October is Protect Your Hearing Month

It’s October, and that means it’s Protect Your Hearing Month! We’re joining audiologists and health professionals around the country to raise awareness about hearing loss and what you can do to protect your hearing.  Exposure to loud noise is a common cause of hearing loss. And it’s preventable! Protecting your hearing can reduce your risk of hearing loss. Here’s how. … Read More

How Loud is Too Loud for Kids?

If you grew up before the invention of portable music players, you probably did not spend much time wearing headphones. You might have put a set of hearing into a record player or radio, but those moments of personal pleasure were usually fleeting. Even if you grew up with portable cassettes or CD players, you were unlikely to listen to … Read More

How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

Taking steps to protect your hearing can help you avoid hearing loss while also improving your overall health. Avoiding loud and excessive noise exposure is the most straightforward way to safeguard your hearing, but other lifestyle behaviors can also help maintain your hearing health, including quitting smoking and moderating your drinking.    How do these activities affect our hearing? It’s … Read More

Studies Show Higher Rates of Hearing Loss for People with Diabetes

Studies Show Higher Rates of Hearing Loss for People with Diabetes

In the United States, diabetes affects 34.2 million people or one out of every ten people. Even more disturbing is the fact that one in every three Americans, or 88 million people, is prediabetic and may not even realize it!  Diabetes is a significant comorbidity that can harm your heart, nerves, feet, kidneys, and eyes, among other parts of your … Read More

A Connection between Hearing Loss, Depression, and Dementia

A Connection between Hearing Loss, Depression, and Dementia

Hearing is thought by many to occur in the ears, but it actually takes place in the brain. Believe it or not, our sense of hearing is our fastest, even faster than our sense of vision! Our sense of hearing works like this: sound waves are picked up by our outer ears, which then travel down your ear canal. These … Read More

How Hearing Loss Treatment Can Lessen Loneliness

How Hearing Loss Treatment Can Lessen Loneliness

Hearing challenges don’t just affect how we hear, they often have ramifications for many aspects of our quality of life. One common consequence of untreated hearing loss is loneliness, a serious concern that can lead to depression and early mortality. Let’s take a look at how unaddressed hearing loss contributes to loneliness and how treatment can help. What Links Hearing … Read More

Even a Mild Hearing Loss Contributes to Cognitive Decline

Even a Mild Hearing Loss Contributes to Cognitive Decline

In the early stages of hearing loss people often mistakenly dismiss their hearing challenges as “no big deal” or “not bad enough to mind”. Unfortunately, ignoring hearing loss at its earliest stages means missing out on when hearing loss is most treatable. Worse, studies are finding that when left untreated, even mild hearing loss can contribute to significant cognitive problems, … Read More

Why Do Masks Make it Difficult to Communicate?

As necessary as they are for our collective health, face masks can make conversation a little more complicated — or at the very least less pleasant — for everyone. When facial expressions vanish underneath two layers of cotton and lipreading becomes impossible, persons with hearing loss have severe communication issues. Human speech is similarly reduced in loudness and clarity when … Read More

How Often Should I Get a Hearing Test

When we are asked how often a hearing test is needed, our response is usually “it depends.” It’s an important question because the first step toward recovery and continuing hearing health services is understanding your hearing capacity. Let’s take a look at the various hearing categories that could necessitate more frequent testing.  Guidelines for hearing testing for the average person … Read More