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Untreated Hearing Loss May Be Linked to Mental, Physical, and Social Ailments

Untreated Hearing Loss May Be Linked to Mental, Physical, and Social Ailments

This excerpt is from HearingReview.com. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! A team of Japanese researchers centered at the University of Tsukuba sought to shed further light on the relation of hearing loss and other illnesses among older people. They examined three key areas and found hearing loss had a clear link with all three, especially memory loss, according to a press release summarizing the findings on the University’s website. The researchers reported their findings in the journal, Geriatrics & Gerontology International. The team took advantage of...

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Study Shows Older Adults with Hearing Loss at Higher Risk for Depression

Study Shows Older Adults with Hearing Loss at Higher Risk for Depression

This excerpt is from HearingReview.com. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! The results of a study investigating the connection between hearing loss and depression found that older adults with some form of hearing loss were 47% more likely to also have depression symptoms, according to an article in Reuters.  Originally published in The Gerontologist, the research review looked at 35 previous studies encompassing 147, 148 participants, who were at least 60 years old. “We know that older adults with hearing loss often withdraw from social occasions, like...

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The Case for Preserving Cognition with Hearing Aids

Click Here to Read the full article on HearingReview.com By Dennis Hampton, PhD A long-term study of 2,040 older adults found that cognitive decline was significantly reduced in subjects who used hearing aids. Published in the June 2018 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society—and summarized by Dawes et al2 in the January 2019 Hearing Review—the data were drawn from the Health and Retirement Study over an 18-year period. Subjects were age 50 and older, had no dementia at baseline, and began using hearing aids during the 18-year period. Cognitive function was assessed using...

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Better Hearing is Better Living

Tech Topic | January 2019 Hearing Review By Thomas A. Powers, PhD; D. Bradley Davis, AuD; Matthias Froehlich, PhD; and Amyn M. Amlani, PhD This study supports the idea that modern hearing aid technology improves patients’ quality of life to a greater extent than shown in previous studies. While it is not possible to determine the degree of the direct relationship, it appears that own voice processing leads to talking more in important communication situations, and, in turn, helps lead to this improvement. Documenting Hearing Aid Benefit As early as the first...

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For Millions With Untreated Hearing Loss, Holiday Season Can be Especially Difficult

For Millions With Untreated Hearing Loss, Holiday Season Can be Especially Difficult

For many of the millions of Americans with hearing impairment, especially the 27 million living with untreated hearing loss, the holidays may not be all that happy, says audiologist Cindy Beyer, senior VP of HearUSA, West Palm Beach, Fla. Beyer said studies have linked hearing loss to stress, frustration, and social isolation, “which can easily be intensified at holiday gatherings with families and friends, when many of those with hearing impairment may find conversations both difficult and isolating. “Hearing loss is often labeled ‘the invisible handicap’ because there are no...

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The Role of Hearing Loss in Late-life Depression

The Role of Hearing Loss in Late-life Depression

Clinical depression has been referred to as the “common cold” of mental illness. Statistical figures on the incidence of depression are staggering. It is estimated that 1 out of every 5 Americans will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lives. The total number of individuals suffering from depression in the United States currently exceeds the 18-million mark. Not surprisingly, the elderly comprise one of the largest segments of the clinically depressed population, particularly among those living in institutional settings. Given the prevalence of hearing loss, its...

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