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Untreated Hearing Loss May Be Associated with Higher Rate of Cognitive Decline

Untreated Hearing Loss May Be Associated with Higher Rate of Cognitive Decline

Article originally published on HearingReview.com Hearing loss affects tens of millions of Americans and its global prevalence is expected to grow as the world’s population ages. A new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital adds to a growing body of evidence that hearing loss is associated with higher risk of cognitive decline, the teaching hospital announced in a press release. These findings suggest that hearing loss may help identify individuals at greater risk of cognitive decline and could provide insights for earlier intervention and...

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Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss May Incur Higher Total Health Care Costs

Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss May Incur Higher Total Health Care Costs

patients with untreated hearing loss experienced about 50% more hospital stays, had about a 44% higher risk for hospital readmission within 30 days, were 17% more likely to have an emergency department visit, and had about 52 more outpatient visits compared to those without hearing loss.

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Depression and Hearing Loss

Staff Standpoint | August 2018 Hearing Review By Karl E. Strom Depression and its connection to hearing loss seems pretty logical and self-evident, especially if you’re a dispensing professional who experiences daily the difference that amplification can make in a person’s life. In fact, many clinicians find themselves explaining the connection as follows: a person’s hearing loss and related communication problems can lead to gaffes and social faux pas; leading to embarrassment, anxiety, and loss of self-esteem; leading to gradual withdrawal from social situations and physical...

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Hearing Loss as a Major Health Issue

Hearing Loss as a Major Health Issue

Just around the corner is Better Hearing and Speech Month in May. More than any other time in our industry’s history, the hearing health care and medical communities are uncovering dramatic findings that link amplification and better hearing to a wide range of positive quality-of-life, social, economic, and health improvements. Just a few of these include:   Hearing loss, cognitive function, and dementia. In this month’s HR Online News and Letters, some remarkable findings by Frank Lin, MD, PhD, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins are featured. Essentially, the research suggests...

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Untreated Hearing loss taken too lightly – One million hearing impaired young Americans losing out.

Untreated Hearing loss taken too lightly – One million hearing impaired young Americans losing out.

Of 1.4 million young Americans with hearing loss, just 12 percent use hearing aids, according to data collected by the non-commercial Better Hearing Institute organization. The more than one million children and young adults living without necessary treatment may suffer from social, emotional and educational problems as a result. In the long term, they risk becoming cut off by society, warned BHI. ”Children who cannot hear well – that is, when their hearing loss in untreated or under-treated – could face a life of underperformance and broken dreams,” stated Sergei Kochkin, BHI...

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Study Shows That Hearing Aids Improve Brain Function.

According to a recent study by Jamie Desjardins, PhD, an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, hearing aids improve brain function in people with hearing loss. It is known that hearing loss, if left untreated, can lead to emotional and social consequences, reduced job performance, and diminished quality of life. Recently, research has shown that untreated hearing loss also can interfere with cognitive abilities because so much mental effort is diverted toward understanding speech. Jamie Desjardins, PhD “If you have some...

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