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Monday, September 14th 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) My dad is 83. He’s legally blind and, after 50 years of shooting skeet, he’s finally ready to admit that his hearing isn’t what it used to be. Same with my mom. She’s had more knee and hip replacements than the "Bionic Woman," but tell her she should get a hearing aid and you’d think I was telling her to make funeral arrangements. I’m lucky to have both my parents, but there comes a time when the "kids" have to take over. Remember the old proverb, "The child becomes the father of man?" Yeah, well this is one case when that’s oh so true. Seniors DrivingNobody wants to throw in the towel. We all want to be able to do the things we’ve always done. That makes it extremely difficult to admit that, in some cases, we just can’t do some o…

Monday, August 17th 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) We all know that the neck bone is connected to the backbone and the knee bone is connected to the leg bone. All the other bones in our bodies are interconnected with each other as well to form flawless pathways of bones large and small known as a skeleton. Without it, we would collapse into a heap of, yes, scattered bones. The skeleton example goes to show that nothing in the human (or animal) body is haphazard; instead, we are a collection of finely tuned systems programmed to work harmoniously together. What does this cohesiveness of body systems have to do with your ears or sense of balance? A lot! Vestibular system – from head to toe The vestibular system allows humans to maintain balance and walk upright Did you know that the first sensory system to…

Monday, August 3rd 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) Guy walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Hey, you know you got two Chinese torrent frogs in your ears?" The patron looks at the bartender and says, "Oh, these aren’t frogs. They’re my hearing aids." (Sound effects: crickets, lone wolf in the distance) You are saying to yourself "Huh? What’s a Chinese Torrent frog?" I know, not too funny; however, it would be a knee-slapper with the group of researchers at University of Illinois who recently discovered that the male Chinese Torrent frog is able to block out background noise in their environment in order to localize (pinpoint) the direction of an ultrasonic love call from a female torrent frog with uncanny accuracy. (Ribbit. Ribbit.) And now you’re asking, what does that have to do…

Monday, July 20th 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) It sounds so weird. Like some sort of urban legend. But the fact is well-meaning smoochers have actually done damage to the hearing of the kiss recipient when the kiss is placed just outside the ear canal, aka "the ear kiss." Kissing comes naturally. You give your spouse a peck on the cheek, a raspberry belly to the youngest son, a meaningful hug to son number two – all bonding gestures meant to impart feelings of good will. The problem isn’t in the show of affection – that’s always a good thing, but instead when that show of affection takes place too close to the ear of the recipient of all that koochie-koo. It’s Not the Sound, It’s the SuctionGail Schwartzman had her hearing damaged when her four-year old daughter planted a harmless kiss on mom’s ea…

Monday, July 6th 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) You see them everywhere – hardhats, safety-orange vests, steel-toed boots, protective eyewear – these are the men and women who build our homes and offices, build and repair our roads, and raise skyscrapers to awe-inspiring heights. They’re construction workers and according to an article published on Audiology Online , written by workplace noise expert Richard Neitzel, M.S., CIH, Research Scientist at the University of Washington, these hard-working builders are going deaf, experiencing hearing loss due to long-term exposure to noise on construction sites. The author points to numerous causes of the problem: a lack of hearing protection required by law the transient nature of construction workers who don’t "settle down" long enough to connect with…

Monday, June 22nd 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) When America’s 44th President is sworn in on January 20, 2009, will the cure – or at least some relief – for our ailing economy be on the horizonr You may be wondering what the economy has to do with hearing aids, rightr Well, a lot. When people have less disposable income, they spend money on necessities such as food, mortgage, utilities, and gas. Hearing aids, which cost, on average, between $1,000 and 4,000 do not figure on most people’s "must-have" lists. Poor economy has forced healthcare consumers to think twice on costs In fact, two out of three adults with hearing loss cite financial constraints as a reason they do not wear hearing aids, even though they need them. Although hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic health disorders in…

Monday, May 25th 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) Diabetes is an insidious, sneaky disease that often develops without any symptoms at least initially. It has the potential to cause harm to the body and, in some cases, diabetes especially untreated diabetes, can be fatal. Its nothing to fool around with, and certainly nothing to ignore. It doesnt go away by itself like a cold. But before we get ahead of ourselves, lets take a closer look at this cunning condition before looking at the dangers this disease causes. Including, yes, hearing loss. Whats Diabetes? Your body uses the foods you eat for energy fuel to keep things running smoothly from head to toe. Food, during the digestive process, is converted to a simple sugar called glucose. Glucose then enters the blood stream, travels throughout the body and f…

