Hearing Loss

Jun
24

I feel isolated because of my hearing loss. How will hearing aids improve my quality of life?

It is proven that hearing aids can benefit you beyond just improving hearing. Hearing loss affects your social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being. We communicate to build relationships. When hearing loss is left untreated it causes isolation, the perception of not being "with it", or having emotional instability. If you are able to be involved in the conversation you have an increased sense of control over your life. Hearing aids will benefit you beyond just improving your hearing. Try a demonstration of amplification and hear what you have been missing.

Jan
17

Personal Health: Lifelines for People With Hearing Loss

By JANE E. BRODY

Yvetta Fedorova

Hearing loss, a disability currently untreated in about 85 percent of those affected, may be the nation’s most damaging and costly sensory handicap. It is a hidden disability, often not obvious to others or even to those who have it.

Its onset is usually insidious, gradually worsening over years and thus easily ignored.

Most of those affected can still hear sounds and think the real problem is that people aren’t speaking clearly. They often ask others to speak up, repeat what was said or speak more slowly. Or they pretend they can hear, but their conversations may be filled with non sequiturs.

Dec
29

What is the cost of untreated hearing loss in annual income?

Washington, DC — According to a 2011 national study by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), people with untreated hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 in annual income. As a result, the cost to US tax payers could be as much as $26 billion in unrealized federal tax collections.

Dec
27

10 Important Questions to Ask Your Audiologist About Hearing Loss

1. What type  of hearing loss do I have?

2. Is it likely to get worse?

3.  Would hearing instruments help me? What types are available?

4.  How can I use my hearing to my best advantage?

5.  What can I do to protect my hearing?

6.  Are there precautions I should take in my daily activities (driving etc.)?

Sep
06

Tinnitus is neurons “talking to themselves”

Tinnitus is generated by neuron activity in the brain, researchers say.

Tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears that affects millions of people, is generated not by the ear, but by neurons firing in the brain, according to a North American research team.

Jun
03

Going Topless Can Hurt Your Hearing

According to research out of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and The Ear Institute of Texas, your new Porsche 911 convertible may be exciting, but it can also damage your hearing.

The researchers tested five popular convertibles and drove with the top down and wind in their ears at various speeds and measured the decibel levels.

Feb
22

Sign language app for kids... and adults!

American Sign Language (ASL) is now available on mobile apps. The app is called iSign ASL and what makes this app extra cool is that a 3-D character shows you each particular gesture. You can see the movements from different vantage points so you have a more thorough way of grasping each particular sign.

This app is great for kids because it helps improve motor skills and has the advantage of giving children the ability to communicate with the hearing impaired. The app is especially kid friendly with ASL sign categories ranging from sports, clothes, and food.

Feb
21

Love, Marriage and Hearing Loss

If the key to a happy marriage is good communication, then what happens when you take away the ability to convey thoughts, share feelings, ideas, hear and respond because of hearing loss?

The relationship is bound to suffer…sometimes even crumble. According to research, this happens more often than you would think.

ALARMING STATISTICS REGARDING HEARING LOSS AND MARRIAGE

In a British study of 1500 people (a decent size sampling) that had some hearing loss, this is what was found:

Dec
27

Another explanation for "age related" hearing loss

Researchers at the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin have discovered that the protein Bak can be partially responsible for up to 50% of all over 65’s suffering from hearing loss.

Millions of tiny sensory hair cells in the inner ear enable you to hear. Age-related hearing loss involves the death of some of these sensory hair, nerve and membrane cells. Since hair and nerve cells do not regenerate in humans, their death leads to permanent hearing loss.

Researchers in the USA have now, with the help of research on mice, found out that these sensory hair cells can be destroyed if the so-called mitochondrial membrane, which protects the cells, is destroyed.

This can occur if there is too much Bak protein present. Should this happen, proteins can find their way into the cells and break them down, causing the cells to die.

Dec
23

Annual Noisy Toys List

Before you make your toy purchases, you must know about a few very noisy toys out there.  Instead of bringing joy to your children, these toys could give them unwanted, permanent hearing loss. That’s right; many of the toys for children on the market ring in at more than 129 decibels (dB.)

Noisy Toys 2010That’s well above what the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) considers a safe level that won’t damage hearing. In fact, the set standard level for safe noise (that is, noises that lead to dangerous hearing loss) is 85 dB.

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