen a story without carefully listening to those I’m writing about. 

As marketers, listening should be a top priority. But we all have the tendency to become numb to the noise that follows us in everyday life. Messages are shouted from all channels these days, so in creating content we are always searching for new ways to cut through the clamor in order to get our communications through to our target audience. However, we can’t create an effective message unless we understand the need.

As advertising practitioners at gyro, we strive to listen intently and with empathy. Our clients have many challenges. Some of these may not be as apparent as others, so it’s our job to ask the right questions and really hear what our partners are trying to communicate. Listening seems basic, but it is an important part of creating the messages that play a supporting role in our clients’ growth.

So how do we, as marketers, become better listeners? Here are my 10 tips:

  1. Stop talking. If you want to hear what someone has to say, you have to be silent.
  2. Block out the distractions and really concentrate on what the other person is telling you. Don’t let your mind wander.
  3. Fine-tune your senses. You can glean a lot of information from tone, delivery, body language and surroundings.
  4. Maintain eye contact.
  5. Really hear what the person is saying, instead of thinking ahead about how you are going to respond or about how you’ve had a similar experience. It’s not about you.
  6. Instead of taking notes, just listen—carefully.
  7. Repeat back some of the points you are hearing to verify and clarify.
  8. Ask open-ended questions because these elicit a more descriptive response.
  9. Give cues—both visual and auditory—that you are following what the other person is saying.
  10. Don’t be afraid to follow up when necessary.

Many of these tips seem intuitive, but in our fast-paced, modern world, they are often easily forgotten. The path to hearing was not an easy one for my daughter, but she is living proof that if we slow down and work at it, listening will come more naturally to all of us.”

Michelle Crawley is a senior writer in the engagement group at gyroCincinnati.

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Good advice, Michelle, for people who deal directly with their clients.  In my business of Internet Marketing, pretty much all of this is done for me, so I rarely find it necessary to speak directly with anyone. These suggestions are excellent for my other business and personal relationships. They should be helpful for baby boomers or seniors looking for retirement income, working moms, or anyone looking to work from home.



March 22nd, 2013

10 Habits of Successful People

This post is borrowed from Author Jeff Haden. I will reserve comment till the end.
The most successful people in business work differently. See what they do–and why it works.

I’m fortunate to know a number of remarkably successful people. I’ve described how these people share a set of specific perspectives and beliefs.

They also share a number of habits:

1. They don’t create back-up plans.
Back-up plans can help you sleep easier at night. Back-up plans can also create an easy out when times get tough.
You’ll work a lot harder and a lot longer if your primary plan simply has to work because there is no other option. Total commitment–without a safety net–will spur you to work harder than you ever imagined possible.
If somehow the worst does happen (and the “worst” is never as bad as you think) trust that you will find a way to rebound. As long as you keep working hard and keep learning from your mistakes, you always will.

2. They do the work…
You can be good with a little effort. You can be really good with a little more effort.
But you can’t be great–at anything–unless you put in an incredible amount of focused effort.
Scratch the surface of any person with rare skills and you’ll find a person who has put thousands of hours of effort into developing those skills.
There are no shortcuts. There are no overnight successes. Everyone has heard about the 10,000 hours principle but no one follows it… except remarkably successful people.
So start doing the work now. Time is wasting.

3.  …and they work a lot more.
Forget the Sheryl Sandberg “I leave every day at 5:30” stories. I’m sure she does. But she’s not you.
Every extremely successful entrepreneur I know (personally) works more hours than the average person–a lot more. They have long lists of things they want to get done. So they have to put in lots of time.
Better yet, they want to put in lots of time.
If you don’t embrace a workload others would consider crazy then your goal doesn’t mean that much to you–or it’s not particularly difficult to achieve. Either way you won’t be remarkably successful.

4. They avoid the crowds.
Conventional wisdom yields conventional results. Joining the crowd–no matter how trendy the crowd or “hot” the opportunity–is a recipe for mediocrity.
Remarkably successful people habitually do what other people won’t do. They go where others won’t go because there’s a lot less competition and a much greater chance for success.

5. They start at the end…
Average success is often based on setting average goals.
Decide what you really want: to be the best, the fastest, the cheapest, the biggest, whatever. Aim for the ultimate. Decide where you want to end up. That is your goal.
Then you can work backwards and lay out every step along the way.
Never start small where goals are concerned. You’ll make better decisions–and find it much easier to work a lot harder–when your ultimate goal is ultimate success.

6. … and they don’t stop there.
Achieving a goal–no matter how huge–isn’t the finish line for highly successful people. Achieving one huge goal just creates a launching pad for achieving another huge goal.
Maybe you want to create a $100 million business; once you do you can leverage your contacts and influence to create a charitable foundation for a cause you believe in. Then your business and humanitarian success can create a platform for speaking, writing, and thought leadership. Then…
The process of becoming remarkably successful in one field will give you the skills and network to be remarkably successful in many other fields.
Remarkably successful people don’t try to win just one race. They expect and plan to win a number of subsequent races.

7. They sell.
I once asked a number of business owners and CEOs to name the one skill they felt contributed the most to their success. Each said the ability to sell.
Keep in mind selling isn’t manipulating, pressuring, or cajoling. Selling is explaining the logic and benefits of a decision or position. Selling is convincing other people to work with you. Selling is overcoming objections and roadblocks.
Selling is the foundation of business and personal success: knowing how to negotiate, to deal with “no,” to maintain confidence and self-esteem in the face of rejection, to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, to build long-term relationships…
When you truly believe in your idea, or your company, or yourself then you don’t need to have a huge ego or a huge personality. You don’t need to “sell.”
You just need to communicate.

8. They are never too proud.
To admit they made a mistake. To say they are sorry. To have big dreams. To admit they owe their success to others. To poke fun at themselves. To ask for help.

To fail.

And to try again.

Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business. @jeff_haden

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Marvelous advice, Mr Haden. If I were to round out your suggestions to 10 crucial things, I would add that financially successful people often

9) Understand the wisdom of creating multiple income streams, and

10) Appreciate and embrace the beauty of passive income.


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