The Consequences of Long Term Hearing Loss?

INCIDENCE OF HEARING LOSS Millions and millions of Americans have hearing loss.  Estimates range from 36 – 40 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. The National Institute of Health reports that the percentage of adults with a disabling hearing loss increases with age: 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. … Continued

Pets and Hearing Aids

No matter how much money you spend on toys for your pets, they will inevitably play with, chew or outright eat something you don’t want them too.  Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to your hearing aids. Dogs seem to prefer to chew and ultimately swallow all or part a hearing aid. Cats … Continued

Dining Out Made Easier if You Have a Hearing Loss

One of the more challenging listening situations for individuals with a hearing loss is trying to communicate in a restaurant.  Even the most elegant restaurants tend to be on the noisy side.  Numerous conversations are going on all around you, dishes and silverware are constantly clanging and music is playing in the background.  And being … Continued

A Tutorial on Tinnitus

Tinnitus (pronounced “tin-it-tus”) is an abnormal noise in the ear.  It is extremely common – nearly 36 million Americans have tinnitus.  More than half of the normal population has intermittent tinnitus.  About 6% of the general population has what they consider to be “severe” tinnitus.   Tinnitus may be in both ears or just in … Continued

The Connection Between Hearing Loss and Hypothyroidism

There are many disorders that can lead to a temporary and/or a permanent loss of hearing.  The connection between many diseases and hearing loss is only recently beginning to be better understood, Hypothyroidism is just one example of a disease that has the ability to impact your hearing. WHAT IS HYPOTHYROIDISM? Hypothyroidism, also known as … Continued

10 Reasons to Get Your Hearing Checked

If have a hearing loss, you are not alone.  Millions and millions of Americans suffer with some degree of hearing loss, with estimates ranging from 30 – 36 million.  Hearing loss is one of the most common health problems in the United States, just behind arthritis and heart disease.  Unfortunately the average person waits a considerably long … Continued

If You’re Feeling Tired, Get Your Hearing Checked

If you have an untreated hearing loss it’s a foregone conclusion that extra effort is going to be required to understand what’s going on around you.  Hearing is no longer a passive event where you’re taking everything in and sorting out the meaning.  Instead, as a hearing impaired listener you are forced to expend extra … Continued

National “Protect Your Hearing” Month

October has been designated as “National Protect Your Hearing Month.” More than 36 million Americans have a hearing loss (some estimates place the number as high as 43 million).  More than half of those individuals are under the age of 65. One of the leading causes of hearing loss is exposure to excessive amounts of noise.  … Continued

Hearing’s Contribution to Quality of Life

Quality of life can be defined as, “your personal satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the cultural or intellectual conditions under which you live (as distinct from material comfort).  For example, “the new art museum is expected to improve your quality of life”. Quality of life is a broad multidimensional concept that usually includes subjective evaluations of … Continued

Why Do We Lose Our Hearing as We Get Older?

Presbycusis is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most individuals as they grow older. Hearing loss is a common disorder associated with aging. About 30-35 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 75 years have a hearing loss. It is estimated that 40-50 percent of people 75 and older have a … Continued