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Understanding the causes of age-related hearing loss

Hearing loss is a condition that affects millions of Americans — 37.5 million, to be exact. These numbers bear out what we know experientially: that age plays a significant role in the deterioration of our hearing. But what actually causes our ability to hear to lessen as we grow older? What happens within the ear as we age? And is there any way to prevent age-related hearing loss? What is age-related hearing loss? Hearing loss is among the most common maladies affecting Americans over 65. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), almost 1 in [...]

5 Health Conditions Linked to Hearing Loss

ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA Risk increases as hearing loss becomes more severe and is untreated. DIABETES High blood glucose levels associated with diabetes cause damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear resulting in hearing loss, the same way it can damage eyes and kidneys. HEART DISEASE Inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. KIDNEY DISEASE Toxins that accumulate in the kidney can damage nerves, including those in the ear. CANCER TREATMENTS Hearing loss is a side effect for many after treatment. Most cancer treatments can be [...]

Why Loud Sounds Damage Your Ears

(Noise-Induced Hearing Loss 101) As a licensed hearing aid fitter and dispenser, I see people dealing with the profound effects hearing loss has had on their relationships and quality of life daily. Despite this, as a musician, I understand that players need enough volume to feel the music and, more importantly, hear themselves over all of the other players. In a band setting, this typically means a cyclical scenario of everyone turning their state monitors up louder than necessary to hear clearly over the other players too-loud monitors. In a orchestral or acoustic setting, this can mean an instrumentalist playing more [...]

Untreated hearing loss affects brain structure and function

Recent studies shed light on the importance of timely treatment of hearing loss and it's relation to your brain. Most people believe that hearing loss is a condition that only affects their ears. In reality, untreated hearing loss can affect so much more, including brain structure and function. According to a 2013 John Hopkins University study, hearing loss may increase the risk of cognitive problems and dementia. A 2011 dementia study monitored the cognitive health of 639 people who were mentally sharp when the study began. The researchers tested the volunteers’ mental abilities regularly, following most for about 12 years, [...]

Research Connects Heart Disease, Hearing Loss

You may want to take getting an annual hearing exam to heart. Several studies have suggested there is a link between hearing loss and heart disease. More research is still needed to help determine what and why there is a link, but researchers have found there is a strong connection to those with low-frequency hearing loss and cardiovascular health. “The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body,” Dr. David R. Friedland said in a written [...]

Don’t Ignore Family Member’s Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a condition that is usually more frustrating for friends and family of the person who has hearing loss. Family members of those with hearing loss tend to have to repeat things over and over. Communication, over time, might become near impossible. Often there are obvious signs your loved one has hearing loss. Over the last few years or months the radio or television volume keeps getting louder and louder. You notice they aren’t responding to conversation or responding in incorrect ways to friends and family, especially women and children because they usually speak in higher frequencies where [...]

ReSound Hearing Aid App Puts You In Control

It seems we can do everything with smartphones. Now, you can even control the volume and programs on your hearing aid. ReSound Smart Control app lets you make hearing aid adjustments to ReSound wireless hearing aids (the ReSound Verso and ReSound Alera). To use the app, you must have a Unite Phone Clip+.  ReSound wireless hearing aid users can visit the company’s website to download the app if they have an Apple iPhone 3GS or newer phone that runs iOS 5 or later.  There is also an app for Android smartphones running version 2.3 or later.The ReSound Control app works [...]

Study Finds Hearing Loss Leads To Health Declines

  Maintaining your hearing health may help keep you out of the hospital. A new study finds that aging adults with hearing loss are more likely be hospitalized, be inactive and depressed. Over 1,100 men and women over the age of 69 were surveyed over a four-year period and tested by teams with Johns Hopkins and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Study results indicated that those with hearing loss were 32 percent more likely to be admitted to a hospital 36 percent more likely to have prolonged stretches of illness or injury, 57 percent more [...]

Get Free Hearing Screening During National Men’s Health Week

The Better Hearing Institute is urging men to get their hearing tested during National Men’s Health Week, which runs from June 10 – June 16. Hearing professionals urge adults age 65 plus to get an annual hearing evaluation. Because hearing loss happens gradually and over time, your hearing can change from year to year. Often people with hearing loss may not even realize the extent of the problem. It is common for a person's loved ones to notice an issue first. Several studies have shown that hearing aids help those with a hearing loss lead more active lifestyles and have [...]

Hearing Aid Express’ Kingwood Location

Hearing Aid Express is has been serving the Kingwood area since 2013. Hearing Aid Express, one of the largest independently owned and operated practices in Texas, opened its Kingwood location at 1247 Kingwood Drive in February 2013. The office is easily accessed from Interstate 59 and is in the same shopping center as Stein Mart and Palais Royal. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Texas residents can get a free screening for a free amplified phone through the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP), meet Licensed Dispenser Chase May, tour the facility and receive exclusive savings [...]