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Dementia and Hearing Loss

Dementia and Hearing Loss

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 recent 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, it is not quite that simple.1 Hearing loss, and other modifiable...

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Say YES to Hearing Aids – Be proactive about your longterm health!

Say YES to Hearing Aids – Be proactive about your longterm health!

This excerpt is from Audiology.org. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! We have heard the concerning connections between untreated hearing loss and a host of other health conditions. There is always debate around these conversations about whether the link between hearing loss and say accelerated dementia is causal or otherwise. One of the tried and true methods to ask this question more deliberately is to reintroduce function, hearing in this case, and observe the effects on the secondary conditions. A large retrospective cohort study from almost 115,000...

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May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Today marks the beginning of Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) in the United States. Families, children, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and organizations across the United States will commemorate BHSM and raise awareness about communication disorders, available hearing technology, treatments, and communication outcomes for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Each BHSM, AG Bell raises awareness that early hearing screening and intervention is available and that getting the help a child, teen, or adult with hearing loss needs is key to ensuring successful...

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Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids

Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids

Published by HearingReview.com on April 10, 2019 “Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids” by audiologist and educator Victor Bray, PhD, is a new white paper, produced by The Hearing Review and sponsored by Hamilton®CapTel®, that presents a comprehensive overview of what we know about this subject, and provides a strong case for the partnership of audiologists and mental health experts in the battle against chronic depression. In the article, Dr Bray challenges some of our traditional “cause-and-effect type” explanations for how...

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Neural and Cognitive Benefits of Hearing Aid Use

Neural and Cognitive Benefits of Hearing Aid Use

We came across this article on The Hearing Journal’s website and wanted to share it with you. If you talk to one of your older patients about their greatest fears, you are likely to find that loss of memory or cognitive awareness ranks close to the top of the list. Although we know that hearing loss leads to isolation and depression,1 the typical senior focuses on deficits that may lead to a loss of independence, such as mobility or cognitive deficits.2 In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the possible link between cognitive decline and hearing loss in older...

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Untreated Hearing Loss May Be Associated with Higher Rate of Cognitive Decline

Untreated Hearing Loss May Be Associated with Higher Rate of Cognitive Decline

Article originally published on HearingReview.com Hearing loss affects tens of millions of Americans and its global prevalence is expected to grow as the world’s population ages. A new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital adds to a growing body of evidence that hearing loss is associated with higher risk of cognitive decline, the teaching hospital announced in a press release. These findings suggest that hearing loss may help identify individuals at greater risk of cognitive decline and could provide insights for earlier intervention and...

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