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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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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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Ways to Accommodate Your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss

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

If you have a loved one with hearing loss, you might be able to recall some difficult interactions in the past. Whether you experienced the difficulty as a disappointment, frustration, or even in terms of sadness and anger, untreated hearing loss can bring up a complex array of emotions both for the person who is hard of hearing and for …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health         

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

Many people fail to acknowledge the existence of hearing loss in their lives. That could be chalked to several different factors: Hearing loss is uneven. Rather than a sudden decrease in overall speech, hearing loss is often detected as frequency distortion. Hearing loss is gradual.  It occurs quite gradually over time, and it may even be challenging to locate where …

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Earbud Use Could Harm Your Hearing

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

When we think of the causes of hearing loss, our minds go immediately to very loud sounds. Some of us think of the machinery in industrial sites, while others think of an explosion or a car crash. Still others might think of musicians who are constantly exposed to very loud music in rehearsals or performances. Although these are indeed risky …