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A Link Between Hypertension & Hearing Loss

A Link Between Hypertension & Hearing Loss

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It has been called ‘the silent killer’. It affects nearly half of all Americans (many of whom don’t even realize that they have it) and is the main cause of heart attacks and strokes. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the most common medical conditions in the country. Hypertension is when the pressure of the blood running through your arteries is too high. Blood pressure naturally rises and falls throughout the day, but the danger is when it stays high for a long time. The reason it is a ‘silent killer’ is that it usually has no symptoms…

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Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people encounter sudden hearing loss associated with a traumatic event while others experience it gradually along with the natural process of aging. Some experience hearing loss in both ears while others experience it in both ears simultaneously. Even those who have hearing loss in both ears may find that it is asymmetrical, affecting one more than the other. These variations in the experience of hearing loss make each case unique. One of the major ways that hearing loss can be categorized is according to the degree of severity. Let’s take a…

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Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs Over Time

Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs Over Time

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Treating your hearing loss is an investment, and more than ever before, new studies are showing that treating your hearing loss is worth it – for quality of life, potential earning, and avoiding larger medical expenses down the line. A new study from John Hopkins University makes the point explicitly clear. After following subjects for a full decade, patients with untreated hearing loss incurred 46% more healthcare expenses than subjects with healthy hearing – a difference that adds up to over $22,400 over the span of a decade. A Big Effect The recent John Hopkins study represents more than a…

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Is Your Mood Connected to Hearing Loss?

Is Your Mood Connected to Hearing Loss?

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Have you ever had the experience of listening to calming music and feeling like your mood just improved by listening? Or perhaps the sounds of animals in the woods have that effect for you, such as birds, frogs, and crickets? Still others can sit at the ocean and listen with their eyes closed for what feels like hours, allowing the sound to wash over them as if it were the ocean itself. Each of these experiences demonstrates the strong link between hearing and mood. On the contrary, many of us have experienced grating and brash sounds that bring out our…

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Hearing Group November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Hearing Group November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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In addition to ushering in a festive season of holidays and celebrations, November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as the month to raise awareness on this devastating disease. Here at Hearing Group, our commitment to hearing health leads us to explore the link between untreated hearing loss and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Hearing Loss and Communication As families gather together in record numbers this holiday season, many of us look forward to the opportunity to catch up and share our experiences from the year. For people with untreated hearing loss, the holidays may…

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Noise Pollution in US National Parks

Noise Pollution in US National Parks

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Natural areas, parks, wildlife preserves – those little patches of green space – are quiet areas where we can just sit and think. Or are they? Unfortunately, local and national parks are becoming louder and more chaotic because of noise encroachment. Contact the Hearing Group for help with noise protection – and remember, the best protection for your hearing is an updated hearing evaluation. Natural places and noise Parks used to be the last stand for peace and quiet. But honking horns, jet engines and other noise are reducing the peaceful aspects of our parks, according to a study done…

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Treat Hearing Loss to Reduce Dementia Chances

Treat Hearing Loss to Reduce Dementia Chances

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Do yourself and your brain a favor – get your hearing tested at the Hearing Group because untreated hearing loss can lead to the onset of dementia, the most common form of Alzheimer’s. Hearing tests are painless and putting them off, which seems to be an American trait, is a bad idea. We bring this up now because September is World Alzheimer’s Month and more and more studies both here and in Europe, are finding a link between untreated hearing loss and dementia. Hearing loss and dementia cross all ethnic boundaries. Alzheimer’s in the world Throughout the world, the ravages…

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A Link between Hearing Loss and Second-Hand Smoke

A Link between Hearing Loss and Second-Hand Smoke

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If giving up smoking to avoid the risk of harming yourself isn’t enough of an incentive, you might be prompted to quit based upon the harmful effects on other. Beyond harming your own body and the respiratory systems of those around you, a new study from researchers at Kyoto University reports that tobacco smoke exposure in young children increases risks for hearing loss. Smoking damages your own hearing A smoking habit generally increases the odds of hearing loss as much as 1.69 more than non-smokers. This is in addition to the known adverse side effects it can have on an…

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