Sensitivity to Noise as We Age

Sensitivity to Noise as We Age

Time marches on and we notice everyday things start to change. We move a little slower, require more time to recharge and for some, sound seems to affect us differently. It’s not your imagination that some sounds seem louder than others and more annoying than before. Some noise issues, especially hearing loss, can and should be corrected with hearing aids. The first step to making sure you keep your hearing where it needs to be is to make an appointment for a hearing test at Pacific Northwest Audiology. Aging and Sound Changes Have you started a conversation with an older …

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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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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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