Are Sleep Apnea and Hearing Loss Connected?

The National Sleep Foundation estimates more than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the condition causes you to stop and restart breathing many times while sleeping. This can prevent your body from getting enough oxygen. There are two types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when your upper airway becomes … Read More

Medications Can Affect Your Hearing

We usually take medications like pain relievers and antibiotics to treat health problems, such as headache pain, arthritis, or in the case of antibiotics, an infection. And while it’s true that these medications may treat one health problem, in the process they might cause another, namely hearing loss, tinnitus or vestibular disorders. In fact, drugs that can impact hearing, whether … Read More

Why Hearing Loss is a Family Affair

You’re sitting at the dinner table, but your conversation with your partner requires you to constantly repeat yourself.  “What?” “Can you speak up?” and “Would you repeat that?” are all phrases that pepper your dinner talk. For family members of someone who has hearing loss, that scenario is all too common. Responses are often misunderstood by the individual with hearing … Read More

The Connection Between Smoking and Hearing Loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. An estimated 30.8 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. Each year, nearly half a million Americans die prematurely of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Another 16 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Each year, … Read More

Can You Hear Spring?

Can you hear spring? Birds singing, rain falling and the wind rustling the new leaves on the trees… If you can’t hear those sounds, you may have hearing loss, and that means you’re missing out on the sounds of spring. But how do you know if you’re missing out? After all, the last time you had your hearing checked might … Read More

How Hearing Impacts Balance

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one out of four older people falls each year, and falling once doubles your chances of falling again. A number of conditions can lead to falls—from vitamin D deficiency to vision problems to trip hazards like throw rugs. But a recent study has found that what people hear and do not … Read More

The Perfect Partnership—Hearing and Vision

Though most of us might not consciously think about it, our hearing and our vision constantly are working in concert to help us communicate and navigate the world around us. Hearing and the auditory system Our auditory system is responsible for our hearing and can be divided into two main sections: the peripheral auditory system and the central auditory system. … Read More

Recognizing World Hearing Day

March 3 is World Hearing Day, a day recognizing how widespread hearing loss is not just in the United States, but across the world. This year’s recognition focuses on preventing hearing loss in adolescents and young adults, highlighting the need for safe listening practices and use of hearing protection when appropriate. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in … Read More

Do You Have Diabetes? You May be at Risk for Hearing Loss

Two of the most common health problems in an aging population are diabetes and hearing loss. Individuals with diabetes have twice the incidence of hearing loss compared to those without diabetes and those with prediabetes have a 30% higher rate of hearing loss. In fact, the World Health Organization reports that the worldwide prevalence of disabling hearing loss affects 466 … Read More

Studies Show COVID-19 May Affect Hearing and Balance

As we continue to learn to live with the SARS-COV-2, or the COVID-19 virus, much more is being learned about how the illness affects the human body. Since the early days of the pandemic, it was noted that individuals with the virus often lost their sense of taste and/or smell. But it seems now more COVID-19 patients are reporting symptoms … Read More