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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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New Study Shows Hearing Aids Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

New Study Shows Hearing Aids Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

We came across this article on HearingReview.com and were thrilled to hear that studies are now showing that the use of hearing aids actually reduces the risk of cognitive decline in older adults! Continue reading to find out how..   A new long-term study that shows wearing hearing aids reduce cognitive decline associated with hearing loss may do more than just drive older adults with hearing loss to finally seek professional care, according to Oticon. The company believes the new study will also give the general public—especially health-conscious older adults—a new way of thinking...

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Rate of Hearing Loss Increases Significantly As Aging Occurs

In a study published online in the September 15, 2016 edition of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Anil K. Lalwani, MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, and colleagues investigated if the rate of age-related hearing loss is constant in people 80 years and older. They found that the rate of hearing loss increases significantly after age 90. Anil K. Lalwani, MD The majority of research in age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, groups participants older than 70 years into a single category, thus obscuring changes in the severity of...

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