Monday, May 11th 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) In the summer, 2008, the American Heart Association published a recap of an extensive study that establishes a relationship between sudden sensorineural hearing loss, more easily called SSNHL, and stroke. This condition is marked, obviously, with the sudden onset of hearing loss, as in one day you hear fine and a week later you cant hear the TV anymore. So, were not talking about the slow, gradual hearing loss associated with the ageing process. This is different. You hear. Then you don’t. Very sudden. The SSNHL study, conducted in Taiwan, showed a clear relationship between the onset of sudden hearing loss and stroke. Published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, this important study suggests that sudden loss of hearing might be an early…

Monday, April 27th 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) Lets talk about fitness. No, not the kind of feel the burn vigorous exercises that leave your muscles achingly taut. We are talking about a cerebral workout the mental stimulation that improves your brain function and protects it against cognitive decline, keeping it fit and healthy even as you age. The brain ear connection Did you know that we hear in our brains and not in our ears? In fact, sound is carried in waves to the eardrum, which then sends the message to the brain. The brain, in turn, processes the stimuli our ears hear. This may come across as an overly-simplistic description of a complex function, but that is basically how the sound is transmitted. That means that in order for us to process speech adequately, especially in crowded places with s…

Monday, March 30th 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) The goal of every parent is to ensure their kids eat a healthy diet. Unfortunately, its a goal few moms and dads reach. Too much fast food, junk food, empty calories, sugary cereals and deep fried pork rinds. (That stuffll clog an artery faster than you can say Im having a heart attack.) Both adults and kids are certainly at risk of obesity. Check out the numbers: 33% of U.S. adults are obese. Thats one out of three, so if you have two thin friends, maybe its time to get on the scale. From 1960 through 2004, obesity increased from 44.8% to 66% of adults. 17.5% of kids (age 6-11) are overweight. That number drops to 17% in the 12-19 age range, though not significantly. Only one in four kids engage in light to moderate physical activity. 25% of kids don’t exerci…

Monday, March 2nd 2009 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) If youve been to a hearing healthcare professional youve already undergone sticker shock. These highly-sophisticated digital hearing aids can set you back a lot of cash if you go with all the features and goodies. Even a mid-range device will set you back more than a week-long cruise and you don’t even get the endless buffet! But heres the thing. Okay, so you plunked down a small fortune for those devices but face facts, you cant put a price on the improvement in the quality of life now that you can hear again. The key, now, is maintenance. Hearing Aid Maintenance 101. Extend the life of your hearing aid with a lil’ TLC Here are 10 tips to keep your hearing aids running at peak performance for years to come. And that means these tips are money savers becau…

Monday, February 2nd 2009

EarInfo uses the latest in internet scanning and retrieval technology to find hearing health-related news and web sites taking about hearing and hearing aids from around the world. This information is then compiled and summarized, so that you can take a virtual trip around the "hearing health world wide web" in 60 seconds! Videoconferencing links sign language interpreters with the hearing-impaired Imagine this frightening scenario: A child is missing in an airport, and his mother, who is deaf, is frantically looking for him. When the mother asks an airline employee for assistance, communication issues occur. The airline employee doesn’t know sign language, so the anxious deaf mother writes a message that reads like it’s been translated from a foreign language, something like…

Monday, December 15th 2008 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) With the summer Olympics from Beijing still fresh in our memories, its time to turn our attention to the Special Olympics and another group of highly trained, highly skilled athletes. Many Special Olympians experience hearing loss, sometimes a condition associated with Downs Syndrome and other conditions related to developmental delay. However, that hearing loss doesnt prevent these determined athletes from competing. And winning. The Special Olympics for Special Competitors The Special Olympics is the brainchild of Eunice Kennedy Shriver who started a day camp at her home for young people with special needs. All were welcomed and friendly competition was part of each days fun. The Special Olympics went global on July 20, 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago…

Monday, December 1st 2008 · Staff Writer

(Source: Healthy Hearing.com) Exercise. Youve tried it, hated it and never intend to do more than take out the trash once a week. Sound a little too familiar? Uh-huh, yeah a lot of older Americans are Barcalounger-bound boomers getting older by the minute. Time to change. Time to rethink your habits and maybe improve the quality of your life and (hold on) your hearing. A recent study conducted in the Netherlands indicates that aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the brain, improving those brain departments that sort and identify the sounds we hear. Medical science has long pointed to the cardio-vascular benefits of aerobics. Lifting em up and putting em down three times a week improves blood flow, which in turn improves everything from mood (love those endorphins) to knee bones. Now…

