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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Taking Care of Your Hearing and Vision Slows Cognitive Decline by 50-75%

Taking Care of Your Hearing and Vision Slows Cognitive Decline by 50-75%

Is your hearing not as sharp as it once was? Maybe you only miss the odd word here and there, or struggle a bit to follow conversations in places with a lot of background noise. While this might not seem like a big deal right now, researchers have found that taking care of your hearing and vision can slow cognitive decline by 50 – 75%! You may want to consider taking a hearing test. Read on to learn more about how your hearing is linked to your cognitive abilities. Is Cognitive Decline Normal? Cognitive decline is part of the natural …

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Growing Evidence that Noise is Bad for Your Health

Growing Evidence that Noise is Bad for Your Health

Noise is becoming a major issue in cities and towns across the country, and recent studies show that rising noise levels are even worse for your health than one might think. From noisy elementary schools to construction sites and public transit stations, we’re exposed to dangerous noise levels every day. On the commute to work, at the gym, or even with the grandkids in the park, noise surrounds us all day every day. Our jobs expose us to a lot of noise, and even our leisure activities are rarely quiet.   New Noise Pollution Guidelines for Leisure Activities The World …

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As an Invisible Disability, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored

As an Invisible Disability, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored

Hearing loss is becoming more and more common with each passing year. Though this epidemic continues to go unnoticed and ignored, the numbers don’t lie. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, nearly 40 million Americans have hearing loss! Age Related Hearing Loss Did you know that hearing loss is among the top three most prevalent health concerns among older adults in America? 1 in 3 adults in their 60s have hearing loss, and half of all seniors over the age of 75 struggle to hear. Age related hearing, or presbycusis, is extremely common. This hearing …

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Scientists Have Discovered The Protein That Enables Hearing And Balance

Scientists Have Discovered The Protein That Enables Hearing And Balance

Have you ever wondered exactly how your ear works, and how you’re able to hear? In biology class you probably learned the basics of hearing. Sound waves enter your ear, hit the ear drum, and cause vibrations in the fluid-filled cochlea, or inner ear. The cells of the inner ear pick up on this vibration, and send electrical signals to the brain that you interpret as sound. But scientists want to know more about the exact mechanism of hearing, and have recently discovered a protein that enables hearing and balance. Discovering Cells in the Ear Researchers at Harvard Medical School …

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