The Heart of the Matter

The health of your heart is vital to your overall well being. However, an unhealthy heart can cause a multitude of maladies most people would not ever think about, such as hearing loss. Usually hearing declines so gradually that the individual with the impairment doesn’t realize there is a problem. Most of the others associated with the person with declining hearing acuity are aware of the impairment before the individual with the problem does. Early warning signs such as: turning up the volume on the T.V., asking directions, questions, or statements to be repeated, missing the “clicking” sounds of a turn signal while driving, or possibly having difficulty carrying on a normal conversation on the telephone.

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Healthy Hearing Often Overlooked

The month of August is recognized as Nationally Healthy Aging month. This encompasses a wide variety of topics and issues, especially for people 55 years of age and older. Father Time and Mother Nature waits for no one.

One topic that rarely comes to mind to the general population is the ability to hear and understand conversation. Most of us just take our hearing for granted. Hearing loss of some type affects one out of every ten people in this country; from very mild losses to profoundly deaf individuals. Since the majority of hearing issues come on very gradually, many individuals do not even realize that a problem exists. Generally, someone else close to the hearing impaired person becomes aware of the problem before the individual with the hearing loss. Tell-tale signs such as turning up the television louder than normal. Asking for questions, statements, and directions to be repeated; having difficulty hearing on the telephone; or missing the ringing of the telephone, or difficulty understand conversation in the car. Hearing some people better than others, indicating that some people seem to mumble, requiring people raise their voices or move closer to hear them; speaking louder than normal, concentrating so much to listen that they tire from it, and having difficulty understanding in noisy environments are all tell-take signs that a hearing impairment is present.

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Hearing Loss is #1 Handicapping Disability in America

Hearing loss is our nation’s #1 handicapping disability.  Over 35 million Americans have some form of hearing impairment.  Approximately 1 out of 10 people in the country are in need of some form of hearing assistance.

The good news is hearing technology has never been better!  The first thing an individual should do is have a complete hearing evaluation.  The Better Hearing Institute recommends hearing exams annually when 55 years of age or older; or sooner if you suspect there maybe a problem.  The earlier a problem is diagnosed, the more likely it can be overcome.  A recent study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging concluded that high blood pressure, heart disease, and hearing loss, left untreated lead to further serious complications.  Common side effects of hearing loss left untreated are associated with feelings of isolation, loneliness, and a loss of self-worth.  More importantly, untreated hearing problems in both men and women are much more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimers disease.  Those with mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimers.  People with severe hearing loss are five times as likely to develop some form of dementia and Alzheimers.  This is due to lack of stimulation to the portion of the brain that interprets speech.  Over time, the brain will forget how to interpret certain sounds due to lack of “proper” stimulation.

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Left Untreated, a Hearing Impairment Causing Safety Concerns

The month of June is designated as National Safety month.  One of the things an individual can do is to make sure your hearing is up to par.  According to Dr. Frank Lin, assistant professor of Otology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine; hearing loss, like heart disease or high blood pressure, if left untreated can lead to serious problems.  Loneliness and isolation, problems commonly associated with hearing loss – are among those older people fear the most, says Lin.

A new study by the National Institute on Aging and John Hopkins University School of Medicine finds that individuals with hearing loss are much more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Those with severe hearing problems, the study reports, were five times more likely to develop dementia then those with normal hearing.  This occurs due to lack of “proper” stimulation to the auditory portion of the brain that interprets speech.  Even mild hearing loss doubled the risk of dementia.  That risk, says Lin, a co-author of the study, appeared to increase once hearing loss began to interfere with the ability to communicate.  A prime example would be a noisy restaurant, or anywhere else ambient noise is present.

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