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Hearing Loss – News

Hearing Loss Associated with More Hospitalizations & Poorer Health in Older Adults

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins, analyzing data from 1,140 men and women aged 70 and older with hearing loss and 529 with normal hearing, found that those with hearing deficits were significantly more likely to have . . . → Read More: Hearing Loss Associated with More Hospitalizations & Poorer Health in Older Adults

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Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins has found an apparent link between hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. The new study was published on January 21, 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of . . . → Read More: Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds

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Dizziness & Balance Disorders Arise from Conditions Common with Aging, Experts Report

“More than 4 in 10 Americans will experience an episode of dizziness sometime during their lives that’s significant enough to send them to a doctor,” according to the August, 2012 issue of NIH News in Health, a monthly newsletter . . . → Read More: Dizziness & Balance Disorders Arise from Conditions Common with Aging, Experts Report

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Considerations When Shopping For a Hearing Aid

Some things to consider before buying a hearing aid, such as a telecoil, directional microphone, digital noise reduction, and, of course, one’s lifestyle. Watch a short video from Consumer Reports . . . → Read More: Considerations When Shopping For a Hearing Aid

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Study Suggests Link Between Hearing Loss & Dementia

A new study conducted by scientists as Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging has found a correlation between hearing loss and development of Alzheimer’s Disease. “This work suggests that there is a strong . . . → Read More: Study Suggests Link Between Hearing Loss & Dementia

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Elder Care At Home, Chapter 9: Hearing Problems, Aging in the Know

by American Geriatrics Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging. Tips for the caregiver on understanding the problem, when to get professional help, what you can do to help, carrying out and adjusting your plan, and checking on progress. >>View . . . → Read More: Elder Care At Home, Chapter 9: Hearing Problems, Aging in the Know

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Tips for Dealing with the Elderly

Tips for the caregiver on how to deal with the elderly who suffer from loss of hearing or loss of sight. Ten tips for dealing with blind, hard of hearing, or disoriented persons. >>View Info

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Presbycusis (age-related hearing loss)

discussion by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, including nature, symptoms, causes, treatments, and tips for the caregiver in helpful ways to interact with an . . . → Read More: Presbycusis (age-related hearing loss)

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Captions For Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Viewers

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This information on the many forms of available captions to help a television viewer who is hard of hearing may . . . → Read More: Captions For Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Viewers

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Sensible Strategies for Better Communication with People who are Hard of Hearing

by the American Academy of Audiology. Includes general tips, tips for a social gathering at your home, tips for visiting a restaurant, and tips for a meeting. >>View Info

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Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Telephones – FCC Consumer Facts

Federal Communications Commission. Before you contemplate purchasing a wireless telephone or cell phone for your elderly loved one, you should read this information. Wireless phones may cause interference and background noise with a hearing aid. Read and understand the . . . → Read More: Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Telephones – FCC Consumer Facts

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Making Sense Of Your Health Insurance Plan — Speech, Language, Hearing Benefits

a 6 page pamphlet by the American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. Important for caregivers of the elderly to consider insurance coverage issues in connection with consulting your doctor. >>View Info

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Managing Agitation in Elderly Patients With Dementia

by Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Ph.D., Geriatric Times, May-June, 2001. This excellent article on caregiving for dementia patients includes the observation that, “The effect of hearing aids has been demonstrated in two studies in which fitting patients with hearing devices resulted . . . → Read More: Managing Agitation in Elderly Patients With Dementia

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Straight Talk from FDA about Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Discusses symptoms of hearing loss and the various types of hearing aids available. (Written in both English and Spanish). >>View Info

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Hearing Aids: Fact Sheet

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Frequently asked questions and answers on hearing aids. >>View Info

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Communication and Alerting Devices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People: What’s Available Now

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. Excellent catalogue and description of the different devices available to help those with hearing loss, including not only hearing aids and personal listening devices, but also telephone aides, television and . . . → Read More: Communication and Alerting Devices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People: What’s Available Now

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Hearing Aid Myths and Facts

American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. Discussion of the most common myths and facts associated with hearing aids. Educate yourself about hearing aids. >>View Info

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Digital Hearing Aids: Current “State-of-the-Art”

American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. Discussion of the different digital technologies now used in hearing aids, and their benefits. >>View Info

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Assistive Technology; What are Assistive Listening Devices?

American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. Discussion of the available technology and devices to use with or without hearing aids to further assist hearing and communication, by helping to overcome the negative effects of distance, background noise, or poor . . . → Read More: Assistive Technology; What are Assistive Listening Devices?

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Bone Anchored Hearing Treatment Procedure

Link provided by MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, NIH, to a video and instructional session about “Baha: Bone Anchored Hearing Treatment Procedure.” This is a surgical procedure conducted by Hartford Hospital, implanting a hearing device to restore hearing. >>View . . . → Read More: Bone Anchored Hearing Treatment Procedure

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Cochlear Implants

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Provides detailed information about this surgically implanted electronic device that provides sound to people with severe hearing loss. Studies have . . . → Read More: Cochlear Implants

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Adult Aural/Audiologic Rehabilitation

American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. Explains the aural/audiologic rehabilitation services available to help a person adjust to his or her hearing loss, including education and counseling on making the best use of hearing aids, exploring assistive devices . . . → Read More: Adult Aural/Audiologic Rehabilitation

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Dial 711 For Telecommunications Relay Service – FCC Consumer Facts

Federal Communications Commission. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted use of the 711 dialing code for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). TRS permits persons with a hearing or speech disability to use the telephone system via a . . . → Read More: Dial 711 For Telecommunications Relay Service – FCC Consumer Facts

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Noise-induced Hearing Loss Fact Sheet

by National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Exposure to noise that is too loud can cause permanent hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable by . . . → Read More: Noise-induced Hearing Loss Fact Sheet

