The Relationship Between Untreated Hearing Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease

by Dr. Brock Sturlaugson In recent years studies on the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive impairment are only becoming more and more common. Each one showing a link that an untreated hearing loss can lead to accelerated mental deterioration, leading to an increase in chances of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Even mild hearing losses can have a negative impact on brain health. American researchers have… Read More

Categories: Hearing Loss
Are you Dizzy?

Vertigo is the false sensation that you or your surroundings are moving. It can also describe feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness, faintness, or unsteadiness. Vertigo is usually caused by a malfunction of the vestibular system, which includes portions of our inner ear. Head injury, stroke, and viruses can be underlying causes of vertigo as well. WHAT CAN BE DONE? First, you must receive a balance assessment… Read More

Categories: Tinnitus
Ringing in the Ears

Do you have ringing in the ears?  It might be tinnitus.  Tinnitus is the term used to describe the perception of a sound which has no external source. It is a signal from the ear to the brain indicating something in the auditory system has changed. This perception can occur in one or both ears and is often described as a ringing, buzzing, hissing or humming… Read More

Categories: Tinnitus
Age-Related Hearing Loss

by Dr. Brock Sturlaugson Can you please repeat that word? Age-related hearing loss, called presbycusis, is the gradual loss of the ability to hear sounds and understand speech clearly. This loss of ability occurs so slowly that many people are not aware that they have hearing loss. Common Causes of Age-Related Hearing Loss About 30% of people over 65, and 50% of people over 75, have… Read More

Categories: Hearing Loss
Buying Hearing Aids Online

Online shopping is becoming more and more popular- but it is not appropriate for all purchases.  There are some purchases, especially those in which service is necessary to make the purchase be a successful one, which should not be completed online.  To be bold, and to the point: hearing aids should not be purchased online. In order to be successful with amplification, it is important to work… Read More

Categories: Hearing Aids
Tips for Improving Communication

Communication is one of the most important aspects of our daily lives. When a person has hearing loss, the quality of information they hear is impaired. Hearing aids alone are not always enough to compensate for the communication difficulties they experience. As a family member or a friend of someone with hearing loss, you can help reduce conversational difficulties by using good communication strategies. Since a… Read More

Categories: Hearing Loss
Auditory Deprivation

by Dr. Cory Tickle What is and what causes Auditory Deprivation? Imagine a man who has not used his legs in many months trying to run a marathon. More than likely, he will not win or even finish the race. Why? The muscles in his legs have atrophied… his legs aren’t conditioned to run, so they can’t complete the task.  This is what auditory deprivation is… Read More

Categories: Hearing Loss
Football Stadiums and Hearing Technology

Fall is a popular time of year for many reasons. One of my personal favorites is football! Have you ever noticed while watching a football game on TV how certain game sounds are emphasized for the listener? Perhaps you heard the quarterback call a play, or a rowdy fan cheering from the stands, or even a bone-crushing hit from a linebacker! These types of sounds… Read More

Categories: Hearing Loss
Social Stigma of Hearing Loss

The stigma associated with hearing loss can be a big obstacle for individuals who need help to hear better. Some individuals are afraid to take the next step because of how they think their friends, family, or acquaintances may view them. Negative stereotypes and prejudices have followed hearing loss for years, and it surprises me how many people still associate those misconceptions to hearing loss…. Read More

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Loss

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Better Hearing Institute, an estimated 5 million American’s are living with Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.  Researchers have long known of the connection between hearing loss and Alzheimer’s disease, and that people with dementia have higher rates of hearing loss, but lower… Read More

Categories: Hearing Loss

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