Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test for World Alzheimer's Month

Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test for World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month! This global campaign began in 2012 to raise awareness about dementia – a group of medical conditions that affect brain health. You can practice prevention and protect your brain health by scheduling an appointment for a hearing test. About Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s Disease International estimates that there are 55 million people living with dementia worldwide. This is projected to rapidly increase, reaching 139 people by 2050. Dementia includes … Continue reading “Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test for World Alzheimer’s Month”

Hearing Loss & Fatigue

Hearing Loss & Fatigue

Have you felt especially tired after a long work meeting, spending time with loved ones, or listening to a podcast? Listening fatigue is a common experience and describes tiredness after listening to speech and/or sound for an extended period of time. It is a strategy the brain uses to communicate a need for a break from absorbing sound. Listening fatigue can be more common for people who live with hearing challenges. Hearing loss already reduces … Continue reading “Hearing Loss & Fatigue”

Everyday Activities That Could Harm Your Hearing

Everyday Activities That Could Harm Your Hearing

We are exposed to various sounds and noise levels throughout the day. Alarm clocks, traffic, listening to music, watching TV, and more – these daily activities involve taking in sound. Though much of the everyday noise we hear is not particularly dangerous, there are activities we regularly engage in that can be harmful to hearing. Exposure to excessive noise levels can contribute to the development of hearing loss, the third most pervasive health issue people … Continue reading “Everyday Activities That Could Harm Your Hearing”

Age-Related Hearing Loss is Often Untreated

Age-Related Hearing Loss is Often Untreated

Aging in is the most significant indicator of hearing loss and the risk of experiencing ipmaired hearing increases with age. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1 in every 3 adults between the ages of 65 – 74 have hearing loss. This increases to 1 in 2 adults who are 75 and older. Age related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is the third most common medical condition that older adults experience. Though … Continue reading “Age-Related Hearing Loss is Often Untreated”

The Causes of Acquired Hearing Loss

The Causes of Acquired Hearing Loss

Hearing loss impacts over 48 million people in the U.S. With nearly 1 in 6 people living with impaired hearing, you likely know someone who has hearing loss. Hearing loss is a medical condition that reduces capacity to hear and process speech as well as sound. This produces a range of symptoms that take a toll on communication which strains relationships, social interactions, and health in a variety of ways. There are several factors that … Continue reading “The Causes of Acquired Hearing Loss”

How Treating Hearing Loss Could Help Prevent Alzheimer's

How Treating Hearing Loss Could Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a progressive medical condition that reduces cognitive functions. Alzheimer’s typically begins with mild memory loss and can gradually become an inability to carry out conversations, make decisions, and remember names as well as faces. This neurological disorder is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60%-70% of the dementia people experience today. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 6.2 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s. A number that is expected to more … Continue reading “How Treating Hearing Loss Could Help Prevent Alzheimer’s”

The Connection Between Cognition and Hearing Loss

The Connection Between Cognition and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss impacts health in a myriad of ways. Hearing loss is a chronic medical condition that reduces an individual’s capacity to perceive and process sound. This produces a range of symptoms that make it challenging to navigate conversations, straining communication. Communication is essential to our relationships, social life, work performance, etc. Impaired hearing then impacts these facets of everyday life and health. Extensive research shows that hearing loss can even contribute to cognitive decline. … Continue reading “The Connection Between Cognition and Hearing Loss”

Acknowledging the Reality of Hearing Loss

Acknowledging the Reality of Hearing Loss

With nearly 1 in 6 people living with some degree of impaired hearing, hearing loss is one of the most common health issues people navigate today. Affecting over 48 million people, hearing loss is much more common than you may suspect. Though hearing loss is pervasive, it is often undertreated. It is estimated that only one third of people who could benefit from hearing loss treatment actually receive it. Contributing to this delay in treatment … Continue reading “Acknowledging the Reality of Hearing Loss”

Tips for Managing Tinnitus

Tips for Managing Tinnitus

Have you ever left a concert, party, or another space with loud noise and have experienced difficulty hearing right after? Have you felt like you are hearing a ringing or buzzing noise in your ears but no external sound was in your environment? These are common experiences of tinnitus – a symptom that impacts millions of people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 50 million people experience tinnitus and 20 million … Continue reading “Tips for Managing Tinnitus”

Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

It is often assumed that hearing loss only impacts hearing. But untreated hearing loss can have major consequences that take a toll on health in a myriad of ways. Extensive research shows that untreated hearing loss can increase health risks. This includes increasing the risk of experiencing cognitive decline and developing conditions like Alzheimer’s. It is imperative to treat hearing loss as early as possible which not only transforms hearing, but protects overall health and … Continue reading “Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline”