How To Know When It’s Time For A Hearing Test

Throughout your life, it’s a good idea to have a variety of routine health checkups and tests conducted to ensure that your body is functioning optimally. One of the tests that become increasingly important with age is a hearing test. However, you may wonder at what age you should start testing your hearing to find out if you need to use a hearing aid. How to Know When You Need a Hearing Test According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), you should have a hearing test once every 10 years until you turn 50-years-old. Then you should have your hearing tested once every three years. If you work in a noisy environment or have concerns about your hearing (e.g., health issues that may affect your hearing) it doesn’t hurt to have it tested more frequently. Hearing loss tends to occur Read More +

Hearing Loss And The Impact On Children And Their Education

Loss of hearing can impact education and affect the learning experience for people of all ages. It doesn’t matter what age you’re at, the inability to use one or more of your senses can have drastic effects on various aspects of your life. For children, being unable to hear can have detrimental consequences for their education during their early years when it’s most important. But thankfully there are solutions and adaptations, such as hearing aids, that can make it a little bit easier for a child to learn better and thrive in their education. How Does Hearing Loss Impact Children and Their Education? There are several ways that loss of hearing can impact children and their education. Many children who suffer from hearing loss may find that they use shorter sentences than others and struggle to communicate with their classmates. Read More +

Ways Technology Can Help With Senior Health

As technology advances in many ways, the health industry certainly isn’t missing out. There are various things which have been developed over recent years to enable people to look after their physical and mental health easier and more effectively. While some aspects of technology don’t work for everyone, there are more people getting on board with new technologies and gadgets than ever before. In particular, technology can help to look after senior health and make some things a little bit easier. We’ll look at some of the ways that technology could help you to look after your health as you get older. Tracking Your Food Intake Thanks to a whole variety of new apps, it’s easier than ever to track your food intake. Whether you want to see how many calories you’re eating per day or want to keep track Read More +

5 Tips to Stay Safe When Driving With Hearing Loss

If you can still drive while experiencing hearing loss, there are certain precautions that you should take. Many people suffer from hearing problems and hearing loss but fail to seek help until the issue has gotten worse. If you’re struggling with loss of hearing and you still want to be out on the road around Clearwater and beyond, here are some tips to help you stay safe while in your car. 1. Go For Regular Check-Ups Seeing your doctor or hearing professional regularly can help you to monitor your hearing and keep on top of any further concerns. This is particularly true if you are starting to lose your hearing and suspect the problem might get worse. You can also explore hearing aids and other tools which could help to improve your hearing while driving. Speak to your doctor or Read More +

The Connection Between Hearing Loss and Anxiety

One in three adults over the age of 60 suffers from some form of hearing loss. Four in five adults over the age of 80 suffer from this issue. This happens for various reasons including being exposed to loud noises, suffering from cardiovascular issues, and simply growing older. Oftentimes it’s dismissed as being a normal part of aging, thus receiving little if any attention from doctors. Nevertheless, it still has major consequences on the life of the person who’s suffering from it. How Hearing Loss Affects Older Adults Not only does a person who’s lost their hearing suffer from communication issues, but their mental health is also significantly affected. This is a growing issue now that people are living longer. It’s important to make sure that they’re happy, healthy, and productive. Unfortunately, many people believe that this is simply part Read More +

The Effects of Caffeine and Noise on Your Hearing

Most Americans enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. Sometimes they’ll even find themselves drinking coffee all day long because they love it so much. If you’re like these folks you may not even know for sure how much coffee you drink each day because you’ll set it aside when you get busy, then when it gets cold, you’ll ignore it. Unfortunately, this is a bad habit to get into for several reasons, one of which being it can harm your hearing health. What Research Says Regarding Caffeine and Hearing Loss In April 2016 The Otolaryngology Journal published an article regarding a research study that was conducted by the American Medical Association. This was entitled, “The Association of Caffeine and Hearing Recovery After Acoustic Overstimulation Events in a Guinea Pig Model.” According to this article, researchers divided a group of Read More +

Hearing Loss And Allergy Season: What A Nightmare

Allergy season is oftentimes accompanied by a stuffy nose, watery eyes, hearing loss, and itchiness. When all this starts, you can also expect to be able to hear less since you’ll be existing in a “fog.” At the very least, sounds will be muffled as your ears pop more than usual in an attempt to get rid of the increased pressure in your head. When you move your head, you can feel the fluid moving around – to the point you may even grow dizzy. This will make you feel miserable as it has a real impact on your ability to communicate. Why Seasonal Allergies Cause Hearing Loss Fluid can build up in your middle ear when you’re suffering from seasonal allergies. This causes you to feel pressure and experience temporary hearing loss since soundwaves are unable to make their Read More +

How Hearing Loss And High Blood Pressure Are Connected

High blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension) is one of the main reasons why about 70 million American adults (one in three) suffer from heart disease and stroke today. This information comes to us from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who also believe that many American adults are also living with prehypertension (elevated blood pressure). While this is different from hypertension, blood pressure levels are still above “normal.” Defining Blood Pressure Blood pressure measures the force of blood as it bangs against the walls of your blood vessels. When a nurse takes your blood pressure, they note two numbers: Your systolic reading: This top number measures the pressure as your heart pushes blood out of itself Your diastolic reading: This bottom number measures the pressure on your heart when it relaxes between beats – when it isn’t pumping any blood. Read More +

Smoking and Hearing Loss – There’s a Dangerous Link Here!

If you smoke, there is a higher chance that you’ll eventually find yourself wearing hearing aids. That’s because there’s a well-established link between smoking and hearing loss. Additionally, even exposure to smoking (e.g. secondhand or in utero) can negatively impact the health of your hearing. What Research Says on the Matter This is something that’s backed by studies like the one done by Reuters News that discovered smokers are 60% more likely than non-smokers to develop high-frequency hearing loss. Older studies have also found similar patterns even among non-smokers who live with smokers. Such studies show these people are two times more likely to suffer from hearing loss than those who were never exposed to it. These studies also show that youth’s hearing health is also at risk. Teens who are exposed to cigarette smoke are at least twice as Read More +

Growing Older While Maintaining Good Health

As you grow older your health needs begin to change. The one thing that remains the same is that if you live a healthy lifestyle, you’ll be able to improve your life, avoid developing diseases, prolong your life, and be much happier overall. It’s not as difficult as you might imagine either. Increase the Amount of Natural Foods you Eat Unfortunately, many people eat a lot of processed foods that are full of things like sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, and lots of calories. These aren’t good for your senior health. You’ll want to replace them with things like: Fresh fruits and vegetables Lean cuts of meat, poultry, and fresh fish Whole grains Foods that are rich in fiber An easy way of doing this is by simply shopping only the perimeter of your grocery store since this is where you’ll Read More +