Cognitive Benefits with Hearing Aid Use

Cognitive Benefits with Hearing Aid Use

Hearing loss doesn’t just affect you – it affects the people around you from social to family settings. They start making allowances for your hearing loss and, now, research indicates they also may have to start making allowances for your memory decline as well as the early onset of dementia. If you’ve been struggling with untreated hearing loss, you owe it to yourself as well as those around you to take care of your hearing. It starts with a simple hearing evaluation at Pacific Northwest Audiology. Call today for an appointment, your hearing is important! Hearing loss and cognitive issues …

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On March 3 Celebrate World Hearing Day by Checking Your Hearing

On March 3 Celebrate World Hearing Day by Checking Your Hearing

Each year, the World Health Organization celebrates World Hearing Day on March 3 and designates a theme. This year’s theme is “Check Your Hearing”! Early identification and treatment of hearing difficulties is very important for your overall mental and physical health. At Pacific Northwest Audiology, we are committed to helping you get a better hearing experience. Call today and schedule an appointment – join us in observing World Hearing Day by checking your hearing! Hearing Loss is a Widespread Issue WHO estimates that there are 466 million people throughout the world that have disabling hearing issues. That’s a little more …

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How Technology Could Harm Millennials’ Hearing – And More

How Technology Could Harm Millennials’ Hearing – And More

Hearing loss is the third most chronic health condition in the United States and millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are increasingly at risk due to their high technology use both at home and at work. This means, more than ever, you should put an annual hearing test at Pacific Northwest Audiology on your health-related “to-do” list – regardless of your age. Technology is everywhere There’s no denying that technology can streamline many daily functions, as well as keeping us connected to our house and the world! We can do things faster, better and easier, but it may be …

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Talking to kids about hearing loss

Talking to kids about hearing loss

If you are a parent with a child that has hearing loss, there will come a time when you, or you and your child, are going to have to explain that experience to others. This is a great opportunity to be educational and non-judgmental, if others in your child’s life refer to hearing difficulties negatively. Turn it into a positive experience to discuss a very common physical condition affecting countless Americans.   Hearing Loss & School-Aged Children Do you have a school-aged child with hearing loss? Consider meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss hearing loss and accommodations. You may …

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Hearing Loss is an Important Part of Caring for Your Health as You Age

Hearing Loss is an Important Part of Caring for Your Health as You Age

Our bodies go through incredible transformations as we age. Some of these changes occur in small steps, such as our metabolism slowing down or our energy levels decreasing. When it comes to these changes, the classic remedies of diet and exercise are key to prolonged health long into our later years. Some of us experience a change in our sleeping habits as we grow older, as well. While some find it difficult to fall asleep, others of us can’t keep our eyes open past sunset. When we have trouble sleeping, there are healthy habits we can put into place to …

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Hearing Loss Affects More than Your Ears

Hearing Loss Affects More than Your Ears

A recent study has found ample evidence that hearing loss is related to many negative health outcomes. We have known for some time that hearing loss is connected to anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunctions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Yet, a recently study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery gives more evidence as to the relationship between hearing loss and co-morbidity conditions. With more than 50% of adults over the age of 60 experiencing hearing loss, these related health outcomes cannot be ignored. Though hearing loss is a troubling condition on its own, these other conditions make it even …

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Start the Year Off Right with an Annual Hearing Test

Start the Year Off Right with an Annual Hearing Test

I don’t know about you, but I love the opportunity for a fresh start. Those of us who have the tendency to set unrealistically high standards for ourselves tend to get bogged down in negative feelings and disappointments. Self-criticism is a nasty game, and it’s easy to walk down that road when you set your standards too high. Anyone who can relate with these feelings will understand the blessing of a fresh start. Turning the page to a new year offers this feeling to many of us, taking the opportunity to reimagine our lives as a blank slate. Resolutions Are …

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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

It may be that your hearing needs have changed, your hearing instruments are not functioning as well as they used to, or you simply want to try out newer hearing aids with better features–there is never a bad time to speak to your hearing health care professional about the possibility of updating your hearing aids. If an upgrade is needed to ensure you have a stress-free, comfortable listening experience than it will be well worth it. 1. Your hearing aids are no longer functioning well. A hearing aid is not like a cell phone or tablet that can be safely …

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Understanding Sudden Hearing Loss

Understanding Sudden Hearing Loss

A woman sits down to have dinner with her husband, as they do most nights. As the husband tells her about his day, she notices that she is having difficulty hearing his anecdotes. She stands up and is overcome with dizziness, as well as ringing in her left ear. None of this has happened before. So, what is happening to her? The answer is Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL). It is an often-inexplicable loss of hearing, usually in one ear. Usually coming without warning, it develops quickly or over the course of a few days. It is common to first notice …

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Great Things to Hear This Holiday Season in Bend, OR

Great Things to Hear This Holiday Season in Bend, OR

As the weather gets colder and people start gathering in their homes to stream the latest TV show, don’t forget that there is a lot to do outside the house this holiday season. So, whether you’re looking for something to do with the family, or looking for the perfect musical to ring in the holiday season, you’re bound to find something for you in Bend this Christmas! The ever-popular Santaland has returned! If you missed St. Nick making his spectacular entrance via helicopter at the Les Schwab Amphitheatre last month, you can still catch him until just before Christmas day. …

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