Hearing loss can happen suddenly, in one ear or both. But in most cases, it’s just the opposite. Hearing loss is so gradual that many people don’t notice it until it’s reached the point where it’s tough to ignore. In fact, statistics show the average person waits seven years before seeking help with hearing loss, but treatment can be more … Read More
An article published recently in JAMA Network Open asked an intriguing question that many of us may not have considered when it comes to our hearing: Is hearing impairment associated with poorer physical function, reduced walking endurance, and faster decline in physical function? Most of us wouldn’t think that our ability to hear and our ability to remain physically active … Read More
In recent years, several studies have suggested a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline, or dementia. Now, a study recently released adds to the evidence that older adults who wear hearing aids for a newly diagnosed hearing loss may have the advantage over their counterparts. This study from the University of Michigan found individuals with newly diagnosed hearing loss … Read More
Here’s another reason you may want to watch what you eat—it might help prevent hearing loss! Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that eating a healthy diet may reduce the risk of acquired hearing loss. Using longitudinal data collected in the Nurses’ Health Study II Conservation of Hearing Study (CHEARS), researchers examined three-year changes in hearing sensitivities and … Read More
In the United States, about one in four adults (30%) age 65 and older, report falling each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This results in about 30 million falls each year. While not all falls result in an injury, about 38% of those who fall reported an injury that required medical treatment or restricted their activity for … Read More
When you go to dinner in a busy restaurant, do you have problems hearing your conversation partner? Are you turning the volume up on your television or radio louder and louder? Do you struggle to hear on the phone? These all are common symptoms of hearing loss. It’s a widely recognized fact that individuals with hearing loss often don’t or … Read More
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, hearing loss affects 48 million Americans today. If current trends continue, the number of individuals with age-related hearing loss worldwide will swell to 580 million by 2050. Also by 2050, the number of adults with dementia is expected to grow to 131.5 million worldwide, a substantial public health challenge. A number of … Read More
Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss. Hearing Loss Is More Common in Those with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes In addition, a recent study found that hearing loss is twice … Read More
Hearing loss is often described as an “invisible” health problem. Because hearing loss usually happens gradually, many people don’t realize what they’re missing. And even more importantly, researchers have discovered significant links between hearing loss and other serious health issues, including cognition, dementia, depression, falling, and overall physical and mental health.
Age-related hearing loss affects nearly half of all adults over age 75, but despite its prevalence, age-related hearing loss is often misunderstood or under-recognized by those who experience it. In fact, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) says denial is the biggest barrier to hearing aid use.
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