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Glossary for Age-Related Hearing Impairment

  • Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a syndrome affecting arterial blood vessels. It is a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries, in large part due to the accumulation of macrophage white blood cells and promoted by low density (especially small particle) lipoproteins (plasma proteins that carry cholesterol and triglycerides) without adequate removal of fats and cholesterol from the macrophages by functional high density lipoproteins (HDL). It is commonly referred to as a hardening or furring of the arteries. It is caused by the formation of multiple plaques within the arteries.
  • Diabetes: Failing or reduced ability of the body to handle sugars.
  • Ear and Hearing conditions: Medical conditions affecting the ears or the hearing systems.
  • Head Conditions: Conditions that affect the head
  • Hypertension: High blood pressure
  • Senior health conditions: Medical conditions affecting seniors, male or female.
  • Smoking: The smoking of cigarettes
  • Speech and communication conditions: Medical conditions affecting speech or the ability to communicate.
  • Tinnitus: Hearing noises in the ears: ringing, roaring, clicks, whistling, or hissing.


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