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How Loud is Too Loud?

pamphlet by National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health. Gives examples of decibel levels of various noises and explains how much exposure at each level can cause permanent hearing loss. >>View Info

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Earwax – Insight into the Proper Care of Ears

American Academy of Otolaryngology. Buildup of excessive earwax is one of the most common causes of loss of hearing. This website page explains why the body produces earwax, the recommended methods of cleaning, why cotton swabs should not be . . . → Read More: Earwax – Insight into the Proper Care of Ears

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Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention: Choose The Hearing Protection That’s Right for You

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health. Discussion of types of earplugs and ear muffs available for those who might be exposed to loud noises. >>View Info

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Hearing Screening

American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. More than 30% of people over 65 have some type or hearing loss. Adult hearing screening programs are considered voluntary, but it is recommended that adults be screened at least every decade . . . → Read More: Hearing Screening

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Fire Safe and Sound — A Fire Safety Factsheet for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

by the U. S. Fire Administration (USFA), a part of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security. Provides safety tips on planning in advance to prevent danger to those with hearing loss in the event of a fire emergency. . . . → Read More: Fire Safe and Sound — A Fire Safety Factsheet for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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Ten Ways to Recognize Hearing Loss

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Clearinghouse. Diagnostic tool with ten questions and a guideline to help you recognize symptoms of hearing loss and when to see a doctor. >>View Info

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Hearing Problems

FamilyDoctor.org. A flow chart of various hearing loss symptoms, pointing to their corresponding diagnosis and recommended actions for self-care of seeing one’s doctor. >>View Info

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What is an Audiologist? (And Other Questions About Audiology)

American Academy of Audiology. >>View Info

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Audiometry

from the Journal of the American Medical Association. A fact sheet about audiometry, the diagnostic technique by audiologists in the diagnosis of hearing loss. >>View Info

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Hearing Assessment

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Includes detailed information on the diagnostic process for assessing hearing and its components. >>View Info

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Screening for handicapping hearing loss in the elderly

Journal of Family Practice. Report of a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, recommending screening of the elderly for hearing loss, and discussing diagnostic metrics used to measure hearing loss. Includes a discussion of what . . . → Read More: Screening for handicapping hearing loss in the elderly

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Understanding Your Audiogram

by the American Academy of Audiology. An explanation with diagrams to help you understand the audiogram, a diagnostic tool measuring hearing. >>View Info

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Facts About Hearing Assessment

website of the American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. Explains the purpose and methods of hearing assessment, how to interpret an audiogram and other measures, and facts about balance assessment. >>View Info

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Hearing Loss, NIH Senior Health

a tutorial on hearing loss by the National Institutes of Health, Senior Health. Defines hearing loss, which is one of the most common conditions facing older adults, and discusses the causes and prevention, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and research, . . . → Read More: Hearing Loss, NIH Senior Health

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Hearing Disorders and Deafness

MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Good overview and links to information about hearing disorders and deafness, and the nature, causes, effects, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of these problems. . . . → Read More: Hearing Disorders and Deafness

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Hearing Loss

MedlinePlus Patient Education, interactive tutorial about hearing loss, from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. >>View Info

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Hearing Loss and Older Adults

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A short diagnostic tool to determine whether an elder may have hearing loss, combined with practical information on the causes . . . → Read More: Hearing Loss and Older Adults

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Statistics about Hearing, Balance, Ear Infections, and Deafness

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health. >>View Info

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Hearing

a 96 page detailed bibliography and resource list of publications on hearing disorders, treatments, and hearing loss prevention, by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health. >>View Info

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Presbycusis

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. “Presbycusis is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most individuals as they grow older. Hearing loss is a . . . → Read More: Presbycusis

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The Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Adults

Statistics from the American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. >>View Info

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Fact Sheet: Better Ear Health

American Academy of Otolaryngology. Provides information on several different medical causes of ear problems. >>View Info

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Sound Advice About Age-Related Hearing Loss

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Information on the causes, symptoms and treatments for age-related hearing loss, as well as preventive advice on how to lessen the severity of age-related hearing loss by protecting against exposure to excessive loud noises . . . → Read More: Sound Advice About Age-Related Hearing Loss

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Adult Hearing Loss

Journal of the American Medical Association. Introduction to the types of hearing loss, and references to other resources. Reports that, “Approximately 25% to 40% of adults older than 65 years have some degree of hearing loss, and it is . . . → Read More: Adult Hearing Loss

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Hearing Loss in Elderly Patients in a Family Practice

report of a scientific study on pubmedcentral.nih.gov. Reports that hearing loss sufficient to impair communication is estimated to affect 25% to 60% of people over 65 years of age. In this study of older patients in a family practice, . . . → Read More: Hearing Loss in Elderly Patients in a Family Practice

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Hearing, Ear Infections and Deafness

a website of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes a catalogue of diseases and conditions that may be associated with or cause hearing loss, . . . → Read More: Hearing, Ear Infections and Deafness

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Hearing Loss

MayoClinic.com. An overview of the definitions, symptoms, causes, risk factors, tests and diagnosis and treatments of hearing loss. >>View Info

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Hearing Loss Association of America Website

Website dedicated to providing information, education, advocacy and support for people with hearing loss. Includes books, educational courses, and other resources. >>View Info

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How Hearing & Balance Work

American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. Discussion of the anatomy of the ear and how the mechanisms of human hearing and balance work. >>View Info

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Balance Problems – NIH Senior Health

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging. Tutorial on balance problems, their causes and prevention, symptoms and diagnosis, and treatments. >> View Info

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Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs

Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs, A 6 page brochure by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. View Brochure: Act in Time to Heart Attack . . . → Read More: Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs

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