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May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Today marks the beginning of Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) in the United States. Families, children, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and organizations across the United States will commemorate BHSM and raise awareness about communication disorders, available hearing technology, treatments, and communication outcomes for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Each BHSM, AG Bell raises awareness that early hearing screening and intervention is available and that getting the help a child, teen, or adult with hearing loss needs is key to ensuring successful...

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Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids

Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids

Published by HearingReview.com on April 10, 2019 “Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids” by audiologist and educator Victor Bray, PhD, is a new white paper, produced by The Hearing Review and sponsored by Hamilton®CapTel®, that presents a comprehensive overview of what we know about this subject, and provides a strong case for the partnership of audiologists and mental health experts in the battle against chronic depression. In the article, Dr Bray challenges some of our traditional “cause-and-effect type” explanations for how...

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Neural and Cognitive Benefits of Hearing Aid Use

Neural and Cognitive Benefits of Hearing Aid Use

We came across this article on The Hearing Journal’s website and wanted to share it with you. If you talk to one of your older patients about their greatest fears, you are likely to find that loss of memory or cognitive awareness ranks close to the top of the list. Although we know that hearing loss leads to isolation and depression,1 the typical senior focuses on deficits that may lead to a loss of independence, such as mobility or cognitive deficits.2 In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the possible link between cognitive decline and hearing loss in older...

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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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