Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss Is Truly Depressing

Want to provide your patients with more information over the health impacts of hearing loss?

In a study by Golub and colleagues (2018), an association was found between age-related hearing loss and depression. This cross-sectional study of Hispanic adults revealed that for every 20 dB increase in hearing loss, the risk for depressive symptoms increased approximately 45 percent. The implications of these findings are discussed in this JAMA article.

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Hearing Loss and Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Is there a difference between hearing professionals that only perform first fit without verification versus patients that forgo hearing tests and purchase over the counter (OTC)? 

This article written by Huch, an audiologist and president of Oro Valley and Grace Hearing Center, discusses the implications of OTC hearing aids and how it will ultimately impact consumers with hearing loss. 

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Beethoven’s Tragic Hearing Loss

"For two years I have avoided almost all social gatherings because it is impossible for me to say to people 'I am deaf'," he wrote. "If I belonged to any other profession it would be easier, but in my profession it is a frightful state."  

Ludwig von Beethoven is one of the most immortal composers of all time. Born in December 1770, Beethoven enjoyed early success as a composer and musician. Tragically, he suffered from progressive hearing loss that reportedly started in his mid- to late 20s. 

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A Closer Look at the Trend of Loud Restaurants

Do you need more information to convince your patients why they should avoid going to restaurants during peak hours of business?

This article written by Wagner, architectural writer and graduate student of acoustical studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, dives into the history of restaurant acoustics and provides insight into why restaurants have become so loud. The trend of loud restaurants is not only harmful to hearing but has also been linked to “unhealthy food choices and excessive alcohol consumption.”

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Holiday Advice for Those with Hearing Loss

The holidays bring together families around the country, young and old alike look forward to these special shared moments. For those with hearing loss, the holidays can be overwhelming. Difficulty following conversations can lead to frustration and stress for both the individual with hearing loss and family.

Here are some simple tips for making the holidays a sound occasion.

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Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

It’s no secret that a significant key to good health is maintaining a physically active lifestyle. But, approximately 80 percent of U.S. adults and children fall short of the recommended guidelines.

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Hearing Protection Use Among Adults

During 2011-2012, 21 million U.S. adults who reported no work related no exposure exhibited hearing damage suggestive of noise induced hearing loss and implicated non-occupational noise exposure as a major public health concern (Carroll et al, 2017).

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Can Zombies Hear?

Several years ago, neuroscientists Bradley Voytek and Tim Verstynen merged their love of science and zombies in their book Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? In the book, Voytek and Verstynen consider many of the common zombie phenotypical presentations: slow unsteady gait, slurred speech, hunger, cognition issues, etc.  For example, they report that zombies have classic signs of Wernicke’s aphasia, hence their inability to communicate outside of constant moaning.

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How Do You Sign, “Venti Berry Hibiscus Refresher”?

Well, you better get working on your signing skills for that favorite drink of yours. Then take the Red Line on the DC metro to the Union Station, do not walk toward the Capitol, but go the other way towards 6th and H streets. There, in the very near future, you will find a Starbucks store to practice your newly polished signing skills.

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Molecule Drug Therapy and Progressive Hearing Loss

A step closer to small molecule drug therapy in humans to combat hereditary progressive hearing loss.

One might think that once the cause for genetic, progressive hearing loss, like DFNA27 is identified, targeted therapy would swiftly follow. In actuality, the infinite and somewhat incomprehensible smallness associated with molecular research is akin to finding a needle in a haystack, with the haystack being DFNA27.

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