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Reduce the Risk of Falls by Treating Hearing Loss

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

Every 11 seconds, an adult in the United States visits the emergency room due to a fall injury, making accidental falls one of the most common causes of bodily injury. Our bodies become more vulnerable to falls as we age, and an unintentional fall can result in permanent injuries and lengthy recovery times. Understanding what factors contribute to falls is …

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Everyday Noises that Could Cause Hearing Loss

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

Emergency sirens and loud fireworks aren’t the only sounds that can harm your hearing. There are a number of everyday noises that could cause hearing loss! Here are some of the everyday noises that are dangerously loud. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss  Ordinary sounds do a lot more damage than you might think. You’re used to your noisy lawnmower or leaf blower, …

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Preparing for Emergencies with Hearing Aids

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

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. Emergencies can happen when we least expect them, so we recommend planning ahead. Whether there’s a state-wide emergency like a blizzard, a tornado, a flood or a fire, or a local emergency in your neighborhood, here’s everything you need to know about preparing for emergencies with hearing aids. Why …

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Is Your Mood Connected to Hearing Loss

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

Have you ever felt like your hearing loss is affecting your mood? You’re certainly not alone. In fact, older Americans with hearing loss can often have symptoms of depression. Do you spend your whole day struggling to hear, and notice that you’re having a harder time connecting with loved ones? These communication challenges can easily lead to feelings of isolation, …

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Why People Avoid Treating Hearing Loss — and Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test!

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

Hearing loss is quite common, and the likelihood only increases as we age. In fact, hearing loss affects one in three people ages 65 or older, and a full two out of three people aged 75 or older. With such high rates, why do so many people avoid getting treatment? Perhaps a piece of the puzzle lies in the correlation …

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Hearing Loss Could Restrict Mobility & Quality of Life

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

A recent study out of Finland has demonstrated that older adults with hearing loss are more likely to have limited mobility than their counterparts who do not have hearing loss. How did the researchers come up with this finding, and what are the implications for everyday life? Let’s take a moment to get inside the study in order to understand …

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Unexpected Causes of Hearing Loss

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

Some noisy events are an obvious danger for hearing loss. If you work in a factory or industrial site with very loud machinery, then there is no doubt that you are encountering a hearing loss risk at work. for this reason workplaces put mandatory protection rules in place, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) monitors the enforcement of …

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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 …