Communicating with Your Loved Ones who Have Hearing Loss

Communicating with Your Loved Ones who Have Hearing Loss

Navigating conversations with hearing loss can be challenging. You have likely experienced the impact of the hearing loss symptoms your loved one is experiencing. Maybe they frequently ask you to repeat yourself, say “huh” or “what” in response to something you’ve said, or seem confused while you are speaking. These are common ways hearing loss can strain communication, making conversations difficult to engage in. But there are useful ways you can provide support and contribute … Continue reading “Communicating with Your Loved Ones who Have Hearing Loss”

Tips for Communicating if You Have Hearing Loss

Tips for Communicating if You Have Hearing Loss

Navigating conversations and social interactions with hearing loss can be challenging. It takes more work for people with impaired hearing to process speech as well as sound. But there are various ways you can maximize your hearing capacity and create the conditions for effective communication. A few strategies you can practice with others include the following: Wear Hearing Aids. Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. These electronic devices are equipped with … Continue reading “Tips for Communicating if You Have Hearing Loss”

How Untreated Hearing Loss Interferes with Your Relationships

How Untreated Hearing Loss Interferes with Your Relationships

Untreated hearing loss impact people and their daily lives in a myriad of ways. One significant outcome of impaired hearing that remains untreated is its effect on relationships. Hearing loss strains communication which is key for cultivating and sustaining connections with family, friends, coworkers, etc. Untreated hearing loss leads to various symptoms that create barriers to effective communication. Over time, challenges with hearing and communication can take a toll on relationships. Hearing Loss Symptoms To … Continue reading “How Untreated Hearing Loss Interferes with Your Relationships”

Treating Hearing Loss Helps You Stay Socially Connected

Treating Hearing Loss Helps You Stay Socially Connected

Hearing loss impacts more than just hearing. Hearing and communicating are essential ways we navigate daily life, relationships, work, and social engagement. If you enjoy leading an active social life – participating in social activities, spending time with others, and balancing hobbies – untreated hearing loss can be particularly challenging. Treating hearing loss can help you stay socially connected by supporting your capacity to hear and engage with family and friends. Impact of Untreated Hearing … Continue reading “Treating Hearing Loss Helps You Stay Socially Connected”

Working with Hearing Loss

Working with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be challenging to navigate in the workplace. Between communicating with coworkers, managing daily tasks, and dealing with the extra background noise; working with hearing loss can present unique challenges. Hearing loss is a condition that nearly 1 in 6 people navigate, impacting over 48 million people in the U.S. Of the population that has hearing loss, 60% of people are in the workforce or an education setting according to the Hearing Loss … Continue reading “Working with Hearing Loss”

Avoiding Hearing Tests Could Make the Problem Much Worse

Avoiding Hearing Tests Could Make the Problem Much Worse

Have you noticed that it is harder for you to hear in noisy environments like restaurants or that you may miss a few words from time to time? These are common initial signs of hearing loss, the third most common chronic health condition people live with today. Over 48 million people have hearing loss, making it more pervasive than diabetes and cancer. Though it is a public health epidemic, there tends to be widespread inaction … Continue reading “Avoiding Hearing Tests Could Make the Problem Much Worse”

How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

When you look ahead to the new year, what would you like to improve in your life? Many of us think about the practical facts of bodily health. Nutrition and exercise are classic ways to improve our health, and cutting back on unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking are well-worn resolutions for the new year. Perhaps your mind goes toward mental health improvements, and you are interested in taking steps to cultivate a happy and … Continue reading “How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships”

Addressing Hearing Loss May Improve Care of Older Adults

Addressing Hearing Loss May Improve Care of Older Adults

Consider the last time you were in a medical setting. How loud was it? Although some clinics, offices, and especially private patient rooms in family practice medical facilities are quiet, many are not. The healthcare setting can be anything but calm, with beeping machines, noisy equipment, caregivers discussing alternatives, and many other distractions. The chaos of interacting with the public, especially in emergency and trauma response contexts, can make communication challenging. Although some people may … Continue reading “Addressing Hearing Loss May Improve Care of Older Adults”

Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

There are numerous misconceptions about hearing loss that contribute to the stigma associated with the health condition. Hearing loss is one of the fastest-growing health concerns today and it is often underdiagnosed – having multifaceted effects on overall health. Debunking common myths is an important way to gain a greater understanding of hearing loss, support seeking treatment, and practice preventative measures. Fiction: Hearing loss only impacts older people. Fact: Hearing loss affects people of all … Continue reading “Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss”

Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

One of the truisms you might have heard about hearing loss is that there is nothing that can be done to cure it. Although research is underway to discover if regenerating the cells of the inner ear might be possible, it is true that the current state of the art cannot repair or restore these cells once they are damaged. Knowing that hearing loss is irreversible might make you think there is nothing you can … Continue reading “Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew”