Tips For Staying Healthy This Summer

There’s been a “mega heatwave” in the western areas of the United States (e.g. Arizona, California, Utah, Wyoming) recently. This has caused planes to be grounded, people to stay indoors, and a rise in health-related illnesses such as dehydration. Unfortunately, the older you get the less you realize how hot it is because your body isn’t as hydrated so it doesn’t sweat as much. Nevertheless, people over 65 make up 36% of heat-related deaths because heat is more of a threat to them. This is Read More +

Cicada’s Sounds Are Problematic For People With Hearing Loss

Cicadas are a type of insect that spends the majority of its lifetime underground. They make their return every 15 years and this year the cicadas have returned. This is because they’re ready to mate before they die. For this reason, they make a loud clicking sound that’s used to attract their mate and repel birds. Cicadas are noisy insects but they’re also beneficial insects as well. This is because they help prune mature trees, aerate the soil, and once they die, their bodies act Read More +

How Auditory Perception Is Improved By White Noise

There are different types of noise. For instance, when you have a continuous background of white noise you’ll be able to hear pure sounds better. This is something that researchers from the University of Basel have recently discovered. They’ve included a summary of their findings on their website and in Cell Reports. Although we know that hearing is an important part of communicating, we don’t have a good understanding of how acoustic signals are perceived or processed so that we can make sense of them. Read More +

The Link Between Playing Musical Instruments And Hearing

Learning to play a musical instrument early in life is a huge benefit. Not only has it been proven to help with math, language, and time management skills but the skill of listening carefully to music is also beneficial. Some researchers have also discovered that playing a musical instrument and hearing loss are also interrelated. Learning to Play an Instrument Affects Your Need of Hearing Aids Northwestern University’s Professor Nina Kraus (neurobiologist, physiologist, and otolaryngologist) conducted a study in regards to how a person detects Read More +

The Connection Between Sleep Apnea And Hearing Loss

When you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea you should also schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist. Although this is something researchers are still looking into there does seem to be a relationship between the two – something that’s been discovered by several recent studies. Understanding What Sleep Apnea Is Although several types do exist, the most common is known as obstructive (OSA). It occurs because the muscles around your airway have relaxed so much that they’re now blocking your breathing. When this happens you’ll Read More +

A History Of Migraines May Result In Dementia

Researchers have discovered a definite pathway that links migraines to the development of dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s) later in life. Their underlying hypothesis here is that since severe headaches are associated with metabolic diseases, allostatic load, cerebrovascular, cardiovascular, and behavioral factors this could result in brain atrophy, changes in brain networks, lesions, and neurodegeneration. Over the course of many years, this may result in this disease. What a Denmark Study Shows Researchers in Denmark conducted a first-of-its-kind study. This was a population-based longitudinal study that looked Read More +

Technological Advances In Hearing Loss

There are lots of things that occur in our environment today that we may give little to no thought to – fire alarms going off, doorbells ringing, babies crying. Typically, all that’s needed is an auditory alert to know how to react to these things. However, if you find yourself suffering from hearing loss you may miss out on these alerts. This is why there are a lot of other types of alerting methods available for use today. Turn Up the Alert’s Volume When you Read More +

How To Avoid Ear Pain On Airplanes

Regardless of your air travel accommodations one thing you may share in common with the other passengers on your flight is ear discomfort in the form of pressure, popping, or severe pain. Although this is typically just an annoyance it can occasionally become more serious. When this happens it may result in hearing loss which is why you need to take precautions when you travel. Why Flying Increases Ear Pressure Flying causes air pressure to fluctuate. While the air pressure inside and outside your middle Read More +

How Obesity Affects Older Women

The American Geriatrics Society has concluded that women are not only experiencing a shorter lifespan but they’re also experiencing a decrease in their quality of life in their senior years. This is being caused by a combination of arthritis and obesity. Research Regarding Women with Osteoarthritis and Obesity Although it still appears that females can expect to live longer than males they’re also at a greater risk of living with a lot of disabilities because of these two factors. This is something that Dr. Heather Read More +

The Link Between Alzheimer’s And Obesity In Seniors

Recently a Korean study was published in the online journal BMJ Open that recommended seniors should continually monitor themselves for obesity so they don’t develop Alzheimer’s. This is because elderly people who experience significant weight gain or loss are at a higher risk of developing dementia. Understanding What Dementia and Obesity Are With an aging population whose life expectancy is increasing today, it’s important to pay attention to Alzheimer’s. Recent statistics show that 46.8 million people have been diagnosed with this disease and about 27% Read More +