Hearing News Posts

WARDING OFF DEMENTIA

Surveys indicate that seniors are more afraid of developing dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s disease, than they are fearful of getting cancer, heart disease, or a stroke. This fear of dementia is predicated on worries about losing independence and becoming a burden on loved ones.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

It is estimated that one-third of individuals over the age of 65 and more than half of those age 75 and over have some degree of hearing loss. While these statistics probably do not raise any eyebrows, it may come as a surprise that people as young as 20 to 29 may also have noise-induced…

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CAN YOU HEAR COLORS?

Interestingly enough, some individuals can visualize color when they hear music. People with this ability have a form of “synesthesia” and are known as “synesthetes.”

CAN YOU UNRING THAT BELL?

While the cause of “tinnitus” (the sensation of ringing in the ears when no external sound is present) is unknown, the condition has been linked to hearing loss that is either age- or noise-related. In fact, about 90 percent of people with tinnitus have some hearing loss caused by noise.

LOST IN THE HAZE

Not only does smoking increase the risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, and other health problems, but it may also lead to hearing loss.

SIZEABLE ADVANTAGES

While miniature “in-the-canal” (ITC) and “completely-in-canal” (CIC) hearing instruments offer the cosmetic advantage of being virtually invisible, they may not be as powerful or full-featured as larger models.

GRADUAL ADAPTATION

With a proper evaluation and fitting, a hearing instrument can effectively overcome age-related hearing loss (“presbycusis”), which might otherwise undermine a person’s quality of life by increasing his or her risk of dementia and depression.

DIABETES DOUBLES HEARING LOSS RISK

Research shows that those with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer hearing loss as those without the disease. While scientists have yet to pinpoint the exact cause, it is thought that the high blood sugar levels experienced by diabetics may reduce blood circulation in the inner ear, much the same way that diabetes injures…

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HOW HEARING LOSS DISRUPTS RELATIONSHIPS

When people delay treatment for hearing loss or elect not to wear a hearing instrument that might help them hear better, their decisions have consequences that extend beyond themselves. For instance, those who come in regular contact with individuals who have untreated hearing loss can become quite frustrated with being asked to repeat themselves.

WHAT’S YOUR TYPE?

For those with mild to moderate hearing loss, “completely-in-the-canal” (CIC) hearing instruments are a cosmetically appealing choice due to their diminutive size, but they may be too small to accommodate certain features. However, the traditional “behind-the-ear” (BTE) hearing instruments, which fit behind the ear and use a tube and earmold to direct the sound into…

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