Health and Hearing loss
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Did you know that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes compared to those without the disease? Experts say that one in three people with diabetes will develop hearing loss. Read more in this week’s article about the link between diabetes and hearing loss.
March 21, 2018 Health and Hearing loss
Did you know that smoking can have serious effects for your hearing and overall health and wellness? While the reason for the link is still under investigation, clinical studies have found that current smokers are nearly two times as likely as nonsmokers to have hearing loss.
Dating can be tough under any circumstances – what to wear, where to go, wondering if there will be a second date. What if you have a hearing loss? That can make things even more complicated. Should you talk about your hearing loss upfront? How should you communicate between dates? Here are some tips for successful dating with hearing loss.
March 15, 2017 Health and Hearing loss
Have you ever noticed how challenging it is to listen in a noisy restaurant? How about having poor cell reception, talking in the car, or even trying to have a conversation with your significant other while doing the dishes? The reason is listening effort. As an environment becomes more challenging to hear, the effort required to listen becomes significantly greater. Now imagine listening under these conditions with a hearing loss! For those with untreated hearing loss, trying to listen in these environments requires the use of multiple cognitive resources. This can lead to fatigue, lack of mental focus, and even poor short term memory.
Once upon a time, before people knew any better, it was thought that hearing loss was simply part of growing older – something not worth doing much about. It turns out that is wrong. Although hearing loss is common as we get older, it should not be considered a normal part of aging. Hearing loss is a much bigger deal than we ever imagined, and we need to take it seriously. As one of the most common chronic health conditions in the United States today (the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease), hearing loss affects baby boomers, Generation Xers and every other age group, and, when left unaddressed, hearing loss affects just about every aspect of a person’s life.