Monday, November 17th 2008 · Staff Writer

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) It is commonly known that age-related hearing loss its medical term is Presbycusis is quite prevalent, striking one in three people over the age of 60, and half of those older than 85. New evidence, however, bears out worrying statistics: it seems that the number of people with hearing loss is higher than originally thought, and, sadly, it doesnt just affect older people. Staggering numbers Those who believe that hearing impairment is confined to older folks only, hear this: Doctors at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore MD found out otherwise. Basing their findings on an evaluation of data from a national survey and hearing tests administered to over 5,000 Americans ages 20 to 69 over a five-year period, the researchers concluded that more people suffer fro…

Monday, November 3rd 2008 · s

(Source: HealthyHearing.com) Prices have gone up. Oh, you hadn’t noticed? Of course you’ve noticed. It hurts to fill up the SUV! Grocery bills are through the roof; forget holding the line on health insurance, home cooling/heating, electricity, taxes. The average American can NOT catch a break on rising costs. Everything costs more today than it did just a few months ago. Remember when oil hit $70 a barrel? Analysts were apoplexic. Now, we may never see $70 a barrel again. Survey shows consumers getting more for money with hearing aids But there is one bright spot in the economy, especially for people who experience hearing loss, from mild to severe. The annual Hearing Journal/AudiologyOnline survey of hearing aid dispensers, conducted in January, 2008, revealed "inflation-appropr…

Monday, October 20th 2008 · Staff Writer

(Sourch: HealthyHearing.com) It is a well-documented fact that chronic and excessive noise exposure is harmful to our hearing and overall health. But the bad news doesn’t stop here. More and more evidence suggests that noise pollution is not only toxic to us humans, but it also adversely impacts dolphins, whales and other marine mammals, collectively called "cetaceans." In fact, noise can be deadly to most species living under water. A cacophony of sound The aquatic environment is noisy. Heavy rain, volcanic activity, whale songs, toadfish calls, and other sounds emanating from the sea can be so loud as to be audible to a human ear. In fact, according to a recent New York Times article, the underwater reverberates with "fish barks, chatter, groans, drones and cries."…

Monday, September 8th 2008 · Staff Writer

EarInfo uses the latest in internet scanning and retrieval technology to find hearing health-related news and web sites from around the world. This information is then compiled and summarized, so that you can take a virtual trip around the "hearing health world wide web" in 60 seconds! Study Shows Hearing Loss is More Prevalent, Strikes Earlier than Thought A recent article on Healthy Hearing reports on a recent study conducted at John Hopkins in Baltimore, MD that found hearing loss is more prevalent in the United States than previously thought and is affecting persons at a much younger age. According to the article, "...the study re-confirmed that hearing loss is prevalent in older people, it also discovered that this impairment affects 8.5 percent of those…

Thursday, July 3rd 2008 · Staff Writer

EarInfo uses the latest in internet scanning and retrieval technology to find hearing health-related news and web sites from around the world. This information is then compiled and summarized, so that you can take a virtual trip around the "hearing health world wide web" in 60 seconds! This edition of "Now Hear This" includes: Earplugs as jewelry, child’s kiss deafens mother, hybrid cars are unsafe due to low noise levels and much more. Read about these and other stories below. Fashionable Ear Protection? Today’s youth seemed to be oblivious to the affects of loud noise on their hearing. Perhaps it is "uncool" to rock responsibility? Well one young entrepreneurial is hoping to change that. Lesley Sutcliffe created Earshots Jewelry, which combines the preve…

Thursday, July 5th 2007

A leading health charity was today celebrating after the Duke of York added his support to an appeal to raise funds for a new London-based research centre dedicated to restoring hearing to deaf people and preventing deafness in those at risk.Deafness is the second most common disability in the UK, affecting almost nine million people, and Deafness Research UK’s new Ear Institute brings together nine leading research teams at the UCL to create a world-class centre in hearing research. The Duke has now toured the new centre, which opened this week, and pledged his support for a new appeal which aims to raise money to attract the best young scientists to work at the Institute. He said: "The UCL Ear Institute is bringing the full range of scientific disciplines together under one roof for…

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