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May is Better Hearing Month

May is Better Hearing Month

Communication and Hearing Care Are Still Essential in Our Virtual World This excerpt is from Audiology.org. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! Your hearing and balance care are important to your overall well-being and can affect your ability to communicate and stay connected with family, friends, and loved ones. In a 2017 report, mid-life hearing loss was named as the greatest single modifiable risk factor to reduce the risk of dementia. So, does that mean if you have hearing loss and you don’t wear hearing aids, you’re bound to have cognitive decline? Well,...

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Hearing Aids Can Help You Hear the Sounds of the World

Hearing Aids Can Help You Hear the Sounds of the World

From hearing someone say “I love you,” to enjoying the spring chorus of songbirds, the sense of hearing helps us to connect with others and to our world.
Untreated hearing loss is associated with decreased quality of life. As hearing difficulty makes it more challenging to communicate, people become less involved in social activities, which may lead to isolation and an increased risk of depression.

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Hearing Aids and Cognitive Function

Hearing Aids and Cognitive Function

This excerpt is from Audiology.org. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! The relationship between hearing loss and cognitive status has long been recognized with significant work in the early 1980s. Nonetheless, the complexity of hearing loss, the complexity of cognitive function, and predominance cross-sectional work has limited ability to confirm or deny a causal relationship. If a relationship exists, causal or not, it is plausible that treatment of hearing loss may reduce risk or mitigate evidence of cognitive decline with age. The participants completed...

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Cognitive Decline and Aging

Cognitive Decline and Aging

This excerpt is from Audiology.org. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! Cognitive Impairment appears to be present in 5 percent of people between the ages of 71 and 79 years yet is found in 37 percent of those aged 90 years and older. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) appears to be present in approximately 16 percent of those over age 70 years. Importantly, MCI is not considered to be dementia, yet some 80 percent of people with MCI convert to dementia over approximately 6 years. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common dementia, representing some two-thirds...

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Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Brain Tissue Loss

Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss, according to the results of a study by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall. Frank Lin, MD, PhD For the study, Frank Lin, MD, PhD, and his colleagues used information from the ongoing Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging to compare brain...

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Don’t risk your overall health and wellness!

Don’t risk your overall health and wellness!

This excerpt is from Audiology.org. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! A new meta-analysis published by the Lancet Commission focused on the rising rates of dementia globally. Currently, an estimated 47 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, with that number expected to triple by 2050. The global cost of dementia in 2015 was estimated to $818 billion, with nearly 85 percent of that total attributed to family and social costs, rather than medical care. One of the main goals of the article was to consolidate the huge progress made regarding the...

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