Ironically, one of the most dangerous threats to healthy hearing is sound itself. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 5.2 million children/adolescents aged 6-19 years have noise-induced hearing loss, and as many as 40 million adults aged 20 to 69 have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from noise exposure. That’s why the Academy of Doctors of Audiology developed the PITCH initiative which encourages Perfect Hearing Health Habits.
The week of Sept. 16-22 is Balance Awareness Week, a great time to call attention to the importance of good balance, especially as we age. Approximately one-third of those between 65 to 75 years of age report that dizziness and imbalance affect the quality of their lives. Often, dizziness or balance disorders can cause or contribute to falls.
If someone in your life has untreated hearing loss, you know living with them can be frustrating, difficult and exhausting. You often have to shout to be heard, repeat yourself frequently, and live with the TV blaring at top volume. Hearing loss can be extremely stressful for spouses, siblings, children, friends and colleagues. Often, information from these “communication partners” can be used to get a more accurate picture of the individual's hearing loss and level of resulting disability.
Complaints by Those Close to People with Hearing Loss Shed Light
A research study published in the journal Trends in Hearing, through the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), reviewed more than 70 previous studies that looked at the complaints made by people with hearing loss and those closest to them to examine the same issue from both perspectives.
September is Healthy Aging® Month, an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. Originally introduced when the oldest baby boomers were about to turn 50, there now are over 76 million baby boomers, and the first of the 82.1 million generation X-ers reached 50 in 2015.
One of the most commonly searched terms on the Internet related to hearing is tinnitus. Clearly, many people are bothered by what they perceive as ringing in their ears, crickets chirping, or a constant white noise. What most people don’t understand is what tinnitus is, and what they can do to reduce its bothersome symptoms.
A recent study published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, suggests older adults who wear hearing aids may make fewer visits to the hospital.
Do you wear hearing aids, but wonder if you’re hearing the best you can? You’re not alone. Consumer Reports indicates, based on real-ear probe-microphone measures, that two thirds of patients fit with hearing aids in the U.S. may have improperly fitting hearing aids.
Noise-induced hearing loss can occur as the result of one single exposure to loud noise, like a rock concert, or exposure to loud noises over a lifetime. Though this problem is common, preventing hearing loss is critical to the ability to continue to hear and reduces the risk of hearing loss later in life.
You’ve no doubt seen ads for sound amplifiers that claim to help you hear better at a lower cost than traditional hearing aids. Some of these products are referred to as personal sound amplification products, or PSAPs. Though it’s true these products can be purchased online or without seeing an audiologist, they shouldn’t be confused with hearing aids. So, let’s set the record straight. The primary difference between a hearing aid and these personal sound amplification products is that a hearing aid is a custom-fit device for an extremely complex and intricate sensory system that isn’t functioning normally, resulting in hearing loss.
If you suspect that you may have hearing loss, you’re not alone. Of the nearly 40 million people in the United States with hearing loss, the majority are still in the workforce. And more than 10 percent of full-time employees have a diagnosed hearing problem, according to EPIC Hearing Healthcare’s, “Listen Hear!” survey. Another 30 percent suspect they have a problem but have not yet sought treatment. And still another study revealed that hearing loss is actually common among forty-somethings - people who are in the prime of their careers.