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Be An Advocate for Hearing Loss

When you first start to experience a hearing loss, it’s easy to see it as something that can only affect your life in a negative way. Yet, as with many changes in life, there is often a way to adjust your perspective, embrace the transition, and enjoy the challenge. All you need is the right attitude, information, and support. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it is easy or instant. It takes a commitment to development and a clear strategy. One way to integrate and accept your hearing loss as part of you, is to become an advocate for hearing [...]

Why Early Detection of Hearing Loss Is So Important For Older Adults

Are you already looking forward to the annual State Fair this fall? Or maybe this year is your ten-yearly high school reunion? There are lots of great events that mark the years going by. But did you know that there is something else you should be doing at least every three years to make sure you can enjoy all of them? The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association suggests everyone over 50 gets a hearing health check every three years. If you’ve already noticed the signs of hearing loss, then you may need to get checked more often. So why is it so important [...]

Love Finds a Way – Dating, Relationships, And Hearing Loss

There is no challenge so big that it should stop you from finding love. Making connections and finding the people you want to share your life with are essential for creating a beautiful experience. Hearing loss can be tough to deal with and you may need to adapt some of the ways that you communicate, but the results are worth it. The support you need to find that special someone, or maintain the relationship you have, might involve following some of the advice below and seeking professional advice from a reputable source such as Hearing Aid Express. Ongoing relationships You may have [...]

Study Finds Magnitude of Age-related Hearing Loss Associated with Increased Depression Risk

A new study found that elderly individuals with age-related hearing loss had more symptoms of depression; the greater the hearing loss, the greater the risk of having depressive symptoms. The findings, announced by the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, are said to suggest that treatment of age-related hearing loss, which is under-recognized and under-treated among all elderly, could be one way to head off late-life depression. The study was published online in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. “Most people over age 70 have at least mild hearing loss, yet relatively few are diagnosed, much less treated, for this condition,” said lead author Justin [...]

Hearing Loss and the Holidays

What to look for in loved ones who may be hiding a hearing loss, how to talk to them about it. Prior to diagnosis, those with hearing loss may be a little embarrassed to admit that they are hard of hearing, could be in denial of their loss, or not want to even accept it all. And just like the six stages of grieving, an individual must also go through the six stages of hearing loss. These six stages are: denial, anger, awareness, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. A person must, in a sense, go through all six stages before they [...]

Hearing Loss Can be Exhausting

Do you ever feel drained after a day, even though you have not been participating in any physically challenging activity? Do you find yourself exhausted simply after having conversations with your friends and coworkers? Do you need to strain in order to catch parts of the conversation? Hearing loss could be at the root of all your problems. Imagine trying to read a sentence when parts of the sentence are missing: “j s  l ke t is!” In case you were wondering what you just missed out on, it reads “just like this!” Simply trying to figure out what the [...]

Hearing Loss Has a Preventative Solution for all ages

It's not only the elderly suffering from hearing loss, anymore. Loud volumes are affecting the younger generation, too. The elderly population is generally who we think of when it comes to hearing loss, when in reality, a significant number of young adults also experience this. In America, one in every ten individuals spends time listening to personal audio devices at unsafe volumes. This can cause irreparable damage to their hearing. Young individuals love listening to their music at louder volumes. Ever wondered why? A recent research indicates that there are three primary reasons as to why people in the younger population [...]

One-Sided Hearing Loss

Being able to determine the direction of sounds is diminished with one-sided hearing loss. Loss of hearing is a condition that can occur with varying degrees of severity and can be one-sided.  This may sound strange, but it is not an unusual occurrence.  People with hearing damage in only one ear can have either regular hearing in the other or can have varying degrees of hearing loss in their other ear as well. How can you tell if you have one-sided hearing loss? A few ways you can tell are: You are unable to locate the source of [...]

Surprising everyday sounds that cause Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Facts about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Author | American Academy of Audiology A concert is a great place to suffer from Noise-Induced hearing loss. Approximately 40 million American adults may have hearing loss resulting from noise exposure.[1] Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells found in the inner ear.  Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear (sound energy) into electrical signals that travel to the brain.  Once damaged, our hair cells cannot grow back, which results in permanent hearing loss. Hearing protection decreases the intensity, or loudness, of noise and [...]

Listening Fatigue is Real

Author | American Academy of Audiology What is Listening Fatigue? Hearing loss leads to communication difficulties.  To maintain optimal understanding, listeners with hearing loss must allocate more cognitive resources, or brain power, to listening than do listeners without hearing loss. This increase in cognitive resources required to listen to speech has been referred to as an increase in listening effort. Cognitive resources are not unlimited; using additional cognitive resources to listen leaves fewer resources available for other tasks. For example, to maintain optimal understanding in a challenging situation, persons with hearing loss may need to shift more resources from other ongoing [...]