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Do’s and don’ts of living with tinnitus
Posted by Larry Barsh on May 20, 2020
Over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus — or ringing in the ears. When you first realize you have tinnitus, it can be difficult to know what to do. Here is a starter list of dos and don’ts for people dealing with tinnitus. Do’s 1. Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate or...
Noise is the antithesis of the best sounds ever
Posted by Larry Barsh on May 08, 2020
The best sounds ever relax us, entice us, evoke fond memories, and force smiles on our faces. They are the opposite of noise. Noise — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — can cause bad things, like stress or anxiety or depression or high blood pressure. Especially if you are regularly exposed to it without hearing...
Even subtle hearing loss can alter the brain function of young adults
Posted by Larry Barsh on April 30, 2020
In 2018, assistant professor Yune Lee and his research team at Ohio State University monitored the brain activity of study participants 18 through 41 years of age as they listened to increasingly complex sentences. The team was hoping to measure if human brains work harder to comprehend more complex messages. What they unexpectedly discovered, instead, was that...
Hearing loss increases the risk of accidental injuries
Posted by Larry Barsh on April 13, 2020
An analysis of data from the National Health Interview Survey found that, over an eight year period (2007 – 2015), people who reported that they had “a lot of trouble” hearing ended up being twice as likely to have an accidental injury — both at work and leisure — as people who reported no trouble hearing. While the study...
The inability to distinguish sounds is a form of hearing loss
Posted by Larry Barsh on March 19, 2020
The National Safety Council’s Safety + Health magazine recently published an article about ototoxicants, chemicals that can cause hearing loss and balance issues. In the article, warnings were shared from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about which industries have higher exposure risks to these chemicals — and how the adverse...
Five reasons why you should not ignore hearing loss
Posted by Larry Barsh on March 05, 2020
Does this sound familiar? Either you or someone you know is just starting to deal with hearing loss. But instead of taking it seriously, you brush it aside. You can cope, you’ve decided. You’ll just turn the TV up a little louder. Ask people to speak up or repeat what they said. And really, the quiet can be kind of nice, right? “Why should I...
Five things you should know about tinnitus
Posted by Larry Barsh on February 12, 2020
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. That’s over 15 percent of the U.S. population, or nearly one in every six of us. So what is this condition that affects so many people — and what can tinnitus sufferers do about it? We cover the basics here. 1. What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the medical...
Wearing hearing aids can reduce the risk of cognitive decline
Posted by Larry Barsh on January 27, 2020
Research by Johns Hopkins and other institutions have linked cognitive decline and even dementia to hearing loss for a few reasons. One study found that older adults with hearing loss experience a 30-40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities than peers with normal hearing. Research by Johns Hopkins and other institutions have linked cognitive decline and...
Hearing loss impacts memory and comprehension
Posted by Larry Barsh on January 20, 2020
Readers of the publication Trends in Neurosciences will already know today’s fact. For the other 99.9 percent of us, though, it is definitely interesting. According to a story in the June 2016 edition, research has confirmed that “even relatively mild levels of hearing loss” can lead to cascading negative effects on the brain. Those effects can...
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