If your friend or relative has symptoms of hearing loss, you may be wondering how to approach that topic without offending them. “I think you need to get your hearing checked,” usually isn’t the best opening line – it may make people defensive. Start the new year with a fresh approach – take a look […]
Have you ever wondered how sounds make their way to our brain? The following is a primer on how we hear.
Our ears are made up of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear (also called the cochlea). All three of these areas work together to detect and process sound.
Outer ear […]
Misconceptions about hearing instruments and hearing loss are common, and they can create tension between family members and friends. Hearing instrument-wearers know these misconceptions well, as they often have to educate others who say something incorrect (or downright offensive).
Take a look at these 10 facts people with hearing instruments wish everyone knew:
1. Talking loudly isn’t […]
Every May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and hearing impairment. Hearing impairment is one of the most common health problems in the United States and it can have a tremendous impact on your relationships, social encounters, employment, and overall quality of life.
The statistics relating to hearing loss are alarming: One person out of every five suffers from hearing loss. That is 48 million Americans – 20% of the population – according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. To put this number in perspective, that is roughly the same number of people that died in World […]
Recruitment is a term to describe an abnormal growth in loudness. Recruitment is often present for people with a sensori-neural hearing impairment. Because of the patient’s hearing loss, they often cannot hear soft sounds, normal conversations or other environmental sounds. However, loud sounds can often cause much discomfort. People with normal […]
Hearing loss often has a negative effect on the quality of life, and places stress upon family members, friends, and co-workers. People with hearing loss may experience a loss of self-esteem in social situations, as well as experience depression or a feeling of isolation. It is not unusual for someone with hearing loss […]
Updated: November 5, 2018
Untreated hearing loss has serious emotional and social consequences for senior citizens according to a major study by The National Council on the Aging (NCOA). The survey of 2,300 hearing impaired adults age 50 and older found that those with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia. […]
Hearing loss usually develops very slowly, and it often worsens with age. Hearing loss due to aging is usually permanent. Most individuals with hearing loss can be helped significantly with properly fitted hearing instruments.
It is not unusual for people with a mild to moderate hearing loss to be unaware of […]