May 5, 2017

May 2017

May is Better Hearing and Speech month and this year’s theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection.” In a 2015 hearing industry survey, only 10.6% of consumers reported hearing difficulty. Surprisingly though, a 2017 CDC survey revealed that 24% of patients ages 20-69 who reported “excellent” hearing, actually had measureable hearing damage. Addressing this gap… Read More
March 14, 2017

March 2017

Tinnitus Troubles   The American Tinnitus Association and the CDC state 10-15% of Americans (about 50 million) experience “ringing in the ears.” Tinnitus is not a disease, but a sensorineural reaction within the auditory system and parts of the brain that process sound creating the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present.… Read More
February 1, 2017

February 2017

Hearing Loss Increases Risk For Falls Falls can be devastating for older adults. It is well recognized that the following factors all contribute to the risk of falling: visual problems, dementia/cognitive impairment, balance or mobility issues and multiple medications. However, untreated hearing loss also impacts the fall risk for all adults, even in ages younger… Read More
December 1, 2016

December 2016

Patient Expectations & Realities of Hearing Loss Treatments Approximately 20% of Americans (48 million) have some degree of hearing loss and the prevalence increases with age: 30% of those aged 65 and 50% over 75 experience disabling hearing loss. Medical, psychosocial conditions and overall quality of life (QoL) are negatively linked to untreated hearing loss.… Read More
November 1, 2016

November 2016

The relationship between hearing loss, cognitive ability and cognitive decline is receiving significant attention among medical researchers around the world. As the third most common chronic health condition affecting older adults, hearing loss affects about 30% of patients 65 and older and as much as 70-90% of those 85 and older. Basic cognitive skills like… Read More