The View from Tomorrow

This was a wildly successful event …87 registered…15 on standby…engaging speakers, a highly responsive audience, and dancing during the breaks! What we learned… Tomorrow’s hearing technology is available today! Hearing loss no longer means the end of a good life! Hearing loss is no longer stigmatized! Hearing technology is cool…even desirable! Hearing care options have never been better! What is the View from Tomorrow? Streaming audio from HDTV, iOS, Android, and other devises Connecting without wires to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Controlling hearing aid settings with a smart phone Communicating in any environment Using Apps to enrich our …

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Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia

A Cautionary Tale Mounting evidence has established a  strong link between untreated hearing loss and diminished cognitive function, including dementia. Studies also link untreated hearing loss to other medical and emotional problems, including depression. This is a cautionary tale, but a light shines brightly to guide our passage away from danger: Hearing Loss Can End Badly—but we have options! First, the bad news. Mounting evidence has established a strong link between untreated hearing loss (HL) and diminished cognitive function, accelerated mental decline, rapid rates of brain tissue loss, and other disabling conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. People who don’t hear well tend …

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Age-related Hearing Loss (ARHL)

The ‘baby boom’ generation is aging. In 2009, people over 65 represented 12.9% of the population, but by 2030, they will be 19.3%. From the Administration on Aging, the number of Americans over 65 is expected to double between 2008 and 2030 to around 72 million. Why should we be concerned? Because Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition among older adults! According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, hearing loss increases with age. Approximately one third of Americans between 65 and 74 and nearly half of those over 75 have hearing and …

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Hearing Loss and Cardiovascular Disease Linked

This article discusses the link between hearing loss and cardiovascular disease, and underscores a growing role for audiologists Introduction: A growing body of research is showing a significant correlation between cardiovascular disease and low-frequency hearing loss. These studies 1) underscore the advantage of obtaining a baseline hearing exam and, 2) indicate a growing need for Audiologists and Physicians to work in partnership for the best health outcome of patients. Early Studies: Most of the early studies focus on the consequences of decreased blood supply due to cardiovascular disease, and the resulting negative effects on the blood vessel health of the …

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Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Introduction We’ve discussed the links between untreated hearing loss symptoms and a variety of debilitating medical and emotional conditions, including dementia, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. Given the overwhelming evidence…we felt it was important to reveal that untreated hearing loss is more than an inconvenience, but will eventually damage your physical, emotional, and social health, while causing disturbing effects on your relationships with loved ones, family, and friends. This article will discuss the link between diabetes and hearing loss. The Problem People with diabetes may have a higher risk of developing hearing problems than those without the disease. This is because …

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The World In Your Hearing Aids!

The days of uncool hearing aids are gone! …and the stigma of hearing loss is settling quickly into the dust of the past. That is because Apple, the symbol of cool consumer electronics, is working with hearing aid manufacturers to pair hearing aids with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch through Bluetooth wireless technology. That’s right…no wires…cool! But what if you don’t use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? Don’t worry! Similar technology can, or soon will achieve the same results with other operating systems, including Android and Windows. Whether it’s streaming audio from Skype calls, a TV, MP3 player, …

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Hearing Loss and Dementia

The Problem An increasing number of independent scientific studies are showing strong evidence that hearing loss is more than just a nuisance of aging. The message is disturbing: people who experience hearing loss as they age may also have a significantly higher risk of developing cognitive disorders, including dementia. Cognitive function is an intellectual process that allows us to become aware of, perceive, or comprehend ideas. It involves all aspects of perception, thinking, reasoning, and memory. The Evidence A 2011 study (Hearing Loss and Incident dementia) was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in …

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Can Diabetes Cause Hearing Loss?

Introduction In previous articles we discussed the links between untreated hearing loss and a variety of debilitating medical and emotional conditions, including dementia, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. Given the overwhelming evidence…we felt it was important to reveal that untreated hearing loss is more than an inconvenience, but will eventually damage your physical, emotional, and social health, while causing disturbing effects on your relationships with loved ones, family, and friends. This article will discuss the link between existing medical conditions and hearing loss; in particular, the link between diabetes and hearing loss. The Problem People with diabetes may have a higher …

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Fall Design & Outdoor Living Show in Bend OR

Pacific Northwest Audiology was an exhibitor at the Central Oregon Builders Association Remodeling Design & Outdoor Living Show at the Athletic Club of Bend, Oregon on September 21-22. The show had hundreds of vendors and thousands of attendees…making this year’s event a huge success. The show provided a great opportunity for Dr. Li-Korotky to interact with and answer questions for hundreds of people about every conceivable aspect of hearing health…including hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), Meniere’s disease (balance disorder), hearing aids and assistive listening technology tropical inflatable water slide. Our congratulations to Ron Robbel (left) the winner of …

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Tinnitus…The Assault on Quiet Moments

The following article will appear in the ‘Welcome to Hearing Health’ section of Bend Life magazine this coming June. Dr. Li-Korotky writes a monthly column for Bend Life. Introduction Tinnitus is the perception of sounds that have no external source. The severity of tinnitus varies from an occasional awareness of a noise (e.g., ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, or rough sounds) in one or both ears, to an unbearable and incessant sound that drives some people to consider suicide. Tinnitus isn’t a single disease, but a symptom of an underlying condition. Tinnitus is not a ‘phantom sound’. There is real …

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