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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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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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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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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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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Data Show Increase in Hearing Loss in Oil and Gas Drilling Sector

Data Show Increase in Hearing Loss in Oil and Gas Drilling Sector

Everyone knows that noise induced hearing loss is becoming more and more common. From noisy city streets to crowded amphitheaters and sports venues, our lives are full of loud sounds. Some jobs are more dangerous to your ears than others, and one recent study shows that hearing loss is increasing in the oil and gas drilling sector. Noisy Workplaces Many Americans are employed in noisy workplaces. Farms, factories, and fire halls are all very loud, and anyone working in manufacturing, emergency services, or construction risk hearing loss. When sounds are very loud, they damage the tiny cells in the inner …

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