Hearing Aids Mitigate Cognitive Decline in Older People

Have you ever wondered if there’s a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline? Those with hearing loss often suffer more rapid cognitive decline, and struggle to focus on tasks or remember details. Some small cognitive declines are a normal part of aging, as cells in the brain are damaged over the course of a long life. We’ve all had moments of searching for the house keys or wondering if we forgot to turn off the phone. While some forgetfulness is normal, rapid cognitive decline isn’t. One recent study found that treating hearing loss with hearing aids can mitigate this …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

All relationships require communication to flourish, and your strongest relationships are the ones with the best communication. Can you imagine maintaining these close connections if you aren’t able to communicate effectively? Living with untreated hearing loss robs you of your ability to converse easily. If you can’t hear your loved one speaking to you from across the room, struggle to follow conversations, or miss what’s said during a meeting at work, you’ll struggle to maintain the strong relationships that matters the most. Do You Have Hearing Loss? Have you noticed any changes in your hearing abilities, or had difficulty hearing …

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A Healthy Diet Can Lower the Risk of Hearing Loss

When it comes to protecting your hearing, the first thing that comes to mind is ear plugs or earmuffs designed to protect your ears from dangerously loud noise. Protecting your ears from noise induced hearing loss is an important part of hearing protection, but did you know that what you eat can have a big impact on your hearing health? Protecting Your Hearing Traditional hearing protection is extremely important when it comes to maintaining your hearing health. You can wear foam or wax earplugs if you’re in noise for an hour or two, and these earplugs are lightweight, inexpensive, and …

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The Benefits of Being Social for Older Americans

Are you over the age over 65? Older Americans often struggle to stay social, whether from changes in living arrangements, losing a spouse, or due to hearing loss. Whatever the cause of their social isolation, finding ways to be social is critical for older adults’ mental, physical, and emotional health. The Benefits of Being Social for Older Americans Daily social contact is extremely important for health and wellness, especially as you age. Older Americans often feel isolated and alone, and struggle with changes in life circumstances such as retiring, losing a spouse, or becoming less mobile. Being social is one …

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New Year’s Resolution: Get Your Hearing Tested

Do you struggle to follow conversations in places with a lot of background noise? Have you noticed changes in your hearing health, or feel like you’re missing out on many of the sounds around you? If you have hearing loss, then the New Year is a great opportunity to do the right thing for your overall health and your hearing health. Make a New Year’s resolution you can easily keep, and get your hearing tested. Why Should You Get Your Hearing Tested? You may think your hearing loss isn’t too bad, or that you’re only missing out on the odd …

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Weather Preparedness Tips for People with Hearing Loss

A natural disaster could strike at any time and it is important to be prepared for any emergency that could arise. This is even more relevant for people with hearing loss. The need to plan, practice, and store away information and materials specific for someone with hearing loss could save your life. The Importance of Visual Alerts Messages of emergency preparedness and weather awareness are often spread far and wide through radio and television announcements that are then shared through the Internet and social media. Making plans for weather emergencies may be challenging for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community if …

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Hearing Aids Support Your Active Lifestyle

Hearing Aids Support Your Active Lifestyle

If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss but are afraid of what that may mean for your active lifestyle, there are new advances in hearing aid technology that could be right for you. Along with Bluetooth wireless technology, some hearing aids are manufactured more durably and some are even water resistant. Hearing loss may be a normal part of aging, but it does not mean you should stop being social. It is important to maintain your quality of life while becoming familiar with your new hearing aids. Hearing aid users also report that their quality of life has improved …

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Millennials and Hearing Loss

Millennials and Hearing Loss

A common misconception is that hearing loss is only a condition that old people suffer from. However, hearing healthcare professionals are seeing an unsettling pattern of hearing loss affecting young people ages 20 to 69. True, advanced age is factor in hearing loss, but damage to the hearing ability due to every day noise is a growing problem with younger Americans, sometimes as young as 12 years old. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that approximately 40 million people in the United States, ages 20 to 69, suffer from hearing loss due to everyday …

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

Every September marks the international effort World Alzheimer’s Month. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia that people can have, and the disease affects millions of people all across the world. The disease most frequently affects older people: the National Institute on Aging writes that the “number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65…About one-third of all people age 85 and older may have Alzheimer’s disease.” Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease While it is commonly understood that older people are more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease, and are perhaps more impacted by a range of issues …

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Why are People Ashamed of Hearing Loss?

Why are People Ashamed of Hearing Loss?

Think back to the last time you had a conversation with someone who has untreated hearing loss. When you tried to communicate, did you encounter any problems? Some people have found a way to make do with the limitations on their hearing, but most continue to struggle to have a conversation. Perhaps you found it difficult to move from one idea to the next, seemingly jumping around to random topics. You might have had to repeat yourself or move your body in a way that made it easier to understand. In the worst cases, one or both of you might …

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