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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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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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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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

It’s November, and that means it is the beginning of our holiday season! It is also National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. If you’ve been wondering about your brain health or worried about cognitive decline, this is your chance to learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and take the right steps to reducing your risk of developing this degenerative brain disease. Organizations across the country come together this month to raise awareness of brain health, and provide education and information to those with Alzheimer’s and their families.   Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, characterized by …

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Protecting Your Child’s Hearing at School

Protecting Your Child's Hearing at School

It’s back to school time again, and you’re enjoying the first few weeks of peace and quiet. You bought your kids new clothes and new school supplies, but did you pick up some earplugs? You want to make sure your child is prepared for everything, and stays safe, but not enough parents are thinking about protecting their child’s hearing.   Noise in Your Child’s School Schools are notoriously loud places, with crowded hallways, echoing cafeterias, and deafening programs like band practice or gym class. Even the bus on the way to and from school can be dangerous to your child’s …

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