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Depression and Hearing Loss

Staff Standpoint | August 2018 Hearing Review By Karl E. Strom Depression and its connection to hearing loss seems pretty logical and self-evident, especially if you’re a dispensing professional who experiences daily the difference that amplification can make in a person’s life. In fact, many clinicians find themselves explaining the connection as follows: a person’s hearing loss and related communication problems can lead to gaffes and social faux pas; leading to embarrassment, anxiety, and loss of self-esteem; leading to gradual withdrawal from social situations and physical...

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Children with Hearing Loss May Experience Higher Rate of Bullying

New UT Dallas research indicates that children and adolescents with hearing loss experience higher rates of peer victimization, or bullying, than children with typical hearing, UT Dallas announced in a press release on its website. In the study, approximately 50% of the adolescents with hearing loss said they were picked on in at least one way in the past year. Previous studies show about 28% of adolescents in the general population report being bullied. “I thought more children and adolescents with hearing loss would report getting picked on, but I did not expect the rates to be twice...

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Untreated Hearing Loss Puts Children at Risk

Untreated Hearing Loss Puts Children at Risk

Washington — Too many children with hearing loss aren’t getting adequate help and are being put at risk for social, emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) warned.. citing a national study exploring the unforeseen consequences of untreated hearing loss in America’s children. The warning comes just as educators and parents are preparing for the start of school, and as Democratic and Republican policymakers are preparing their party platforms for the November elections. In a recent national study titled “Are 1 Million Dependents with...

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If Hearing Loss is Not Treated, Brain Can ‘Forget’ How to Hear and Understand Speech, Says Expert

If Hearing Loss is Not Treated, Brain Can ‘Forget’ How to Hear and Understand Speech, Says Expert

Most of the 28 million Americans living with untreated hearing loss may be unaware that failure to take corrective action could result in the brain actually “forgetting” how to hear and understand speech, according to audiologist Cindy Beyer, AuD, senior VP, HearUSA, West Palm Beach, Fla. “When the brain is insufficiently stimulated by sound over a period of time, it can lose a portion of its ability to process information,” said Beyer in a statement released by the company. “This condition is called auditory deprivation, and studies indicate that the longer a...

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Untreated Hearing Loss and Depression in Adults

Untreated Hearing Loss and Depression in Adults

Mr. Smith suffers from “isolation, inactivity, lack of enjoyment and negative thinking.” His wife complains that lately he “speaks less” and “with more silences.” He “takes longer to respond to the remarks of others,” and his face is “relatively devoid of animation.” He “gestures” infrequently, and when he does communicate, she says he is “likely to express negative feelings.” Recently, he has been “hostile and demanding.” Sound familiar? Does Mr. Smith sound to you like he might have a significant hearing problem? He could, but these descriptions are cited by...

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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

In honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month we wanted to share Better Hearing Institute’s list of 7 health concerns that illustrate how hearing loss is linked to a number of health issues–many of which involve brain function. 1. Cognition: Studies from Brandeis University show that unaddressed hearing loss interferes with a person’s ability to accurately process and make sense of auditory information. People with hearing loss don’t perform as well on cognitive tests as people with good hearing. 2. Dementia: Researchers a

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