October is Protect Your Hearing Month

The leaves are starting to turn shades of red, yellow, and orange and fall to the ground. October means pumpkins on doorsteps and ghouls on porches. However, many people don’t know that October also means it is time to think about noise. This and every October is protecting your hearing month, a national campaign led by the National Institute on … Read More

Working with Hearing Loss

In the US, hearing loss is a condition that affects about 20 percent of the population or 48 million people. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) reports that of the15 percent of US citizens with hearing loss, about 60 percent are either in the workforce or an educational setting. While hearing loss is commonly associated with old age, this does … Read More

Could Earwax Be Contributing to My Hearing Loss?

Could Earwax Be Causing My Hearing Loss

Since earwax seems to be a popular topic these days (don’t ask us why, but earwax cleaning videos are trending on social media), we thought now was a good time to answer this FAQ. Can earwax cause hearing loss? A lot of things can cause hearing loss. Noise exposure. Aging. Certain medicines. And yes, too much earwax. But earwax alone … Read More

Avoiding Hearing Tests Could Make the Problem Much Worse

Do you have hearing loss? You may not even know it. This is because hearing loss is a progressive disease, starting subtly and becoming more severe over time. Often people don’t realize they have an issue until they struggle to hear in even the most ideal of situations. Do you find that you are asking people to repeat themselves more … Read More

How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

Hearing loss not only impacts the person with impaired hearing but also the people around them. Extensive research shows that untreated hearing loss can take a toll on relationships with family members and friends. It is important for loved ones to encourage seeking treatment as well as practice strategies for effective communication. This not only supports hearing health but profoundly … Read More

Hearing Aids May Positively Effect the Rates of Cognitive Decline

Today’s blog makes for a rare good news/bad news/good news blog. The first good news is that more of us are living longer than ever. Let’s toast to that! The bad news is, as our population increasingly ages, the rates of dementia increase right alongside. The World Health Organization (WHO) has the number of people currently living with dementia at 50 million — but projects that will triple by 2050. And while that is definitely bad news, there’s hope! As we’ve written about in a previous blog (before the study was updated in 2020), the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care found that 12 risk factors in life — if modified — may help delay or prevent 40 percent of dementia cases. One of those risk factors is hearing loss. In fact, it’s the risk factor that is the highest contributor to their risk reduction model. The commission recommends treating hearing loss during midlife (between 45 and 65 years of age) as the way to modify the risk, and encourages "the use of hearing aids for hearing loss.” This good news is seconded by a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society which found that hearing aid use in adults 50 and older who have hearing loss seemed to positively effect the trajectory of cognitive decline, and concluded that providing hearing aids earlier to people with hearing impairment “may stem the worldwide rise of dementia.” If you’re one of those people who like to be proactive about your health and aging — and you’re starting to experience hearing loss — today’s fact is reason enough to reach out to learn more.

Today’s blog makes for a rare good news/bad news/good news blog. The first good news is that more of us are living longer than ever. Let’s toast to that! The bad news is, as our population increasingly ages, the rates of dementia increase right alongside. The World Health Organization (WHO) has the number of people currently living with dementia at … Read More

Know Alzheimer’s Disease: Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer’s Month

Know Alzheimer's Disease Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer's Month(8) (1)

September marks World Alzheimer’s Month! Launched by Alzheimer’s Disease International, this global campaign focuses on raising awareness about dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term that encompasses several types of conditions characterized by cognitive decline. The most common type of dementia that people experience is Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 6.2 million people in the U.S. live … Read More

Addressing Hearing Loss May Improve Care of Older Adults

Addressing Hearing Loss May Improve Care of Older Adults

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition that older adults experience. Nearly 48 million people have hearing loss in the United States. Though an estimated 1 in 5 people have some degree of hearing loss, it remains an underdiagnosed medical condition. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), nearly 30 million people could … Read More

12 Reasons You Should Test Your Hearing

After the past year of living socially distant and behind masks, we think reconnecting is more important and coveted than ever! Unfortunately, it’s also more challenging for those of us with hearing loss — which is the biggest reason why 2021 should be the year to test your hearing and treat it if it turns out you have hearing loss! … Read More

Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is surrounded by a vast mythology, and it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. We hear some things from our friends, acquaintances, and loved ones, but sometimes we struggle to understand what is true about hearing loss. For starters, hearing loss is incredibly common with 48 million Americans having some form of hearing loss. Most people … Read More