If you’ve had a few health care expenses in 2018, don’t let the end of the year slip by without investigating your hearing health care options. As you do, consider these three important questions:
According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, 80 percent of people 65 years old and older have experienced dizziness. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, the most common vestibular disorder, is the cause of approximately 50 percent of dizziness in older people. Overall, vertigo from a vestibular problem accounts for one-third of all dizziness and vertigo symptoms reported to health care professionals.
According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus affects approximately 50 million Americans and is a commonly referred ear problem. Of these 50 million people, 16 million have symptoms severe enough that they seek medical attention, and 2 million cannot function “normally” on a day-to-day basis
According to the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, an audiologist is a health care professional who diagnoses and treats hearing and balance problems. An audiologist has earned an Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology), or Ph.D. Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program.
When it comes to hearing aids, the old adage applies: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” At Associated Audiologists, we are aware that many advertisers use misleading strategies marketed as deals. Here are some common claims to watch out for:
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.