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The most common compliant of all hearing aid users who have noise induced hearing loss is they still cannot hear in their favorite social settings. In general, our world is very noisy. Living in New York City is no exception. People who reside in NYC actually are exposed to more noise than people who live in smaller and/or rural cities in America. It’s no wonder noise induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupational disorders (Nelson, Nelson, Concha-Barrientos, & Fingerhut, 2005).
Researchers are actively investigating drugs to prevent and treat hearing loss. Therefore the number of people who have hearing loss due to noise exposure could be changing with the development of a new otoprotective medication that is entering clinical trials under the oversight of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the Investigational New Drug application process. Possibly in the new few years, we will discover one or more of these otoprotective agents will succeed within the clinical trials and become approved by the FDA for the prevention of hearing loss!
Currently, there are no FDA approved drugs to prevent or treat any type of hearing loss or tinnitus.
Many people are unaware that cardiovascular disease can be detrimental to your hearing. Research studies in adults have indicated that individuals with cardiovascular disease are 54% more likely to have a hearing impairment.
This research was conducted through a study at University of Wisconsin in 2002 by the Population Health Program Faculty. They reviewed studies from the last 60 years and confirmed the connection in the American Journal of Audiology in June 2010 issue. They states the impaired cardiovascular health is detrimental to the peripheral and central auditory system.
Researchers believe the connection between heart disease and hearing impairment is through the cardiovascular system’s ability to provide adequate blood supply to the inner ear. The inner ear is responsible for interpreting sounds that are funneled from the outer ear, through the middle ear and collected in the inner ear. The inner ear is responsible for sending signals to our brain where it is interprets into meaningful sound. Blood vessels in the inner ear are dependent on high quality blood supply. Researchers also believe that a diagnosis of low frequency hearing loss may be a good indicator of existing or impending heart disease!
Health professional encourage individuals to engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Heart healthy can also be improved by limiting use of alcohol, tobacco and recreational and prescription drug use. All of these activities cause blood vessel restriction and can weaken your immune system. Some prescription drugs can also induce and/or exacerbate tinnitus, a condition described as a ringing/whooshing/humming sensation in the ears.
Emergencies occur whether we’re prepared or not; dangers of natural disasters to power outages, flooding and tornadoes, planning ahead will allow you to be more prepared during these difficult times.
Here are some steps to take to assure you and your loved ones with hearing loss will be safe in case of an emergency.
Pack a special “emergency kit” specifically designed for those with hearing loss
- Extra hearing aid batteries
- Water-resistant hearing aid container
- Dry aid kit is ideal, but a seal sandwich bag is better than nothing
- Cleaning tools
- Paper and pen
- In case someone needs to write in order to communicate
- List of city, country and state of emergency numbers
- Back-up or spare pair of hearing aids
An easy step you can take is to make yourself more safe in case of an emergency is to place “Hearing Impaired” sign in your home and/or near the front or back doors alerting any emergency personnel that might need to help you, so they will know they need to communicate loud and clear.
It can also be helpful if trusted neighbors, nearby relatives and friends are aware of your degree of hearing loss. In the event an emergency occurs, they will know when and how to get a hold of you to notify you in case you need to take shelter or evacuate your home.
It is impossible to know when an emergency will strike. If you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss or deafness, taking extra preparations like those mentioned can ensure that the disaster will run more smoothly.
HINT: Sooner Than You Think!
There’s good news and bad news about hearing loss. The good news is that your brain is amazingly good at overcoming many obstacles, including things like hearing loss. You may be suffering from a slight decline right now and you’re not aware of it, because you’ve found ways to compensate. By coping and adapting, you feel like you’re getting by.
So what’s the bad news? You may be adapting so well that you don’t know what you’re missing. You’re unaware of lost information, lost opportunities, and the lost energy you spend just trying to keep up. Maybe those embarrassing moments when you don’t catch someone’s name or some other
important bit of information are growing more frequent.
Know What You’re Missing
In age-related hearing loss, the condition progresses as you get older. Your brain may be good at continuing to adapt, but straining to listen tends to diminish the parts of your life that matter most: sharing with friends and family, keeping ahead in your business, and spending time in your community. People with advanced hearing loss describe this state as a feeling of isolation; of being trapped. They find it physically and emotionally tiring to hear conversations in noisy settings. It’s just too hard to make the effort. So they give up.
Break Through Isolation With the Latest Hearing Technology
There is help for people with hearing loss: a wonderful array of modern hearing solutions that can make it easier to break through the wall of isolation and focus on what’s important. Modern hearing technology such as Oticon’s new Intiga can help bring back a fuller and more vibrant social life and more rewarding listening experiences.
