Occupational Hearing Hazards

Occupational Hearing Hazards Hearing loss is one of the most common medical problems in the United States, affecting one-third of persons over 65 and half of those over 75. Hearing loss is caused by various factors, including the normal aging process and exposure to loud sounds. When we are subjected to unsafe amounts of noise, either in a one-time incident (gunshot, explosion, etc.) or over time, such as in occupational settings, we can develop noise-induced … Continue reading “Occupational Hearing Hazards”

Know Alzheimer's Disease Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer's Month(4)

Know Alzheimer’s Disease: Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer’s Month

Each year, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) designates September as a month dedicated to raising the public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Currently over 50 million people worldwide are affected by this devastating neurodegenerative disease affecting memory, motor skills and general cognition. Currently this condition is irreversible but there are ways to slow the progression of cognitive decline or even prevent it from occurring in the first place. Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease Advanced age and family history are … Continue reading “Know Alzheimer’s Disease: Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer’s Month”

Understanding Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Understanding Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is hearing loss that is a result of damage to the inner ear. Involving the delicate mechanisms and neural connections, the inner ear is composed of various delicate components, most of which cannot repair or regenerate themselves if damaged. Injury to the inner ear often results in some degree of permanent hearing damage. Typically, sensorineural hearing loss involves gradual, lasting damage to the inner ear that compounds over time. The inability of … Continue reading “Understanding Sensorineural Hearing Loss”

Understanding Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Understanding Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Of the many types of hearing loss, two are by far the most common. The first is called age-related hearing loss, and it occurs with the natural process of growing older. Almost everyone who reaches the senior years above age 70 will have some form of age-related hearing loss. The other most common type of hearing loss is noise-induced. When a person has noise-induced hearing loss, the ears have suffered damage from being exposed to … Continue reading “Understanding Noise-Induced Hearing Loss”

Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids

Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids

The travel industry has had a challenging year, with lockdowns, border closures, and aircraft cancellations contributing to poor tourism rates. Nonetheless, according to one recent poll, as many as 72 percent of Americans want to travel in 2021, indicating that this year will be a pivotal year for tourism. If you have hearing loss and are looking to hit a plane, train or automobile this year, read on. Traveling is stressful in and of itself, … Continue reading “Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids”

Tips for Driving with Hearing Aids

Tips for Driving with Hearing Aids

For most Americans, driving is an inescapable part of daily life, and we don’t think twice about getting in the car first thing in the morning. However, it is more dangerous than you may believe. Accidents are the fourth most significant cause of death in the United States, with car accidents accounting for the vast majority. As a result, it is critical to prioritize safety. Driving also presents its own set of difficulties for someone … Continue reading “Tips for Driving with Hearing Aids”

Adjusting to New Hearing Aids

Adjusting to New Hearing Aids

Congrats to you if you are getting hearing aids for the first time! Many people procrastinate on seeking treatment for hearing loss for an average of seven years. Taking care of your hearing loss is a big step in bettering your overall health and happiness. If you’ve ever bought and worn a pair of real leather boots, you’ll know that they won’t fit perfectly right out of the box. When you initially put your new … Continue reading “Adjusting to New Hearing Aids”

Questions to Ask During a Hearing Consultation & Fitting

Before you delve into the intricacies and unknowns of what to expect during your hearing consultation and fitting, give yourself pat on the back! Confronting hearing loss and choosing to take proactive steps to mitigate its effects on your full and vibrant life is a big deal. Though we almost universally acknowledged the importance of hearing health and the privilege of communicating, many people with hearing loss do not take action when their hearing begins … Continue reading “Questions to Ask During a Hearing Consultation & Fitting”

Tips for Selecting Hearing Aids

Hearing loss is a leading chronic health condition in the United States. According to the National Institutes of Health, 15% of US adults over the age of 18 report some trouble hearing. Among older adults, that number increases exponentially. One-third of adults over 65 experience hearing loss, while that proportion climbs to one-half of Americans over 75 reporting hearing loss. Despite the prevalence of difficulty hearing and the fact that we almost universally acknowledge that … Continue reading “Tips for Selecting Hearing Aids”

What to Expect at a Hearing Test

What to Expect at a Hearing Test

In a revealing study conducted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in March 2021, it was found that the vast majority of Americans recognize that hearing health is a priority. 70% of respondents understood that untreated hearing loss can result in isolation or depression. And yet, very few people take action on diagnosing or treating existing hearing loss. In fact, only 20% of Americans have had their hearing tested in the past five years. We’ve all … Continue reading “What to Expect at a Hearing Test”