Treatment Methods for Tinnitus

Treatment Methods for Tinnitus

Tinnitus (a ringing sensation in the ears in the absence of any external stimulus) is a problem that affects around forty five million people in the United States. Generally speaking people with tinnitus perceive a whistling, hissing, or buzzing sound in the absence of any such sound being present.

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Hearing Loss and Sleep Apnea

Hearing Loss and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects a large number of adults worldwide and leads to poor quality of sleep and other health problems. Recent research found that sleep apnea can increase the likelihood of developing hearing loss resulting from other health problems such as cardiovascular and endocrine diseases, or generalized inflammation.

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Musicians and Hearing Impairment

Musicians and Hearing Impairment

When we think of professions that lead to hearing loss we mostly think of construction work or factory-based professions; seldom do we think of musicians. Professional musicians endure loud noises during their practice sessions, at recording studios and especially at concerts. This constant exposure to loud sounds puts them at risk for hearing loss.

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Hearing Devices in Vocational Interviews

Hearing Devices in Vocational Interviews

Job interviews are usually stressful without having to add hearing aids to the mix. Lawfully speaking, you do not need to disclose the fact that you have hearing loss to any potential employer if you do not wish to do so. According to the Equality Act 2010, disabled employees are protected from discrimination in the workplace. This means that your potential employer cannot eliminate you on the basis of your hearing disability at any stage, be it cover letters, interview arrangements, application forms, aptitude tests, or job offers.

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Health and Hearing

Health and Hearing

The key to healthy hearing is to maintain an optimal level of overall health. Certain health conditions increase the chances of developing hearing loss thus it is important to be aware of these ailments and address them in a timely manner so that they do not interfere with your hearing experience.

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A Second Set of Ears can be a True Advantage

A Second Set of Ears can be a True Advantage

Your hearing evaluation can have much better results if you are accompanied by a relative or friend. Having someone with you can be a source of emotional support and can also help keep you motivated and on track to help you adhere to the specific instructions and suggestions. They can also help you clarify any questions you may have and also provide you moral support and company.

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Have you had your hearing tested? How often should you test your hearing?

Have you had your hearing tested?  How often should you test your hearing?

While adults usually do not include hearing tests as part of an annual physical exam, it is recommended that hearing be tested regularly. Scheduling a hearing test once a year around the same time as your annual physical would be a good way to make it a recurring part of your preventive health routine. Diagnosing hearing loss as early as possible is important so that it can be treated more effectively.

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Questions to Ask Before Buying a Hearing Aid

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Hearing Aid

Buying a hearing aid is a major purchase and you may have many questions regarding performance, fit and cost. You have already taken the biggest step which is to have your hearing tested and determining that you need hearing aids. To make this process easier you should ask your hearing professional the necessary questions to ensure you choose the hearing aids which best fit your lifestyle and hearing needs.

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Before Your Hearing Test

Before Your Hearing Test

People are often in denial about their hearing impairment. They find it embarrassing and unnecessary, and often delay in taking the hearing test out of fear of acceptance of having a hearing loss. The biggest fear most people have is the fear of the unknown. Most of this fear is based on a lack of information about the actual process of a hearing test, which is why this article provides a brief look at the actual process a hearing test entails.

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Five reasons to take your hearing health seriously in 2016

Five reasons to take your hearing health seriously in 2016

When is hearing loss not just about hearing? Although it sounds like the beginning of a riddle, the truth is hearing loss affects you in many ways beyond just having to turn up the volume on the TV or asking someone to repeat something they just said. Hearing loss is connected to your overall health and well-being in ways you might not realize.

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ReSound Hearing Aids Are Making It Personal

ReSound Hearing Aids Are Making It Personal

Hearing aids are getting smarter. Some of the tweaking and fine-tuning that used to be up to the audiologist is now being put in the hands of the user. I tried out ReSound"s Linx2 product at CES 2016.

I put a receiver-in-ear hearing aid in each ear; they were synced to an iPad (a smartphone would work too) in the busy convention center. I wanted to be able to hear the people in front of me amid all the background noise. I tapped the "Noise" tab at the bottom of the sound enhancer screen on the iPad and slid the control bar to the right. It worked—no chatter. For someone like me with no hearing loss, it was like having super hearing.

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Living well: Fend off the blues with a hearing test

Living well: Fend off the blues with a hearing test

Need a mood boost? Maybe it’s time to check your hearing. Here’s why: Hearing loss is linked to a greater risk of depression in adults of all ages, especially in 18 to 69 year olds. But studies show treating hearing loss can boost quality of life. People with hearing loss who use hearing aids are less likely to feel down, depressed or hopeless, research from the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) shows — and they get more pleasure from doing things.

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How To Talk to a Hard of Hearing Person

How To Talk to a Hard of Hearing Person

Conversing with a hard of hearing person is much easier if you, the ‘hearing’ person, are aware of the hearing loss. If you don’t know that the person you’re talking to has a hearing problem, you might be forgiven for looking in another direction (into space for example) as you prattle on, or mumbling, or putting your hands in front of your mouth. It’s understandable that you might continue to speak softly, indistinctly, or use unconnected phrases with no verbs.

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Thank those who serve this Veteran’s Day!

Thank those who serve this Veteran’s Day!

Our veterans make sacrifices every day and many continue to make sacrifices long after they’ve left active duty. One of those sacrifices is their hearing. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, 60% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan come home with hearing loss and tinnitus, which are the two most common service-related injuries. The U.S. Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) estimates that in the past decade 840,000 service members have been diagnosed with tinnitus and just over 700,000 suffer from hearing loss.