A great example of today’s state-of-the art hearing instruments, Intiga is a super tiny, ultra sleek, high-performance hearing device. Its high-speed sound processing chip allows you to differentiate sounds better, so you’ll be able to understand and participate more, even in difficult listening situations.
Now’s The Time to Evaluate Your Hearing
An evaluation by a hearing professional is quick, simple and painless. It’s your first step to reclaiming the vibrant life you love, in a way that adapting, coping or older hearing technology cannot. The only way to recognize what you’re currently missing is to try a state-of-the art hearing device in your own home, your own office and your own daily life. Right now is a great time to evaluate your hearing. We are currently offering a risk free trial of our new Intiga hearing device.
For more information call or come in today! Make an Appointment.
Advancements within the hearing aid industry has not yet caught up with the old stereotypes of hearing aids. There are new, sleek, various options available these days.
The Hearing is Living Study surveyed more than 4,300 people in the United States and around the globe to understand the impact of untreated hearing loss and how that correlates with one’s quality of life. According to the study, an additional study that was done by Hear-the-World people staff concluded that people who wear hearing aids are more social, more active and overall happier than those who do not. This is partly due to the fact that people with untreated hearing loss tend to withdraw from social gatherings and other functions that can increase their quality of life.
Statistics from the Hearing is Living study:
- 72% of Americans agreed their hearing aids were worth the investment
- 83% of hearing aid users in the United States reported their quality of life improved with better hearing
- Globally, participants affected by moderate to severe untreated hearing loss reported feeling sad and depressed more often than hearing aid wearers
- People with untreated hearing loss who did not wear hearing aids were more likely to feel anxious and insecure
- 68% US-based participants reported an improvement in their personal relationships
- Over 70% reported going to restaurants were less frustrating and easier to follow conversations with the use of hearing aids
People with mild, moderate or severe untreated hearing loss, untreated hearing loss has a tremendous impact on one’s physical, emotional and mental health.
If you have untreated hearing loss and are ready to seek the help of an Audiologist contact Audio Help Hearing Centers today!
Hearing loss can affect more than just your hearing.
A 2010 study conducted by the Better Hearing Institute showed that there is a strong correlation between those suffering from hearing loss and a tendency to have or develop chronic diseases, including:
- Heart disease
- Chronic kidney disease
Don’t ignore hearing loss; it can only get worse the longer you wait. Schedule an appointment today to see if you qualify for hearing loss treatment.
A lot of people believe that they can simply live with their hearing loss. While it’s certainly possible to go on with hearing loss, doing so dramatically affects quality of life.
Hearing loss can makes communication difficult, which negatively affects your career, relationships and daily interactions with others. As a result, your self-esteem and personal fulfillment take a hit, leaving you with a lowered quality of life.
Don’t let hearing loss hurt your life. Schedule an appointment to see how we can help.
Hearing loss hurts your relationships, making it harder to enjoy social activities and conversation. But it could be taking even more from you.
Research has shown that hearing loss, if left untreated, can cost an individual up to $12,000 a year. And, as time goes on, the cost increases as the individual loses out on raises, opportunities and promotions because of their condition.
It’s time take back your hearing and protect your wallet by scheduling a hearing evaluation today.
Although hearing evaluations should be performed by licensed professionals, this online hearing test can give you a general idea of the status of your hearing.
Disclaimer. This test should not in any way be used to give an accurate diagnosis of a patient. If you think you may be suffering from hearing loss then always consult your local audiologist (as this test instructs you to do so). This test should merely be used as a guide only.
The Hearing Check is not intended for people with known hearing loss, or who use hearing aids. If you use hearing aids and you still want to take the Hearing Check, you should remove them before taking the Hearing Check. Remember, however, that the Hearing Checks are designed to help identify people who have hearing loss and encourage them to take action.
This Hearing Check will not cover all aspects of hearing nor is it a medical diagnosis. It cannot assess your ability to understand speech through hearing aids. If you would like a full hearing assessment, visit your primary physician and ask for a referral to the ENT or Audiology department at your local hospital.
Detecting Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can sneak up on you. The condition usually develops over a long period of time, making it difficult for the affected individual to notice that they have a problem. It’s important to know the warning signs of hearing loss, so that you can detect the problem and get treatment before it gets in the way of your life. Here are some things to look - and listen - for:
- Requiring frequent repetition
- Thinking that others mumble
- Listening to the TV or radio very loudly
- Responding inappropriately in conversation
- Speaking as little as possible
- Increased stress, embarrassment or annoyance
- Withdrawal from social events
- Symptoms of depression
- Family history of hearing loss
If you notice that you or a loved one experiences two or more of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment at any one of our convenient locations in the New York City area.