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For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

When it comes to hearing loss, the associated factors can often surprise us. Seemingly unlikely lifestyle habits and health conditions are associated with hearing loss at the level of statistical trends, even if we can’t determine a causal relationship. One of the factors that has shown some kind of relationship is the frequent use of painkillers.  Past studies have shown …

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Supporting A Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing aids can be helpful in countless situations, ranging from home to errands out and about or recreational activities. But what about the transition to nursing home living?  Hearing aids remain useful devices in nursing homes, as well, but they require some concerted attention to make sure they remain useful to your loved one. In order to prevent loss, damage, …

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Hearing Aids Are Found to Improve Depressive Symptoms

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

With over two thirds of people over 70 years of age experiencing some form of age-related hearing loss, it is a remarkably common condition. Yet, did you know that hearing loss is highly associated with symptoms of depression and other mental health challenges? Indeed, the rates of depression among those with hearing loss are much higher than among their counterparts …

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Head Injuries & Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

When you think about hearing loss, the most common image that comes to mind is age-related hearing loss. Indeed, most people who lose their hearing are in the golden years. In combination with noise-induced hearing loss, these forms are quite common, and most people who are fortunate enough to reach an age beyond 70 years will have some form of …

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How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Lifestyle habits undoubtedly affect our risk of hearing loss. In the first place, the willingness to use hearing protection and to avoid noise exposure are both directly related to rates of hearing loss. However, indirect effects are evident, as well.  Health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes have been correlated with hearing loss. Although it is unclear how the …

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A Link between Hearing Loss & Diabetes

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

As you may already know, hearing loss is related to many other conditions in the body. Not only are those who have untreated hearing loss more likely to experience mental and social health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and social isolation, but they are also more likely to have physical health concerns. Studies have even shown a link between untreated …

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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing aids are an important treatment for those of us who suffer from hearing loss. They keep us more active and more engaged with the world around us, and that translates to better health and better well-being over time. But how do we know when our hearing aids are no longer doing the job we need from them? Much in …

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A Brief History of Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Over 5% of the world’s population today suffers from hearing loss-about 466 million people. The rate of hearing loss is expected to climb to 10% by 2050. Hazards to our hearing are all around us: at work, at play, and just walking down the street we encounter sound that can cause hearing loss. We are surrounded by ototoxic chemicals. Even …

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Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month with a Hearing Test!

In Hearing Health by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and The Lancet has published an update to the known risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. The 12 factors that are responsible for an estimated 40% of global cases of Alzheimer’s disease include: Excessive alcohol consumption Traumatic brain injury Air pollution Insufficient education in the first 20 years of life Hypertension Smoking Obesity Later-life depression Inadequate …

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Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood      

In Hearing Health by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

We want our home to be a sanctuary. Although we live in our lives with constant turmoil and commotion, our homes should be a place for rest and relaxation – a refuge of our own making. However, with the noise in our neighborhoods and cities rising, it’s not always possible to achieve quiet in your home. Sources of noise pollution …