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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Falls & Accidents Are More Likely with Hearing Loss

Falls & Accidents Are More Likely with Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss of course affects our abilities to communicate with those around us, and we make adjustments to our communication in order to remain connected to friends, loved ones, and coworkers. Our hearing greatly impacts our abilities to navigate the world around us. When we have untreated hearing loss, then, we also need to make adjustments to how we physically move through the world in order to prevent tripping, falling, and other kinds of accidents.   Studies Linking Untreated Hearing Loss & Accidents The links between untreated hearing loss and physical mishaps have been confirmed by researchers at universities …

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Early Hearing Loss Could Lead to Dementia

Early Hearing Loss Could Lead to Dementia

Living with hearing loss is no walk in the park. You have trouble following conversations, can’t seem to focus, and have noticed that your relationships aren’t as good as they once were. You don’t always hear your alarm clock, and you know miss things when you’re driving. But did you know that hearing loss can also lead to dementia?   Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline Most of us take our hearing for granted. We listen to music with our headphones at maximum volume, attend sports events without hearing protection, and have no idea just how damaging daily traffic noise can …

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