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New Study Shows Hearing Aids Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

New Study Shows Hearing Aids Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

A new long-term study that shows wearing hearing aids reduce cognitive decline associated with hearing loss may do more than just drive older adults with hearing loss to finally seek professional care, according to Oticon. The company believes the new study will also give the general public—especially health-conscious older adults—a new way of thinking about the importance of hearing care and hearing solutions that will have far-reaching implications for hearing care now and in the future.

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Hearing Aids and Happiness

Hearing Aids and Happiness

In terms of our health, happiness is a miracle drug. It can help us live longer, be more optimistic — even increase marital satisfaction. How do you measure happiness? We’re all aware that smiling and laughing are physical signs of happiness and joy, yet characteristics of a perpetually happy person depend on how satisfied they are with various aspects of their life. And since finding happiness is a personal journey, here’s a tip to start you on your way: If you have hearing loss, wear hearing aids.

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Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Depression, Social Isolation in Seniors

Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Depression, Social Isolation in Seniors

Untreated hearing loss has serious emotional and social consequences for older persons, according to a major new study by The National Council on the Aging (NCOA). The study was conducted by the Seniors Research Group, an alliance between NCOA and Market Strategies, Inc.

"This study debunks the myth that untreated hearing loss in older persons is a harmless condition," said James Firman, EdD, president and CEO of The National Council on the Aging. The survey of 2,300 hearing impaired adults age 50 and older found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia and were less likely to participate in organized social activities, compared to those who wear hearing aids.

Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the United States, affecting more than nine million Americans over the age of 65 and 10 million Americans age 45 to 64. But about three out of five older Americans with hearing loss and six out of seven middle-aged Americans with hearing loss do not use hearing aids.

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National Health Survey Finds 1 in 6 Adults Has Trouble Hearing

National Health Survey Finds 1 in 6 Adults Has Trouble Hearing

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports that one in six US adults aged 18 and older reports trouble hearing without a hearing aid, according to new results from a nationally representative survey looking at hearing and hearing loss.

NIDCD has announced that data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) show age differences in self-reported hearing loss, use of hearing aids or assistive technology, and the likelihood of seeing a doctor or other health professional for hearing loss. The findings are published in a data brief released September 17, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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September World Alzheimer’s Month

September World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and September 21st is World Alzheimer’s day. In recognition the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is providing information on important research regarding the hearing-cognition connection. Bridgeport, WV, September 9th, 2015-If you want to help your memory and cognitive performance, you may want to get a hearing test and treat hearing loss, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) in response to a growing body of research that shows a link between unaddressed hearing loss and cognitive function. BHI is encouraging people to visit www.BetterHearing.org to take a free, confidential online hearing check to determine if they need a more comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Month in September.

According to Brandeis University Professor of Neuroscience, Dr. Arthur Wingfield, who has been studying cognitive aging and the relationship between memory and hearing acuity for many years, effortful listening due to unaddressed hearing loss is associated with increased stress and poorer performance on memory tests.

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Hearing loss may push decline in memory, thinking

Hearing loss may push decline in memory, thinking

Older Americans who have hearing loss have an accelerated decline in thinking and memory abilities, compared to those with normal hearing, according to a study published in JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine.

Those with hearing loss experience a 30% to 40% greater decline in thinking abilities compared to their counterparts without hearing loss, according to the findings published Monday.

Hearing loss is common among old older adults, affecting about two-thirds of adults 70 and older, and about one-third of adults younger than 60, according to lead study author Dr. Frank R. Lin of Johns Hopkins University. A large number of people with hearing loss are untreated, Lin explained, because they associate hearing loss with the stigma of getting older.

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The Better Hearing Institute Gives 6 Easy Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer

The Better Hearing Institute Gives 6 Easy Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is encouraging people of all ages to protect their hearing this summer so they can treasure the sounds of the season for a lifetime. Packing earplugs along with the sunscreen for summer outings is just one of six easy tips that BHI is offering.

While many noisy recreational activities are part of summer fun, it’s extremely important to take precautions to ensure that these activities don’t harm our hearing.

Prolonged exposure to loud outdoor concerts, lawn mowers, power tools, motorized recreational vehicles, target shooting, sporting events and fireworks can potentially damage our ears. In fact, the single bang of a firecracker at close range can cause permanent hearing loss in an instant, making it forever more difficult to hear the quieter sounds of summer.

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Loss of Hearing: A Hearing Aid Can Help Avoid Withdrawal From Social Activities

Loss of Hearing: A Hearing Aid Can Help Avoid Withdrawal From Social Activities

Weakening sight – no problem, we do not hesitate at the idea of getting glasses. Most of us even see it as an opportunity to develop a personal style. But damage to hearing apparently has some kind of stigma attached to it. So many of us choose to suffer hearing loss in silence. But diminished hearing can cause so many embarrassing situations for us including misunderstandings and eventual withdrawal from social situations. We start avoiding friends and family and opportunities to meet new people. This is why individuals with hearing loss tend to experience sadness and depression. They reduce their social activities and eventually become emotionally withdrawn.

If you feel that you may be experiencing a hearing loss it is recommended that you have a hearing exam to determine the extent of the problem. Obtaining a hearing aid can remove this barrier to communication and you will be eager to resume your regular social activities with family and friends.